Monthly Archives: February 1998

The Spectacle of a Mind

Here’s a letter, one of many. Its writer – whom I’ll identify only by noting that we have the same initials – has been rendered morose by my words that suggest a negative reaction to music closer to his heart than to mine. “There is no composition of any era . . . that deserves […]

Mostly Magical Mozart

Well, that was more like it. After a season pretty far down in the operatic dumps so far, our aspiring if not yet perfect company has rediscovered enchantment at the most likely fountainhead, the music of Mozart. Last week’s Magic Flute, even braving the Friday-the-13th curse for its opening night, may have had its flaws, […]

Missing Voices

Caught up in the charms of Ervin Schulhoff’s First String Quartet – as played by the Petersen Quartet at the Doheny Mansion last week in one of the Da Camera Society’s “Chamber Music and Historic Sites” concerts – I found it was hard to avoid shedding a tear for what might have been. Schulhoff was […]

Great Britten

Any critic worthy to wield a poisoned pen must be obsessed these days with drawing up lists: major events and masterworks of the decade, century and millennium now oozing toward their closure. I am not prepared to predict that Benjamin Britten’s name will appear on many of these lists, yet hearing that noble Britisher’s Serenade […]