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Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, an ensemble of musicians between the ages of 15 and 36, equally Israeli and Palestinian (but also from Spain, where they rehearse), was founded a little over a decade ago by conductor-pianist Daniel Barenboim (who made h
Middle East meets West
| February 08, 2013
Year in Classical: Celebrate!
In Handel's Hercules, the demented Dejanira's loss is still so painful, I was afraid to listen; now I don't want to hear anything else.
Comings and goings
| December 22, 2008
Living for a century is still a milestone; for a great and still-productive artist to do so is virtually unheard of.
Elliott Carter turns 100
| December 10, 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
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
The people's choice?
Gustavo Dudamel, in case you hadn’t heard, is the 26-year-old Venezuelan conductor who’s going to save classical music.
Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela
| November 08, 2007
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
James Levine and the BSO resumed their Beethoven/Schoenberg series with superb performances of two pieces at the opposite ends of the Schoenberg spectrum.
The BSO’s Schoenberg and Beethoven; Boston Baroque’s Don Giovanni; Opera Boston’s La clemenza di Tito
| October 24, 2006
Marketplace and temple
At times, this ‘American’ program, led by the BSO’s first American music director, bordered on being a Pops concert.
The BSO’s opening night; Marcus Thompson and the Jupiter String Quartet
| October 03, 2006
From Knoxville to Swan Lake and back
As our most prestigious classical-music institution, the Boston Symphony Orchestra ought to be every year’s headliner, and once again, under the adventuresome direction of James Levine, it is.
A chock-full season of classical music
| September 13, 2006
Audiences love the Beethoven Seventh. And this audience went bananas. But I didn’t.
James Levine’s Beethoven, Daniel Barenboim’s Mozart
| February 14, 2006
The Boston Symphony Orchestra, Celebrity Series, Emmanuel Music, Boston Early Music Festival, and more.
Winter concert preview: classical goodies in 2006
| January 14, 2006
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