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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Rethinking the Repertoire: Postlude by Jonathan Blumhofer

Still, the moral should be to err in favor of the audacious. That’s what this world – and this art form – require.

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Rethinking the Repertoire #25: Esa-Pekka Salonen’s “Foreign Bodies” by Jonathan Blumhofer

For a composer who hails from Finland but found his spiritual home in Southern California, Esa-Pekka Salonen’s is a singular musical voice.

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Rethinking the Repertoire #24: Charles Villiers Stanford’s “Songs of the Fleet” by Jonathan Blumhofer

Composer Charles Villiers Stanford's best traits were formidable indeed.

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Rethinking the Repertoire #23 – Henry Cowell’s Piano Concerto by Jonathan Blumhofer

Henry Cowell’s was an important, if now often forgotten, voice in 20th-century music.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Rethinking the Repertoire #22 – Florence Price’s “Mississippi River Suite” by Jonathan Blumhofer

Composer Florence Price’s lack of acceptance into the American canon is shameful.

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Saturday, June 2, 2018

Rethinking the Repertoire #21– Alban Berg’s “Altenberg-Lieder” by Jonathan Blumhofer

That neglect, though, is our loss. The Altenberg-Lieder feature Alban Berg at his most direct and concise, as well as his most sumptuous.

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Concert Review: Boston Lyric Opera’s all-Bernstein Double-bill by Jonathan Blumhofer

The BLO's production was one of the troupe's true staging triumphs of late, transforming the Steriti Ice Rink into a 1950s-style nightclub.

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Classical CD Review: Andrew Manze and Vaughan Williams, Andris Nelsons and Anton Bruckner by Jonathan Blumhofer

Andrew Manze and the RLPO have turned in one of the year’s great albums: potent, lyrical, haunting, and timely.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Classical CD Review: Simone Dinnerstein plays Bach and Glass and James Brawn’s Beethoven Odyssey vol. 5 by Jonathan Blumhofer

Two recommended discs: James Brawn's complete Beethoven piano sonata series continues while Simone Dinnerstein and A Far Cry execute Philip Glass’s chorale-like writing with remarkable fer…

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Saturday, May 5, 2018

Book Review: George Szell’s Reign — Behind the Scenes with the Cleveland Orchestra by Jonathan Blumhofer

George Szell’s Reign is ultimately an accessible, often sociable, but sometimes perplexing fan’s history of the Orchestra and its storied music director.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Classical CD Reviews: Michael Brown’s Piano Works, Ferdinand Ries Piano Concertos, and Andris Nelsons’ Bruckner Symphony no. 4 by Jonathan Blumhofer

Variations and fugues are the overriding themes of pianist/composer Michael Brown’s captivating new album. If you’re an Andris Nelsons fan, this Deutsche Grammophon album won’t disappo…

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Classical CD Reviews: Birringer Duo’s “Lifelines,” Steve Reich’s “Drumming,” and Liza Stepanova’s “Tones and Colors” by Jonathan Blumhofer

The Birringer Duo's disc is a terrific, engaging release, The Colin Currie Group’s performance is nothing short of a powerhouse, and pianist Liza Stepanova plays with lots of character and…

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Classical CD Reviews: Peter Oundjian conducts John Adams and Leonard Bernstein conducts Mahler by Jonathan Blumhofer

Peter Oundjian and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra deliver a great album, smartly programmed and played to the hilt. Leonard Bernstein’s live Mahler was often electrifying; this perf…

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Concert Review: Los Angeles Philharmonic at Symphony Hall by Jonathan Blumhofer

New Yorker critic Alex Ross has called the LAPO the best orchestra in the country and that appellation seems about right.

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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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