Reviews

July 21, 2017

Muddle Bests Music

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At Ozawa Hall Wednesday night, the Emerson Quartet and a stage director joined Stalin, Shostakovich, and Chekhov in struggles artistic, fictive, and political.    [continued]

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July 20, 2017

Landmarks Launches 11th Season with a Mix

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Boston Landmarks Orchestra’s opening night at the Hatch Shell offered most welcome fare.    [continued]

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July 19, 2017

A Dramatic Duo Worth Noting

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With his compatriot, pianist Daniel del Pino, Spanish cellist Asier Polo made an auspicious local debut Tuesday evening at the Breakers.    [continued]

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Mutter Brings Out Berkshire Sun

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Sunday’s BSO concert of music by Tchaikovsky and Berlioz, with a world premiere by John Williams, featured one of the world’s most popular violinists, Anne-Sophie Mutter.    [continued]

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Trifonov Glitters More Than Rheingold

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Modest Baroque flavors on Friday and more filling Wagner on Saturday were on order for Tanglewood’s second weekend.    [continued]

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July 17, 2017

Parkers Do Big Kernis and Brahms

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The Parker Quartet made a welcome return to Maverick Concerts on Sunday, including a couple of real novelties    [continued]

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July 13, 2017

Trifonov Wows Crowd

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Coming with impressive credentials, Daniil Trifonov made his Tanglewood debut last night with Schumann, Shostakovitch and Stravinsky.    [continued]

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July 11, 2017

Vermont Is Not So Far

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Dateline Putney on Friday: At Yellow Barn, a (taped) baby fusses and gurgles in its crib as a baroque violin tenderly hovers with fragments of antique chorales and lullabies in a copacetic gathering of sunny youth.    [continued]

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Cherchez Les Russes

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The Breakers, that ne plus ultra of opulent Newport “cottages,” hosted a fine assortment of first-rate talent in “Russian Romantics” Sunday.    [continued]

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Spektral Challenges and Familiar Affirmation

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The Spektral Quartet made its Maverick debut with an unusual program consisting of 3/4 unfamiliar music along with the Ravel.    [continued]

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July 10, 2017

Deveau’s Graceful Finale

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Sunday at Rockport outgoing AD David Deveau bade farewell after 22 leaderly years, with fond and good vibrations all round.    [continued]

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July 9, 2017

Pianist Rewards with Narrative Warmth

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Garrick Ohlsson found unexpected variety within his unlikely pairing of Schubert and Scriabin at Rockport on Thursday.    [continued]

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July 8, 2017

Nelsons Leads Tanglewood Resurrection

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The Boston Symphony Orchestra gave Gustav a 150th-birthday present in the Tanglewood 2017 opener.    [continued]

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July 5, 2017

Going, Going … But Not Gone

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David Deveau’s directorial Schwanengesang at the Rockport Chamber Music Festival found him sitting with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players in the first of three concerts to close his era at the RCMF.    [continued]

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July 4, 2017

Escher = Impulse, Sheen, Variety

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The Escher String Quartet fused into a single 16-stringed instrument at the Maverick on Sunday.      [continued]

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July 2, 2017

Madrigals for String Quartet: Without Words

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The Brentano String Quartet performed Gesualdo, Hartke, and Beethoven with imagination and dazzling assurance on Saturday at the Rockport Chamber Music Festival.    [continued]

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July 1, 2017

Quint Essential Wind Divertissements

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New York Woodwind Quintet lofted a balanced potpourri of between-the-wars classics as kids splashed in the Shalin Liu vista on Thursday.    [continued]

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June 26, 2017

Bravura Entertainment from Albright

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A restless and romantic Charlie Albright channeled fun at the Shalin Liu Performance Center, Sunday afternoon.      [continued]

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Sirens Ranged Widely

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Lorelei Ensemble’s truly astounding sound reliably elicited pleasure for the Rockport crowd on Friday.    [continued]

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June 25, 2017

Integrity Prevailed. Musicianship Abounded.

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German violinist Katharina Giegling and Ukrainian pianist Anastasia Seifetdinova played Mozart, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, and Brahms very satisfyingly at First Baptist Church Medford yesterday.    [continued]

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Almost Completely Wonderful Dvořák

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Dvořák Quartets played by the superb Miró Quartet in the lovely surroundings of the Maverick Concert Hall in Woodstock was blissful Sunday.    [continued]

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Mugging, Stomping, and Singing

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At the Maverick Saturday, ETHEL fused the string quartet with the rock band, resulting in some very un-string quartet behavior.    [continued]

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June 23, 2017

Naumberg Medalists’ Trio at RCMF

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A strong but inconsistently named piano trio brought splendidly varied music most audiences will not have heard very much to Shalin Liu Center on Thursday.    [continued]

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June 20, 2017

Il San Vito Premieres for Moderns

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Concerto Romano gave the modern day premiere of Il San Vito by Bernardo Pasquini last Wednesday afternoon at Emmanuel Church in Boston under the umbrella of the Boston Early Music Festival.    [continued]

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So Many Keys to the Past, II

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A second BEMF keyboard mini-festival took us on further time-travels last Friday courtesy of the Boston Museum of Fine Art’s historic instruments.    [continued]

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