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Very live at the Met
A couple of weeks ago I wrote a piece about the Met in HD, the low-cost screenings of live Metropolitan Opera productions in movie theaters around the world.
| May 25, 2012
Boston Lyric Opera's debut Opera Annex production was so good in so many ways, it's painful that one bad idea just about sank it.
BLO's The Turn of the S crew, Levine's Carter and Simon Boccanegra, Teatro Lirico, the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, and more
| February 12, 2010
John Harbison plus 10
Classical music in Boston is so rich, having to pick 10 special events for this winter preview is more like one-tenth of the performances I'm actually looking forward to.
Picking from a packed concert schedule
| January 01, 2010
2009: The year in Classical
This was a queasy year for classical music.
Beating the quease
| December 25, 2009
The roar of the crowd
I wasn’t there, but the opening-night dissatisfaction with the Met’s new Tosca was widely reported.
‘Opening Night at Symphony,’ Russell Sherman, the Discovery Ensemble, Boston Musica Viva, and the Bostonians
| October 02, 2009
Springer vs. Nero!
Two opera productions overlapping at the Calderwood Pavilion exploit exploitation.
Monteverdi's Poppea opens the Boston Early Music Festival, plus the Cantata Singers, the Discovery Ensemble, and Barbara Cook at the Pops
| June 12, 2009
Back in pre-history (1964), a brilliant young Brit, a cellist (student of Benjamin Britten) and conductor, came to town and shook up the local classical-music scene.
The BPO celebrates its 30th, and the Cantata Singers continue their Britten year
| March 19, 2009
Boston Lyric Opera follows up Dvorák’s moonstruck Rusalka, with Christopher Schaldebrand in the title role of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, the BSO and much more.
From Don Giovanni’s hell to Haydn’s Creation
| March 17, 2009
Ring in the new
If 2009 lives up to the grace and power of some of the concerts that began it, we can look forward to a vintage year.
Haydn trios, Kirchner's 90th-birthday concert, Cantata Singers' Britten, Teatro Lirico's Aida
| January 20, 2009
Lift every voice!
Opera is the big word for 2009.
Classical goodies for 2009
| December 30, 2008
Probably most music lovers wouldn’t head their greatest-composer list with Carl Orff, despite the popularity of his violent, garish, sumptuously tuneful Carmina burana .
The BSO’s Carmina burana, the Cantata Singers, the Boston Camerata, and BLO’s Tales of Hoffmann
| November 11, 2008
Russian, Spanish, American . . .
What everyone is looking forward to this fall is the return to the podium of Boston Symphony Orchestra music director James Levine.
Music in all accents comes to the concert halls
| September 08, 2008
Some weeks Boston has such musical riches, one wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
Dutoit and Elder at the BSO, Collage’s Berio, Boston Conservatory’s Turn of the Screw, and Kurt Weill at the Gardner and the MFA
| February 21, 2008
Dancing about architecture
If writing about music is like dancing about architecture, as the famous saying suggests, then Alex Ross is the Lord of the Dance.
Alex Ross’s The Rest Is Noise
| December 19, 2007
Voice of authority
German baritone Thomas Quasthoff has overcome adversity (his mother took Thalidomide) to become the outstanding German lieder singer of his generation.
Thomas Quasthoff holds forth
| November 14, 2007
“Something absolutely extraordinary is happening in Venezuela,” announced Tony Woodcock.
Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela; James Levine’s Berg and Mahler; Measha Brueggergosman at Jordan Hall
| November 13, 2007
The year 2007 didn’t begin on the highest note.
The BSO, the Cantata Singers, the Handel and Haydn Society, and the Celebrity Series
| January 23, 2007
Flirting with Beethoven
It is said that Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) “got around.” Even today, the old dog arouses the interests of performers and seduces listeners.
The seductive German is everywhere
| December 27, 2006
The best of times, the worst of times
This year Boston classical music lost some of its most beloved figures — some, like mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, at the very height of their extraordinary powers, others, like opera director Sarah Caldwell and her conductor/collaborator, Osbo
A year in classical
| December 20, 2006
A renewed stage
How appropriate that Vanessa Gilbert, the former associate artistic director of Perishable Theatre, has returned to helm the place after a storm-tossed 2005.
Vanessa Gilbert’s life on the boards
| November 28, 2006
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
| November 20, 2006
Granduer and intimacy
One of the most delightful moments in Mozart comes at the very end of his Symphony No. 39 in E-flat, the first of his last trio of great symphonies.
Frühbeck de Burgos at the BSO, the Borromeos’ Schoenberg, BMOP at Club Café
| April 18, 2006
In the best performances, Mahler’s Sixth Symphony, sometimes called his Tragic , can sound like his greatest.
Haitink’s Mahler, Ligeti études, Britten’s Dream , Donizetti’s Lucia
| February 09, 2006
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