As the Hollywood Bowl season entered its final week Tuesday night, Yasuo Shinozaki made his final appearance as Los Angeles Philharmonic assistant conductor. Having made a good showing with Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony in Disney Hall last December, he reinforced that impression outdoors with more Tchaikovsky -- a solid Symphony No. 4.
The performance wasn't exactly a revelatory interpretation of this very often-played symphonic staple; one couldn't expect that after short rehearsal time at the end of a physically taxing summer.
But Shinozaki was able to communicate some interesting dynamic ideas to the orchestra, while properly standing back and letting them rip without interference in the louder stretches of the first movement and particularly the Finale. He was helped by some exceptionally graceful solo work from guest oboist Allan Vogel, on loan from the L.A. Chamber Orchestra.
Shinozaki also contributed a wisp of enterprise by serving up Carl Nielsen's virtually unplayed (in this region, at least) overture to his opera "Maskarade." This exuberant five-minute curtain raiser is stamped with rhetorical trademarks familiar from Nielsen's symphonies, and aside from a touch of squareness in the rhythm, Shinozaki made it move.