If there was any negative artistic fallout from the recent announcement of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra's fiscal problems, it was not reflected in the band's playing of the six "Brandenburg" Concertos of J.S. Bach at Ambassador Auditorium on Thursday.
Whatever failings might have been detected could be attributed not to the instrumentalists but to the too-easygoing leadership of veteran conductor Helmuth Rilling.
For starters, it is difficult in this age of heightened stylistic awareness to respond to the sort of gently contoured, unincisive Bach espoused by Rilling. Nor is there much to be said in favor of using as large a body of strings as was employed for the Fourth Concerto, whose tutti sounded alternatingly thick and slick on this occasion.
The performances took wing, however, when the soloists, all members of the orchestra, were in charge, most hearteningly when focus was established by concertmaster Ralph Morrison, the orchestra's linchpin and driving force.