May 23, 1987
I should like to comment on various replies sent in by readers in reference to Martin Bernheimer's May 10 article on Andre Previn (Calender Letters, May 16 and 17). What most of these people don't realize is that most great music requires both a virtuoso conductor and a virtuoso orchestra, neither of which we have ever had here in Los Angeles. Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms demand a virtuoso conductor, while Richard Strauss demands a virtuoso orchestra, particularly virtuoso horns.
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April 19, 2010 |
An eclectic group of people sat on floor cushions in a Los Feliz home earlier this month for a concert to mark famed sitar player Ravi Shankar's 90th birthday. In the same room where Shankar played in the 1960s sat atheists and believers, guests who were raised Catholic, Jewish, Muslim and evangelical Christian. They came together at the home of Shankar's longtime friend Jan Steward to hear Paul Livingstone, a Los Angeles-based virtuoso sitar player who, in the last year, has adapted various world music styles to church worship.
July 22, 2010
POP MUSIC Musical legend and recent alt-folk scene gadfly Jackson Browne is back in Los Angeles for a starry-skied performance at the Greek Theatre, this time with his full band and his longtime collaborator, the stringed instrument virtuoso David Lindley. With tickets in tow, you're almost guaranteed to be somebody's baby, alright. Greek Theatre 2700 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 7 p.m. Fri. $40.50-$76. http://www.greektheatrela.com . (323) 665-5857.
October 19, 2003
I have two cavils with Peter Gelb's otherwise interesting article on the late Vladimir Horowitz ("Minding Mr. Horowitz," Oct. 5). First, Gelb rather extravagantly refers to Horowitz as " ... arguably the greatest concert pianist of all time." Has Gelb never heard of Franz Liszt, Clara Schumann, Josef Hofmann or Artur Rubinstein? Secondly, Gelb refers to Horowitz as a genius. This hallowed word is too often bandied about. I don't believe a mere virtuoso can be called a "genius." However beguiling Mr. Horowitz's eccentricities, it is the great composers who are the geniuses.
February 20, 1999
After reading Daniel Cariaga's review of Evgeny Kissin's piano recital, we must have been at different venues ("Russian Pianist Kissin Allows Pessimism to Deflate Chopin," Feb. 11). Nearly everyone I spoke with left in a state of euphoria. A packed house that refused to let him leave the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion stage with approximately 10 standing ovations would seem to deflate Cariaga's review. As a classical pianist intimately conversant with his program, I was impressed with his musicality and composure.
June 16, 1996
Re "Homecoming Vibes," June 10, about Lionel Hampton's special concert at Washington Preparatory High School: How does one describe this virtuoso? You don't. You listen, feel and listen some more. Will there be other Lionel Hamptons? I believe and hope so. While the audience watched and listened with indescribable delight, there was dedication pouring out for those performing students. This is the way it was during Hampton's earlier years and this is the way it should be today and can be again in our future.