Author Archives: Alan Rich

DUTCH TREAT: SPHERES AND COOKIES

So in comes Hercules: not the one of Hollywood’s Reeves boys, not your circus strongman, but a suave Italian baritone, intoning praise for the art of lovemaking, Ars Amatoria well-defined by his own creator, a fellow name of Ovidius Naso, … Continue reading

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A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS

It might have happened; I mean, I might have rounded off my allotted span without once having heard a concerto for mandolin in a live performance. But I am blessed with friends of sterner stuff who, upon a recent Sunday, … Continue reading

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THIS LIFETIME

“There’s strange and wonderful stuff in this lifetime of Lou’s music,” I wrote in 1987, under the spell of the Cabrillo Festival. “Much of it is so damned beautiful, so open-handed and eager to please.” Just arrived from New York, … Continue reading

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DUDA, DIDO and the DIATONIC SCALE

This message delayed becaause of communications breakdown; thoughts still valid.. Fears and doubts, couched in terms of cynicism and the old fin-de-siècle blues, may truly be set aside after last week’s Philharmonic event at Disney Hall. Our young maestro has … Continue reading

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THE INNOVATORS

HAYDN THE HEAVEN-SENT This is a major anniversary year — for Haydn, Mendelssohn, Lincoln, etc. All are  being properly feted, none more lavishly or more deservedly, than Joseph Haydn (born 1809). On my desk sits one of many Haydn celebrations, … Continue reading

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GUSTAV, GUSTAVO, BUON GUSTO

ARRIVALS: My favorite Dudamel moment (so far) occurs during his 2007 performance of Bartók’s  Concerto for Orchestra – the performance in  Disney Hall, about two years into his romance with the L.A. Philharmonic and which you now can download via … Continue reading

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BEGINNINGS, BEGINNERS

High over Cahuenga Pass, the fireworks spelled out the evening’s message: “Bienvenido Gustavo!” Others in the Philharmonic’s history among our ten previous music directors – Salonen, Previn, Giulini — had acceded more-or-less quietly to their podiums; not so, our new … Continue reading

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Part Four

Expectations, about what a symphony by this renowned “holy minimalist” – with a resplendent legacy of choral masterworks  to back up his reputation — Arvo Pärt’s Fourth Symphony was one of the new works introduced by the Philharmonic earlier this … Continue reading

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A SUMMER ON PILLS AND NEEDLES

Dateline Cahuenga Pass, August 30. It was good to be back. A series of small strokes had disarranged the components of my skull for most of the summer. I had missed most of the Hollywood Bowl season and, worse, a … Continue reading

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Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolpe?

WHO’S AFRAID OF THE BIG BAD WOLPE? Surely not Eric Huebner! This is what we know about Stefan Wolpe (Born in Berlin to Jewish parents, 1902– died in New York, 1972) a member of the Bauhaus, he befriended the Dadaist … Continue reading

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