Ives Sonatas Knowingly Rendered

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[nec]shivaree, under the guidance of artistic director Stephen Drury, celebrated Charles Ives (1874-1954) at Williams Hall on Monday. More Ives is coming at NEC: Piano music on Feb. 27th and March 27th at 7:30 p.m. in Jordan Hall. [continued]

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Fleming and Barnatan in the Anthropocene

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The equally billed peoples’ diva Renée Fleming and celebrated pianist Inon Barnatan warmly animated “Voice of Nature, the Anthropocene” for the Celebrity Series yesterday. This long-anticipated concert motivated a capacity Symphony Hall crowd to consider the beauty yet fragility of our world. [continued]

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H+H Does Brits

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The Handel and Haydn Society attained a rarefied sublimity Friday night as countertenor Reginald Mobley, in absolutely gorgeous voice, and relaxed of manner, imbued “Cara Sposa” from Handel’s Rinaldo, HWV 7 with heartfelt engagement. [continued]

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Nostalgia at Symphony Hall

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Friday afternoon, after a five-year hiatus, I sat in Row R in Symphony Hall, pondering my memories of the players’ individual and collective sounds. It was an extraordinarily moving experience. Of course, the orchestra has some 30 players who weren’t there yet when my husband, violist Burton Fine, retired 18 years ago. [continued]

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Hewitt Dazzles at the Gardner

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Angela Hewitt encouraged the Gardner crowd to hear anew the timeless power of J S Bach’s WTC as fons et origo of Western music; she also brought deep engagement to Schumann’s “cry of the heart to Clara’s heart.” [continued]

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