It was all excellently done. Though the dynamic cellist Alisa Weilerstein first played Tchaikovsky’s “Rococo” Variations with the Cleveland Orchestra over two decades ago, when she was 13, her performance here had engaging spontaneity and freedom. She brought plenty of grace to the piece’s evocations of rococo style. But during the virtuosic variations, especially the breathless coda, Ms. Weilerstein’s playing had incisive attack, manic energy, and, when called for, rough, bristling tone.
Review: A Nostalgia Trip at the New York Philharmonic