Tempest Fugit

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In the spiffed up, though decidedly unmysterious and subway-plagued Cathedral Church of St. Paul on Tremont Street, the Henry Purcell Society of Boston produced a winning and lively sonic pastiche on The Tempest.    [continued]

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Four Femmes to the Fore

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The enterprising Neave Trio (Anna Wiliams, violin; Mikhail Veselov, cello; Eri Nakamura, piano) brought music by four female composers from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries to the Pickman Hall on March 15th.    [continued]

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Concordant by the End

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The Takács Quartet took a while to get going Sunday at the Concord Chamber Music Society, but gel it did.    [continued]

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Gerstein and Adès Reprise Tanglewood Gig

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Celebrity Series and the Boston Symphony Chamber Players jointly offered BSO regular Kirill Gerstein and BSO Artistic Partner Thomas Adès in a two-piano concert at Jordan Hall on Friday night, including some of the most familiar 20th-century repertory in unfamiliar guises.    [continued]

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BLO’s Lucretia a Potent Symbol

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Boston Lyric Opera’s new production of Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia premiered this past Monday at Artists for Humanity EpiCenter, an unusual space for a rarely seen 20th-century opera. The Tyrant is overthrown because of a sexual transgression. This rings true today as for the bards of ancient Rome.    [continued]

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Blue Heron’s Ockeghem Delights

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A nine-strong contingent from the Renaissance vocal ensemble drew a full crowd to First Church in Cambridge Saturday for the group’s ninth installment of its Ockeghem@600 concert series.    [continued]

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Versatile Flutist Borrows and Charms

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At Longy last Tuesday, Sergio Pallottelli delivered compelling wood flute takes on Beethoven and Brahms violin and piano sonatas as well as a pleasing CPE Bach Sonata for Flute and Keyboard (repurposed for harp), and a charming morceaux by Gaubert.    [continued]

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A Bad Case of Lovin’ Longwood

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On the basis of Saturday’s Jordan Hall benefit, Boston’s medical orchestra presents in continued good health and needs only a little managed care.    [continued]

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Competent Jephtha Lacks Spark

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Handel’s Jephtha, in Boston Baroque’s show in Jordan Hall Friday, night left me craving catharsis. In the title role, tenor Nicholas Phan exhibited his customary careful musicianship, with the round refinement of a bowler hat, and plosive Ts crisp enough to hang it on.    [continued]

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Di Donato and Friends Laid-back & Charming

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A conquering heroine in her Celebrity Series debut, Joyce Di Donato packed Jordan Hall on Friday night as part of the cross-country charm tour of her new show (and CD) “Songplay.”      [continued]

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Chamber Players Reorient Programming

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The Boston Symphony Chamber Players concert on Sunday afternoon was a somewhat unusual affair in that the usual orientation of programming was reversed: just one 19th=century piece (and an uncommon one at that), one 20th-century classic, and two, count ‘em, two 21st-century works, including a premiere.    [continued]

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