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

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

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Andrew Bain and Dale Clevenger: two Principal Horns in very different situations

. One of the many quotes from my recent interview with Danny Rothmuller, retired Associate Principal Cello of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, that didn’t make it into my original posts (Part 1 HERE and Part 2 HERE) was the following observation: “French Horn is the only fallible instrument in the orchestra.  Any other instrument, if … Continue reading

The LA Phil’s new brass principals are definitely making their presence felt
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The LA Phil’s new brass principals are definitely making their presence felt

Despite my tardiness, I’ve still been wanting to write about last month’s Los Angeles Philharmonic performance of the Mahler 5th Symphony.  Sure, at least three loyal readers have been prodding me in public and private to do so.  On top of that, the concert featured Daniel Harding, a conductor who hasn’t made a visit to … 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

Results from LA Phil’s recent 2nd Horn audition
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Results from LA Phil’s recent 2nd Horn audition

No official announcement from the Los Angeles Philharmonic, but it looks like their recent Second Horn audition was won by Gregory Roosa. Mr. Roosa is currently horn player with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.  He joined that orchestra in 2003 after having held similar positions with the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra and the Colorado Symphony. … Continue reading

Worth the wait:  Simon Rattle triumphantly returns to the Los Angeles Philharmonic
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Worth the wait: Simon Rattle triumphantly returns to the Los Angeles Philharmonic

There was a time not too long ago that had you mentioned that a fair-haired, mop top, wunderkind conductor was standing on the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s podium, your image would have been of an Englishman rather than a Venezuelan. Simon Rattle (not yet knighted) was Principal Guest Conductor from 1981 to 1994, though as the … Continue reading

Classical music marketing:  Norm Lebrecht needs a beer or two (updated)
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Classical music marketing: Norm Lebrecht needs a beer or two (updated)

Back in 2007, long before All is Yar was a mere Fig Newton of my imagination, Victoria Bitter (VB) beer company teamed with the Melbourne Symphony and Orchestra Victoria — playing together as the “Victoria Bitter Orchestra” — to create a unique commercial:  it featured the combined orchestras playing VB’s jingle using variations on a theme … Continue reading

Friends and neighbors:  the first two Piatigorsky Cello Festival concerts by the LA Phil
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Friends and neighbors: the first two Piatigorsky Cello Festival concerts by the LA Phil

It’s been a while since Neeme Jarvi has stood on the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s podium. The last time he led them downtown was at the end of the 1988/89 winter season, when he was tapped to replace Andre Previn who had withdrawn on short notice with an injury after having resigned as Music Director just … Continue reading

An old soldier:  the Mahler 9th as done by Dudamel & the LA Phil
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An old soldier: the Mahler 9th as done by Dudamel & the LA Phil

Clearly, Mahler was a guy who liked to think and compose about death.  Musical allusions to it show up in all of his works being performed as part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s “Mahler Project” (some may quibble about Songs of the Wayfarer, but if you’re singing about putting a red-hot knife in your breast, … Continue reading

Two women and an orchestra:  Emmanuelle Haïm and Sonya Yoncheva debut with the LA Phil in an all-Händel program
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Two women and an orchestra: Emmanuelle Haïm and Sonya Yoncheva debut with the LA Phil in an all-Händel program

On paper, Sunday afternoon’s concerts belonged to conductor Emmanuelle Haïm.  The reality was that and much more.  Ms. Haïm dominated the concert.  Many musicians had solo turns of one sort or another, and two — oboist Ariana Ghez and recorder player (or is it recordist?) Rotem Gilbert — even played front and center.  Yet when it was … Continue reading

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At the LA Phil, some faces in new places

The Los Angeles Philharmonic is getting ready to kick-off their 2011/2012 winter season with an all-Gershwin gala this evening. Gustavo Dudamel will be conducting Cuban Overture, An American in Paris, and Rhapsody in Blue with the 71-year-young Herbie Hancock serving as the distinguished soloist.  (If you can’t make it to Walt Disney Concert Hall tonight, … Continue reading

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LA Phil comings and goings (part 3 of 3): new faces — and two familiar ones — come to town

Ahhh, it is July, and a classic Southern California Summer is brewing: the sun is shining with no clouds in sight, there is a slight breeze in the air to keep you cool, and the water temp is in the high 60′s and climbing. Once the waves grow higher than their current ankle-slapper status, conditions … Continue reading