Jonathan Blumhofer

Classical Album Review: Experiential Orchestra’s “American Counterpoints” — Fine Music Hiding in Plain Sight

June 1, 2024
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There’s no question that either the violinist or the orchestra are completely at home with Julia Perry’s larger style or the notes: this is about as confident and secure a first recording as they come.

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Classical Album Reviews: LSO Plays Britten Orchestral Works and “All These Lighted Things” from Antwerp Symphony Orchestra

May 17, 2024
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Sir Simon Rattle revisits the music of Benjamin Britten and Elim Chan once again draws on her remarkable ear for detail.

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Classical Album Reviews: James Ehnes plays Bernstein and Williams and ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Does “City Noir”

May 16, 2024
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The performance of John Adams’s “City Noir” is swift and characterful, though sometimes pushed perhaps a bit too hard for its own good. The rendition of Leonard Bernstein’s “Serenade” is clear but a bit too safe.

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Classical Music Album Review: Mendelssohn’s Complete Symphonies

May 13, 2024
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The Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich recording of Mendelssohn’s Symphonies doesn’t cast the composer as a radical, but the effort highlights the strengths of his music and finds ways to put distinctive interpretive stamps on several of these scores.

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Concert Review: Marc-André Hamelin plays Ives, Hamelin, Schumann, and Ravel

May 11, 2024
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Pianist Marc-André Hamelin demonstrated a total command and control of his materials.

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Classical Music Preview: Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Season Finale

May 1, 2024
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“There’s nothing better to do on Friday night than hear this orchestra play. What else would people do that would be better? Of course, people get very excited about the sports teams – and most of them lose. But this orchestra never loses. It wins every game!”

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Concert Review: Boston Philharmonic Orchestra plays Mozart and Bruckner

April 29, 2024
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Ultimately, on some level, the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra’s performance of Bruckner Ninth functioned as a study in approaching the unknown (and unknowable) with humility.

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Classical Concert Preview: Portland Youth Philharmonic’s East Coast Centennial Tour

March 26, 2024
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The Portland Youth Philharmonic’s East Coast tour allows the ensemble, whose membership is mostly drawn from the city of Portland, and its nearby suburbs, to showcase their artistry in venues that will do them sonic justice, including Worcester’s Mechanics Hall.

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Classical Album Reviews: The Sinfonia of London and Susanna Mälkki with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra

March 24, 2024
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The Sinfonia of London and Susanna Mälkki with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra release recordings filled with color and beauty.

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Concert and Album Reviews: Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra plays Britten, Tchaikovsky, Ives, and Ravel — Isabelle Faust plays Britten

March 7, 2024
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Conductor Benjamin Zander put the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra to challenging work at Symphony Hall, while, on record, Isabelle Faust delivers a vital, urgent, and engrossing traversal of the Britten Violin Concerto.

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