H + H + Six Brandenburgs


The oldest continuously performing arts organization in America scored another first on Thursday night by presenting the six Brandenburg  Concerti of Bach as the first concert at Klarman Hall at the Harvard Business School.    [continued]


HIP with Heart: A Messiah that Scats


Conductor Masaaki Suzuki 鈴木 雅明, trained in improvisation and infused with a reported Calvinist bent, delivered a refreshing slant on H + H’s hallowed Messiah tradition. The early-instrument contingent, chorus, and remarkable soloists covered themselves in glory at Symphony Hall Sunday.    [continued]

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“La storia di Orfeo”


Boston Early Music Festival’s virtuoso chamber ensemble treated us to a delectable evening of 17th-century-opera selections based on the Orfeo legend. The performance I heard Friday at Jordan Hall will repeat on Sunday at 3:00.    [continued]

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Baritone Instrument Speaks and Sings


In “The Voice of the Cello,” cellist Joseph Gotoff and pianist SangYoung Kim explored Romantic and late-Romantic tropes and impressions from vocal and vocalise transcriptions at St. John’s Episcopal Church for a moment of respite and warmth on Sunday.    [continued]


Jackiw and BPYO Cure Warhorseitis


Stefan Jackiw joined Benjamin Zander and the BPYO for HIP Mendelssohn before the orchestra responded like true believers to Zander’s interpretation of Mahler’s First.    [continued]

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The resonant air came alive Saturday with the sound of Bach at First Church Cambridge as the Spectrum Singers counterpointed away with 16th-note ha-ha-has galore, including, in one long run, 120 iterations—just for the basses.    [continued]

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Baltic/Slavic BSO Beginnings and Endings


The ever-popular Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, with the remarkable 18-year-old Swedish soloist Daniel Lozakovich, formed the centerpiece of this weekend’s concerts from Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall Thursday.  The three shorter pieces included  “My River runs to thee . . . ,”   Galina Gigorjeva’s 1999 Na iskhod (“On Leaving”) and Shostakovich’s single-movement Symphony No. 2 (To October).    [continued]


Chamber Music Without Addling Traffic


As the Zukerman Trio, violinist Pinchas Zukerman, cellist Amanda Forsyth and pianist Angela Cheng filled the Concord Academy hall Sunday with estimable intimacy, egalitarianism, and collegiality.    [continued]

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Parkers (Plus Borys) Splendid at Paine


Harvard University’s Blodgett Artists-in-Residence, the Parker String Quartet, gave an enthusiastic crowd a well-honed and oft-inspired selection of  Mozart’s Hoffmeister quartet, Leon Kirchner’s first string quartet and Schubert’s “cello” quintet on Sunday.    [continued]

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Vera Qt. & Meng-Chieh Liu Rock Shalin Liu


Curtis on Tour brought its brilliant quartet in residence along with an illustrious faculty pianist to Rockport in company with Beethoven, Bright Sheng, and Franck.    [continued]

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Inmo Yang Opens Minds at the Gardner


Violinist Inmo Yang and pianist Sahun Hong offered diverse works for violin and piano at the Gardner this afternoon, sandwiching examples by three relatively unknown composers the stalwart sonatas of Beethoven and Schubert.    [continued]

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Late-Night Date With Renaissance Men


Renaissance Men’s “On This Island,” an hour-long musical exploration of those islands to the West of the European continent, in settings ranging from traditional to art-song, filled the Parish Hall for Late Night at Emmanuel last night.    [continued]

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Love in the Time of Peril


President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Executive Order 10450, condemning “sexual perversion,” which purged an estimated  1,200 federal employees accused of homosexual activity from the government in what is now known as the “lavender scare,” formed the backdrop  of Gregory Spears’s Fellow Travelers. I attended the Boston debut yesterday. BLO’s run continues through Sunday and the Paramount Center.    [continued]

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Mastering Gloria


Sounding great in its 80th season, Masterworks Chorale gloried in Vivaldi at Sanders on Saturday under  Kevin Leong,    [continued]

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String Quartet on a Mission


Thalea String Quartet’s “trans-Atlantic encounters, ” with composers blending European modes of expression with American modes, appealed to first-time listeners as well as seasoned aficionados at the Gardner Sunday.    [continued]

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To Blend or Not To Blend


Jamie Kirsch and Lisa Graham led 241 singers and players of Chorus pro Musica and Metropolitan Chorale in little-known Kodály, Janáček, and Mendelssohn at Jordan Hall last night for quite the choral feast.    [continued]

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