Monthly Archives: January 1990


There were more kinds of music at the Kronos Quartet concert, Saturday night at UCLA’s Wadsworth Theater, than you could shake a stick at. There was, indeed, a fair amount of stick-shaking, in one of the movements of John Zorn’s “The Dead Man,” wherein the four players wave their bows menacingly in the air, in […]


Question of the day: Is Richard Strauss’ ””Domestic Symphony” the ugliest orchestral piece ever written, or does it just sound that way? That gross and untidy bulk formed the second half of this past weekend’s Los Angeles Philharmonic concert (heard on Saturday night). Christof Perick, who conducted, seems caught up in a Straussian passion, […]


Music moved passed its share of milestones in the year just ended, and some of the more significant have become the substance of some rewarding TV-documentary footage. This weekend, for example, PBS watchers can journey along with cellist/conductor Mstislav Rostropovich on his first visit to his native Russia after nearly 17 years of exile (KCET-28, […]