February 28, 2017

A Whistling, Lecturing, Liquid Pianist


That Andrew Rangell loves Beethoven and Ives he conveyed with all his soul and all forty fingers Sunday at Tufts.     [continued]


February 27, 2017

BCMS: Trembling Most Satisfactory


Boston Chamber Music Society’s mainstream Sunday afternoon at Cambridge Rindge & Latin School provided uncommon fulfillment.     [continued]

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Burrowed Boulez and Alfresco Bartók


Paavali Jumppanen adventured with Debussy, Bartók, and Boulez at the  Gardner Museum yesterday with thrills and abiding joy.     [continued]


February 26, 2017

Ancient Style Pleases Modern Auditors


Back in town for BEMF, the London-based vocal ensemble Stile Antico brought Renaissance favorites to St. Paul’s Church in Cambridge on Friday with energy and conviction.     [continued]

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Emmeline’s Dark Secret Revealed


At the BU Theater last Thursday, Tobias Picker’s oedipal opera made for a gripping musical, vocal, and theatrical experience. The last performance is this afternoon.     [continued]

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February 25, 2017

Bach’s opus ultimumTriumphant


Cantata Singers’ traversal of Bach’s B Minor Mass at Jordan Hall Friday conveyed understanding and intelligence, and will certainly rank among the loftiest examples we’ve heard. Repeats on Sunday afternoon at Carey Hall in Lexington.    [continued]

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February 24, 2017

Another Zander Sanders BoPhil Moment


The Boston Philharmonic under Benjamin Zander rang the Sanders Theater rafters Thursday evening with Beethoven’s Triple and Bruckner’s Ninth.     [continued]


BSO Achieves Timely Triumph


In Gubaidulina and Shostakovich, the BSO reached a new high-water mark last night with its harrowing performance of music from the edge of war.     [continued]


February 21, 2017

Minimalist’s Birthday Bash


In an exuberant celebration of Philip Glass’s 80th birthday, a large and enthused audience at Jordan Hall on Saturday joined BMOP in expressing their appreciation and appetite for this composer’s mark on the orchestra .     [continued]

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February 20, 2017

Missa Caput?


Blue Heron’s Ockeghem@600 V5 played on Friday at the First Parish of Lexington and on Saturday at the First Church, Congregational, in Cambridge, where this reviewer heard it.     [continued]

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February 18, 2017

A Warm Breeze From Alabama


Organist Faythe Freese managed to heat up a cold winter’s night on Friday at St. Cecilia’s Church in the Back Bay with her recital for the Boston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.     [continued]


It’s Called Ballet, Right?


At Old South Church, Friday night’s offering by Symphony Nova and the Tony Williams Ballet showed the dangers and successes in combining music and dance.  [continued]

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February 17, 2017

Is Maelzel the Boss?


Taking on Gunther Schuller’s Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee for something like the 35th time and bringing us a beloved symphony of Beethoven and concerto of Mozart, the BSO under Nelsons with pianist Emanuel Ax played brilliantly last night.    [continued]


February 16, 2017

VOCES8 Finally in Boston!


The highly acclaimed British octet was nothing short of stupendous performing repertoire from the Renaissance to jazz and pop arrangements at Longy last night for the Celebrity Series.     [continued]

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Ferrier and Walter Movingly Evoked


Contralto Emily Marvosh and pianist Tanya Blaich rewarded last night’s packed Goethe-Institut Boston with an extraordinarily moving homage to the beloved British contralto Kathleen Ferrier and eminent pianist/conductor Bruno Walter.     [continued]

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February 15, 2017

Aniello Astonishes


Boston Classical Guitar Society’s Artist Series invited us on a journey with Italian guitar virtuoso Aniello Desiderio on Friday which burst the boundaries of First Lutheran Church.     [continued]

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February 14, 2017

Corps to Concerti: BPYO Struts for Zander


Sunday at Sanders the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra under Ben Zander showcased more outstanding soloists and partnership.     [continued]

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Tetzlaff/Vogt: A Rare Absorption


Established German duet partners violinist Christian Tetzlaff and pianist Lars Vogt showed an artistically unbuttoned presence at Rockport’s Shalin Liu Performance Center Sunday.     [continued]

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February 13, 2017

No Curiosities Needed on This Festive Occasion


The Budapest Festival Orchestra’s Celebrity Series performance on Sunday at Symphony Hall offered better Beethoven in spades.     [continued]

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Seriously Splendid Strings and Baritone


Distinctive 20th-century music constituted A Far Cry’s appearance with baritone Dashon Burton at the Gardner on Sunday afternoon.     [continued]

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Stopping for Boisterous Woodwinds in the Snow


As Pro Arte’s Chamber players sounded out Mozart and French oeuvres, listeners could also watch the snow falling outside the windows of Scandinavian Cultural Center on Sunday afternoon.     [continued]

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Cinderella By Any Name…


New England Conservatory’s production of Massenet’s Cendrillon at the Cutler majestic Theater continues its flourishing run through Tuesday.     [continued]


Saturday Night Anything But Casual


BSO’s Saturday night live stands as one of the highlights of my four decades of listening.     [continued]


February 12, 2017

Polygamous Convictions


Nico Muhly’s opera Dark Sisters, culminated Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s New Music Festival with gripping narrative this weekend.     [continued]


February 11, 2017

Virtuoso Entertainment from H + H Strings


A 16-strong contingent of H + H strings entertained at Jordan Hall on Friday night with “Glories of the Italian Baroque.” Repeats Sunday afternoon.     [continued]

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