Reviews

December 5, 2016

MIT G&S Players Properly Piratical

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Pilot or pirate, what’s in a name? Find out on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at MIT’s Stratton Center.     [continued]

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December 4, 2016

Winsor’s Imaginative Trajectory

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In Winsor Chamber Music’s concert last night at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brookline, musicians new and less new essayed fine old Bach and rewarding new music.     [continued]

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December 3, 2016

Prismatic Collideoscope at Institute

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The MIT Wind Ensemble’s “2nd Annual Prism Concert Spectacular” at  Kresge on Friday didn’t quite come up to its billing.    [continued]

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December 2, 2016

Matthew Aucoin Inaugurates Natick Hall

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The Center for the Arts in Natick debuted its 120-seat upstairs chamber music hall Thursday with a lecture-recital by the busy composer-conductor.     [continued]

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December 1, 2016

New Music’s New Pundits

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The Jack Quartet made the BU Concert Hall vibrate, judder, and throb; they certainly have something to say about new music.     [continued]

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November 27, 2016

‘Versailles: Portrait of a Royal Domain’

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The Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Opera series gave us a tongue-in-cheek taste of courtly entertainments on Saturday in Jordan Hall. Repeats November 28th and 29th at the Morgan Library in New York.    [continued]

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November 26, 2016

Messiah Came After Thanksgiving

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The holiday season officially began Friday with Handel + Haydn’s Messiah at Symphony Hall.   [continued]

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Wilde’s Luxuriant Novel Makes Effective Opera

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Boston Modern Orchestra Project in conjunction with Odyssey Opera semi-staged Lowell Liebermann’s The Picture of Dorian Gray at Jordan Hall on Friday the 18th with excellent results.     [continued]

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November 24, 2016

Budu’s Prizewinning Voodoo

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Christian Budu’s artist diploma recital at Jordan Hall Tuesday night proved once more that New England Conservatory recognizes and develops consummate artistry.     [continued]

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November 23, 2016

BCS Properly Piloted

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Sunday afternoon saw the return of harpist Ann Hobson Pilot to Jordan Hall surrounded and supported by the Boston Civic Symphony under guest conductor Steven Lipsitt.     [continued]

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The Master at His Symphony Hall Piano

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With Menahem Pressler playing Mozart’s final piano concerto, last night’s BSO subscription concert entered the near mythical. (repeats Friday and Saturday)     [continued]

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King Arthur: Chaconnes and Chivalry

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A notable contingent assembled at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston on November 19th to mount the rarely staged King Arthur by Henry Purcell and John Dryden included the Henry Purcell Society of Boston last Friday.     [continued]

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November 22, 2016

Early Taste of Christmas Releases Adrenaline

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The Spectrum Singers gave a pre-Thanksgiving yuletide program on Saturday at First Congregational Church, Cambridge based on works of Gabrieli and later composers he influenced.     [continued]

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BUSO Fills Symphony Hall with Fine Sounds

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Symphony Hall showed Boston University Symphony Orchestra’s new director Ken Masur’s mettle and his orchestra’s from the very start yesterday.     [continued]

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Applying Reason to Handel’s Humors

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The combined forces of the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra and Harvard University Choir under Nicholas McGegan played Handel’s L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato in Sanders on Friday.     [continued]

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Faust and Melnikov Create a Soundworld

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Violinist Isabelle Faust and pianist Alexander Melnikov concluded a decisive, fresh and demanding Beethoven Violin Sonata Cycle at the Gardner on Sunday.    [continued]  

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High Gloss from the Parker Quartet

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Listening to the Blodgett Artists in Residence on Sunday afternoon at Paine Hall was like visiting an auto showroom.     [continued]

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November 21, 2016

Koopman Leads a Crisp B-Minor Mass

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Boston Early Music Festival brought the engaging Bach scholar and conductor Ton Koopman to St. Paul’s Church Cambridge Friday for a HIP Mass in B Minor.     [continued]

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Glimpsing the Mantuan Ghetto

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Listeners in Paine Hall Thursday evening were transported to the multi-hued vocal world of the Italian Baroque, Salamone Rossi-style.     [continued]

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Intimate Stories with Emerson Quartet

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Tales of birth, death, oppression and academic politics lay behind the three works performed by the Emerson String Quartet at Sunday’s Celebrity Series Boston concert in a sold-out Jordan Hall.     [continued]

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November 20, 2016

Backward Looks, Compelling Play: Bailey and Zander

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The Boston Philharmonic came to Jordan Hall  Saturday with French and English with music dating back a century or so along with cellist Zuill Bailey’s take on Dutilleux.     [continued]

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November 19, 2016

Brahms with Grimaud & BSO

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Thursday night the BSO continued its survey of Brahms’s symphonies and piano concerti with pianist Hélène Grimaud after having opened with a first hearing of the BSO commission, Timo Andres’s Everything Happens So Much.     [continued]

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November 18, 2016

Liberal Arts College Orchestra Confronts Mahler

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The Tufts Symphony Orchestra brought Thursday a real rarity to Distler Auditorium: Mahler’s First Symphony in its revised version of 1893 after an unusual procession by the Jumbo Knish Factory.     [continued]

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Sorcery, Magic, and Love at BoCo

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Handel’s Alcina, opened a four-performance run at the Boston Conservatory Theater Thursday. The BoCo musicians and crew have created a welcome production of one of Handel’s great stage works.     [continued]

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November 17, 2016

Œdipus by Any Other Name. . .

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Last night BLO opened its run of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s cinematic, agitprop Greek at the Emerson Paramount Center. Runs through Sunday afternoon.     [continued]

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