Lloyd Schwartz http://ripr.org en Every Composer Needs A Great Storyteller http://ripr.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 36825 at http://ripr.org 1936 'Show Boat': A Multiracial, Musical Melodrama, Now Out On DVD http://ripr.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 34737 at http://ripr.org 1936 'Show Boat': A Multiracial, Musical Melodrama, Now Out On DVD 'Degenerate' Exhibit Recalls Nazi War On Modern Art http://ripr.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 34364 at http://ripr.org 'Degenerate' Exhibit Recalls Nazi War On Modern Art A Poetry Reading: 'To My Oldest Friend, Whose Silence Is Like A Death' http://ripr.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 16:56:00 +0000 Lloyd Schwartz 30343 at http://ripr.org Review: Jonas Kaufmann Sings Wagner And Verdi http://ripr.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 25990 at http://ripr.org 'Pearl Earring' Is The Crown Jewel Of The Frick's Dutch Exhibit http://ripr.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 25818 at http://ripr.org 'Pearl Earring' Is The Crown Jewel Of The Frick's Dutch Exhibit After Ailing, A Favorite Conductor Stages His Comeback http://ripr.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 25370 at http://ripr.org After Ailing, A Favorite Conductor Stages His Comeback This Opera Will Eat Your Heart Out http://ripr.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 22712 at http://ripr.org This Opera Will Eat Your Heart Out A Forgotten Quartet, Reissued And Reevaluated http://ripr.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 17:50:00 +0000 Lloyd Schwartz 20126 at http://ripr.org A Forgotten Quartet, Reissued And Reevaluated Branagh Imagines Mozart's 'Magic Flute' In Wartime http://ripr.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 17751 at http://ripr.org Branagh Imagines Mozart's 'Magic Flute' In Wartime