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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 [...]



CD Review: Honeck and the PSO Perform Tchaikovsky and Dvořák

September 26, 2016 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Reference Recordings are on a mission: to record some of the world’s greatest symphonic works under the unique direction of its music director Manfred Honeck.
The latest offering is a recording of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74, “Pathétique.” And just as with the previous recordings by Honeck [...]



CD Review: Johannes Moser Performs Dvořák and Lalo Cello Concertos

May 22, 2016 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

The recent recording of two 19th-century cello concertos — the Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104 by Antonín Dvořák and the Cello Concerto in D minor by the French composer Édouard Lalo — performed by German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser accompanied by the Prague Philharmonic led by the young Czech conductor Jakub Hrůša, is an [...]



Exquisite Chamber Music by Le Salon de Musiques

May 16, 2016 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

If you like chamber music by the world’s greatest composers, both known and unknown, performed by renowned musicians in an intimate setting, then Le Salon de Musiques is for you. The brainchild of French-American pianist Francois Chouchan, Le Salon de Musiques has been hosting chamber music salons on the fifth floor of the Dorothy [...]



Review: Edo de Waart Conducts the LA Phil With Behzod Abduraimov

April 25, 2016 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

On Sunday, the Dutch conductor Edo de Waart conducted the LA Phil in three works, The Chairman Dances by John Adams, the Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22 by Saint-Saëns with pianist Behzod Abduraimov, and the Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56 “Scottish” by Mendelssohn.
De Waart, looking older than his [...]



Review: Daniil Trifonov at Walt Disney Concert Hall

February 27, 2016 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

The young Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov returned to Los Angeles on Friday night, this time in a solo recital at Walt Disney Concert Hall featuring works by Brahms, Schubert and Rachmaninoff.
I am going to join the chorus of others who have proclaimed the 25-year-old Trifonov the next great Russian pianist in the tradition of Horowitz [...]



Review: Daniel Harding and Emanuel Ax With the LA Phil

January 10, 2016 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

Apparently, there are a lot of very promising young conductors on the classical music scene; and the LA Phil certainly knows how to recognize and find them (think Esa-Pekka Salonen and Gustavo Dudamel). One of these young conductors is the 40-year-old British conductor Daniel Harding who returned to LA this past weekend for a series [...]



CD Review: Honeck and the PSO Perform Beethoven

December 31, 2015 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra have done it again. They have produced fresh and exciting performances of two of Beethoven’s greatest symphonies, the Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 and the Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92, in their fourth CD in the Pittsburgh Live! series on the Fresh! [...]