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Pinnock, Rana fill in admirably with L.A. Philharmonic
Pinnock, Rana fill in admirably with L.A. Philharmonic

The Los Angeles Philharmonic does not believe in miracles. Being an up-to-date, real-world orchestra surely helps account for its success. But being unsentimental also means that the orchestra seldom programs seasonally, instead collecting Christmas cash and Hanukkah gelt by farming out holiday concerts to popular touring ensembles and soloists at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Still, inviting French Canadian conductor Bernard Labadie for the L.A. Phil's last concert in December looked to have the making of a sometimes tradition. He conducted a superb rare Christmastime "Messiah" with the orchestra a decade ago. Back in 2011, he turned, though, to late Mozart. Last weekend,...

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