Articles by Year: La Folia, 2003.

Operatic Rarities Highlight Early Summer in N.Y.

Rare and rarer best describes a trio of operas performed in June and July in three New York venues. They may never win great popularity — not a Bohème among them — but they provided three evenings of great music strikingly performed.

Operatic Rarities Highlight Early Summer in N.Y.

Rare and rarer best describes a trio of operas performed in June and July in three New York venues. They may never win great popularity — not a Bohème among them — but they provided three evenings of great music strikingly performed.

Dear La Folia 11: This Time ’Round, Amplifiers

Perceived acoustic certainties appear like Venus on the half shell, only to crumble in a penumbra of doubt: Do these two amplifiers, a Bel Canto eVo2 and a Spectron Digital One, really sound different?

Dear La Folia 11: This Time ’Round, Amplifiers

Perceived acoustic certainties appear like Venus on the half shell, only to crumble in a penumbra of doubt: Do these two amplifiers, a Bel Canto eVo2 and a Spectron Digital One, really sound different?

Echt und Ersatz: Mahler, Bruckner, Rott, Zemlinsky, et al.

With Berg just ’round the corner, it’s been easier to tackle Boulez’s explorations of the purely orchestral Mahler symphonies, especially the Sixth, Seventh and Ninth.

Echt und Ersatz: Mahler, Bruckner, Rott, Zemlinsky, et al.

With Berg just ’round the corner, it’s been easier to tackle Boulez’s explorations of the purely orchestral Mahler symphonies, especially the Sixth, Seventh and Ninth.

Italian Vacation 1.

More than any other 20th-century composer — and like the Gabrielis, the other great Venetian composers centuries before him — Nono wrote music sensitive to the performance space’s acoustics.

Italian Vacation 1.

More than any other 20th-century composer — and like the Gabrielis, the other great Venetian composers centuries before him — Nono wrote music sensitive to the performance space’s acoustics.

Further Thoughts on Authenticity

The fashionable trashing of the historically informed performance (HIP) is, when not hubris, based on false premises…

Further Thoughts on Authenticity

The fashionable trashing of the historically informed performance (HIP) is, when not hubris, based on false premises…

And Who Exactly Is Sorabji?

The question may well have been asked in polite musical circles (whatever they are) some 30 years ago.

And Who Exactly Is Sorabji?

The question may well have been asked in polite musical circles (whatever they are) some 30 years ago.

A Brief Look at Chopin’s Ballade in F minor, Op. 52

The Ballade comes in on a cloud, builds to a lightning storm keeping its center — the power of ppa melody spoken once, again, a third time, renewing truth with three tolls of a bell.

A Brief Look at Chopin’s Ballade in F minor, Op. 52

The Ballade comes in on a cloud, builds to a lightning storm keeping its center — the power of ppa melody spoken once, again, a third time, renewing truth with three tolls of a bell.

Another WHRB Spring Orgy

Last year I wrote about WHRB’s Spring 2003 Orgy, when this local, college-affiliated station devotes long consecutive hours to all of a given band’s recordings or composer’s works, as close to complete as recording allows.

Another WHRB Spring Orgy

Last year I wrote about WHRB’s Spring 2003 Orgy, when this local, college-affiliated station devotes long consecutive hours to all of a given band’s recordings or composer’s works, as close to complete as recording allows.

Unfamiliar Masters

…Lieberson labels this collection a “snapshot autobiography.” We get crisp and clear — and a tad severe — performances of eight works spanning 26 years.

Unfamiliar Masters

…Lieberson labels this collection a “snapshot autobiography.” We get crisp and clear — and a tad severe — performances of eight works spanning 26 years.

Dear La Folia 10.

I am Black Point’s foremost collector of Bach’s Aria mit verschiedenen Veränderungen.

Dear La Folia 10.

I am Black Point’s foremost collector of Bach’s Aria mit verschiedenen Veränderungen.