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Valencia's Big Bet

Almost ethereal, Valencia's Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia stands at the edge of the Mediterranean, its egg-shaped dome looking something like an ocean liner's...

Music: An Ambassador Arrives

All the right protocol was observed. KURT MASUR, making his first appearance as music director of the New York Philharmonic (succeeding Zubin Mehta), rightly...

Music: Zubi Baby Switches

"A lot of us think, why not send our worst enemy to the New York Philharmonic and finish him off once and for all." Conductor Zubin Mehta claimed that his...

Conductors: The Next Toscanini?

Seldom has old Salzburg witnessed such an ovation. After the festival's opening concert last week, a capacity audience of 2,200 stamped, clapped and bravoed in...

Music: Harlem Bash

Philharmonic goes uptown There were 2,000 of them, laughing and waving their programs in the humid evening air. They overflowed from the pews onto folding...

Orchestras: Bucharest Battle

On paper, it looked like a shoo-in for the East. The Moscow Philharmonic, one of Europe's best, had come to Bucharest to play in the triennial Georges...

Music: Hit It, Zubin

"Most rock groups could not do this sort of thing because they cannot read music," said Zubin Mehta confidently. "Frank Zappa, on the other hand, is one of the...

Instruments: Adventure in Sound

On the stage in U.C.L.A.'s Royce Hall last week, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Conductor Zubin Mehta got ready to play. Unlike most concertgoers, the...

Opera: Dance of Life

No operatic style is more closely wedded to its native language than the small but heady French repertory. Its best composers, from Rameau to Poulenc, created...

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