Haitink Closes in Style

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Bernard Haitink began the farewell tour of his 65-year career on Friday with the Wiener Philharmoniker, and pianist Emmanuel Ax at the closing concert of the 99th Salzburger Festspiele. Trachten- and Dirndl-clad music lovers filled the Großes Festspielhaus.    [continued]

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Non-Pacific Quartet

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I wouldn’t dare to evaluate the Pacifica Quartet’s performance of Elliot Carter’s String Quartet No. 2 at the Maverick on Sunday, but the foursome stimulated my cogitations on Mendelssohn and thrilled me in a Razumovsky.    [continued]

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Boston Ballet at the Pillow

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The Boston Ballet closed the 2019 Summer Season at Jacob’s Pillow this weekend with riveting performances of works by Leonid Yakobson, four selections from William Forsythe and Jorma Elo’s dance  paired with live renditions of Bach’s first and second cello suites    [continued]

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Foursome Across the Board

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Now on a mission, the versatile and impressive Amernet String Quartet brought its second installment of Beethoven pianos sonata arrangements to the Maverick along with Shostakovich and Dvořák.    [continued]

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Littlesunday’s “Sweat Ceremony”

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Jonah Littlesunday played his Native American flutes in mostly original songs and told stories about growing up Navajo on Sunday at the Saltonstall Mansion in Peabody.    [continued]

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Bach Would Have Approved

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Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society breathed life into the six Brandenburg concerti at Rockport’s Shalin Liu Performance Center Friday night.    [continued]

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Han Chen: Simplest Is Best

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The pianist’s performance Wednesday evening, in the Chinese Performing Arts Foundation concert series at NEC, was a model of plainspoken effect.    [continued]

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