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Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra’s second program and Vladimir Jurowski returns to Boston
Benjamin Zander’s Philharmonic Youth Orchestra debuted at Symphony Hall last November with an especially impressive performance of Richard Strauss’s elaborately demanding autobiographical extravaganza, Ein Heldenleben (“A Hero’s Life”).
Batting a Thousand
| March 22, 2013
Matthew Guerrieri on duh duh duh DUM
In The First Four Notes: Beethoven's Fifth and the Human Imagination (Knopf), Matthew Guerrieri, music critic for the Boston Globe , calls the iconic duh duh duh DUM opening "short enough to remember and portentous enough to be memorable."
| November 30, 2012
'Rebirth of Third Stream' at NEC: playing in the cracks
A definition of the term Third Stream probably comes best by way of illustration: a teacher known for his jazz and klezmer background coaching a progressive bluegrass band by telling them to listen to a late-Beethoven string quartet.
| November 23, 2012
Anne-Sophie Mutter, Susan Davenny Wyner, and Courtney Lewis
The season-opening concerts I've been going to have made me think about two kinds of musicians: those whose performances become transparent, who allow the listener into the heart of the music; and those for whom their own abilities — technical marvels —
| October 07, 2011
Review: Lorin Maazel with the BSO
Lorin Maazel made his Boston Symphony Orchestra debut in 1960, but this busy conductor has returned rarely, once in 1973 and again in 2009 as a substitute for the ailing James Levine in Beethoven's last four symphonies.
Plus, music and images at BCMS, Jeremy Denk, and BSCP's Stravinsky
| January 28, 2011
Review: Beethoven with the Discovery Ensemble, the BSO, and Opera Boston
We've had a good deal of Beethoven recently, with the high bar being set by young Courtney Lewis — a former Zander Fellow and the current assistant conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra — and his extraordinary young chamber orchestra, Discovery Ensemble
Heroes and villains
| October 29, 2010
Jonathan McPhee and The Longwood Symphony Orchestra
Jonathan McPhee and The Longwood Symphony Orchestra at Jordan Hall on May 1, 2010
| May 07, 2010
Martin Pearlman's edition of Monteverdi's Vespro della Beate Vergine, with inserted antiphons to suggest an actual service, remains a masterpiece of historical research and inspired guesswork.
The BSO and Boston Baroque at their best
| February 26, 2010
Blessings: mixed and otherwise
By odd coincidence, in recent weeks we’ve had performances of two important operatic rarities, landmark early works a century apart: 30-year-old Handel’s Amadigi (1715) and 20-year-old Rossini’s Tancredi (1813, his 10th opera!).
Boston Baroque’s Amadigi; Opera Boston’s Tancredi; the BSO’s Beethoven; the Borromeo’s Bartók; Brahms from BCMS and BSOCP
| October 30, 2009
A teacher told me years ago that someday "you young people will inherit classical music. Then you can do with it what you want." And so I've been waiting.
Two fixtures hand over the reins to a younger generation
| October 02, 2009
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