Love in the Time of Peril

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President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Executive Order 10450, condemning “sexual perversion,” which purged an estimated  1,200 federal employees accused of homosexual activity from the government in what is now known as the “lavender scare,” formed the backdrop  of Gregory Spears’s Fellow Travelers. Boston debut yesterday. BLO’s run continues through Sunday and the Paramount Center.    [continued]

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String Quartet on a Mission

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Thalea String Quartet’s “trans-Atlantic encounters, ” with composers blending European modes of expression with American modes, appealed to first-time listeners as well as seasoned aficionados at the Gardner Sunday.    [continued]

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To Blend or Not To Blend

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Jamie Kirsch and Lisa Graham led 241 singers and players of Chorus pro Musica and Metropolitan Chorale in little-known Kodály, Janáček, and Mendelssohn at Jordan Hall last night for quite the choral feast.    [continued]

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Revisiting “The Bach Dynasty” Five Years In

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The Belgian period vocal ensemble Vox Luminis brought its North American tour to a close on Saturday with “The Bach Dynasty,” a set of less-familiar music by members of J.S. Bach’s family, plus a concluding cantata by Johann Sebastian himself, for the Boston Early Music Festival at First Church, Congregational on Saturday.    [continued]

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Puccini’s Queen?  No, Pacini’s

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My musical odyssey to the Huntington Avenue Theater last night led me to the apparent North American premiere of Maria, Regina d’Inghilterra (Mary, Queen of England) by Giovanni Pacini (1796-1867), a prolific and once-famous composer not one of whose notes I had heard before in any genre. Repeats Sunday at 2:00.    [continued]

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Leipzig Resounds in Boston

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Back in February 2018, we got a “Leipzig Week in Boston” at Symphony Hall in recognition of the fact that the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra now share the same music director, Andris Nelsons. This past Tuesday, to a packed house, Nelsons led the GHO in the Leipzig-relatated Mahler’s Blumine, the Schumann Cello Concerto, with Gautier Capuçon, the Overture to Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer, and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3 (Scottish).    [continued]

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A Blossom at the End

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Blue Heron’s “The Sweet Sound of Medieval Song” taught how to listen to medieval polyphony with young and old ears at Brandeis University’s Berlin Chapel yesterday as part of an symposium among theorists, scribes, scholars, and performers.    [continued]

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Violinist Begins With Encores

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Violinist Robyn Bollinger, who strives to strengthen and reinvigorate the relationships among audience, performer and music, performed “Virtuoso Violin” for Lifetime Learning Sound of Music Performance Series at Temple Shalom in West Newton Monday.    [continued]

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Next Year and Every Year, the Jerusalem 4

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Until Saturday evening in Jordan Hall, I knew the Jerusalem Quartet only through two of its recordings, the recent Yiddish Caberet and a luminous Debussy/Ravel disc. It is my pleasure to say the ensemble sounded even better live for the Celebrity Series of Boston The Quartet’s members are Alexander Pavlosvsky and Sergei Bresler, violins; Ori    [continued]

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In Search of the Russian Soul

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Skylark Vocal Ensemble delivered Rachmaninoff’s a cappella masterpiece, the All-Night Vigil, with conviction, vigor, disarming earnestness, and three Russian basses at Chestnut Hill’s intimate Church of the Redeemer the day before Vancouver’s Pacific Baroque opened BEMF’s season.    [continued]

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