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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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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Unlocking the Suitcase

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A remarkable seriousness rang out in Shalin Liu Hall, as lens of Director of Photography Jason La Chapelle caught Yevgeny Kutik’s continuing series, “Finding Home: Music from a Suitcase.” This time, we heard more tributes to his teachers as well as pointed Prokofiev and dancy Milhaud.    [continued]

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Tasting Forbidden Fruit

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Ballets Russes Arts Initiative placed cellist Mickey Katz and pianist Hua Ye in the 19th-century confines of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts at Faneuil Hall for an attractive stream running through March 7th.    [continued]

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BSO Spirits Us Through Beethoven +

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In an ongoing stream of contrasts, Andris Nelsons leads the BSO in superb renderings of the master’s fifth and seventh symphonies to conclude the online Beethoven series Music in Changing Times. With nimbleness and clarity, the players also delivered Carlos Simon’s Fate Now Conquers and Schoenberg’s Phantasy, Op. 47.    [continued]

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Two Noontime Gems With More To Come

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WGBH’s Brian McCreath hosted a warm and personal milieu for composer-pianist Yehudi Wyner’s musical and conversational interactions with Concord Chamber Music Society’s founder and director Wendy Putnam.    [continued]

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Kutik Begins Five-part Series

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Violinist Yevgeny Kutik’s Music from the Suitcase, mostly recorded at Shalin Liu, preserves the nature of a live concert while adding elements of a documentary—with astonishing forthrightness and inspiring musical engagement.    [continued]

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Back to My Seat @ BSO Online

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While Andris Nelsons’s conducting streamed, video acted as guide to Beethoven’s Eroica plus works by Hannah Kendall, and the Pulitzer Prize winner Carol Shaw. John Ferrillo’s eyebrows spoke as eloquently as his instrument.    [continued]

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Occupying First Seat @ BSO Online

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Anna Rakitina led Prokofiev, Pärt, Stravinsky, and Missy Mazzoli in her video debut at Symphony Hall. Only the second woman assistant conductor in BSO history, she presided over a concert I will not soon forget.    [continued]

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BSO’s Second “New Beginning”

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A cat and a five-month-old baby shared the latest BSO stream with me. The thematic thread of “home” perhaps helps us reexamine our own situations, but as a jocular aside, how much do we really want to hear about “Home” after 2020?    [continued]

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Rejuvenating with Old Man River

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Pieces by Thomas Adès, Debussy, Vaughan-Williams,  Smetana, and Elena Langer plus related interviews and videos continued BSO’s season-long Music in Changing Times.    [continued]

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Chiara Margarita Cozzolani’s Magnificat: Hear It!

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By all means stream [through Jan 30th HERE] Cappella Clausura’s stunning realization of the 1650 Magnificat a Otto Voce from the Salmi a Otto Voce of Donna Chiara Margarita Cozzolani, the abbess of the convent of Santa Radegonda of Milano.    [continued]

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Camerata’s Glorious Open Fifths

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Boston Camerata’s An American Christmas 2020 served as a balm and a comfort this week because it captured a unique and infrequently heard repertoire in a historical space of visual and auditory beauty. It functioned both as a replacement for a concert, and as a formal record of a many-years-long performance tradition.    [continued]

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Emmanuel Brittenia Rules the Etherwaves

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Artistic Director Ryan Turner and video director Nathan Troup sent the finale of Emmanuel Music’s three-part Britten Chamber Festival to viewers last night. The stream runs for 60 days.    [continued]

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205-Year-Old Presenter Makes Virtual of Necessity

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Something of a misbegetting resulted from shoehorning an abridgment of Handel’s Messiah into an aspiringly slick chimeric Covideo to fill a 55-minute public TV slot. Expert singing and playing jousted for screen time with a sometimes inane travelogue of Boston. The H+H – WGBH production runs free for the next couple of months on YouTube, Vimeo and Facebook.    [continued]

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Concluding Thoughts on America’s Promise

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The third concert of this streaming BSO season, and the concluding radian of its somewhat disappointing narrative arc on America’s Promise, proffered music by Copland, Tower, Barber, and Adu-Gilmore to illustrate the thematic “optimism and openness as well as resilience and self-reflection.” Marcelo Lehninger carried the baton on December 3rd.    [continued]

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Emmanuel Streams Britten Fest Part Two

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Emmanuel Music’s Britten Chamber Festival streamed Part Two this evening, reminding us of the more witty, more playful, and perhaps more optimistic Britten. Access will continue HERE for two months.    [continued]

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Britten, Part One

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The first segment of Emmanuel Music’s Britten Chamber Festival sensitively streamed some of composer’s lesser-known, small-scale vocal and instrumental music. The second and third installments of this festival follow this weekend. All three parts will stream HERE for the next 60 days.    [continued]

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