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March 4, 2015

Computing the Past at MIT

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More renowned for its forays into electronic music, MIT is nevertheless essaying a collaboration with Boston Camerata which began Saturday night at the MIT Chapel with “Porte dou Ciel: Sacred Songs of Medieval France.”     [continued]   

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March 3, 2015

Youthful Vigor in an Antique Style

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Stile Antico’s BEMF program last Sunday evening at St. Paul’s Church in Cambridge sent listeners forth on uplifting snowy quests with Renaissance chromatics in their diatonic ears.    [continued]

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Old-School Pianism From Young Exponent

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Twenty-two-year-old Benjamin Grosvenor gave a piano recital on Sunday afternoon at the Gardner which confirmed his credentials as a mature artist, and provided a compelling new take on an old-school-style of pianism.    [continued]

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March 2, 2015

The Forces Were With Pittman

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Richard Pittman led the combined forces of the New England Philharmonic, Boston’s storied Chorus pro Musica, and the relatively new, but flourishing, Boston Children’s Chorus in a light and lyrical concert full of masterworks on Sunday at Kresge Auditorium.     [continued]

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Brentano Foursome Colors, Shapes and Voices

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Saturday night at Shalin Liu the Brentano String Quartet’s musically thoughtful and exceptionally executed program featured Charpentier, and Brahms.     [continued]

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March 1, 2015

Pleasantries Beyond Standard Repertoire

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Solar Winds showcased admirably chronologically and stylistically varied works by women composers for wind quintet and pianos plus winds at Slosberg Hall on February 28th. Koven detected some interesting linkages.     [continued]

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February 28, 2015

St. John’s Sometime Passion

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Boston Baroque brought J. S. Bach’s St. John Passion to the stage of Jordan Hall with a fabulous cast of soloists last night. I wish the 24 period-instrumentalists and 21 choristers had reached the same heights. Repeats Saturday night in Jordan Hall.     [continued]

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Grosvenor Gardners Sunday

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The young pianist Benjamin Grosvenor—so young, that he is in fact, the youngest British musician ever to sign a contract with the record label Decca (who released his latest album, Dances, last summer)—is no stranger to Boston. His appearance on the Celebrity Series in November 2013 was reviewed here. On Sunday, he returns with Rameau, […]

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Eclectic Composers and Friends

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“Composers and Friends” at Berklee’s David Friend Auditorium on Monday included a genre-defying Strings Theory Trio. Odd instruments such as a five-string violin, improvisation, and new music alongside a chestnut like Strauss’s Till Eulenspiegel, made for a lively and eclectic hour.     [continued]

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February 27, 2015

Dutoit and Fischer Return with BSO

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Julia Fischer wowed the Thursday evening audience in the Brahms Violin Concerto, while to no surprise with Charles Dutoit at the helm, it was the Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks and Debussy’s Images that rose to heights of orchestral execution.     [continued]

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February 24, 2015

Beethoven Journeys with Andsnes and MCO

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The Celebrity Series of Boston took us away from Boston’s snowy climes Sunday on a grand voyage of discovery as Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra brought to Jordan Hall three Beethoven piano concerti, each a world of its own.     [continued]

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Mozart by Any Other Name

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One of Boston’s venerable ensembles, the Boston Chamber Music Society, gave an entrancing concert of mostly Mozart in Cambridge. From an experienced and accomplished BCMS in its 32nd season, you can expect polish and commitment. Sunday’s five string players did not disappoint.     [continued]

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February 23, 2015

Still Another BPO Knockout

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The combined forces of Strauss, Mahler, Mikolaj, Zander, and the players drove back the snow under blankets of strings, winds, vocals, and upturned horns in Boston Philharmonic’s latest at Sanders Theater on Sunday.     [continued]

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Obscure Contrapuntalist Revealed

