Tag Archive: Prokofiev

Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic at Davies Hall in San Francisco: Adams, Chapela, and Prokofiev…Dudamania lives!

Once upon a time, not too long ago, listeners might have resisted accepting on credit the notion of a conductor performing new music charismatically. For many decades, full-house audiences (at those moments desperately wishing themselves sparse) tended to squirm patiently through modern works, waiting for ever more elusive harmony or so much as a symphonic phrase, the experience more to be withstood than understood. Dodecaphonic compositions, in particular, constituted toll-booths on the musical freeway: to be bought off as taxation, passed-through and, if lucky, forgotten. Certainly not to be loved.

Prokofiev’s Music for Eisenstein with Valery Gergiev and Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theater at Fisher Hall, 11/17/2008

Valery Gergiev Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theater Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Avery Fisher Hall Monday, November 17, 2008 at 8:00 Sergey Prokofiev, Film Music Sergey Prokofiev Ivan the Terrible Alexander Nevsky The film score, Ivan the Terrible, is where I…
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In Praise of Herbert von Karajan, with a Selective Critical Discography

My immediate reaction to Michael Miller’s commentary on the Karajan centenary [Oh no! He’s not back again, is he? – May 2, 2008] was rather choleric, but I’ve settled down a bit since then and can write this from a relatively balanced perspective.