Author Archive | David Hurwitz

Book Review: Furtwängler’s Writings–The Intellectual Biography of a Second-Rater

Roger Allen. Wilhelm Furtwängler: Art and the Politics of the Unpolitical. The Boydell Press, Woodbridge, 2018 (286pp). Just how smart was Wilhelm Furtwängler? That he was musically gifted there can be no question, but there is a significant difference between being talented and being intelligent. Similarly, one can be very highly educated—as a function of […]

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MORE MUSICOLOGY FROM OVIEDO, PLUS A GUIDED TOUR

DAY 2. INTERNATIONAL  CONFERENCE: SYMPHONISM IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY EUROPE Organized by:Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini, Lucca; Research Group ERASMUSH, University of Oviedo (Oviedo, Spain) in collaboration with: Ad Parnassum. A Journal of Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Instrumental Music Oviedo, Edificio Histórico de la Universidad de Oviedo 10-12 May 2018 Like most European cities and towns, Oviedo has its share of historic […]

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Fascinating Conference and Concert from Oviedo, Spain

INTERNATIONAL  CONFERENCE: SYMPHONISM IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY EUROPE Organized by:Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini, Lucca; Research Group ERASMUSH, University of Oviedo (Oviedo, Spain) in collaboration with: Ad Parnassum. A Journal of Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Instrumental Music Oviedo, Edificio Histórico de la Universidad de Oviedo 10-12 May 2018 Oviedo, Spain is a medium-sized city of some 240,000 persons, the capital of […]

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Major Discoveries at Carnegie Hall from The Orchestra Now

May 3, 2018, Carnegie Hall, New York The Orchestra Now, Leon Botstein (cond.), Peter Serkin and Anna Polonsky, pianos Give Leon Botstein credit: as a conductor he has his ups and downs, but his programming is often both important and original. At The Orchestra Now’s most recent concert he offered a pair of unknown (outside […]

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The Orchestra Now Offers Fine Free Concert

Aaron Davies Hall (The City College of New York), Harlem Friday, April 20, 2018 7pm Conductor: Jan Latham-Koenig The Orchestra Now, Bard College’s excellent ensemble of graduate students, presented a very appealing program at a free concert up in Harlem this past Friday consisting of Vaughan-Williams’ gorgeous Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, Schubert’s […]

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Editorial: Sexual Shenanigans, Classical Musicians, and Recordings

The first thing that came to mind as the story of James Levine’s, and then Charles Dutoit’s, sexual peccadillos came to light over the past few weeks was, “We’re only hearing about this now?” The former, at least, was hardly news. Levine’s alleged behavior with young boys has been one of classical music’s biggest open […]

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ARTISTS YOU CAN TRUST: 2017

TEN “ARTISTS YOU CAN TRUST” 2017 EDITION It’s common for review publications, newspapers, and radio stations to come out with “best of” year-end selections, but the big problem with these is that there are always too many recordings to even begin to do justice to the range of options available. Also, we don’t want to […]

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The Orchestra Now and JoAnn Falletta: Youth and Agility

Thursday, December 14, 2017: Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York The Orchestra Now is another initiative of the indefatigable Leon Botstein, and part of the graduate program in performance at Bard College. Members of the group introduce the music being played, and appear in the lobby at intermission to mingle with concert attendees. It’s […]

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Philly, Hahn and Nézet-Séguin Rock Adès, Bernstein and Sibelius

December 8, 2017: Carnegie Hall, New York Hot off of a successful international tour with his Montreal Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin cruised into Carnegie Hall last night with (one of) his other principal orchestras, and demonstrated why he’s currently such a choice commodity in today’s world of classical music. It would be hard […]

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Fine Whine From Stormin’ Norman Redux

Originally posted at the beginning of 2004, this seems like a good time, nearly fourteen years later, to revisit Norman Lebrecht’s “rock solid” prediction that the year 2004 would be “the last for the classical record industry.” I provide my entire original article below. In his latest effort to sound the death knell for the […]

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