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May 2, 2009 | Richard S. Ginell
Hans Graf, the Austrian-born music director of the Houston Symphony, isn't a glamorous conductor per se; the sweeping gestures and nimble-footed choreography of some of his colleagues are not his style. But he is a solidly reassuring one -- and that was enough to get the Los Angeles Philharmonic through another of those difficult mornings, which inevitably follow such emotional watersheds as Esa-Pekka Salonen's farewell concerts just a few weeks ago. Indeed, the Philharmonic had another trauma to deal with Thursday night, the sudden death of its 48-year-old principal trombonist Steven Witser from an apparent heart attack Monday.
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May 2, 2009 | Richard S. Ginell
Hans Graf, the Austrian-born music director of the Houston Symphony, isn't a glamorous conductor per se; the sweeping gestures and nimble-footed choreography of some of his colleagues are not his style. But he is a solidly reassuring one -- and that was enough to get the Los Angeles Philharmonic through another of those difficult mornings, which inevitably follow such emotional watersheds as Esa-Pekka Salonen's farewell concerts just a few weeks ago. Indeed, the Philharmonic had another trauma to deal with Thursday night, the sudden death of its 48-year-old principal trombonist Steven Witser from an apparent heart attack Monday.
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May 12, 1990 | KENNETH HERMAN
For some curious reason in recent years, the symphonies of Jean Sibelius have appeared infrequently on the San Diego Symphony's programs. Perhaps former music director David Atherton's inaugural season almost a decade ago--in which all seven of the Finnish giant's symphonies were traversed--sated the local appetite.
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October 18, 2004 | Daniel Cariaga, Special to The Times
Depth and authority mark the work of Hans Graf. These qualities, and a pervasive vein of subtlety, were a constant in the Austrian conductor's trio of concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic over the weekend, his debut appearances here.
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February 23, 1991 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Conductor Hans Graf and the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg may have every right to claim to know the definitive approach to the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Established in Salzburg, Mozart's birthplace, in 1841, the orchestra has been associated with the city's conservatory since 1880 and serves as the principal resident orchestra at the summer Salzburg Festivals. But Graf, who will conduct two programs locally in the coming weeks, won't take such an extreme position.
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October 18, 2004 | Daniel Cariaga, Special to The Times
Depth and authority mark the work of Hans Graf. These qualities, and a pervasive vein of subtlety, were a constant in the Austrian conductor's trio of concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic over the weekend, his debut appearances here.
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April 10, 1989 | KENNETH HERMAN
Another suitor took the San Diego Symphony podium Friday night, this time an Austrian lad with a sheepish smirk. Hans Graf's calling card was a deftly balanced Berlioz program: the redoubtable "Symphonie Fantastique" preceded by the rarely heard orchestral song cycle "Les Nuits D'Ete." It took Graf a while to ingratiate himself, but by the end of the concert his modest grin had blossomed into a broad, satisfied smile. The orchestra appeared pleased, and the rambunctious audience exuded unmitigated enthusiasm.
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August 3, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Performers, conductors and director working at this summer's Salzburg Festival Saturday protested the banning of director George Tabori's production of Franz Schmidt's 1938 oratorio "The Book With Seven Seals" featuring a naked Christ figure and simulated sex acts. The July 28 premiere of Tabori's version prompted complaints from some audience members and Catholic Church officials that the show was obscene.
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February 28, 1991 | DANIEL CARIAGA
There are pitfalls in masterpieces as well as in lesser works. The opening Allegro of Mozart's "Jupiter" Symphony, for instance, can lure an unsuspecting--even a suspecting--conductor into a perfunctory or sterile performance. Its perfection lulls the inalert. Hans Graf, leading his Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg in its first performance at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, fell into this trap Monday night after intermission. Regularity spawned routine.
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March 16, 1985 | DANIEL CARIAGA, Times Staff Writer
Two kinds of touring orchestras often pass this way. First, those ensembles who are tense, brittle and jealous of their own powers--they arrive, anxious to show off, to conquer and to move on; they do so. Then, there are those who appear, usually looking fatigued, performing in a slovenly manner, uncaring and numb from travel, who play, and also disappear.
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February 23, 1991 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Conductor Hans Graf and the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg may have every right to claim to know the definitive approach to the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Established in Salzburg, Mozart's birthplace, in 1841, the orchestra has been associated with the city's conservatory since 1880 and serves as the principal resident orchestra at the summer Salzburg Festivals. But Graf, who will conduct two programs locally in the coming weeks, won't take such an extreme position.
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May 12, 1990 | KENNETH HERMAN
For some curious reason in recent years, the symphonies of Jean Sibelius have appeared infrequently on the San Diego Symphony's programs. Perhaps former music director David Atherton's inaugural season almost a decade ago--in which all seven of the Finnish giant's symphonies were traversed--sated the local appetite.
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April 10, 1989 | KENNETH HERMAN
Another suitor took the San Diego Symphony podium Friday night, this time an Austrian lad with a sheepish smirk. Hans Graf's calling card was a deftly balanced Berlioz program: the redoubtable "Symphonie Fantastique" preceded by the rarely heard orchestral song cycle "Les Nuits D'Ete." It took Graf a while to ingratiate himself, but by the end of the concert his modest grin had blossomed into a broad, satisfied smile. The orchestra appeared pleased, and the rambunctious audience exuded unmitigated enthusiasm.
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February 5, 1993 | Chris Pasles
A look at what the Orange County Philharonic Society has presented here since 1986 1986-87: Three series, 18 concerts and recitals, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic led on different dates by Kurt Sanderling, Andre Previn and Esa-Pekka Salonen; the Chicago Symphony led by Georg Solti; the Cleveland Orchestra led by Christoph von Dohnanyi; the Avaz International Dance Theatre and the Karpatok Hungarian Folk Ensemble; the Canadian Brass; duo-pianists Katia and Marielle Labeque.
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February 27, 1991 | DANIEL CARIAGA, TIMES MUSIC WRITER
There are pitfalls in masterpieces as well as in lesser works. The opening Allegro of Mozart's "Jupiter" Symphony, for instance, can lure an unsuspecting--even a suspecting--conductor into a perfunctory or sterile performance. Its perfection lulls the unalert. Hans Graf, leading his Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg in its first performance at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, fell into this trap Monday night after intermission. Regularity spawned routine.
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