Monthly Archives: October 2000

Rage, RAGE Against the Dying

Only 16 years (1945–1961) separate Benjamin Britten‘s Peter Grimes from his War Requiem; they are alike in many ways but different in many more. Hearing them both on the same day, last Saturday at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, underlined their common bond and their differences. Both are the works of a deeply reactive man with […]

Benjamin Britten

By accident or by design, two of Los Angeles’ major musical organizations have taken on Benjamin Britten simultaneously this month. If you were at the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County – the mouthful of a new name for the former perfectly well-named Music Center – last Saturday (October 21),  you could have bathed […]


There is comfort in the news that millenniums don‘t occur very often. The accumulated ”Year 2000“ observances already loom large, and there is no guarantee that the year 2001 — which some sticklers insist is the real turning point — won’t produce a comparable pileup. Add to that this year‘s Bach stuff, the 250th anniversary […]

The Moon and the Stars

Certain performances go beyond mere greatness; they serve to define both the music and the act of perceiving it. This is, of course, a personal matter; you cherish your list of defining events, and I cherish mine. I can never hear Mahler‘s Das Lied von der Erde without the remembered presence of Kathleen Ferrier as […]

The Power of 9

In Japan, an estimable guidebook informs us, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is the end-of-the-year music of choice, even ahead of “Auld Lang Syne” in public affection. “Concert performances are held everywhere,” we are told, “and many amateur singers look forward to singing in these choruses. This can probably be a phenomenon peculiar to Japan.” I would […]