REVIEW: BBC Concert Orchestra energizes Elgar

UT San Diego
By James Chute
February 15, 2013

You couldn’t help but wonder, especially after uneventful performances of Britten’s “Four Sea Interludes” from “Peter Grimes” and Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E Minor (with soloist Sophie Shao), what was so special about the BBC Concert Orchestra?

It’s a capable ensemble with fine, virtuoso players in the solo positions. But it sounded like any one of a dozen accomplished regional American orchestras during much of its La Jolla Music Society-sponsored concert at Copley Symphony Hall.

Then something happened on the program’s second half.