So, even though certain pieces by Mendelssohn and Beethoven seem to be turning up with greater frequency than perhaps may be healthy, there is still much to admire and look forward to in the upcoming orchestral season.
“Partenope” is pure fun. Boston Baroque realized that a production of “Partenope” should eschew pretensions and embrace an opportunity to perform excellent writing by Handel and to field a compelling cast.
Boston Baroque and conductor Martin Pearlman scored another triumph with their semi-staged original version of Gluck’s revolutionary creation, an opera that, to its detriment, has often been revised for performance.
Many musical organizations around New England are performing their last concerts of the season, so if there’s a group you’ve been wanting to hear, this is a good opportunity.
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.
By Caldwell Titcomb Oct 4: Celebrated mezzo-soprano Frederika von Stade gives her farewell Boston performance to inaugurate the Celebrity Series’ new season. Also sharing the spotlight will be the famed soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. Symphony Hall, 3:00 p.m.