Pacific Symphony plays Ades, Mozart, Brahms

Review: Guests are a pleasure at Pacific Symphony. Orange County Register, Nov. 14, 2014.

Mozart: String Quartet, K. 157, Andante

The second movement of Mozart’s String Quartet No. 4, K. 157, part of the so-called “Milanese” quartets, composed in Milan when he was 16, or perhaps 17. I think it’s pretty profound for one so young. The Amadeus Quartet performs; I’m not wild about the performance (too soupy) but it gives you a good idea of the piece. Incidentally, I ran across this on YouTube when the video had a total of 1 view. The post says it was “Auto-generated by YouTube.”

Beethoven: Piano Sonata, Op. 10, No. 3, Presto

Sviatoslav Richter plays the first movement of Beethoven’s Sonata Op. 10, No. 3 on February 28, 1960 in Bucharest.

Liszt/Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, Allegro con brio

The pianist is Christopher Taylor.

Chabrier: Valse-Scherzo

Aldo Ciccolini plays Chabrier’s Valse-Scherzo.

Los Angeles Opera: ‘Dido and Aeneas’ and ‘Bluebeard’s Castle’

Kateryna Kasper as Belinda in "Dido and Aeneas." Photo: Craig Mathew / LA Opera

Review: L.A. Opera’s daring double bill frustrates. Orange County Register, Nov. 7, 2014.

Photo: Craig Mathew / LA Opera

Czechmate

Review: Czech Phil’s pieces fit together beautifully at Segerstrom. Orange County Register, Nov. 6, 2014.

Pacific Chorale launches 47th season

Review: Pacific Chorale shows a strong set of pipes. Orange County Register, Nov. 3, 2014.

‘Yankee Doodle Dandy’ on Blu-ray

One in an occasional series …

Review: ‘Yankee Doodle Dandy’ a brisk biopic. Orange County Register, Oct. 31, 2014.

Salonen conducts ‘Eroica,’ Denk plays Mozart

Review: Salonen, L.A. Phil brush off Mozart and Beethoven. Orange County Register, Oct.31, 2014.

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