July 11, 1996 |
Mahler's Eighth is a glorious, life-affirming, nature-savoring, heaven-directed symphony. Written for hordes of vocal soloists and choristers, along with a very large orchestra, it is as big as a symphony gets without becoming nutty. Even in these days, when performances of Mahler's other symphonies are common, it requires a special occasion, and much expense, to hear.
July 4, 2005 |
As they fight in court to clamp down on piracy, the major record labels have also tried to coax music fans to switch from free downloading to paid services. But when music fans go shopping for hit albums online, their money buys them something less than what they get on most CDs. The music is the same, and the sound quality is hard to distinguish. But there is a wide gap between what buyers can do with a CD and what they are allowed to do with a legal download.
October 28, 2009 |
Words can hardly convey how vicious, how over the top, Mexico's drug war has become. So they invented some. The Mexican media now has a special expression for being lined up and shot, and another for being dumped in the trunk of a car (we'll get to these). There are also terms for mafia kidnappings, for drug-gang spies and for the hand-scrawled notes hit men leave with the bodies of their victims. The lingo is grim, but how else to portray such savagery as beheadings and bodies cut up and cooked in acid?
October 28, 2002 |
The founders of the Shortlist Music Awards, to be announced Tuesday night at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, know what they're up against in the vastly overcrowded awards-show field, but they are optimistic that they can be noticed. It helps that they have a relatively modest goal. They're not out to top the ratings of the MTV Video Music Awards or other televised awards specials; they just want to let fans know about records that probably won't be honored at all those other ceremonies.
March 30, 2000 |
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art kicks off its latest film series, "All Singing! All Dancing! All New York!," Friday evening with two of the greatest musicals set in the Big Apple: 1949's "On the Town" and 1960's "Bells Are Ringing," which was Judy Holliday's last film. Both musicals, which were also Broadway hits, were written by the enormously prolific, award-winning team of Betty Comden and Adolph Green.
June 26, 1994 |
D o you want a CD with that Big Mac? McDonald's customers are probably going to be hearing questions like that soon, because the fast-food giant is adding recordings to its menu. As part of a special promotion, CDs and tapes by top artists--including Garth Brooks, Elton John and Roxette--will be sold at bargain prices (probably around $6) with a minimum purchase. For pop fans, it's a happy meal indeed. But some record retailers are anything but happy.