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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Classical CD Reviews: Hindemith Orchestral Works and Symphonic Psalms by Jonathan Blumhofer

Conductor Marek Janowski’s Hindemith is all vigor and athleticism; Tenebrae’s Symphonic Psalms & Prayers is captivating. By Jonathan Blumhofer Marek Janowski isn’t a conductor …

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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Music Commentary: Top Classical Performances and Recordings of 2017 by Jonathan Blumhofer

A line-up of concerts, performances, and recordings that, as 2017 draws to its close, I can’t, for one reason or many, shake from my memory.

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Classical CD Reviews: Matthias Goerne’s “The Wagner Project” and Mahler’s Symphony of a Thousand by Jonathan Blumhofer

Matthias Goerne offers proof that he is the Wagner baritone of the day. And Thierry Fischer’s understanding of Mahler deserves our admiration.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Year-end CD Round-up, Part 2: Jurowski’s Tchaikovsky Symphonies, Strauss in St. Petersburg, Jasper Quartet’s “Unbound,” Walton Symphonies, and by Jonathan Blumhofer

Highlights include an excellent Tchaikovsky symphony cycle in modern sound and one of the year’s best chamber-music albums.

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Monday, December 18, 2017
Saturday, December 9, 2017

Classical CD Reviews: All-star Schubert and Mozart Arias by Jonathan Blumhofer

A hell-for-leather approach to Schubert has its drawbacks; for all the sheen of Juan Diego Flórez's singing, he doesn’t always seem at home in the music.

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Classical CD Reviews: Thompson & Barber Symphonies and Francois-Xavier Roth’s Mahler by Jonathan Blumhofer

Francois-Xavier Roth's Mahler is full of energy; the National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic’s account of Randall Thompson’s Symphony no. 2 is gripping.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Classical CD Reviews: David Del Tredici’s “Child Alice” and Scott Wollschleger’s “Soft Aberration” by Jonathan Blumhofer

Child Alice is an important addition to the recorded catalogue of major American symphonic music.

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Concert Review: Bermel, Prokofiev, and Strauss at Symphony Hall by Jonathan Blumhofer

The BSO's performance of the Alpine Symphony had purpose and direction.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Classical CD Reviews: Leonard Bernstein’s Complete “Piano Music” and Seong-Jin Cho’s “Debussy” by Jonathan Blumhofer

Leann Osterkamp’s playing is rhythmically alive and sympathetic to Leonard Bernstein’s style; Seong-Jin Cho shows that he is an important pianist to watch.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Concert Review: Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra at Symphony Hall by Jonathan Blumhofer

The BPYO is as responsive, confident, technically skilled, and emotionally expressive an orchestra as they come.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Music Commentary: “Bernstein at 100,” aka Tanglewood 2018 by Jonathan Blumhofer

In honor of what would have been Leonard Bernstein’s hundredth birthday, the Tanglewood Festival is pulling out all the stops.

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Music Preview: Boston Camerata’s “Liberty Tree” by Jonathan Blumhofer

There’s a remarkable breadth and depth, both textural and musical, to this collection of songs and dances that date back to the earliest years of the Republic.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Concert Review: Martha Argerich and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia at Symphony Hall by Jonathan Blumhofer

Far more impressive than pianist Martha Argerich's impeccable mechanical abilities are her interpretive chops. Here, she’s truly in a league of her own.

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Classical CD Review: Brahms Piano Trios and “Living in Light” by Jonathan Blumhofer

Nothing sleepy about the playing or the interpretations in the Yo-Yo Ma and Emmanuel Ax disc; New Hampshire's Heather Gilligan is a composer to watch.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Classical CD Review: Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia plays Saint-Saëns by Jonathan Blumhofer

This is one of the year’s standout orchestral albums and it’s a special treat to catch the ensemble live on these shores so soon after its release.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

CD Reviews: Jonas Kaufmann’s “L’Opera” and Michael Spyres’ “Espoir” by Jonathan Blumhofer

Two great tenor discs have recently been released

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Opera Review: Boston Lyric Opera’s “Tosca” by Jonathan Blumhofer

For my taste, too much of the stage action during Friday's performance was stiff and shopworn.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

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

One of Andris Nelsons’ great gifts as an interpreter is his ability to shape and develop large-scale musical forms.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

CD Reviews: Ebony Quartet’s “Unheard” and Martyn Brabbins conducts Vaughan Williams by Jonathan Blumhofer

Ebony Quartet serves up a “must-hear” album of music from between the world wars.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Classical CD Reviews: Joyce El-Khoury’s “Echo” and Matt Haimovitz’s “Troika” by Jonathan Blumhofer

Soprano Joyce El-Khoury sings spectacularly in her new disc, Echo.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Classical CD Reviews: Arabella Steinbacher plays Britten and Hindemith and Daniil Trifonov’s “Chopin Evocations” by Jonathan Blumhofer

Hindemith and Britten could hardly have asked for more committed advocates than Steinbacher, Jurowski, and the RSOB.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Classical CD Reviews: Pianist Andrew Cooperstock plays Leonard Bernstein and Humperdinck’s “Hänsel und Gretel” by Jonathan Blumhofer

If there’s an essential “Leonard Bernstein at 100” album, this one, so far, is it: excellent performances of relatively unknown music deserving to be heard.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Classical Concert Review: Odyssey Opera’s “The Maid of Orléans” by Jonathan Blumhofer

Saturday’s performance ranked among Odyssey Opera’s finest and most artistically satisfying undertakings.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Commentary: 2017-18 Orchestral, Opera, and New Music Season Preview by Jonathan Blumhofer

Some institutions’ offerings aren’t as challenging as they could be, but there’s a healthy balance between the familiar and new.

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Classical CD Reviews: Leonard Bernstein — Far More Than Just the Composer of “West Side Story” by Jonathan Blumhofer

An early highlight of the upcoming Leonard Bernstein centennial is Sony Classical’s 25-disc box set.

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Classical CD Review: Heras-Casado conducts Mendelssohn and Michael Tilson Thomas’s Berg by Jonathan Blumhofer

Michael Tilson Thomas proves he's got Alban Berg’s style in his blood; Pablo Heras-Casado's Mendelssohn symphony cycle continues to be stylish.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Classical Reviews: Sit Fast plays John Dowland and Jurowski conducts Strauss and Mahler by Jonathan Blumhofer

Sit Fast’s performances are breathtaking for their clarity and emotional involvement; Vladimir Jurowski serves up a ho-hum, un-monumental an interpretation of a late-Romantic pillar.

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Monday, August 28, 2017

CD Reviews: Joshua Bell’s Classical Collection; the Baltic Chamber Orchestra plays Shostakovich and Strauss by Jonathan Blumhofer

The Classical Collection proves that violinist Joshua Bell is only now entering his prime; the Baltic Chamber Orchestra serves up a grim and underwhelming disc.

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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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