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Review: Jaap van Zweden Conducts the LA Phil in Beethoven and Shostakovich

March 13, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

On Sunday, the Dutch conductor Jaap van Zweden led the LA Phil in two Fifths, the Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Beethoven and the Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47 by Shostakovich.
Van Zweden, the current music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the soon-to-be (2018-2019) music director of [...]



Review: LA Phil With James Gaffigan, Hélène Grimaud and James Matheson

February 27, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

On Sunday, French pianist Hélène Grimaud performed the Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83 by Brahms under the direction of guest conductor James Gaffigan.
The concerto began with a beautifully sonorous horn introduction by LA Phil Principal Andrew Bain (and later echoed beautifully by Amy Jo Rhine), which established the melodic theme [...]



Review: Dudamel Conducts LA Phil with Lisa Batiashvili

February 5, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

On Saturday night, Gustavo Dudamel conducted the LA Phil in works by three Russian-born composers, (K)ein Sommernachtstraum by Alfred Schnittke; the Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 by Tchaikovsky, with Lisa Batiashvili as soloist; and Selections from Romeo and Juliet by Prokofiev. Not only were all three composers Russian, but they all wrote music [...]



Review: The Berlin Philharmonic Performs Mahler at Walt Disney Concert Hall

November 20, 2016 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

On Saturday night, the Berlin Philharmonic, under the baton of its music director, Sir Simon Rattle, gave LA concertgoers something to be grateful for this Thanksgiving, a transcendent performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 7 in E minor. Also on the program was a brief composition for a small ensemble of 15 instruments by Pierre Boulez [...]



Review: Garrick Ohlsson at Disney Hall

November 14, 2016 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

On Sunday evening, the American pianist Garrick Ohlsson performed a recital of four of Beethoven’s most popular piano sonatas: the No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, “Pathétique,” the No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, “Moonlight,” the No. 21 in C major, Op. 53, “Waldstein,” and the No. 23 in F minor, Op 57, [...]



CD Review: ‘Intimate Letters’ by the Lyris Quartet

November 8, 2016 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

Since its inception in 2008, the Los Angeles-based Lyris Quartet — Alyssa Park (violin), Shalini Vijayan (violin), Luke Maurer (viola) and Timothy Loo (cello) — has championed music by contemporary composers. As the founding resident ensemble of the Hear Now Music Festival, which focuses on the music of living Los Angeles composers, the quartet has [...]



Review: Dudamel Conducts the LA Phil in Mahler’s Ninth

October 24, 2016 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

On a cloudy Sunday afternoon, Gustavo Dudamel conducted the LA Phil in one work, the monumental Symphony No. 9 by Gustav Mahler.
Mahler finished his last symphony in April 1910, one year before he died of heart disease, and there is much in the symphony that suggests that Mahler knew of his impending death, especially the [...]



Review: Dudamel Conducts Brahms With Joshua Bell and Strauss

October 18, 2016 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

Gustavo Dudamel was back in town on Sunday to conduct the LA Phil in a program including the Brahms Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77 with Joshua Bell as soloist and two early tone poems by Richard Strauss, Don Juan and Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks.
Dudamel opened the concert with Towards Osiris by the German [...]



Review: The LA Phil Performs Ravel and Stravinsky

October 11, 2016 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

The 38-year-old Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado was in town on Sunday to lead the LA Phil in a sonically spectacular program of works by two masters of composition and orchestration: Ravel and Stravinsky.
Heras-Casado began the matinee concert with a light but crisp performance of Ravel’s delightful 8-minute Alborada del gracioso. It was a perfect aperitif [...]



Review: Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra Perform at VPAC

October 6, 2016 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

On Oct. 5, the former music director and conductor laureate of the Los Angeles Philharmonic was in town to conduct his current orchestra, London’s Philharmonia Orchestra. But they didn’t perform at Salonen’s old home, Walt Disney Concert Hall. They performed in the beautiful Valley Performing Arts Center on the campus of California State University, Northridge.
And [...]