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Review: Michael Tilson Thomas leads the LA Phil

December 3, 2018 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Featured Articles

Michael Tilson Thomas began a two-week stint with the Los Angeles Philharmonic this past weekend with performances of his own Four Preludes on Playthings of the Wind and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 (“Pathétique”) at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Tilson Thomas originally composed Four Preludes in 2003, and then revised it in [...]



Roderick Cox conducts the LA Phil with Cameron Carpenter

November 19, 2018 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

On Sunday, you could have enjoyed a nice, crisp fall day in Los Angeles, or you could have been inside the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall to hear one of the most electrifying concerts of the season, literally and figuratively.
The exciting young American conductor Roderick Cox led the LA Phil in a concert of three [...]



CD Review: Quartet San Francisco’s ‘A QSF Journey’

October 22, 2018 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

The new CD on Reference Recordings by the Quartet San Francisco (QSF), A QSF Journey, is a wonderful addition to the string quartet catalogue. The CD contains 12 tracks, many of which were either composed or arranged by the quartet’s founder and first violinist Jeremy Cohen and played to perfection by the quartet whose other [...]



Review: Dudamel conducts the LA Phil in the complete ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by Prokofiev

October 22, 2018 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Sergei Prokofiev composed his masterpiece ballet Romeo and Juliet in 1935. The LA Phil (founded in 1919) was already an established American orchestra at that time, but for the next 83 years it never performed the ballet in its entirety. At least not until this past weekend when LA Phil Music Director Gustavo Dudamel programmed [...]



Review: Season opener of Le Salon de Musiques

October 14, 2018 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

The 2018-19 season of Le Salon de Musiques opened spectacularly on Sunday, Oct. 7. For “Romantic Nostalgia,” Founder and Artistic Director Francois Chouchan programmed three works for string quartet: Henry Purcell’s “Chacony” in G minor (arranged by B. Britten), Schubert’s String Quartet No. 15 in G major, D. 887, and Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 6 [...]



CD Review: Honeck and the PSO Perform Beethoven and Strauss

September 18, 2018 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

The new release in the Pittsburgh Live! series is a revelatory performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55 by Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
It’s been a few years since we’ve heard Manfred Honeck and the PSO perform Beethoven, and that was a recording of the fifth and seventh symphonies [...]



Review: Dudamel and the LA Phil Perform Schumann’s Third

May 25, 2018 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

On Thursday night, Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil began their concluding weekend of the Schumann Focus series with a performance of the Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major Op. 97, “Rhenish.” Also on the program was the Overture to Genoveva, Op. 81, and the Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129 with soloist Sol [...]



Review: The LA Phil’s Schumann Focus Series With Mitsuko Uchida

May 22, 2018 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

On Saturday night, the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the direction of its music director, Gustavo Dudamel, performed a concert of orchestral works by Robert Schumann, including the Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 and the Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61. This concert was the second part of the Schumann Focus series [...]



Review: Jeremy Denk at the Wallis

April 27, 2018 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

On April 25, the American pianist and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Jeremy Denk performed a recital of works by Mozart, Prokofiev, Beethoven and Schubert in the Bram Goldsmith Theatre of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.
Denk began the program on a quiet, melancholic note with the Rondo in A minor, K. [...]



Review: Dudamel Conducts Bernstein and Beethoven

April 23, 2018 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

What do you get when you combine the most exciting young conductor in the world today with one of the world’s best symphony orchestras which he helped to build, a renowned master chorale and talented vocalists performing arguably the greatest symphony ever written — the Symphony No. 9 in D minor by Beethoven, Op. 125 [...]