Mark Kroll

Book Review: “Mozart and His Operas” — Gift for a God

June 19, 2006
Posted in ,

A worthy present for Mozart on his 250th birthday: an original, sometimes eclectic, and mostly well-written book about the composer and his operas. “Mozart and His Operas” by David Cairns. (University of California Press) By Mark Kroll Mozart mania is back. In fact, it never left and don’t say I didn’t warn you. We are…

Read More

Book Review: What’s Opera, Doc?

December 5, 2005
Posted in , ,

A groundbreaking book explores the music written for Hollywood’s animated cartoons and how the tunes shaped the characters and stories that are now a vital part of American culture. Read More

Classical Music Commentary: Past Imperfect

June 17, 2005
Posted in

Old recordings of classical music may have less to teach us than many critics think. By Mark Kroll It has been more than 100 years since the first wax cylinder scratched out a reproduction of someone screaming into a megaphone, but classical music recordings still “can’t get no respect.” A common lament has been that,…

Read More

Recent Posts