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
Democracy may die in darkness, but a recent Washington Post article proves that the human spirit can emerge triumphant. Czech harpsichordist Zuzana Růžičková turned 90 earlier this year—a milestone that was marked by reissues from Warner Classics and Supraphon and a documentary on her life, Zuzana: Music is Life. The Washington Post article detailed how the … More “Bach saved my life…”
A series of projects and distractions have kept me away these past few weeks. But time is opening up to me once more and, mercurial though I am, have returned like an erstwhile lover eager to make up for his prior neglect. Late last month I had the pleasure of hearing a Piano Spheres recital … More Week in Review: Catching Up!
I had the pleasure earlier this month of briefly speaking to pianist Charles Fierro in anticipation of a Debussy program he’ll be performing. The recital will comprise of selections from book I of Debussy’s Préludes which he will play next Wednesday at the Glendale City Church. Shortage of space in this week’s Crescenta Valley Weekly forced … More Charles Fierro on Debussy
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
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
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