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

Youth is served:  Krzysztof Urbański and Denis Matsuev make their LA Phil debuts
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Youth is served: Krzysztof Urbański and Denis Matsuev make their LA Phil debuts

The Hollywood Bowl is often a place for conductors and soloists to make their Los Angeles Philharmonic debuts.  It’s a bit of trial by fire — if you can make a strong impression under the duress of limited rehearsal time and less-than-ideal performing conditions, then you might get invited for a gig downtown for the … Continue reading

Happy Birthday to the great Martha Argerich
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Happy Birthday to the great Martha Argerich

“Great” is an often overused and mis-applied word, but is unquestionably appropriate in describing Martha Argerich. The great Argentinian pianist was born on June 5, 1941, which makes her 71 years old today. Her appearances are always events, partly because they are relatively rare.  Every few years, her name comes up on a local program, … Continue reading

Charles Dutoit leads a refreshing night with the LA Phil
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Charles Dutoit leads a refreshing night with the LA Phil

A  program of Stravinsky, Debussy, and Prokofiev may still be considered adventurous in some concert halls, but for many years, it was the norm at Walt Disney Concert Hall.  The 20th Century French and Russian composers seemed to turn up on the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s programs as often (if not more so) than Mozart, Brahms, … Continue reading

Yuja Wang and James Conlon triumph with the LA Phil
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Yuja Wang and James Conlon triumph with the LA Phil

Yuja Wang is the real deal. If there was any doubt that might have crept in as to whether or not she was a “serious” pianist and/or musician based on a spate of recent cancellations and a critic’s unfortunate comments about her attire at the Hollywood Bowl, let them be put to rest after this … Continue reading

Prokofiev rolls while Chapela tries to rock:  Dudamel, Moser, and the LA Phil
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Prokofiev rolls while Chapela tries to rock: Dudamel, Moser, and the LA Phil

“Let’s rrrrock this place.” Gustavo Dudamel wasn’t talking about the Prokofiev 5th Symphony when he made that comment from the stage at Walt Disney Concert Hall, but he could have been.  In fact,  he should have been.  On a Friday night when the performance of  a newly commisioned work for electric cello should have provided … Continue reading