BSO Does Justice to Two Russians

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Last night’s Boston Symphony concert began with a quiet jolt: Andris Nelsons announced the death of Bernard Haitink, the honored and beloved BSO Conductor Emeritus. Then we heard satisfying Gubaidulina and revelatory Rachmaninoff.    [continued]

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Colossuses at Symphony

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Anne-Sophie Mutter, Andris Nelsons, and John Williams, with Beethoven’s Overture, “The Consecration of the House,” John Williams’ Violin Concerto No. 2, and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, apotheosized opening night in re-consecrating the BSO house last night.    [continued]

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Condensed “Autumn Affection”

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Daniel Kurganov, violin; and Constantine Finehouse, piano, offered a condensed version of “Autumn Affection” a couple of days ago for Music Mondays at the Scandinavian Center in Waltham. The duo plans its recital debut at Merkin Hall NYC on October 12th with the full version.    [continued]

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Winsor Music Wins Dance Competition

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Winsor Music’s oboist Peggy Pearson, clarinetist Rane Moore, violinist Gabriela Diaz, and cellist Jan Muller-Szeraws along with pianist-composer David Coleman interpreted dance—tango, hip-hop, or whatever—as lighter fare last night at Harvard-Epworth Church.    [continued]

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Brilliant and Barefoot Pianist Wows Rockport

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‘Innovatively thematic, masterful and emotional’ might begin to convey the WOW of Simone Dinnerstein’s wonderfully assorted recital Sunday at Shalin Liu which closed this summer’s treasurable Rockport Chamber Music Festival.    [continued]

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Rising Hope for Rising Stars

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One day after its NYC season opener, the New York Classical Players made a Jordan Hall debut for the Korean Cultural Society under the rubric “Rising Stars Concert 2021.” Rigor, passion and adventure ensued.    [continued]

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Not Without Awesomeness

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Redressing a 20-year absence, the Cavani String Quartet ended the Maverick Concerts season on Sunday with stimulating and idiomatic playing of Beethoven, Daron Hagen, and Dvořák.    [continued]

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Goodyear and Ehnes Command RCMF Stage

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Pianist Stewart Goodyear, a rising composer and keyboard superman, shared Beethoven’s star designation Thursday with James Ehnes, a cognoscenti’s sovereign of the violin, in the Kreutzer and Spring sonatas at Shalin Liu.    [continued]

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A Booster Shot of Enlightened Patriotism

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The Boston Landmarks Orchestra finished its 2021 summer series on the Esplanade Friday with an all-American program in which Music Director Christopher Wilkins mixed familiar and beloved pieces with nearly forgotten works by 19th- and 20th-century composers and one world premiere.    [continued]

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