On April 23, American conductor and Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra David Robertson presented an all-American concert of works, including Three Places in New England by American composer Charles Ives, the West Coast premiere of the LA Phil co-commission of the Organ Concerto by American composer Christopher Rouse performed by organist Paul [...]
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Finnish conductor and composer and Conductor Laureate of the LA Phil Esa-Pekka Salonen returned to Disney Hall on Sunday to conduct an all-Sibelius program consisting of Finlandia, Six Humoresques, and the Symphonies No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104, and No. 7 in C major, Op. 105.
Salonen has the music of Sibelius flowing through his [...]
Two septuagenarian titans of the piano, Martha Argerich and Stephen Kovacevich, who also happen to be former wife and husband, performed a duo piano concert of works by Rachmaninoff (Symphonic Dances, Op. 45) and Debussy (Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, Lindaraja, and En blanc et noir) on Saturday night at Disney Hall.
The Rachmaninoff was originally [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]