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October 15, 2018

BLO Brings the Lyric to Seville

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With skill and playfulness, David Angus led the Boston Lyric Opera season opener, Il Barbiere di Seviglia (The Barber of Seville) at the Cutler Majestic Theater Friday, finding easy lilt and spontaneity in the Rossini’s drama giocoso mastery. The run continues Wednesday night through next weekend.    [continued]

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October 13, 2018

Whatever Tone You Please, Indeed

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At the approach of his 600th birthday, Johannes Ockeghem (ca. 1420-1497) thrives, thanks in great measure to seven years of advocacy from director Scott Metcalfe and the singers of Blue Heron. I heard the eighth installment, which centered on the four-voice Missa cuiusvis toni (Mass on whatever tone you please), at the First Church in Cambridge.      [continued]

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Apotheosized Form From the Jupiter Quartet

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The Jupiter Quartet brought cyclic, coloristic delights of Debussy, Agócs, and Mendelssohn to a full house of deeply attentive listeners at a private concert on Beacon Hill last night. The ensemble will perform the Debussy Quartet and the Schubert Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D. 887 at Ashmont Hill Chamber Music tomorrow (Sunday) 4 pm.    [continued]

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October 12, 2018

BSO Opens With Reverie and Reality

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Opening night at Symphony Hall showcased our world-ranked Boston Symphony Orchestra in works of the dominating Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, and Bartók, recalling another giant, Serge Koussevitzky.    [continued]

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October 10, 2018

“Sanctuary” Sanctifies Symphony Hall

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For the Terezin Music Foundation 2018 gala in Symphony Hall Monday, pianist Simone Dinnerstein gave an hour-plus recital after a string quartet from the Boston Symphony opened the musical portion of the evening.    [continued]

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October 8, 2018

Dynamic Sphinx Virtuosi Make Boston Debut

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Young string players, 18-strong, surged, thrilled and chilled, oftentimes, flashing Flamenco, as they filled Calderwood Hall’s “sonic box” with a world of music Sunday.    [continued]

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October 6, 2018

The true pearl Flows Through the Tapestries

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David Lang’s true pearl, an opera in five tapestries, premiered in Calderwood Hall Thursday; subsequently a recording will be available to accompany visitors in the Tapestry Room.    [continued]

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October 1, 2018

Brilliant “Solace” Radiates

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Introspection and catharsis abided on the Pickman Hall stage Saturday with Radius Ensemble’s “Solace,” an eclectic set of comforting pieces highlighting composers who suffered within or escaped from totalitarian regimes along with a pairing of two living composers, an underplayed oddity, and a titan of the repertoire.    [continued]

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September 30, 2018

On the Shoulders with Malov

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Making his Boston début this afternoon, Sergey Malov brought his violoncello da spalla to the Gardner Museum’s Calderwood Hall for a performance of the even-numbered cello suites of J. S. Bach.    [continued]

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H+H Shows Energy and Sparkle in Bach

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Cantatas, concerti and a Latin Mass of the German master inspired the chorus, orchestra and soloists to produce one of the lightest, most energetic events I’ve heard in the Symphony Hall for years.    [continued]

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From Ethnic to Cantorial to Hepcat

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NEC Philharmonia with its charismatic conductor Hugh Wolff and NEC’s beloved Laurence Lesser recognized the latter’s approaching 80th birthday with extraordinary playing and celebratory programming.    [continued]

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September 29, 2018

PermaDeath: Sting or Victory?

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PemaDeath sparked to life when the characters in the world of the video game appeared on a screen above the Cutler Majestic Theater stage on Friday. Last performance Saturday.    [continued]

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September 27, 2018

Reliably Sourced Bouquet for Our Senior Pianist

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Russell Sherman’s performance at Sunday’s Jordan Hall faculty recital came from a realm most of us can hardly imagine, much less reach.    [continued]

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September 26, 2018

Odyssey Opera Resurrects the Queen of Sheba

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The 150-year-late American debut of Gounod’s Queen of Sheba (La Reine de Saba) came to Jordan Hall with all its formerly shorn parts in a concert version on Saturday evening through the satisfying efforts of Gil Rose.    [continued]

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September 25, 2018

A Far Cry Crosses Borders

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The Jordan Hall audience traveled far and wide through the agency of composers channeling cultures foreign to their own, as the “Criers” forged a lively, sonorous, show, but Mehmet Ali Sanlikol’s A Gentleman of Istanbul stole it.    [continued]

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BCMS Offers Unconventional From Three Bs

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Boston Chamber Music Society inaugurated its Sanders Theater season Sunday with Beethoven, Britten, and Brahms works which departed from conventional expectations.    [continued]

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A Glissando of Depth and Discovery

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Sergey Schepkin opened his new concert series, this season devoted to “Bach at 333” on Sunday before a full house at First Church in Boston.    [continued]

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September 24, 2018

Mannys Hail Cecilia

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Ryan Turner led an outstanding roster of singers and players with unfailing verve and stylish sensitivity in Britten and Handel works devoted to St. Cecilia on Saturday evening at Emmanuel Church.    [continued]

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September 18, 2018

Tasting Greatness with Hung-Kuan Chen

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The pianist served the deepest and headiest of 19th-century pours Saturday evening in Jordan Hall.    [continued]

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Dashon Burton Steadfast and Noble in Ashmont

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The bass-baritone brought chamber sensibilities to his recital at Peabody Hall with pianist Christopher Walter.    [continued]

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September 17, 2018

Borromeo Begins Mendelssohn Survey

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The 23-year-old musical institution’s singleness of focus, a polished technique, and beauty of tone emerged once again Saturday afternoon in Calderwood Hall.    [continued]

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September 16, 2018

Freisinger Returns to Old South

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The Freisinger Chamber Orchestra mingled multifarious Mozart, Beethoven, Donizetti, Tubin and Bernstein at Boston’s Old South Church Saturday afternoon, with soprano Hailey Fuqua, tenor Ethan Bremner, and pianist Bianca Oglice.    [continued]

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September 14, 2018

Festive Trio Gets Its Irish Up

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We heard Trio Festivale’s Irish-themed program of traditional and classical pieces, including a new work by an esteemed Irish composer at Community Music Center Thursday night. And we witnessed proof once again that nothing ever ends well in an Irish ballad.    [continued]

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Compassion Through Time

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With plenty of compassion, cellist Rhonda Rider and pianist Judith Gordon advanced an up-to-date inventory of mazes, pulls and drifts at Boston Conservatory’s Seully Hall Thursday night.    [continued]

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September 12, 2018

A Piping State of Play

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Like the participants and jurors, BMInt’s Bach organ maven braved long hours, heat, humidity, then chill, to report on the inaugural Boston Bach International Organ Competition.    [continued]

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