Richard Strauss’s path long overshadowed a clear assessment of his enormous accomplishments as a composer of opera and orchestral music.
Though he ranked alongside Pierre Boulez and John Cage as a controversial avatar of all that was new in classical music, for the past thirty years most of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s compositions have been all but impossible to hear.
Vladimir Horowitz Live at Carnegie Hall offers extensive documentation of the pianist’s performances ranging from 1943 through 1976.
It is now just a year since the death of the composer Elliott Carter and his absence still seems a little unreal.
The collapse of the New York City Opera last month was many things, but it could hardly be called unexpected. Indeed, that the company had kept going for seventy years was more than a little amazing.