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Maurice Ravel

Pianist Stewart Goodyear -- on 'The Nutcracker'

Sean Martinfield | Posted 11.24.2015 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Pianist and composer Stewart Goodyear's new recording - The Nutcracker, Complete Ballet Arranged for Solo Piano - is the best new thing in Tchaikovsky...

New York City Ballet Fall Gala 2015: An Evening of Fashion and Dance

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 10.05.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

The New York City Ballet has returned with all its relevance, strong and modern. The dancers are not "stingy." They are not "holding back." They exist in the "now," "right now." Balanchine would be proud.

A Time-Out With Isabel Leonard: In 'L'Heure Espagnole' at San Francisco Symphony, 6/4-6

Sean Martinfield | Posted 06.02.2015 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard appears with conductor Charles Dutoit and the San Francisco Symphony this week in Ravel's one-act comic opera, L'Heure espagnole

Gautier Capuçon: On Elgar's Cello Concerto, at San Francisco Symphony, 5/27-31

Sean Martinfield | Posted 05.22.2015 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

The Elgar concerto is one of the most beloved works in the classic cello repertoire. It is the last major work of the composer and one frequently described as contemplative, reflective and elegiac.

A Conversation With Pianist Hélène Grimaud -- At Davies Symphony Hall, 2/15-16

Sean Martinfield | Posted 04.08.2015 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

It's all about energy, reflection, harmonic complexity, and eye-popping beauty. This sequence of events, the synchronicity of it all -- the time, the place, and the artist -- is a wondrous thing.

Conductor Lionel Bringuier on His Debut With San Francisco Symphony

Sean Martinfield | Posted 04.07.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

From a very early age, even before he was admitted to the Conservatoire de Paris as a cellist, Lionel Bringuier has been recognized as someone who just gets it.

Sterling Musicianship at Symphony in C Concert

Lew Whittington | Posted 03.24.2014 | Arts
Lew Whittington

Among the many standout soloists, principal oboist Rita Mitzel masterful with the exploratory, almost jazz lines, that surf the orchestrals. Powerful delicacy and thrust in the strings toward a gallopy finish, but, crucially, not overdone.

First Nighter: Robert Wilson's "Life and Death of Marina Abramovic," Martha Clarke's "Cheri"

David Finkle | Posted 02.13.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

The one thing you can safely say about The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic at the Park Avenue Armory is that it is what it is. What it is is Ro...

Dog Ears Music: Born in March Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 05.01.2013 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week our playlist includes music by Bix Beiderbecke, James Taylor, Lawrence Welk, Aretha Franklin, Béla Bartók and more.

A Winning Formula

Ayano Hodouchi | Posted 04.29.2013 | Arts
Ayano Hodouchi

Yannick Nézet-Séguinmost most appealing trait is the keen aggression he has, tempered by superb restraint. Add to that his youthful enthusiasm and openness, his will to succeed and the friendly and positive mood he inspires in the orchestra members, and you've got a winner.

How To Love The Pipe Organ

Sean Martinfield | Posted 06.03.2012 | Home
Sean Martinfield

The pipe organ has always been an evolving beast, a breathing mechanical thing that has only gotten smarter with time. Once again it emerges as "The King of Instruments," and Christopher Houlihan is its youngest and most promising interpreter.

Scholar Discovers Missing Bassoon Line in Ravel Manuscript

Elana Estrin | Posted 03.27.2012 | Arts
Elana Estrin

Saturday marks the 100th anniversary of the premiere of Maurice Ravel's "Mother Goose" ballet suite. Just in time for its centennial, a Ravel scholar has discovered that orchestras have been playing the piece incorrectly for the past 100 years.

French Impressions: A Conversation With Violin Virtuoso Joshua Bell

Mike Ragogna | Posted 03.09.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

French Impressions is a clever little title that brings three of the great works from the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century French repertoire.

Three Underappreciated Silent Film Classics

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

The Bay Area has a large and loyal base of silent film fans, many of whom will descend on the Castro Theatre this weekend for the San Francisco Silent Film Festival's annual winter event.

First Nighter: A Puss in Boots for Children of All Ages

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
David Finkle

Everything about Puss in Boots registers as so utterly charming that any adults viewing it without a child next to them will want desperately to bring one to the very next showing.