The long and short of last Thursday’s LA Phil concert with Ludovic Morlot and Emanuel Ax
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The long and short of last Thursday’s LA Phil concert with Ludovic Morlot and Emanuel Ax

Just to prove to myself that I could summarize into three bullet points my thoughts on last Thursday’s Los Angeles Philharmonic concert: Emanuel Ax played Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25:  Spectacular.  Flawless.  Brilliant.  Dare I say, “Perfect.” Conductor Ludovic Morlot:  Solid in Dutilleux’s The Shadows of Time and Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. The orchestra:   Very good the whole night. There, I … Continue reading

LA Phil announces 2013 Hollywood Bowl season
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LA Phil announces 2013 Hollywood Bowl season

The Los Angeles Philharmonic released details today of this year’s Hollywood Bowl season (press release HERE and complete chronological list of performances HERE).  Nothing particularly Earth-shattering in the 2013 rendition of the popular Southern California summer venue’s line-up or format.  If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, I guess. The biggest surprises for me: The … Continue reading

Despite Midori’s heroics, Heras-Casado disappointing in LA Phil concert of music by Kodaly, Eötvös, and Bartok
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Despite Midori’s heroics, Heras-Casado disappointing in LA Phil concert of music by Kodaly, Eötvös, and Bartok

Recently, whenever there has been an opening for a music directorship at an orchestra, Pablo Heras-Casado usually gets included in the list of candidates to be considered. The 30-something Spanish maestro has many admirers and proponents, and he gets his fair share of positive press.  The New York Philharmonic just announced that he’ll be making … Continue reading

LACO’s “Baroque Conversations” series begins season-long look at Bach
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LACO’s “Baroque Conversations” series begins season-long look at Bach

“As the human race evolves, we appreciate Bach more.” – Allan Vogel For this year’s rendition of its “Baroque Conversations” series, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra has decided to devote all five concerts this season to the music of Bach.  Last Thursday’s series opener focused on his Trio Sonatas, with Allan Vogel, LACO’s renowned Principal … Continue reading

Jacaranda offers a stimulating evening of music by Eötvös and Ligeti
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Jacaranda offers a stimulating evening of music by Eötvös and Ligeti

A few years ago, I was  at Walt Disney Concert Hall to see James Conlon conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a concert of works by Prokofiev.  Sitting right in front of me were two gentleman, one older and the other younger, speaking a European language I did not recognize.  Whatever they were saying, they … Continue reading

Listen online now to upcoming release of Lutosławski symphony cycle by Salonen and LA Phil
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Listen online now to upcoming release of Lutosławski symphony cycle by Salonen and LA Phil

If you missed Esa-Pekka Salonen’s visit to So Cal a month ago to play some Lutosławski with the Los Angeles Philharmonic – or if you were there and are currently missing the thought of those concerts — you now have reason to rejoice a little:  on January 25th, the recording of the First Symphony made at … Continue reading

Sinaisky and Kavakos solid if not flashy with Los Angeles Philharmonic
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Sinaisky and Kavakos solid if not flashy with Los Angeles Philharmonic

Vassily Sinaisky is not exactly a household name, and until last night, I’d never seen him conduct.  The Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre certainly looks the way you’d imagine a maestro to look:  tall(ish), sporting white tie and tails (no pajama jacket here), with wavy grey hair brushed up to maximum height. … Continue reading