| May 1, 2008
For decades, the Los Angeles Philharmonic's marketing strategy relied heavily on images of the orchestra's "artistic"-looking maestros.
There was the young Zubin Mehta, his exotic features seemingly about to explode in a passionate fury; the patrician...
| Apr 19, 2008
For a while, conductor Charles Dutoit made the Los Angeles Philharmonic sound like a French orchestra Thursday at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
The effect wasn't due just to the program: works by Ravel and Saint-Saëns surrounding Grieg's Piano Concerto in...
| May 31, 2008
On Feb. 1, 2007, the New York Philharmonic premiered Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Piano Concerto, his most ambitious orchestral score. The Big Apple's skeptical concert-goers and critics, proudly sporting their late-model flashiness detectors, responded with...
| Oct 4, 2008
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...
| Jun 6, 2008
Chapter 11 in Neal Gabler's 2006 biography of Walt Disney is titled "Slouching Toward Utopia." It begins a couple of years after Disneyland opened in July 1955. So what did Walt do next? "Aglow over Disneyland," Gabler writes, "he was intent on...
| Sep 11, 2008
The world did not end Wednesday morning after scientists near Geneva turned on the Large Hadron Collider, smashing protons onto protons at nearly the speed of light. At least I don't think a black hole was formed, as some feared could happen,...
| Nov 21, 2008
Were it a car, the Guarneri String Quartet would be a 1964 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III. Only so luxurious a touring vehicle can serve as an analogy to an ensemble with an ultra-plush, million-dollar tone. It has to be a tasteful Rolls, moreover, not some...
| Jun 25, 2008
AMSTERDAM -- There have been some things even the most dazed Dutch, hazy-headed from the legal hash and marijuana sold in "coffee shops," probably couldn't have missed this month in their teeming capital. Construction is everywhere, especially along the...
| Jul 31, 2008
Miguel Harth-Bedoya led the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a likable and satisfying performance of Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony at the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday night. What made it likable was the rhythmic lilt. But what made it satisfying was more...
| May 26, 2009
It's not hard to imagine music churning through the soul of Christoph Eschenbach -- the cosmopolitan conductor who's considered one of the world's great musical minds -- every waking hour. And then some, it turns out.
"I think we all, musicians, have...