Classical CD Reviews: Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ and Mozart/Bach Adagios & Fugues (Harmonia mundi), Mahler’s Symphony no. 2 (Avie Records)

April 14, 2014
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Three reviews of new classical music CDs: one is inviting, another lively, and the last could use more intensity.

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Classical News: Tanglewood and Mahler’s 3rd Symphony — Under Extreme Conditions

July 17, 2013
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Gustav Mahler’s 3rd Symphony as performed on the opening weekend at Tanglewood by the Boston Symphony and choruses under the direction of Rafael Frubeck De Burgos was a triumph of both interpretive and technical performance.

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Concert Review: Boston Philharmonic Orchestra/Benjamin Zander at Sanders Theater

February 22, 2013
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In the slow third movement, Mr. Zander, the BPO, and the Symphony seemed to really be in sync: the music breathed, sighed, sang, and unfolded at a natural pace that brought out the best in everybody.

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Music Commentary: What Are the BSO Trustees Thinking?

February 24, 2011
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I’ve been going to BSO Open Rehearsal for some 50 years at Tanglewood and can’t remember ever having as alienating an experience as I and over one thousand other attendees had Wednesday night at Symphony Hall.

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Classical Music Review: Mahler’s ‘Resurrection’ Resurrected

March 14, 2009
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By Caldwell Titcomb Conductor Benjamin Zander celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Boston Philharmonic and his 70th birthday. The two greatest post-Brahms symphonists – Gustav Mahler and Jean Sibelius – were markedly unalike. In 1907 their paths happened to cross in Helsinki, and they had several conversations. When the talk turned to the essence of…

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