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Ray Chen

Review: Hollywood Bowl's odd couple makes it work

Review: Hollywood Bowl's odd couple makes it work

A good place for the Los Angeles Philharmonic to try out new talent, the Hollywood Bowl can be curiously hospitable to odd couples. Concerts are one-night stands, so there is less to lose than at downtown subscription concerts, where programs are repeated three or four times.

But the complicated Bowl schedule can mean an almost haphazard mix and match between soloist and conductor on occasion. It requires speed dating, given that the typical program has a single rehearsal the morning of the concert.

On rare memorable occasions, sparks fly, as do disastrous tugs of war. Usually, though, professional blandness is the nice way of acknowledging that there is no time to actually...