Sixty-six seconds of awesomeness (video):  virtuoso rendition of Tchaikovsky 4th on toy instruments
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Sixty-six seconds of awesomeness (video): virtuoso rendition of Tchaikovsky 4th on toy instruments

The Melodica Men — those crazy and talented guys that previously brought you “The Rite of Spring” on toy instruments — are back, this time with an impressive rendition of the finale of Tchaikovsky’s 4th Symphony.  It truly has to be seen and heard to be believed.  (See the video below) Continue reading

Checking in with the LA Phil (part 2 of 3):  a quick look back at January’s concerts
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Checking in with the LA Phil (part 2 of 3): a quick look back at January’s concerts

The four weekends of concerts by the Los Angeles Philharmonic this past January were noteworthy for three reasons:  the diversity of programming, the quality of playing, and that the first three conductors — Bramwell Tovey, Zubin Mehta, and Lionel Bringuier — once held titled positions with the orchestra while the fourth, Gustavo Dudamel, is the LA Phil’s current … 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

Rafael’s <i>Rite of Spring</i>:  Frühbeck de Burgos puts his own stamp on Stravinsky masterwork with LA Phil
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Rafael’s Rite of Spring: Frühbeck de Burgos puts his own stamp on Stravinsky masterwork with LA Phil

There have been so many performances this season of The Rite of Spring (AKA Le sacre du printemps in the original français) in celebration of the work’s centenary  that some people have expressed concerns that the work was becoming over-exposed.  You wouldn’t have known it by the number of seats filled Tuesday night at the Hollywood Bowl … Continue reading

Starting the new year off with a bang:  Grubinger, Eschenbach, and LA Phil dazzle with Tan Dun’s new percussion concerto
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Starting the new year off with a bang: Grubinger, Eschenbach, and LA Phil dazzle with Tan Dun’s new percussion concerto

A new composition for a new year.  Seems rather poetic, doesn’t it?  Often such gestures work better in concept than in practice, but thanks to Martin Grubinger‘s virtuoso performance of The Tears of Nature, Tan Dun’s new percussion concerto receiving its U.S. Premiere last Friday night care of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, this one worked … Continue reading

Five concerts, four conductors at different stages of their relationship w/ the LA Phil (part 3 of 4):  Esa-Pekka Salonen then and now
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Five concerts, four conductors at different stages of their relationship w/ the LA Phil (part 3 of 4): Esa-Pekka Salonen then and now

When Esa-Pekka Salonen comes back to conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic, you expect finely polished performances of complex programs.  In two weekends of concerts earlier this month, that’s exactly what you got and then some.  E-P was in town to help the orchestra celebrate Lutosławski’s centenary, with both sets of programs featuring major works by the … Continue reading