Monthly Archives: May 1989

Gondoliers

There is more great music in any five minutes of “The Gondoliers” than in all of “Phantom of the Opera” and “Les Miz” combined. Why, this being so, must we languish so long between magical encounters with the glory of Gilbert and Sullivan, while the cultural kibble of today’s musical theater sprays out its crumbs  […]

Record reviews

There is nothing I know from the pen of the late Samuel Barber more beautiful than his “Knoxville: Summer of 1915.” No performance I have ever heard — including that of Eleanor Steber, for whom the music was written — matches the radiant beauty of Dawn Upshaw’s new recording on Nonesuch, with David Zinman and […]

Long Beach Opera

Everybody knows that Giovanni Paisiello’s “Barber of Seville” of 1782 isn’t a patch, comedically or musically, on the more famous Rossini opera of 34 years later. Still, the early work has a great deal of charm, and more than a few moments of genuine high style; it takes a real effort to suppress this opera’s […]

Iona

Iona Brown led her Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra into unfamiliar territory on at the Japan-America Theater on Friday night, and staked out a handsome claim. Contemporary American music has not figured on her programs until now, to any great extent. As her vehicle of entry into this most rewarding area, John Adams’ “Shaker Loops” was […]