Articles by George Loomis



From the Archive: 'Lost' Rachmaninov Manuscript Goes Up for Auction

In 2004, the autograph manuscript of Sergei Rachmaninov's Second Symphony, long thought lost, was discovered on the estate of a European private collector.

Imperfect Harmony

Douglas Smith tells the story of the serf soprano who so enchanted her master that she became his wife.

State of the Art

A new book by Solomon Volkov offers a sweeping panorama of art and politics in modern Russia.

High Notes

A book by Elizabeth Wilson pays personal tribute to the legendary musician and dissident Mstislav Rostropovich.

High Notes

A book by Elizabeth Wilson pays personal tribute to the legendary musician and dissident Mstislav Rostropovich.

For the Record

A new biography of Tchaikovsky ranks the popular composer among the giants of 19th-century music.

For the Record

A new biography of Tchaikovsky ranks the popular composer among the giants of 19th-century music.

The Maestro of Siberia

Many in the music world see Teodor Currentzis as a rising star. In an interview, the conductor talks about his mission to change classical music in Russia.

The Maestro of Siberia

Many in the music world see Teodor Currentzis as a rising star. In an interview, the conductor talks about his mission to change classical music in Russia.

Lost and Found

Missing in action for nearly a century, a rare Rachmaninov manuscript resurfaces in a private European collection.

Lost and Found

Missing in action for nearly a century, a rare Rachmaninov manuscript resurfaces in a private European collection.

Entering the Ring

After years of neglect, Russia is rediscovering the music of Richard Wagner, and new performances at the Metropolitan Opera showcase Mariinsky Theater soloists.

Entering the Ring

After years of neglect, Russia is rediscovering the music of Richard Wagner, and new performances at the Metropolitan Opera showcase Mariinsky Theater soloists.

Iron Scales

French violinist Isabelle Flory was cut no slack as a student at the Moscow Conservatory in the 1970s.

Iron Scales

French violinist Isabelle Flory was cut no slack as a student at the Moscow Conservatory in the 1970s.

Rules of Conduct

An ocean away, Mariinsky Theater director Valery Gergiev's unorthodox techniques at the podium have stirred up debate at the Metropolitan Opera.

Rules of Conduct

An ocean away, Mariinsky Theater director Valery Gergiev's unorthodox techniques at the podium have stirred up debate at the Metropolitan Opera.

The Chameleon

A composer and conductor, Mikhail Pletnev also proved his worth at Carnegie Hall last week as a pianist of extraordinary range.

The Chameleon

A composer and conductor, Mikhail Pletnev also proved his worth at Carnegie Hall last week as a pianist of extraordinary range.

On His Own

Pianist and conductor Ignat Solzhenitsyn has moved past his father's name to carve out a successful artistic career of his own.

Dangerous Diva

A new production of ""Tosca"" by the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theater plays out like many others, with one major exception: Tosca does not jump.

On His Own

Pianist and conductor Ignat Solzhenitsyn has moved past his father's name to carve out a successful artistic career of his own.

Dangerous Diva

A new production of ""Tosca"" by the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theater plays out like many others, with one major exception: Tosca does not jump.

Renaissance Man

Siberian virtuoso Maxim Vengerov wants more from life than a violinist's fame. He composes, conducts and dabbles in new instruments in his spare time.

Renaissance Man

Siberian virtuoso Maxim Vengerov wants more from life than a violinist's fame. He composes, conducts and dabbles in new instruments in his spare time.

Talents of New Europe Play in Kremlin Armory

What does European Union expansion have to do with the Chamber Orchestra of the Kremlin? A whole lot, says conductor Misha Rachlevsky about a new concert series on the theme.

Talents of New Europe Play in Kremlin Armory

What does European Union expansion have to do with the Chamber Orchestra of the Kremlin? A whole lot, says conductor Misha Rachlevsky about a new concert series on the theme.

Pavarotti in Moscow On Swan Song Tour

The 6,000-seat Kremlin Palace where Luciano Pavarotti gives his farewell concert may be one of Moscow's worst venues, but it's a jewel box next to other places he has sung.

Pavarotti in Moscow On Swan Song Tour

The 6,000-seat Kremlin Palace where Luciano Pavarotti gives his farewell concert may be one of Moscow's worst venues, but it's a jewel box next to other places he has sung.

Amore At the Bolshoi

Last year's spartan ""Tosca,"" by the Rome Opera, was a disappointment to admirers of Franco Zeffirelli's lavish sets. This weekend's ""La Traviata"" is more likely to please.