Reviews

February 22, 2019

Opera Institute Plumbs Kitchen-Sink Verismo

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For the rest of this weekend, BU’s Booth Theater will host family dysfunction at its most base in Stephen King’s Dolores Claiborne à la Tobias Picker.    [continued]

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February 19, 2019

Beethoven Propelled

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Beethoven, Benjamin Zander, Robert Levin, and the Boston Philharmonic joined forces Saturday night at Jordan Hall for propulsive takes on familiar middle-period masterworks.    [continued]

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February 18, 2019

Gluck Tells Superb Tale of Seduction

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Odyssey Opera and its ever-curious conductor Gil Rose brought the inspiring Helen to Boston again last weekend. BMInt’s second take follows.    [continued]

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Gardner Breaks New Staging Ground

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Guest curator Helga Davis invited relaxed young women in street clothes to take the Gardner Museum well beyond  Sunday afternoon expectations. In “The City of Women,” she presided over a comfortable, welcoming community.    [continued]

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February 17, 2019

Love’s Labored Lauds

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Odyssey Opera claimed the Boston premiere laurels for Gluck’s Paride ed Elena  at the Huntington Avenue Theater Friday night. The Gil Rose-conducted and Crystal Manich-directed show repeats on Sunday afternoon.    [continued]

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Weilerstein Summits Cello Kilimanjaro

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Alisa Weilerstein’s “heroineiac” Celebrity Series traversal of all six Bach Cello Suites in a single span provided both a spectacle and spectacular gift.    [continued]

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February 15, 2019

Wang Ignites Schumann; Bruckner’s Lights Dimmed

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The BSO celebrated Valentine’s Day with a pair of love letters: Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A Minor for his pianist wife Clara, and Bruckner’s unfinished final symphony, dedicated to his “beloved God.”    [continued]

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February 14, 2019

ACRONYM Restores Republic in Rare Scarlatti Gem

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Love, mercy, and harmony triumphed over a corrupt, lustful tyrant in ACRONYM’s resuscitation of Alessandro Scarlatti’s La caduta de’ Decemviri (The Fall of the Decemvirs) a vocally uneven Boston debut at the ISGM Sunday.    [continued]

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February 12, 2019

On Blue Wings of Polyphony

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Five rare early English Catholic a cappella votive antiphons from Blue Heron’s Gramophone Classical Music award-winning wowed a capacity crowd on Saturday night in First Church Cambridge.    [continued]

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February 11, 2019

Collage Moves Souls and Chairs

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A small but receptive audience braved the cold weather for Collage New Music’s second concert of the season at Pickman Hall on Sunday. The evening’s main success belonged to David Rakowski, whose Dream Logic (2017), in seven short movements, revealed itself as the night’s most persuasively mature work.    [continued]

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Goldberg Derangement Syndrome Continues Apace

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A Far Cry and pianist Simone Dinnerstein partnered terrifically at Friday at Jordan Hall in their au courant arrangement of BWV 988.    [continued]

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Confronting Miller’s Daughter in Taproom

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At Aeronaut Brewery of Somerville we shared a heady taste of Frank Kelley and Joshua Rifkin on a soulful musical and poetical journey in Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin last night.    [continued]

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Beyond Guitar Music

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The Great Necks Guitar Trio arranged works by Holst, Sibelius, Bach, Scriabin, and Márquez for their three-guitar format at First Lutheran Church on Friday.    [continued]

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Rewards From European Women Composers

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Kudos to Cantata Chamber Series director Allison Voth for the profound and prodigious program of German, French and English songs by women composers which rewarded the listeners at a concert at the AAAS Saturday night.    [continued]

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February 9, 2019

Risky But Enlightening Program at BSO

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In three works spanning eight decades of the 20th century, Andris Nelsons excited Central European hyper-impressionism, American neoclassicism, and American postwar expressionism to Symphony Hall Friday afternoon.    [continued]

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Fourteen Paragraphs on Hydrogen

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The music of Philip Glass felt agnostic alongside texts by Allen Ginsberg in Boston Conservatory’s Hydrogen Jukebox production at BoCo’s Center stage. The run continues through Sunday.    [continued]

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February 8, 2019

劉孟捷 鋼琴家 and Friends in Recital

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Graceful chamber-music transcriptions of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 13 in C Major (K. 415) and 17 in G Major (K. 453) bookended pianist Meng-Chieh Liu’s tour-de force faculty solo recital at Jordan Hall last night.    [continued]

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February 7, 2019

NEC Composers Shine

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NEC composers past and present gave pleasing evidence of the faculty’s continuing innovativeness over a wide breadth of styles in the NEC Composers’ Series’ Arthur Berger Memorial Concert Monday at Jordan Hall.    [continued]

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February 3, 2019

Viva Defends Earth Under Attack

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Boston Music Viva enacted a virtual Saturday Night Live at Tsai Performance Center as Pittman and his Pierrot ensemble made up of some of Boston’s finest musicians took on the Patriot Act, NEA, the environment, and the moon.    [continued]

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Playful Gaiety Meets ¿Churlish Critique?

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Lovers of the lower register flocked to Jordan Hall on Friday for a Celebrity Series winter warmer cheekily titled “No Tenors Allowed,” with baritone Thomas Hampson and bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni.    [continued]

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February 2, 2019

From Ashes to Comeuppance at Agassiz

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Harvard College Opera’s glowing production Jules Massenet’s Cendrillon came across as a practical but satisfying take on a durable French repertory number; the run continues through February 10th at the Agassiz Theater.    [continued]

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February 1, 2019

Rachlin, Mena, BSO Bust the Chart

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The 43-year old Lithuanian-born Julian Rachlin, standing at 83rd among “The World’s Greatest Violinists,” should certainly rise in ranking after his appearance Thursday evening at Symphony Hall. Conductor Juanjo Mena’s organic approach lead to sound-structure substance.    [continued]

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January 30, 2019

H+H Does Right by Namesake Composer

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Handel and Haydn Society’s Sunday afternoon concert at Symphony Hall had Harry Christophers leading a symphony and mass of Haydn, and a Mozart violin concerto with the enthusiastic Aisslinn Nosky; we very much enjoyed hearing three new superb principal players.    [continued]

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January 27, 2019

Huang Teamwork in the Highest

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Saturday evening at Jordan violinist Paul Huang and pianist Helen Huang showed how it’s done, in every possible respect.    [continued]

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January 26, 2019

Heggie on AIDS’ Specter

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Jake Heggie’s intimate chamber opera Three Decembers opened Friday night to an enthusiastic crowd at Boston Playwright’s Theater, where it runs through Sunday in a moving production has been developed by director Sharon Daniels for t.b.d. opera projects.    [continued]

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