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Boston Baroque’s Partenope, plus Discovery Ensemble
Martin Pearlman's Boston Baroque, "America's First Period-Instrument Orchestra," kicked off its new season at Jordan Hall with what is probably the first Boston performance of a work from the height of Handel's career.
| October 26, 2012
Composers John Harbison and Peter Lieberson are big presences this spring.
Lions and lambs
| March 12, 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
Martin Pearlman and Boston Baroque perform Monteverdi
Four hundred years old and as beautiful as ever, Claudio Monteverdi's sumptuous 1610 Marian vespers, Vespro Della Beata Vergine, gets a birthday outing from Martin...
| February 17, 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
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
Charles Ives's Fourth Symphony is a stunner. And Boston Symphony Orchestra guest conductor Alan Gilbert, the New York Philharmonic's music director designate led a stunning performance.
Alan Gilbert with the BSO, plus Collage New Music, Boston Baroque, and Teatro Lirico d'Europa
| March 10, 2009
Lift every voice!
Opera is the big word for 2009.
Classical goodies for 2009
| December 30, 2008
Isn’t it rich?
The biggest musical celebrity in town last week was Broadway great Stephen Sondheim, who filled Northeastern University’s Blackman Hall “in conversation” with his long-time associate, producer/composer Sean Patrick Flahaven.
Sondheim and Follies , the BSO’s French evening, and Boston Baroque’s Xerxes
| October 28, 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
The season may be starting to wind down, but there remain some events music lovers have been waiting for all year.
Spring Arts Preview: Opera and vocal works lead the season
| March 10, 2008
“Deep, tough, devout — and in church! It’s a miracle!”
Emmanuel’s memorial for Craig Smith, plus Russell Sherman’s Bach, the Royal Concertgebouw, and Handel’s Semele
| February 05, 2008
Too much too soon?
Two of the most exciting concerts announced for this winter are on the same date, February 24.
Classical goodies for 2008
| January 31, 2008
James Levine’s devotion to the music of Elliott Carter has been a boon to Boston.
The BSO and BVM celebrate America’s greatest living composer, plus Stockhausen’s Mantra, and music for Beckett
| November 20, 2007
It’s fitting that Alvin Epstein should be cast in Beckett at 100 , since the venerable actor has been associated with the Nobel laureate’s plays for more than 50 years.
Harvard to celebrate Beckett at 100
| November 06, 2007
The art of . . .
Craig Smith’s Emmanuel Music began its season with Bach, the composer it’s best known for.
Bach at Emmanuel, Boston Baroque’s Cosí fan tutte, Kiri Te Kanawa’s farewell to Boston
| October 16, 2007
There’s more to Boston’s classical music scene than the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
The BSO goes traveling, and Berlin comes to Boston
| September 12, 2007
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
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
James Levine completed his second season as the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s music director with another riveting though not-quite polished evening of Schoenberg and Beethoven.
James Levine at the BSO, Ewa Podles, Gunther Schuller’s jazz, Ben Zander’s Elgar, Russell Sherman’s Mozart, Opera Boston’s Chabrier, Boston Baroque’s Purcell
| March 08, 2006
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