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Some much needed levity, of both high brow and low brow variety

I was going to finish my review of this past Saturday’s Los Angeles Philharmonic Mahler 5 concert, or of András Schiff‘s sparkling take on Book 2 of The Well-Tempered Clavier before that, or the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s excellent organ concert before both of them. Instead, I figured I’d post a couple of funny things to … Continue reading

Catching up with the LA Phil:  one post, three concert reviews
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Catching up with the LA Phil: one post, three concert reviews

Continuing my efforts to clear my mental backlog of things I’ve wanted to write about during the past two weeks but couldn’t, below are my (slightly abridged) thoughts on three Los Angeles Philharmonic concerts from last week, specifically: Gustavo Dudamel’s multimedia concert featuring Ravel and Knussen The first Green Umbrella concert of the year, with … Continue reading

Catching up with the LA Phil:  trying to fill empty chairs
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Catching up with the LA Phil: trying to fill empty chairs

It’s been an unexpectedly unruly past two weeks for yours truly.  I squeezed in a few concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall, but unfortunately didn’t have any capacity to do much of anything else, including write, until now. Time for me to start catching up.  Before we get into my views of the performances, let’s … Continue reading

CD review:  LA Master Chorale’s new Górecki recording is stunning
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CD review: LA Master Chorale’s new Górecki recording is stunning

The Los Angeles Master Chorale and their Music Director, Grant Gershon, get ready to officially kick-off their 2012/2013 this coming Sunday. Among the music to be featured that night are works by Nico Muhly that they have previously recorded: Bright Mass with Canons and the West Coast premiere of A Good Understanding. All that said, … Continue reading

Angela Meade brings added punch to LA Opera’s cast of Don Giovanni for final two shows
Los Angeles Opera / Music News & Info: Classical / Reviews 2012/2013

Angela Meade brings added punch to LA Opera’s cast of Don Giovanni for final two shows

Los Angeles Opera made some cast changes for the last two performances of Don Giovanni, the most noteworthy being the addition of Angela Meade as Donna Anna (Julianna Di Giacomo played the role for the first five performances).  The winner of the 2011 Richard Tucker Award and the Met’s 2012 Beverly Sills Artist Award, Ms. … Continue reading

A case of musical ADD:  Andsnes and Dudamel headline latest LA Phil concert, but news of deMaine creates the biggest buzz
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A case of musical ADD: Andsnes and Dudamel headline latest LA Phil concert, but news of deMaine creates the biggest buzz

The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s second week of concerts in the 2012/2013 season was clearly meant to be a contrast from the first.  After having regaled us all with a sparkling world premiere of Symphony by Steven Stucky and a romp through the modernist machinations of Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring), Gustavo Dudamel decided … Continue reading

All Reviews / Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra / Music News & Info: Classical / Reviews 2012/2013

LA Chamber Orchestra displays its range in outstanding season opening concert

Do you have one of those friends that are good at seemingly everything they do?  You might already know that they’re like that, but when you see them in action you always have to shake your head in surprise and admiration. Jeffrey Kahane and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra are like that. They kicked off … Continue reading

Make mine a double:  season opener by Dudamel and the LA Phil was so awesome, I had to see and hear it twice
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Make mine a double: season opener by Dudamel and the LA Phil was so awesome, I had to see and hear it twice

Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic opened their 2012/2013 season with a contemplative work by Ravel, a world premiere by Steven Stucky, and Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring). In other words, it was Retro Week at Walt Disney Concert Hall. This is exactly the kind of program which the orchestra … Continue reading