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Much beautiful music turns up in the 18th-century operatic form that’s probably most alien to a modern audience.
BLO’s Idomeneo, BU’s Susannah, Garfein’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Zander’s Stravinsky, and Pollini’s Chopin
| April 30, 2010
Composers John Harbison and Peter Lieberson are big presences this spring.
Lions and lambs
| March 12, 2010
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
Anniversaries and other occasions
Anniversaries, however fabricated, can still be useful. This year commemorates the 200th birthday of Felix Mendelssohn, the 150th birthday of Victor Herbert (both recently celebrated with intensive "orgies" on WHRB), the 200th anniversary of Haydn's dea
Masur's Mendelssohn, Orfeos from Norrington and Levine, the Discovery Ensemble, and the Inauguration 'performance'
| January 27, 2009
Lift every voice!
Opera is the big word for 2009.
Classical goodies for 2009
| December 30, 2008
Old and new
There was hardly a concert I was more eager to hear than the Celebrity Series of Boston’s celebration of pianist Leon Fleisher’s 80th birthday.
Leon Fleisher at 80, Harry Christophers with the Handel and Haydn Society, André Previn and James Levine at the BSO
| October 16, 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
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
No trouble with Harry
Even the concluding Réjouissance movement stomped, a four-on-the-floor Irish reel.
Handel and Haydn's 'Fireworks' at Symphony Hall, January 25, 2008
| January 29, 2008
In Search of Mozart
Phil Grabsky had Amadeus squarely in his sights when he set out to make this documentary celebrating the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth.
Looking in all the usual places
| May 02, 2007
No stuffed shirts, please
“Winter, winter, spring, and winter.”
Haydn's Die Jahreszeiten, Symphony Hall, April 15, 2007
| April 26, 2007
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
The string vibrato developed as an orchestral sonority only in the 20th century. Does that mean that your favorite performances of everyone from Bach to Berg don’t really sound the way the composer intended?
Roger Norrington cleans up classical music
| March 14, 2006
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