Articles by Year: La Folia, 2003.

From the Archives: Casals, Furtwängler, and More

Historical performance buffs never had it so good. The sheer variety of reissued recordings and newly issued live performances from the past century can sometimes seem overwhelming.

From the Archives: Casals, Furtwängler, and More

Historical performance buffs never had it so good. The sheer variety of reissued recordings and newly issued live performances from the past century can sometimes seem overwhelming.

Beware of Musicians in Historians’ Clothing

When it comes to Baroque performance practices, a lot of what passes for “history” is just one performer’s view of things as he or she sees them.

Beware of Musicians in Historians’ Clothing

When it comes to Baroque performance practices, a lot of what passes for “history” is just one performer’s view of things as he or she sees them.

A View From the Green Room

“A mirror ringed in G.E. bulbs —
hopped up, I shimmy into
black velvet.”

A View From the Green Room

“A mirror ringed in G.E. bulbs —
hopped up, I shimmy into
black velvet.”

Dear La Folia 9.

Thinking back to my last missive and your parenthetical comment, I withheld the brand name of the DAC I was auditioning…

Dear La Folia 9.

Thinking back to my last missive and your parenthetical comment, I withheld the brand name of the DAC I was auditioning…

Tea and Alchemy

One very good and convenient thing about performing a modern composer’s music is one’s ability to kvetch directly to the source.

Tea and Alchemy

One very good and convenient thing about performing a modern composer’s music is one’s ability to kvetch directly to the source.

Things That Are Not Quite What They Seem

Humor in music is a delicate business. Everybody involved — composer, performer and audience — must be familiar with a library’s worth of background in order to savor a moment-long gag.

Things That Are Not Quite What They Seem

Humor in music is a delicate business. Everybody involved — composer, performer and audience — must be familiar with a library’s worth of background in order to savor a moment-long gag.

David Tudor: Performer and Composer of Live Electronic Music

A listener unused to the coarseness and bite of analog electronic and computer music will find Tudor’s compositions invigorating. If you have ever tried to pull in a distant AM radio station only to be thrilled by the strange, extraneous noises that came and fled, Tudor’s electronic music is most assuredly for you.

David Tudor: Performer and Composer of Live Electronic Music

A listener unused to the coarseness and bite of analog electronic and computer music will find Tudor’s compositions invigorating. If you have ever tried to pull in a distant AM radio station only to be thrilled by the strange, extraneous noises that came and fled, Tudor’s electronic music is most assuredly for you.

Mahler on the Radio

It’s easy to imagine the Symphony of a Thousand’s cast standing alert, their bright, beaming faces ready to emit three cheers for Faust.

Mahler on the Radio

It’s easy to imagine the Symphony of a Thousand’s cast standing alert, their bright, beaming faces ready to emit three cheers for Faust.

Musicians Dissing Musicians

“Why is it that whenever I hear a piece of music I don’t like, it’s always by Villa-Lobos?” — Igor Stravinsky

Musicians Dissing Musicians

“Why is it that whenever I hear a piece of music I don’t like, it’s always by Villa-Lobos?” — Igor Stravinsky

An Intercepted Letter from Beth Levin

This past year I followed my freelance impulses, performing with a soprano in Edinburgh, with a mezzo in New York, and generally saying yes to everything put in my path.

An Intercepted Letter from Beth Levin

This past year I followed my freelance impulses, performing with a soprano in Edinburgh, with a mezzo in New York, and generally saying yes to everything put in my path.