August 22, 2004
Carl Honore calls it his bedtime-story epiphany. Four years ago, while waiting in line at an airport to catch a flight home to London, the foreign correspondent was on his cell phone chatting with his editor while skimming a newspaper when an article caught his eye: "The One-Minute Bedtime Story." As the frazzled father of a 2-year-old, Honore's first thought was "Eureka!" The next thought was: "Have I gone completely insane?" Upon his return home, he decided to investigate the pace of life and the prospects for slowing down.
December 4, 2001
When Edward Polochick described Leon Fleisher, his onetime teacher, as "in my book, the greatest musician alive today," he wasn't being obsequious. Classical musicians in Baltimore adore Fleisher as baseball fans adore Cal Ripken, and Sunday's "Beethoven Spectacular," in celebration of the 15th anniversary of Polochick's Concert Artists of Baltimore ensemble, was a testament to Fleisher's legacy as pianist, teacher, musical philosopher and cultural force....
May 10, 2001
"The harmonic effects which our guitarists produce unconsciously represent one of the marvels of natural art," said Manuel de Falla, who, in the manner of seemingly all Spanish composers, had the sound of the guitar embedded in his soul. Falla, composer of the dashing ballet score "The Three-Cornered Hat," said this 80 years ago, but his words describe perfectly the artistry of American guitarist Christopher Parkening. Once a student of the legendary Andres Segovia, Parkening is known worldwide as one of the most expressive and probing guitarists.
September 13, 2000
After postponing a move to add a 60-second shot clock to its game, the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Committee can expect pressure to eliminate the rule change in the coming months. The nine-person committee, which had voted in July to add a shot clock in the 2001 season, recently elected to delay the change until 2002. The committee decided that visible shot clocks must be present on the sideline, and discovered that not enough schools had available funds to purchase clocks - which cost about $3,000 - for the start of next season.
November 21, 1999
There are more than 70 recordings of Beethoven's Fourth Concerto currently available. Make room at the top for Helene Grimaud's new account of the piece, recorded live with Kurt Masur conducting the New York Philharmonic (Teldec 3984-26869).I think this is the most exciting interpretation of the Fourth Concerto since the Vladimir Ashkenazy-Georg Solti collaboration with the Chicago Symphony -- and that was recorded almost 30 years ago!Without eschewing lyricism, Grimaud and Masur strive for drama, and they achieve it thrillingly.
November 20, 1998
Last evening's performance of Schumann's Concerto in A Minor in Meyerhoff Hall by the Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, the Baltimore Symphony and its former music director, David Zinman, was little less than miraculous.In too many performances, the Schumann concerto ends up sounding like the background music for a ladies-in-gloves church social. The fiery, crazy genius who wrote "Kreisleriana" and the slow movement of the Symphony No. 2 is left standing outside the door.Andsnes invited him in. His bold, rhapsodic performance reconciled the work's disparate masculine and feminine Romantic elements.