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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Classical CD Reviews: Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Ives, Conrad Tao’s “American Rage,” and Gianandrea Noseda conducts Shostakovich by Jonathan Blumhofer

Michael Tilson Thomas delivers a towering Ives Fourth; pianist Conrad Tao's American Rage is hard-edged and defiant, but also poignant and stirring; Gianandrea Noseda's Shostakovich Fourth i…

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Classical CD Reviews: Ernst von Dohnányi Orchestral Works, Handel & Haydn Society plays Haydn, and Eric Coates Orchestral Works by Jonathan Blumhofer

A noteworthy recording of Ernst von Dohnányi's Symphony no. 1; as usual, Harry Christophers and the Handel & Haydn Society Play Haydn with their customary elegance and character; a cele…

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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Concert Review: Boston Philharmonic plays Beethoven and Rachmaninoff by Jonathan Blumhofer

Violinist Liza Ferschtman and the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra's account of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto lacked nothing for momentum and spirit. The post Concert Review: Boston Philharmoni…

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Classical CD Reviews: George Li plays Tchaikovsky, Jansons conducts Shostakovich, and Andris Nelsons conducts BSO premieres by Jonathan Blumhofer

Terrific, fiery playing from George Li, one of the most compelling young pianists on the scene; Mariss Jansons' recording of Shostakovich's Tenth trudges from start to finish; irrefutable pr…

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Classical CD Reviews: Rattle conducts Bruckner, Jurowski conducts Mahler, and Fischer conducts Saint-Saëns by Jonathan Blumhofer

Simon Rattle’s Bruckner is, on the whole, lean and lively; if you’re looking for a new Mahler Four, Vladimir Jurowski's is the one to check out; Thierry Fischer leads performances of eac…

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Concert Review: Boston Symphony Orchestra plays Jolas, Ravel, and Shostakovich by Jonathan Blumhofer

In the right hands, Shostakovich's Twelfth can come off as nothing less than an intriguing, lively symphonic essay. The post Concert Review: Boston Symphony Orchestra plays Jolas, Ravel, and…

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Classical CD Reviews: Offenbach’s “La Périchole,” Aaron Jay Kernis’ Orchestral Works, and Baiba Skride plays Bartók by Jonathan Blumhofer

Marc Minkowski’s recording of Jacques Offenbach's La Périchole pays the composer a handsome tribute in his birthday year; violinist Baiba Skride’s new all-Bartók disc is one of the y…

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Classical CD Reviews: Seattle Symphony plays Strauss & Langgaard, Offenbach’s “Folies symphoniques,” and Salonen conducts Beethoven & St by Jonathan Blumhofer

The Seattle Symphony does right by Langgaard but not Strauss; Esa-Pekka Salonen's Beethoven is micromanaged to death; Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester offers an ideal off-the-beaten-path Of…

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Classical Music CD Reviews: Strauss/Korngold’s “Eine Nacht in Venedig,” Berlioz’s Requiem, and Ethel Smyth’s Mass in D by Jonathan Blumhofer

Among the reviews: a terrific, important release that celebrates one of the most interesting – and hitherto overlooked – composers of the late-19th- and early-20th centuries in style. Do…

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Concert Review: Boston Philharmonic plays Mozart, Brahms, and Bartók by Jonathan Blumhofer

There was nothing sleepy or commonplace about the ensemble’s performance of favorites by Mozart, Brahms, and Bartók. The post Concert Review: Boston Philharmonic plays Mozart, Brahms, and…

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Saturday, October 5, 2019

Classical CD Reviews: Christian Tetzlaff plays Beethoven & Sibelius, Rachel Barton Pine takes on Dvorak & Khachaturian, and Wagner’s “Sieg by Jonathan Blumhofer

Christian Tetzlaff’s brilliant account of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto makes for a great album; Rachel Barton Pine’s versions of Dvorák and Khachaturian violin concertos are songful; o…

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Friday, October 4, 2019

Classical CD Reviews: “To Paradise For Onions,” “Transatlantic,” and “Die Zauberflöte” by Jonathan Blumhofer

To Paradise for Onions is a lovely album; Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra 's Transatlantic is spirited; Yannick Nézet-Séguin's Die Zauberflöte is lost in the crowd. The post Classical CD Re…

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Friday, September 20, 2019

Concert Review: Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Opening Night by Jonathan Blumhofer

That rarest of Opening Nights: a program that was mostly fun and entertaining, but also substantive and artistically satisfying. The post Concert Review: Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Openin…

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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Classical CD Reviews: The Tchaikovsky Project, Schumann Symphonies nos. 2 & 4, and Holst Orchestral Works by Jonathan Blumhofer

Semyon Bychkov and the Czech Philharmonic do justice to a lot of Tchaikovsky’s orchestral music, while John Eliot Gardiner and the London Symphony play Robert Schumann’s famously-dense o…

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Classical CD Reviews: Julia Wolfe’s “Fire in my mouth,” Donnacha Dennehy’s “The Hunger,” Derek Bermel’s “Migrations” by Jonathan Blumhofer

Julia Wolfe's Fire in my mouth is one of 2019’s most memorable recordings; Donnacha Dennehy's The Hunger, a meditation on the Irish potato famine of the mid-19th-century, leaves an indelib…

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Sunday, September 1, 2019

Arts Commentary: 2019-20 Classical Music Preview by Jonathan Blumhofer

I’ve compiled a list of twelve concerts (or concert series) that I think will stand among the future season’s highlights. The post Arts Commentary: 2019-20 Classical Music Preview appear…

