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  • Opera review: Esa-Pekka Salonen makes Met debut in New York

     
    From the house of the dead -- as I’ve heard the Metropolitan Opera grumpily described from time to time -- comes a great “From the House of the Dead.” OK, that’s a cheap shot, but a company generally eager to......
  • Esa-Pekka Salonen among classical Grammy nominees

     
    Amid all of the Grammy hubbub this evening surrounding Beyonce, the Black Eyed Peas and other mega-stars, it's easy to forget that classical music is an important part of the annual nominations, accounting for 13 categories and spanning the field......
  • Music Review: Frank Zappa Green Umbrella concert at Disney Hall

     
    Clearly, the West Coast, Left Coast festival would have been remiss without nodding to Frank Zappa, one of Los Angeles' greatest and least easily categorized musical mavericks, whose work was the star of Tuesday’s Green Umbrella concert at Walt Disney.....
  • Musical gift ideas: for opera mavens

     
    Opera is expensive to record, but the industry continues to fill in repertory gaps. Rachmaninoff’s “The Miserly Knight” gets an excellent performance on Chandos. Thomas Ades’ irresistible “The Tempest” features the original Covent Garden...
  • Music review: Salvatore Sciarrino premiere at Monday Evening Concerts

     
    Though laudable, the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s West Coast, Left Coast festival left out a lot. It told the story of California music from John Adams’ angle -- our pioneer spirit, our vital connection with Latin American and Asia, our remove......
  • Music review: L.A. Phil embraces a new generation with Dudamel

     
    Oct. 8, 2009, is not the date of a revolution in music. The day marks not even the dawn of a new era. What the Gustavo Dudamel gala Thursday night at Walt Disney Concert Hall did mean for the Los......
  • Los Angeles Philharmonic gala at Disney Hall

    Los Angeles Philharmonic gala at Disney Hall
    Pierre Boulez once infamously called for burning down opera houses as a way of beginning all over again with what seemed, to progressives in the 1950s, a moribund art form. He, of course, kept his matches in his pocket. Thursday night during a Los...
  • An engaging finale to another Jacaranda season

    An engaging finale to another Jacaranda season
    Jacaranda, the illuminating and increasingly important Southland music series, bills itself as "music at the edge of Santa Monica." True enough, its focus courts edginess, if cautiously, and with a mandate on mixing challenging and ear-pleasing fare. And...
  • Pierre Boulez a work in progress at 85

    Pierre Boulez a work in progress at 85
    Pierre Boulez, everyone says, has mellowed. A half-century ago, he was famed as a maestro with a frighteningly formidable ear, a French composer of frightfully formidable music and a polarizing polemicist. In the '50s, heaccused the old tonal composers...
  • Gone are the horned helmets in Wagner’s ‘Ring,’ but are new ways always better?

    Gone are the horned helmets in Wagner’s ‘Ring,’ but are new ways always better?
    The horned helmet — usually sitting on the head of a zaftig soprano — is the universal symbol of Richard Wagner's "The Ring of the Nibelung." But like Shakespearean tights and codpieces, it's a visual cliché that fell out of currency decades...
  • The viola sings out

    Google "viola joke" and you'll be rewarded with thousands, an afternoon's worth of hilarity at the expense of one of the most expressive sound producing machines ever conjured up. Here's a popular example: What's the difference between a viola and a...