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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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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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