Monteverdi’s Lyre at BEMF

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Claudio Monteverdi numbers among those rare composers who can be called “complete” because of an ability to create successfully in every style and genre of their times. On Friday night, BEMF streamed works largely from his books 7 and 8 sometimes called madrigals.    [continued]

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Music in Leonardo’s World

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For BEMF, video director Jean-Baptiste Béïs and Prismédia brought to filmic reality Doulce Mémoire’s reflection on the life and the musical passions of Leonardo da Vinci. The range of moods and colors drew us back, both visually and aurall, into the world of that most renowned “Renaissance man.”    [continued]

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Keyboards Evolve for BEMF

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The Boston Early Music Festival’s tripartite keyboard mini-festival streamed powerful and perceptive performances on the clavichord, harpsichord, and fortepiano, respectively from Benjamin Alard, Francesco Corti, and Carmen Leoni.    [continued]

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The Carnaval of BEMF Recommences

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To recognize the opening (reprising) video of the 2021 Boston Early Music (online) Festival we echo the late Virginia Newes’s account from 2017: “The Boston Early Music Festival got off to a glorious start on Sunday afternoon with an imaginative performance of André Campra’s opera-ballet Le Carnaval de Venise at the Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theater.” Click HERE to purchase virtual admission to BEMF’s 16 concerts running through June 13th.    [continued]

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Death or Life or Whatever

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White Snake’s Death by Life streaming “opera” shares personal stories and original artwork of real inmates who find themselves desperately stuck in a wicked system. I appreciated the gesture, but after the brief and impressive overture, much of the show felt oppressively redundant.    [continued]

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Cosmos and Well-Charted Waters

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“From the Cosmos to the Soul: A Celebration of Women's Music” at Illuminate Women's Music Digital Live-Stream sampled multifarious electronics and styles from ten women composers over an hour.    [continued]

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Brilliant Clarity from Xiaopei Xu

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The Boston University doctoral pianist offered strong and etched renditions of transcriptions and more last Friday evening in Calderwood Hall on the world’s shiniest-sounding piano. BYO carpeting.    [continued]

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Delights from Baroque Carpathia

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The Bacchus Consort is streaming “Musica Hungarica: Baroque Treasures of the Carpathian Basin,from the De La Motte-Beer Palace, a sumptuous baroque edifice in Budapest. The consort’s members distinguish themselves without exception in this well-made video offering, and the 25-year-old artistic director Schallinger-Foidl Artúr shows imagination well beyond his years.    [continued]

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Kate Liu Stretches Piano Time

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The pianist’s concert for the Chinese Foundation for Performing Arts at the Gardner Museum’s Calderwood Hall was seriously serious, solemn even, and super sensitive, with power, richness, and a deliberateness that brought Emil Gilels to mind.    [continued]

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Early and Frenchy

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Live streaming French Baroque gems from Trinity Lutheran Church in Worcester yesterday, the Musicians of the Old Post Road ensemble continued its impassioned advocacy of works often overlooked by other ensembles.    [continued]

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Saxes & Electronics Propound on Environment

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In Jamaica Plain Saxophone Quartet’s virtually tendered “Digital Environments,” oil spills,  sun flares, geometric configurations, data, and climate models admixed with real-time graphical programming.    [continued]

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The Way of Conrad Tao

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Performances by the 26-year-old American pianist, composer, and improviser feature unusually thoughtful range, and in this Celebrity Series event an astounding, must-see 25-year-old modernist throwback.    [continued]

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Rendering Warhorses With Apollonian Clarity

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Sixty socially distanced people witnessed cellist Brannon Cho and pianist  Eric Lu duo debut on Saturday night at the Gardner Museum for the Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts. A concert stream will follow in a week or two.      [continued]

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BSO Now … or Then

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Andris Nelsons and our favorite orchestra wrapped up its exploration of music of the period between the two World Wars. Running through April, this stream features Russian or Russian-born composers Stravinsky, Shostakovich, and Eda Rapoport    [continued]

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Pianist George Li Salutes Mr. Sherman

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Ten lucky listeners had heard Tchaikovsky Competition silver medalist George Li honor his teacher Russell Sherman with Beethoven and Liszt. I watched later via YouTube.    [continued]

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BSO Business Unusual

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The BSO ’s amalgam of Weill, Hindemith and Florence Price would never have seen the stage of Symphony Hall in a business-as-usual season.    [continued]

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