December 28, 2008 |
YANNICK NEZET-SEGUIN AN IMPRESSIVE CANADIAN On a weekend in mid-March, Martha Argerich is supposed to play Ravel's Piano Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and that is all most ticket buyers need to know to mob the box office. The conductor could be Joe Blow. In fact, the conductor has a much more difficult name.
November 15, 1995 |
"Liberation 1945-1995," Monday at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, was not just a musical event. It couldn't be, with speeches and a proclamation given in person by Mayor Richard Riordan, with a letter of good wishes to the organizers of the concert written by Yitzhak Rabin and read posthumously by the consul general of Israel, with a moment of silence observed by a standing audience in honor of the prime minister assassinated a little more than a week ago.
February 13, 1995 |
A touring project about the magic of travel, "Journey to Cordoba," arrived at Cal State Los Angeles on Saturday for a premiere full of promise. Here, in a week when L.A. Music Center Opera announced the most conservative season in its history, the company was launching a new work drawn from the local community. Some critics might consider this experiment in outreach by an ivory tower cultural institution to be mere tokenism.
February 11, 2007 |
Live opera on DVD Rossini: "La Gazzetta" (Opus Arte) A production of a seldom encountered Rossini comic opera directed by Nobel laureate Dario Fo as hilarious, anarchic vaudeville with effective, if little-known singers. Handel: "Giulio Cesare" (Opus Arte) A Glyndebourne production of Handel's great opera brilliantly conducted by William Christie, with a first-rate cast including a riveting young soprano from Los Angeles, Danielle de Niese, as a decidedly sexy Cleopatra.
February 13, 2009 |
If you believe the divinations of British music commentator Norman Lebrecht, the venerable London-based record label Decca may be no more by next week. Perhaps, but the patient certainly looked healthy this week when the label's brightest new stars were in Southern California. Tuesday night, soprano Danielle de Niese dazzled at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. Then Wednesday, violinist Julia Fischer arrived at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields to play the two Bach concertos they've just recorded together.
June 3, 2002 |
Los Angeles Opera closes its 2001-02 season with a rarity of a double bill: two acknowledged masterpieces from the 20th century, Bela Bartok's "Duke Bluebeard's Castle" and Puccini's "Gianni Schicchi." Bartok's single opera and Puccini's single comedy, both first produced in 1918, are different stage animals but are complementary. The former is mysterious, allusive, symbolic and ambiguous; the latter, accessible, beautifully crafted and easy to love.