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Conquering heroes

Winterreise  from Thomas Quasthoff and James Levine, the Cecilia’s Handel, Levine’s return, Brendel’s farewell
One sign of Boston’s rich classical-music scene is that there are often hard choices to make when two outstanding events are scheduled at the same time.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 29, 2008


Unembarrassed riches

Dutoit and Elder at the BSO, Collage’s Berio, Boston Conservatory’s Turn of the Screw, and Kurt Weill at the Gardner and the MFA
Some weeks Boston has such musical riches, one wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 21, 2008


‘A miracle!’

Emmanuel’s memorial for Craig Smith, plus Russell Sherman’s Bach, the Royal Concertgebouw, and Handel’s Semele
“Deep, tough, devout — and in church! It’s a miracle!”
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 05, 2008


Country for old men

Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, BMOP, Marc-André Hamelin, and Sasha Cooke
A youthful 80-year-old Sir Colin Davis was back in front of the Boston Symphony Orchestra last weekend with one of the pieces he loves most.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  January 29, 2008


Movie music

The BSO, Handel and Haydn, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the Cantata Singers, David Daniels, and Teatro Lirico d’Europa’s Tosca
Classical music in 2008 Boston did not get off to a brilliant start.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  January 23, 2008


Too much too soon?

Classical goodies for 2008
Two of the most exciting concerts announced for this winter are on the same date, February 24.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  January 31, 2008


Love and loss

Classical: 2007 in review
Boston’s biggest classical-music story this year was also its saddest.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 18, 2007


Glenn Gould: The Original Jacket Collection

Even when Glenn Gould was not at his best, he was an indispensable artist.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 20, 2007


Broadway's Best at Pops

WGBH Boston Video
This DVD represents some of the best of public broadcasting and a bit of the worst.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 10, 2007


Hot and cold

More French music plus Osvaldo Golijov at the BSO; Sarasa’s warm tribute to Craig Smith
James Levine’s second French program this season with the Boston Symphony Orchestra was more compelling than the one with which he began the season.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 11, 2007


Hail and farewell

The Berlin Philharmonic’s Mahler, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, and the BSO’s Smetana
The season’s most eagerly awaited (and, with its $187 top ticket price, most expensive) classical concert was not a disappointment.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 27, 2007


Carter heaven

The BSO and BVM celebrate America’s greatest living composer, plus Stockhausen’s Mantra, and music for Beckett
James Levine’s devotion to the music of Elliott Carter has been a boon to Boston.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 20, 2007


Super abundance

Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela; James Levine’s Berg and Mahler; Measha Brueggergosman at Jordan Hall
“Something absolutely extraordinary is happening in Venezuela,” announced Tony Woodcock.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 13, 2007


Low rent

Boston Lyric Opera’s latest La bohème; plus Collage’s Berio, and Markus Stenz at the BSO
With good singing, acting, and conducting, a stage director for La bohème can afford to keep out of the way, which is pretty much what Ocel does.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 06, 2007


The hottest and brightest

Rescued by music
The New England Conservatory is bringing to Symphony Hall the hottest of young conductors.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 16, 2008


Lorca without Lorca

Opera Boston’s Ainadamar, plus Ida Haendel, the BSO, and West Side Story
Is it possible for a work of art to seem both completely sincere in its intentions and at the same time counterfeit and manipulative?
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 30, 2007


Buzz words

TV’s ‘A’ star makes a bee movie
I’ve had several brushes with Jerry Seinfeld.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 31, 2007


The art of . . .

Bach at Emmanuel, Boston Baroque’s Cosí fan tutte, Kiri Te Kanawa’s farewell to Boston  
Craig Smith’s Emmanuel Music began its season with Bach, the composer it’s best known for.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 16, 2007


Opening nightmare

Good playing, bad karma at the BSO gala
It wasn’t as bad as what happened at Opening Night at the Pops last May, but it was still awful.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 10, 2007


Flying high

Kurt Weill in Stow; Ziegler and Lima sing Mahler
Cantata Singers director David Hoose must feel that Weill’s music is more timely than ever.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  September 26, 2007


Luciano Pavarotti, 1935–2007

Generic for tenor
Luciano Pavarotti was so famous, so beloved, he became the first classical musician since 1940s violinist Jascha Heifetz to have his name become generic.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  September 17, 2007

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