May 3, 2009 |
Times might be tough for the record industry, but they're good for Stevie Blacke. The multi-instrumentalist has appeared on such hit songs as Pink's "Sober," Rihanna's "Rehab" and Hinder's "Without You" -- and tracks from Madonna, Beck and Snoop Dogg -- playing violin, cello, mandolin, lap steel, Dobro or more than a dozen other instruments, including the two-stringed Chinese Erhu.
February 23, 2009 |
For the Munich Symphony Orchestra's first U.S. tour in 2005, Los Angeles was not on the itinerary -- a surprise, considering that the ensemble has recorded the scores for numerous films, including "Hellbound: Hellraiser II" and "The Silence of the Lambs." On Saturday, pianist-conductor Philippe Entremont made up for that omission at Royce Hall with a vigorous UCLA Live program of Wagner, Beethoven, Webern and Mendelssohn. In the concert opener, Wagner's "Siegfried Idyll," Entremont's shapely phrasing built naturally to impassioned climaxes, conjuring an otherworldly landscape.
September 29, 2007 |
When musicians want to expand Beethoven's cycle of nine symphonies, they sometimes turn to his late string quartets on the grounds that there is more music in them than a mere quartet can extract. Usually it is the "Grosse Fuge," the huge, visionary original finale for the Opus 130 Quartet, that gets the blown-up string orchestra treatment. Camerata Nordica may be the first string orchestra to have recorded all five quartets (minus the replacement finale of Opus 130) for a three-CD box (Altara).
July 31, 2006 |
The Young Artists International Laureates Festival, now in its ninth local summer residency, took over the air-conditioned Walt Disney Concert Hall on Saturday night -- a good place to be in such muggy weather. As always, the festival's flagship ensemble, the 22-piece string orchestra I Palpiti, was on display, staffed with a youthful, polyglot cast of often highly experienced players, which had already performed this program during its Taos, N.M., residency last week.
August 1, 2005 |
The Russian-born conductor Eduard Schmieder knows how to showcase and assist young musicians. For eight years, he has brought competition-winning players -- mostly in their 20s -- from around the world to Los Angeles through his International Laureates Music Festivals. On Saturday, the eighth festival culminated in a four-part, mostly string program at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The meaty piece was Schubert's "Death and the Maiden" Quartet as arranged for string orchestra by Gustav Mahler.
May 10, 2004 |
And now there's Nuvi, the next Mehta. Cousin of Zubin, son of pianist Dady, brother of countertenor Bejun, the youngest member of the Mehta musical dynasty has been making a name for himself in the San Diego area as a violinist (he performs in the San Diego Symphony), conductor, stage director, educator and even occasional performer in musical comedy. He is also music director of two regional orchestras (the Nova Vista Symphony in Sunnyvale, Calif.