Reviews

February 28, 2017

A Whistling, Lecturing, Liquid Pianist

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

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February 27, 2017

BCMS: Trembling Most Satisfactory

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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

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

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February 26, 2017

Ancient Style Pleases Modern Auditors

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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

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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

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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

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

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BSO Achieves Timely Triumph

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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]

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February 21, 2017

Minimalist’s Birthday Bash

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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?

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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

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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]

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It’s Called Ballet, Right?

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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?

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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]

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February 16, 2017

VOCES8 Finally in Boston!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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…

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

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Saturday Night Anything But Casual

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

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February 12, 2017

Polygamous Convictions

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

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February 11, 2017

Virtuoso Entertainment from H + H Strings

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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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