Reviews

February 8, 2016

Reviewer Adds Voice to Praise Choir

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Resident Chamber Orchestra A Far Cry looked inward Sunday at the Gardner, as “Intimate Voices” brought us under their spell.     [continued]

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Brahms Follows Vanishing Act

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In “Of Love and Remembrance,” Mistral sent a “valentine” from a vanished world to the auditorium of Temple Ohabei Shalom, Brookline Saturday.     [continued]

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February 7, 2016

NEC’s Vivacious Vixen

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NEC Opera gave a colorful reading of Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen last night at the Cutler Majestic Theater. Performances follow on Monday and Tuesday.     [continued]

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Finely Finished Fragments from Blue Heron

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Under Scott Metcalfe, Blue Heron served up a motley of complex early-16th-century choral works to moving effect Saturday night at First Church Cambridge.     [continued]

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Harlem Quartet Brings Smiles to Kids of All Ages

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The prescient vision of Ashmont Hill Chamber placed the Harlem Quartet before a very diverse audience at the parish of All Saints in Dorchester on Saturday.     [continued]

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February 6, 2016

Zander and BPYO in Revolutionary Mode

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The Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra brought two masterworks that changed the course of musical history to Symphony Hall Friday under Benjamin Zander’s driven baton.    [continued]

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February 5, 2016

Sinking in Prestini’s Labryinth

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Stir’s “Paola Prestini’s Labryinth: House of Solitude and Room No. 35” was a program of violin and cello solos backgrounded by projections at Calderwood Hall on Thurday.     [continued]

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BSO Continues Shakespeare Salute

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BSOs second concert marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death focused this time on Hamlet  and Romeo and Juliet.     [continued]

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Modernist Masterpiece Given by Harvard Players

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Harvard College Opera Society coped with the near impossible and largely overcame it, in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress at the Aggasiz Theater. Performed again on Friday and Saturday.     [continued]

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February 2, 2016

Power Couple: A Far Cry Meets Blue Heron

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Aptly titled Devotion, Friday evening’s union of A Far Cry with Blue Heron made of Old South Church a great cathedral.     [continued]

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Haydn to the Power of Four

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H+H dished out voiceless Haydn in Symphony Hall over the weekend with four works of its more neglected namesake.     [continued]

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Handel Shows Relish for the Plagues

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Cantata Singers gave a riveting and heartfelt performance of Handel’s Israel in Egypt on Sunday in Jordan Hall.     [continued]

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February 1, 2016

BCMS Courts Connoisseurs

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“Parisian Providence,” BCMS’s latest  challenge concert, brought erudite iterations of Maurice Ravel, Enescu, and Franck to Cambridge Rindge and Latin on Sunday.     [continued]

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Six New “Brandenburgs” Show Vigor

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As it played out at Jordan Hall on January 22nd, BMOP’s experiment to put six newly reimagined Brandenburg concertos into a single program achieved a decided success.     [continued]

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January 30, 2016

Ziporyn Leads Tribute to David Bowie

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The familiar-faced but ad hoc Ambient Orchestra cohesively offered long-delayed Boston premieres of Philip Glass’s Symphony No. 1 “Low” (1992) and Symphony No. 4 “Heroes” (1996) as a tribute to David Bowie last night at Kresge.    [continued]

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January 29, 2016

Fairies and Sprites in Symphony Hall

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Marking the 400th anniversary of the bard’s death, last night the BSO offered music inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Andris Nelsons presided over the familiar—Weber’s Oberon Overture, and Mendelssohn’s Overture and Incidental Music (thereto), and the newer—Henze’s Symphony No. 8—in a combination concert and performance art event.     [continued]

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January 28, 2016

Hub New Music Debuts With “Strength in Fragility”

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Hub New Music debuted at Jordan Hall Sunday night with stunningly varied works that clearly revealed Kati Agócs.     [continued]

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January 27, 2016

Verdi Not Let Down By Youth Orchestra

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Two Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras each performed two acts of Verdi’s Otello under Federico Cortese Sunday at Sanders Theater in company with BYSO Opera Chorus, Convivium Musicum, Voices Boston, and a fine cast of professional singers, including Simon O’Neil in the title role.    [continued]

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January 25, 2016

ONF’s Debussy Divine, Tchaikovsky Thrilling

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Exactitude, delicacy, shape, oomph, and clarité all prevailed with the French National Orchestra under Daniele Gatti at Symphony Hall on Sunday, riding warhorses with pianist Alexandre Tharaud.     [continued]

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Somber Seraphim

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Seraphim Singers traveled to First Church, Congregational Cambridge Sunday offer 75 unaccompanied minutes in “All Flesh is Grass: Reflections on Death and Eternity.”     [continued]

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Schumann, Scriabin Meet Surging Surf

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2013 Van Cliburn Competition gold medalist Vadym Kholodenko brought real piano magic to the Shalin Liu Center, safely protected from the crashing surf.     [continued]

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ISGM Worth Detour for Marlboro Folks

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Musicians from Marlboro spanned three centuries Sunday at the ISGM, as Anthony McGill, clarinet; Emilie-Anne Gendron and David McCarroll, violins; Daniel Kim, viola; and Marcy Rosen, cello essayed a trio by Beethoven (1798), a quartet by Penderecki (1993) and a quintet by Brahms (1891).     [continued]

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Thai-Son in Knockout

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Through the swirling flakes Saturday night, pianist Dang Thai-Son at Jordan Hall had his own not dissimilar ideas about beauty, touch, sonics, projection, and affects.     [continued]

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January 23, 2016

Modish Antics from Antico Moderno

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Period-instrument Antico Moderno ensemble offered an intriguing hour alternating 17th-century Italian chamber sonatas with contemporary works at First Lutheran Church in Boston on Friday. Repeats Sunday afternoon in the Norway Pond series at Hancock, New Hampshire.     [continued]

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January 22, 2016

Waterworld, Fractured World, New World

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Conductor Ludovic Morlot and cellist Johannes Moser returned to the BSO in glory last night. Snap up any remaining ticket to hear this program of Smetana, Martinů, and Dvorak.     [continued]

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