Lloyd Schwartz appears in the following:
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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."
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
There are many recordings of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. Do we need another?
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Fresh Air's classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz recently published a poem about friendship and loss on Poets.org.
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 ...