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.