Even with an orchestra clearly friendly to its guest conductor, an amplification system turned up to its loudest setting and a certain rapport between all participants, the debut appearances of conductor Kent Nagano and pianist Ursula Oppens in Hollywood Bowl Tuesday night still proved undistinguished.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic, hitting its stride at the beginning of this official second week of the summer season, gave strong performances of Berlioz's "Corsaire" Overture, Beethoven's G-major Piano Concerto and a suite from Prokofiev's score to the ballet, "Romeo and Juliet."
With one notable exception--naturally, in the slow movement of the concerto--no noisy aircraft bothered the 7,395 listeners gathered in the outdoor amphitheater. And technical miscalculations on the part of the conductor and pianist were few.
Still, this exposing agenda, so congenial to an orchestra prepared to exploit it in a musical way, proved less grateful to its other protagonists.