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April 5   -  

Wolf’s Poetry and Song

Kendra Colton (file photo) Hugo Wolf left a bounteous two sets of short songs based on Italian poetry without making clear how he intended them performed. This is strange, as his insistence on textural fidelity was legendary. In the single ...

April 5   -  

George Li Returns

George Li (Christian Steiner photo) The Boston area is home to a fair number of world-renowned musicians, but (and this is a completely subjective assessment) it seems as if few among them who are not active teachers in our conservatories make much ...

April 4   -  

What’s Up with Scott Wheeler?

If Renoir’s The Rules of the Game had featured a livingroom brook stocked with colorful koi and a collection of art that spanned continents and cultures, it could have been the inspiration for the lively and surreal dinner party for 80 that ...

April 4   -  

Matthew Shepard’s Lesson to All

Part oratorio, part message, part celebration, part tribute, part ritual, Considering Matthew Shepard stands above all as a musical consideration of freedom of the soul. In about 100 continuous minutes of chorus, vocal soli, spoken text, and small ...

April 3   -  

Herons in Seville’s Golden Age

Did Torquemeda bring an end to Seville’s golden age? Packed with Blue Heron’s ardent admirers, First Congregational Church, Cambridge witnessed “Cantores y ministriles: Music in Seville in the Golden Age on Saturday. All of the ...

April 2   -  

Doric Reaches High Order in Boston

Freed in recent years from academic commonplaces and interpretative strictures, string quartets seem increasingly emboldened to develop distinctively recognizable voices. The Doric Quartet, one of the top currently resident in England, brought to a ...

April 2   -  

Singers Bring Sharp Contrasts and Rarefied Beauty

David Hoose rehearses his last BU show? (Sam Brewer photo) In an adventurous programming gambit Friday night, the Cantata Singers and Ensemble under David Hoose matched up two opposites—Johann Sebastian Bach and Anton Webern—and ...

April 2   -  

Perahia, BSO, and Haitink Score Big

Pastoral air wafted through Symphony Hall Thursday as masterful performances from Murray Perahia and Bernard Haitink evinced the very nature of contrasting scenarios created by Beethoven and Mahler. Utopia it had to be as Murry Perahia opened Piano ...

April 1   -  

Classical Music and Suds in Somerville

Original gravity is a measure of the density of beer before it ferments—a higher original gravity usually promises a richer, more intoxicating product, although one needs to know what the “final gravity” is after the yeast completes ...

March 29   -  

Remembering Matthew’s Passion

The “fusion-oratorio” Considering Matthew Shepard tells the story of the infamous 1998 murder and its aftermath. Conceived as a 21st-century oratorio-passion, Craig Hella Johnson ,’s work sets texts by Lesléa Newman, Hafiz, ...
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