Category: Music

Posted in Classical Music Opera

Classical Music’s Suicide Pact (Part 1)

Succumbing to specious charges of racism, America’s orchestras, opera companies, and conductors are abandoning the Western canon.

Posted in Classical Music Opera

The Neglected Muse: Why Music Is An Essential Liberal Art

Music liberates us from vulgarity, intellectual rigidity, and the tyranny of unexamined, popular opinions about music and beauty.

Posted in Classical Music

Icons of Music: Andras Schiff, a Towering Man of Music

Sir Andras Schiff exudes an inner calm and spirit of relaxation, as if he were playing in his own living room, seemingly unaware of the audience.

Posted in Music Pop

Are we on the verge of forgetting Amy Winehouse?

She’s the greatest thing ever to come out of here, the highest heights of Barnet, our queen.

Posted in Music Pop

Sour Prom — Olivia Rodrigo’s Rapid-Onset Petulance

An ‘album movie’ that snarks about Our/Sour America.

Posted in Music Pop

Lana Del Rey: Facing Reality Under the Chemtrails

Lana Del Rey’s music captures the anxiety and alienation so many people, especially young people, feel today.

Posted in Music Pop

Oliver Nelson: The Blues and the Abstract Truth (1961)

Verve’s excellent Acoustic Sounds vinyl reissue series just re-released an impeccable and gorgeous-sounding new pressing of this LP.

Posted in Music Pop

METAL FOR THE MIND

The great themes of world literature have inspired artists of all kinds, including those in metal bands.

Posted in Classical Music

The legend of forgotten musical genius Mieczyslaw Weinberg

Dismissed as a dime-store Shostakovich, then praised as a major modern composer. Damian Thompson on the rediscovery of Mieczysław Weinberg

Posted in Classical Music

Celebrating the Music of Igor Stravinsky

For the explosive energy and power of his music, and its exploring of unheard-of worlds of sound, Igor Stravinsky was the main figure in 20th-century music. 

Posted in Films Movies Music Pop

REVIEW: “In The Heights” The Movie Musical Returns with Bouncy Delight

The screen version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights offers a thin story but plenty of good cheer.

Posted in Films Movies Music Pop

REVIEW: “In the Heights” Is Cultural Erasure, Not Celebration

Miranda’s cultural misappropriation in In the Heights belongs to a mainstream culture that seeks a Latino figure who is acceptable because he is nonthreatening.