Bach and the LA Philharmonic. It doesn't seem like it should be unusual, but Dudamel hasn't brought Bach to the stage until now. But, it was worth the wait.
Lang Lang's a hero in his hometown, but critics have called him shallow, flashy and even "Bang Bang," but you've never heard Tchaikovsky's piano concerto played like this.
A study in contrasts, this week's show features the minimalist Six Pieces by Webern (how small can you make a symphony and still have it count?) and the sweeping "Song of the Night" symphony (yes, a symphony can really be that long) by Mahler.
Bruckner is remarkable for many things including his ability to create a sublime stillness through music.
More like a duet for Trumpet and piano (with orchestra back-up), Shostakovich departs from his regular angry war music in this mildly schizophrenic "Piano Concerto."