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  • Thomas Adès in all his aspects

    Thomas Adès in all his aspects
    International fame just doesn't happen to many classical composers. But when it does, it can strike like a runaway train.
  • Music review: Los Angeles Philharmonic festival ends with Adès and Messiaen

     
    Mark Swed reviews the first Los Angeles Philharmonic performances of Thomas Adès' "Polaris" and Olivier Messiaen’s “Éclairs sur l’Au-delà…”

    Alan Gilbert readies for New York Philharmonic debut

    Alan Gilbert readies for New York Philharmonic debut
    Life, even for rising orchestra conductors, can be unfair. Consider one response to Alan Gilbert, new music director of the New York Philharmonic, after he leads Mozart's "Jupiter" Symphony in a packed college auditorium in Queens to loud applause. In the...

    Ojai music director George Benjamin in a familiar spot

    Ojai music director George Benjamin in a familiar spot
    George Benjamin undertook his first visit to Ojai last January, but in some ways, the trip must have seemed like a homecoming for the celebrated British composer, conductor, pianist and teacher. The freak storms that pounded the normally bucolic...

    Esa-Pekka Salonen's colleagues share reminiscences

    Esa-Pekka Salonen's colleagues share reminiscences
    Some glimpses of the conductor from his friends and colleagues who were asked to share a key memory. The reminiscences were mostly written, at the invitation of The Times. Several were shared in interviews with music critic Mark Swed and staff writer Mike...