A year ago this week, Miriam Fried and Yuri Temirkanov collaborated in Brahms' Violin Concerto at Hollywood Bowl and disappointed through excessive politeness and a lack of passion.
Tuesday night, the violinist from Romania and the Soviet conductor, again with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, brought the Tchaikovsky Concerto back to the Bowl. But this time they did not disappoint.
Handsomely accompanied by the orchestra, Fried produced a thoughtful and genteel performance, if one seldom as overheated as current tastes may dictate. Yet, virtuosity and passion were not lacking in this probing, lyrical and often immaculate account of the familiar warhorse. They were merely downplayed.
Temirkanov concurred on every musical point, and the two together caressed and illuminated many crucial passages anew. It was not like hearing the old work for the first time, but the reconsideration brought freshness to music that often seems stale.