This weekend's Baltimore Symphony Orchestra program won't win points on originality. Not only does it follow the long-stale format of overture-concerto-symphony, but it also plugs tried-and-true examples into each of those three slots.
Still, there's an element of freshness: The concert's two guest artists are making their BSO debuts.
On Friday night at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, German conductor Johannes Debus exuded calm, unfussy control and an ear for highlighting inner details of orchestration, especially involving woodwinds and brass.
That was evident at the start in the Overture to Rossini's "The Barber of Seville." Debus continually drew out little details...