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2009: The year in Classical

This was a queasy year for classical music.
Beating the quease
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 25, 2009
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Wanting more

After its triumphant traversal of the complete Béla Bartók string quartets at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Borromeo Quartet was back for a free 20th- and 21st-century program at Jordan Hall, leading off with an accomplished recent piece by t
The Borromeo and Emerson String Quartets, Dohnányi with the BSO, and Yiddish operetta at Harvard
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 11, 2009
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Drear leaders

On the Black Heart Procession’s first visit to Boston, back in ’98, the duo hunched on chairs at the Middle East downstairs surrounded by equipment — keyboards, guitars, a musical saw, an array of percussion.
The Black Heart Procession stick to the low road
By MATT PARISH  |  October 30, 2009
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Note shapes

When the Celebrity Series announced that the Mark Morris Dance Group would do three older pieces for its annual Boston appearance, we got a chance to revisit works we haven't seen in a while.
Mark Morris at the Majestic
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  March 24, 2009
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Expressions of war

One of the best string quartets in the world will be within a D-string's distance from Portland, come Monday night.
Don't miss the Takács Quartet at UNH
By EMILY PARKHURST  |  November 12, 2008

Dead of Winter + Fiery Furnaces

It was a weekend of big acts and big crowds at SPACE Gallery.
Music seen at SPACE Gallery, January 18-19
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 23, 2008


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Mystic rivers

Was Georges Ivanovitch Gurdjieff a charlatan?
When G.I. Gurdjieff came to Boston
By JAMES PARKER  |  July 03, 2007
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Masters share wisdom

Lest I forget those who like their Phoenix es hot off the press — Grammy Award-winning soprano Christine Brewer will be giving a master class.
Christine Brewer + DaPonte String Quartet invite you to learn
By BEN MEIKLEJOHN  |  January 31, 2007
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Beyond the fringe

It was a good week for chamber opera: Bluebeard’s Castle from the BSO, Curlew River from Intermezzo.
The BSO’s Beethoven, Schoenberg, Bartók, and Brahms; Intermezzo’s Britten; Zander’s Mahler
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 20, 2006
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Water music

Swan Lake is ballet’s ultimate act of yearning.
The Kirov’s Swan Lake
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 17, 2006