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Das Wunder

When Wilhelm Furtwangler died in 1954, Das Wunder Karajan was waiting to succeed him as conductor for life of The ...

Propaganda or Preservation?

In 1989 when Carlos Kleiber turned down the Berlin Philharmonic, Herbert von Karajan had just resigned and died shortly thereafter. ...

Kleiber Enigma

When I’m talking to someone about classical music and they mention Carlos Kleiber, the level of conversation automatically goes up. ...

Choose the Conductor

During Carmen chorus rehearsal, one of the altos stuck her hand up and asked the chorus master what recordings of ...

Carmen Kills Herself

March 3rd was the anniversary of the debut of Bizet’s Carmen. It just so happened that I was in rehearsal ...

La Mer Black's

A friend and I went for a walk this morning at Black’s Beach. Unfortunately there were no naked octogenarians. We ...

Ockham's Razor

How conductors handle rehearsals says a lot about the way they perceive themselves as a musician. If some conductor spend ...

The Movies

The L.A. Philharmonic is going to be broadcasting itself on over 450 movie screens across the U.S. and Canada on ...

Recital Season

Recital season is starting up. Between now and May, most music students will be giving their junior or senior recitals. ...

One Hit Wagner

This next one hurts a little. Richard Wagner is a pivotal figure in the history of music. We can almost ...

One Hit Wonders

I caught part of VH1’s show, One Hit Wonders of the 80’s. It got me to thinking about classical one ...

Valentine

For Valentine’s Day, I give you Ich grolle nicht from Schumann’s Dichterliebe. Dichterliebe, Poet’s Love, is the best song cycle ...

Baroque

As we discussed earlier, the term classical music applies to music as diverse as Bach and Ligeti. Speaking of Bach, ...

Ligeti

Who was Gyorgi Ligeti? Born in Romania to a Hungarian Jewish family, Ligeti briefly lived in Hungary and ultimately became ...

Sacra/Profana

This week I headed over to Mission Hills to sit in on a rehearsal of Sacra/Profana. Who is Sacra/Profana? A ...

Master and Servant

The term classical music is a generic term and covers a range of music too immense to quantify. There is ...

Play the King to Sleep

Chamber music is an interesting animal. The chamber referred to is a palace chamber. This music was originally written to ...

Lise Lindstrom

Turandot opened last night at The Civic Theater to a sold out audience. Before the show, I sat down to ...

Mozart Romance

After realizing I’d forgotten Beethoven’s Waldstein Sonata I started going back over other music I’d forgotten. I recalled that for ...

Sitz

The Sitzprobe for Turnadot was magnificent this evening. What is a Sitzprobe? It is a rehearsal on the stage with ...

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