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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Classical Concert Review: Boston Musica Viva plays Hoffer, Smith, and Greene by Jonathan Blumhofer

Richard Pittman led the core players of BMV in a confident, evocative reading of the music. The post Classical Concert Review: Boston Musica Viva plays Hoffer, Smith, and Greene appeared fi…

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Classical Concert Review: Thomas Adès conducts Liszt, Adès, and Tchaikovsky by Jonathan Blumhofer

The BSO recently announced an extension to artistic partner Thomas Adès's contract. It is lucky to have him. So are the rest of us. The post Classical Concert Review: Thomas Adès conducts …

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Friday, March 1, 2019

Classical CD Reviews: Colin Davis’s “Berlioz Odyssey,” “Bernard Haitink: Portrait,” and “The Age of Revolution” by Jonathan Blumhofer

Anniversaries are both the bane and the lifeblood of the classical music industry as, for better or worse, three new box sets remind. The post Classical CD Reviews: Colin Davis’s “Berlio…

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Classical Music CD Reviews: Juan de Arriaga’s Orchestral Music, Lortzing Overtures, and Boieldieu’s Piano Concerto et al. by Jonathan Blumhofer

Francois-Adrien The post Classical Music CD Reviews: Juan de Arriaga’s Orchestral Music, Lortzing Overtures, and Boieldieu’s Piano Concerto et al. appeared first on The Arts Fuse.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Classical Music CD Reviews: Michael Gordon’s “The Unchanging Sea” and Alban Berg’s “Wozzeck” by Jonathan Blumhofer

Michael Gordon's score for The Unchanging Sea works better as soundtrack than a concert work; Harmonia mundi releases a DVD of William Kentridge's powerful staging of Alban Berg's Wozzeck. T…

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Concert Review: Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra plays Britten, Schwantner, and Holst by Jonathan Blumhofer

This Sunday’s BPYO concert tied together a number of highly personal strands, presenting music connected to two of conductor Benjamin Zander’s mentors -- Benjamin Britten and Gustav Hols…

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Sunday, February 24, 2019

Concert Review: Boston Modern Orchestra Project plays John Corigliano by Jonathan Blumhofer

John Corigliano’s take on goodbyes is, if not exactly bitter, then full of sorrow: few happy memories to be had here. The post Concert Review: Boston Modern Orchestra Project plays John Co…

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Classical Music Concert Review: Boston Symphony plays Wilson, Szymanowski, and Copland by Jonathan Blumhofer

Conducting Lumina, Andris Nelsons was entirely in his element, capably drawing out the music’s shimmering gestures -- string flourishes, brass fanfares, woodwind filigrees, and the like …

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Classical CD Reviews: Gerstein plays Busoni, Josefowicz plays Zimmermann, and Välhälä plays Szymanowski by Jonathan Blumhofer

Pianist Kirill Gerstein's take on Busoni is exhilarating; the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra serves the forceful music of composer Bernd Alois Zimmermann, and violinist Elina Välhälä do…

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Sunday, February 3, 2019

In Memoriam — Sanford Sylvan (1953-2019) by Jonathan Blumhofer

Hearing Sanford Sylvan sing made one rich: spiritually, emotionally, musically. The post In Memoriam — Sanford Sylvan (1953-2019) appeared first on The Arts Fuse.

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Classical CD Reviews: Florence Price’s Symphonies nos. 1 & 4, George Antheil’s Symphonies nos. 3 & 6, and 20th-century Russian Orchestral by Jonathan Blumhofer

Fine recordings of symphonies by neglected American composers Florence Price and George Antheil; and a curious album from Cornelius Meister and the ORF Radio-Sinfonieorchester Wien. The post…

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Classical CD Reviews: Riccardo Muti’s Italian Masterpieces, Thierry Fischer conducts Saint-Saëns, and Tasmin Little Plays… by Jonathan Blumhofer

Richard Muti draws playing of full-blooded passion from Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Thierry Fischer conducts Camille Saint-Saëns with a sure hand, and violinist Tasmin Little’s new record…

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Saturday, December 29, 2018

Commentary: Best and Worst Classical Recordings of 2018 by Jonathan Blumhofer

Our critic's year-end tally of the classical albums that, in looking back over 2018, stand tallest – plus a few that didn’t make the bar.

