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Review: Herbert Blomstedt Conducts LA Phil

March 19, 2018 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

There are many young exciting conductors on the classical music scene today. But there are still some exciting old conductors as well. And if Sunday’s LA Phil concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall is any indication, Herbert Blomstedt is near the top of the list. The nonagenarian (he was born in 1927) was in town [...]



Review: Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos and Yo-Yo Ma Perform Brahms at Disney Hall

March 5, 2018 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

On Sunday night, while Hollywood celebrities were celebrating their accomplishments in film and many Angelenos were watching the Academy Awards, an almost packed house at Walt Disney Concert Hall was witnessing one of the truly great musical events of the season, if not of the decade.
A power trio of superstars — pianist Emanuel Ax, violinist [...]



Review: Garrick Ohlsson at The Broad Stage

February 25, 2018 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

Garrick Ohlsson, the American pianist and 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition winner, returned to Los Angeles for a Feb. 23 recital at The Broad Stage. (He last performed at Disney Hall in November 2016 [see our review].)
Ohlsson chose a very demanding program, beginning with a piece he played when he last performed in LA, the [...]



Review: Dudamel Conducts Brahms With World Premiere by Joseph Pereira

January 29, 2018 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

On the beautiful and warm Sunday afternoon of Jan. 28, the LA Phil, conducted by Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, presented a concert of works by Stravinsky, Joseph Pereira and Brahms.
The concert opened with an early work (1908) by the 28-year-old Igor Stravinsky — Fireworks, Op. 4 — which predates his major and revolutionary ballet scores, [...]



Review: LA Phil Performs Mozart and Bruckner With Michael Tilson-Thomas and Khatia Buniatishvili

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

For the second time in a little more than two weeks, an ailing conductor had to be replaced for a concert with the LA Phil at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Two weeks ago, it was Miguel Harth-Bedoya who was replaced with Jonathon Heyward. On Saturday night, it was Michael Tilson-Thomas replacing Zubin Mehta who had [...]



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 [...]