8:18 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Lesser Shostakovich Finds A Home In Liverpool

Dmitri Shostakovich, 1960.
Erich Auerbach Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 22, 2011 3:34 pm

For this sixth volume of their complete Shostakovich symphony cycle, conductor Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra have a task and a half at hand: transforming two works – among Shostakovich's weakest conceptually and architecturally – into forceful, persuasive and galvanizing performances.

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First Listen
1:39 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

First Listen: 'Follies (New Broadway Cast Recording)'

Where everybody lives to love: In Act 2 of Follies, what's been a relatively dark story explodes into a riot of color in what's known as the Loveland sequence — an homage to the spectacular Broadway follies staged between the World Wars.
Joan Marcus

Originally published on Mon November 21, 2011 10:00 pm

It's tough to untangle the sonic appeal of Follies — the landmark 1971 musical that stirs Stephen Sondheim fans to a frenzy each time it gets revived — from the show's visual splendors.

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Movie Interviews
4:49 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

In 'Hugo,' Scorsese Salutes A Movie Magician

For his new film, director Martin Scorsese worked to recreate the scenes of Brian Selznick's illustrated children's book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret.
Jaap Buitendijk GK Films

In his 2007 children's book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, author Brian Selznick tells the story of an orphan named Hugo who lives in the walls of a Paris train station and spends his time winding the clocks.

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Music Interviews
2:22 pm
Mon November 14, 2011

Hilary Hahn Revives The Classical Encore

Hilary Hahn is a Grammy-winning classical violinist. Her newest project is called In 27 Pieces: The Hillary Hahn Encores.
Peter Miller Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun November 13, 2011 11:28 am

When Grammy-winning classical violinist Hilary Hahn plays in front of an audience, you can expect classics from Beethoven and Bach, performed with a flair and energy that's uniquely her own. Now, Hillary Hahn has a new project in the works: She wants to bring back the encore.

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Deceptive Cadence
9:36 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

When Is A Duet Actually A Duet?

Soprano Angela Gheorghiu.
courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu November 10, 2011 2:05 pm

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