Lloyd Schwartz http://nhpr.org en Every Composer Needs A Great Storyteller http://nhpr.org/post/every-composer-needs-great-storyteller The legendary German conductor Otto Klemperer was one of the most profound musicians of the 20<sup>th</sup> Century. In the 1960s, nearing the end of his career, he overcame many physical handicaps to create an astonishing body of recorded classical music. EMI has just reissued a broad spectrum of his recordings, including a box set of one of the composers he's most associated with: Gustav Mahler. <em>Fresh Air</em> classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz has a review of <em>Mahler: Symphonies 2, 4, 7 & 9 / Das Lied von der Erde</em>. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:55:00 +0000 Lloyd Schwartz 52054 at http://nhpr.org 1936 'Show Boat': A Multiracial, Musical Melodrama, Now Out On DVD http://nhpr.org/post/1936-show-boat-multiracial-musical-melodrama-now-out-dvd Broadway had never seen anything like it when <em>Show Boat</em> arrived at the Ziegfeld Theatre in 1927. The score was unforgettable and the story tackled complex racial issues. There have been three movie versions, but the best one — James Whale's 1936 production — has only just been released on DVD.<p><em>Show Boat </em>was the first great serious Broadway musical. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 19:19:00 +0000 Lloyd Schwartz 49778 at http://nhpr.org 1936 'Show Boat': A Multiracial, Musical Melodrama, Now Out On DVD 'Degenerate' Exhibit Recalls Nazi War On Modern Art http://nhpr.org/post/degenerate-exhibit-recalls-nazi-war-modern-art One of the most unsettling rooms in an important art exhibit at New York's Neue Galerie is a room in which numerous empty frames are hanging, with guesses about which paintings might have been in them. The paintings themselves were all lost or destroyed by the Nazis. Encouraged by Hitler, most Nazis (Joseph Goebbels was the rare exception) considered everything but the most hidebound, traditionally realistic paintings and sculptures to be "degenerate," a threat to the Aryan ideals of German culture. Thu, 29 May 2014 18:18:00 +0000 Lloyd Schwartz 49386 at http://nhpr.org 'Degenerate' Exhibit Recalls Nazi War On Modern Art A Poetry Reading: 'To My Oldest Friend, Whose Silence Is Like A Death' http://nhpr.org/post/poetry-reading-my-oldest-friend-whose-silence-death <em>Fresh Air</em>'s classical music critic <a href="http://www.npr.org/people/4781320/lloyd-schwartz" target="_blank">Lloyd Schwartz</a> is also a poet. He recently published a poem about friendship and loss on Poets.org. It's titled "<a href="http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/23891" target="_blank">To My Oldest Friend, Whose Silence Is Like A Death</a>:"<p>In today's paper, a story about our high school drama<br /> teacher evicted from his Carnegie Hall rooftop apartment<p>made me ache to call you — the only person I know Wed, 12 Mar 2014 17:44:00 +0000 Lloyd Schwartz 44957 at http://nhpr.org Review: Jonas Kaufmann Sings Wagner And Verdi http://nhpr.org/post/review-jonas-kaufmann-sings-wagner-and-verdi Transcript <p>TERRY GROSS, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. At 44, the German tenor Jonas Kaufmann may be the most popular tenor of his generation and one of the most versatile. Music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews two of his recordings this year, dedicated to both Verdi and Wagner, celebrating the bicentennials of their birth.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>LLOYD SCHWARTZ, BYLINE: I've never heard Jonas Kaufmann in person, though I've seen him in several leading roles in the Metropolitan Opera's live telecasts. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 18:38:00 +0000 Lloyd Schwartz 39815 at http://nhpr.org 'Pearl Earring' Is The Crown Jewel Of The Frick's Dutch Exhibit http://nhpr.org/post/pearl-earring-crown-jewel-fricks-dutch-exhibit Some years ago, I wrote <a href="http://nprfreshair.tumblr.com/post/69088699914/fresh-air-contributor-lloyd-schwartz-shares-a-poem" target="_blank">a poem</a> called "Why I Love Vermeer," which ends "I've never lived in a city without a Vermeer." I could say that until 1990, when Vermeer's exquisite painting <em>The Concert </em>was one of the masterpieces stolen from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. It's still missing. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 19:56:00 +0000 Lloyd Schwartz 39636 at http://nhpr.org 'Pearl Earring' Is The Crown Jewel Of The Frick's Dutch Exhibit After Ailing, A Favorite Conductor Stages His Comeback http://nhpr.org/post/after-ailing-favorite-conductor-stages-his-comeback An extended ovation greeted conductor <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/16053303/james-levine">James Levine</a> last May when he returned to performing after a two-year absence. In 2011, he resigned as music director of the <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15937109/boston-symphony-orchestra">Boston Symphony Orchestra</a> and cancelled his performances at the Metropolitan Opera. He'd been plagued by health problems, injuries and operations, and it was painful for him to move. