A pianist of real character and refinement – plus a huge career in Europe – Lucas Debargue was on hand to lend his musicianship to a relatively rare outing of Franz Liszt’s Piano Concerto no. 2.
Boston Philharmonic Orchestra
Violinist Liza Ferschtman and the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra’s account of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto lacked nothing for momentum and spirit.
There was nothing sleepy or commonplace about the ensemble’s performance of favorites by Mozart, Brahms, and Bartók.
I’ve compiled a list of twelve concerts (or concert series) that I think will stand among the future season’s highlights.
This performance of Ives’ Third was the most welcome entry in the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra’s celebratory season – a beautifully considered, powerfully rendered account of this too-neglected score.
Bread-and-butter of the orchestral repertoire though this music may be, there was no complacency to be heard in the orchestra’s playing of it.
This was a truly great performance, one that fully suited the BPO’s season-long, dual commemorations.
There’s so much going on in the area that’s good that it’s a challenge to go wrong.
Benjamin Zander, who’s led some distinctly fine concerts in recent years, drew the best out of his band.
Some institutions’ offerings aren’t as challenging as they could be, but there’s a healthy balance between the familiar and new.