For the last stop of their 2017 U.S. Fall Tour, Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performed Brahms’ symphonies, the Third and the Second, at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Oct. 22 in Los Angeles. Presented by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, the concert marked the CSO’s and Muti’s debuts in the venue, designed by architect Frank Gehry (whose other landmark venues include Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago’s Millennium Park). It also was the CSO’s first concert in Los Angeles in 30 years.
Earlier in the tour, Mark Swed, classical music critic of the Los Angeles Times, caught the CSO and Muti at the nearby Segerstrom Center in Orange County and wrote: “The homogeneity of instrumental texture [Muti] achieved couldn’t be beat. Liquid winds marvelously blended with stirring brass. Fabulous strings played as one. The percussion section sounded made not for banging but melody.”
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