Saint-Saens: ‘Danse Macabre’

I’ve always liked this piece, and think it’s underrated. (No, it’s not deep.) I also like this recording very much: Jean Martinon conducts the Paris Conservatoire Orchestra.

Berlioz: Overture ‘Le roi Lear,’ Op. 4

Colin Davis conducts the London Symphony Orchestra.

Berlioz: Overture ‘Les francs-juges,’ Op. 3

Colin Davis conducts the London Symphony Orchestra.

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

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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.

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