Coming soon to your computer or cellphone: The Boston Camerata launches a bold staged performance of Purcell’s pathbreaking opera, but in a way that keeps its cast and audience safe.
The Boston Camerata
“It’s not a concert about despair,” observes Joel Cohen, “there’s a lot of festive music in it.”
The Boston Camerata’s imaginative staging of The Play of Daniel generated plenty of “serious fun.”
The Boston Camerata proffers a constant sense of discovery and rediscovery, of unusually lively musicianship and scholarship, and a sprightly sense of the humanity – and the snarly complexity – behind the music it performs.
Spirits were lifted; those in need of holiday cheer got a massive dose of it. Bravo to The Boston Camerata and to Les Fleurs des Caraïbes.
February feels like the ‘New November’: concerts of real interest during the weekdays and too many great concerts during the weekends.
All in all, this Boston Camerata concert featured fine musicianship, expertise in voice and every instrument, scholarly renditions of the scores and texts, and joyful music making.
BEMF is, quite simply, paradise for those who love early music, and they seem to be a different audience than those who show up for, say, the Boston Symphony or any of the excellent chamber music groups around town.
June is not a month that lends itself to an easy gathering of concert recommendations, mostly because it presents an an embarrassment of riches. Many festivals are in full swing, others just beginning.
By Caldwell Titcomb Dec. 1: The Tufts Early Music Ensemble, including singers and instrumentalists, will present a free concert of secular music by the great 15th-century composer Guillaume Dufay and his contemporaries, whom we rarely get to hear in live performance. Distler Performance Hall, Granoff Music Center, Tufts University, 8 p.m.