LINKS: Two views of the L.A. Phil from the east coast

Alex Ross in the New Yorker HERE and Zachary Woolfe in the New York Times HERE sing the praises of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, while hoping that LAPO President and CEO Deborah Borda’s transfer to a similar job at the New York Philharmonic will lead a revitalization of that important ensemble.

The headline on Woolfe’s article — “Los Angeles Has America’s Most Important Orchestra. Period.” encapsulates the article’s thrust. Ross’ article from a month ago includes this quote: “The L.A. Phil’s 2017–18 season, just announced, is so far ahead of that of any rival, in America or around the world, that the orchestra is mainly competing with itself.” Both articles give the LAPO a lot to live up to.

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FROM THE WEB: On two views of one performance — part two

By Robert D. Thomas
Music Critic
Pasadena Star-News/San Gabriel Valley Tribune/Whittier Daily News

Recently I posted (HERE) two diametrically opposed reviews of a performance of Der Rosenkavalier by the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Here’s a LINK to a lengthy but fascinating set of reviews and comments about a recent presentation of La Traviata at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Click on the thread to the reply from Neil Steinberg to see the lengthy series of comments.

For what it’s worth, I thought similar comments could have applied to this week’s NBC telecast of The Sound of Music, as well.

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