Reviews

August 15, 2017

Thrills and No Spills from PCMF

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Portland Chamber Music Festival gave solid and often downright thrilling performances of Mendelssohn, Davidovsky and Elgar on Sunday.    [continued]

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August 14, 2017

A Long Night and Day and Night at Tanglewood

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This long review will recount my mad dash through five concerts in 30 hours, beginning on Saturday at 6 p.m. with the Prelude Concert at Ozawa Hall.    [continued]

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Take the A+ Train

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The Harlem Quartet returned to Maverick Concerts on Sunday with substantial programming and playing.    [continued]

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August 13, 2017

Chamber Delights in the State o’ Maine

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An engaging, eclectic mix opened the 24th season of the Portland Chamber Music Festival  Thursday .    [continued]

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NEXUS Doesn’t Perplexus

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The Maverick audience ate up the what these virtuoso advocates of Stephen Reich brought to various styles.    [continued]

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August 12, 2017

Berkshire Modernism Samplers, Cont.

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Tanglewood FCM day two filled Ozawa Hall with seven intriguing pieces, curated by Kathryn Bates.    [continued]

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Enjoyable Diversity on Romantic Walcker

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Kevin Birch’s solid Methuen recital on Wednesday might have been truly memorable if invested with a bit of derring-do.    [continued]

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Electrification in Koussi’s Shed

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The BSO, Gil Shaham, and Alisa Weilerstein devoured Dvořák, Brahms, and Stravinsky under the baton of Giancarlo Guerrero yesterday at Tanglewood.    [continued]

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Mana Tokuno’s Mixed Lot

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The second half of pianist Mana Tokuno’s Thursday night recital closing the Foundation of Chinese Performing Arts Summer Festival at Walnut Hill School was awash in lovely hues and shades a la française.    [continued]

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August 11, 2017

FCM: Sounds, Furies, and Fun

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In an 1806-word opening salvo including references to Nabokov and Aristotle, the philospher-author evokes last night’s first Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music event.    [continued]

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August 9, 2017

The Force With Eric Lu

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At Walnut Hill School on Sunday evening, the pianist punctuated beauty with clatter.    [continued]

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Emersons Adventure Minus One

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Three members of the Emerson Quartet played Mozart’s Divertimento, KV 563 at Wellfleet’s Congregational Church Monday before Jon Nakamatsu joined them in the Brahms’s Quartet in G Minor, Op 25.    [continued]

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August 7, 2017

Dover Soul Returns to Maverick

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The Dover Quartet came from Chicago to Woodstock with a fine unanimity of ensemble and a highly interesting novelty.    [continued]

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August 4, 2017

Landmarks Orchestra Hatches Beethoven

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After some top-drawer filler from the master, a convincing Ninth Symphony showed all was just right on the Esplanade Thursday night.    [continued]

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Korsantia’s Musical Masonry

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Alexander Korsantia’s piano recital Tuesday evening at Walnut Hill School’s Kreiter Hall showed lapidary and stirring power.    [continued]

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August 3, 2017

Lisztian Lightning from Han Chen

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Pianist Han Chen’s all-Liszt recital Monday evening at Walnut Hill School contained multitudes, and, while astonishing, may also have been much of a muchness.    [continued]

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August 2, 2017

Stellar Beethoven and Impressive Walton Wow

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Beethoven’s familiar Violin Concerto in D, Op. 61 and William Walton’s rare but choice Belshazzar’s Feast shared the stage at Sunday’s Koussevitzky Music Shed concert.    [continued]

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July 31, 2017

Trio Molto con Brio

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The Danish threesome brought style and intensity to Mozart, Smetana and Shostakovich at Maverick on Sunday.    [continued]

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July 30, 2017

Artur Haftman’s Attack of Beauty

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Maybe only Murray Perahia 40-plus years ago was as ear-opening as Artur Haftman in his recital Friday night in the Foundation for the Chinese Performing Arts 26th Annual Music Festival at Walnut Hill.    [continued]

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Dutoit Delivers Thrills

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Saturday night’s concert of Ravel, Stravinsky, and Berlioz capped a thrilling week’s Tanglewood residency for Charles Dutoit.    [continued]

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July 29, 2017

Go! To Glimmerglass

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From a farflung correspondent we hear that the Glimmerglass Opera production of The Gershwins© Porgy and Bess is very much worth the drive.    [continued]

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July 28, 2017

BMO Pours Fine Potion

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Continuing tonight and Sunday at the Mosesian Center for the Arts, Boston Midsummer Opera’s take on Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love could be the highlight of your summer theater-going.    [continued]

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The Uncommon Satisfactions of Larry Weng

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Tuesday night’s piano recital in the Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts Series at Walnut Hill School in Natick proved noteworthy in numerous ways.    [continued]

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July 26, 2017

BSO: Luminous Heaven and Stormy Russia

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Aaron Jay Kernis’s Musica Celestis (Music of the Heavens) made for a refreshingly luminous opening to Tanglewood’s Sunday afternoon of Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky.    [continued]

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Fellows Embrace and Extend Conventions

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The Tanglewood Music Center presented a wealth of chamber music in Ozawa Hall to a sizable group of early Sunday morning risers .    [continued]

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