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Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra’s second program and Vladimir Jurowski returns to Boston

Batting a Thousand
Benjamin Zander’s Philharmonic Youth Orchestra debuted at Symphony Hall last November with an especially impressive performance of Richard Strauss’s elaborately demanding autobiographical extravaganza, Ein Heldenleben (“A Hero’s Life”).
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 18, 2013

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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 04, 2013

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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 04, 2013

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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 20, 2013

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Chantoozies: Renee Fleming, Susan Graham, and Christine Ebersole


"Before this pre-game show ends," mezzo-soprano Susan Graham announced on Super Bowl Sunday, near the end of her joint Celebrity Series recital with fellow Metropolitan Opera diva, soprano Renée Fleming, "I guarantee we have sung every note live ."
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 14, 2013

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Practically perfect: The Discovery Ensemble's latest


Sometimes a concert is so good it seems magical. Practically perfect.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 12, 2013



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Requiems: The Cantata Singers, plus Emmanuel’s Bach Institute


Daniele Gatti’s Verdi Requiem with the BSO was a disappointment (though a friend tells me that the third performance was better than the one I heard).
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 11, 2013

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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 04, 2013

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Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Middle East meets West
The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, an ensemble of musicians between the ages of 15 and 36, equally Israeli and Palestinian (but also from Spain, where they rehearse), was founded a little over a decade ago by conductor-pianist Daniel Barenboim (who made headlines performing Wagner in Israel) and the late Palestinian-American intellectual Edward Said.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 05, 2013

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R.I.P.: The BSO’s Verdi Requiem


This year marks the 200th birthday of the 19th century's two greatest operatic geniuses and polar opposites: Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  January 28, 2013

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Paul Lewis in Boston


Even in a city like Boston with so many stars in its musical firmament, concerts in which great musicians triumphantly tackle the very greatest literature is still rare.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  January 16, 2013



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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 16, 2013

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Phrygian not frigid: Classical concerts to come


Here are some of the dozens of classical-music events this winter I'm especially looking forward to (or most curious about).
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 21, 2012

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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 17, 2012

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The BSO’s conductor roulette


The last few BSO concerts of the season have had their pleasures and raised some questions, especially about who might be the next BSO music director, one of Boston's — indeed, one of the country's —major cultural positions.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 07, 2012

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New kids: The Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, plus BEMF’s Orfeo and the Takács Quartet


There's a shiny new band in town, conductor Benjamin Zander's Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, a 117-member ensemble consisting of New England players from 12 to 21. The inaugural concert nearly sold out Symphony Hall for an auspicious debut.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 27, 2012



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Adès returns


Last year's most satisfying Boston Symphony concert was led by the 41-year-old British composer/conductor/pianist Thomas Adès, who combined music from his marvel-filled opera, The Tempest (2004), with other works inspired by Shakespeare's late romance.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 21, 2012

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BVAS Opera Gala


One of the more delightful evenings I've spent recently was at a benefit concert on November 11 for the Boston Vocal Arts Studio at the Center Makor, in the Temple Bnai Moshe in Brighton.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 19, 2012

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Michael Tippett's Midsummer madness; plus the BPO with Stefan Jackiw


The first American production of any of Michael Tippett's five operas was Sarah Caldwell's The Ice Break for the Opera Company of Boston in 1979.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 15, 2012

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Elliott Carter: 1908-2012

In Memoriam
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?
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 08, 2012
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