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Charles Lloyd and Gabor Szabo Mix It Up, and the latest from Herb Alpert and Sergio Mendes

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By Richard S. Ginell: From Out of the West
Here are a handful of recent CD releases in jazz – or within striking distance of …

John Luther Adams’s Become Ocean Floats In on CD and DVD

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By Richard S. Ginell: From Out of the West
Pulitzer Prizes are no guarantee of quality or the lasting value of a piece of music, …

Philharmonie de Paris vs. Salle Pleyel: Sudden Death Play

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By Susan Brodie: Toi Toi Toi!

The long-delayed Philharmonie de Paris is on target to open January 14. But a sudden divorce court action threatens the non-compete stipulation, a linch pin of the hall’s operating budget.

CD Roundup: Tchaikovsky miniatures, Rococo flute pieces and duo-violin works

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By Roy C. Dicks: What’s the Score?

CD Reviews: Tchaikovsky miniatures, Rococo flute works and duo-violin pieces

Hearing the Los Angeles Philharmonic Outdoors and iPalpiti Indoors

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By Richard S. Ginell: From Out of the West
In the good old summertime in the Los Angeles area, classical music heads outdoors to Hollywood …

Lorin Maazel 1930-2014

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By Richard S. Ginell: From Out of the West
It has not been a good year for followers of major maestros. First to fall in …

CD Roundup: Mozart, Schubert & Von Stade’s Coffin

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By Roy C. Dicks: What’s the Score?

Reviews of new releases: Anderson & Roe Mozart duos; Jonas Kaufmann’s “Winterreise,” and Frederica von Stade in Ricky Ian Gordon’s “A Coffin in Egypt”

The Electric Don Ellis Remembered in a New Video

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By Richard S. Ginell: From Out of the West
Why isn’t Don Ellis up there in the pantheon of big band jazz icons with Duke, …

Kraftwerk Electrifies Disney Hall

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By Richard S. Ginell: From Out of the West
The German electronic band Kraftwerk – which translates into “power station” in English – used to summon …

Sarasota Opera’s Verdi Project Sets the Standard with Jérusalem

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By Roy C. Dicks: What’s the Score?

“Jérusalem,” Sarasota Opera’s latest entry in its Verdi Cycle, is a satisfying, often thrilling production.

CD/DVD Roundup: Haydn, Heggie, Britten & Vivaldi

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By Roy C. Dicks: What’s the Score?

CD/DVD Reviews: New releases of Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Heggie’s Moby-Dick, Britten’s Cello Symphony and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

A Tale of Three Orchestras

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By Richard S. Ginell: From Out of the West
Tchaikovsky is starting to burrow into my soul, wreaking havoc along the way with his tantrums …

Not just another French strike

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By Susan Brodie: Toi Toi Toi!

Unemployment benefits for performers and other show people help make France a cultural mecca. Will reduction of these benefits decimate France’s rich arts offerings?

The Quiet Maestro, Claudio Abbado –1933-2014

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By Richard S. Ginell: From Out of the West
Do you believe in ESP?
Just this morning (Jan. 20), I was watching one of Leonard Bernstein’s …

Farewell to the great Jim Hall

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By Richard S. Ginell: From Out of the West
Yet another jazz giant is gone;  this time, it’s the guitarist Jim Hall, who passed away …

The First Performance of a Britten Masterpiece, and is there a Sibelius Eighth?

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By Richard S. Ginell: From Out of the West
Wouldn’t it be a treat to be able to hear the actual first performance of a …

New Verdi Discs for his 200th birthday

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By Richard S. Ginell: From Out of the West
Giuseppe Verdi turns 200 on Thursday Oct. 10 – and CD land is full of tributes …

Grant Llewellyn’s Decade with the N. C. Symphony – The Honeymoon Continues

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By Roy C. Dicks: What’s the Score?

An overview of music director Grant Llewellyn’s past ten years with the North Carolina Symphony.

Janet Cardiff’s The Forty Voice Motet: sound as matter

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By Susan Brodie: Toi Toi Toi!

A lone alto intones the opening notes, gradually joined by single voices emanating from nearby speakers, sound reverberating against the stone as the texture thickens. So begins Janet Cardiff: The Forty Part Motet, a sound installation by Janet Cardiff currently on offer in the Fuentaduña Chapel of the Cloisters in upper Manhattan.

Lenny’s Legacy

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By Richard S. Ginell: From Out of the West

Michael Tilson Thomas stopped by Hollywood Bowl recently to remind us – perhaps without meaning to – that one of Leonard Bernstein’s many legacies was the Mahler boom of the 1960s, which turned out to be permanent. Tilson Thomas, of course, has since gone on to become a world-class Mahlerian with no need to hang on to the coattails of Bernstein.