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Review: Dudamel and LA Phil Perform Schubert Symphonies 5 & 6 and Mahler’s Rückert Lieder

May 22, 2017 | By Samuel Jang | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic heralded the arrival of spring with a series of concerts in May exploring all nine symphonies of Franz Schubert, paired with the song cycles of Gustav Mahler — Songs of a Wayfarer, Kindertotenlieder, Rückert Lieder and Des Knaben Wunderhorn. This reviewer attended the May 18 concert that featured [...]



Review: Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov with LA Opera Orchestra

May 7, 2017 | By Samuel Jang | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

Soprano Anna Netrebko made a rare visit to Los Angeles with her tenor husband Yusif Eyvazov for a May 4 concert of opera highlights at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, with the LA Opera Orchestra guest conducted by Jader Bignamini.
Having a Russian opera superstar on the stage attracted a sizable attendance from the Russian community in [...]



Review: Esa-Pekka Salonen and LA Phil Perform “Visions of America: Amériques”

November 12, 2014 | By Samuel Jang | Category: Classical Music and Opera

If revolutions require a spark to ignite, then a logistical glitch during the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s preparation for Hector Berlioz’s Romeo & Juliet proved to be the catalyst that upended what was originally supposed to be a program featuring the work of a popular Romantic-era composer and “America’s Favorite Soprano” Susan Graham. Instead, Salonen [...]



Review: Salonen Returns to LA Phil With Janáček, Saariaho and Sibelius

October 29, 2014 | By Samuel Jang | Category: Classical Music and Opera

The Los Angeles Philharmonic billed the Oct. 26 concert as a birthday tribute to “Hurricane Mama,” the iconic organ of Walt Disney Concert Hall. As a powerful storm must be handled with deft but equally powerful hands, the LA Phil called on the sorcerer from Finland, by way of London. Esa-Pekka Salonen, LA Phil’s conductor [...]



Review: LA Phil’s TchaikovskyFest Serves Up a Shakespearean Fantasy

March 3, 2014 | By Samuel Jang | Category: Classical Music and Opera

It was the week of the Oscars here in Tinseltown, and Disney Hall could not escape the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. In presenting Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Shakespearean Fantasy Overtures on Feb. 26 as part of its TchaikovskyFest, the LA Philharmonic collaborated with a star-studded cast that included Orlando Bloom, Robert Sean Leonard, Joe Morton [...]



CD Review: Anne Akiko Meyers, David Lockington and the English Chamber Orchestra Perform Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’

February 27, 2014 | By Samuel Jang | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

Try getting through your daily routine without running into Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. You would be hard-pressed to enter a five-star restaurant or luxury retail store without “Spring” playing in the Muzak. In a world saturated with the Four Seasons, Anne Akiko Meyers has released her take on this iconic piece.
The Four Seasons, composed in [...]



Review: Venice Baroque Orchestra and Philippe Jaroussky at Disney Hall

February 10, 2014 | By Samuel Jang | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Perhaps the coming of the mating season, spring, is agitating the competitive drive in Earth’s inhabitants. Whatever the reason, in the past couple of weeks, we have witnessed prominent contests, such as the Super Bowl and the Top Chef finale. And at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Feb. 5, we experienced a legendary battle of [...]



Review: Handel’s ‘Theodora’ at Segerstrom Hall

January 31, 2014 | By Samuel Jang | Category: Classical Music and Opera

George Frideric Handel’s affection for Theodora, a relatively little known oratorio about a fourth-century Christian martyr in Antioch, was such that he was said to have preferred it over the Christmas staple Messiah. The story may sound austere for today’s audience, but the rousing reception in the four curtain calls after three-and-half hours of music [...]



Review: Brahms Project with Emanuel Ax and Anne Sofie von Otter at Disney Hall

January 28, 2014 | By Samuel Jang | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

In “Crazy Hearts: Nashville,” a reality TV show about country music performers, a cast member consoles her recently dumped friend with “Your first big hit could be a heartbreak away.” Devotees of Lieder (German art song) gathered at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Jan. 21 to hear Johannes Brahms’ songs inspired by love, as part [...]



Review: Pasadena Symphony and Anne Akiko Meyers

November 6, 2013 | By Samuel Jang | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

If Saturday night seemed more rowdy than usual, it wasn’t because of the college kids grinding and twerking to hip-hop music blasting out of night clubs in Old Town Pasadena. The savage music and dance came from the Ambassador Auditorium, as the Pasadena Symphony performed its first concert of the 2013-14 season under its new [...]