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Monday, April 9, 2018

Concert Review: Handel & Haydn Society Plays Purcell’s “The Fairy Queen” by Jonathan Blumhofer

A thoroughly charismatic Fairy Queen from start to finish, well-prepared, fulgently delivered, and received by a packed house with well-earned warmth.

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Classical CD Reviews: Alexander Melnikov’s Four Pianos and Leonard Bernstein’s Mass by Jonathan Blumhofer

Pianist Alexander Melnikov has come up with one of the still-young year’s most compelling discs, Deutsche Grammophon releases an aural train wreck.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Classical CD Review: Vänskä’s Mahler Six, Harding’s Mahler Nine, Louise Farrenc Symphonies, Handel & Haydn Society plays Haydn and Mozart by Jonathan Blumhofer

Two Mahler symphonies, one sluggish the other intense, while symphonies composed by Louise Farrenc, Mozart, and Haydn are done right.

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Classical CD Reviews: Lars Vogt plays Beethoven, James Ehnes plays Walton, Denis Kozhukhin plays Ravel & Gershwin, Francesca Dego plays Paganini & by Jonathan Blumhofer

Superb discs from pianist Lars Vogt, violinist Francesca Dego, pianist Denis Kozhukhin, and violinist James Ehnes on the viola.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Classical Music Commentary: Boston Symphony Orchestra’s 2018-19 Season Announcement by Jonathan Blumhofer

The BSO seems to have taken to heart complaints about its lack of programming diversity, devoting two full programs to underrepresented groups.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Classical Concert Review: St. Lawrence String Quartet plays Beethoven, Adams, and Sibelius by Jonathan Blumhofer

It is, clearly, a crafty Beethoven remix and the ways John Adams assimilates the older composer’s language into his latest style are fascinating.

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Rethinking the Repertoire #20 – Vasily Kalinnikov’s Symphony no. 1 by Jonathan Blumhofer

Kalinnikov’s First Symphony is one of those neglected works well worth beating a drum for.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Concert Review: Bernstein’s Kaddish Symphony returns to Symphony Hall by Jonathan Blumhofer

This symphony is the finest synthesis of Leonard Bernstein’s considerable theatrical instincts within a concert framework, idiosyncratic and singular.

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Rethinking the Repertoire #19 — Charles Ives’ Orchestral Set no. 2 by Jonathan Blumhofer

Charles Ives continues to stand, after 140-plus years, as the ultimate American Composer.

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

CD Reviews: Smetana String Quartets, 2018 New Year’s Concert, Haydn: An Imaginary Orchestral Journey, and Lindberg conducts Bernstein by Jonathan Blumhofer

Pražák Quartet's Smetana is keeper, Sir Simon Rattle's Haydn is a loser, and Lindberg's "On the Waterfront" is a knockout.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Classical CD Reviews: Barenboim plays Sciarrino, Berio, Tartini, and Paganini and Alsop’s Complete Bernstein by Jonathan Blumhofer

Violinist Michael Barenboim is an exceptional young musician with a famous name who stands on his own two feet.

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Concert Review: Boston Musica Viva’s Annual Family Concert by Jonathan Blumhofer

Musically, everything clicked in Boston Musica Viva's annual Family Concert.

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Concert Review: Chorus pro Musica’s “Together” by Jonathan Blumhofer

Throughout the night, CpM music director Jamie Kirsch kept tempos lively and never lost sight of the overarching shape of each of the evening’s big pieces.

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Rethinking the Repertoire #18 — Max Bruch’s Symphony no. 3 by Jonathan Blumhofer

Max Bruch's music is smart, strong, crafty, and, often, quite endearing.

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Rethinking the Repertoire #17 – Joan Tower’s “Chamber Dance” by Jonathan Blumhofer

From a compositional standpoint, too, Chamber Dance is an example of Tower at her engaging best.

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Rethinking the Repertoire #16 – – Franz Liszt’s “Dante” Symphony by Jonathan Blumhofer

The deeply personal nature of the music’s narrative drew some extraordinary music from Liszt’s pen.

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Friday, March 2, 2018

Concert Review: John Adams’ “Scheherezade.2” at Symphony Hall by Jonathan Blumhofer

This weekend’s concert fires on all cylinders. Don’t miss it.

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Concert Review: Russian Music by the Boston Philharmonic by Jonathan Blumhofer

Benjamin Zander, who’s led some distinctly fine concerts in recent years, drew the best out from his band.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Concert Review: Hub New Music in Worcester by Jonathan Blumhofer

A stirring serving of contemporary classical music from Hub New Music.

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Friday, February 2, 2018

Concert Review: Boston Symphony plays Mozart and Shostakovich by Jonathan Blumhofer

Despite Shostakovich’s often-dissonant approach, the Fourteenth has always been highly-regarded if infrequently-played.

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Classical Music CDs: Orchestral Music from “The Ring” and Michael Tippett’s Symphonies nos. 1 & 2 by Jonathan Blumhofer

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra gives sold readings of two Michael Tippett symphonies.

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Classical CD Reviews: Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Schumann and “The Gershwin Moment” by Jonathan Blumhofer

The San Francisco Symphony delivers performances of chamber-like sensitivity and remarkable transparency.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Classical Music CD Reviews: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet’s Complete Beethoven Sonatas, Petrenko’s “Spring,” “Toscanini 150th Anniversary,” Teodor by Jonathan Blumhofer

A round-up that includes: irresistible Beethoven, welcome arrivals of spring, a spirited celebration of Toscanini, and spectacular, revelatory Tchaikovsky.

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Classical CD Reviews: Estonian Festival Orchestra’s Shostakovich and Andrew Manze’s Mendelssohn, vol. 2 by Jonathan Blumhofer

Paavo Järvi and the Estonian Festival Orchestra present a probing and excellent version of Shostakovich’s Symphony no. 6.

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Classical CD Reviews: Prokofiev’s “Cantata on the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution” and “Music of the Americas” by Jonathan Blumhofer

It’s not Prokofiev at his finest, but his “very good” was above just about everybody else’s best.

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Classical CD Reviews: Kamus Quartet’s “Homunculus” and Jeroen Van Veen plays Adams by Jonathan Blumhofer

The nearly 10 year wait for the premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s string quartet Homunculus was worth it.

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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

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