Conductor and composer Thomas Adès brought more of his intriguing music to Symphony Hall this weekend with two selections from his recent ballet, The Dante Project.
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Classical Concert Review: The Boston Symphony Orchestra Plays Wolfe and Górecki
Brimming with edge-of-seat intensity and fist-waving theatricality, Julia Wolfe’s oratorio “Her Story” is the unequivocal highlight of the current BSO season.
Classical Concert Review: The Boston Symphony Orchestra Plays Davis, Dawson, and Bonds
While balancing the scales of justice can be difficult work, the effort is an important act of generosity, even love.
Concert Review: Boston Symphony Orchestra Plays Shostakovich, Brahms, and Mackey
Under the baton of Andris Nelsons, a listless Boston Symphony Orchestra delivered flat renditions of works by Shostakovich and Brahms.
Concert Review: Boston Symphony Orchestra and Violinist Nicola Benedetti — Dionysian Zest
In the hands of some, Szymanowski’s Second Violin Concerto can be tame and traditional. As conducted by Karina Canellakis, and performed by the BSO and violinist Nicola Benedetti, the piece came off as bold, colorful, and urgent.
Concert Review: Boston Symphony Orchestra Plays Dello Joio, Stenhammar, Boulanger, and Dvořák
Justin Dello Joio’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, written especially for pianist Garrick Ohlsson, creates an emotionally satisfying canvas out of thorny harmonies and astringent lyricism.
Classical Album Review: Conductor Andris Nelsons’s Over-Sweetened “Strauss”
This is a release that showcases many of Andris Nelsons’ strengths, including his strong sensitivity for instrumental colors, blends, and balances. At the same time, it also demonstrates the conductor’s hit-or-miss nature with the core repertoire.
Classical Concert Review: Boston Symphony Orchestra plays Strauss and Mozart
Andris Nelsons’s conception of Strauss’s Tod und Verklärung was impressive, marked by strong contrasts of character, flexibility of phrasing, and a commendable grasp of musical space.
Concert Preview/Interview: Anne-Sophie Mutter Plays John Williams’s Violin Concerto no. 2
A packed, wide-ranging conversation with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter that touches on several subjects, from a lifelong love of jazz to her verdict on John Williams’ Violin Concerto no. 2.
Concert Review: John Williams’s Violin Concerto no. 2 at Tanglewood
On first impression, John Williams’ second violin concerto didn’t strike me as an instant classic, but there’s more than a little here to warrant repeated listening.