Reviews

February 25, 2018

Celebrating African-American Artistry

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On Wednesday at Arlington’s First Parish Unitarian Universalist, the Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra brought satisfactions with Florence Price’s Symphony and two more recent works by African American composers.    [continued]

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February 24, 2018

Plano Pluperfect

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Boston University pianist Robert Plano stormed the spiritual in a rare complete take on Liszt Franz Liszt’s Harmonies poétiques et religieuses on Thursday evening at Tsai.    [continued]

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“Metamorphoses: Orpheus in Oedipus”

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The Orchestra and Chorus of Emmanuel Music, Harvard Glee Club, along with an array of outstanding soloists under Ryan Turner fired up a thriller of incest and patricide in three takes on Orpheus and Oedipus at Sanders Theater Friday.    [continued]

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Ax, Kavakos, Ma: The Team of Dreams

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Superstar chemistry and inevitable chamber music from Brahms filled the air at Symphony Hall Thursday night under the auspices of Boston Celebrity Series.    [continued]

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February 23, 2018

Glad She’s Doing It Here

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“What am I doing Here?” Sigourney Cook was giving Tuesday’s Longy crowd a compelling history lesson and a great variety of gratefully received songs.    [continued]

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Mozart Masterworks with Cordial Grace

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The writer had trouble controlling his superlatives for last evening’s BSO offering of three Mozart masterworks under Herbert Blomstedt.    [continued]

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February 19, 2018

Sensation-Endowed Debussy, Heart-Pumping Walton

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Boston Chamber Music Society brought fully committed and generous live music-making to its Beethoven/Debussy/Walton outing at Sanders on Sunday.    [continued]

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February 18, 2018

Odyssey Opera Delivers Joan

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Odyssey Opera delivered a visually beautiful and acoustically radiant performance of Honegger’s Joan of Arc at the Stake on Saturday night at Sander’s Theater as part of its season inspired by the visionary saint.    [continued]

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Doric’s Accomplished Aesthetic

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The Doric Quartet intrigued with Op. 64, No. 6 (Hob. III:64) by Haydn, and the final quartets of both Benjamin Britten and Felix Mendelssohn at Longy Thursday night.    [continued]

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February 16, 2018

BSO’s French Roots Show

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Highlighting a musical belle époque, the BSO’s plenteousness of Debussy and Ravel featured pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet and conductor Jacques Lacombe on Thursday.    [continued]

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February 14, 2018

Birthday Tribute to Legendary Composer

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An 80th birthday tribute to Joan Tower at New England Conservatory’s Brown Hall involved the NEC Trombone Quartet, the NEC Percussion Ensemble, and  Borromeo String Quartet; all helped celebrate Tower’s chamber music, with the added dollop of a premiere of a new percussion solo.    [continued]

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Hong Xu Shines

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With little ceremony, and a noticeable lack of attitude, the Chinese pianist Hong Xu delivered Mozart’s and Liszt’s goods to most satisfying effect in the BU School of Music Concert Hall Monday.    [continued]

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H + H + Brahms??

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The Gardner featured eight members of Handel and Haydn Society Sunday in two major works one doesn’t associate with this group: Brahms’s Horn Trio and his Sextet in G Major.    [continued]

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February 13, 2018

Assads And Avital Astonish

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Sparks flew Saturday night as brilliant Brazilian brother guitarists Sérgio and Odair Assad partnered with Israeli mandolin virtuoso Avi Avital in a spectacular concert sponsored by Boston Celebrity Series at Jordan Hall.    [continued]

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February 12, 2018

GWO and BSO Musicians Tangle

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“Leipzig Week in Boston” wrapped Sunday with the Gewandhaus Quartett and the Boston Orchestra Chamber Players (and guests) in a joint performance. Sonic sensations abounded.    [continued]

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NEC’s Magical Flute

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Deftly endowed with details of singing, playing and design, the Conservatory’s production of the Mozart masterwork showed a freshness within convention that other companies should note. Continues Monday and Tuesday at the Cutler Majestic.    [continued]

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February 10, 2018

Chadwick’s Tabasco Shakes Up New Orleans

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On the last weekend of January, at Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré, the New Orleans Opera mounted George W. Chadwick’s “burlesque opera” Tabasco for the first time since its original productions in 1894. Our far-flung author, an expert on the composer, tells a large story about the opera’s history and reviews the current revival.    [continued]

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BMOP Honors Joan Tower

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Offering five titles by one of the few women composers an orchestral concertgoer might recognize, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project did its part to banish compositional gender inequality.    [continued]

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February 9, 2018

BSO Salutes Leipzig

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Last night the BSO featured three composers associated with Leipzig, Schumann Mendelssohn and Bach, as well as a commission, also chosen to mark the new collaborative spirit between the BSO and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.    [continued]

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NEC Quartet Struts

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The quartet in residence in New England Conservatory’s Professional String Quartet Training Program gave indications of emotional and musical nous at various highpoints in its official annual Jordan Hall recital Thursday night.    [continued]

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February 8, 2018

Darkness Has Its Uses

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BU Opera Institute’s effective Albert Herring depicts with quite some serious comic flair how late-Victorian life can life mirror our own. The production continues its run Friday and Saturday at the Paramount.    [continued]

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February 7, 2018

Archaic Deities at the Gardner

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The Curtis-based Zorá String Quartet brought related Mendelssohn and Beethoven standards to new life during its Boston debut in Calderwood Hall  on Sunday afternoon.    [continued]

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February 6, 2018

Getting a Head Start on Leipzig Week

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Emmanuel Music’s Felix Mendelssohn/Hugo Wolf Chamber Series coincided on Sunday with the opening of Leipzig Week in Boston and fell the day after Mendelssohn’s 209th birthday.    [continued]

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Rule Breakers and Rule Makers

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Chameleon Arts Ensemble core members Robyn Bollinger, violin; and Elizabeth Schumann, piano, and Artistic Director Deborah Boldin, imagined some fine Close Up programming at Old South Church Sunday.    [continued]

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February 5, 2018

Cantata Singers Burst Academic Chamber

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The classy, capacious, and comfy American Academy for Arts and Sciences hosted the Cantata Singers Chamber Series Friday in mostly little-known but intensely engaging vocal music from South America and Spain.    [continued]

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