September 4, 2008 |
That irrepressible British wit Bramwell Tovey -- who also happens to be principal guest conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl -- was at it again Tuesday night. And this time, he could thank our politicians, spinmeisters and news media for some fresh comic ideas. While musing about the misadventures of the "dreadful" Peer Gynt, Tovey couldn't help but crack, "Even though he was from a land of the North, he wasn't vice presidential material!" -- adding, for political balance, "Or the governor of New York!"
September 1, 2005 |
WITH joy, confidence and drama, Leonard Slatkin conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic in music by Glinka, Brahms and Shostakovich on Tuesday at the Hollywood Bowl. The heart of the program turned out to be Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1, with Sarah Chang as soloist. In 2004, she, Slatkin and the Philharmonic had played it during the conductor's first concerts in Walt Disney Concert Hall.
August 29, 2005 |
Sarah Chang, the globe-trotting, 24-year-old master violinist, one of classical music's hot tickets, made her impressive Hollywood Bowl debut at age 11 -- with three years of professional concerts in the U.S., Europe and Asia already under her belt. She returns to the Bowl on Tuesday to perform Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Leonard Slatkin.
January 10, 2003 |
Sarah Chang was the big draw at the Pacific Symphony concert Wednesday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. She played two works -- Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 and Sarasate's "Zigeunerweisen" (Gypsy Airs) -- with big, warm, luminous tone. But she revealed nothing about herself or about the music. "Zigeunerweisen" provided the template of her approach.
October 15, 2000 |
Karl Goldmark's Violin Concerto from 1877 is an almost exact contemporary of, and naturally overshadowed by, the Brahms and Tchaikovsky Violin Concertos, two of the greatest essays in the genre. Yet Goldmark's concerto is a very fine and appealing work, conservatively late Romantic with a touch of Mendelssohn's fleetness and melodic inspiration. And it appears to be making a comeback, if the simultaneous release of performances by these young performers is any indication.
May 6, 1998 |
Orchestral display for its own giddy sake is not something we usually associate with Esa-Pekka Salonen. It seems a reasonable indulgence, however, on a program celebrating the musicians of the orchestra, such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Pension Fund Benefit on Monday evening at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, with soloist Sarah Chang. Certainly Salonen exploited every opportunity for muscle-flexing and colorful preening afforded in popular favorites by Sibelius, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky.