In many ways, this is the quintessential NY chamber music experience. The conductor-less Orpheus Chamber Orchestra blazing a Brahms-ian trail with Gil Shaham.
This week's SPCO concert is fantastic and features a piece that has it all: Korngold's violin concerto.
Nothing is worse than having your life determined by people who show up unprepared, and that's exactly what happened to Rachmaninov. At the first performance of his first symphony, the conductor showed up drunk and the orchestra hadn't practiced. In the words of Homer Simpson, "D'oh!"
The CSO hits it out of the park with this epic work — kudos to Burgos who led the enormous ensemble while injured.