Reviews

April 28, 2016

NEC Youth, Wolff Create Fantastic Magic

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NEC Philharmonia under Hugh Wolff at Symphony Hall yesterday was smashing and more.     [continued]

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April 26, 2016

Christie’s Flourishing Arts Charm for BEMF

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William Christie and Les Art Florissants brought “Serious Airs and Drinking Songs” to  Sanders Theater on Sunday.     [continued]

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Vivats for Mature New Music Ensemble

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A receptive Tsai Center audience on Friday took in Richard Pittman’s ably led Boston Musica Viva performance of “Mad Scenes” containing substantive works from composers Andy Vores, Bernard Hoffer, and Arnold Schoenberg.     [continued]

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BPO Wakes the Dead and Lifts the Living

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Ben Zander, a musician of famously deep passions, let a breathtaking Verdi Requiem with the Boston Philharmonic and Chorus Pro Musica at Symphony Hall on Sunday.     [continued]

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April 25, 2016

BSO Chamber Players Almost Cavort

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For the Boston Symphony Chamber Players’ Jordan Hall concert on Sunday, Debussy, Ibert, and Brahms replaced Spohr and Lash, while trios of Françaix and Beethoven remained as planned.    [continued]

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April 23, 2016

Sun King Shines on Medford

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“Music and Dance for the Sun King,” a concert of Renaissance and Baroque music, took us time-traveling last Tuesday night at the at Tuft’s Distler Auditorium. Much was engaging, beautifully played and illustrated with period dance.     [continued]

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April 22, 2016

BSO Balancing Acts

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The Boston Symphony’s last subscription series of the season opened Thursday night with variety, including two vocal solos featuring Kristine Opolais, two century-old and one more recent French masterpiece.     [continued]

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Camerata’s Medieval Time Machine

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Transporting in all senses was the weekend at Longy by the Camerata singing and dramatizing the ways of courtly love.     [continued]

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April 21, 2016

New Music, Youth and Discipline at NEC

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New England Conservatory’s Contemporary Ensemble under the direction of John Heiss put the spotlight on young dedicated performers in works of well-knowns Crumb and Schoenberg, as well as on both a faculty and a student composer.     [continued]

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April 18, 2016

Unbeatable Choices from BAE

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Polychromatic polyculture of chamber music-making at the highest level came from Boston Artists Ensemble at St. Paul’s Brookline on Sunday.     [continued]

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April 17, 2016

Wolfgang and Benjie Come of Age

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The Pacifica Quartet gave superb readings to watershed works of Britten and Mozart at Sunday’s recital in Calderwood Hall.     [continued]

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NEC Sets Agrippina in Fascist Rome

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Handel’s Agrippina provided a delightful and a perfect vehicle for the NEC singer-actors at the Paramount Theater yesterday. The run continues through the 19th.    [continued]

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April 16, 2016

Boston Women’s Music Project Bows

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Hunneman Hall in the Brookline Library provided a relaxed, intimate venue last Wednesday night for the debut of the Boston Women’s Music Project.     [continued]

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Vocal Enchantment Abundant in This Flute

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The singing  in last night’s  Magic Flute from Boston Baroque prompts our suggestion that you visit your local scalper for a seat Saturday night.     [continued]

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April 15, 2016

Doubling Down on Cecilia

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From Schutz through Brahms, centuries of German music, choral and organ, gloriously filled All Saints Brookline last Saturday night.    [continued]

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Playing Against Type

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A contest between pagan gods scored by one of Western music’s most devout Lutherans preceded Kurt Weill’s 1930s screed against capitalist values during last Saturday’s all-signing, all-dancing extravaganza at Emmanuel Church.    [continued]

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Music Containing Multitudes

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Andris Nelsons led the Boston Symphony Orchestra in a one-work preview of repertoire for their upcoming European tour. Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 constituted last night’s Symphony Hall program.     [continued]

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Faeries and Lovers Cavort on Huntington Avenue

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With A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Benjamin Britten and librettist Peter Pears proved more than able operatic collaborators with the Bard. The Boston University Opera Institute’s “dream” production at the BU Theater continues through Sunday.     [continued]

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April 14, 2016

Filjak Dispenses Copious Charm and Power

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Boston Conservatory’s Piano Master Series concluded Tuesday at Seully Hall as prizewinning Croatian pianist Martina Filjak hypnotized.     [continued]

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April 12, 2016

Violist’s Bravery Rewarded

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Violist Dimitri Murrath’s welcome Monday night faculty recital at Jordan Hall with his frequent collaborating pianist Vincent Planès delved into repertoire that the general concertgoer might not often hear.     [continued]

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April 11, 2016

Crusader Tale as Plea for Tolerance

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In Cambridge and Newton over the weekend, Cottage Industry Theater performed Claudio Monteverdi’s dramatic setting of the Tasso’s stanzas depicting the Combat of Tancred and Clorinda.     [continued]

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The Shakespearean Summer Arrived

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The Shakespeare Concerts presented The Tenor’s Suite and other vocal works by its founder Joseph Summer on Saturday night at Jordan Hall.     [continued]

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Revelations Archival and Modern

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La Donna Musicale gave Viennese nun Maria Anna von Racshenau’s music its first hearing over 300 years in a Friday program at United Parish in Brookline which paired it with Camilla de Rossi’s.    [continued]

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Schoenberg Illuminated by Youth

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Miriam Fried Biss, with violin in hand, led a Ravinia company of young players in Mozart and Brahms and a surprisingly fine Schoenberg at the Gardner.    [continued]

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Harbisonian Togetherness at MIT

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John Harbison, together with his violinist wife Rose Mary and a combo of colleagues, gave a concert on Sunday afternoon at Killian Hall for a lot more friends.     [continued]

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