A surprisingly moving collection, all of it mightily played and sung by musicians who clearly intuit John Harbison’s musical language.
Terrific performances, blazing with color, character, and wonderful technique from Neeme Järvi and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra; John Williams and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra offer considerable pleasure with some misteps; another triumphant release from Gil Rose and the BMOP.
The disc offers a rewarding look at the work of four local composers and also showcases the members of Radius Ensemble in a warm, winning light.
The Rasas are but the latest in a series of remarkable scores John Harbison has been turning out over his eighth decade.
There was no question that Music Director David Hoose loves these four pieces. The chorus was meticulously prepared, and sounded wonderful.
The BSO’s Americana concert could only provide four beautiful snapshots of a very complicated landscape.
A series of new and recent recordings by Boston orchestras demonstrate that, in the right hands, symphonic music since 1945 remains alive and well, still powerful, fresh, and vibrant.
Feel free to disagree, add to them, come up with your own list, etc. Above all, enjoy!
Camerata Pacifica does right by John Harbison. And when it comes to Beethoven’s music for cello and piano, Jean-Guihen Queyras and Alexander Melnikov are tops.
This Judicial Review deals with the Boston premiere of John Harbison’s opera version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby. Read the reactions and join the conversation.