Torrents From BCMS

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The very successful premiere of Scott Wheeler’s new Sextet, a BCMS commission, took center place in Sunday afternoon’s Boston Chamber Music concert which also included Beethoven’s Quintet in C Major for Strings and Franck’s Piano Quintet in F Minor.    [continued]

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Solo Trumpet and Brass Set the Spirit

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Shostakovich’s two masterful piano concertos, separated by an intermission and by 24 tough years in his life, are strikingly different, though one would have been hard pressed to notice the contrast in on Saturday night’s BSO concert with the brilliant Yuja Wang. Makeshift Castle by Julia Adolphe — a BSO co-commission — played on contrasts too.    [continued]

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Ya-Fei In Works Large and Small

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In last night’s Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts concert at Jordan Hall, Ya-Fei Chuang gave us piano works ranging from the delicate miniature of ephemeral love to the towering immensity of eternity in works by Schubert, Chopin, CPE Bach, Ravel and Rachmaninoff.    [continued]

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Don’t Miss BLO’s Latest

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Forget what you knew about La bohéme, and for that matter, discard all your preconceptions about opera. Without a doubt Boston Lyric Opera’s staging of Puccini’s evergreen masterpiece entered the annals of memorable shows which have occupied the legendary Colonial Theater over its 123 years.    [continued]

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Bach Angles, Rounds, A Toast!

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BSO’s opening night blissed out the mass of music-goers with a new and convenient start time of 7:30 Thursday evening at Symphony Hall. American pianist Awadagin Pratt made his BSO debut in fellow American composer Jessie Montgomery’s Rounds written for him, and he angled Bach according to his own muse.    [continued]

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To Theme or Not To Theme

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We had something of an epiphany while listening to the performance Sunday by the Merz Trio (Lee Dionne, piano; Bridgid Coleridge, violin; Julia Yang, cello) on the Ashmont Hill Chamber Music series, but we’ll get to that later. This rapidly emerging young ensemble, as is its wont, imaginatively constructed a theme, “night,” meant to expose    [continued]

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The Cosmos Was Restless

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As chaos coalesced in the decoratively polychromatic Emerson Paramount last night, slam, bang, pow, wow, kaboom went  Cerise Lim Jacob’s Cosmic Cowboy in a Bayreuth meets Hayden Planetarium mashup of myth, madness and quotidian.    [continued]

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International Competition on Local Organs

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The 2022 Boston Bach International Organ Competition concluded Sunday evening memorably with the Winners’ Concert at First Lutheran Church of Boston. The week-long competition brought 17 accomplished young organists from 14 countries and 4 continents as well as 7 judges from 5 countries.    [continued]

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Well Rendered Unto César

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Maverick Concerts ended its 107th season of “Music in the Woods” on Sunday with a solo recital by the prodigiously gifted Uzbek–Israeli pianist Roman Rabinovich offering “The Mystical World of César Franck: The Complete Music for Piano”    [continued]

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An Ambrosial Afternoon

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On Sunday afternoon, in “Music for Eugène Ysaÿe,” the Amernet String Quartet dished up, with superior respect for our delight, works of Beethoven, Chausson, Franck, and Saint-Saëns for a responsive Maverick audience.    [continued]

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Bringing Down the House at Maverick

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For Saturday’s Maverick show, music director Alexander Platt assembled forces from the Caroga Arts Collective and three important soloists for Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings as well as music by Shostakovich and Alan Shulman.    [continued]

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Tanglewood Fades in Golden Harmony

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Beethoven’s Ninth on Sunday August 28th followed the long tradition of capping the summer festival by sending the audience into the world with this most programmatic of symphonies as a recessional. Given the hiatus of 2020-21, its reappearance carried a life affirming value.    [continued]

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The Angst of Liberalism

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Saturday’s evening concert at a packed Shed extending into a lawn well populated with twinkling candles and lanterns brought a still defiantly boyish Michael Tilson Thomas on stage to conduct the BSO in a program of three subtly emblematic 20th-century works that grapple with human progress in three distinctive ways.    [continued]

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Slavic Soul and Russian Terror

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Friday evening in the Koussevitzky Shed at Tanglewood, BSO Assistant Conductor Anna Rakitina presented a massive, fascinating, thrilling and profound program juxtaposing Shostakovich at two very different moments of his career with Dvořák’s magnificent Violin Concerto and Borodin’s fierce Polovtsian Dances.    [continued]

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