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  • Critic's notebook: Revelatory Henry Cowell revival at Lincoln Center

     
    NEW YORK -- Henry Cowell, the all-American composer of the 20th century, did it all. “I want to live in the whole world of music,” he said. He was “the open sesame of new music in America,” John Cage said....
  • Music review: Christine Brewer brings Wagner and others to Disney Hall

     
    Taking advantage of an overly long mid-“Ring” three-day break at Los Angeles Opera -- between “Die Walküre” on Sunday and “Siegfried” on Thursday -- the Los Angeles Philharmonic did the neighborly thing Tuesday night. For its contribution...

    Music review: Dudamel takes on the 'Turangalila' at Disney Concert Hall

     
    An 18-wheeler of a symphony on a joy ride, the “Turangalila” –- with French plates, Sanskrit graphics, the eerie whine of a UFO, horsepower and torque you wouldn’t believe, a voluptuous sleeper in the cabin for euphoric sex -- barreled...

    'The Rest Is Noise, Listening to the Twentieth Century' by Alex Ross

    [This Book Review originally ran in the Los Angeles Times on Nov. 11, 2007] A unified, comprehensive history of 20th century music is the philosopher's stone of modern criticism: How to transmute such vast, maddening complexity into conceptual gold? It's...

    Von Stade sounds out the Broad Stage

    Von Stade sounds out the Broad Stage
    The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage, newly added to Santa Monica College, had its semi-public tryouts over the summer and a gala last month with singer Barbara Cook, who was amplified. But the opening night concert Saturday, a recital by mezzo-soprano...