SANTA ANA — Contrasts in style and approach were striking during the second and final concert of the Pacific Symphony chamber-music series Thursday night.
Performing at the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art--which co-sponsored both "Feasts for the Senses" as part of its "Thursday Evenings at the Bowers" events--the players swung between appropriate emotional restraint and abandon. All the performers are principals of the orchestra except pianist Chester Swiatkowski, who is with the Pasadena Symphony.
Cellist Timothy Landauer and bassoonist David Riddles began the evening with an elegant reading of Mozart's amiable Sonata in B-flat, K. 292. Though confining themselves to the quieter end of the dynamic spectrum, the pair managed a surprising variety of color, and mustered much neatly appointed charm.
In the hands of flutist Louise DiTullio, oboist Barbara Northcutt, Riddles and Swiatkowski, Johann Joachim Quantz's Trio Sonata in C minor also received a subdued delivery.