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November 16, 1994 | DANIEL CARIAGA, TIMES MUSIC WRITER
Making another Southern California stop--but only its first Orange County appearance--on its seventh U.S. concert tour, the Vienna Symphony and its music director, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, arrived at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa Monday night with an unhackneyed program, which it played strongly. In Webern's Passacaglia, Opus 1, the Horn Concerto No.
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December 7, 1997 | Josef Woodard
Big, warm and fuzzy spirits exude from this project, on which Domingo and Chinese soprano Huang are joined by overcooked pop-soul man Bolton. It doesn't always add up to art, but that's not the point. The Vienna Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Steven Mercurio, offers some elegant padding on Christmas ditties both obscure and evergreen. Recordings are rated on a scale of one star (poor), two stars (fair), three stars (good), four stars (excellent).
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November 14, 1994 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Performances of Ravel's familiar orchestration of Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" can tip the balance toward either composer. Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, leading the Vienna Symphony on Saturday at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, favored the Frenchman. The conductor emphasized clarity, balance, luxuriant sound and the brilliantly conceived scoring, as opposed to expressions of Slavic soul.
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March 30, 1997 | Daniel Cariaga
Schifrin, who in his five-decade career has deftly straddled the worlds of jazz, classical and cinematic music, has now created his own "Alpensinfonie." Like Richard Strauss' outsize tone poem, "Lili'oukalani" is a giant mural of a work--colorful, exotic, emotionally kaleidoscopic and close to an hour in length. Encompassing the history of the Hawaiian Islands, it takes as its main subjects Queen Lili'oukalani and the shameful U.S.
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November 12, 1994 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's as if Avis claimed Hertz didn't exist. Promotional materials stating that "the Vienna Symphony is the city's only full-time orchestra" were recently sent out by both the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts and the Orange County Philharmonic Society. But there is, indeed, another full-time orchestra in Vienna. In fact, the Vienna Philharmonic is the far more celebrated of the two.
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March 10, 1985 | MARC SHULGOLD
HAYDN: DIVERTIMENTO IN B-FLAT; DANZI: QUINTET, OPUS 51, NO. 1; SHORT PIECES BY EUGENE BOZZA, IBERT AND VILLA-LOBOS. Ensemble Wien-Berlin (Columbia 39558). These five wind players from the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics and the Vienna Symphony present a starkly contrasting program: Two modest works (in the same key) from the 18th Century are backed by three refreshing, rarely heard pieces from the 1930s and '40s.
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June 14, 1992 | BEVERLY BEYER and ED RABEY
When the taxi driver's cassette player engulfs you in the heroic tones of a Beethoven overture, or the elevator music is a frothy Strauss or Lehar waltz, or Mozart's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" drifts from the hotel room stereo, it's easy enough to know that the city can only be Vienna.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 7, 1997 | Josef Woodard
Big, warm and fuzzy spirits exude from this project, on which Domingo and Chinese soprano Huang are joined by overcooked pop-soul man Bolton. It doesn't always add up to art, but that's not the point. The Vienna Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Steven Mercurio, offers some elegant padding on Christmas ditties both obscure and evergreen. Recordings are rated on a scale of one star (poor), two stars (fair), three stars (good), four stars (excellent).
ENTERTAINMENT
March 30, 1997 | Daniel Cariaga
Schifrin, who in his five-decade career has deftly straddled the worlds of jazz, classical and cinematic music, has now created his own "Alpensinfonie." Like Richard Strauss' outsize tone poem, "Lili'oukalani" is a giant mural of a work--colorful, exotic, emotionally kaleidoscopic and close to an hour in length. Encompassing the history of the Hawaiian Islands, it takes as its main subjects Queen Lili'oukalani and the shameful U.S.
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September 15, 1991 | WALTER PRICE
ROSSINI: Arias. Agnes Baltsa, mezzo-soprano; Vienna Symphony, Ion Marin, conducting. Sony (SK 45964). The apparent deterioration of Baltsa's once impressive mezzo-soprano is sad. The register breaks are alarming, the sound patchy and gray. Most of the time she aspirates to facilitate articulation. The "Maometto" aria is a particular trial. A pity too, for she has a real feeling for the Rossini line and an intelligent comprehension of words and characterization.
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November 16, 1994 | DANIEL CARIAGA, TIMES MUSIC WRITER
Making another Southern California stop--but only its first Orange County appearance--on its seventh U.S. concert tour, the Vienna Symphony and its music director, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, arrived at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa Monday night with an unhackneyed program, which it played strongly. In Webern's Passacaglia, Opus 1, the Horn Concerto No.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 1994 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Performances of Ravel's familiar orchestration of Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" can tip the balance toward either composer. Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, leading the Vienna Symphony on Saturday at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, favored the Frenchman. The conductor emphasized clarity, balance, luxuriant sound and the brilliantly conceived scoring, as opposed to expressions of Slavic soul.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 1994 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's as if Avis claimed Hertz didn't exist. Promotional materials stating that "the Vienna Symphony is the city's only full-time orchestra" were recently sent out by both the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts and the Orange County Philharmonic Society. But there is, indeed, another full-time orchestra in Vienna. In fact, the Vienna Philharmonic is the far more celebrated of the two.
TRAVEL
June 14, 1992 | BEVERLY BEYER and ED RABEY
When the taxi driver's cassette player engulfs you in the heroic tones of a Beethoven overture, or the elevator music is a frothy Strauss or Lehar waltz, or Mozart's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" drifts from the hotel room stereo, it's easy enough to know that the city can only be Vienna.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 1985 | MARC SHULGOLD
HAYDN: DIVERTIMENTO IN B-FLAT; DANZI: QUINTET, OPUS 51, NO. 1; SHORT PIECES BY EUGENE BOZZA, IBERT AND VILLA-LOBOS. Ensemble Wien-Berlin (Columbia 39558). These five wind players from the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics and the Vienna Symphony present a starkly contrasting program: Two modest works (in the same key) from the 18th Century are backed by three refreshing, rarely heard pieces from the 1930s and '40s.
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