In a Summer Garden

All are my blooms; and all sweet blooms of love. To thee I gave while Spring and Summer sang. —Dante Gabriel Rosetti (couplet quoted at the head of the score to Frederick Delius’ In A Summer Garden) It may not have been quite obvious yet yesterday. But by this morning there was no mistaking it: Our … More In a Summer Garden

The Confused Outcomes of Good Intentions: How Pre-Concert Lectures Do More Harm Than Good

  If demography is destiny, then the fate of classical music looks dire. Interest in classical music is dwindling as inexorably as the polar ice caps, while its audiences and donors are rapidly aging. While mankind can hang onto a sliver of hope with respect to global warming, admirers and performers of classical music have less ground for … More The Confused Outcomes of Good Intentions: How Pre-Concert Lectures Do More Harm Than Good

Week in Review: Pogossian mesmerizes in Armenian chamber works; Bordignon’s eloquent Bach

Busy week for concerts last week. (My review of Tuesday’s Piano Spheres recital will appear next Thursday.) Two of the most memorable of the season occurred over the weekend.  Harpsichordist Paolo Bordignon treated the audience at the Huntington Library’s Rothenberg Hall to a performance of eloquent innigkeit of  J. S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations last Saturday.  … More Week in Review: Pogossian mesmerizes in Armenian chamber works; Bordignon’s eloquent Bach

CD Review: Leinsdorf’s Stravinsky sleek, but lacking in verve

Igor Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring, Petrushka (1911 version)* London Philharmonic Orchestra; Thomas Rajna (piano)*, New Philharmonia Orchestra*/Erich Leinsdorf Decca Eloquence 482 3444 | ADD | Total time: 68’36” Decca Eloquence has once again dug deep into the vaults, this time exhuming two recordings conducted by Erich Leinsdorf that had previously not received wide CD … More CD Review: Leinsdorf’s Stravinsky sleek, but lacking in verve