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January 12   -  

Eighteen Far Flyers Flocking

In the expectant room a quiet composer, 18 musicians with 18 individual parts. The musicians count to 4 together, a silent “measure for nothing.” That’s the last gesture we’ll make together for most of the first movement of the ...

January 12   -  

Juditha Triumphans(es) at Longy

Judith and Holerfnes by Genteleschi Think of Antonio Vivaldi, and the brilliant violinist and prolific composer of sonatas and concertos for violin and other solo instruments most likely comes to mind. Yet Vivaldi was also an important composer of ...

January 9   -  

The Right Musical Stuff at the Gardner

In Sunday’s “Bartok and Schumann Project” at the ISGM, violinist Miriam Fried provided both outgoing expressive projection and quiet eloquent tone in ample measure; it was gratifying to hear relaxed but confident playing that was ...

January 8   -  

Women in Love, in Life

Of all the challenges thrust upon a young vocalist, tackling the song cycle form may be the most difficult. Though simple in its presentation and instrumentation—singer plus pianist give reading of thematically linked songs—it can be ...

January 7   -  

Five Concerted Works Reveal BSO Depth

Toby Oft solos with BSO and Masur (Hilary Scott photo) The Boston Symphony began 2017 on Thursday, with many felicities of programming and execution, not the least of which entailed disclosures of works new to the orchestra, and even composers of ...

January 6   -  

STEPs Small and Large

A few days before the next political chapter of our polarized era officially begins, we will be honoring Martin Luther King Jr., the assassinated civil rights pioneer and man of peace, on the 88th anniversary of his birth. As part of the Monday, ...

January 4   -  

Engaging Baroque Comforts

Martin Pearlman (file photo) Ringing in the new year with old music is a cherished tradition that Boston Baroque and its music director Martin Pearlman began 30 years ago, when the organization was called Banchetto Musicale. This year’s ...

January 2   -  

Collaborators Hold Mirror to Schumann and Argento

Chamisso wrote of a woman’s love. Turning the expression of a conventional song cycle graphic supports suspension of disbelief for some and suppresses it for others able to fantasize richly. Some pieces exist to burst genres—a ballet of ...

December 29   -  

BSO Leads: Steppin’ Out in ’17

Henry’s band going strong The most self-effacing team-member orchestral musicians still like to shine once in a while, so select Boston Symphony players will be featured as soloists in a wide-ranging concerto program led by assistant conductor ...

December 21   -  

Yehudi Wyner Celebrated, Fittingly

The content of some “modern” music is just as human as what is thought of as “classical,” composer Yehudi Wyner explained to the audience at the concert featuring his music at the Boston Athenæum on Monday evening. His ...
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