Richard S. Ginell: From Out of the West

John Adams on Record – Part Two

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By Richard S. Ginell: From Out of the West
Here is Part Two of my updated, expanded, 70th birthday discographical survey of John Adams’s music, …

John Adams On Record – Part One

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My most vivid memory of John Adams was way back near the beginning of his career, …

Rattle and the Berlin: One More Time

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“First, we’ll take Manhattan. Then we’ll take Berlin.”
–  Leonard Cohen (1934-2016)
These words were ringing through my …

A Steve Reich Recordings Survey As He Turns 80.

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Steve Reich, the onetime outsider turned venerated new music master, turns 80 today – and to commemorate …

MTT Revisits Das Lied Von Der Erde – This Time With A Mezzo

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SAN FRANCISCO — Das Lied Von Erde, Mahler’s gigantic unnumbered symphony disguised as a song cycle, …

The Chairman Turns 100

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While making the rounds of local garage sales over the past weekend, I spotted a box …

Pull Up A Chair at the Valley Performing Arts Center

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Frequent concertgoers are used to enduring the usual welcome  from some anonymous public-address announcer, followed by …

Peter Schickele and the Armadillo Quartet – 25 Years Together

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Monday night, the Shatto Chapel within the massive First Congregational Church near Wilshire Blvd. was the …

Pierre Boulez on his 90th Birthday – A Personal Memoir

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By Richard S. Ginell: From Out of the West
On Pierre Boulez’s 90th birthday, I’d like to share a few memories of watching this once-controversial, …

What do Pharrell Williams and Anton Bruckner Have In Common?

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Some rants about the verdict that a misguided jury slapped upon Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams …

It’s Back to the Future for Electric Keyboards at NAMM

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Last Saturday, on a wind-swept 81-degree winter’s day (ha!), I slipped behind the Orange Curtain to attend …

Figaro! (90210); It’s a Hoot … and it Works.

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Hallelujah! An opera update that works.
I am speaking of a romp called ¡Figaro! (90210), a surprisingly …

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

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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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Pulitzer Prizes are no guarantee of quality or the lasting value of a piece of music, …

Hearing the Los Angeles Philharmonic Outdoors and iPalpiti Indoors

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In the good old summertime in the Los Angeles area, classical music heads outdoors to Hollywood …

Lorin Maazel 1930-2014

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It has not been a good year for followers of major maestros. First to fall in …

The Electric Don Ellis Remembered in a New Video

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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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The German electronic band Kraftwerk – which translates into “power station” in English – used to summon …

A Tale of Three Orchestras

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Tchaikovsky is starting to burrow into my soul, wreaking havoc along the way with his tantrums …

The Quiet Maestro, Claudio Abbado –1933-2014

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Do you believe in ESP?
Just this morning (Jan. 20), I was watching one of Leonard Bernstein’s …