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All over again

Brahms from Levine and Kissin, Emmanuel’s Bach B-minor Mass, the Cantata Singers’ Kurt Weill cabaret
The Boston Symphony Orchestra program for last week’s four concerts was a familiar one.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  January 28, 2010

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Passion-less

Bernard Haitink and the BSO; Dominique Labelle with the Handel and Haydn Society
If the St. John Passion is Bach’s equivalent of lesser Shakespeare, the St. Matthew Passion is Bach’s King Lear.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 02, 2008

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Is there a pianist in the house?

A last-minute Emperor at the BSO, Gatti and Ohlsson, BLO’s Elisir, and Brahms meets Weill with the Cantata Singers
Moved and excited by pianist Leon Fleisher in Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with the Boston Symphony, I wanted to hear it again.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 18, 2008

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Great gifts

Julian Kuerti leads the BSO and Leon Fleisher, Stockhausen’s Mantra at Harvard, Emmanuel’s St. John Passion
Knussen’s interludes, barely seven minutes, are a complex but attractive mix of the seductively creepy and the intricately lively.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 12, 2008

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Singers’ delight

Spring Arts Preview: Opera and vocal works lead the season
The season may be starting to wind down, but there remain some events music lovers have been waiting for all year.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 10, 2008

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The marriage of Heaven and Hell

Levine’s Schubert and Bolcom, Boston Baroque’s King Arthur, Jan Curtis
It’s been a joy to see James Levine back on the Symphony Hall podium, with his admirable combination of vitality and sensitivity.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 07, 2008



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A Violetta to die for

Teatro Lirico I at the Majestic Theatre, March 2, 2008
Ukrainian soprano Marina Viskvorkina gave an extraordinary performance as the consumptive courtesan Violetta Valéry.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 04, 2008

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Conquering heroes

Winterreise  from Thomas Quasthoff and James Levine, the Cecilia’s Handel, Levine’s return, Brendel’s farewell
One sign of Boston’s rich classical-music scene is that there are often hard choices to make when two outstanding events are scheduled at the same time.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 29, 2008

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Unembarrassed riches

Dutoit and Elder at the BSO, Collage’s Berio, Boston Conservatory’s Turn of the Screw, and Kurt Weill at the Gardner and the MFA
Some weeks Boston has such musical riches, one wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 21, 2008

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‘A miracle!’

Emmanuel’s memorial for Craig Smith, plus Russell Sherman’s Bach, the Royal Concertgebouw, and Handel’s Semele
“Deep, tough, devout — and in church! It’s a miracle!”
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 05, 2008

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Country for old men

Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, BMOP, Marc-André Hamelin, and Sasha Cooke
A youthful 80-year-old Sir Colin Davis was back in front of the Boston Symphony Orchestra last weekend with one of the pieces he loves most.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  January 29, 2008



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Movie music

The BSO, Handel and Haydn, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the Cantata Singers, David Daniels, and Teatro Lirico d’Europa’s Tosca
Classical music in 2008 Boston did not get off to a brilliant start.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  January 23, 2008

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Too much too soon?

Classical goodies for 2008
Two of the most exciting concerts announced for this winter are on the same date, February 24.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  January 31, 2008

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Love and loss

Classical: 2007 in review
Boston’s biggest classical-music story this year was also its saddest.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 18, 2007

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Glenn Gould: The Original Jacket Collection

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Even when Glenn Gould was not at his best, he was an indispensable artist.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 20, 2007

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Broadway's Best at Pops

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This DVD represents some of the best of public broadcasting and a bit of the worst.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 10, 2007



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Hot and cold

More French music plus Osvaldo Golijov at the BSO; Sarasa’s warm tribute to Craig Smith
James Levine’s second French program this season with the Boston Symphony Orchestra was more compelling than the one with which he began the season.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 11, 2007

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Hail and farewell

The Berlin Philharmonic’s Mahler, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, and the BSO’s Smetana
The season’s most eagerly awaited (and, with its $187 top ticket price, most expensive) classical concert was not a disappointment.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 27, 2007

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Carter heaven

The BSO and BVM celebrate America’s greatest living composer, plus Stockhausen’s Mantra, and music for Beckett
James Levine’s devotion to the music of Elliott Carter has been a boon to Boston.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 20, 2007

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Super abundance

Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela; James Levine’s Berg and Mahler; Measha Brueggergosman at Jordan Hall
“Something absolutely extraordinary is happening in Venezuela,” announced Tony Woodcock.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 13, 2007

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Low rent

Boston Lyric Opera’s latest La bohème; plus Collage’s Berio, and Markus Stenz at the BSO
With good singing, acting, and conducting, a stage director for La bohème can afford to keep out of the way, which is pretty much what Ocel does.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 06, 2007


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