Cinquecento Commemorates Josquin


There is no surprise that a major program of the 2021 Boston Early Music Festival should be devoted to the commemoration of the 500th year of Josquin’s passing.    [continued]

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Music in Leonardo’s World


For BEMF, video director Jean-Baptiste Béïs and Prismédia brought to filmic reality Doulce Mémoire’s reflection on the life and the musical passions of Leonardo da Vinci. The range of moods and colors drew us back, both visually and aurall, into the world of that most renowned “Renaissance man.”    [continued]

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Keyboards Evolve for BEMF


The Boston Early Music Festival’s tripartite keyboard mini-festival streamed powerful and perceptive performances on the clavichord, harpsichord, and fortepiano, respectively from Benjamin Alard, Francesco Corti, and Carmen Leoni.    [continued]

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At the Console in BEMF Organ Mini-Festival


Boston Early Music Festival streamed its Organ Mini-Festival: Leo van Doeselaar on the Arp Schnitger organ from Martinikerk, Groningen, the Netherlands; Catalina Vincens on organetto from Basil; and Benjamin Alard on the Castle Grant Chamber organ from Musée de Provins, France.    [continued]

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Erotic Mysteries Mirrored, More TK


Boston Lyric and Long Beach Operas check into a surreal motel together… intimate scenes transpire…and that’s only the start of their serialized demi-pop opera desert in.    [continued]

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Live Enchantment at the Gardner


Violinist Angelo Xiang Yu joined pianist Feng Niu for delightful accounts of Beethoven and Mozart duos Saturday at the Gardner. The sonata partners also radiated the glow of the recently affianced.    [continued]

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The Carnaval of BEMF Recommences


To recognize the opening (reprising) video of the 2021 Boston Early Music (online) Festival we echo the late Virginia Newes’s account from 2017: “The Boston Early Music Festival got off to a glorious start on Sunday afternoon with an imaginative performance of André Campra’s opera-ballet Le Carnaval de Venise at the Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theater.” Click HERE to purchase virtual admission to BEMF’s 16 concerts running through June 13th.    [continued]

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Awakening Sleeping Beauty


The Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, led by music director Cynthia Woods, joined forces with the City Ballet of Boston and the Youth Ballet of Boston for a lavish streamed production of Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty.    [continued]

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Death or Life or Whatever


White Snake’s Death by Life streaming “opera” shares personal stories and original artwork of real inmates who find themselves desperately stuck in a wicked system. I appreciated the gesture, but after the brief and impressive overture, much of the show felt oppressively redundant.    [continued]

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Cosmos and Well-Charted Waters


“From the Cosmos to the Soul: A Celebration of Women's Music” at Illuminate Women's Music Digital Live-Stream sampled multifarious electronics and styles from ten women composers over an hour.    [continued]

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Brilliant Clarity from Xiaopei Xu


The Boston University doctoral pianist offered strong and etched renditions of transcriptions and more last Friday evening in Calderwood Hall on the world’s shiniest-sounding piano. BYO carpeting.    [continued]

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Delights from Baroque Carpathia


The Bacchus Consort is streaming “Musica Hungarica: Baroque Treasures of the Carpathian Basin,from the De La Motte-Beer Palace, a sumptuous baroque edifice in Budapest. The consort’s members distinguish themselves without exception in this well-made video offering, and the 25-year-old artistic director Schallinger-Foidl Artúr shows imagination well beyond his years.    [continued]

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Kate Liu Stretches Piano Time


The pianist’s concert for the Chinese Foundation for Performing Arts at the Gardner Museum’s Calderwood Hall was seriously serious, solemn even, and super sensitive, with power, richness, and a deliberateness that brought Emil Gilels to mind.    [continued]

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Early and Frenchy


Live streaming French Baroque gems from Trinity Lutheran Church in Worcester yesterday, the Musicians of the Old Post Road ensemble continued its impassioned advocacy of works often overlooked by other ensembles.    [continued]

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Saxes & Electronics Propound on Environment


In Jamaica Plain Saxophone Quartet’s virtually tendered “Digital Environments,” oil spills,  sun flares, geometric configurations, data, and climate models admixed with real-time graphical programming.    [continued]

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The Way of Conrad Tao


Performances by the 26-year-old American pianist, composer, and improviser feature unusually thoughtful range, and in this Celebrity Series event an astounding, must-see 25-year-old modernist throwback.    [continued]


Rendering Warhorses With Apollonian Clarity


Sixty socially distanced people witnessed cellist Brannon Cho and pianist  Eric Lu duo debut on Saturday night at the Gardner Museum for the Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts. A concert stream will follow in a week or two.      [continued]

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BSO Now … or Then


Andris Nelsons and our favorite orchestra wrapped up its exploration of music of the period between the two World Wars. Running through April, this stream features Russian or Russian-born composers Stravinsky, Shostakovich, and Eda Rapoport    [continued]


Pianist George Li Salutes Mr. Sherman


Ten lucky listeners had heard Tchaikovsky Competition silver medalist George Li honor his teacher Russell Sherman with Beethoven and Liszt. I watched later via YouTube.    [continued]

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BSO Business Unusual


The BSO ’s amalgam of Weill, Hindemith and Florence Price would never have seen the stage of Symphony Hall in a business-as-usual season.    [continued]

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Unlocking the Suitcase


A remarkable seriousness rang out in Shalin Liu Hall, as lens of Director of Photography Jason La Chapelle caught Yevgeny Kutik’s continuing series, “Finding Home: Music from a Suitcase.” This time, we heard more tributes to his teachers as well as pointed Prokofiev and dancy Milhaud.    [continued]

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Tasting Forbidden Fruit


Ballets Russes Arts Initiative placed cellist Mickey Katz and pianist Hua Ye in the 19th-century confines of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts at Faneuil Hall for an attractive stream running through March 7th.    [continued]

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