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April 23, 2018

Piano + String Quartet: As Good As It Gets

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Evgeny Kissin returned to Boston in the Celebrity Series, performing with the Emerson String Quartet Sunday afternoon at Symphony Hall.    [continued]

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Rondeau Does BWV 988

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French harpsichordist Jean Rondeau performed the complete Goldberg Variations at the First Church, Congregational, in Cambridge on Friday for BEMF.    [continued]

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April 20, 2018

Musto Opera First for NEC Theater

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Later the Same Evening, the first opera mounted at Plympton-Shattuck Black Box Theater in the Student Life and Performance Center at New England Conservatory, continues through Sunday.    [continued]

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Pianist and Conductor Debut at Symphony Hall

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With a forceful 23-year-old Canadian virtuoso and a conductor who is an exemplar of the up and coming part of the Russian musical establishment, BSO patrons could expect energy Thursday.    [continued]

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Fidelio in Period Style

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Hearing Boston Baroque do Fidelio in Jordan Hall, more akin to Schikaneder’s Theater an der Wien in Vienna, where it was first performed, than to a many-tiered large opera house, allowed one to appreciate its many beauties in detail.    [continued]

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April 19, 2018

Don’t Let This Contingent Graduate

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Hugh Wolff’s NEC Philharmonia with soloist In Mo Yang knocked Kernis, Bernstein, and Debussy over the Symphony Hall rafters last night.    [continued]

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April 17, 2018

21st-Century Verismo

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The North American premiere of Joachim Holbek’s The Rosenbergs to Rhea Leman’s script also constituted the Boston Playwright’s Theater’s inaugural foray into the operatic genre. This reviewer attended on Saturday night.    [continued]

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April 15, 2018

B-E-G Trio Big at ISG

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The Benedetti-Elschenbroich-Grynyuk [piano] Trio delivered richness and variety in works of Schubert, Brahms, Turnage and Ravel on Sunday at the Gardner.    [continued]

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Is the Tongue Quicker Than the Ear?

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In “Conversation Between Ear & Tongue” at Third Life Studio in Somerville, Dinosaur Annex challenged 40 attendees to savor interplay between musical and culinary delights.    [continued]

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April 13, 2018

Polish Pianist Plays Beyond the Physical

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Making his Celebrity Series debut, Polish pianist Rafał Blechacz sold out Longy’s Pickman Hall Wednesday, pursuing musical personalities and reveling in Steinway sound.    [continued]

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April 11, 2018

Heiss’s Earthly and Unearthly Delights

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Composer-flutist-teacher John Heiss picked New England Conservatory student performers and pieces they liked to curate a gut-wrenching night of music at Jordan Hall    [continued]

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Stile Antico: Clarity from the Shadows

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Twelve British singers rendered Tomás Luis de Victoria motets with remarkable vocal and textual clarity at St. Paul Parish Cambridge for the Boston Early Music Festival.    [continued]

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April 10, 2018

Armida Hot in Heavy-Duty Rep

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The Berlin-based foursome gave us a serious dose of Smetana, Prokofiev and Beethoven at All Saints Church in Ashmont  Sunday.    [continued]

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High Fives for Six Quartets!

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Six ensembles from NEC’s Professional String Quartet Training Program participated in a troika of concerts at Jordan Hall celebrating the program and NEC’s 150th Anniversary.    [continued]

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April 8, 2018

The Faerie Queen Cavorts

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Handel + Haydn period-instrument band and chorus gave a charming new adaptation of Purcell’s 1692 great masque at Jordan Hall on Friday. Repeats Sunday afternoon.    [continued]

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April 6, 2018

Verdi’s Joan Joins Odyssey’s Triumphs

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Odyssey Opera ends its season this weekend with Verdi’s rarely heard Giovanna d’Arco. This welcome production of a beautiful outpouring of Verdi’s music concludes Saturday at the Huntington Street Theater.    [continued]

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Outstanding Wagner from Nelsons and the BSO

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Andris Nelsons was superb in Thursday’s Siegfried Idyll, and his Tristan, with Jonas Kaufmann and Camilla Nylund, was not too far behind.    [continued]

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Act II of Tristan und Isolde Makes Fine Impression

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While pleased indeed to hear the BSO play Act II of Tristan und Isolde, this writer disagreed with decisions on tempi and balance last night at Symphony Hall. Brian Bell adds some history.    [continued]

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April 3, 2018

BU Opera Gives Debussy His Due

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The Boston University Opera Institute’s Pelléas et Mélisande last weekend at the Cutler Majestic Theater left little to be desired.    [continued]

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April 2, 2018

Duo That Can Melt Icebergs

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The deep and poetic kinship of violinist Angelo Xiang Yu and composer /pianist Andrew Hsu impressed at Jordan Hall Saturday night.    [continued]

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April 1, 2018

Programmatic Metamorphosis: “Loss – Resurrection”

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The Miró Quartet and A Far Cry collaborated with metaphysical leanings on Friday in Jordan Hall, showing how art’s elasticity lies in its fluidity of meanings.    [continued]

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March 30, 2018

Der Rosenkavalier Exalted in Carnegie Hall

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Kirill Petrenko led Munich’s Bavarian State Opera in a spectacular concert version of Der Rosenkavalier at Carnegie Hall on Thursday.    [continued]

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Reminiscences, Loud and Sotto Voce

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Nelsons, Ma, and the BSO staged a confrontation between past and present, as well as the tales of an errant knight, through works of Mozart, Jörg Widmann, and Richard Strauss at Symphony Hall last night.    [continued]

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March 28, 2018

Visionary Programming & Outstanding Musicianship

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Truth be told, I had never really noticed the Orchestra of Indian Hill until its concert of women composers on March 23rd in Littleton caught my eye.    [continued]

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March 27, 2018

Memorable Choral Force and Inward Reflection

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Skylark Vocal Ensemble debuted a compelling international and historically broad a cappella response to the “Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross” Saturday at Harvard’s Memorial Church.    [continued]

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