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  • Composer Magnus Lindberg on his friendship with Salonen: 'The kind of collaboration you need"

     
    When Esa-Pekka Salonen returns to the Walt Disney Concert Hall this weekend, after a full season’s absence, he will arrive as an old friend in a new guise, making his debut as the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s first conductor laureate. He......
  • Music review: Susanna Malkki makes her L.A. Philharmonic debut

     
    The much talked-about music director of the high-Modern, Boulez-blessed ensemble intercontemporain in Paris, Susanna Mälkki finally made her Los Angeles Philharmonic debut at Walt Disney Concert Hall. She began Saturday afternoon with … Beyoncé. In...
  • Music review: Pablo Heras-Casado conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Disney Hall

     
    On another blindingly bright morning Friday, the Walt Disney Concert Hall steel shimmered like an oasis in the hot, unshielded desert. The inside, though, was cooled by “riverrun.” Toru Takemitsu’s 15-minute score for piano and orchestra – the...
  • Music review: Dudamel takes on the 'Turangalila' at Disney Concert Hall

     
    An 18-wheeler of a symphony on a joy ride, the “Turangalila” –- with French plates, Sanskrit graphics, the eerie whine of a UFO, horsepower and torque you wouldn’t believe, a voluptuous sleeper in the cabin for euphoric sex -- barreled......
  • Music review: Gustavo Dudamel and Emanuel Ax play the classics at Disney Hall

     
    Despite the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s reputation for breaking the mold of the old-fashioned orchestra, and despite Gustavo Dudamel’s image as a conductor tuned in to the changeable 21st century, conventional concerts of classics remain a (if no...
  • Critic's Notebook: Mehta, Guilini, Previn and Salonen are still with us, via disc and page

     
    Remember last season when a certain French flutist from the Chicago Symphony who, flirting with a position in the Los Angeles Philharmonic before decamping back to his old band, derided our lack of tradition in the playing? Well the Gustavo......
  • Deborah Borda, the other power behind the L.A. Phil's podium

     
    Ever since the Los Angeles Philharmonic recruited him to be its new music director, the 29-year-old Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel has been the most conspicuous face in the classical music world. But there's a far less conspicuous presence whom...
  • Grant Gershon's iPod playlist

     
    Grant Gershon, the music director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, is celebrating 10 years with the renowned vocal ensemble this season. The conductor is particularly admired for his diverse approach to programming. “Grant Gershon is a model of a........
  • Music review: Pietari Inkinen makes his Hollywood Bowl debut with Leon Fleisher as soloist

     
    Pietari Inkinen, who made his Los Angeles Philharmonic debut Tuesday night at the Hollywood Bowl, is 29, music director of the New Zealand Symphony and yet another success story for Finland's fabulous music education. Here we go again, you might......
  • Pianist Stephen Hough remembers Ernest Fleischmann

     
    Stephen Hough, the famed British classical pianist, will play at the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a program that includes pieces by Brahms and Smetana. In an online article this week in the U.K.'s Daily......
  • Opera review: Gustavo Dudamel conducts 'Carmen' at the Hollywood Bowl

     
    Five years ago an unknown 24-year-old Venezuelan conductor made his U.S. debut at the Hollywood Bowl. You probably don't need to be reminded that 10 months ago the now famous Gustavo Dudamel made history a second time at the Bowl......