Monthly Archives: April 1999

A Flight of Fantasy, Grounded

Photo by Susesch BayatCHARLES LINDBERGH’S SOLO FLIGHT across the Atlantic in May 1927 sent the world into a tizzy of adoration. It spawned parades, popular songs, Lucky Lindy Hair Tonic and — not the least — a strange but endearing cantata by Kurt Weill, to a text by Bertolt Brecht. That work, burdened with its […]

Le Set Erector

Photo by Ken HowardLAST WEEK’S VISIT BY THE ENSEMBLE Intercontemporain delivered exhilaration and bafflement in equal measure; I don’t think I was the only member of the commendably large crowd at UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall to leave the concert wondering what had hit me and where. The playing, by the Paris-based ensemble under the splendid leadership […]

Any Lengths

TWO PERFORMANCES OF THE “GREAT” C-MAJOR Symphony; in between, the no-less-great C-minor Sonata: We Schubertians, a noble if embattled breed, had reason to stand tall last week. Great performances of great works reveal new facets, no matter how familiar the works themselves may already seem; they then lead to new ways to think about those […]

One Out of Six

Photo by Dimo SafariDURING INTERMISSION AT LAST THURSDAY’S Philharmonic concert, the talk in my corner was about long-lost or neglected composers. The concert had begun with Arthur Honegger’s Symphonie Liturgique, which the orchestra had last played in 1949. It was followed this time by Franz Liszt’s First Piano Concerto, but all the poster-color and glitz […]

Return of the Native

ASK ANY ORCHESTRAL MANAGER, ANYWHERE IN THE world, and you’ll get the same answer: There is no better way to pave a pathway to financial ruin than by playing new music. The real money flows in to the tunes of Beethoven and Tchaikovsky; substitute the abstruse patterns of Boulez and Carter, and the moneyed flow […]