Monthly Archives: May 2004

Iberian Airs

Spain’s music is the art of the soloist, and Jordi Savall’s old instruments sing it well. He brought some of this music to the Getty Center two weekends ago with his ensemble, Hespérion “I, and it was a fine occasion. The Getty’s Harold M. Williams Auditorium is a utilitarian sort of room that doesn’t inspire […]

The Real Thing

The Goldbergs on a 9-foot concert grand at Disney; Hildegard von Bingen among the Presbyterians in Pasadena: What price authenticity now? Actually, the term is a land mine, and has always been. I have lived through three kinds of Goldberg Variations performances. Wanda Landowska played on her giant, clangorous harpsichord – grossly mannered, rhythmically distorted, […]

Borrowed Finery

Photo by Betty Freeman “Cherish the hybrids,” Lou Harrison used to say, and say again, as a kind of mantra. “They’re all we’ve got.” Two big works, 33 years apart in the infinite variety of his legacy, were on hand last week, each a different kind of mix and, as it happened, each a different […]