Mistral’s Artistic Director and flutist Julie Scolnik knows, after 17 successful years, how to run a terrific series – hire the best people, present a unifying theme, and program excellent music.
All the works were done with balance, appropriate embellishments in the vocal solo and instrumental parts, and with the energy necessary to bring this music into the twenty-first century.
Boston Baroque closed out 2011 and began 2012 with an engaging program of pieces by Corelli, Handel, Bach, and Vivaldi that featured some rather unfamiliar instruments and repertoire. Martin Pearlman, the group’s founder and music director, conducted this thoroughly enjoyable concert.
I keep being surprised by the brilliant productions and overall excellence of the concerts Boston Early Music Festival presents.