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Classical Music Reviews Archive

October 11, 1999
Hit Parade

The Philharmonic's first night was (unsurprisingly) satisfying; its ten-disc series featuring American composers is an indispensable epic.

October 4, 1999
Sounds Okay to Me

"Il Viaggio a Reims" was composed as a showcase for the top ten singers of 1825; at City Opera, it showcases a complex new amplification system.

August 2, 1999
Lincoln Center Festival
August 2, 1999
Beak Experience

The Caramoor Festival unearths Rossini's rarely produced "La Gazza Ladra," the semi-comic tale of an innocent girl saved by an amoral magpie.

July 26, 1999
Flower Power

Four centuries old and nineteen hours long, the exquisite 'Peony Pavilion' still mesmerizes as a tale of love begun in fantasy but realized in life.

June 14, 1999
Murder, She Sang

A Hitchcockian radio classic makes for a delicious, if soapy, opera.

June 14, 1999
"Missa Solemnis"
June 14, 1999
"The Ballad of Baby Doe"

A reissue of "The Ballad of Baby Doe" reveals Beverly Sill's early greatness.

May 31, 1999
The American Symphony Orchestra
May 31, 1999
I Pagliacci

For La Gran Scena -- the world's smartest, not to mention longest-running, opera troupe in drag -- the commedia is never finita.

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