Reviews

June 20, 2017

Il San Vito Premieres for Moderns

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Concerto Romano gave the modern day premiere of Il San Vito by Bernardo Pasquini last Wednesday afternoon at Emmanuel Church in Boston under the umbrella of the Boston Early Music Festival.    [continued]

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So Many Keys to the Past, II

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A second BEMF keyboard mini-festival took us on further time-travels last Friday courtesy of the Boston Museum of Fine Art’s historic instruments.    [continued]

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June 19, 2017

Medalist Comes Home

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Pianist George Li, the celebrated silver medalist from the last Tchaikovsky Competition, showed astonishing prowess at Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts Saturday night.    [continued]

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Ensemble Correspondances Stunning in Charpentier

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Under director Sébastien Daucé, 17th-century French sacred music specialist Ensemble Correspondances debuted for the Boston Early Music Festival on June 13th at Jordan Hall. “Motets for the House of Guise” featured music by Marc-Antoine Charpentier.    [continued]

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Escher and Yang Leave Us Breathless

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The Escher String Quartet, one of the leading young quartets making the rounds, teamed up on Friday with pianist Joyce Yang, a Cliburn silver medalist, in a thoroughly satisfying program of Russian music at Rockport’s Shalin Liu Performance Center.    [continued]

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So Many Keys to the Past, I

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Whether or not you know your Schildt and Häßler, the exploratory BEMF organ mini-festival last Thursday at First Lutheran Boston was transporting—from 1600 to 1800.    [continued]

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H+H Purcell Beguiles All Cares

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In Rockport’s Shalin Liu Center on Saturday evening, the Handel and Haydn Society’s glorious 100-minute version of Henry Purcell’s exquisite The Fairy Queen was handsomely sung, played and narrated as a radiant sun dipped beneath Sandy Bay.    [continued]

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June 18, 2017

Moto Perpetuo Musical Commedia

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“Sex, Lies, and Musical Tales”  gave BEMF patrons a chance to savor Micrologus’s acerbic wit and outrageous hi-jinks on Wednesday, June 14th at Jordan Hall.    [continued]

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June 17, 2017

Coloring with Krasinski

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At Methuen Memorial Music Hall on Wednesday, Peter Krasinski put the emphasis on adaptations as he evoked “three personalities from the King of Instruments”—the concert hall, the church, and the theater/popular song.    [continued]

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June 16, 2017

An Original Pianist Enstprung

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Pianist Andrew Rangell chose a most unusual all-Brahms program for his concert at Rockport Chamber Music Festival on Thursday. He was joined by a quartet of strings.    [continued]

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June 15, 2017

Solamente Naturali Injects Joyous Notes

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The multi-talented ensemble combined HIP with a lively and still-alive practice of collective improvisation for BEMF at Jordan Hall Monday.    [continued]

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June 14, 2017

Lest We Forget

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Inspired by Mark Ludwig’s Terezin Music Foundation, pianist Virginia Eskin, mezzo soprano Deborah Rentz-Moore, clarinetist Thomas Martin, and cellist Eugene Kim gave “Memory Unearthed: Music from the Lodz Ghetto” Sunday at the MFA in conjunction with the stunning exhibition of photographs by Henryk Ross.    [continued]

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June 13, 2017

The Carnaval of BEMF Commences

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André Campra’s opera-ballet Le Carnaval de Venise got the Boston Early Music Festival off to a glorious start on Sunday afternoon at the Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theater.    [continued]

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June 12, 2017

Lively Feeling and Expression à la Sherman

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Russell Sherman’s all-Beethoven recital at Shalin Liu Center on Saturday would have daunted a pianist half his age.    [continued]

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La Guerre Is Extraordinaire

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Dana Maiben, Sarah Cunningham and Lisa Goode Crawford  channeled “The Inimitable Mademoiselle La Guerre: Violin Sonatas of Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre”  on Saturday night at Pickman Hall.    [continued]

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June 10, 2017

Late Spring Visions in Rockport

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Jupiter String Quartet and Philadelphia-based Jasper Quartet shared the stage, as copious chamber music riches rewarded all at Rockport’s Shalin Liu Center last night.    [continued]

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June 5, 2017

Smiles, Excitement on Serious Stage

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The Canadian Brass marched  into Rockport’s Shalin Liu Performance Center Sunday afternoon amidst applause and chuckles, bringing unbelievable playing to the receptive crowd.    [continued]

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Music and Birding

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Donald Wilkinson’s Nahant Festival dedicated its second night to the avian and natural charms of the Island,  Audubon’s Birds (by seven composers) and Francine Trester’s Nahant Calling chirruped and chirruped so merrily.    [continued]

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Between Opera and Musical

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SpeakEasy Stage Company’s production of The Bridges of Madison County, which ended its run last weekend, proved that some stories are meant to be sung.    [continued]

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June 4, 2017

RCMF at 36

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Rockport Chamber Music Festival got down to the serious business of chamber music as pianist David Deveau began his 22nd and final year as the festival’s artistic director and pianist extraordinaire on Saturday night with violinist Bayla Keyes, violist Steven Ansell, and cellist Michael Reynolds.    [continued]

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June 3, 2017

Patience Charms and Delights

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Last night’s Patience, presented by Odyssey Opera under the direction of Gil Rose and staged by Frank Kelley, was simply a triumph; it’s a pity the one repeat is tonight.    [continued]

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Rockport Begins Farewell to Deveau

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Joshua Bell and Alessio Bax opened Rockport Music’s festival season with a short but relentlessly intense program of Beethoven, Brahms, Grieg, and Sarasate.    [continued]

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June 1, 2017

Glitter and Be Decadent

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Guerilla Opera successfully waged war on conventions to celebrate its tin anniversary last night at ART’s Oberon.    [continued]

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May 31, 2017

Tour de Force: Carnaval de Venise

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André Campra (1660-1774) is hardly familiar, even to lovers of Baroque music. But he should be. His music is elegant, jubilant, assured, sometimes poignant, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny. Surprisingly, it is also sublime. And the laments are heart-wrenching. Campra’s operas are not performed often because they require a considerable outlay, not only of singers and instrumentalists,    [continued]

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May 24, 2017

Maternal Mortality and Small Forces

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Lifetime Learning Sounds of Music Performance Series showcased works by Debussy and Brahms last Monday at Temple Shalom in West Newton, with violinist Edward Wu, hornist Peter Kronheimer, and pianist Noam Elkies bringing depth and polish to the two pieces.    [continued]

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