Reviews

August 31, 2015

Borromeo Quality Quartet

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When an ensemble has a reputation and history like those of the Borromeo String Quartet, you expect something out of the ordinary. That’s what we got at the ensemble’s Maverick concert on Sunday.    [continued]

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August 30, 2015

Spiky Schubert, Superb Stravinsky

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Frederic Chiu and Andrew Russo aren’t a full-time piano duo team. (Russo isn’t even a full-time pianist.) But they  appeared in the Maverick series on Saturday with a solo each and two large works in collaboration, one unsatisfactory, the other a triumph.     [continued]

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August 29, 2015

“A Most Rare Vision” in Esplanade Dream

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Enchantment reigned as Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and Boston Landmarks Orchestra co-produced Shakespeare/Mendelsohn Midsummer Night’s Dream Wednesday at the Hatch Shell.     [continued]

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August 24, 2015

Portland’s Seasonal Peroration Pleases

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With something light, something new and something meaty, the Portland Chamber Music Festival concluded its 22nd season on Saturday; its usual format yielded an entertaining and informative evening.     [continued]

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Lucky 13 at Maverick

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Alexander Platt leads a small orchestra once a year at Maverick, reviving a tradition from the early days of the series. I can’t remember such a program at Maverick I enjoyed quite as much as the latest one on Saturday.     [continued]

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August 23, 2015

Tanglewood Final Weekend

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As the Tanglewood season closed last weekend, Kristine Opolais joined Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra for two concerts in the Koussevitzky Music Shed.     [continued]

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Quartet (plus one) Exceeds Its Parts

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In its third concert in four days at the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, the 13-year-old Jupiter String Quartet (with pianist Brian Zeger) brought introspection and heat Friday to Wellfleet’s steamy but beautiful First Congregational Church.    [continued]

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August 21, 2015

Chamber Music for a Fortnight

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We caught Portland Chamber Music Festival’s fine Saturday night misture of Russian, American and French music for trio, quartet, and quintet, with one semi-premiere between two stalwart 19th-century works.     [continued]

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August 20, 2015

Ma’s Backward Cello Bash

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Last week a most unusual Tanglewood program billed only as “A Distant Mirror” featured numerous cellists and colleagues roaming both the globe and the centuries under the banner of Yo-Yo Ma.     [continued]

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August 18, 2015

Opera del West: Felicitous Figaro, Constrained

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Last Friday night at TCAN Natick, Figaro had his way—almost—in Eve Budnick’s budget-minding Opera del West production.     [continued]

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August 16, 2015

Nelsons Leads Mendelssohn & Mahler

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Friday night’s evening shed concert at Tanglewood contrasted the extremes of Germanic Romanticism: Mendelssohn’s sparkling, capricious Violin Concerto in E Minor with Mahler’s brooding, kaleidoscopic Symphony No. 6.     [continued]

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August 15, 2015

Fang with a Bang

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The Chinese Performing Arts Foundation summer festival viscerally concluded its Walnut Hill piano recitals Thursday night, with Peter Fang solidly assisted by Chi-Wei Lo.     [continued]

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August 10, 2015

Absurdly, Early Mozart at Santa Fe Opera

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Teenage Mozart outdoors in the Santa Fe mountains makes for compelling melodramatic absurdity for our far-flung correspondent.     [continued]

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Mahler Apotheosized Before Thousands

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Saturday’s Tanglewood “Symphony of a Thousand” (858 singers, 171 instrumentalists, plus Mahler, equaled 1,030 celebrants at the premiere) made for much excitement even with substantially fewer performers.     [continued]

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One Weekend, Two Quartets

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This past weekend  Maverick Concert offered the Miró and Danish string quartets in highly contrasting programs. Everything possible seemed to be different, except for the consistently excellent quality.     [continued]

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Monadnock Strikes Up the Band

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The Monadnock Chamber Orchestra under Gil Rose morphed into a version of Paul Whiteman’s Palais Royal Orchestra, with piano soloist Alan Feinberg and soprano Abigail Krawson, for an all-Gershwin program Friday at the Peterborough Town House.     [continued]

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George the Incredib-Li Fine Pianist

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Lexington’s George Li, recent Tchaikovsky silver medalist, returned home with an utterly triumphant Chopin-heavy recital at Walnut Hill Friday night as part of the Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts festival.     [continued]

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August 8, 2015

Memorable Beethoven Moments from Rosenbaum

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Another Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts Walnut Hill piano recital on Thursday evening featured Victor Rosenbaum’s old-school ways of examining late Beethoven.     [continued]

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Kavakos and Dutoit Front at Tanglewood

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The always stylish Charles Dutoit leads the BSO in a pair of Shed concerts this weekend: Moderns on Friday night (Ravel, Sibelius, Stravinsky).     [continued]

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Cold Mountain: New American Classic

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Our far-flung-correspondent’s review of the premier of Jennifer Higdon’s new opera for Santa Fe follows.     [continued]

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August 7, 2015

Goerne and Schubert Cool a Summer Evening

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Baritone Mattias Goerne and pianist Markus Hinterhäuser collaborated on an intimate and unadorned Winterreise in Ozawa Hall on Wednesday.     [continued]

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August 5, 2015

Outstanding, Versatile Brio from Yu and Huang

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Tuesday night at Walnut Hill, violinist Angelo Xiang Yu and pianist Jonie Qiuning Huang were about as awesome as it is possible to be.     [continued]

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Three Conductors and As Many Orchestras Celebrate

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Tuesday night’s “Tanglewood on Parade” evening concert, one of the highlights of the summer season in the Berkshires, featured fanfares and fireworks.     [continued]

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August 4, 2015

A Pianist Like No Other

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Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts recitals continued at Walnut Hill’s  Keiter Center on Monday with a very meditative and pearly take on Bach, Scriabin, Chopin, and Liszt from Hung-Kuan Chen.     [continued]

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Summertime Ivorian Power

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The Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts recitals kicked off its summer festival at Walnut Hill; on Sunday Boswell Recital Hall at Walnut Hill  witnessed power from the 19-year-old Japanese Aimi Kobayashi.     [continued]

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