“It’s not a concert about despair,” observes Joel Cohen, “there’s a lot of festive music in it.”
The first in what is surely going to be Blue Heron’s memorable series of testaments to the neglected brilliance of composer Johannes Ockeghem.
Simply put, Blue Heron is one of the best perks of concertgoing in 21st century Boston.
Blue Heron explores a rarely performed repertoire with a choir made up of sensational soloists.
Several merits distinguish Blue Heron’s concerts, the most salient being the always-gorgeous singing of this pre-eminent Renaissance vocal choir.
Blue Heron — fine musicians blending their talents to create a vital and remarkable unity.
The highlights of the month include appearances by star performers Joshua Bell, Stefan Jackiw, Jorge Luis Prats, and Arabella Steinbacher.
The vocal ensemble Blue Heron closed its season with “a marvelously expansive concept of the divine” in a program of 16th-century Spanish music based on or inspired by the Song of Songs.
It was, for this listener, an embarrassment of riches, even in this early music town. Both groups gave excellent performances of music written at approximately the same time.
This month I am simply listing concerts I expect will be great. My pick of the month is the Boston debut of a new Flute, Viola, and Harp trio, starring instrumental superstars Marina Piccinini, Kim Kashkashian, and Sivan Magen.