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Culture MonsterMark Swed looks at Mahler's Los Angeles legacy in wake of Gustav Dudamel's Mahler Project and links to a Sunday feature in which Dudamel discusses his relationship with the composer....
The Daily MirrorJune 2, 1980: Yes, young persons, âFantasiaâ came back in 1980 as a âhead filmâ (note the smoke and mushrooms). In 1982, in an attempt to improve the audio quality, Disney had a pickup orchestra and conductor/composer Irwin âChitty Chitty Bang...
Culture MonsterConducting at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York earlier this month, Lionel Bringuier was described as "startlingly young" by the New York Times. A few days later, he made his Proms debut in London. The Guardian described him as......
And in the beginning, there was no recorded sound. For millennia, music lovers had to play songs for each other in order to hear their favorite music. Because of this, perhaps -- as Greg Milner points out in his exhaustive, technically precise and...
Culture MonsterNEW YORK -- Henry Cowell, the all-American composer of the 20th century, did it all. âI want to live in the whole world of music,â he said. He was âthe open sesame of new music in America,â John Cage said.......
Culture MonsterFor all its fascination with youth, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, while Gustavo Dudamel is away, has hardly become no country for old men. Last month, Lorin Maazel (79) spent two weeks at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Last weekend, Rafael FrÃ¼hbeck......
Culture MonsterMichiko Hirayama strode onto the stage at REDCAT Friday night. The hall was darkened for dramatic effect, but we could tell it was a stride by the determined clicking of her high-heeled platform shoes. For the next 70 minutes, the......
Times Music CriticConcert halls do not live or die by their organs -- they only think they do. Relatively few major orchestral works include the organ. Orchestrations of organ works are what are in fashion again. As for organ recitals, just ask any church burdened with...
Tags: Frosting and Icing, Music, Music Industry, Walt Disney, Culture
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterNOW we know what the buzz around Armenian violinist Sergey Khachatryan, 22, is all about. Winner of the International Jean Sibelius Competition in Helsinki, Finland, in 2000 (the youngest in its history) and the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels...
Times Staff WriterI try not to be shocked by the depths to which the music business can sink. And I fail. Remember David Helfgott, the mentally unstable Australian pianist? His handlers literally pushed him onto the stage and suckered a large classically clueless audience...
Tags: John Cage, Music Industry, Theater, Joshua Bell, Teen-agers
Times Staff WriterFor three nights in October, the Los Angeles Philharmonic will get the kind of exposure orchestras dream of, but rarely—if ever—receive. Fewer than 7,000 people will attend the three gala concerts that open the Walt Disney Concert Hall, but...
Tribune music criticMaxim Vengerov's mastery of the violin is so complete, his embrace of music so rife with emotion, that it often appears as if his playing can fill a concert stage all by itself. As if to prove the point, he presented an entire solo violin recital to a...
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