August 25, 2014 |
Somewhere on the path to immortality, Maria Callas and Leonard Bernstein transcended boxed-set recording anthologies. Now they have shrines. For the price of more votive candles than you can count, La Divina (Callas' canonized name) rises again in the 69-disc Maria Callas Complete Studio Recordings , arriving in September with her own artist page on iTunes (a rare tribute in classical circles). And that doesn't include her prized live recordings. Vying with it for shelf space is The Leonard Bernstein Collection, with 60 discs of his later-in-life recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, some overlooked amid the CD frenzy of the 1980s.
January 14, 2013 |
When we last heard from Free Energy, the hook-happy Philadelphia rock quintet was touring hard behind its grabby 2010 debut album, Stuck on Nothing . The disc came with both hipster cred and corporate muscle, since it was produced by LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy and released on his DFA Records in conjunction with EMI, one of the few remaining major music labels. Three years down the road, Free Energy is back - but this time they're on their own. On Tuesday, the band will release its seriously catchy second album, Love Sign (***)
September 22, 2012
In the Region Biotechs rise on study news Halozyme Therapeutics Inc. rose after U.S. regulators allowed studies to resume of a combination of its enzyme with partner ViroPharma Inc.'s Cinryze drug to treat hereditary angioedema. Halozyme increased 24 percent, or $1.54, to close at $7.95. The Food and Drug Administration , which had halted a trial Aug. 1 over concerns with a different product that had been rejected by regulators, now believes the safety issues were limited to that other program, according to a statement issued by the companies.
November 6, 2011 |
If you despair of the direction of today's youth, the general torpor and indifference of so many, head to Central High. Visiting this school, one of the region's academic treasures, a United Nations of young talent, always makes me feel better about teenagers, Philadelphia, and, well, almost everything. There should be a dozen Centrals, and the day that occurs, we can claim success. Central is home to many remarkable students, including sophomore Afaq Mahmoud, whom her friends call Fofo, pronounced "Fufu.
August 19, 2008 |
Though the 1970s are recent history amid the passing centuries of classical music, the new EMI boxed set Youri Egorov: The Master Pianist arrives like something out of a time warp (Oh yeah! Remember him?), from the era when this young artist was making critics reach for new superlatives and being mentioned in the same exalted breath as Yo-Yo Ma. Cute as a puppy dog and blessed with a glistening sonority often compared to the legendary Dinu Lipatti, Egorov entered all the top contests (Queen Elisabeth, Tchaikovsky)
October 20, 2006 |
YOKO ONO is suing EMI and Capitol Records for $10 million, claiming she was cheated out of royalties from the sale of recordings by her late husband, John Lennon. The suit, filed Wednesday in New York, accuses the music labels of violating a half-dozen agreements by "willfully and knowingly underreporting royalties" by hiding the "true use and disposition of Lennon's recordings. " Ono's three-page filing also accuses EMI and Capitol of "intentionally and systematically rendering dishonest and grossly deficient accounting statements.
July 23, 2000 |
The world may finally be ready for the enshrinement of conductor Sergiu Celibidache, even though the few Americans who knew of him during his musical prime regarded him skeptically - a mystic on a good day, a fraud on a bad one. A maverick to be sure, the Romanian-born Celibidache stubbornly remained on the sidelines of the classical music mainstream over his 50-year career (ending with his death in 1996 at age 84), and not because of world war or Cold War politics. In fact, during the denazification of towering German conductors such as Wilhelm Furtwangler, Celibidache, an Allied favorite, was catapulted to the helm of the Berlin Philharmonic in 1945.
April 13, 2000 |
KENNEDY, with the Bamberg Symphony Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Pieter Daniel. 8 tonight, Irvine Auditorium, Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St. Tickets: $20-$35. Info: 215-898-3900. British violinist Nigel Kennedy burst onto the scene with some revelatory CDs, including the Elgar Violin Concerto and a "Four Seasons" whose sales thrust it into the Guinness Book of Records. Then, when his choice of punk haircut, rock-star antics and bad-boy attitude drew attention from his other excellent EMI recordings, it seemed time for several years out of sight.
March 6, 1998 |
It's just not possible to judge the Artist Formerly Known as Prince by the same standards used to judge other recording artists. After all, how many musicians can boast of releasing seven CDs in two years? It's well known by now that Prince has a cache of hundreds of unreleased tracks, many of which show up regularly on bootlegs and are speculated about on his numerous Web sites. "Crystal Ball," the Artist's new release on his own NPG Records, is four CDs of unreleased music (though P. Control from "Emancipation" is repeated here, as well as alternate versions of "So Dark," a remix of "Love Sign," and "Tell Me How You Want to Be Done")
December 1, 1996 |
Two Philadelphia Orchestra recordings, one of them among the last made under a recently canceled contract with EMI, were released during the orchestra's 64-day strike. EMI issued its pairing of music director Wolfgang Sawallisch with the orchestra in some little-played Wagner works, and Sony released a collection of three new cello concertos, performed by Yo-Yo Ma and the orchestra conducted by David Zinman. The repertoire tends to define the difference in the relationship between the two companies and the orchestra.