Monthly Archives: February 2010

Epiphanies

José Antonio Abreu, who has organized hundreds of monumental concerts on every kind of stage around the world, could not contain his emotion when he related the most recent phenomenon he had witnessed in the stadiums of Mérida and Barquisimeto … Continue reading

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Dominoes and Death

“Even though I’m charging more, I’m earning less each day,” Carlos Duarte repeated to me in one of our interminable rehearsals for a brief tour in 1994. “And I don’t stop playing.” He often took stock of his musical life … Continue reading

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Dudamel vs. Lebrecht

One of the smartest studies of the classical record industry, though depressing in its conclusions, is The Life and Death of Classical Music (Anchor Books, 2007) by the British critic Norman Lebrecht. In this well-documented book that claims to be … Continue reading

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The New Man

After several generations of revolution, the Soviet Union had perfected the New Man: a functionary capable of sacrificing his moral principles, groveling in hierarchical pyramids to carry out the orders of a psychopathic tyrant who continued to massacre people from … Continue reading

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Unknown Pabellón

In 1997, the record company Musicarte released the first work of Pabellón Sin Baranda, the trio whose founders became friends in the Gran Mariscal Orchestra of Ayacucho. Like many other groups of new Venezuelan music, Pabellón was born in the … Continue reading

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Camerengata

Usually, musicians mention in their CVs their most celebrated teachers. I am attracted to the opposite idea: I would mention in mine the students – brilliant musicians – whom I had the pleasure of knowing in the cello department at … Continue reading

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Hades

Semiology considers all of human speech as a great text that is analyzed in the way Don Quixote is analyzed. All the sounds of a social group can also be dissected, like the work of Mozart in a class of … Continue reading

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