November 9, 1987 |
In certain quarters, Edward Elgar's "The Dream of Gerontius" is regarded as something of a national monument. The grandiose oratorio, completed in 1900, may strike a few callous or unchauvinistic souls as a quaint Victorian relic. Nevertheless, as long as there's an England, Elgar's lofty rhetoric--aligned with his meandering Wagnerism and prim piety--will be ardently admired and fiercely defended.
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June 6, 1991 |
Survivors of Tuesday's deadly massacre at a San Diego electronics company remember the afternoon attack in snippets. There was the clang of the fire alarm, which went off shortly after 2:15 p.m. when Larry T. Hansel, a former employee who had been laid off in March, entered the Elgar Corp. headquarters and exploded two homemade bombs.
May 17, 2013 |
What do we do with the Duke? He was, most agree, the greatest jazz composer who ever lived. And more. Duke Ellington was the soul of American music. David Schiff has just written a brilliantly illuminating book, "The Ellington Century," that places the Duke at the center of it all. Academic Ellington studies are extensive. Terry Teachout has an Ellington biography on the way. And yet Ellington remains an outsider. A handful of his compositions are standards. But his large-scale symphonic works, his opera, his this and his that - he broke boundaries - are significant rarities.
May 17, 1987
Martin Bernheimer is right on the mark in his sober, clear-sighted assessment of the Andre Previn regime at the Philharmonic ("A Problematic Partnership," May 10). I don't long for the Brahms-laden Carlo Maria Giulini years, but the Previn stewardship of our most valuable musical resource is proving to be a big disappointment. The constant programming of music by the likes of Vaughn Williams and Elgar has become a joke in my circle of music-loving friends. There's not enough Mahler and the Mozart conducting I've heard has been mediocre or worse.
July 16, 1998 |
Last week at the Hollywood Bowl, the hyperkinetic British conductor Roger Norrington performed Mahler and Beethoven like a house on fire. Tuesday night, another well-known British maestro offered an antidote. It is unfair to Jeffrey Tate to think him poky, but he was evidently in an expansive mood with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. There are many kinds of slow.
September 10, 2009 |
Tuesday was meant as a night of Englishness. Bramwell Tovey -- the principal guest conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl and an affably avuncular Brit ever-ready with a quip for the audience -- was in excellent form. Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance" March No. 1, broadly played, evoked the land of hope and glory (as well as graduation). Ralph Vaughan Williams' "The Lark Ascending," for violin and orchestra, a perfect pastoral, featured concertmaster Martin Chalifour.