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Wings of desire

Samuel Bak’s ‘Remembering Angels’
Half a millennium after her birth, in the wake of world wars and genocides, she’s become timeless.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 30, 2008


No trouble with Harry

Handel and Haydn's 'Fireworks' at Symphony Hall, January 25, 2008
Even the concluding Réjouissance movement stomped, a four-on-the-floor Irish reel.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 29, 2008


Masterpieces and mysteries

‘The Complete Jane Austen’ on WGBH, and making book on the Austen detectives
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that there cannot be too many Jane Austen adaptations for film and television.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 14, 2008


War and Peace

Seven hours is not enough
So, no, Bondarchuk’s War and Peace is not really Tolstoy’s. Then again, short of a 20-hour TV mini-series with Russian actors, you won’t see better.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 18, 2007


Ebb and flow

Dance: 2007 in review
The good news is that we still have our own major company, Boston Ballet, and it made its first international tour — to Spain — in more than a decade.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 17, 2007


Meter maids

Revels goes to the Balkans
Santa may know who’s naughty and nice, but he’ll have to bone up on his irregular folk meters if he wants to follow this year’s Christmas Revels to the Balkans.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 17, 2007


Io e Napoleone/Napoleon and Me

Underdeveloped (and badly packaged)
This might look better on the big screen, but it would still be just a good idea that Virzi never developed.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 12, 2007


Baritone bliss?

Дмитрий Хворостовский at Symphony Hall
Ну, что, как вы — oops, sorry, that’s what happens when the conversation around you is all-Russian-all-the-time.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 11, 2007


More than child’s play

Boston Ballet’s grown-up Nutcracker
After a slow start, The Nutcracker went on to become the most-watched ballet of the 20th century.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 09, 2007


Untrue north

This Compass doesn't point to Pullman
Just as there are many universes in the world of Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass (published in Great Britain as Northern Lights ), so there are many movies in this New Line adaptation.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 05, 2007


AIDS day for the people

Longwood Symphony at Jordan Hall, December 1, 2007
Introducing the Longwood Symphony Orchestra’s unusual World AIDS Day program.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 04, 2007


Time with Tolstoy

The new translation of War and Peace
War and Peace is the epic to end all epics.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 28, 2007


Yes, he'd be missed

Richard Conrad's The Mikado at Jordan Hall, November 24, 2007
In the 1980s and ’90s, performances of Gilbert & Sullivan operettas by Richard Conrad’s Boston Academy of Music were a Thanksgiving-weekend tradition.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 27, 2007


Not quite eternal

Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic in Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde
When what’s arguably the world’s best symphony orchestra expectations run high.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 26, 2007


Unanswered questions

Ben Zander and the BPO, Sanders Theatre, November 18, 2007
Not many living conductors (Abbado? Harnoncourt? Barenboim?) would do better.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 19, 2007


Voice of authority

Thomas Quasthoff holds forth
German baritone Thomas Quasthoff has overcome adversity (his mother took Thalidomide) to become the outstanding German lieder singer of his generation.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 14, 2007


The people's choice?

Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela
Gustavo Dudamel, in case you hadn’t heard, is the 26-year-old Venezuelan conductor who’s going to save classical music.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 08, 2007


Semper Fideles

Jordi Savall + Le Concert des Nations, Emmanuel Chruch, October 27, 2007
Some 400 BSO season subscribers, I’m told, exchanged their tickets Saturday night so they could stay home and watch the Red Sox beat the Rockies.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 30, 2007


Dark victory

Boston Ballet in Serenade and La Sylphide
It’s a good pairing: together, Serenade and La Sylphide write an essay on doomed love
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 31, 2007


A hero of our time

Ivan Moravec at the Metropolitan Museum
I never doubt Moravec unless I’m measuring him against himself. There isn’t a pianist alive I’d rather hear.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 18, 2007


King to C5

Kasparov comes to Harvard  
Greengard, no less eager to make a good local impression, had called Kasparov “the Bill Belichick of chess.”
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 17, 2007

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