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Monday, July 10, 2017

Classical CD Reviews: Alice Coote sings Mahler and Honegger’s “Le roi David” by Jonathan Blumhofer

A wonderful new performance of Mahler’s three orchestral song cycles; Daniel Reuss’s account of the oratorio Le Roi David is basically flawless.

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Friday, July 7, 2017

CD Reviews: “Op. 2″ and Faust/Melnikov’s Franck & Chausson by Jonathan Blumhofer

Violinist Sebastian Bohren’s album is uneven; violinist Isabelle Faust and pianist Alexander Melnikov have produced a wonder.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Classical CD Review: Heath Quartet plays Bartók and Natalie Dessay’s Schubert by Jonathan Blumhofer

The Heath Quartet delivers a triumphant Bartók cycle; Natalie Dessay's Schubert misses the mark widely.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

CD Reviews: Andris Nelsons conducts Brahms and Christian Gerhaher sings “Die schöne Magelone” by Jonathan Blumhofer

The BSO's Brahms' sounds as robust and responsive as they do when they’re on their best behavior at Symphony Hall.

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Classical CD Reviews: Andris Nelsons conducts Bruckner and Andrew Manze conducts Vaughan Williams by Jonathan Blumhofer

For all the surface-y beauty of the BSO's playing, it’s a dull interpretation of Anton Bruckner’s Symphony no. 3.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Classical CD Reviews: Emerson Quartet plays Purcell and Britten and Mozart in Havana by Jonathan Blumhofer

The Emerson Quartet is as restless and curious as ever; pianist Simone Dinnerstein is featured on a treasure of a disc.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Classical CD Reviews: “Recurrence” and “Thrive on Routine” (Sono Luminus) by Jonathan Blumhofer

Why do such a high number of significant contemporary composers hail from Iceland?

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Rethinking the Repertoire #15 – George Whitefield Chadwick’s “Symphonic Sketches” by Jonathan Blumhofer

It is one of the enduring ironies of classical music that so much of today’s repertoire was written by such a small number of people. This post is the fifteenth in a multipart Arts Fuse se…

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Rethinking the Repertoire #14 – Sir Edward Elgar’s “Sea Pictures” by Jonathan Blumhofer

Sea Pictures offers, frankly, everything one might want in a song cycle: sweeping melodies, evocative scoring, stirring drama and pathos.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Rethinking the Repertoire #13 – Samuel Barber’s Piano Concerto by Jonathan Blumhofer

Samuel Barber: one of the most individual and distinguished voices to emerge in Europe or America during the 20th century.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Concert Review: Gershwin’s “Of Thee I Sing” at Robbins Auditorium by Jonathan Blumhofer

In all, Chorus pro Musica’s production was witty and diverting, timely in spots and smart throughout

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Rethinking the Repertoire #11 – Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Antar” by Jonathan Blumhofer

Rimsky-Korsakov’s , Antar packs a world of chimeric colors, impellent drama, and memorable tunes into less than thirty minutes.

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Concert Review: Boston Lyric Opera’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” by Jonathan Blumhofer

By opting to set Figaro as a straight comedy, Cucchi’s production glossed over the opera’s subversive edge.

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Concert Review: New England Philharmonic’s “Fanfare and Fireworks” by Jonathan Blumhofer

There aren’t too many ensembles around that consistently remind us how fresh, rich, diverse, and thought-provoking contemporary can be.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Concert Review: Tchaikovsky, Takemitsu, and Shostakovich at Symphony Hall by Jonathan Blumhofer

Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter gave a searing, intense reading of the solo part in Nostalghia (In Memory of Andrei Tarkovskij).

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Concert Review: Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra plays Mahler by Jonathan Blumhofer

So, what is one to make of the BPYO’s weekend effort? It was a bit bold, to be sure. But it was also stirring, heartfelt, and timely.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Concert Review: Andris Nelsons conducts Mozart and Bruckner by Jonathan Blumhofer

Mitsuko Uchida is quite possibly the finest Mozart pianist around today, at least among non-period specialists.

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Concert Review: Roomful of Teeth and A Far Cry by Jonathan Blumhofer

Sometimes new music isn’t really new and old music isn’t actually old; the best of it exists on some other plane entirely.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Classical CD Reviews: the Nash Ensemble’s Bruch and Carlos Kalmar’s Haydn by Jonathan Blumhofer

A welcome triumph for Hyperion, Bruch, and the Nash Ensemble, but the Oregon Symphony does not do right by Haydn.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Music Commentary: Thoughts on the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s 2017-18 Season by Jonathan Blumhofer

On paper, at least, the upcoming season of the BSO is a bit of a letdown: cautious, unthreatening, comfortable.

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Classical Music CD Reviews: Seven Responses and Bel Canto by Jonathan Blumhofer

For terrific viola playing and some fresh repertoire by familiar names, look no further than Antoine Tamestit’s Bel Canto.

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

CD Reviews: Howell, Beach, and Chaminade Piano Concertos and Brahms String Quintets (Pentatone) by Jonathan Blumhofer

Hyperion builds a CD around a superb performance of Amy Beach’s magnificent Piano Concerto.

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Friday, March 31, 2017

CD Reviews: Andrew Manze conducts Mendelssohn and Charles Wuorinen’s Eighth Symphony et al. by Jonathan Blumhofer

No orchestra in this country embraces the challenges of Charles Wuorinen’s hyper-intellectual style better than the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

CD Reviews: Philip Glass Piano Works and Dessay’s Pictures of America by Jonathan Blumhofer

There have been lots of recordings of Philip Glass to hit the market recently. One of the highlights is Víkingur Ólafsson’s Piano Works.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Concert Review: Grand Harmonie’s March Madness by Jonathan Blumhofer

This invigorating, sometimes unpredictable, Beethoven-heavy program certainly offered its share of athleticism and energy.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

CD Reviews: Petrenko’s Elgar and Orozco-Estrada’s Dvořák by Jonathan Blumhofer

Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra serve up some curious and, from time to time, rather languorous Elgar.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Concert Preview: Grand Harmonie’s “March Madness” by Jonathan Blumhofer

"We thought, why don’t we hark back to earlier occasions which were equal parts socializing and entertainment?"

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Concert Review: Sibelius and Busoni at Symphony Hall by Jonathan Blumhofer

In the Piano Concerto, Ferruccio Busoni seemed to want to have the final word in the tradition of the Romantic concerto.

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Music Commentary: New England Philharmonic at 40 by Jonathan Blumhofer

Whatever challenges there may be, the enthusiasm of the New England Philharmonic’s leadership is infectious.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Concert Review: Shostakovich and Gubaidulina at Symphony Hall by Jonathan Blumhofer

This was a stirring, thought-provoking, and, ultimately, moving reading of Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Concert Review: Boston Modern Orchestra Project’s “Glass Works” by Jonathan Blumhofer

It was a treat to experience Philip Glass’s orchestral music live and in-person.

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