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Blue Heron’s OCKEGHEM@600 project got off to a brilliant start Saturday in the resonant First Church Cambridge. Centered on a single Mass Ordinary cycle, the program featured interrelated works by Ockeghem and his 15th-century contemporaries.    [continued]

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February 22, 2015

Aurora Borealis Glows for Criers

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Falling snow, emotional chilliness, Scandinavia, anger and climatological catharsis were under discussion before A Far Cry cleared the air with luminous tone, transparent texture, and intelligent interpretations at St. John’s in JP last night.     [continued]

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February 21, 2015

Beethoven Shows Young Composers How To Experiment

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The Los Angeles-based Calder Quartet, one of the country’s leading groups in this ever-more-crowded field, programmed admirably varied old, new, and new-ish works for the Celebrity Series at Jordan Hall on Friday, playing Beethoven and Ravel alongside Adès and Norman.     [continued]

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Kushner’s Drama Is Sung at BU

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Librettist Mari Mezei’s and Hungarian composer Peter Eötvös’s (b. 1944) opera of “Angels in America,” came to the BU Theater on Thursday evening in an accomplished performance shepherded by conductor William Lumpkin and stage director Jim Petosa. Continues tonight at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2.     [continued]

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Revisiting Paris’s Années folles in Symphony Hall

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Guest conductor Stéphane Denève leads the BSO this weekend in a concert of music linked to 1920’s Paris as a fitting conclusion to its month-long celebration of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. In adition to sets of ballet music by Stravinsky, Milhaud, and Poulenc, we heard James Ehnes in Prokofiev’s first violin concerto. Toe-tapping good fun enlightened a dark winter’s day.     [continued]

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February 18, 2015

Impressive Play from BPeG

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A small but enthusiastic crowd gathered in the Davis Square Theater in Somerville for Boston Percussion Group’s “Ragas, Reich and Radiohead.” The range and skill of the players impressed, but on balance the programming left one feeling a little undernourished.     [continued]

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February 15, 2015

200-Year-Old Organization Accents Youth

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The 200-year-old Handel and Haydn Society placed the accent on young composers and performers Friday night in “Mozart and Beethoven” at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall. Beethoven composed his First Symphony at 27, and Mozart was only 12 when he completed his “Waisenhaus” Mass in C Minor, K. 139. And high school choristers starred in the performance of Haydn’s Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo.    [continued]

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February 14, 2015

Let It Snow. Wait, What? Again? More?

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Cancellations are coming in again for concerts, so readers are admonished to trust our calendar but verify in this season of multiple storms. What’s up from the heavens? Is it the result of permanent climate change? Should we cancel all concerts this month and in all Februarys to come? Mike Rocha, a valued BMInt critic, […]

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February 13, 2015

Musical Storms & Fireworks From NEC Philharmonia

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Hugh Wolff and the New England Conservatory Philharmonia defied the challenges of February’s fierce weather with winning performances of well-known orchestral showpieces on Wednesday at Jordan Hall.     [continued]

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One Conductor Not Enough for BSO

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Conductor Stefan Asbury rescued the U.S. premiere of Harrison Birtwistle’s new piece for piano and orchestra; the composer had written the work for the evening’s soloist, Pierre-Laurent Aimard. BSO assistant conductor Ken-David Masur did an able job with the rest of the program.     [continued]

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February 10, 2015

A Sober and Mischievous Mary in Song

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With their Cantigas de Santa Maria for Boston Early Music Festival at First Church, Cambridge on Friday, Newberry Consort and members of Exsultemus accomplished one of early music’s loftier goals: to bring modern ears and hearts closer to their long-ago counterparts.     [continued]

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February 9, 2015

BoCo Orchestra, Hangen, and Lewin Deliver

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The Boston Conservatory Orchestra under Bruce Hangen brought exceptional execution to Sanders Theater on Sunday with an ambitious program of two mighty works: Aram Khachaturian’s Symphony No. 2 and the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 with Michael Lewin as soloist.     [continued]

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