Monthly Archives: January 1998

Ludwig Lives

It may well be true, as a colleague pointed out in last Sunday’s L.A.Times, that the Beethoven glut has reached the point of absurdity, that the hundred-or-so available recordings of the Fifth Symphony are 95-or-so too many. It is equally true, however, that the DNA of great works of music contains a resurrection gene. There […]

Voice Lessons

The bel canto superstar urges the music of her madness toward its climax; she takes aim at the stratospheric E-flat on which much of her renown rests, scores a bull’s- eye; the audience, its own blood throbbing to every nuance in that climactic buildup, now goes wild. The political demagogue harangues the crowd with his […]