Embodied Journeys with Winsor Music

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Winsor Music’s remarkably visceral works On Sunday at St. Paul’s in Brookline centered on Milad Yousufi’s My Journey to America. The first half featured six choral preludes from Alan Fletcher’s recent arrangements of selections from Bach’s Orgelbüchlein, a passionate and thrilling performance of Philip Glass’s Mad Rush, and a short Hippocratic Oath for the Spirit    [continued]

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BCMS Rewards

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The Boston Chamber Music Society offered the String Quintet, Op. 77, of Dvořák, and the Clarinet Quintet in F-sharp Minor, Op. 10 of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) at Jordan Hall on Sunday, to conclude its season.    [continued]

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Oratonio the King

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Famed mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe channeled her alter ego, dramatic tenor, Blythely Oratonio in a one-act, autobiographical drag show for Boston Lyric Opera Friday night at the quaint Royale Boston.    [continued]

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Three Playing as Three

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Veteran violinist Cho-Liang Lin collaborated with the experienced chamber music cellist Clive Greensmith and the young Finish pianist Juho Pohjonen in an attractive mixed program for the Foundation of Chinese Performing Arts at Jordan Hall on Saturday night.    [continued]

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Bell, BSO Sing  

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Symphony Hall resonated Thursday with instrumental singing. Under guest conductor Alan Gilbert, La Mer chanted, swept with sensations and brushed colors, Bernard Rands echoed Debussy obliquely, and Joshua Bell “sang” in Beethoven.    [continued]

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For Collage, New Music Still Means New

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The oldest work on the program clocked in at just eight years of age, though the oldest composer had reached his 92nd year. On Sunday,  Collage New Music once again rewarded its enthusiastic Pickman Hall following.    [continued]

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Radius: Messiaen and Revelation

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Quatour pour la fin du Temps poured through Longy’s Pickman Hall Saturday evening. At the end, Gabriela Diaz’s heaven-sent violin left us where the devout Catholic Olivier Messiaen wanted us to be—Paradise.    [continued]

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BMOP Musics Ellen Zwilich’s Portrait

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BMOP painted a well-received musical portrait of its resident composer Ellen Taaffee Zwilich at Jordan Hall on Friday evening. Her compositional voice relies heavily on contrasts among different instruments, rhythms, dynamics, and styles in a melodic yet refreshingly modern manner.    [continued]

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Western Civ Flourishes with Zander-Mahler

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Boston Philharmonic’s Mahler 3rd, lovingly prepared and superbly conducted by our own venerable Benjamin Zander, rose to something more than merely fabulous; it was superb in execution, expression, and faithfulness to Mahler’s specifically detailed intention at Symphony Hall on Friday.    [continued]

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Love May Fail, But Not Lorelei

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“This Tyrant, Love,” Lorelei Ensemble’s first public concert in 2 years, showcased lutenist Kevin Payne within an expanded core group before an ecstatic audience at Longy two weeks ago.    [continued]

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Making a Case for the Unfamiliar

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In Chameleon Arts Ensemble’s eclectic mix of chamber music, including a world premiere, three unfamiliar 20th-century works , and one chestnut, the pieces informed each other and offered a coherent arc, from lightness to somberness to joy at First Church Boston this weekend.    [continued]

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