22 January, 2010

The Duchess Listens . . .

Lorin Maazel conducts Bruckner's Symphony No. 8
Los Angeles Philharmonic

The Duchess recommends you catch a performance of Brucker's No. 8 at the Walt Disney Concert Hall (performances tonight and Sunday). The music is ravishing, conducted by the great Lorin Maazel Mr. Maazel was the first American to conduct at Bayreuth, and also recorded the first stereo production of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess with an all-African-American cast. In addition he conducted the music for three operatic films -- Don Giovanni, Otello, and Carmen. He recently stepped down as music director of the New York Philharmonic.

The Walt Disney Concert Hall is home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Designed by Frank Gehry, and opened in 2003, Disney Hall (to the Duchess's eye) is a masterpiece of contemporary architecture and perfectly sited on the northeastern edge of sprawling downtown Los Angeles.

(Disney Hall, exterior view)

(Disney Hall, interior view)

Bruckner's No. 8 is splendid. All in all, time very well spent.

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