Beethoven's 'Hammerklavier' poses a superhuman challenge for most pianists. Murray Perahia rose to the occasion
"Alexander's Feast" is an ideal starting place for the Los Angeles Master Chorale's "Hidden Handel" series. Mark Swed review.
Organ recitals in the Los Angeles area by Richard Valitutto in Pasadena and Thomas Trotter in Los Angeles Philharmonic organ series at Disney Hall show the instrument is still impressive and grand.
The imaginative Kent Nagano leads Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal on a serious of outstanding classical music recordings.
Impressive sonics at opening gala make the Chapman University facility's use of Japanese acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota of Disney Hall fame seem wise.
There's still nothing quite like Robert Ashley's avant-garde opera "The Trial of Anne Opie Wehrer,' performed at 356 Mission.
Gustavo Dudamel leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic through the awe-inspiring Mahler's Third Symphony at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, pianist twins Christina and Michelle Naughton and women composers put the L.A. Phil through its paces
Russian pianist Alexei Lubimov honors Maria Veniaminovna Yudina in a Monday Evening Concert performance at Colburn School.
Although it may appear a mismatch, L.A. Chamber Orchestra and conductor Matthias Pintscher sound like they're made for each other at Royce Hall
The ambitious, orchestra-centric, semi-staged performances come away with mixed results at Disney Hall and Segerstrom, respectively.
For 'The Reef' concert, Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra performed mostly good musical pieces to accompany a cliched surfing film at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
The stakes are high for L.A. Phil's Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, the next music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
As part of the 'City of Light' festival, Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the L.A. Philharmonic in a magnificent program of Henri Dutilleux and Ravel. Unfortunately, digital projections by Ars Electronica Futurelab were less than illuminating.
Conductor and players merge into an individual musical organism as Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the L.A. Phil in a singular performance of Mahler's First Symphony.
Leon Botstein conducts a crisp new recording of the Hindemith and Wilder opera "The Long Christmas Dinner." A review by Mark Swed.
A full triple-quartet love-in is just part of the evening in an L.A. Phil Green Umbrella program involving the Calder, Lyris and Formalist ensembles at Disney Hall.
Monday Evening Concerts returns with Steven Kazuo Takasugi's "Sideshow," an amazing display of weird sound and performance
Stravinsky's ballet 'Apollo' with American Ballet Theatre' is featured with Benjamin Britten's 'Young Apollo' and Shostakovich's apollonian Fifth Symphony.
Sonically compressed music is standard today. But to hear it in high-res is a revelation. Could it become the new norm? Maybe, if U.S. technology, labels and websites catch up to rest of the world.
'Steel Hammer' uses the folk song 'John Henry' to examine the African American experience and more in a potent production featuring Bang on a Can All-Stars and the SITI Company.
Jacaranda kicks off its new season with two expressive, in-the-moment pieces — David Lang's 'darker' and Julia Wolfe's 'LAD.' In the same vein is Sankai Juku's moving 'Umusuna — Memories Before History.'
Choreographer Bill T. Jones is center stage as members of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company illustrate his tales in a response/homage to John Cage and Merce Cunningham.
Bad sound quality is just one of several knocks against streaming, but it's here to stay and musicians are finding ways to adjust.