CSO opener not routine fare Performance deemed 'vigorous, finely disciplined'
by Zachary Lewis
But the anchor of the evening, Brahms' Symphony No. 4 in E minor, was in admirable shape. Music director Uriel Segal, returning for his 17th season at Chautauqua, led a vigorous, finely disciplined performance of this most intellectually compelling work, the composer's last in genre.
Segal and the orchestra drove through the movement with a logic that was both convincing and thrilling. Bravo to the horn section specifically for its many poignant contributions.
Segal and the orchestra fell fully into the swing of things right from the start, never allowing the underlying dance rhythms to stray too far from the surface. The conductor led the ensemble with a pulse that was flexible but firm as necessary...