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Talking with Vladimir Jurowski

The 40-year-old Russian conductor Vladimir Jurowski made an enormous impression last year at his BSO debut, conducting Shostakovich's gnarly hour-long Fourth Symphony.

By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 01, 2013

From Jurowski to Gatsby: 10 top-notch spring events hosted at Boston's premier classical-music venues

Last year, Russian conductor Vladimir Jurowski's BSO debut with Shostakovich's daunting Fourth Symphony was Boston's most thrilling orchestral concert in a long time.

By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 01, 2013

Review: ''Clemency,'' Boston Lyric Opera's new commission

Intrepid patrons braved ice and slush and Boston's parking ban for the North American premiere of Scottish composer James MacMillan's Clemency (co-commissioned by BLO).

By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 22, 2013

Practically perfect: The Discovery Ensemble's latest

Sometimes a concert is so good it seems magical. Practically perfect.

By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 15, 2013

Handel and Haydn's Purcell

Set, rather confusingly, in Mexico and Peru, the 1695 semi-opera The Indian Queen is as contorted in its plot as any real opera.

By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 08, 2013

New York to Boston: Alan Gilbert returns to the BSO

The BSO's first concert of 2013 featured one of its best guest conductors, but not one likely to be available for its music directorship.

By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  January 18, 2013


Heat and Light: Classical concerts of 2012

Boston has too much music on the highest level for one listener to hear everything.

By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 21, 2012

Elliott Carter: 1908-2012

What artist was ever blessed with a longer creative life than Elliott Carter, who died in his New York apartment on Monday, November 5, just a month short of his 104th birthday?
In Memoriam
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 09, 2012

Tippett's Midsummer Marriage in concert

One of the great disappointments created by last year's mid-season demise of Opera Boston was that Boston wouldn't get its first viewing of Sir Michael Tippett's 1955 The Midsummer Marriage.

By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 09, 2012

Vladimir Jurowski sets the BSO on fire

Vladimir Jurowski has bigger and better credentials than most of the contenders for the next BSO directorship. Did he strike sparks?

By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 19, 2012


Boston Musica Viva's ''Breakthroughs''

Richard Pittman's Boston Musica Viva's delightful season-opening program at the Tsai Center on September 28 included world premieres by three composers who weren't born yet when BMV began 44 years ago.

By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 12, 2012

Review: 'The Harry Partch Legacy' and the BSO season openers

At Symphony Hall, with its legendary warm and natural acoustics, the amplification created a distorted, directionless sound for the singers of Porgy and Bess .

By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 05, 2012

Alec K. Redfearn & the Eyesores get ‘accessible’

"Alec K. Redfearn" and "accessible" sharing the same sentence?
Death becomes them
By CHRIS CONTI  |  October 05, 2012

Intermezzo's 'Diva Monologues'

John Whittlesey's feisty little Intermezzo chamber opera series has just entered its 10th season.

By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  September 28, 2012
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Autumn's classical events

The Boston Symphony Orchestra still has no music director, and has suffered for that absence.
Adès time
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  September 21, 2012


Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music: Part II

Oliver ("Olly") Knussen, who recently turned 60, has been a previous co-director of the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music (FCM) and in other years an active participant (in 2008, for example, he came to the rescue of the centennial tribute to El
What's new
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  August 17, 2012

Admirable Nelsons; plus, Mark Morris

At a top ticket price of $2500 (including a gourmet dinner), the gala concert celebrating the 75th anniversary of Tanglewood grossed a cool $1.42 million.
A leading contender excels at Tanglewood  
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  July 20, 2012

Chopin symposium at the Rivers School

The Rivers School Conservatory in Weston mounted an ambitious three-day Chopin symposium last weekend featuring lectures and performances by faculty members, former faculty members, and distinguished guests.
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  June 22, 2012

Chorus pro Musica's Hadyn Creation

Haydn cared about words.
Let There Be Words
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  June 08, 2012

BMOP and Mark Morris

As the Globe 's Jeremy Eichler pointed out in his review of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project's season-ending concert — called "Apollo's Fire" — referring to the program note by the BSO's Assistant Director of Program Publications Robert Kirzinger, th
Classical classics
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  June 01, 2012


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.
Higher definition
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  May 25, 2012

Haitink ends the BSO season

Sometimes you know it the minute you hear it, sometimes it takes a while, sometimes it never happens at all.
Plugged in
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  May 11, 2012

Emmanuel’s late Mozart, NEC’s early Britten, BSO guest conductors, and Boston Lyric Opera’s The Inspector

By an odd coincidence, two recent events included two of Boston's best-loved singers in non-singing roles, artists who've been teamed in some of Boston's most memorable opera productions: baritone James Maddalena and soprano Susan Larson, essential membe
Plus, Boston Conservatory’s The Apple Tree , Charles Strouse at Longy, and Helen Grime at the Gardner
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 27, 2012

BLO’s Barber of Seville; plus Eschenbach leads the BSO, Boston Baroque’s Mozart, and the Yiddish songs of Lazar Weiner

In his program note for the Boston Lyric Opera production of Rossini's effervescent The Barber of Seville (Shubert Theatre, through March 18), music director David Angus asks us to listen extra carefully to this irresistible score, however familiar it
Cutting it close
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 16, 2012


A toothsome classical concert season

This past winter, gossip seems to have risen to the surface of our musical life like the foam on chicken soup.
Getting serious
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 02, 2012

Vive la France

French music is tricky. It has an unmistakable accent, inflection, scent.
French music at the BSO; French opera at Boston Conservatory; plus, Peter Wispelwey, Judith Gordon, Russell Sherman and Frank Kelley, and Collage New Music
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 10, 2012
Hello Helios opera

Helios Early Opera's Charpentier; plus, the BSO's Mendelssohn Lobgesang

There's a new group in town doing Baroque opera — not an easy ambition.
Hello, Helios!
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 03, 2012

Photos: Boston Symphony Orchestra & Claremont Trio

The Claremont Trio inaugurated the Gardner Museum’s new Calderwood Hall, and John Harbison's Symphony No. 6 performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of David Zinman.
Good musical news
By STU ROSNER AND MICHAEL J. LUTCH  |  January 27, 2012