Unsuk Chin: ‘Mad Tea Party’ from ‘Alice in Wonderland’

Myung-Whun Chung conducts the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.

Pacific Symphony / wild UP / OCR review

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Review: Pacific Symphony and wild UP meld in Santa Ana. Orange County Register, March 1, 2015.

photo: courtesy Santa Ana Sites

Los Angeles Philharmonic / Unsuk Chin’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ / OCR review

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Review: Los Angeles Philharmonic goes over the top with Unsuk Chin’s ‘Alice in Wonderland.’ Orange County Register, Feb. 28, 2015.

photo: Mathew Imaging

Bruckner: Symphony No. 4: Scherzo

One of my favorite Bruckner scherzos. Herbert Blomstedt conducts the Staatskapelle Dresden. Some nifty (French) horn playing.

Schubert: Symphony No. 9: First movement

Since you all seemed to enjoy that last one, here’s the second half of the first movement of Schubert’s Ninth Symphony as performed by the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Herbert von Karajan.

Kronos Quartet / Philip Glass String Quartet No. 6 / OCR review

Review: Kronos Quartet ebbs and flows with Philip Glass’ String Quartet No. 6. Orange County Register, Feb. 22, 2015.

Henry T. Segerstrom, 1923-2015

Obituary: Henry T. Segerstrom, 91, saw bean fields and grew style, creating world-class shopping, arts centers in South Coast. Orange County Register, Feb. 20, 2015.

Pacific Symphony / ‘Carmen’ / OCR review

Review: Milena Kitic shines as Carmen with Carl St.Clair and the Pacific Symphony. Orange County Register, Feb. 20, 2015.

Schubert: Symphony No. 9: finale

I’ve always thought this was an incredible recording, though one could make an objection that it sounds more like Bruckner than Schubert. Still, it’s some pretty amazing playing and the way the recording is engineered (if you can tell) adds something atmospheric to the experience. Herbert von Karajan conducts the Berlin Philharmonic in the last half of the finale.

Haydn: Symphony No. 22, ‘The Philosopher': 1. Adagio

Ernest Ansermet conducts the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in this enchanting recording.

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