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 16:16:00 +0000 Lloyd Schwartz 39132 at http://nhpr.org After Ailing, A Favorite Conductor Stages His Comeback This Opera Will Eat Your Heart Out http://nhpr.org/post/opera-will-eat-your-heart-out <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZBzTLsyA30</p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 17:58:00 +0000 Lloyd Schwartz 36216 at http://nhpr.org This Opera Will Eat Your Heart Out A Forgotten Quartet, Reissued And Reevaluated http://nhpr.org/post/forgotten-quartet-reissued-and-reevaluated A movie last year called <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2012/11/07/164602359/a-late-quartet-melodrama-with-a-pounding-musical-heart"><em>A Late Quartet</em></a><em> </em>told the traumatic story of what happens when a famous string quartet has to change personnel. But, in fact, most string quartets — like symphony orchestras, only more conspicuously — continually change players, because players retire, or die, or get more lucrative offers. Thu, 15 Aug 2013 17:32:00 +0000 Lloyd Schwartz 33241 at http://nhpr.org A Forgotten Quartet, Reissued And Reevaluated Branagh Imagines Mozart's 'Magic Flute' In Wartime http://nhpr.org/post/branagh-imagines-mozarts-magic-flute-wartime Mozart's <em>The Magic Flute,</em> the last opera he lived to complete, has some of his most sublime and sublimely comic music. Technically, it's more of a musical comedy, what in German is called a <em>Singspiel,</em> a play with songs and spoken dialogue. I was excited to learn that it was filmed by Kenneth Branagh, whose Shakespeare movies I really admire. Mon, 01 Jul 2013 20:41:00 +0000 Lloyd Schwartz 30491 at http://nhpr.org Branagh Imagines Mozart's 'Magic Flute' In Wartime The Art Of Life: Claes Oldenburg At MOMA http://nhpr.org/post/art-life-claes-oldenburg-moma The sculptor Claes Oldenburg was born in Stockholm but grew up in Chicago, went to Yale and came to New York in 1956, where he became a key player in the pop art movement — the major counter-reaction to the abstract expressionism that dominated the 1950s. So much for art history.<p>Although Oldenburg is a serious artist, probably no artist in history ever created works that were more fun. Wed, 19 Jun 2013 17:10:00 +0000 Lloyd Schwartz 29752 at http://nhpr.org The Art Of Life: Claes Oldenburg At MOMA Cinerama Brought The Power Of Peripheral Vision To The Movies http://nhpr.org/post/cinerama-brought-power-peripheral-vision-movies As early as silent film, directors attempted to create widescreen images. But in the 1950s it became a commercial necessity to give the multitude of new TV watchers what they couldn't get on a small screen. So even before CinemaScope, VistaVision, Todd-AO and Panavision, there was Cinerama — a process in which three projectors threw three simultaneous images onto a gigantic curved screen. Mon, 04 Mar 2013 18:53:00 +0000 Lloyd Schwartz 23029 at http://nhpr.org Cinerama Brought The Power Of Peripheral Vision To The Movies Mozart's Starring Role In 'Sunday Bloody Sunday' http://nhpr.org/post/mozarts-starring-role-sunday-bloody-sunday <em>Sunday Bloody Sunday </em>is one of those films that lets you into the lives of believable, complicated characters. A handsome, self-centered young artist played by the actor/rock singer Murray Head is having simultaneous affairs with both an older woman (played with infinitely nuanced self-irony by Glenda Jackson) and an older man, a Jewish doctor (the touching Peter Finch), two intelligent adults who have mutual friends and even know each other slightly. Mon, 07 Jan 2013 18:23:00 +0000 Lloyd Schwartz 19704 at http://nhpr.org Mozart's Starring Role In 'Sunday Bloody Sunday' Cecilia Bartoli's New 'Mission' Unearths Baroque Gems http://nhpr.org/post/cecilia-bartolis-new-mission-unearths-baroque-gems I never heard of the Baroque composer Agostino Steffani until last year, when the Boston Early Music Festival presented the North American premiere of Steffani's <em>Niobe</em>, an opera about the mythical queen who bragged so much about her many children, the gods killed them all in revenge. One of the leading roles, Niobe's husband King Amphion, was played by the early-music superstar countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, who sang the opera's most sublime aria — a hymn to the harmony of the spheres. I couldn't wait to hear Jaroussky again, and was eager to hear more Steffani. Tue, 27 Nov 2012 18:52:00 +0000 Lloyd Schwartz 17513 at http://nhpr.org Cecilia Bartoli's New 'Mission' Unearths Baroque Gems What Happened To 'Baby Jane'? She's Turning 50 http://nhpr.org/post/what-happened-baby-jane-shes-turning-50 Baby Jane Hudson is now 50 years old — or at least the strange and brilliant movie in which she's the main character is, just released as a beautifully remastered Blu-ray. Robert Aldrich's grotesque gothic tragedy is a cross between <em>Gypsy</em>, with its antithetical show-biz kid sisters, and<em> Sunset Boulevard</em>, with its decayed Hollywood glamour.<p>Baby Jane is a blond, curly-haired child star, a Shirley Temple wannabe, like Baby June in<em> Gypsy</em>. She's self-centered and more selfish than her plain sister, Blanche, who in the 1930s becomes a queen of Hollywood melodrama. Fri, 23 Nov 2012 18:54:00 +0000 Lloyd Schwartz 17369 at http://nhpr.org What Happened To 'Baby Jane'? She's Turning 50