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January 20, 2017

Russia Beyond the Classical

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With works of Prokofiev, Weinberg, and Tchaikovsky, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and violin soloist Gidon Kremer under Juanjo Mena illustrated three moments in Russia’s musical history with flair and pathos on Thursday.     [continued]

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January 16, 2017

Confident Mastery at Age Ten

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A Far Cry reached the midpoint of its 10th-anniversary season on Friday at Jordan Hall, where the ensemble epitomized execution and programming. The performing pallet spanned nine centuries.    [continued]

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Summer with Overcoats

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Boston premieres of loud pieces bookended ” Collage New Music’s “Summer Past and Present. Sunday’s picknic at Pickman Hall was impressive as it was long.     [continued]

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“Oh, Glory! Black History Matters”

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Baritone James Dargan and pianist Mark Whitlock inspired us on Friday evening at Theodore Parker UU Church in West Roxbury.     [continued]

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Filial Approach to Schumann and Bartok

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Miriam Fried, violin, and her son Jonathan Biss, piano delivered flawless Schumann and Bartók in a Sunday recital at Calderwood Hall the complemented one they offered last weekend.     [continued]

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January 15, 2017

Haydn Plus Hoeprich Again

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The London Haydn Quartet and clarinetist Eric Hoeprich returned to First Church, Cambridge Friday night with an agreeable show for the Boston Early Music Festival.     [continued]

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January 13, 2017

Carpenter Constructs Glittering Edifice

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Cameron Carpenter, an organist of prodigious technique and an immensely creative bent, played throughout a compelling BSO program under the direction of guest conductor Bramwell Tovey on Thursday evening.     [continued]

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January 8, 2017

The Right Musical Stuff at the Gardner

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Sonata partners Jonathan Biss and Miriam Freed earned rapt attention from the four-story audience in Calderwood Hall for their “Bartok and Schumann Project.”   [continued]

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Women in Love, in Life

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Friday night at Longy School of Music, the Boston Opera Collaborative’s  “Mirror” took the audience on a literal journey, as we followed two quite different women in Schumann’s Frauenliebe und -leben and Dominick Argento’s From The Diaries of Virginia Woolf.     [continued]

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January 7, 2017

Five Concerted Works Reveal BSO Depth

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Ken-David Masur and the BSO never faltered during a Thursday evening which limelighted some worthy back benchers.     [continued]

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January 3, 2017

Engaging Baroque Comforts

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Boston Baroque served the musical equivalent of comfort food, with vitality and engagement on New Year’s Day at Harvard’s Sanders Theater.     [continued]

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December 20, 2016

The Colors of Camerata’s German Christmas

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Deep and rich: dark forest greens, mossy pine-bark browns, and lush burgundies were seen and heard in Boston Camerata’s “In dulci jubilo: A German Christmas”at the First Church in Cambridge on Sunday.     [continued]

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Violinist Sasha Yakub and pianist Forrest Eimold challenged and disrupted at Holden Chapel Saturday night with For John Cage and more.     [continued]

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December 18, 2016

Holiday Cheer Sans Chestnuts

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Musicians of the Old Post Road attracted a brave and loyal audience to Emmanuel Church on Saturday for an unpredictable “Christmas in the New World.”     [continued]

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Seasonal Bliss from Darkness to Bursting Joy

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Blue Heron executed “Christmas in 15th-century France and Burgundy” as if the company had been born to it. Repeats on Saturday, December 17th at 2:30 pm and 8 pm at First Church, Cambridge.     [continued]

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December 15, 2016

Tallis Scholars Arrange Vocal Bouquet

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A capacity BEMF crowd at St. Paul’s Parish in Harvard Square proved that the Scholars’ appeal is as strong today as it was 28 years ago when the group began performing .     [continued]

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Following a Star

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Despite certain ragtag qualities, the Amahl and the Night Visitors at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on Friday gave the perfect nudge to my holiday spirit.     [continued]

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Knowledgeable and Engaging BrSO Candidate

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The Brookline Symphony Orchestra’s second music director candidate, Lidiya Yankovskaya, showed her fine stuff Sunday at All Saints, Brookline.     [continued]

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December 13, 2016

Playing Where Words Fail

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Violinist Yevgeny Kutik, cellist Julian Schwarz and pianist Marika Bournaki enthralled the audience at Temple Emanuel in Newton Sunday.     [continued]

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December 11, 2016

Messiah Whizzed By With Technical Savvy

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Martin Pearlman led Boston Baroque Friday at Jordan Hall in a luxury Messiah that too seldom transcended considerations of historic practice.     [continued]

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Shalin Liu Witnessed Dover’s Expressive Nuance

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Freshness combined with confident musicianship characterized the Dover String Quartet’s take on Mozart, Britten, and Beethoven Friday in Rockport.     [continued]

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December 8, 2016

Kaler as Sui Generis Throwback

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Violinist Ilya Kaler’s rich, grand manner sound went on full display on Sunday at Seully Hall for his second appearance in BoCo’s String Masters Series. Janice Weber proved the able partner.     [continued]

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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, and Friday evenings and Saturday afternoon 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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