March 11, 2001
Leonard Zane dismisses Stravinsky's lofty reputation as a "typically intellectual viewpoint" and argues that his music won't endure like that of Rachmaninoff, Sibelius or Vaughan Williams because it doesn't "prove itself to the soul," whatever that means (Letters, March 4). I suppose, then, that those of us who packed the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion last weekend for the Los Angeles Philharmonic's remarkable performance of "The Rite of Spring" and responded with a unanimous, immediate, deeply felt and emotionally charged extended ovation were just a bunch of soulless intellectuals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 1990
Krauthammer's column epitomizes the mentality of the reactionary conservative right. Congress, by seeking to qualify the NEA bill, does indeed censor art because, as a sanctioned authority, it imposes its view of what is and what is not art on the populace. Krauthammer's idea for a "Himmelfarb Amendment," which would support only "old, established art," can only be seen as the most dangerous of reactions to the avant-garde. He, like the right, chooses to live in a past that is safely understood and offers no surprises or discomforts; yet he seems to forget that aesthetic opinions of Rachmaninoff, Beethoven and similar artists have been forged in part by the benefit of years of hindsight.
March 26, 1990 |
Although some locals are still debating the merits of last fall's Soviet Arts Festival, introducing Soviet Georgian conductor Jansoug Kakhidze to the city was one achievement beyond cavil. The white-haired maestro won kudos for conducting the festival-opening opera "Boris Godunov," and he continued his impressive show in a last-minute substitution for an indisposed Soviet colleague on one of the San Diego Symphony's festival programs.
January 31, 2005 |
Despite the surfeit of musical styles available in today's America, it grows harder and harder to hear a nationalist idiom played authentically on its own.
June 11, 1989 |
Van Cliburn is back. Not on the concert platform--from which he retired in 1975 while barely past the age of 40--despite hopeful palpitations stemming from a brief glasnost /Gorbachev-related visit to the Reagan White House. No, he's back on recordings, being accorded the sort of full coverage by RCA, on its mid-price blue label, thus far reserved for such departed giants as Artur Rubinstein and Jascha Heifetz. Is Cliburn in that class? Does he deserve it? Can one really answer such questions?
July 29, 2009 |
Ashley Tisdale "Guilty Pleasure" Warner Bros. 1/2 At age 24, Ashley Tisdale is the elder of the "High School Musical" tribe that includes Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens. On her second album, "Guilty Pleasure," the now-brunet wants to forge her adulthood, but what she's crafted is a glob of uninspired pop-rock that aspires to be Pink but is really something paler. The problem might lie with Tisdale's chosen path of independence; the showbiz prodigy now fancies herself a bad girl.