Rachmaninoff resonates with audiences everywhere.
Disney Concert Hall was packed Saturday night and it couldn’t have been for the conductor or the piano soloist, both not widely known at this point in their young careers. To state the obvious: Audiences love Rachmaninoff.
The Piano Concerto No. 2 was resurrected once again by Kirill Gerstein (who played the same work a few years ago with the Pacific Symphony). The Russian pianist is the recipient of both a Gilmore Artist Award and an Avery Fisher Grant. He had a nice way with the piece, which he tossed off with almost casual efficiency, allowing him a degree of spontaneity in his reading not often encountered. He also showed himself a willing chamber musician, collaborating with soloists in the orchestra rather than hogging the spotlight.