Maurice Tuchman, Los Angeles County Museum of Art modern art curator, rears his ugly head again ("Of Lunches, Trends and Parties--Or How to Collect Modern Art," by Elizabeth Venant, Feb. 3).
Diagnosis: Visiona Narrowsa --deadly curatorial disease.
CAROL QUINT Los Angeles MUTI MUTATION
Regarding Donna Perlmutter's praise of Riccardo Muti and the change he has made in the sound of the Philadelphia Orchestra ("Muti--Man in Mid-Revolution," Feb. 3).
As one who grew up in the East listening to the Toscanini Philharmonic, the Koussevitzky Boston, the Stokowski Philadelphia, and who was trained at the Curtis Institute and was (at 21) a member of the Stokowski Philadelphia Orchestra, permit me to comment.
The Stokowski Philadelphia's character and passion gave the sound that distinguished it from all others. This sound, maintained to a major extent by Eugene Ormandy, lasted until the arrival of Muti.
The country is now filled with superb orchestras. They play marvelously, with accuracy and precision, and all sound alike. If one listens to FM stereo, for example, without knowing which orchestra is playing or with no familiarity of that particular recording, one cannot identify the orchestra.
In this respect, I must agree with Perlmutter--Muti has changed the sound of the Philadelphia Orchestra. It has lost its character!!!
JULES SEDER Studio City LIKE A CALENDAR (To the tune of "Like a Virgin") I made it through the stereo ads
Somehow I made it through
Been wading through mindless pulp
To find the Book Review
The Letters Page--Is the Rage
Hilburn's wit really gets upstaged
But I read it through
Yeah, I read it through
'Cause I got nothing to do!
But read Calendar (Hey!)
For the very first time
Read the Cal-al-alender
Where pure slander
Is not a crime
Sheila's fine--she's so kind
He's God incarnate
But what's really bad
Yeah, what makes me mad
Is that big Vegas ad!
In the Calendar
Almost every time!
In the Cal-al-al-endar
Filling my mind with useless slime LISA CANNON La Mirada