Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz comments on the news that Seiji Ozawa will leave in three years as Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. His tenure which began in 1973 is the longest of any music director currently active with an American orchestra. As for his next job, he says he will take over the Vienna State Opera. Ozawa was born in Shenyang, China.
Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz profiles opera singer Maria Callas. It's the 20th anniversary of her death. There's a been re-issue of her work. Live performances, home videos and a CD-ROM of her Tosca performance are now available. We will hear selections from "Bizet: Carmen," "Bellini: Norma" and "Verdi: Arias II." (EMI Classics)
Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reminds us of a pianist that most of us have probably never heard of: George Copeland, who died at the age of 71 in 1971. Lloyd says none of Copeland's recordings are currently in print.
Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reflects on some of the performances he saw at this year's Lincoln Center Festival 96. It is a three week festival in New York City that celebrates the performing arts.
Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reports on cellist Yo-Yo Ma's performance at Tanglewood last week. He played the world premiere of electronic music composer Tod Machover's "Begin Again Again," which was written for the cellist.