February 20, 1999
After reading Daniel Cariaga's review of Evgeny Kissin's piano recital, we must have been at different venues ("Russian Pianist Kissin Allows Pessimism to Deflate Chopin," Feb. 11). Nearly everyone I spoke with left in a state of euphoria. A packed house that refused to let him leave the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion stage with approximately 10 standing ovations would seem to deflate Cariaga's review. As a classical pianist intimately conversant with his program, I was impressed with his musicality and composure.
September 6, 1997
My husband and I attended David Helfgott's performance of Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto last week, together with about 8,000 other lovers of great music. While we were absolutely delighted with the quality of his performance, we were also enchanted by the artist's humanity, which he demonstrated by his hugging and kissing certain members of the string section when he bounded onto the stage. In his review of the concert ("Pianist Helfgott Delivers a Passable Rachmaninoff," Aug. 27)
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November 22, 2003 |
Malcolm Hamilton, one of Southern California's favorite and most accomplished harpsichordists, died Monday. He was 70. Hamilton died of congestive heart failure as he was being taken to Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center in Mission Viejo, according to David Thomas, his partner of 43 years. They lived in Laguna Niguel. Hamilton was born in Victoria, Canada, in 1932.
April 14, 1988
Neither the most virtuosic nor the most extrovert of ensembles, the Takacs Quartet--formerly of Hungary, now of Colorado--nevertheless produces musical performances of high quality and reliable consistency. And more: genuine conviction.
January 17, 1994 |
Hungarian-born pianist Gyorgy Cziffra, best known for his brilliant performances of Franz Liszt's rhapsodies, has died, relatives said Sunday. He was 72. Cziffra died Saturday of a heart attack at a Paris hospital. Living in exile since the 1956 Soviet-led invasion of Hungary, Cziffra had a home in Senlis, northeast of Paris, where he ran a foundation for young musicians and artists.
May 23, 2013 |
Henri Dutilleux, the French composer whose modernist music has received international acclaim and is performed regularly by major orchestras, died Thursday in Paris. He was 97. His death was announced by his publisher, Schott Music. No cause of death has been released. Dutilleux is widely regarded as one of the most important composers of the 20th century. He wasn't a prolific writer, but his style, singular voice and iconoclastic tendencies won him admirers around the world, inviting comparisons to fellow Frenchman Pierre Boulez and Olivier Messiaen - though Dutilleux and the former reportedly did not always get along.
December 8, 1985
For the sake of the classical music community in Los Angeles, would Martin Bernheimer please submit his resume and apply for the position of Executive Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic that Ernest Fleischmann recently vacated ("Fleischmann to Paris Opera," by Daniel Cariaga and Marc Shulgold, Nov. 27). At last, someone would be at the helm to assemble suitable programs. Helicopters would no longer torment the Hollywood Bowl; I suppose it could be domed. Bernheimer would be at the Music Center, in charge, to see that something is finally done about those lousy acoustics he's constantly irritated by. He'd see to it that people patronize the Bowl only to hear music, rather than expecting the uncivilized outdoor dining and all-too-comfortable evening with friends under the stars of a warm summer night.
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October 22, 2000 |
Pianist David Golub, a member of the highly regarded Golub-Kaplan-Carr Trio, died Monday at his home in Milan. He was 50. The cause of his death was lung cancer, according to Nancy Shear, his press representative. Golub was also widely known through his appearance as Isaac Stern's accompanist in the 1979 film, "From Mao to Mozart," which won the 1980 Academy Award for best documentary. Born in Chicago in 1950, Golub grew up in Dallas, where he began his piano studies.
April 2, 1988 |
Simon Rattle had introduced his youthful, energetic City of Birmingham Symphony to America on Tuesday at a concert in Orange County. He saved his major repertory novelty, however, for the debut of the orchestra at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Thursday. The novelty turned out to be the U.S. premiere of a splashy 3-year-old tone poem by Rattle's 44-year-old compatriot Robin Holloway, a native of Leamington Spa.