April 19, 2014 |
Considered deeply uncool at one point, music from animated movies is back - and singing along is now not only OK for kids, it's something adults record themselves doing on their phones and share on YouTube. The boom in popular songs from animated movies comes after a long fallow period when the form yielded few hits in the music world, despite box-office juggernauts like the "Toy Story," "Shrek" and "Ice Age" franchises. Though all incorporated music in their films, it was rarely the kind that had come to define the genre at Disney Animation in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when it was making music-driven hits like "The Lion King," "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Little Mermaid.
February 19, 2013 |
Kelly Clarkson has gone off on Clive Davis in a way he almost predicted in his memoir, "The Soundtrack of My Life. " "It's clear that Kelly Clarkson has a decidedly independent streak, to say the least, and often speaks in public before she realizes the implications of what she's saying," he wrote in a chapter of the book that deals largely with their professional relationship. It's a chapter full of Clarkson not liking what Davis suggests, with Davis winding up always in the right.
August 9, 2012 |
A year ago Chinese pianist Yuja Wang was the talk of the classical music world after she wore a little orange dress for a performance at the Hollywood Bowl. Some thought the mini-dress inappropriate for a symphonic concert, while others cheered the young musician for her personal style. Thursday night she returned to the Bowl for a performance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and delighted the audience with a smart purple gown and a memorable playing of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1, with Gustavo Dudamel conducting.
November 5, 2012 |
Elliott Carter, one of the preeminent American composers of the past century, has died at 103. He died of natural causes at his home in New York, according to his close friend and assistant Virgil Blackwell. A prolific composer who won two Pulitzer Prizes, Carter was a titan of the contemporary music world. He penned works for orchestras, chamber ensembles, solo instruments and singers. His music evolved throughout his career, with his best-known works marked by atonal sounds and experimental rhythms. Active until the end, Carter did not allow old age to slow his productivity. One of his most recent works, "Dialogues II," a piece for piano and orchestra, had its world premiere last month at La Scala in Milan, Italy, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.
September 29, 1988 |
It's an image of pathos that fits into American movies very well: A reticent teen-ager in jeans, with unkempt hair, who is constantly dropping his glasses, turns out to have the right stuff to be a talented concert pianist. In Sidney Lumet's latest movie, "Running on Empty," River Phoenix portrays Danny Pope, a. k. a. "Mike Manfield" and several other fictitious names. He is 17, in a state of emotional hibernation, and a mystery to his teachers. Yet he performs Mozart's Fantasia, K.
October 27, 1990
I felt compelled to give you some feedback to your article about the New Kids on the Block. I'm the parent of a teen-ager who dearly loves the New Kids. As a parent, I'm glad to have a group that sings, dances and entertains in a manner that I don't have to worry about the words of their songs. It is nice to have such a refreshing young group come to the forefront of the music world. LEONARD MOEDER Diamond Bar
June 12, 1990 |
The music world hasn't exactly been going out of its way to celebrate the centenary of Swiss composer Frank Martin (1890-1974). Too bad. Sunday afternoon at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, the Cambridge Singers performed Martin's Mass for Double Chorus (1929) in a manner to remind every listener of the profound substance of the composer's output, and to do the group itself and its conductor, Alexander Ruggieri, proud.
October 28, 2013 |
The music world is in mourning over the death of Lou Reed, the indescribably influential singer, composer and bandleader. He was one of the first to marry rock insouciance with high-art ideas: reducing the form of a guitar band to its absolute minimum, while sounding unprecedented and scary and occasionally even lovely. He put raw drones and white noise into the rock-instrument canon, and wrote about smack addiction and transvestism 40 years before...
January 24, 1988
I am appalled that someone who claims to be as informed about the music world as Robert Hilburn would neglect to mention at all a man who since the '70s and well into the '80s has been more influential than any other figure in music--Bryan Ferry. Whether the creative drive behind Roxy Music, or as a solo artist, he consistently turns out masterpieces during an age when most of the premier artists of the '70s wallow in their creative droughts. One only has to look at two of the greatest albums in rock history, "Avalon" (1982)
December 21, 1997 |
Every year has its high and low points, but the better years also have a spirit that goes beyond individual accomplishments or failures. It is that spirit that gives the year its sense. And so what follows is not necessarily the 10 "best" of 1997 as much as 10 phenomena collectively meant to offer a whiff of a passing year's fleeting spirit. 1. Gorecki Grooves.