Aaron Copland’s legacy intact

The Washington Post Patrick Rucker July 10, 2015 A composer’s posthumous reputation is nothing if not uncertain. Take Stephen Foster, who died destitute in a Bowery hotel in 1864 but whose songs, now familiar to everyone, encapsulate an era. Or Foster’s contemporary, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, whose success both in Europe and throughout the Americas was […]

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“American Music” (2014)

In 2005, Naxos released a highly praised DVD of two classic Pare Lorentz documentaries, The River (1936) and The Plow that Broke the Plains (1937), with new recordings of their legendary Virgil Thomson scores. The creative forces responsible for this venture—Joseph Horowitz, Angel Gil-Ordóñez, and the Post-Classical Ensemble—have now turned their attention to Aaron Copland’s […]

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PostClassical Ensemble: No Coats, Ties or Stuffed Shirts

The Washington Post By Stephen Brookes Sunday, October 14, 2007 Listen closely to the average symphony orchestra, and you can almost hear it lumbering into extinction. Large-bodied, slow-moving and frighteningly expensive, classical music’s most important institutions seem increasingly like relics of a distant age, kept alive by an audience that gets grayer every year. Most […]

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Lou Harrison Feted in DC

Musical America By Brett Campbell March 14, 2011 WASHINGTON, D.C. — The shimmering, seductive sounds of the Javanese gamelan beguiled American composer Lou Harrison (1917-2003) from the first time he heard them, in 1939 at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Exposition. Harrison [Musical America’s 2002 Composer of the Year] composed dozens of works for gamelan beginning […]

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On DVD, American Propaganda’s High-Water Mark

The Washington Post By Philip Kennicott Sunday, January 28, 2007 Pare Lorentz’s “River” and “Plow”: The high art of propaganda At the 1938 Venice Film Festival, Pare Lorentz’s “The River” won best documentary for his New Deal film about the flooding and “taming” of the Mississippi River, beating Leni Riefenstahl’s far more ambitious “Olympia,” a […]

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PostClassical Ensemble (2005)

The Washington Post By Joseph McLellan Friday, March 18, 2005 Gustav Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde” (“The Song of the Earth”) presents a curious combination of late romantic German sensibility in its music and Chinese poetry of the 8th century in the original source of its texts. Its final segment, “Der Abschied” (“The Farewell”), […]

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PostClassical Ensemble, Performing Some Very Good Works

The Washington Post By Stephen Brookes Thursday, March 16, 2006 Classical music may be dying a slow death, but not if Joseph Horowitz has anything to say about it. Author of the essential “Classical Music in America,” executive director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic and founder (with Angel Gil-Ordonez) of the Post Classical Ensemble, Horowitz has […]

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Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times

The New York Times Anthony Tommasini February, 2007 NEVER in American history, many argue, have political parties and administrations been more brazen about image manipulation and message control than they are now. But recent examples—the “Mission Accomplished” carrier landing, the new Democratic leadership team’s victory lap packaged as a listening tour—seem hapless in comparison with […]

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