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Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Classical Music Reviews: AEQUA, Philip Glass’s Symphony no. 11, and the Neave Trio plays Piazzolla by Jonathan Blumhofer

Aequa is one of a year’s standout new-music album. Philip Glass's Symphony no. 11 suggests that the composer has more than a few tricks yet up his sleeve. And Neave Trio's Celebrating Piaz…

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Saturday, December 22, 2018

Classical CD Reviews: Spades of Debussy at 100 by Jonathan Blumhofer

An impressive collection of nine new releases (seven of which are reviewed here). While some might not displace the classic recordings of Debussy already out there, this gathering offers som…

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Friday, December 21, 2018

Music Commentary: Top Classical Performances of 2018 by Jonathan Blumhofer

Our critic's twelve favorite classical music performances that he reviewed this past year.

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Classical Music CD Reviews: H&H’s Haydn & Mozart, Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony, and Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette by Jonathan Blumhofer

Handel & Haydn Society's Haydn and Mozart is about as good as it gets; Martyn Brabbins’ recording of a Sea Symphony is one of the year’s best releases; and for elegance and technica…

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Classical CD Reviews: Bavouzet plays Mozart, Lintu conducts Lutoslawski, and Morlot’s Berlioz Requiem by Jonathan Blumhofer

Pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet delivers some fine Mozart; conductor Hannu Lintu brings rhythmic energy and textural transparency to the music of Witold Lutoslawski; Ludovic Morlot and the Seat…

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Classical Music CD Review: American Romantics, Mozart Sonatas for fortepiano & violi, & Brahms Cello Sonatas by Jonathan Blumhofer

American String Quartet's disc features the premiere recording of Robert Sirota’s String Quartet no. 2, American Pilgrimage.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

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

Without question, this BPYO rendition of Shostakovich Ten was one of the most urgent and necessary of any symphonic score I’ve heard all year.

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Classical Music Preview: Tanglewood 2019 Season Announcement by Jonathan Blumhofer

Next summer promises to be a safe one, musically, at Tanglewood.

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Saturday, November 3, 2018

Classical Music Review: Boston Symphony Orchestra plays Haydn, Turnage, and Elgar by Jonathan Blumhofer

As good an interpreter of large-scale forms as he’s becoming, Andris Nelsons has always been a terrific conductor of new music.

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Classical CDs Review: Suppé Overtures, Bronsart and Urspruch Piano Concertos, and “Destination Rachmaninov” by Jonathan Blumhofer

Pianist Daniil Trifonov's Rachmaninov album is magnificent; the Münchner Rundfunkorchester do right by Franz von Suppé's overtures, and the Romantic Piano Concerto series continues to unea…

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Monday, October 29, 2018

Classical CD Reviews: Hilary Hahn plays Bach and Sakari Oramo conducts Langgaard by Jonathan Blumhofer

Hilary Hahn supplies a disc of immaculate Bach; conductor Sakari Oramo and the Vienna Philharmonic play music by Rued Langgaard to the hilt.

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Saturday, October 27, 2018

Concert Review: Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony at Symphony Hall by Jonathan Blumhofer

Andris Nelsons presided over an interpretation of Mahler's Symphony #2 that was both tightly controlled and emotionally cathartic.

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Classical CD Reviews: JoAnn Falletta conducts Schreker, Manfred Honeck conducts Beethoven & Strauss, and Baiba Skride’s “American Concertos” by Jonathan Blumhofer

JoAnn Falletta’s recording of Schreker's orchestral works is fantastic; Manfred Honeck and his Pittsburgh Symphony make Beethoven's Eroica Symphony shocking again, and Baiba Skride proves …

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Classical CD Reviews: Gerald Finzi’s Orchestral Music, Bernstein’s “Wonderful Town,” and Arvo Pärt’s “Works for Violin” by Jonathan Blumhofer

Violinist Viktoria Mullova supplies one of the year’s most programmatically-cohesive and thoughtfully-executed albums.

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Friday, October 5, 2018

Concert Review: The New England Conservatory Philharmonia at Jordan Hall by Jonathan Blumhofer

What wasn’t there to love about 20th-century music on a night like this? In a word, nothing.

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Book Review: “On the Road and Off the Record with Leonard Bernstein” by Jonathan Blumhofer

If Charlie Harmon's story jumps around a bit and reads rather like a series of diary entries, it’s at the very least engaging and, for the most part, entertaining.

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Monday, September 24, 2018

Music Commentary: 2018-19 Boston Classical Music Fall Season Preview (Orchestras, Opera, and New Music, mainly) by Jonathan Blumhofer

There’s so much going on in the area that’s good that it’s a challenge to go wrong.

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Classical CD Reviews: Jansons’ “Resurrection” Symphony, Harding’s Mahler Five, and Steinbacher’s Strauss by Jonathan Blumhofer

Two Mahler symphony entries: one is above average, the other a disappointment. Violinist Arabella Steinbacher delivers a first-rate and strongly recommended disc.

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