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March 28, 2017

Beethoven’s Ninth: Tempi Tempests

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Benjamin Zander has been exploring the Beethoven Ninth for 40 years; no other piece of music has occupied his imagination over so long a period. What must be regarded as the culmination of his absorption took place 10 days ago in London: a performance in the Royal Festival Hall with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Philharmonia […]

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Juventas Takes Flight

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Juventas’s Project Fusion series infused Harvard Square’s night club-inspired Oberon Theater with the spark of new music and innovation last Wednesday in “Music In Flight,” an unusual audio-visual collaboration among contemporary classical composers and aerialists, acrobats, and jugglers.     [continued]

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March 27, 2017

Diving Into Dangerous Liaisons

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In Boston Opera Collaborative take on Conrad Susa’s 1994 The Dangerous Liaisons, a piano has replaced the orchestra. The performance on Saturday at the BCA’s Plaza Theater proved flawed but worthwhile.     [continued]

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March 26, 2017

Compelling Pianism Convinced

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Pianist Paul Lewis brought a radiant tone and fresh interpretations to some magnificent Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, and Weber at Sunday’s Celebrity Series concert at Jordan Hall.     [continued]

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Akademie Not the Least Academic

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Berlin’s dynamic Akademie für Alte Musik (also known as Akamus) treated a Boston Early Music Festival Jordan Hall full house Friday to “Of Frogs and Men,” an instrumental selection of German and Italian Baroque.     [continued]

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Chinese Foundation’s Music Dialogue and Cooperation

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With  the Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra, the Borromeo String Quartet and pianist Meng-Chieh Liu, the Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts’ “Four Winds, Music Dialogue and Cooperation (Series 5)” half-packed an ecstatic Jordan Hall yesterday.    [continued]

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March 25, 2017

Parker and Winds Play Paine

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A 90%-full Paine Hall last night witnessed the Parker Quartet’s takes on an ultra-contemporary landmark, and with winds, Schubert’s heavenly-length Octet.     [continued]

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Dreamy New Concerto From BSO

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After a swashbuckling Le corsair of Berlioz, François-Xavier Roth led Alisa Weilerstein and the BSO in the world premiere of Matthias Pintscher’s hypnotic cello concerto un despertar before the Friday afternoon concluded with a sometime-too-careful Pastoral Symphony.  Repeats tonight.   [continued]

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March 23, 2017

Liverpudlian To Wow Jordan Hall

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Paul Lewis is a pianist who appeals to cognoscenti. After a three-year traversal of the 32 Beethoven Sonatas at major venues, he moved on to a two-year consideration of the mature Schubert’s piano oeuvre; reviewers were ecstatic. Now, BMInt is very pleased to recommend his latest interesting mixed recital for the Celebrity Series at Jordan […]

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March 21, 2017

Imagining a Modern Rake

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The Boston Lyric Opera’s production of the dark Stravinsky opera last Sunday showed high invention and high finesse.     [continued]

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Long Day’s Journey Into Bach

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All day Saturday at First Lutheran, God was in His organ loft and much was right with the musical world.     [continued]

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Excelling Conventionally

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Brookline Symphony Orchestra music director auditions continued Saturday as the band expertly served up three hits from the 1840s.     [continued]

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The Importance of Odyssey Opera

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Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s  The Importance of Being Earnest ran for two nights only at The Wimberly Theater on St. Patrick’s day in Odyssey Opera’s sparkling production.     [continued]

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March 20, 2017

Caravansary from Cappella

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Amelia LeClair led Cappella Clausura in “A Caravan of Songs” at Emmanuel Church on Saturday. The feast and the music concluded with Abbie Betinis’s setting of poems by the Sufi mystic Hafez, From Behind the Caravan.     [continued]

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March 19, 2017

Not Yet Harnessing the Higher End

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Sunday’s Musicians of Marlboro concert of Haydn, Webern, and Brahms at the Gardner was not quite ready for prime time.     [continued]

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Britannia Rules!

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Spectrum Singers paid homage yesterday at the First Congregational Church in Cambridge to a tradition of outstanding church music in England.      [continued]

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March 17, 2017

Comically Distraught Haydn to Dancing Beethoven

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Under the masterful and restrained leadership Bernard Haitink on Thurday, the Boston Symphony Orchestra delivered Haydn, Debussy, and Beethoven in a programmatically somewhat unusual cross-section at the highest orchestral expertise.      [continued]

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“To Sing Again”

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The Brandeis Women’s show featured music by Amy Beach, Rebecca Clarke, Ruth Lomon, and Marianna von Martines, whose gorgeous, masterful works remain woefully underperformed.    [continued]

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March 16, 2017

Musica Sacra Crosses the Red Sea

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Israel in Egypt displayed the brilliance and variety of Handel’s choral writing (almost to the exclusion of solo voices), but also felt very timely in Música Sacra’s performance last Saturday at First Church Cambridge.     [continued]

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March 14, 2017

Music and Fraternité

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An “Unstuffy, Unpredictable” Mistral duo made its way into WGBH’s elegant Frazer Studio Friday for a Massivemuse, which seeks to bring younger audiences to live classical music. Harpist Ina Zdorovetchi and flutist Julie Scolnik expanded on the Groupmuse BYOB house-concert format to give us a relaxed, informative, sometimes exhilarating salon-styled extravaganza.     [continued]

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March 13, 2017

BLO Does Stravinsky Proud

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The Boston Lyric Opera opened a weeklong run of The Rake’s Progress on Sunday in an outstanding production at the Cutler Majestic Theater.     [continued]

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March 12, 2017

Virtuosities of Scordatura

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Violinist extraordaire Christina Day Martinson carried off all 16 of Heinrich Biber’s Mystery or Rosary Sonatas at Jordan Hall on Friday for Boston Baroque.     [continued]

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Immersed in Antheil

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“Paris to Hollywood – Dada to Noir” celebrated the centenary of the Dadaist movement and the modernist music of American maverick George Antheil at Tufts and Brown during the past week.     [continued]

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March 11, 2017

Fogg Books Bravura Busoni

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Finnish conductor Sakari Oramo led Sibelius 3 and Busoni’s Piano Concerto with Kirill Gerstein yesterday afternoon. Brave the cold and go hear it tonight.     [continued]

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March 9, 2017

Blackstar’s Lively Ambience

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A diverse crowd packed MIT’s Kresge Auditorium to hear Evan Ziporyn’s 80-person Ambient Orchestra play Blackstar, David Bowie’s last album.    [continued]

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