August 23, 1986 |
Winthrop Sargeant, an elder of the nation's music critics whose writings in The New Yorker entertained and informed readers for more than for 20 years, has died at age 82. Sargeant died Aug. 15 at his Salisbury, Conn., home. He was a champion of such consonant, directly emotive composers as Gian Carlo Menotti and Vittorio Giannini. He also wrote about jazz, publishing a book, "Jazz: Hot and Hybrid," in 1938.
April 24, 1999 |
"Well I guess it ain't easy doing nothing at all but hey man free rides just don't come along every day." --"Why Don't You Get a Job?" by the Offspring * In its hit song "Why Don't You Get a Job?," the Offspring chide slackers who sit back and let others do the work. But some music critics say the rock group is committing that very same sin with the tune.
June 15, 1996
Your new music critic, Mark Swed, is one of the best in the country. He is--unlike most music critics I have read--knowledgeable about and sympathetic toward the 20th century repertoire. It was interesting to read his reviews of the recent Ojai Festival. Mr. Swed did point out several problems such as the poor acoustics and the bright sun, but he emphasized what was most significant . . . that the performances were inspired and magical. We are quickly approaching the 21st century, and the bemoaning of the "agony of modern music" is surely an anachronism.
April 10, 1994
I don't get it. Christopher Alden says that music critics are not qualified to judge his work ("Tales of the Unnatural," by Chris Pasles, March 27), yet their praise of his stage direction earned him and Long Beach Opera high respect both nationally and internationally. In an era of hand-me-down set designs, it is a great relief to have any new productions. Let's hope he comes to town more often. ALAN R. COLES Long Beach
October 9, 1999
Right! How dare Garth try to do something different, something new, something unusual? ("Garth Shows Up at the Wrong Dance," Sept. 28) Music critics hate it when singers try to do that, don't they? Oh, waitaminnit--actually, music critics are always demanding that singers do that. The most common slam music critics use is that a singer's latest work is just a tired retread of the last thing they did. So, to quote Robert Hilburn's article, "Just what is going on here?" I get it. No matter what a successful singer like Garth Brooks does, Hilburn is going to slam him anyway.
March 31, 1997 |
The "Shine" phenomenon and pianist David Helfgott have already created a great flow of ink in music columns. One case in point is Times music critic Mark Swed's "The Reality of 'Shine': An Image Distorted" (Calendar, March 22). Why all the sound and fury about Helfgott from critics? Granted that he is no Sergei Rachmaninoff, Vladimir Horowitz or Andre Watts. Well, there was only one Johann Sebastian Bach, too, but does this invalidate everyone else?