Monthly Archives: October 1991

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There was nothing all that remarkable about this weekend’s Los Angeles Philharmonic program (repeated this afternoon at 2:30). But excellent orchestral performance is always a remarkable event, and this week’s entry in the orchestra’s subscription series at the Music Center, under the estimable and reliable Kurt Sanderling, was certainly that. Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” Overture roared […]

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No composer, of this or any other era, enjoyed a longer, or more beneficial love affair with history’s muse than did Igor Stravinsky. As long ago as 1928, long before recording technology had advanced to where it could cope with the flamboyant orchestration of his early ballet scores, Stravinsky was in the studios of American […]

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One message the Music Center Opera’s “Don Giovanni” made abundantly clear at its opening last Monday night: babies do not come from storks. From Giovanni’s first entrance, fresh from his aborted attack on Donna Anna’s virtue, still buttoning up his trousers and retrieving his boots from Leporello, to Zerlina’s calming of her angry sweetie by removing […]

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There being little of musical consequence hereabouts for most of the past week, it seemed like a good time to seek refreshment at the source. Word was out that the Eastman School of Music, that singular adornment of Rochester, NY, was holding a weekend-long American music festival, and that the program even included music by […]