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Recollections of the Passing Year


As the old year wanes, many of us are subject to bouts of introspection. The several BMInt writers who are not immune to that tendency have each submitted lists of their favorite CDs and concerts of the last season. We thank them for their reflections. Some have chosen to nominate concerts they have reviewed while others have chosen from concerts which they merely attended. During the past 12 months BMInt has published over 600 reviews and articles, so this article must needs place a severe test on the memories of the participants. But this exercise also gives us all yet another reminder of how much to be grateful for the musical life of Boston and its environs. We salute all of our players, writers and presenters. Happy New Year.

David Patterson

Mihae Lee and Randall Hodgkinson, at Kresge Auditorium, January 19
Hans Tutschku “A Composer Portrait.” at the Goethe-Institut, March 9 and 10
Dohnányi Masterminds Resurrection” September 28, 2013


Basil Considine

Dive Assolute: Can There Be Two?

Nelson’s Debut Rocks Symphony Hall

Dead Man Walk Lively

In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores
Kim Kashkashian: Kurtag & Ligeti: Music for Viola
Opera Rara: Caterina Cornaro


Laura Stanfield Prichard

Music for Viols and Friends January 30
BYSO Rigoletto
Sarassa October 22

Boston Baroque Haydn
SF Symphony& Chorus Beethoven

Tanglewood 75th Anniversary Concert
New SF Opera production of Moby Dick
Song from the Forest (music/documentary)


James C. S. Liu

Borromeos+Tapping=High-Voltage Dvořák at ISG
Chris Thile’s Bach-toberfest Rocks Sanders
Hamelin’s Heart and Hands;

Bach: Goldberg Variations, S.988; Jeremy Denk, Nonesuch.
Sviatoslav Richter, piano. Rec. Wembley Town Hall and Carnegie Hall, 1960
Harmonia Mundi Baroque box HMX2908510.19


Elisa Birdseye

Yo Yo Ma with BSO
H & H Vivaldi
Aston Magna Jefferson
Arneis String Quartet


Cashman Kerr Prince

Jiří Bárta recital in Newport
Paul Lewis recital of Schubert’s final three piano sonatas
Danish String Quartet
Tanglewood Music Center Fellows in Britten’s “Curlew River” directed by Mark Morris

Caleb Burhans, Evensong  Nielsens, String Quartets, recorded by the Danish String Quartet
Mstislav Rostropovich, cello & Benjamin Britten, piano (remastered 1968 recording)


Peter Van Zandt Lane

Lydian String Quartet, April 6th: Kurt Rohde + Beethoven
EQ Ensemble, April 8th: Chang, Czernowin, Ianni, Epstein
Discovery Ensemble, Nov 29: Adès, Rameau, Beethoven


BMOP: Martin Boykan: Orchestral Works
Rebekah Heller: 100 Names
Dave Dominique: Ritual.  


David Moran

 Charlie Albright, piano, Schubert; Gardner’s Calderwood Hall
Meng-Chieh Liu, piano, Schubert; Jordan Hall (his Brahms at Walnut Hill was also deep)
Russell Sherman and Wha-Kyung Byun, piano, with flutist Sooyun Kim Schubert, Mahler

For all of us provincial BSO fans, I must mention the tremendously precise and grave performance of Shostakovich 11 by the New York Philharmonic under Semyon Bychkov, Avery Fisher Hall, whose acoustics on the floor are as powerful as anyone needs.

Susan Miron

Christian Zacharias   Aug. 9
Bryn Terfel  July 19
Dive Assolute  Feb. 3

Geoff Wieting

H and H  Jephtha   May 6
Spectrum Singers Boulanger Program May 20
James David Christie Mem Church October 22

Vance Koven

Naughton Sisters at Gardner Museum, March 10
Lowell House Opera (Britten Midsummer Night’s Dream), April 6
Daniel Stepner/Donald Berman/Deborah Rentz-Moore at Tufts, October 20

Tom Delbanco

Paul Lewis playing 3 late Schubert sonatas
Tokyo Quartet farewell concert
Miro Quartet playing the 3 Op 59 Beethoven quartets

Menuhin playing Bach violin concerti
Quatuor Mosaiques playing Mozart string quartets
Quartet Italiano playing the complete Beethoven string quartets

Virginia Newes


Blue Heron “Divine Songs”
Boston Early Music Festival, June: Handel Almira
András Schiff,  J.S. Bach, Goldberg Variations; Beethoven, Diabelli Variations

Ben Pesetsky

Exsultemus Early Madrigals
Groupmuse (in general)  Gubaidulina Portrait


Héléne Grimaud and Andris Nelsons, Brahms Concertos
Rafael Popper-Keizer, “At the still point of the turning world,”


3 Comments [leave a civil comment (others will be removed) and please disclose relevant affiliations]

  1. Mr Delbanco,
    Wanting to read about the Tokyo and Miro quartets, but there were no links. Can you help?

    Comment by David Moran — December 29, 2013 at 10:57 pm

  2. Now if I were programming a New Year’s Eve concert …

    Comment by Richard Buell — December 31, 2013 at 10:50 pm

  3. Mr Moran: The Tokyo concert was at WGBH. It was at a very high level, although it was not as memorable as several I have heard by them in the past. You can hear it on a webcast:
    The Miro concert was a private concert in Boston. While the tempi were generally a bit fast for my taste, and they might have provided a bit more room to let the audience take a breath, they played with passion, terrific intonation and ensemble, and the two inner voices were exceedingly strong…for me a vital requirement for the Beethoven quartets..

    Comment by tom delbanco — January 12, 2014 at 12:05 am

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