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Classical CD Reviews: Nancy Dalberg’s String Quartets, Wynton Marsalis’ Violin Concerto , Osmo Vänskä conducts Mahler by Jonathan Blumhofer

Nancy Dalberg's string quartets are worth getting to know, Wynton Marsalis's violin Concerto receives an electrifying performance, and Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra continue to …

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Classical CD Reviews: Herbert Blomstedt conducts Mahler, Christopher Jacobson plays Saint-Saëns & Poulenc, and Kirill Petrenko conducts Tchaikovs by Jonathan Blumhofer

Herbert Blomstedt conducts a powerful view of Mahler’s valedictory essay, organist Christopher Jacobson's provides a so-so “Organ” Symphony, and Kirill Petrenko's initial recording as …

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Classical CD Reviews: Bartók Ballets, Saint-Saëns Complete Symphonies vol. 2, and Korngold’s Symphony in F-sharp by Jonathan Blumhofer

A can’t-miss album of Bartók Ballets, Thierry Fischer continues to do right by the symphonies of Saint-Saëns, and a spirited recording of the “last great symphony in the German Romanti…

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Classical CD Reviews: Finley & Drake’s “Schwanengesang,” Bostridge & Adès’ “Winterreise,” Meglioranza & Uchida’s “Die sch by Jonathan Blumhofer

Reviews of three superior vocal recordings, featuring baritone Gerald Finley, tenor Ian Bostridge, and baritone Thomas Meglioranza. The post Classical CD Reviews: Finley & Drake’s “S…

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Arts Commentary: Some Thoughts on the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra’s 2019 Brazilian Tour by Jonathan Blumhofer

Suffice it to say, the tour was an extraordinary experience, musically and culturally, and, for me, a conspicuously potent introduction to a new continent. The post Arts Commentary: Some Tho…

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Friday, June 21, 2019

Classical Music Review: The Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra in Brazil, Part One by Jonathan Blumhofer

The BPYO’s repertoire in Brazil is drawn from last year’s programs and is built around Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto no. 2. The post Classical Music Review: The Boston Philharmonic Yo…

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Concert Review: Juventas New Music’s “Pride: Hand in Hand” by Jonathan Blumhofer

The six pieces hailed from various corners of the country and examined a wide range of expressive and social viewpoints. The post Concert Review: Juventas New Music’s “Pride: Hand in Han…

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Classical CD Reviews: François-Xavier Roth conducts Mahler, Mariss Jansons conducts Schumann & Schubert, and Daniel Lippel plays Steve Reich by Jonathan Blumhofer

François-Xavier Roth's Mahler offers plenty of personality and ideas; there’s nothing on Mariss Jansons' disc that’s really worth your time; guitarist Daniel Lippel draws out Steve Reic…

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Saturday, June 1, 2019

Classical CD Reviews: Petrenko conducts Elgar, Gardner conducts Mendelssohn, and Alain Lefévre’s My Paris Years by Jonathan Blumhofer

Vasily Petrenko’s Elgar disappoints, Edward Gardner's Mendelssohn excites, and Alain Lefévre’s Paris is delights. The post Classical CD Reviews: Petrenko conducts Elgar, Gardner conduct…

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Classical CD Reviews: Jurowski conducts Rachmaninoff, Yiddish Cabaret, and Russian Masquerade by Jonathan Blumhofer

Vladimir Jurowski’s new recording of Rachmaninoff's Symphony no. 1 is a tightly-played, exciting reading; The Yiddish Cabaret’s only real offense relates to poor labeling; The transcript…

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Classical CD Reviews: Theodore Kuchar Collected Recordings, Eduard Strauss Centennial Edition vol. 2, and Railroad Rhythms by Jonathan Blumhofer

Railroad Rhythms is one of the year’s delights: unexpected, well played, and thoroughly charming. Theodore Kuchar is a conductor who seems to know precious few limitations; Eduard Strauss,…

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Classical CD Reviews: Andris Nelsons conducts Shostakovich, Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Cello Concerto, Project W by Jonathan Blumhofer

Arguably, the strongest entry in the BSO’s complete Shostakovich symphony cycle thus far; Esa-Pekka Salonen’s 2016 Cello Concerto is emotionally direct and, at times, simply gorgeous; th…

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Classical CD Reviews: Stanford’s Mass “Via victrix”, Pablo Heras-Casado conducts Mendelssohn, and Anna Shelest plays Rubinstein by Jonathan Blumhofer

Charles Villiers Stanford's bold Mass Via victrix is finally heard; Pablo Heras-Casado wraps up his survey of the Mendelssohn symphonies in high style; Anna Shelest completes her performance…

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Classical CD Reviews: Music for Horn and Orchestra, Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto, and the Vienna Philharmonic’s 2019 New Year’s Concert by Jonathan Blumhofer

Markus Maskuniitty’s solo debut recording is stunning, Howard Shelley and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra play Clara Schumann's Piano Concerto with zest, and this is one of the strongestN…

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Saturday, May 4, 2019

Classical Music Reviews: The Boston Symphony’s 2018-19 Season-closing Concerts by Jonathan Blumhofer

The final two concerts of the BSO's season were in the orchestra's sweet spot. The post Classical Music Reviews: The Boston Symphony’s 2018-19 Season-closing Concerts appeared first on The…

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