Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Jazz and Opera Come Together Over Poetry and Pop

Published: May 17, 2005

The jazz pianist Brad Mehldau and the soprano Renée Fleming have been bending toward each other's worlds: Mr. Mehldau with a classically inspired solo-piano record some years back ("Elegiac Cycle") and plenty of written pronouncements about Brahms, Beethoven and Schumann; Ms. Fleming with an interest in jazz that she recently developed into "Haunted Heart," an album of mostly popular music and standards with Bill Frisell and Fred Hersch.

That album, though, has no relation to the art songs she did with Mr. Mehldau on Sunday night at Zankel Hall. This was classical music, and new work, a commission for Mr. Mehldau from Carnegie Hall - specifically from Robert J. Harth, Carnegie's former artistic and executive director, who died not long after commissioning the work. It made sense in most ways, even if it didn't engage on deeper levels.

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Blogger jazzwriter said...

Nice blog...I'm always on the lookout for other jazz fans and, if they have them, blogs. I'll check back often.

9:52 PM  
Blogger David said...

my son is in fresno,and when I visit I picked up your station ( i think)
been a Jazz lover for a long time, keep writing, and read me if you can.

10:07 PM  

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