VIDEO:  Carlo Maria Giulini rehearsing the LA Phil in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony
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VIDEO: Carlo Maria Giulini rehearsing the LA Phil in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony

Kudos and endless gratitude to Tim Mangan for originally finding and sharing this blast from the past:  Carlo Maria Giulini rehearsing the opening of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. According to the voice over at the beginning of the video, this was filmed during one of ten(!) … Continue reading

Salonen, Wang, Hooten, and the LA Phil create their own fireworks at the Hollywood Bowl
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Salonen, Wang, Hooten, and the LA Phil create their own fireworks at the Hollywood Bowl

A little bit of Esa-Pekka Salonen is better than none at all.  And so it turned out this past week with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The original plan was that the orchestra’s beloved Conductor Laureate was supposed to be at the Hollywood Bowl for two concerts, beginning Tuesday night when he and pianist Yefim Bronfman (long-time … Continue reading

RIP Lorin Maazel (updated)
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RIP Lorin Maazel (updated)

American conductor Lorin Maazel died earlier today from complications of pneumonia at his home in Virginia.  He was 84. The former child prodigy was born in 1930, began playing violin in “the Karl Moldrem Baby Orchestra” by the age of five, and was conducting at seven years old.  In 1938, he made his first appearance on the … Continue reading

News about the LA Phil brass and a former principal flute, plus two guys named McGill and more
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News about the LA Phil brass and a former principal flute, plus two guys named McGill and more

Over the past couple of years, my euphoria about the bad-assness of the three current brass principals of the Los Angeles Philharmonic — Andrew Bain (horn), Tom Hooten (trumpet), and Nitzan Haroz (trombone) — has been somewhat tempered by a fear that,  for one reason or another, the trio might not stick together very long. … Continue reading

Shaham’s Bartók, Denève’s Rachmaninoff pair nicely at Walt Disney Concert Hall
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Shaham’s Bartók, Denève’s Rachmaninoff pair nicely at Walt Disney Concert Hall

(Publisher’s note:  We’re very happy to welcome back Fiona Bryan, writer and violinist, to All is Yar for this concert review). In the short year and a half that I have lived in Southern California, I have come to expect the unexpected when it comes to programming presented by various cultural organizations around Los Angeles. The progressive landscape of … Continue reading

For Carlo Maria Giulini’s 100th birthday, FREE Bruckner download and video of Schumann 3rd
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For Carlo Maria Giulini’s 100th birthday, FREE Bruckner download and video of Schumann 3rd

The late Carlo Maria Giulini, iconic Italian conductor and former Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, was born 100 years ago today (May 9, 1914). In celebration, the good folks at Deutsche Grammophon are giving away a FREE download (click HERE) of the third movement of Bruckner’s 7th Symphony with Signor Giulini conducting the Vienna Philharmonic in a … Continue reading

My Top 10 favorite LA Phil hires of the past decade (2nd in the series:  “Random thoughts on Disney Hall’s 10th birthday”)
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My Top 10 favorite LA Phil hires of the past decade (2nd in the series: “Random thoughts on Disney Hall’s 10th birthday”)

The Los Angeles Philharmonic wrapped up its whirlwind twelve day, seven city tour last week.  Reviews from the trip were generally positive, many even glowing.  Critics seemed most impressed by the performances of 20th & 21st Century works by Bjarnason, Corigliano, and Rachmaninoff, with Yuja Wang’s pianistic contributions also earning requisite praise. The smattering of negative comments made were mostly … Continue reading

My $0.02  on the LA Phil’s 2014-15 Walt Disney Concert Hall season and 2014 Hollywood Bowl season
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My $0.02 on the LA Phil’s 2014-15 Walt Disney Concert Hall season and 2014 Hollywood Bowl season

Yesterday, the good folks at the Los Angeles Philharmonic made public the plans for the upcoming 2014-15 season at Walt Disney Concert Hall (details available HERE).  This comes on the heels of last week’s announcement of the coming 2014 summer season at the Hollywood Bowl (HERE are details of that). Unlike last year, there was … Continue reading

Four musical gifts you should give yourself if you didn’t get them during the holidays
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Four musical gifts you should give yourself if you didn’t get them during the holidays

Christmas, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, and Festivus — all of their latest editions are now a distant memory.  Perhaps it passed by and you didn’t get the CD you had secretly hoped for.   Or maybe you’ve got an Amazon gift card and you’ve decided that you should really stop accumulating novels about forlorn vampires that … Continue reading

Random thoughts on Disney Hall’s 10th birthday  (first of a series):  If concert halls were cars
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Random thoughts on Disney Hall’s 10th birthday (first of a series): If concert halls were cars

Walt Disney Concert Hall is now officially ten years old.  Within that decade, a lot has happened, and off and on during the past few weeks, I’ve been pondering the impact — both profound and innocuous — of the hall’s addition to the cultural landscape of the city and beyond.  I figure I’d share them … Continue reading

Comings and goings at the LA Phil (Fall 2013 edition)
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Comings and goings at the LA Phil (Fall 2013 edition)

With the start of the new Los Angeles Philharmonic season, it’s time once again to examine the current personnel situation at the orchestra. The first thing worth mentioning is that there isn’t much to mention, especially compared to previous seasons.  Just eyeballing it, but it looks like the orchestra has the fewest empty chairs to … Continue reading

Frank Gehry gets the hero treatment at LA Phil season opening gala
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Frank Gehry gets the hero treatment at LA Phil season opening gala

The names on the program — Gustavo Dudamel, Yo-Yo Ma — were impressive, the kind that transcend classical music into the popular consciousness.   The musical offering — Cage, Bach, Tchaikovsky, Adès, Mahler, Saint-Saëns — was noteworthy, both for its eclecticism and its ability to offer a diverse showcase for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Walt … Continue reading

The most notorious 4 minutes & 33 seconds of — er, well, “music” — ever:  Cage stories from the pros
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The most notorious 4 minutes & 33 seconds of — er, well, “music” — ever: Cage stories from the pros

I am going to go out a relatively short limb and say that John Cage’s 4’33″ is the most famous — even infamous — work in 20th-Century classical music despite the fact that only a few musicians have been actually played (or “played” if you prefer). The three-movement work comes with this set of instructions by the … Continue reading

Los Angeles Philharmonic Association & LA Phil musicians sign new 4-year contract
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Los Angeles Philharmonic Association & LA Phil musicians sign new 4-year contract

The management and musicians of the Los Angeles Philharmonic sent out a joint press-release today announcing that a new four-year contract has been ratified. High points of the agreement include: ·     annual increases to the musicians’ minimum weekly scale wages, which, in the final year of the contract, will increase to $2968.00.  (NOTE:  for you … Continue reading

More photos of Tuesday’s LA Phil concert at the Hollywood Bowl by Brandise Danesewich
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More photos of Tuesday’s LA Phil concert at the Hollywood Bowl by Brandise Danesewich

Here are more pictures from last Tuesday’s concert at the Hollywood Bowl by Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, performing  Stravinsky’s Fireworks and The Rite of Spring and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with Augustin Hadelich. All images are care of the incomparable Brandise Danesewich, exclusively for All is Yar. To read my review of the concert, click HERE. The … Continue reading