If you like your romanticism with extra layers of hot fudge -- I say bring it on -- this week's Baltimore Symphony Orchestra program is just the ticket.
Two super-lyrical, extra-passionate Russian works, Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto and Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2, make a sumptuous, satisfying pair. Both were served up in rousing fashion Thursday night at Meyerhoff Hall.
Hans Graf, conductor laureate of the Houston Symphony, has a fine track record of inspiring guest appearances with the BSO; he added to that record on this occasion. And in his local debut, the fast-rising violinist Ray Chen gave notice of a distinctive musical personality.