Mar 272009
Classical Music Review: Gergiev Comes to Town

By Caldwell Titcomb Conductor Valery Gergiev’s podium demeanor is rather bizarre, but his musicianship is first-class. Valery Gergiev is one of the busiest musicians in the world. Among other assignments the 55-year-old conductor has headed the Mariinsky Theatre (formerly the [...]

Mar 152009
70th Anniversary of the German occupation of the Czech Republic

By Helen Epstein, World Books Contributor Although September 1, 1939 — the day Hitler invaded Poland — is regarded as the beginning of the Second World War, Czechs remember March 15, 1939 as the day it began for them. Seventy [...]

Mar 142009
Classical Music Review: Mahler’s ‘Resurrection’ Resurrected

By Caldwell Titcomb Conductor Benjamin Zander celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Boston Philharmonic and his 70th birthday. The two greatest post-Brahms symphonists – Gustav Mahler and Jean Sibelius – were markedly unalike. In 1907 their paths happened to cross [...]

Mar 102009
Robert Walser -- Modernism's Mystery Man

By Bill Marx Susan Bernofsky’s translation of Robert Walser’s 1908 novel won her a 2007 PEN Translation Fund Award. She’s followed that up by translating the Swiss writer’s first novel, “The Tanners.” A recent World Books podcast explores two recent [...]