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Jonathan Blumhofer

Jul 222014
 
Fuse Concert Review: Violinist Joshua Bell and Conductor-Designate Andris Nelsons at Tanglewood

To judge from the BSO’s responsive playing and the audience’s enthusiastic responses, director-designate Andris Nelsons can’t do much wrong these days. Of course, a decade ago, neither could James Levine.

Jul 142014
 
Fuse Concert Review: Opening Night at the Monadnock Festival, Peterborough Town House

The emphasis of Monadnock’s coming concerts is, quite happily, American music by composers with strong ties to New England. It’s hard to imagine a more appropriate place to hear such fare or a better group of musicians to play it.

Jul 092014
 
Fuse CD Reviews: Mozart’s “Haydn” Quartets and James Gaffigan conducts Dvorak (Harmonia mundi), plus James Brawn plays Beethoven (MSR Classics)

Cuarteto Casals brings out Mozart’s playfulness, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester delivers a solid Dvorak’s Sixth, and James Brawn continues to brilliantly play Beethoven’s piano sonatas.

May 212014
 
Fuse CD Reviews: John Adams’ "City Noir" and Saxophone Concerto (Nonesuch) and Howard Hersh’s "Angels and Watermarks"

Howard Hersh hails from northern California, and, as in John Adams’ “City Noir,” the music on Hersh’s album, “Angels and Watermarks,” embraces polyglot West Coast culture in various ways.

May 182014
 
Fuse Concert Review: BMOP Presents "A Fine Centennial" at Jordan Hall

While 1962′s Symphony owes a clear debt to Stravinsky and Britten (especially its last movement), it sounds like nobody but Irving Fine. This is a score that orchestras ought to be lining up to play.