Recordings: New piano music

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Review: New Piano music comes in all shapes and styles. Orange County Register, March 19, 2015.

Long Beach Opera / ‘Marilyn Forever’ / OCR review


Review: Long Beach Opera offers a brooding ‘Marilyn Forever.’ Orange County Register, March 23, 2015.

photo: Keith Ian Polakoff

‘An Autumn Afternoon’ on Blu-ray

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Review: Ozu’s ‘An Autumn Afternoon': wistful and absorbing. Orange County Register, March 19, 2015.

Berlioz: “Waverly Overture,” Op. 1

Colin Davis conducts the London Symphony.

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Jeremy Denk / OCR review

Review: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields visits with Bach and Stravinsky. Orange County Register, March 15, 2015.

Cecilia Bartoli cancels California tour

Cecilia Bartoli cancels California tour, including Costa Mesa stop. Orange County Register, March 13, 2015

James Newton Howard’s Violin Concerto / OCR review

Review: Carl St.Clair, James Ehnes and the Pacific Symphony give premiere of violin concerto by James Newton Howard. Orange County Register, March 13, 2015.

Calder Quartet / OCR review

Review: Calder Quartet shines in Adès, Britten and Beethoven. Orange County Register, March 12, 2015.

Reprint: James Newton Howard

Film composer James Newton Howard has written a new violin concerto for the Pacific Symphony, which the group will premiere this week with violinist James Ehnes. Howard wrote his first piece of symphonic music for the group in 2009. We talked to him then and link to the conversation below.

Film composer James Newton Howard (‘The Hunger Games,’ ‘The Dark Knight’) writes violin concerto for Pacific Symphony. Orange County Register, March 10, 2015.

Los Angeles Opera / ‘The Barber of Seville’ / OCR review


Review: Los Angeles Opera revives colorful and fizzy ‘Barber of Seville.’ Orange County Register, March 9, 2015.

photo: Craig T. Mathew / LA Opera


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