Who is today’s best American pianist? In a poll of New York music lovers and critics, the names most frequently mentioned would probably be Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Richard Goode, Garrick Ohlsson, Murray Perahia and Peter Serkin. Few would think to nominate Stephen Kovacevich.
And yet, among the 72 keyboard artists selected by Philips Read More
Many labels have been attached to American composers (post-serial, postmodern, neoclassical, neo-Romantic, maximalist, minimalist and so on), but I prefer to divide them into two groups: the troubadours and the transcendentalists. The former have their feet on the ground; they’re rooted in well-fertilized, well-trod soil. The latter have their heads in the clouds; their business Read More