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The Classical Olympics: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Another four years and another summer Olympics, not entirely without controversy, have come and gone. Amidst the hoopla and hysteria, this seems an appropriate time to take stock and once again decry the dearth of classical music events at the summer games. With the ongoing talk of eliminating Women’s Softball in 2012 as a result […]

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Stop the Madness: Orchestras, Stay Home

The new concert season is now upon us, and with it will come one of the most peculiar spectacles in the arts: the annual round of international tours by orchestras the world over. Once a laudable effort to introduce classical music to those who might otherwise never have had the opportunity to see a great […]

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BACH AND HAYDN SPEAK OUT ON TERRI SCHIAVO

The ongoing, tragic saga of Terri Schiavo, the severely brain-damaged Florida woman struck down by catastrophic illness in 1990 and subsequently determined to be “in a persistent vegetative state,” has put the whole country in an uproar–understandably so. This is an agonizing situation with genuine public policy implications. Michael Schiavo, the husband who has been […]

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TIMES HAVE CHANGED, SO HAVE WE

Every so often I see a comment to the effect that, believe it or not, we are too nice, and give too many recordings high ratings. It doesn’t happen often: at least not as often as we receive hate mail from fans of artists that we have panned. Nevertheless I was speaking to my colleagues […]

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THE EU CONSTITUTION AND THE ARTS

Thank God it’s dead! Granted, the French and the Dutch voted “no” to the proposed EU constitution for the wrong reasons, but then who had the time or energy to actually read that bloody 400+ page behemoth, produced by an unaccountable collection of bureaucrats to better entrench themselves at the center of European political life? […]

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THE DEATH OF THE HORENSTEIN CULT?

It’s well known that performers of all stripes, and not just in classical music, sometimes amass a cult following, particularly if the artists in question have the good fortune to be dead. If they died tragically, even better. If they died tragically and made very few recordings, and those of dubious quality, better still. The […]

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MONEY-BACK GUARANTEES FOR CLASSICAL CONCERTS?

This summer something very rare happened in the film industry. Faced with declining attendance, one of the country’s two major cinema chains offered a money-back guarantee on showings of the critically acclaimed boxing epic “Cinderella Man.” Now I have to confess that this still didn’t motivate me to go, but it did get me to […]

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MOZART AT 250: DEJA-VU ALL OVER AGAIN

Both the music and the Austrian tourist industries are revving up for another “Mozart” year, only a decade and a half after the last one. 1991 marked the 200th anniversary of the great composer’s death, and both the roundness of the number (an even two centuries) as well as the significance of the event itself […]

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BYE-BYE TOWER (THANK GOD!)

The final, ignominious demise of Tower Records, auctioned off in bankruptcy to a liquidator for about $146 million, couldn’t have come quickly enough. For years this dinosaur has acted as a break on the necessary restructuring of the retail sector, the musical equivalent of an acute intestinal blockage. The end was predictable, indeed expected for […]

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WILL THE REAL JOYCE HATTO PLEASE STAND UP!

On Tuesday, February 13, a CT.comreader, Mr. Brian Ventura (who kindly granted me permission to identify him by name) sent one of our writers, Jed Distler, a very remarkable email which he kindly forwarded to me. It seems that the reader had purchased a copy of Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes with Joyce Hatto on the Concert […]

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