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This album led me to choose, for a summer project, to listen to all of the music of Janáček -- and it has been a complete delight
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Thanks to BEMF for once again presenting Benjamin Bagby, who seems incapable of serving up anything but a wonderfully memorable experience.
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This entertaining opera is a real soap opera, given that it chronicles the fallout of the passionate protagonist's unrequited love.
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Letters from Gettysburg is an extraordinarily haunting five-movement work that elevates the experience of one man into a memorial to all victims of war.
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Desires will surely solidify ORA Singers' reputation as a first-class choral ensemble.
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A bit surprising -- that two megastars choose such meat and potatoes repertoire.
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The cellist is a member of a tribe of fabulous players/singers who are funny, thoughtful, opinionated, brilliant, and irreverent.
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Handel and Haydn Society assembled both a must-hear program and an extraordinary cast of singers.
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The Boston Lyric Opera is mounting a fabulous staging of Benjamin Britten's visceral opera.
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Music Director Martin Pearlman had the excellent idea to cut out 6 of the 18 arias to make Jephtha move along, and it paid off.
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Two highly recommended recordings by well-known artists performing some rather off-the-beaten-path repertoire.
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A memorable evening, headlined by a superb pianist who deserves a full hall, any time, anywhere.
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The late Amos Oz relished the latent anarchism in Jewish holy texts -- full of debates, arguments, challenges.
The Tallis Scholars are unquestionably today's most renowned exponent of Renaissance sacred music.
When it comes to raising high spirits, the BEMF’s delightful Alcina was an inspired choice.
“I still remember; I sat in his class, and I felt my future changing as he spoke.”
This was a truly great performance, one that fully suited the BPO’s season-long, dual commemorations.
These extraordinary books from world-class writers are about reviving, through words, a now-derelict town and the lives of its ten thousand murdered Jews.
Aside from his seemingly effortless technique, Roustem Saïtkoulov struck me as a poet of the piano, for whom music seems (to be) his first language.
Skylark performed an inventive and highly enjoyable program of music and tales from Norse Mythology and the land of the Vikings.
Lorelei Ensemble's latest recording is awe-inspiring.
Ilan Stavans' latest book is an engrossing potpourri of this thinker's continuing thoughts about language, culture, and the self.
Colin Carr supplied an extraordinary performance of Bach’s Six Cello Suites.
Pianist Constantine Finehouse and violinist Daniel Kurganov are well-matched musicians, and have recorded a superb album.
Kevin Leong is unquestionably an inspired choice to lead this chorus.
David Lang’s score is hypnotic, and Emmanuel Music's quartet of singers gave wonderful renditions.
The thought of the Kissin/Emerson collaboration was very intriguing, and I anticipated amazing music making. By Susan Miron This reviewer has been a devoted fan of the Emerson String Quarte…
There were the inevitable crowd-pleasers on which Audra McDonald puts her impassioned stamp.
This performance was far more than special and crazily beautiful -- it was extraordinary.
Their combined sound, made by two nested pianos their lids off and aided and abetted by Jordan Hall’s superb acoustics, was irresistible.
The members of this trio seem to have preternatural access to each other’s musical thoughts.