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The Glory of Gershwin

Concert Review Jewish Music Institute Event — “The Glory of Gershwin” — A Report by Malcolm Miller The stirring sounds of a large and illustrious audience at the elegant London home of Sir Sydney and Lady Lipworth singing the Broadway hit ‘Embraceable You’ to the deft keyboard accompaniment of Rodney Greenberg, was an unexpected highpoint…

Film Review: Weill

Film Review Weill Der Kuhhandel Reviewed by Steve Schwartz Ursula Pfitzner (Juanita Sanchez); Dietmar Kerschbaum (Juan Santos); Michael Kraus (Mr Jones); Carlo Hartmann (President Mendez); Wolfgang Gratschmaier (Ximenez); Rolf Haunstein (General Gardia Conchas), et al. Chorus and Orchestra of the Vienna Volksoper/Christoph Eberle. Phoenix Edition 803 DVD TT: 138:00 In the early Thirties, Kurt Weill,…

CD Review: Prokofiev; Myaskovsky; Rachmaninov

CD Review Prokofiev Sinfonia concertante in E minor, Op. 125; Myaskovsky Cello Concerto in C minor, Op. 66;* Rachmaninov: Vocalise (mono)** Mstislav Rostropovich, cello; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Malcolm Sargent; *Philharmonia Orchestra/Malcolm Sargent; **Alexander Dedyukhin, piano EMI 3 80012 2 TT 73:29 Reviewed by Steve Schwartz Since his career lasted so long, one tends forget that Rostropovich…

Paul Hindemith: “Neues vom Tage”

Opera Review Reviewed by Michael Eagleton Landestheater, Linz, 31 May 2008, in repertoire until 1 July When Paul Hindemith’s Neues vom Tage was premiered in June 1929, at the Kroll Opera in Berlin under Otto Klemperer, its librettist, Marcellus Schiffer, was probably just as notorious a figure in Berlin as its composer. They had already…

Review: Shostakovich and Stalin

Book Review ‘Shostakovich and Stalin‘ by Solomon Volkov Alfred A. Knopf, New York /Little, Brown, London , 2004 Reviewed by C. H. Loh ‘Looking back, I see nothing but ruins, only mountains of corpses.’ Thus open the memoirs of the twentieth century’s last great composer, Dmitry Shostakovich. Millions of people perished under the iron fist…