Posts Tagged ‘Alan Gilbert’

Meaning in Music

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

By Alan Gilbert On Monday, April 4, 2011, Alan Gilbert became the first New York Philharmonic Music Director to give the Annual Erich Leinsdorf Lecture. His remarks, titled “Performance and Interpretation,” were Webcast live. Following is an excerpt from his speech, which can be watched in full on the New York Philharmonic’s Website, Meaning […]

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Roman Holiday

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

By Alan Gilbert It’s hard to avoid Michelangelo in Rome — his presence seems to be everywhere in this most beautiful of cities. Sunday was free from my work with the Accademia di Santa Cecilia Orchestra, and you could say that, in a way, I actually spent the day with Michelangelo (and most pleasant it […]

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Layover Thoughts

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

By Alan Gilbert Yesterday´s trip from New York to Stockholm turned out fine, I guess, since I eventually arrived, but it would have been easier to take if the problems had resulted from the bad weather that has closed so many of Europe´s airports, rather than from a simple screw-up by the airline. To make […]

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Paris Pelleas Project

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

By Alan Gilbert For many years I have been speaking about the idea of introducing a visual element to the auditory core of a concert with Doug Fitch, my friend and frequent collaborator. It’s a tricky matter as it is far from evident how to do so in a way that enhances the experience – […]

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In Praise of …

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

By Alan Gilbert I’ve often spoken about the uniquely awesome capacity of the New York Philharmonic, but I really must tip my hat to the musicians for what they have done over the last few weeks. From Sunday, October 24, through Thursday, November 4, we were on tour in Europe, playing in familiar cities, such […]

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Back from Tour … Stay Tuned

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

By Alan Gilbert As much as I enjoy putting my thoughts down in writing and sharing them here, in my blog, that is just not going to happen today. On Friday I returned from a very satisfying, very exciting, very busy tour, and although there is much about the time I spent in Europe that […]

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On Tour(ing)

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

By Alan Gilbert We are in Ljubljana, the second stop on our European tour. It should have been the third country, but what would have been the Orchestra’s first trip to the Republic of Georgia was cancelled abruptly a few weeks ago by the presenters – that is to say, by the government of Georgia. […]

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Arts and Krafts

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

By Alan Gilbert One thing about great art is its ability to speak to a wide spectrum of humanity, and its uncanny knack for getting people with widely differing outlooks to see what they want to see in the work. This week Kraft, Magnus Lindberg’s landmark piece from 1985, has proven itself as a great […]

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A Reluctant Blogger Joins the Fray

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

My publisher made me do this. I’ve always been leery of blogs, from the disgusting sound of the word to the colossal self-importance of the act. Still, I admit to a good read and insight courtesy of bloggers Alex Ross and Alan Rich, and I’m sure I’d find others out there if I took the […]

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