Reviews

September 16, 2014

A Heroic Return to the Gardner

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The well-established Eroica Trio made its first appearance at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s Calderwood Hall in a wide-ranging program on Sunday. The threesome endures as champions of the prototypical New York style—powerful, impassioned, theatrical, heroic.    [continued]

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September 15, 2014

The Dead City Brilliantly Revived

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Korngold’s Die tote Stadt flooded Jordan Hall with sumptuous tones on Odyssey Opera’s concert version Saturday night. The sold-out house testified to a continued appetite for late-late high-High Romanticism.     [continued]

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Colin Carr’s Lucid, Lively Bach at BoCo

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Last night cellist Colin Carr, offered J.S. Bach’s Suites for Unaccompanied Cello Nos. 2 in D Minor, 4 in E-flat Major, and 6 in D Major, in riveting, fluid, tastefully understated performances at Seully Hall, Boston Conservatory as the opening of the seventh season of BoCo’s String Masters Series.     [continued]

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September 13, 2014

Hellish and Idyllic Moods from the Criers

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Beginning its eighth season at Jordan Hall on Friday night, A Far Cry once more evinced a carefully constructed stage presence. Their challenging and thoughtful program “Return to the Idyll”, featuring young German violinist Augustin Hadelich, provided truly superior music making.     [continued]

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September 12, 2014

Adventures with Callithumpians Shouldn’t Be Missed

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Stephen Drury’s Callithumpian Consort of 15 musicians affiliated in some way or another with New England Conservatory chattered,  buzzed, yelped, grumbled, and snorted  away at the Gardner, demonstrating a high technical acumen as well as a pronounced penchant for the stuffs in which Drury thrives.     [continued]

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September 11, 2014

13 Opera Companies: #IAMOPERA at Club Oberon

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Musical entrepreneur Julia Noulin-Mérat set out to confront aesthetc elitism with #IAMOPERA (pre-hashtagged for the social media set) at the American Repertory Theatre’s Club Oberon on Monday night with a 13 course feast from Boston’s thriving opera scene.     [continued]

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September 8, 2014

Sultry Serenades from the Criers

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A cleverly curated assortment of night pieces intended to contextualize Tchaikovsky’s Serenade in C came from A Far Cry Saturday at St. John’s Church in Jamaica Plain and repeated on Sunday at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Musem. The Criers have truly made themselves essential on the local scene.     [continued]

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September 1, 2014

Pacifica More Challenging Than Pacific

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The Pacifica Quartet brought a challenging program to Maverick Concerts on Sunday. Two late works of Elliott Carter stretched the audience’s ears, and the last quartets of Mendelssohn and Beethoven were far from candy. The alert, involved performances kept the audience enthralled.     [continued]

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Historical Piano Concerts 30th Fall Season

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In her third appearance for the Fredericks’ Collection, Junghwa Lee* opened its milestone season Sunday afternoon in the sanctuary of the Ashburnham Community Church with a brilliant performance of music by the Schumanns on the Collection’s 1830 Tröndlin. Her consummate handling of the piano and this music gave us brilliant, powerful, and spectacular sound moderated at times by classic French restraint.     [continued]

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August 26, 2014

Another Maverick Marathon

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For the second consecutive day the Maverick Concerts program was unusually long. The Jupiter String Quartet played Mozart, pianist Ilya Yakushev played Bach-Busoni, and they collaborated on Strauss’s rare Piano Quartet and Brahms’s deservedly popular Piano Quintet in performances which generally served the music well.     [continued]

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August 25, 2014

Free But Not Alone

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Works of competition laureate Josh Newton along with some Vivaldi and Brahms concluded the season for the Portland Chamber Music Festival Saturday at the University of Southern Maine’s Abromson Center. There were no grounds for cavil at the performances.    [continued]

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August 24, 2014

Maverick Spanish Marathon

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The annual chamber orchestra concert at Maverick Concerts in Woodstock was indeed an “extravaganza,”  lasting 3 hours and 15 minutes, and including two mezzo-sopranos, a pianist, and a widely varied chamber orchestra. All the Lorca-related music was performed very well, but there may have been too much of it.     [continued]

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August 22, 2014

PCMF Delivers Robust Performances

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Featuring works of Boccherini, Copland and Elgar, the final weekend of this year’s Portland Chamber Music Festival kicked off on August 21st was dedicated to the memory of Marc Johnson, long-time cellist of the Vermeer Quartet and PCMF participant for the past five years.     [continued]

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August 21, 2014

Old West Hall Needs To Be Wilder

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Local Baroque keyboardist and musicology scholar Matthew Hall essayed all Bach on the Fisk Organ in the Old West Organ Society summer series last Tuesday to mixed results but with much promise.     [continued]

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August 20, 2014

A Best of All Possible Candides

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The spirit of Bernstein smiled Saturday night on a first-rate rendition of his convoluted farce by the BSO, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Bramwell Tovey, and a coterie of soloists. [continued]

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August 19, 2014

CCCM at 35: Lights-Out Fireworks

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Old instruments fought imbalances as a half-dozen sterling musicians, alone and together, created a wide-ranging and effective festival tribute to founder Samuel Sanders  at the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival last Friday.     [continued]

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Fellows’ Orchestra Luxuriates in Russians

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There was a buzz in the air on a brilliant Sunday afternoon as the young residents of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra entered the Koussevitzky Shed stage with conductor Charles Dutoit for the Leonard Bernstein Memorial Concert. This year’s all-Russian affair offered Stravinsky’s Scherzo Fantastique, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, and Stravinsky’s Firebird (complete).     [continued]

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August 18, 2014

Bayreutherdämmerung

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As in the rest of his Bayreuth Ring, Frank Castorf’s Götterdâmmerung came and went with unclear messages and happenings. By many accounts, he did not look at Wagner’s score or evidently listen to much of it.     [continued]

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Tanglewood: Nobility, Tyranny, Triumph

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Under Deneve leading the BSO, Ax and the Emperor were plenty polished Friday in the Shed, but it was Prokofiev and Manistina who took us beyond the movie to the inspiring battlefield.     [continued]

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August 16, 2014

Das ist kein Ring!

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A second Bayreuth report comes from our far-flung correspondent and local pianist/gadfly Deveau, reporting further on a strange Ring featuring high-quality singing and playing along with assault weaponry and happy crocs.    [continued]

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August 15, 2014

Philharmonia Baroque Revives Teseo at Tanglewood

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For three hours last night in Ozawa Hall, Nicholas McGegan led Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and an amazing ensemble of singers in a stellar concert performance of Handel’s Teseo.
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August 14, 2014

Rational and Mad: Bach and Ives From Denk

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Pianist Jeremy Denk offered Ozawa Hall listeners a superb recital Wednesday comprising only two works, both colossal: Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations, and Charles Ives’s Concord Sonata.     [continued]

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Certain Joyful Cellist Wows Tanglewood

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Child’s play, dying power, and sophisticated drama made for a full and beautiful afternoon of Tchaikovsky at Tanglewood.     [continued]

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Kavakos on Fire in Familiar and Profound

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Last Saturday Stéphane Denève led a satisfying Tanglewood BSO program of Debussy, Szymanowski, and Tchaikovsky, each piece seeming effortlessly to spring from the others.     [continued]

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August 13, 2014

Musings from Bayreuth

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Another submission from one of BMInt’s far-flung correspondents follows, this time the first of three Bayreuth reviews from pianist and gadfly David Deveau.     [continued]

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