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December 9, 1993 | TIMOTHY MANGAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
F inlandization. It is a term coined in the Cold War, a name given to the politics of appeasement and conciliation pursued by Finland when the Soviet Union lurked next door. It's best not to make waves when your neighbors are Red. Things change and the term recedes into the remote past. Unless you're a Finnish musician.
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December 11, 1993 | MARTIN BERNHEIMER, TIMES MUSIC CRITIC
According to conventional wisdom--which is seldom conventional and hardly ever wise--Esa-Pekka Salonen is the flashy Finn. Jukka-Pekka Saraste, his buddy, is the serious one. Salonen, 35, and Saraste, 37, have more in common than a middle name. Their backgrounds are similar, and both conductors are poised on the threshold of promising careers. Salonen, in case you've been off the planet lately, is the gutsy, increasingly controversial music-director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
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December 11, 1993 | MARTIN BERNHEIMER, TIMES MUSIC CRITIC
According to conventional wisdom--which is seldom conventional and hardly ever wise--Esa-Pekka Salonen is the flashy Finn. Jukka-Pekka Saraste, his buddy, is the serious one. Salonen, 35, and Saraste, 37, have more in common than a middle name. Their backgrounds are similar, and both conductors are poised on the threshold of promising careers. Salonen, in case you've been off the planet lately, is the gutsy, increasingly controversial music-director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
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December 9, 1993 | TIMOTHY MANGAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
F inlandization. It is a term coined in the Cold War, a name given to the politics of appeasement and conciliation pursued by Finland when the Soviet Union lurked next door. It's best not to make waves when your neighbors are Red. Things change and the term recedes into the remote past. Unless you're a Finnish musician.
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January 31, 1998 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto didn't acquire its nickname because it lacked majesty in conception and execution. But that was exactly the quality missing when the work was played by pianist Andreas Haefliger and the Los Angeles Philharmonic led by Jukka-Pekka Saraste on a three-part program Thursday at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Much of the fault belongs to Saraste, whose conception of conducting seems limited to time-beating.
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January 25, 1998
MOVIES "Great Expectations" is a contemporary adaptation of the Dickens classic starring Robert De Niro, Ethan Hawke, Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Cooper and Anne Bancroft (left, with Jeremy James Kissner). The film, directed by Alfonso Cuaron ("A Little Princess"), opens Friday in general release.
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April 16, 1995 | Herbert Glass, Herbert Glass is a regular contributor to Calendar
Maurizio Pollini, on the evidence of his just-released set of the five canonic Beethoven Piano Concertos (Deutsche Grammophon 439 770, three CDs), has become a safe, secure pianist, a prematurely old master.
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July 17, 1994 | HERBERT GLASS
We never got quite enough of Kurt Sanderling in Los Angeles. And certainly some of the slo-mo interpretations of his last stints with the Los Angeles Philharmonic failed to tell the story of this justly revered musician. The comprehensive story of the conductor, now past 80 and no longer traveling far or frequently from his Berlin home, is contained in a set of the seven Sibelius Symphonies recorded with his Berlin Symphony during the 1970s (Berlin Classics 2059, 4 CDs, mid-price).
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December 25, 2005 | Mark Swed
CRISTINA ZAVALLONI Singer Young Italian chanteuse Cristina Zavalloni is a jazz improviser, a versatile singer of new music and a daring opera performer (she's starred in an avant-garde opera by Sylvano Bussotti based on the works of De Sade). She is often compared to Cathy Berberian, who all but reinvented singing before her death in 1983, bringing Monteverdi into the modern age, taking the Beatles on a tour of the Baroque and functioning as muse to Luciano Berio.
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December 5, 1993 | HERBERT GLASS, Herbert Glass is a regular contributor to Calendar.
Much conventional wisdom becomes stale with repetition--and meaningless under close scrutiny. For instance: the Hungarians, if not inherently possessing all the secrets to performing the music of native son Bela Bartok, project it with more lyricism, to balance its often harsh angularity, than musicians from elsewhere, most notably Americans.
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June 21, 1992 | HERBERT GLASS, Herbert Glass is a regular contributor to Calendar.
For the hugely hyped Russian-born Israeli violinist Maxim Vengerov, creating a stir has become old hat, despite his mere 18 years. Vengerov's just-released showpiece program (Teldec 73266) is likely to win him even more friends. What fun it is to hear Vengerov tear into the pyrotechnics of Paganini's D-major Concerto with such gleeful abandon and then play its more subdued passages with such care (but not to the point of studiedness) and sweetly rotund tone.
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