Carnegie Hall

PLAYLIST, Week 7, 2014

Ah, Vienna… Strauss, Salome Berg, Wozzeck Bruck­ner, Sym­phonies 4–9 Mahler, Sym­phony No. 4 Ultra­vox, Albums 1980-12

Keepin’ It Real

The power (of the inter­nets) has been restored here at Big City head­quar­ters, and it’s time to squeeze out as much of this immense back­log as I can until Time Warner Cable screws up some­thing else — though I would like to point out that the while their call-centers and cus­tomer ser­vice offices are atrocious,(…)

Maverick Media

Amer­i­can Mav­er­icks is in full swing here in New York City. I have some mixed feel­ings about Monday’s San Fran­cisco Sym­phony con­cert — I’m not sure what John Adams was think­ing when he made Absolute Jest, and it’s hard to square Jessye Norman’s sub­stan­tial career with a per­for­mance of John Cage’s Song Books — the(…)

We’re An American Band

We Amer­i­cans may not know much about his­tory, but we love it nonethe­less. With­out a basis in facts, that love boils down to the same messy, insol­u­ble argu­ments peo­ple have about things they like. His­tory becomes nothng more than a mat­ter of com­pet­ing tastes — some of the major gen­res are The Found­ing Fathers, the(…)

So Appendix

This week’s col­umn at Clas­si­calTV is actu­ally a fairly exten­sive inter­view with So Per­cus­sion, talk­ing with them about next Monday’s con­cert at Carnegie Hall and the music of John Cage. After, or before, you read it, peruse the selected discog­ra­phy, espe­cially from last year, which was envi­ably pro­duc­tive: Drum­ming, the disc that put them on(…)

Winter Music

In a Jan­u­ary with­out snow, there’s not much excuse not to get out of the house. And after what amounted to a long, lan­guid pause from Christ­mas through the first week of the new year, there are enough entic­ing events to plan for that no one, myself included, will be able to make it to(…)

New Amsterdam

Louis Andriessen is back in Hol­land, pre­sum­ably, after a con­cen­trated explo­ration of his work and legacy, under the aus­pices of Carnegie Hall where he was this year’s Richard and Bar­bara Debs com­poser in res­i­dence (a sub­stan­tial epi­logue later this month, when John Adams leads the Ensem­ble ACJW at Zankel in music by him­self, Stravin­sky and(…)

April Flowers

This April is going to be a great month to get out and about and into con­cert venues, with a mix of old and new that is prob­a­bly more excit­ing than any other time this year. There’s also the unusual as well … April 1 – Hel­mut Lachen­mann; This last of this season’s excel­lent Com­poser Portraits(…)


A recent rant by clas­si­cal music gos­sip Nor­man Lebrecht makes me won­der just what all his fuss is about. A com­plaint that the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Opera does not pro­duce the most cut­ting edge work is both absolutely cor­rect and absolutely mean­ing­less. The Met is ded­i­cated to the entire tra­di­tion of opera and is already demon­strat­ing that(…)