Articles tagged classical music

26 May 2015 // 9:08 AM

Double Take: ‘Fantasia’ Muses on Music

Fantasia stands alone as a virtuoso tribute to the virtuosity of its music.

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Artistic Struggle the 19th Century Russian Way

Stephen Walsh finds the human drama in Musorgsky and His Circle, the story of "a commando unit of Russian composers forcing themselves on the attention of an unsuspecting world."

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20 Nov 2011 // 10:00 PM

Marianne Pousseur: Only

Soprano + 20th Century art songs + ambient noises = one delicate and arresting recital.

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Henri Pousseur: Parabolique d’Enfer

Gorgeous, essential electronic noise from a pioneering Belgian dude.

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It’s a Classical Kind of Summer

Classical music fans can rest assured that financially stressed arts organizations will continue to strive to make events accessible to the public, particularly in the summer months.

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12 Apr 2011 // 9:30 AM

Daniel Catan was a caring composer

LOS ANGELES — The Mexican composer Daniel Catan — who died at 62 in his sleep over the weekend of as yet causes unknown — was a mensch. He

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Henryk Gorecki’s Symphony No. 3 became a cultural phenomenon

LOS ANGELES — For a fund drive during summer 1992, KCRW, the Santa Monica (Calif.) College public radio station, ordered 25 copies of a newly released Nonesuch recording

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L.A. Philharmonic to transmit concerts to HD movie theaters

LOS ANGELES — In a bold venture that the Los Angeles Philharmonic hopes will boost its “national brand” recognition and help raise the profile of classical

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Wagner’s ‘Ring,’ once Viking-helmeted, looks a lot different nowadays

LOS ANGELES — The horned helmet — usually sitting on the head of a zaftig soprano — is the universal symbol of Richard Wagner’s “The Ring of

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30 Sep 2009 // 12:42 PM

Some classical music questions never die, chief among them: how to translate this strictly audio art, whose power and mystery comes from its invisibility, for

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Climbing the Wagnerian summit: Seattle Opera reaches for greatness in staging of ‘Ring’ cycle

SEATTLE — “Ringheads” have plenty of reasons to rejoice. No fewer than four major productions of Richard Wagner’s “Der Ring des Nibelungen” are popping up

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13 Jul 2009 // 3:43 AM

Few prominent conductors have such fleeting claims to greatness as Eugene Ormandy — but as the Japanese recording industry is proving, those fleeting moments are unquestionably

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Orchestras battling the recession need a bold new business plan: Think salary cuts

It’s everybody’s job in these recession-rocked times to get by with less, so we are constantly told. For U.S. symphony orchestras, that

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5 May 2009 // 6:05 AM

The classics, via computer: A trove of online music is available

The age of musical curiosity is back. The means to discover music we don’t even know exists has been threatening to die for a

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Widely recorded conductor John McLaughlin Williams is a man without an orchestra

DETROIT - A conductor based in the Detroit area was up for a Grammy Award last week. It was Leonard Slatkin, the high-powered new music

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The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the 20th Century by Alex Ross

Alex Ross' tome, winner of the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism, offers a history of the 20th Century as seen through the prism of the modern-day composer.

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20 Dec 2007 // 4:00 AM

Despite all the gloom and doom that has surrounded the business like a stale cliche, the tide of interesting and important releases continues unabated. Valiant

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World-class maestro heading to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

DETROIT—They got their maestro. He got his orchestra. And Detroit has a new musical leader, whose reputation stretches from the American heartland to the

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5 Sep 2007 // 3:00 AM

More recent works can give classics just the right spin

My haphazard introduction to Western art music (also known as classical music) came outside my childhood home, where such music was alien. My fifth-grade teacher,

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11 Jul 2007 // 5:00 AM

Web site keeps classical CDs in the mix

So you think the classical recording business is dead in the water? Think again. The recent reissue of 55 out-of-print Chicago Symphony Orchestra titles by the

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