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(…)


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(…)