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The Cliburn: Day One of the Semifinal Round

June 1, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

June 1: Day one of the semifinal round of the Cliburn International Piano Competition: Daniel Hsu and Dasol Kim
Daniel Hsu from the U.S.
Daniel Hsu performed two works. He started off with the four Impromptus by Schubert, Op. 90, D. 899, written in 1827, the year before his death.
Such mature playing for a 19 year old, [...]



Review: Dudamel Conducts Schubert and Mahler III

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

On Sunday afternoon, Gustavo Dudamel conducted the LA Phil in the last concert of his Schubert/Mahler series by performing Schubert’s Symphonies No. 8 in B minor, D. 759 (“Unfinished”) and No. 9 in C major, D. 944 (“Great”), and songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn by Mahler.
Dudamel opened the concert with a powerful performance of Schubert’s [...]



Review: Jeffrey Kahane’s Swan Song with LACO

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

Saturday night’s concert of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) at the Alex Theatre in Glendale was a concert mostly of lasts. It was the last concert of LACO’s 2016-2017 season (repeated on Sunday at UCLA’s Royce Hall). It was also the last concert for Jeffrey Kahane as music director. The program featured two major [...]



Review: Dudamel Conducts Schubert and Mahler II

May 14, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

On Saturday night, Gustavo Dudamel continued his exploration of the Schubert Symphonies and Mahler song cycles with the Symphonies No. 3 and 4 by Schubert and Kindertotenlieder by Mahler.
Dudamel’s pairing of the Schubert symphonies and Mahler song cycles is one of those programming ideas that one must hear before passing judgment. But if the first [...]



Review: Gustavo Dudamel Conducts Schubert’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 and Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer with Michelle DeYoung

May 7, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Uncategorized

After being away for three months, LA Phil Music Director Gustavo Dudamel has returned to conduct four series of concerts featuring the complete symphonies by Franz Schubert and the song cycles of Gustav Mahler. He opened the series this week with the Schubert’s Symphony No. 1 in D major, D. 82, and Symphony No. 2 [...]



Review: Philippe Jordan Conducts the LA Phil in Excerpts from Wagner’s ‘Der Ring Des Nibelungen’

May 1, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Swiss conductor Philippe Jordan was in town this past weekend to conduct the LA Phil in a series of concerts featuring excerpts from Wagner’s Der Ring Des Nibelungen, including well-known selections from Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung.
The four dramatic operas that comprise the Wagner Ring cycle are some of the only operas [...]



Review: David Robertson Conducts the LA Phil in Music ‘From the New World’

April 24, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Uncategorized

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 [...]



Review: Esa-Pekka Salonen Conducts Sibelius at Disney Hall

April 10, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

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 [...]



Review: Martha Argerich and Stephen Kovacevich Perform Debussy and Rachmaninoff at Disney Hall

April 9, 2017 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

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 [...]



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 [...]