Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Just Waiting....

....to hear the reaction of Brian at Out West Arts to the Los Angeles Philharmonic's season announcement. That's one great-looking season even if he does decide to skip the Brahms Unbound series - which I wouldn't do myself because every program has something new and interesting on it.

14 comments:

rootlesscosmo said...

The idea of giving the role of Lady Bracknell to a bass is very appealing. I really would like to hear the setting of the line "A handbag?" which in my ear is always delivered by the incomparable Dame Edith Evans, in the 1953 version directed by Anthony Asquith.

Lisa Hirsch said...

Okay, I'm confused. :)

pjwv said...

Lisa: GERALD BARRY, The Importance of Being Earnest (world premiere, LAPA co-commission) – This work is a LAPA co-commission with the Barbican Center and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group for the Aspects of Adès festival and features Thomas Adès as conductor. (April 7, 8, 2011)

Lisa Hirsch said...

OH MAN reading too fast. Thank you!

Henry Holland said...

Just Waiting....

....to hear the reaction of Brian at Out West Arts to the Los Angeles Philharmonic's season announcement


Well, since he, shall we say, intensely dislikes Gustavo Dudamel's conducting, I can't imagine he'll have much positive to say!

Nor will I. A Brahms festival? For reals? When the most radical piece of music the LAP is playing all next season is Webern's 5 Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 10 (from 1913, it should be noted), that's sad. Even the Turangalila Symphony is now common thanks to E-PS.

The Green Umbrella gets ever more tonal and boring with Adams in control and even Salonen's 2 appearances are pretty routine (Bartok, Wagner, Hindemith). At least Magnus Lindberg's piece seems like it'll drive the blue-haired old ladies (and their soul mates) crazy with his European modernism.

Meanwhile, the New York Philharmonic announced (via Alex Ross) that in the next 3 seasons they'll be doing Gruppen and Rituel in Memoriam Bruno Maderna. Gott in Himmel, even the boring old farts in New York are more adventurous than allegedly cutting-edge Los Angeles.

C'mon MTT and SFO, do something really interesting for 2010-11.

Henry Holland said...

Oh, by the way Lisa, two typos that would drive you crazy:

On the calendar, it says "Salonen conducts Debussy". There's no Debussy on that program, plus I'm sure that Pierre-Laurent Aimard, the incredible pianist, would be amused to find out that he's playing violin per the calendar.

Lisa Hirsch said...

You think Hindemith is routine?? I have not heard a note of his music live.

See, when I looked over the full schedules for both orchestras, they looked approximately equivalent to me. Yeah, Brahms Unbound, but look at the other composer programmed during that series.

Don't count on MTT, please. I'm certainly not.

Hahaha, laughing at the brainos. Don't they have copy-editors at the LAPO?

Brian said...

Bell Biv Devoe. Now you know.

http://outwestarts.blogspot.com/2010/02/special-seasoning.html

Lisa Hirsch said...

Thanks! I will read and comment tomorrow when I've had a chance to reread the season announcements.

doug said...

What a glorious season. I enjoyed Alex Ross' take on it, too. We can only pray that MTT does something even close to this interesting -- and I'm an atheist!

Lisa Hirsch said...

SFS season announcement is Monday. I'm also an atheist who is praying, and my expectations are pretty low.

doug said...

Let's hope we are both totally wrong! Oh, and I love your blog. Thanks for it.

Lisa Hirsch said...

The two resident composer series (Gubaidulina and Benjamin) have been good, so I figure that will be a highlight of next season. Maybe he'll do a semi-staged opera; I've liked all of those, and of course I will never see Mlada again!

Thank you for the kind words. I need to write up the five concerts and one opera I've seen in NYC, already!

doug said...

Do write those up. I'm headed to NYC in March to see William Kentridge's production of The Nose and the two Baroque evenings at BAM. Hooray for BAM!!!