On the final day of the prestigious Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow, the Los Angeles Philharmonic fittingly honored the Russian composer Thursday night with the second of two preseason programs in Hollywood Bowl.
Tchaikovsky has had better outings.
Most disappointing was Ilana Vered's reading of the B-flat-minor Concerto. The Israeli pianist, sporting an eye-catching gold and black spangled blouse, rarely seemed in touch with the music.
The opening-movement was marred by a memory lapse from the soloist--or perhaps a loss in concentration--and by her consistently muddy octave passages. In the slow movement, the pianist appeared more in the groove, particularly in a delicately traversed transition to the agitated prestissimo section.
With the stormy arrival of the finale, however, Vered once again reverted to overplaying and overpedaling. She blurred any sense of bite in that on-the-beat off-the-beat opening theme and, as earlier, stumbled in the admittedly tortuous octave passages. Jan Latham-Koenig provided merely dutiful support from the podium.