October 21, 1999 |
Olli Mustonen, the 32-year-old Finnish pianist, reckons that he was 13 when he first heard the music of Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin, whose Fifth Piano Concerto he premieres tonight with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Esa-Pekka Salonen's baton. "From the first, I liked Shchedrin's original mind," said Mustonen via telephone from France. "But I didn't actually play any of his work until more recently."
May 30, 1999
The Ojai Music Festival begins Wednesday and ends next Sunday, with concerts, art exhibits (contemporary Finnish glass and ceramics) and other events. (805) 646-2053. Wednesday, 5:30 p.m., Ojai Art Center The Toimii Ensemble presents works by Oliver Knussen (world premiere), Lindberg and Schwitters. Friday, 8 p.m. The Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Salonen, with Laura Claycomb (soprano) and Anssi Kartunnen (cello), presents works by Salonen (U.S.
August 20, 1988 |
Dvorak's Eighth Symphony, for decades a specialty of the Los Angeles Philharmonic--especially in the halcyon days of Zubin Mehta's early tenure with the orchestra--made a remarkable impact when Leonard Slatkin conducted the Philharmonic Thursday night at Hollywood Bowl. The familiar piece achieved this impact through the most natural and undevious of means: an uncomplicated girding of the work's structure, clear instrumental balances, an aggressive and direct approach to songfulness.
April 28, 2003 |
The Los Angeles Philharmonic's Shostakovich project is surfacing again, wheeling around to some of the mightier symphonic canvases. The Symphony No. 4 is the road not taken for Shostakovich, a monumental sign of where his youthful radicalism was headed until Stalin cracked down. It bursts with wild ideas welded loosely together in a buckling one-hour structure, right down to an extraordinary, hopelessly desolate coda.
April 28, 1990 |
American symphony audiences have always shown a strong predilection for Russian music. When New Yorkers inaugurated Carnegie Hall in 1891, they brought over Tchaikovsky for a week of concerts. Sergei Rachmaninoff wrote his Third Piano Concerto in 1909 for an American tour, giving the eager Russophiles of New York City the first hearing of his new concerto.
December 16, 1989 |
It is a truism, but one that bears repeating: Putting together a program of masterpieces doesn't necessarily ensure success. For instance: Bruno Weil, making his West Coast debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic this week, arranged a wonderful agenda that could have thrilled the faithful and proved attractive to inexperienced concert-goers. It is a handsome and cogent Mozart program consisting of the Overture to "Don Giovanni," the Piano Concerto in E-flat, K. 271, and the "Linz" Symphony.