Reviews

May 22, 2018

Striking Gold in the Choral Periphery

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John Ehrlich’s Spectrum Singers introduced Sunday’s First Church Congregational, Cambridge audience, to largely unfamiliar choral works: the original version of Dvořák’s Mass in D Major, Op. 86, and the a cappella Mass for Double Choir by Martin.    [continued]

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May 21, 2018

Sarasa—Reflecting Well

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Seven excellent instrumentalists lustrously collaborated at the Cambridge Friends Meeting House in “Mirrors,” which began with an unofficial celebration of the 350th anniversary of the birth of the prolific keyboardist and composer François Couperin.    [continued]

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May 15, 2018

BLO Adds Trouble to Barcarolles

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Boston Lyric Opera’s Trouble in Tahiti at a drained ice rink is far and away the most effective version I’ve experienced—theatrically alive from beginning to end, and warmly human.    [continued]

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Pianist Shines Polychrome Penumbra

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The publisher salutes the multihued throwback artistry of Vietnamese-Canadian pianist Dang Thai Son.    [continued]

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Faire Be the Cantata Singers

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Extraordinarily beautiful music we rarely hear, Tomás Luis de Victoria’s Officium Defunctorum, Arvo Pärt’s Berliner Messe, and William H. Harris’s Faire is the Heaven, closed Cantata Singers’ 54th season.    [continued]

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May 14, 2018

Big Back Bay Fuels Vaughan Williams

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With large chorus and orchestra came a rare American excursion into the realm of Ralph Vaughn Williams. “Essential Voices” unfolded at Sanders Theater before a strong and clearly enthusiastic Mothers’ Day crowd.    [continued]

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The RenMen Visit Opera

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The excited energy and eager advocacy for hidden gems and chestnuts alike in “A Night at the Opera” delighted the small audience gathered in St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Newton Lower Falls on Saturday night.    [continued]

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Unitas Almost Didn’t Have a Concert

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When the authorities suddenly closed Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, conductor Lina Gonzalez-Granados had just a few hours to find a new venue for her Latina composer’s concert on Friday.    [continued]

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Unfulfilled Promise: The Prison Co-Premieres

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The Cecilia Chorus of New York combined forces with a freelancer’s orchestra in an artistically uneven mounting of Ethel Smyth’s The Prison (1930) and  Mozart Requiem at Carnegie Hall on last Friday.

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May 13, 2018

For BSCP, Equality in Composers

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Boston Symphony Chamber Players closed its Jordan Hall season on April 22nd with four attractive works: Viennese classical, German Romanticism, French Romanticism, and contemporary American.    [continued]

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May 12, 2018

There’ll Always Be a Parry

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Conductor Edward Elwyn Jones’s “A Parry Premiere: Invocation to Music, and a Variety of Tidbits” with the Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus, orchestra and soloists made a case for reclaiming the music of Hubert Parry in a enthusiastic outing at Sanders last night.    [continued]

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A Vision in Luxe Technique With Emerging Repose

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Yuja Wang brought Russian Romantics in the main to Jordan Hall for the Celebrity Series last night with a musicianship that was volcanic, caressing and fearless.    [continued]

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May 10, 2018

Tactfully Sacred and Profane from Tactus

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The ensemble’s “Drinking Songs & Lamentations” took neither noun literally at Harvard University’s Memorial Church Tuesday.      [continued]

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May 9, 2018

Fandango Fiesta Is Memorable

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Laury Gutièrrez led Rumbarroco’s fusion of Mexican, Guatemalan, Venezuelan and Dominican rhythms mixed with 16-17th century compositions by Diego Ortiz, Santiago de Murcia, Rafael Antonio Castellanos and Antonio Soler at the intimate Gordon Chapel of Old South Church on Sunday.    [continued]

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May 8, 2018

Holy #$%@ Those BPYO Kids Are Good!

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Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra’s Sunday outing at Sanders impressed us mightily.    [continued]

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Encircling New Musics

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Compositions new and newer formed a universe of sound at Longy May 5th, with Radius and tango dancers swirling in space and time and score.    [continued]

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May 7, 2018

Twelve Men Sing of War and Peace

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In Chanticleer’s Boston performance at Trinity Church on Friday, the glorious ensemble sang with fine-tuned precision and unanimous expression— sans conductor.    [continued]

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Christophers’s Handel Survey Continues

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Handel and Haydn Society’s first complete Hercules ran this past weekend at Symphony Hall to considerable acclaim. H + H’s gem of a chorus gave notice of their chops whenever they stood, the soloists advocated well for their roles, and the orchestra played with energy and refinement.    [continued]

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May 5, 2018

Haitink’s Rest Yields Surprising Rewards

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Into the breach stepped artistic administrator Anthony Fogg, conductor Moritz Gnann, principal oboe John Ferrillo, and the orchestra’s winds and brass with a rewarding and unusual one-off first half.    [continued]

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Another French Cinderella, in English

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Cambridge Chamber Ensemble’s heartily recommended Cendrillon by Pauline Viardot-Garcia. runs twice more on Sunday at Warehouse XI in Somerville. [tickets HERE].    [continued]

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A Straight A for Four Bs and the Bass of Time

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Versatile violinist Robyn Bollinger treated a receptive audience to a multimedia conversation and a solo concert she created through an Annenberg Fellowship. Her “Ciaccona—The Bass of Time” ran Thursday at the Gardner.    [continued]

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May 3, 2018

BSO Cello Chair Blaise’s

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On an exceptional night for the BSO, Blaise Déjardin made his (unannounced) debut as the Principal Cello, in the familial company of BSO Emeritus Conductor Bernard Haitink and pianist Emanuel Ax.    [continued]

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May 2, 2018

Guitarist Worth the Wait

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The extraordinary Jorge Caballero’s performance at the First Lutheran Church in Back Bay on Saturday closed the Boston Classical Guitar Society’s  2017-2018 season.    [continued]

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May 1, 2018

Revisiting the Edenic Sounds

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Cappella Clausura’s “Eve & Adam” placed Elena Ruehr’s cantata Eve at the center of its Saturday evening’s concert at Emmanuel Church which also included Arvo Pärt Lament and sequences by Hildegard.    [continued]

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April 30, 2018

Tristan’s Medieval Tragedy

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Boston Camerata theatrically combined passages from original texts of the Middle Ages with musical material from the same era to tell of Tristan & Iseult in song and action on April 21st and 22nd at  Longy.    [continued]

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