Lloyd Schwartz

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'Shakespeare In Music & Words' Marks 400 Years Since The Bard's Death

Friday, December 30, 2016

A new two-CD set features music inspired by Shakespeare as well as actors reading his work. Critic Lloyd Schwartz says any excuse to honor the master playwright is a good one.


Heart-Stopping Production Numbers Make Up For A Thin Plot In 'An American In Paris'

Monday, November 28, 2016

The new Broadway musical was inspired by the hit 1951 Hollywood musical starring Gene Kelly, with music by George Gershwin. Critic Lloyd Schwartz explains why he hopes a lot of people see the show.


Stunned Silence, Then A Standing Ovation For 'Let Me Tell You'

Monday, August 22, 2016

Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen explores questions of time, memory, nature and human isolation. His recent collaboration with soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan has garnered worldwide attention.


Met's 'Unfinished' Exhibit Offers A Glimpse Of The Artistic Mind At Work

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The inaugural show at the Metropolitan Museum's Met Breuer branch raises the question of what makes a finished work of art. Critic Lloyd Schwartz calls it "an astonishing gathering of masterpieces."


'No Orpheus' Revisits The Dreams And Passions Of An Aging Mother

Monday, March 21, 2016

When his mother was turning 90, music critic Lloyd Schwartz wrote poems that put her memories into verse. Composer Mohammed Fairouz set three of the poems to music on the new recording, No Orpheus.


New Recording Revives Ravel's 'L'Enfant Et Les Sortileges'

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The opera, by the late composer Maurice Ravel, spins a modern fairy tale about a naughty child at bedtime. Critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews a new recording of it by conductor Seiji Ozawa.


Revisiting Mary Martin's Lighter-Than-Air Exuberance In NBC's 1955 'Peter Pan' Live

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

In 1955 and '56, NBC aired live telecasts of the Broadway hit Peter Pan, starring Mary Martin. Critic Lloyd Schwartz calls the performances, now available on Blu-ray, a "tribute to freedom and youth."


New Recording Provides A Soundtrack For A Forgotten Trojan War Musical

Thursday, September 24, 2015

A two-CD set featuring performers from the Lyric Stage of Irving, Texas, revives the soundtrack from the 1954 play, The Golden Apple. Critic Lloyd Schwartz calls it a "game-changing new recording."


Rediscovering The Thrill Of George Balanchine's New York City Ballet

Friday, July 24, 2015

Lloyd Schwartz discusses the timeless appeal of the late choreographer George Balanchine. "[He] was our Shakespeare. ... watching a Balanchine ballet is like watching music come alive," he says.


Revisiting The Crystal Clarity Created By The 'Decca Sound' Revolution

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

In the 1940s, recording engineers perfected new sound techniques that were used in World War II — and which launched a hi-fi revolution. Lloyd Schwartz reviews the new 53-CD Decca box set.


Brooklyn Rider Blurs Classical Boundaries On 'Almanac'

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The string quartet invited composers like Vijay Iyer and Bill Frisell to compose pieces inspired by something outside of their world.


Remastering 78s: A Company Brings Clarity To Pianist Artur Schnabel's Works

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Many historic recordings have been transferred to CD, but not always as accurately as desirable. But a small record company in France has been remastering these recordings in a revolutionary way.

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Spanish Artist Francisco Goya On Display In Boston: An Extraordinary Exhibit

Monday, December 08, 2014

The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has assembled one of the largest exhibits of Goya's artwork ever seen in the U.S. His paintings, prints and drawings range in technique from exquisitely refined to raw.


'The Merry Widow' Opera Resurfaces With Renee Fleming

Friday, October 31, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera will be celebrating New Year's Eve with Franz Lehar's The Merry Widow in a new production starring soprano Fleming. But its greatest incarnations have been on film.

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With Both Farce And Feeling, Currentzis' 'Figaro' Succeeds Magnificently

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

There are many recordings of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. Do we need another?


Every Composer Needs A Great Storyteller

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

EMI has just reissued a broad spectrum of German conductor Otto Klemperer's recordings, including a box set of one of the composers he's most associated with: Gustav Mahler.


1936 'Show Boat': A Multiracial, Musical Melodrama, Now Out On DVD

Thursday, June 05, 2014

With an unforgettable story and score, the 1927 musical tackled complex racial issues. Music critic Lloyd Schwartz says the 1936 film version of Show Boat is the best — and it's now out on DVD.


'Degenerate' Exhibit Recalls Nazi War On Modern Art

Thursday, May 29, 2014

In 1937, two Nazi art shows aimed to teach the public to despise modernist art and show them what art should be. An exhibit at New York's Neue Galerie reunites works from both landmark shows.


A Poetry Reading: 'To My Oldest Friend, Whose Silence Is Like A Death'

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Fresh Air's classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz recently published a poem about friendship and loss on Poets.org.


Review: Jonas Kaufmann Sings Wagner And Verdi

Monday, December 09, 2013

At 44, the German tenor Jonas Kaufmann may be the most popular tenor of his generation in the international opera world, and one of the most versatile. Among his recordings this year ...