Lloyd Schwartz http://kwgs.org en A Poetry Reading: 'To My Oldest Friend, Whose Silence Is Like A Death' http://kwgs.org/post/poetry-reading-my-oldest-friend-whose-silence-death <em>Fresh Air</em>'s classical music critic <a href="http://www.npr.org/people/4781320/lloyd-schwartz" target="_blank">Lloyd Schwartz</a> is also a poet. He recently published a poem about friendship and loss on Poets.org. It's titled "<a href="http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/23891" target="_blank">To My Oldest Friend, Whose Silence Is Like A Death</a>:"<p>In today's paper, a story about our high school drama<br /> teacher evicted from his Carnegie Hall rooftop apartment<p>made me ache to call you — the only person I know Wed, 12 Mar 2014 17:44:00 +0000 Lloyd Schwartz 55897 at http://kwgs.org Review: Jonas Kaufmann Sings Wagner And Verdi http://kwgs.org/post/review-jonas-kaufmann-sings-wagner-and-verdi Transcript <p>TERRY GROSS, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. At 44, the German tenor Jonas Kaufmann may be the most popular tenor of his generation and one of the most versatile. Music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews two of his recordings this year, dedicated to both Verdi and Wagner, celebrating the bicentennials of their birth.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>LLOYD SCHWARTZ, BYLINE: I've never heard Jonas Kaufmann in person, though I've seen him in several leading roles in the Metropolitan Opera's live telecasts. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 18:38:00 +0000 Lloyd Schwartz 50871 at http://kwgs.org 'Pearl Earring' Is The Crown Jewel Of The Frick's Dutch Exhibit http://kwgs.org/post/pearl-earring-crown-jewel-fricks-dutch-exhibit Some years ago, I wrote <a href="http://nprfreshair.tumblr.com/post/69088699914/fresh-air-contributor-lloyd-schwartz-shares-a-poem" target="_blank">a poem</a> called "Why I Love Vermeer," which ends "I've never lived in a city without a Vermeer." I could say that until 1990, when Vermeer's exquisite painting <em>The Concert </em>was one of the masterpieces stolen from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. It's still missing. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 19:56:00 +0000 Lloyd Schwartz 50682 at http://kwgs.org 'Pearl Earring' Is The Crown Jewel Of The Frick's Dutch Exhibit After Ailing, A Favorite Conductor Stages His Comeback http://kwgs.org/post/after-ailing-favorite-conductor-stages-his-comeback An extended ovation greeted conductor <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/16053303/james-levine">James Levine</a> last May when he returned to performing after a two-year absence. In 2011, he resigned as music director of the <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15937109/boston-symphony-orchestra">Boston Symphony Orchestra</a> and cancelled his performances at the Metropolitan Opera. He'd been plagued by health problems, injuries and operations, and it was painful for him to move. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 16:16:00 +0000 Lloyd Schwartz 50202 at http://kwgs.org After Ailing, A Favorite Conductor Stages His Comeback This Opera Will Eat Your Heart Out http://kwgs.org/post/opera-will-eat-your-heart-out <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZBzTLsyA30</p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 17:58:00 +0000 Lloyd Schwartz 47357 at http://kwgs.org This Opera Will Eat Your Heart Out A Forgotten Quartet, Reissued And Reevaluated http://kwgs.org/post/forgotten-quartet-reissued-and-reevaluated A movie last year called <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2012/11/07/164602359/a-late-quartet-melodrama-with-a-pounding-musical-heart"><em>A Late Quartet</em></a><em> </em>told the traumatic story of what happens when a famous string quartet has to change personnel. But, in fact, most string quartets — like symphony orchestras, only more conspicuously — continually change players, because players retire, or die, or get more lucrative offers. Thu, 15 Aug 2013 17:32:00 +0000 Lloyd Schwartz 44581 at http://kwgs.org A Forgotten Quartet, Reissued And Reevaluated Branagh Imagines Mozart's 'Magic Flute' In Wartime http://kwgs.org/post/branagh-imagines-mozarts-magic-flute-wartime Mozart's <em>The Magic Flute,</em> the last opera he lived to complete, has some of his most sublime and sublimely comic music. Technically, it's more of a musical comedy, what in German is called a <em>Singspiel,</em> a play with songs and spoken dialogue. I was excited to learn that it was filmed by Kenneth Branagh, whose Shakespeare movies I really admire. Mon, 01 Jul 2013 20:41:00 +0000 Lloyd Schwartz 41981 at http://kwgs.org Branagh Imagines Mozart's 'Magic Flute' In Wartime The Art Of Life: Claes Oldenburg At MOMA http://kwgs.org/post/art-life-claes-oldenburg-moma The sculptor Claes Oldenburg was born in Stockholm but grew up in Chicago, went to Yale and came to New York in 1956, where he became a key player in the pop art movement — the major counter-reaction to the abstract expressionism that dominated the 1950s. So much for art history.<p>Although Oldenburg is a serious artist, probably no artist in history ever created works that were more fun. Wed, 19 Jun 2013 16:40:00 +0000 Lloyd Schwartz 41258 at http://kwgs.org The Art Of Life: Claes Oldenburg At MOMA Cinerama Brought The Power Of Peripheral Vision To The Movies http://kwgs.org/post/cinerama-brought-power-peripheral-vision-movies As early as silent film, directors attempted to create widescreen images. But in the 1950s it became a commercial necessity to give the multitude of new TV watchers what they couldn't get on a small screen. So even before CinemaScope, VistaVision, Todd-AO and Panavision, there was Cinerama — a process in which three projectors threw three simultaneous images onto a gigantic curved screen. Mon, 04 Mar 2013 18:53:00 +0000 Lloyd Schwartz 35108 at http://kwgs.org Cinerama Brought The Power Of Peripheral Vision To The Movies Mozart's Starring Role In 'Sunday Bloody Sunday' http://kwgs.org/post/mozarts-starring-role-sunday-bloody-sunday <em>Sunday Bloody Sunday </em>is one of those films that lets you into the lives of believable, complicated characters. A handsome, self-centered young artist played by the actor/rock singer Murray Head is having simultaneous affairs with both an older woman (played with infinitely nuanced self-irony by Glenda Jackson) and an older man, a Jewish doctor (the touching Peter Finch), two intelligent adults who have mutual friends and even know each other slightly. Mon, 07 Jan 2013 18:23:00 +0000 Lloyd Schwartz 32110 at http://kwgs.org Mozart's Starring Role In 'Sunday Bloody Sunday'