July 16, 2014
The Three Tenors joined to conquer.
When this trio of famous opera singers — José Carreras, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti— gave a one-night-only show at Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium on July 16, 1994, it was a massive spectacle watched by a billion people worldwide. More than that, the Three Tenors phenomenon permanently altered how a large amount of classical music is presented, packaged and sold.
Marin Alsop’s Guide To Mendelssohn’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’
by Marin Alsop
May 24, 2014
Growing up as a violinist, Felix Mendelssohn‘s Violin Concerto ranked among my top 10 Holy Grail pieces. As I got older, I moved on to his Octet and Piano Trio in D minor, which became two of my favorite chamber works. There’s almost nothing comparable to playing Mendelssohn’s Octet with seven great string players. It’s absolutely thrilling, energetic, virtuosic, youthful, fun and challenging. And to think that Mendelssohn wrote it when he was just 16.
Only a year later, at the ripe age of 17, he wrote his Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, completely capt uring the magic and frivolity in the ethereal world Shakespeare created.
January 14, 2014
Candaele has turned his obsession with Beethoven’s Ninth into a documentary film: Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony.
He follows the Ninth around the world, to Chile and China, where it became an empowering anthem of solidarity, and to Japan, where performances of daiku — the Great Nine — are a cherished annual tradition.
The Primitive Pulse of Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring’
March 24, 2007
The alien harmonies and jagged rhythms of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring signalled the birth of modern music in 1913.
Conductor Marin Alsop says the rambunctious score still sounds fresh today.