Monthly Archives: July 2001

Behemoths Assembled

For better or worse, we tend to associate the so-called ”serious“ side of the Hollywood Bowl’s musical smorgasbord (i.e., the ”classical,“ or TuesdayThursday, programming) with a gathering of old friends. A succession of Rachmaninoff toe-tappers with their hit tunes that come and go, a swirl of a Tchaikovsky pas de deux, a tinkle of Ravel […]

Slow Start

The big picture-book history of the Hollywood Bowl — Tales of Summer Nights — is full of happy memories. In times long gone there were stage spectacles: A Midsummer Night‘s Dream with Mickey Rooney as Puck, Die Walkure with the Valkyries riding their horses down the surrounding hillsides, a Carmen billed as ”The World’s Greatest […]

An Ounce of Otello

My first recording of Verdi’s Otello came in a fat album – 20 pounds’ worth of 78-rpm discs. My latest recording comes on a five-inch silver disc weighing less than an ounce. It contains not only the sounds of Verdi’s magnificent score – their clarity and resonance far beyond the reach of engineers in the […]