Reviews

August 22, 2016

Celeste Nelsons, Opolais, Verdi, BSO, et alia

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Under the sure hand of Andris Nelsons, the BSO demonstrated their operatic potential with the first two acts of Aida in the Tanglewood Shed on Saturday.    [continued]

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Portlandiana Rewards Again

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The third of the four concerts of the Portland Chamber Music Festival got going Thursday  with Vivaldi before works of David Ludwig and Franck occupied the stage.     [continued]

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A Star Is Born

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Russel Platt’s Mountain Interval, a commission for the Maverick centennial, received great advocacy from th Borromeo in a Saturday concert which also included Beethoven and Haydn.     [continued]

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August 21, 2016

Stabat Mattered at Tanglewood

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Charles Dutoit directed 200+ players and singers along with pianist icon Menahem Pressler Friday at Tanglewood.     [continued]

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Chamber Orchestra–and Soloists On Their Own

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Alexander Platt led the Maverick Chamber Orchestra and in an interesting, varied and challenging program which also featured solos outings from pianist Adam Tendler and cellist Emmanuel Feldman.     [continued]

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August 19, 2016

Weimar Enlivens Berkshire Hills

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Aided and abetted by Meow Meow and members of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Barry Humphries presided over a foray into what the Nazi’s deemed degenerate (Entartete) music at Ozawa Hall on Sunday.     [continued]

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August 16, 2016

Slavic Poles of the Chamber Sort

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A half-century separated the two offerings in the Portland Chamber Music Festival Saturday night, expertly served.     [continued]

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Solisti Indeed, Alas

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At Trio Solisti’s  Maverick concert Sunday, pianist Fabio Bidini produced excellent sound quality from Maverick’s Yamaha, but he produced much too much of it. As a result, in Beethoven’s “Geister” Trio and Brahms’s Op. 101, the strings were difficult or impossible to hear.     [continued]

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August 15, 2016

Depth and Prowess from the Borromeo

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Following its recent three-part pattern there, the quartet gave us three transcriptions from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, a modern work, and  a “Rasumovsky” Sunday at the Gardner.     [continued]

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August 14, 2016

Mercury Beats Heat

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Mitigating the 95-degree weather, Channing Yu and the Mercury Orchestra remained in northern climes Friday evening at Sanders.     [continued]

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Yes Portland Has No Programmatics

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The Portland Chamber Music Festival got underway Friday with Beethoven, Brahms and Magnan.     [continued]

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August 12, 2016

Offenbach and Novello: As Different As Can Be

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In one amazing day, Ohio Light Opera Company morphed from Offenbach’s frothy “theater of the absurd” La Vie Parisienne to a very rare production of Ivor Novello’s The Dancing Years.     [continued]

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August 11, 2016

50 Years of Music- and Musician-Making

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The Boston University Tanglewood Institute celebrated its 50th anniversary Saturday with a gala concert and “soiree” reception, highlighting its legacy by featuring students of the 2016 Young Artists Orchestra and Chorus Programs along with a host of alumni performers and composers.     [continued]

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August 9, 2016

Mikado Fits Crime & Kiss Me Kate Brushes Up

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The Ohio Light Opera gave Mikado and Kiss Me Kate to delighted crowds on Wednesday in Wooster, OH.     [continued]

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August 8, 2016

The Astonishing Alex Beyer

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In the continuing Chinese Performing Arts Foundation Walnut Hill Festival, featuring more and more superior young pianists, it turned out that the last would be first, in this case a sensationally mature 22-year-old on Saturday.     [continued]

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No Contest Between Mighty Russians

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The Emerson Quartet served up a variety of standards, with the newest one the winner, in Wellfleet on Thursday.     [continued]

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August 6, 2016

The Halves of Pianist Eric Lu

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At his Chinese Performing Arts Foundation’s debut Wednesday night, the 18-year-old showed chops aplenty, so now it’s on to the eternal matters of feeling, taste, and judgment. Wait, maybe that’s unnecessary.     [continued]

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August 5, 2016

YinFei Wang’s Careful Care

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Returning to the Chinese Performance Arts Foundation festival at Walnut Hall Tuesday, pianist YinFei Wang showed both growth and continued constraint.     [continued]

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Remembering and Reviving Kálmán

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Emmerich Kálmán’s The Little Dutch Girl came to the Ohio Light Opera in a production that celebrated the composer’s musical cleverness.     [continued]

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August 4, 2016

Fast & Slow Food 4 Eye and Ear in the Wild West

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Two weekends of earing and eyeing its Bang on a Can’s Summer Festival get jammed here into one overstuffed portmanteau review.     [continued]

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Nelson Freire Unlocks Realms

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Nelson Freire’s massive Ozawa Hall piano recital last night included the Brahms Sonata in F Minor, Op. 5 and the Chopin B Minor Sonata, Op. 58; it opened with three transcriptions of Bach works, placing Debussy’s Children’s Corner Suite in between.    [continued]

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August 2, 2016

With Nelsons Presiding, All’s Well

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Dramatic, lyrical playing of violinist Augustin Hadelich in Sibelius’s Violin Concerto and a surprise appearance from Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer John Corigliano highlighted a powerhouse Tanglewood weekend under Andris Nelsons.     [continued]

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August 1, 2016

Brahms in High Definition

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TMC Orchestra and Paul Lewis delivered precise but passionate renditions of the Brahms D Minor Piano Concerto and the composer’s first symphony on Sunday under Andris Nelsons.     [continued]

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A Summer Trio for a Quartet

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The Borromeo Quartet’s three summer concerts at Gardner Museum juxtapose some of Bach’s Preludes and Fugues with an opus 59 quartet of Beethoven. Sunday’s opener added György Ligeti’s String Quartet No. 1.     [continued]

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July 31, 2016

Valedictions from Giants

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The performances of mostly valedictory works of Schubert, Mozart and Mahler at Tanglewood on Friday possessed, with one notable exception, such merit and promise that one left with a spring-like optimism rather than resignation.     [continued]

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