Monthly Archives: October 1998

Encounters Across Time

In 1928, Arnold Schoenberg began sketches for his Moses und Aron and completed his orchestration of Bach’s “St. Anne” Prelude and Fugue: the one an opera completely atonal in style, the other a transcription of music that celebrates the full glory of God, at overpowering length, in the golden resonance of the key of E-flat […]

On All Fours

Between Joseph Haydn’s Opus 1 and George Crumb’s Black Angels – two centuries, give or take a decade – lies the realm of the string quartet, subtlest and most secretive of all kinds of music, demanding the listener’s most concentrated patience and rewarding it the most lavishly. Within a week, as it happened, we were […]


A silent-movie paean to life at its most forlorn, the grit ‘n’ gloom of a live soundtrack cobbled from works of the grittiest and gloomiest of composers – who, even among the most sanguine, could have mistaken these as ingredients for a radiant, stirring opening to our Philharmonic’s 79th subscription concert season? The cheers at […]

Mass Hypnosis

At the season’s final classical concert at the Hollywood Bowl last month, Yo-Yo Ma was the marvelous soloist in John Tavener’s 48-minute The Protecting Veil, with Jeffrey Kahane and his Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; at the end, the crowd of just under 10,000 held its silence for a full minute as the last quiet sounds […]

Soap and Symphony

Willem Wijnbergen can’t wait to get back into music. His job description, after all – as executive vice president and managing director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic – demands at least as much attention to musical matters as to fund-raising, community relations, labor relations, the well-being of two full-scale orchestras and the planning of new […]