Monthly Archives: February 2005

Manny's Happy Returns

A MANY-FINGERED THING Emanuel Ax (who likes to be called “Manny”) has been in our midst quite a lot this season, to our great pleasure and, I hope, his. At the Disney Hall first-night gala he turned up with five pianist buddies, in a piece too ludicrous to write about seriously but great fun nevertheless: […]

Super Conductor

ESA-PEKKA IN EXCELSIS If anyone needed further confirmation of the strengths of Esa-Pekka Salonen, and his success in sharing those strengths with the musical life of this city, the events of the past week should answer any lingering questions. Those events included performances with the Philharmonic of huge and demanding orchestral works familiar and otherwise, […]

Vivaldi for All Seasons

GOLD-SPUTTERED MASTERY The eloquent blurb writers at Naxos, the little record label that could, have been lighting the sky lately with pronouncements on their latest reissued treasure, the first-ever recording (or so they say) of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, newly dusted off to join the 80 or so versions of that much-loved work already on […]

Verona in Waltz Time

Photo by Robert MillardMUD AND SUGAR If there must be Gounod – a point I will argue – let it be thus. The mud and sugar of his Roméo et Juliette do not entirely disappear behind the splendor of the L.A. Opera’s performance, but that night at the opera is, indeed, a dream happenstance. If […]