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Requiems: The Cantata Singers, plus Emmanuel’s Bach Institute
Daniele Gatti’s Verdi Requiem with the BSO was a disappointment (though a friend tells me that the third performance was better than the one I heard).
| February 15, 2013
Phrygian not frigid: Classical concerts to come
Here are some of the dozens of classical-music events this winter I'm especially looking forward to (or most curious about).
| December 21, 2012
Shuffling conductors at the BSO, and 10 concerts you should see
There's lots of music to look forward to as we approach the end of winter.
| December 30, 2011
Sing, sing, sing!
For opera lovers, the offerings last fall were at best a little thin. But this winter, it seems, everyone's doin' it.
Opera is this winter's warmer
| December 31, 2010
Giving thanks: The Cantata Singers' Wyner and Vaughan Williams
One of the pleasures aroused by the anticipation of a new work by Yehudi Wyner is the certainty that the outcome will arouse even greater pleasure.
Plus Boston Lyric Opera's Tosca
| November 12, 2010
Fall Classical Preview: The power of music
Here’s my Top 10 list, in chronological order, of some of the season’s most appealing and important classical music events: symphonies, chamber music, operas.
And, we hope, the good health of James Levine
| September 17, 2010
Some lovers of religious music consider Heinrich Schütz even greater than Bach, who was born 13 years after Schütz’s death.
Heinrich Schütz’s swan song; the Pops’ 125th-anniversary commission
| May 28, 2010
Stuff at night
This week’s health headlines also included the announcement from the Boston Symphony Orchestra that music director James Levine has been sidelined again, from the “excruciating pain” he’s been suffering since his surgery for a herniated disc.
The BSO without Levine, Yo-Yo Ma, the Cantata Singers, American Classics, the Zarounian Ensemble
| April 02, 2010
Composers John Harbison and Peter Lieberson are big presences this spring.
Lions and lambs
| March 12, 2010
WGBH radio has ended its 58-year tradition of live Friday-afternoon BSO broadcasts, and it doesn't seem that public outcry is going to change that.
The BSO, the Cantata Singers, Discovery Ensemble, and BCMS
| January 22, 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
Baroque and beyond
Ten-best lists usually come at the end of the season, but this year the Phoenix has asked its critics to provide a calendar of 10 events that, at least on paper, might wind up on an end-of-season Top 10. Boston, in case you didn't know it, is a great
Betting on the best this fall
| September 18, 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
Center of gravity
If all those young people at last Thursday's BSO concert didn't leave Symphony Hall feeling excited about classical music and eager to come back, then classical music is in even more trouble than I thought.
Shi-Yeon Sung and Nelson Freire at the BSO; plus the Schubertiade Music Players and Emmanuel's St. Matthew Passion
| April 17, 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
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
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
Classical music in 2008 Boston did not get off to a brilliant start.
The BSO, Handel and Haydn, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the Cantata Singers, David Daniels, and Teatro Lirico d’Europa’s Tosca
| January 23, 2008
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