Lloyd Schwartz http://wrti.org en After Ailing, A Favorite Conductor Stages His Comeback http://wrti.org/post/after-ailing-favorite-conductor-stages-his-comeback An extended ovation greeted conductor <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/16053303/james-levine">James Levine</a> last May when he returned to performing after a two-year absence. In 2011, he resigned as music director of the <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15937109/boston-symphony-orchestra">Boston Symphony Orchestra</a> and cancelled his performances at the Metropolitan Opera. He'd been plagued by health problems, injuries and operations, and it was painful for him to move. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 16:16:00 +0000 Lloyd Schwartz 6732 at http://wrti.org After Ailing, A Favorite Conductor Stages His Comeback This Opera Will Eat Your Heart Out http://wrti.org/post/opera-will-eat-your-heart-out <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZBzTLsyA30</p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 17:58:00 +0000 Lloyd Schwartz 6536 at http://wrti.org This Opera Will Eat Your Heart Out A Forgotten Quartet, Reissued And Reevaluated http://wrti.org/post/forgotten-quartet-reissued-and-reevaluated A movie last year called <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2012/11/07/164602359/a-late-quartet-melodrama-with-a-pounding-musical-heart"><em>A Late Quartet</em></a><em> </em>told the traumatic story of what happens when a famous string quartet has to change personnel. But, in fact, most string quartets — like symphony orchestras, only more conspicuously — continually change players, because players retire, or die, or get more lucrative offers. Thu, 15 Aug 2013 17:50:00 +0000 Lloyd Schwartz 6334 at http://wrti.org A Forgotten Quartet, Reissued And Reevaluated Always A Rose: Elliott Carter Remembered http://wrti.org/post/always-rose-elliott-carter-remembered <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRTfbViCmM8</p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 19:38:00 +0000 Lloyd Schwartz 4679 at http://wrti.org Always A Rose: Elliott Carter Remembered Budapest Quartet Gets To The Heart Of Beethoven http://wrti.org/post/all-about-budapest-string-quartet The Budapest String Quartet has always been my standard-bearer for chamber music. I grew up listening to their recordings, and especially admired not only their gorgeous sound, but also the uncanny interaction among all four players, even when there were changes in personnel. They had a way of playing as if they were speaking to each other, expressing deep and sometimes complicated feelings.<p>One of my most memorable concert experiences was the only time I ever heard the Budapest in person, when I was 20. The concert was sold out, but the management decided to sell seats on the stage. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 21:36:07 +0000 Lloyd Schwartz 4588 at http://wrti.org Budapest Quartet Gets To The Heart Of Beethoven Tanglewood Celebrates 75th With Free Web Stream http://wrti.org/post/tanglewood-celebrates-75th-free-web-stream On July 20, 1958, at Tanglewood — the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra — pianist Leon Fleisher played an electrifying Brahms First Piano Concerto with the orchestra under its former music director, Pierre Monteux. This remarkable teaming has not been heard since then.<p>But the BSO has come up with an inspired way to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Tanglewood. Fri, 13 Jul 2012 16:56:00 +0000 Lloyd Schwartz 4145 at http://wrti.org Tanglewood Celebrates 75th With Free Web Stream 'St. Matthew Passion': A Monumental Bach Feast http://wrti.org/post/st-matthew-passion-monumental-bach-feast Facing Bach's <em>St. Matthew Passion</em>, I often feel a combination of anticipation and dread. It's a great work, profound in its humanity and spirituality, with sublimely beautiful music. But it's a long haul, and if it's not a good performance, well, I'm stuck. And it can be not-good in various ways: either too solemnly pious or too much an exercise in musical style rather than emotional drama. A new DVD recorded in 2010 at Berlin's great concert hall, the Philharmonie, would be of major interest under any circumstances. Tue, 10 Jul 2012 15:51:00 +0000 Lloyd Schwartz 4127 at http://wrti.org 'St. Matthew Passion': A Monumental Bach Feast