Monthly Archives: December 1990


Bored with the perishable artifacts of our own time, we travel far in search of something rooted in history. We come out of Rome’s train station to have our sensors astounded by the ruined grandeur of Diocletian’s Baths; we marvel at the enduring dome fashioned by Michelangelo over St. Peters. We don’t have to travel […]


Nobody has yet devised a more congenial concert companion than the six “Brandenburg” Concertos of Johann Sebastian Bach, and it’s not likely that anyone ever will. That being so, it should come as no surprise that UCLA’s Royce Hall was packed to the rafters on Friday night, to hear Iona Brown and the Los Angeles […]


Even allowing for his usual boyish exuberance, Peter Sellars overstated the case for Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” only slightly, in his preamble to his famous video versions aired last winter. “A completely shattering experience,” he called the opera, “an evening in Hell.” “Don Giovanni” is all that, at least. If Mozart’s incredible artwork can strike modern […]


“You have to realize,” says a contestant at Moscow’s Ninth International Tchaikovsky Competition, “that two weeks from now, one of us will be a world- renowned pianist, and the rest of us will be right where we are, or maybe running shops.” Honest, cynical and dismaying, the comment epitomizes Bill Fertik’s 90-minute documentary on the […]


Classical music is dead. So began a column encountered recently, by some writer beyond the mountains hiding behind the generic name of Jones. The premise of his morose words is that the giants have fled, and that they have taken their art with them. The giants in this instance are Herbert von Karajan, who died […]


Gustav Mahler’s Second Symphony, that grinning, gibbering fast ride across the hellish environs, that most sacred of all symphonic monsters, ricocheted dizzyingly through the Chandler Pavilion of the Music Center on Thursday night. Everyone knew that Yuri Temirkanov, the Leningrad dragonslayer, would carry the Los Angeles Philharmonic into outer space with his performance of this […]


Of all living composers generally accorded a place in the upper echelons, Hans Werner Henze is one of the most difficult to classify. German by birth, his musical inclinations are toward the earmarks of the French manner. To call him a German Stravinsky is to propound an oxymoron, but the description comes close. This week’s […]


Historic site, historic sounds: the Tallis Scholars were in town again on Sunday night, performing their superb repertory of Renaissance liturgical music, and also performing their familiar miracle of cleansing the ears and raising the spirit with the pure beauty of their singing. This was the Scholars’ third visit, always under the aegis of MaryAnn […]


A mighty man, this Yuri Temirkanov. He proved it last month, when he brought his own Leningrad Philharmonic to the Music Center and had it jumping through hoops. He proved it again on Friday afternoon with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, in the first of a two-program appearance as guest conductor. As with the Leningrad, Friday’s […]


π [*] laby2;p1205. By Alan Rich [B] Daily News Music Critic [B] TO JIM JOHNSON: NO OTHER ART AVAILABLE; GO WITH COPLAND [F/L] As the final event in its month-long celebration of Aaron Copland, underwritten by the E. Nakamichi Foundation — meant originally to honor the composer’s 90th birthday but now serving as a memorial as well […]