Two new recordings and one much-welcome re-release contain first-rate performances of Haydn’s 1798 “Lord Nelson” Mass, Dello Joio’s opera about Joan of Arc, and Virgil Thomson’s astonishing musical portraits of Alice B. Toklas, Picasso, and others.
Handel and Haydn Society
It’s hard to sit through these six masterpieces and not feel, for the moment, that life is really good.
Some institutions’ offerings aren’t as challenging as they could be, but there’s a healthy balance between the familiar and new.
The fiery excellence of Handel and Haydn Society’s collective effort made Monteverdi’s epic masterpiece sparkle like a star.
In the six years I’ve now been reviewing for the Fuse, I can honestly say that the 2016-17 season looks to be one of the liveliest in recent memory.
The upcoming season is a remarkably robust one in terms of the variety of offerings and the quality (and number) of participating ensembles.
It looks to be as rich, intense, and, hopefully, rewarding a season as we’ve seen in recent memory.
There’s a powerful attachment to conventional repertoire among the city’s many orchestras, through are there things to look forward to. Here is a guide to what’s coming up.
Handel and Haydn artistic director Harry Christophers placed a composer who is familiar, but not always the focus of attention, front and center, and, in the process, reminded us just how good a musician Haydn was.
Handel & Haydn Society captured all of this and then some with a vigorous, focused performance that was a marvel of controlled fury.