Category Archives: New York Philharmonic

The Big Bang Theory

Back in the noughties, piano cognoscenti liked to trash the Chinese piano phenom Lang Lang.  The late, lamented Earl Wild once called him “the J. Lo of the piano,” and then there’s his nickname, “Bang Bang.”  Critics slammed him for … Continue reading

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Patron X, we’re on your side

The poor shlemiel/shlimazel/shlub whose cellphone was heard round the world this week graciously spoke with Daniel Wakin in the Times today, and revealed what is already fairly obvious: he really didn’t mean it.  And who knew that iPhones still bleep … Continue reading

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Apart from that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play? (Mahler, Adès, Alan Gilbert, NYPO)

Okay folks, thanks for the 15 minutes.  Can we talk about music now?  No other classical music news has topped this cell phone, not Thomas Quasthoff’s sad announcement of his retirement, not budget woes at San Antonio Opera and Trinity … Continue reading

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!@#&^%$!!!!!! (Cellphone halts Mahler’s Ninth mid-movement)

For those who say that the concert hall needs to loosen up, who want tweet-seats and more technology, be careful what you wish for. Until today I’ve never been to a concert where a cellphone stopped the orchestra in the … Continue reading

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Review: Mahler, Alan Gilbert, NYPO, 4/27/11

What’s the rush? I’ve been admonished that my reviews are too long, so that’s my summary judgment in one sentence.  It’s a tribute to the Philharmonic that they can play this music at such breakneck tempi and still endow the … Continue reading

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