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January 24, 2015

The Nearly Transcendent Emersons

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New and improved, the Emerson String Quartet, quietly led by recently arrived cellist Paul Watkins, combined old and contemporary works for a most satisfactory chamber evening.     [continued]

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Haydn, the Experimentalist Without Handel

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Handel and Haydn Society examined some lesser-known works of its second namesake, Franz Josef Haydn Friday at Symphony Hall. Despite the composer’s mammoth reputation, most casual concertgoers are unaware of the experimentalist and formal tinkerer toiling away in lesser courts.    [continued]

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A Masur Debuts with BSO

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BSO Assistant Conductor Ken-David Masur made an earlier than planned subscription debut this week after scheduled guest conductor Tugan Sokhiev cancelled. Joined by cellist Johannes Moser, the son of the illustrious Kurt led heartily enjoyable performances.     [continued]

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January 20, 2015

From Less to More, and Beyond

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First Vienna sweet to brooding, then Parisian variety, and finally Mongolia: violinist Angelo Xiang Yu and pianist Qing Jiang superbly traversed a dramatic range of sound and affect with strings percussed and singing on Jordan Hall Saturday night.     [continued]

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Concord, Consonance and Dissonance

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Everyone’s favorite local quartet dove deep into late Beethoven Sunday. While the excellent Borromeo Quartet has been reviewed in these pages many times, it remains an Important Event whenever they take on such works. The third of four programs this season of the Concord Chamber Music Society was, as usual, worth the westward trek.     [continued]

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January 19, 2015

Collage Steps Out with Music from Academia

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Hearing five new or recent works presented with utter devotion and precision by Collage New Music Sunday evening kept Pickman Hall listeners up-to-the-minute.   [continued]

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January 18, 2015

A Bright Spectrum from Skins and Metal

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Batteries of percussion surrounded and immersed the audience, as Sound Icon commandeered the voluminous Center for the Arts at the Armory Friday in Somerville for G­érard Grisey’s pulsar inspired Le Noir de L’Etoile.     [continued]

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January 16, 2015

BSO’s Elixir for the Soul

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Thursday evening’s BSO concert was a must-hear, yet not everything cracked musical sound barriers. Lars Vogt offered his own cadenzas, angles and experiences in the Mozart Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor before Nelsons led Bruckner’s Symphony No.7.     [continued]

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January 14, 2015

Monteverdi’s Catholicism Test Gets High Marks

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The sounds of Tenet/Green Mountain Project rocketed about St. Cecilia Parish, Boston, on Monday, summiting a pinnacle of early 17th-century music in one of the finest performances of any type that I’ve heard.     [continued]

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January 13, 2015

Heightened Intimacy in BOC’s Lettres de Werther

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Heightened Intimacy in BOC’s Lettres de Werther  Boston Opera Collaborative’’ presents a miniature and intimate Lettres de Werther at Longy School’s Pickman Hall constitutes a fine opening for the company’s 2015 season. While the staging is somewhat Spartan, the 90-minute reparsing get to the heart of the opera. Continuing Thursday and Friday.     [continued]

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January 12, 2015

Elegant Polish Naturally Applied by BSOCP

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Boston Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players, one of the premiere ensembles in the world, took the Jordan Hall stage yesterday with less-familiar works by Mysliveček, Foote, Nathan, and Dvořák.     [continued]

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Teasing Timbral Qualities in Virtuosic Flights

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Richard Stoltzman’s Sunday afternoon recital at the Gardner Museum conveyed additional evidence of his profound and peculiar place as a master of the clarinet over the last 40-odd years. Pianist David Deveau provided a strong, powerful and intelligent foundation for Stoltzman’s flights.     [continued]

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January 11, 2015

Kutik Bonds in Pro Arte’s Russian Portraits

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A sparking Pro Arte with Russian-American violinist Yevgeny Kutik introduced us on Saturday night to a salubrious new venue, First Baptist Church in Newton. In the Prokofiev Violin Concerto, the ensemble reached heights in its supportive and complementary roles.     [continued]

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Joyful and Topnotch: Levin and the Criers

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Our esteemed Robert Levin joined the self-directed chamber orchestra “A Far Cry” for a concert celebrating improvisation. What a relaxed and joyful evening it was Friday night at Jordan Hall.     [continued]

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January 9, 2015

Nelsons Returns to the BSO

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In a program with variation form as a unifying thread, Andris Nelsons and the BSO started the new year with grand music-making. French cellist Gautier Capuçon starred as Richard Strauss’s Don Quixote, with BSO principal viola Steven Ansell as his Sancho Panza; works of Brahms and Haydn were also essayed.     [continued]

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January 4, 2015

Underexposure Corrected for Boston Composers

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Artem Belogurov’s Piano Classics CD “American Romantics: The Boston Scene” and the recital that promoted it last night at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Charlestown gave an overdue exposure to salon music of neglected Boston composers.     [continued]

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First Concert of the Year a Charmer

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Martin Pearlman and Boston Baroque with soprano Sara Heaton and baritone Andrew Garland offered orchestral music and excerpts from operas on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day at Sanders Theater.     [continued]

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December 25, 2014

Byzantium on the Charles

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The Greek Institute’s “A Byzantine Christmas” under the leadership of Spyridon Antonopoulos in Cambridge’s First Church on Monday evening consisted of liturgical pieces from the 14th through the 18th  centuries and folk music of Greece with instruments from the Greek Islands.     [continued]

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December 21, 2014

“An American Christmas”: the Beauty of Simplicity

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The Boston Camerata under Artistic Director and soprano Anne Azéma sang and played pre-20th-century-American sacred music related to Christmas on Friday in Hancock Church, Lexington.  Camerata’s revelations served to convert even the most jaded modern-day Scrooge.     [continued]

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December 20, 2014

Holidays Among the Valois

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Blue Heron was once again transporting as it brought the season of 15th-century France to us, and vice-versa. If you were to have gone to only one holiday concert this year, you should have stormed the doors of Cambridge’s First Church Congregational to hear this wonderful ensemble.     [continued]

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December 19, 2014

A Bach Christmas? Bah, Humbug!

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In its Thursday outing at Jordan Hall, Handel and Haydn Society’s traditional holiday program of choral selections from the late 16th through the early18th centuries made some concessions to current taste and fashion, including a relatively well-tamed “period” instrumental complement. Repeats Sunday at 3:00     [continued]

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December 18, 2014

BCO Steps Up in the 18th Century

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In its 35th Anniversary Season, the Boston Classical Orchestra gave a high-caliber concert of music written during Faneuil Hall’s first years, featuring an exceptional new violinist Mo Yang, and cellist  Mee-Hae Ryo on Sunday.    [continued]

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December 15, 2014

Concerns, Hoorays for Atrium Winds & Strings

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Many at Sunday’s Atrium Winds and Strings performance for J.P Concerts must have been wondering what was going on, as things seemed not quite right with the sound. In addition, Atrium’s 70-minutes of an oboe quartet of Mozart and nonets by Martinu and Stanford might have left many asking, nonets by whom?     [continued]

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December 14, 2014

Another BSO Worth Hearing

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The Brookline Symphony Orchestra demonstrated its energy, sureness of tone, style, dedication, and inspired seriousness of purpose at All Saints Episcopal Church in Brookline on Saturday night in one work, the Symphony No. 6 of Mieczysław Weinberg.     [continued]

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Scholars Draw Hordes

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The Tallis Scholars’ annual visit sponsored by the Boston Early Music Festival filled St. Paul’s Parish Cambridge. This British ensemble has done a great deal to put sacred vocal music of the Renaissance on the early music map.    [continued]

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