Archive for the ‘Why I Left Muncie’ Category

The Britten Problem

Friday, December 13th, 2013

by Sedgwick Clark British composer Benjamin Britten was celebrating his 50th birthday on November 22, 1963, when news came of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Fifty years later, we in New York’s major concert halls were somehow able to salve our memories of that world-altering tragedy and at the same time honor the […]

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Those Amazing Juilliard Students

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

  By Sedgwick Clark So it’s time for my annual paean to the Juilliard Orchestra. I love to hear these young musicians—their passion, their commitment, their maturity, their technical polish. Last Friday (11/15) they played a varied program of 20th-century works by Adams, Barber, R. Strauss, and Ives. Conductor Jeffrey Milarsky, whose work I had admired […]

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Whatever Happened to MTT?

Friday, November 15th, 2013

by Sedgwick Clark I’ve blown hot and cold on Michael Tilson Thomas’s considerable abilities over the years. I vividly recall a masterful Ein Heldenleben (10/9/02) and an emotionally affecting Das Lied von der Erde (2/13/02) at Carnegie Hall with the San Francisco Symphony, of which he has been music director since 1995 and raised to one […]

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Opening Nights and Otherwise

Friday, November 8th, 2013

by Sedgwick Clark Deep thought of the day: Every performance is different. Second deep thought: Every listener hears the performance differently. Two weeks ago I wrote at the end of my “Valery the Variable” blog that opening-night critics had lambasted Valery Gergiev’s conducting of the Met’s Eugene Onegin (9/23) as unbearably slow and stodgy. Having […]

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Shostakovich October

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

by Sedgwick Clark It’s amazing, really. This month New York has been graced by a veritable deluge of Shostakovich. I remember when the Fifth Symphony was all we could hope to hear with any frequency. These days, I can barely stand to hear it because of the unbearably “meaningful,” post-Testimony manner in which most conductors […]

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Valery the Variable

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

By Sedgwick Clark “He’s so variable.” That’s the first thing critics say about Valery Gergiev. He conducted his Mariinsky Orchestra three times at Carnegie Hall in an eight-day period early this month, interrupted by four Met performances (two on Saturday) and runouts to Newark and Washington, D.C. Even when he was busy at the Met, […]

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The Deadline Made Me Do It

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Tune in next Thursday for another testament to why I left Muncie: Valery Gergiev, currently at the Met and with his Mariinsky Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, through Tuesday the 15th.

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Where Has Civilized Behavior Gone?

Friday, October 4th, 2013

by Sedgwick Clark “Hope you are having a good week,” ended an unwitting e-mail to me this morning. To begin with, my last week of deadline for the Directory is never good. But look at the reports on Wednesday’s Musical America website: First is Carnegie Hall’s announcement that it was forced to cancel its opening-night gala […]

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Back in the Trenches Again

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

by Sedgwick Clark The bloated pomposity of Lorin Maazel’s “interpretation” of the Star-Spangled Banner was the first reason PK swore off his concerts. I’m certain she would have been relieved initially by Alan Gilbert’s spiffy tempo last night at the New York Philharmonic’s season opener. But by the final cadence I could imagine her saying, […]

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There’s No Place Like Home

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

by Sedgwick Clark   This ecstatic smile has popped up on my computer screen saver nearly every morning for the past 11 years. She’s Scarlett, our second bichon frise, a week after giving birth to her first litter at around 5 a.m. in our living room. How’s that for a proud parent? That gleam of […]

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