Reviews

May 1, 2017

Grateful for Its Mission

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New England Philharmonic’s 40th -anniversary season came to a close on Saturday at the Tsai with an emblematic program, which is to say fascinating, engaging and occasionally challenging.     [continued]

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April 30, 2017

Composer and Cast Carry BLO Figaro

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Boston Lyric Opera’s new Marriage of Figaro at the John Hancock Hall proves once again that Mozart can transcend directorial conceit. More performances on May 3, 5, and 7.    [continued]

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Canterbury’s Loss, Heron’s Find

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With “Lost Music of Canterbury,” Blue Heron closed its season and celebrated its 5-CD set from Peterhouse partbooks on Friday at the First Church, Congregational, in Cambridge.     [continued]

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April 28, 2017

Mutter Shows Two Sides, Shosty Several

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The BSO continued the Nelsons Shostakovich cycle last night, rounded out with Tchaikovsky and Takemitsu works for violin and orchestra.     [continued]

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April 27, 2017

Cosmotic Snippets Not Outtasite

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The Somerville Armory went all astronomical and cosmological Wednesday night as Music of Reality attempted pleasant grand fusions.      [continued]

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April 26, 2017

Hark Hark They Sing

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Skylark’s “Clear Voices in the Dark” intriguingly interspersed songs from the American Civil War with Francis Poulenc’s rarely performed and monumentally difficult Figure Humaine (1943) on Monday at Wellesley College’s Houghton Chapel.     [continued]

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April 25, 2017

Zander & BPYO Do Battle with Mahler 6

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The Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra concert at Symphony Hall Sunday didn’t solve all Mahler’s riddles, but the kids were definitely all right.     [continued]

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“Ezra’s Path”: Two Years in the Making

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The Boston Microtonal Society hosted the Pickman Hall memorial concert “Ezra’s Path: Music by, and inspired by, Ezra Sims (1928-2015)” on Sunday.     [continued]

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April 24, 2017

Scholl Most Schön at Old South

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Counter-tenor Andreas Scholl brought “Desiring Beauty, ” a short but satisfying selection of songs and instrumental works, mainly from the late 16th and early 17th centuries, to Old South Church in Boston on Sunday.     [continued]

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Chameleon Needed No Camouflage

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Chameleon Ensemble’s “proud music of the storm” caught up Gerald Finzi, Erwin Schulhoff, David Bruce (born 1970), Michael Berkeley (born 1948), Ludwig van Beethoven  in storms of all sorts at First Church in Boston on Saturday.    [continued]

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Letting the Glorious Light Shine

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The Harvard Choruses, Boston Modern Opera Project and Boston’s Children’s Chorus, Saturday night at Sanders Theater under Andrew Clark, lifted every voice to sing of the Kristallnacht.     [continued]

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April 23, 2017

Handel’s Caesar: Emotion Leavened with Wit

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Boston Baroque gathered top-notch singers and players at NEC’s Jordan Hall on Friday for Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Julius Caesar in Egypt), the final concert of its 2016-2017 subscription season.     [continued]

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Still on Wings of Song

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Six illustrious players from the Handel and Haydn Society played very fine chamber music very well at the Gardner this afternoon.     [continued]

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April 22, 2017

Sold-Out, Of Course

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Under the safe auspices of Celebrity Series, a crossover compendium of Yo-Yo Ma in his home territory, multi-modal bassist Edgar Meyer, and Home Companion mandolinist Chris Thile reached across Symphony Hall aisles.    [continued]

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April 21, 2017

Lupu Beguiling and the TFC Spoke to God

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Minor-key Mozart in the Piano Concerto No. 24 and the Requiem constitutes the thematic glue for this week’s Boston Symphony Orchestra program.    [continued]

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April 20, 2017

Celebs Ink Hub Gigs

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The Celebrity Series of Boston’s next season, going on sale [here] this week, will include 49 music, dance, and entertainment engagements, including: a 5-performance debut series, 2 orchestras, 13 ensembles, 4 piano recitals, 5 instrumental recitals, 3 vocal recitals, 12 jazz and popular song performances, 7 dance companies, and three spoken word performances. Classical highlights    [continued]

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Dentition with Strings Arouses

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A Far Cry concluded its tour with the Grammy-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth at Sanders Theater last Friday for the Celebrity Series with striking and stunningly executed musics—brand new and very, very old.     [continued]

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April 18, 2017

Forgotten Femmes Revived

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In “An Afternoon of Opera by Female Composers” on Saturday in Brookline Public Library’s Hunneman Hall, Soir des Femmes revived some worthy historic repertoire.      [continued]

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April 17, 2017

Dwarf Grabs Hold: Won’t Let Go

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Gil Rose and Odyssey Opera mounted a gripping concert version of Alexander Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg (The Dwarf) on Friday at Jordan Hall.     [continued]

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April 15, 2017

Good Friday Gift from Boston Philharmonic

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The Boston Philharmonic, Benjamin Zander, conductor, offered Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 in C minor, “Resurrection,” on Good Friday at Symphony Hall.     [continued]

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April 14, 2017

French Maximalism at the ICA

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The Talea Ensemble, a New York-based group of twelve, with James Baker, conductor, gave a French program last night in the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater at the Institute for Contemporary Art.     [continued]

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Beethoven and His Cellist Friends

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Cellist Cherry Kim “& Friends” presented a fascinating recital of sonatas and cello duos, with pianist Ai-Ying Chiu and cellist Scott Thomas Lesser as partners at the Hancock United Church of Christ in Lexington last Sunday.     [continued]

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Uchida and Bruckner: Attracting Opposites

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Andris Nelsons directed the BSO in a favorite Mozart concerto with a favorite interpreter and Brucker’s “ugly duckling” Sixth last night.     [continued]

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April 13, 2017

Space, Frozen Emotion with Escher

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Intimacy, deeper meaning, and dynamic overload characterized the Escher String Quartet’s Celebrity Series debut last night at Longy.     [continued]

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April 12, 2017

Distillation Was Icumen

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Inspired by Brahms, Joseph Summer and friends, married Shakespearean dialogue and verse with music old and new to variable effect Saturday evening at Jordan Hall.      [continued]

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