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Review: Jonathon Heyward Conducts LA Phil With Hilary Hahn

December 6, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

On Dec. 3, concertgoers at Walt Disney Concert Hall arrived expecting a concert conducted by guest conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya, but discovered on the program insert that he had to cancel due to illness and was being replaced by the young American conductor and LA Phil Dudamel Conducting Fellow Jonathon Heyward. The program, which was originally [...]



Review: Valery Gergiev Conducts the Mariinsky Orchestra in an All-Russian Program at Disney Hall

November 2, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

This has been a month of visiting orchestras at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Two Sundays ago, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performed (see http://culturespotla.com/2017/10/review-riccardo-muti-conducts-the-chicago-symphony-in-brahms-at-disney-hall/). On Monday night the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra was in town (see http://culturespotla.com/2017/10/review-zubin-mehta-conducts-the-israel-philharmonic-and-yefim-bronfman/). And last night it was the Mariinsky Orchestra (formerly the Kirov Orchestra during the Soviet era) led by its music [...]



Review: Zubin Mehta Conducts the Israel Philharmonic and Yefim Bronfman

October 31, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

On Monday night, Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra returned for their annual pilgrimage to Los Angeles and an almost sold-out crowd at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
As with previous concerts, a lot of people from LA’s large Jewish community turned out, along with the extra security guards and bomb-sniffing dogs. But, unlike times past, [...]



Review: Riccardo Muti Conducts the Chicago Symphony in Brahms at Disney Hall

October 23, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

What do you get when you mix a storied American orchestra with a great Italian conductor and exalted German romantic music? A feast for the ears and the soul!
On Sunday night, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under its music director, Riccardo Muti, performed two symphonies by Johannes Brahms, the Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. [...]



CD Review: Philippe Jordan Directs the Vienna Symphony in Beethoven’s 1st and 3rd Symphonies

October 23, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

On Oct. 13 in Europe and Oct. 20 here, the Wiener Symphoniker released Beethoven Symphonies 1/ 3, the first disc in a complete cycle of Beethoven symphonies recorded with Music Director Philippe Jordan. After eight months in which Philippe Jordan has conducted all the symphonies with the Vienna Symphony in Vienna and on tour in China, this [...]



Le Salon de Musiques Kicks Off 8th Season

October 18, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

Le Salon de Musiques kicked off their eighth season of intimate chamber music on the fifth floor of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles on Oct. 15 with a program titled “Romantic Splendors,” featuring the String Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18 by Beethoven, the Duo for Violin and Viola in E [...]



Dudamel and LA Phil Perform Mozart

October 5, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil continued their partial Mozart month on Sunday with a concert titled “Mozart 1791: The Final Piano Concerto.” In addition to the Piano Concerto, No. 27, in B-flat Major, K. 595, with Spanish pianist Javier Perianes, the concert included works composed very late in the composer’s life: the overture from [...]



CD Review: Honeck and the PSO Deliver Deeply Moving Performances of Shostakovich and Barber

September 6, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra continue their Pittsburgh Live! series with another astounding performance of two more popular works: the Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47 by Dimitri Shostakovich and the Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber. But as they have done with other popular works he and the PSO have [...]



The Cliburn: Last Day of the Final Found

June 10, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

June 10: Day four (the last) of the final round of the Cliburn International Piano Competition: Rachel Cheung, Georgy Tchaidze and Daniel Hsu

The last three concertos on the final day of the 15th Cliburn International Piano Competition just finished.
Rachel Cheung
The first performance of the day was by 25-year-old Rachel Cheung of Hong Kong who [...]



The Cliburn: Day Three of the Final Round

June 10, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

June 9: Day three of the final round of the Cliburn International Piano Competition: Yuri Favorin, Kenneth Broberg and Yekwon Sunwoo

Beginning on Friday night, three of the six finalists in the 15th International Cliburn Piano Competition performed some of the biggest warhorses in the piano concerto repertoire accompanied by the Fort Worth Symphony [...]