Sviatoslav Richter
Classical music online: Salonen, Sellars and Mozart

I do not unconditionally celebrate the Internet, particularly its intrusion into classical music. As replacements for the record store, Amazon and iTunes have become necessary evils. Typical commercial downloads are sonic shadows of the superior sound of CDs. Blogs ghettoize critics. YouTube is pretty much a toy. But there was no denying the Internet's potential as a genuine window onto the wider world this past weekend. Two recent European events of great interest to Angelenos went online, and that felt like a breakthrough. Esa-Pekka Salonen turns 50 today. After plans for some kind of Hollywood Bowl celebration fell through, the Swedes stepped in with a wacky birthday tribute by the...