Reviews

June 29, 2015

Bohemians Alongside Revolutionaries at Faneuil Hall

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Though Faneuil Hall may not be the first place one might expect to experience La Bohème, NEMPAC proved that the limitations imposed by the unlikely venue could not stop dedicated and talented performing artists from producing compelling work.   [continued]

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Latin Accents at Shalin Liu

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Cuarteto Latinoamericano produced ample sustenance in its music from south (sometimes very far south) of the border for the Rockport Chamber Music Festival on Sunday.     [continued]

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June 28, 2015

Maverick 1 Repeats at Maverick 100

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The Shanghai Quartet and pianist Ran Dank reprised one of the concerts given in the festival’s first season 100 years ago. The program we heard Sunday demonstrated the good taste of Maverick’s founders in performances likely well beyond what they heard.     [continued]

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Maverick Begins 100th Season with Many Bangs

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The 100th season began on Saturday with NEXUS, an internationally known touring percussion ensemble, familiar to local audiences from the Woodstock Beat concerts and the bi-annual Drum Boogie Festival.    [continued]

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True Artists Sharing the Bench

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That Peter Serkin and Julia Hsu are adventurous pianists, great musicians, and true artists became quickly apparent last night at the Shalin Liu Center.    [continued]

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Pianist Symposes Unerroneously

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Antonio Pompa-Baldi gave a stunning recital of Chopin, Grieg, and Debussy Friday night at the Rivers School in Weston as part of the Chopin Symposium.     [continued]

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June 26, 2015

More Fine Chamber Music in Rockport

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An exemplary and varied program of chamber music delighted a Shalin Liu Performance Center audience Thursday as the eminent pianist Emmanuel Ax joined members of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players.     [continued]

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June 25, 2015

SoHip’s Sublime Prière

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SoHIP’s  2015 Summer Concert Season opened with “Prière: 1 7th-century French music for voices and viols,” featuring Tramontana and Long & Away.  The series of three concerts continues in Andover and Lindsey Chapel at Emmanuel Church, Boston.    [continued]

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June 24, 2015

Composer Matthew Aucoin Rising in Rockport

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Mid-20s Boston composer Matthew Aucoin appeared Tuesday night on the Rockport Music Festival’s Rising Stars program with a grab bag sampler of music written over the past 3-4 years.     [continued]

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June 23, 2015

BOC Redux: A Return to Grover’s Corners

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Boston Opera Collaborative concluded its run of Ned Rorem’s Our Town at Suffolk University’s Modern Theater on Friday, My thoughts on the June 14/19 cast and BOC’s 2014-15 season follow.     [continued]

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June 22, 2015

Maverick at 100

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To open its centennial season, Maverick Concerts in Woodstock offered a long day of free music on Sunday. The folk, jazz and classical segments sampled from genres offered during the regular Maverick season.     [continued]

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Jupiter Sandwich at Rockport

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Su Lian Tan’s 2002 sometimes perplexing Life of Wayang came between gemütlich Schubert and Brahms mit Schwung in Sunday’s Shalin Liu concert by the Jupiter String Quartet and friends.     [continued]

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Hamelin: Pleasures from Introversion

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It’s unlikely that pianist Marc-André Hamelin is really less concerned with being communicative and extroverted than most touring pianists. Yet much of his playing Saturday night at Rockport Music felt private.     [continued]

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June 21, 2015

GuitarFest 10 Ends Dramatically

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NEC’s Eliot Fisk, quite possibly the finest classical guitarist in the world, presided over a week of guitar concerts, clinics and competitions. Saturday night’s highlight was Ralf Gawlick’s Kollwitz-Konnex for guitar and voice.    [continued]

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Handel and Haydn Sings to Choral Pros

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The eclectic “Handel and Haydn Sings,” given Thursday in Symphony Hall, brought stunningly sung and played works of Handel, Gabriela Lena Frank, Palestrina, Bach, Arvo Pärt and James MacMillan.       [continued]

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June 20, 2015

Quotidian Joys in BOC’s Our Town

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Rorem’s Our Town finally came to roost in in Boston Opera Collaborative’s production at the Modern Theater.     [continued]

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A Quartet with a Style

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The formidable Jupiter String Quartet gave an ambitious program of Beethoven, Hindemith and Brahms in striking, engrossing, and dynamic performances at Shalin Liu Performance Center on Friday.     [continued]

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June 19, 2015

Thomas Adès: Powder Her Face

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Odyssey Opera gave the remarkable 1995 opera Powder Her Face last night in an excellent production which continues on Saturday and Sunday at the Boston Conservatory Theater.     [continued]

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More Monteverdi

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In “Monteverdi’s Warring Lovers” Aston Magna kicked off its 43rd season last night at Brandeis with dramatic madrigals from the composer’s books 7 and 8. William Hite, Frank Kelley, and Dominique Labelle gave voice to many moments of musical inspiration.Repeats tonight at Olin Auditorium, Bard College, and tomorrow at Daniel Arts Center, at Simon’s Rock .  [continued]

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June 17, 2015

A Fringe Oasis of Light and Joy

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Convivium Musicum brought warm, balanced readings of sacred motets by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck to a BEMF Fringe crowd at First Lutheran Chaurch last Wednesday.     [continued]

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June 16, 2015

Ricercar Charms BEMF Crowd

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Not all the 2015 BEMF concerts swung for the fences. One that did not was the “Rameau in Berlin” in Jordan Hall late Friday afternoon, yet its charms were many.     [continued]

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Crackerjack BEMF Ensemble Throws a Dance

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Featuring the equivalent of rave music from the turn of the 17th century, Robert Mealy grabbed the kite strings of the crack Boston early Music Ensemble for the traditional 11 PM concert Saturday in Jordan Hall.     [continued]

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Keyboard Paternity Exposed

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Boston Early Music Festival’s Keyboard Mini-Festival, curated by Darcy Kuronen, was held in the museum’s Remis Auditorium on Friday.     [continued]

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Technique Abounds, Affect Lacking

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A collaboration of Juilliard415 and the Royal Academy of Music with the great Rachel Podger as concertmaster and esteemed maestro Masaaki Suzuki the conductor showed whiz-bang of technical proficiency at the BEMF concert at Jordan Hall Saturday.   [continued]

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June 15, 2015

The Guitar as an Orchestra

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Boston GuitarFest X: The Eternal Feminine begins Wednesday at 8pm at Northeastern University’s Fenway Center with a solo recital by 2014 competition winner Xavier Jara, including last year’s winning composition, Obsession, by Viet P. Cuong. The events continue through the 20th at various locations; listings here. The theme of the festival is from the famous […]

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