Reviews

May 23, 2016

Desenclos’s Considerable Conservative Beauties

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The Spectrum Singers offered the 1963 Requiem of Alfred Desenclos along with putative influences on Saturday at First Church Cambridge.     [continued]

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May 22, 2016

Chameleons Rescue and Lift Off

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Chameleon Arts Ensemble’s curious and remarkable program at First Church in Boston on Saturday lifted off well beyond the usual fare.      [continued]

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May 21, 2016

Not Medieval, Not Medical, But Heroic

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Intensity in the round: Hannah Lash and Guerilla Opera reconceive Beowulf at BoCo this weekend and next.     [continued]

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Pops Toasts Gershwin

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An intriguing all-Gershwin program introduced conductor David Charles to the Boston Pops on Wednesday in the only Pops concert devoted to a single composer that I can remember. If “America’s orchestra” is going focus thus, it would be hard to beat Gershwin as the composer in the spotlight.     [continued]

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Ethel Smyth’s Powerful Prison Rediscovered

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Cantori New York (Artistic Director Mark Shapiro) gave Dame Ethel Smyth The Prison (1930) for baritone, soprano, chorus, an orchestra on May 14th and 15th, at St. Luke in the Fields (in Greenwich Village) in the composer’s own reduction for piano, with bugle.     [continued]

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May 20, 2016

Musica Sacra Eschews the Sacred

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Musica Sacra made most uncharacteristically secular and joyful noises on Saturday at First Church Cambridge.     [continued]

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May 18, 2016

Seasonal Death and Love

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Newton Community Education’s Lifetime Learning series continued with songs of morning and mourning at Wilson Chapel on Monday.     [continued]

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May 16, 2016

The Rapt Textures of Haochen Zhang

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Saturday night at Jordan Hall the young Van Cliburn prizewinner recitaled with interiority.     [continued]

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Experiencing Legends, Visions, and Fantasies

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Lorelei and Boston Percussion contrasted Reiko Yamada with Bon Iver at BoCo’s Ipswich Hall on Friday Night.   [continued]

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BCMS Effuses: Lyrical, Noir, and Rhapsodic

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In a sweeping and satisfying Sunday evening at Sanders Theater, the Boston Chamber Music Society concluded its season with works of Mozart, Harbison and Schumann. Guest violinist Jesse Mills joined artist-members Marcus Thompson, viola; Raman Ramakrishnan, cello; and Reiko Aizawa, piano.     [continued]

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May 10, 2016

Bach Power to the Pub People

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The curious, the faithful, and the hopheads gathered Sunday at Aeronaut in Somerville for a “Music in Familiar Spaces”as Steuart Pincombe played Bach’s first three Suites for Cello Solo and suds.     [continued]

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Hub New: Coloring Within Lines

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JP’s St. John’s Episcopal heard an hour-plus of moving contemporary works from Hub New Music Saturday evening.     [continued]

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May 9, 2016

Three More Homers From Zander and His Kids

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The Zanderkinder hit Brahms, Debussy and Mahler out of Sanders on Sunday.     [continued]

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Pro Arte Program’s Lively Mix

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In an event-packed evening at Sanders Theater on Saturday, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston hosted the Dudamel Orchestra of the Conservatory Lab Charter School, former Music Director Gisèle Ben-Dor, and harmonica virtuoso Robert Bonfiglio.    [continued]

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May 8, 2016

Boston’s Baroque Band Pleases Believers

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Les Bostonades celebrated its tenth anniversary in exuberant and gladsome style Friday at a packed Gordon Chapel, a perfect setting for this baroque band of ten with two guest soloists.     [continued]

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Radial States and Fishy Fingers

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At Longy Saturday night, Radius Ensemble’s season 17, titled Fresh Paint, concluded with a Harbison premiere, a Mahleresque shorty, and a Schubert chestnut.     [continued]

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May 6, 2016

Transcending Boundaries: COB’s 15 Years

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Celebrating the ensemble’s 15th birthday at First Church Boston on Saturday April 30th, Chamber Orchestra Boston offered premieres of two adventurous commissions framed by sparkling Mozart concertos performed on a period fortepiano.     [continued]

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May 4, 2016

H+H Delivers a Brilliant Saul

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The Handel and Haydn Society completed its Bicentennial Season with a splendid performance of Handel’s oratorio Saul at Symphony Hall on Sunday afternoon.     [continued]

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Re-Visualizing Goldbergs

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Robyn Bollinger, violin; Wenhong Luo, viola; and Sujin Lee, cello performed Sitkovetsky’s string trio transcription of the Goldberg Variations for Lifetime Learning of Newton Community Education.     [continued]

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May 3, 2016

French Connections with Kwok and Yang

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Temple Emanuel of Newton presented “A Celebration of French Composers” with Sarita Kwok, violin and Wei-Yi Yang, piano in Poulenc, Debussy, and Fauré on Sunday. There seemed to be a perhaps unconscious dream theme pervading.     [continued]

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May 2, 2016

Mendelssohn Beyond the Facile

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The Arneis Quartet brilliantly performed all-Mendelssohn Sunday at Emmanuel Church with violist Joan Ellersick and mezzo-soprano Pamela Dellal.     [continued]

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Manny’s Many Happy Returns

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Though Emmanuel Ax has performed many times for the Celebrity Series through the years, as an accompanist, a chamber musician, and as a soloist, Sunday’s sold-out Celebrity Series concert at Jordan Hall must surely mark one of his finest.     [continued]

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AFC’s Artful Variation on Goldberg’s Set

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A large crowd jockeyed for seating at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Jamaica Plain Saturday for A Far Cry’s arrangement with guest pianist Simone Dinnerstein of J.S. Bach’s Aria with Diverse Variations, BWV 988, better known as the Goldberg Variations.     [continued]

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May 1, 2016

Well Balanced on the Cutting Edge

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Sound Icon’s concert at the ICA last Thursday brought together a number of cutting-edge institutions: the ICA itself, the Boston University Center for New Music, and most notably, IRCAM-Centre Pompidou.     [continued]

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A Mezzo’s Life and Loves

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Susan Graham and pianist Bradley Moore brought an intriguing program called “Frauenliebe und -leben: Variations” to Jordan Hall for the Celebrity Series on Friday.     [continued]

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