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Hollywood Bowl closes out its classical season with satisfying, gimmick-free Mozart

The Hollywood Bowl wrapped up its traditional 10-week classical season Thursday night. The oppressive heat of late summer finally gave way to a cooler clime, and jackets came out. Box-holders vacated their folding chairs, saying “See you next year” to their Bowl neighbors. The headlining programs...

Isabelle Faust Upsets Joyce DiDonato For Gramophone's Record Of The Year Award

DiDonato's disc "In War and Peace" won the Gramophone Awards' Recital category and was a favorite for the overall prize, but the winner was a period-instrument recording of Mozart's violin concertos by Isabelle Faust and the orchestra Il Giardino Armonico. (Giardino also won the Orchestral category with a recording of Haydn symphonies; both discs competed […]

Isaac Stern’s film-maker has died

Murray Lerner, producer and director of the Oscar-winning documentary, From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China, has died at the age of 90. A pioneer in the art of making music documentaries, he got his start with Joan Baez and Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival.

Mozart’s mischievous muse

If you were to compare Mozart to a bird it wouldn’t be the starling. Possibly the wood thrush or nightingale,…

La Clemenza di Tito at the BBC Proms

Robin Ticciati and the OAE - Mozart: La Clemenza di Tito - Glyndebourne Opera at the BBC Proms (Photo BBC / Chris Christodoulou) Mozart La Clemenza di Tito; Anna Stephany, Alice Coote, Richard Croft, Joelle Harvey, Michele Losier, Clive...Show More Summary

For the Record

Mozart review: In the Aug. 26 Calendar section, a review of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl misidentified the trombone soloist in the “Tuba Mirum” part of Mozart’s Requiem. The soloist was James Miller, not David Rejano. E-car subsidies: In the Aug. 28 Section A, a photo caption...

From John Adams to Mozart: Dudamel's powerful pairing at the Bowl

In 1980, John Adams was an emerging 33-year-old composer living in a San Francisco garret who had written a handful of promising solo piano and chamber pieces when he got his first major commission from the San Francisco Symphony. “Harmonium” proved the unexpected and spectacular forerunner of...

Another variation on Canada’s national anthem

We’ve reported before that the source of ‘O Canada’ is to be found in Mozart’s Magic Flute. But it has just leaped out from another place, taking us completely by surprise. Ivan Ilic’s wonderful Chandos excavation of the forgotten music of Antoine Reicha contains a whole sonata built on a theme that we would now […]

Mozart vs Machine

Duncan Robertson - Mozart vs Machine - Mahoganny Opera Group Duncan Robertson - Mozart vs Machine - Mahoganny Opera Group Mozart vs Machine is a new opera by Dominic Robertson (also known as Ergo Phizmiz), a mad mix of Mozart, electronic sound and video which is being taken on tour by Mahoganny Opera Group. Show More Summary

Major comeback for the tangent piano

Never heard of it? Mozart called it the Spattisches Klavier, after a maker of his time. The Italians knew it as the cembalo angelico. Now, the Russian pianist Alexei Lyubimov has recorded a set of solo works by C P E Bach who is believed to have written specifically for a Spath piano. It’s not the first […]

The horse singer: Ex-diva trains gee-gees to win

Heather Main, a former opera singer, now trains horses to win races. She believes that teaching Mozart to her four-legged friends helped her to win 440-1 treble at Chepstow. Full story here. photo (c) Mirrorpix  

The week ahead in L.A. classical music, Aug. 20-27: Mozart's Requiem and more

Carmen The Opera Buffs present a concert version of Bizet’s beloved romantic tragedy. Zipper Hall, the Colburn School, 200 S. Grand Ave., L.A. Sun., 2 p.m. $125. (323) 356-0047. Nixon Library Sunday Concerts A string quartet performs. Richard M. Nixon Library, 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda....

Essential Arts & Culture: 'Hamilton' opens, the debate over Confederate monuments, Mozart reimagined

A small matter of a musical about that guy named Alex on the $10 bill. Our Confederate monument legacy. And an energizing Mozart opera in Austria. I’m Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, back from a wondrous trip to Tokyo (more cube watermelons and panda donuts, please)....

The Stone Guest

I tend to equate events having to do with people who have risen to positions of power and abuse that power with what happens to the title character of Mozart's Don Giovanni. I did it in these pages back when John McCain was running for...Show More Summary

It’s Alive! A Don Giovanni Where Even the Sets Perform

Opera is among the more cumbersome arts, usually requiring expensive infrastructure, machinery, and labor on a military scale. But the version of Don Giovanni that Iván Fischer imported to the Mostly Mozart Festival, a tour de force of sexy minimalism, would practically fit in his hand luggage. Aside from a ... More »

Peter Sellars turns Mozart's last opera into a modern message of humanity in the face of terror

As the world reacted to news of a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., that ended with one participant driving his car into counter-protesters and killing a woman, a crowd in this picturesque city — once a favorite Nazi retreat — made an offering with flowers and candles. The offering...

Sunday Afternoon Music

Felix Mendelssohn has always gotten a bad rap. Early on, he was dismissed as a lightweight — an astonishing child prodigy, to be sure, but “Mozart lite” at best. In recent years, he has started to earn more respect — but not as much as he deserves, in my opinion. He has always been near […]

The Pianist Vikingur Olafsson on Why Philip Glass Matters

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The Icelandic musician, who is making his New York recital debut at the Mostly Mozart Festival this weekend, spoke about his homeland and composers.

Can Classical Music Curb Crime?

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Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Bach. What do these musicians all have in common? Aside from being classical composers, police in London believe their music has the ability to curb crime. It’s

Mozart Requiem on BBC "Soul Music"

This podcast episode of the BBC Radio 4 series "Soul Music" demonstrates more about the "why" of music than I ever thought possible. If you have a spare 27 minutes, particularly if you are feeling discouraged or detached, it would be beneficial to listen. Show More Summary

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