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Confident Mastery at Age Ten

A Far Cry reached the midpoint of its 10th-anniversary season on Jan. 13 at Boston’s Jordan Hall, where the ensemble epitomized execution and programming. The show began in the 12th with an arrangement by Crier violinist Alex Fortes of four items from the Codex Calixtinus.

Source: The Boston Musical Intelligencer. Published: January 16, 2017.

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ACRONYM Makes A Stylish Case For Rosenmüller’s Music

Good early music ensembles don’t just play with stylistic authenticity, they explore the past and bring back music that has been barely heard, if at all, for hundreds of years. One of the best at this is the young ensemble ACRONYM, which played music by Johann Rosenmüller at a Music Before 1800 conc …

Source: New York Classical Review. Published: January 16, 2017.

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Happy 300th Birthday to Vivaldi’s Judith triumphans

Performances of the oratorio at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA, on Jan. 21 and 22 will be presented by the Longy Early Music Department and the period ensemble Eudaimonia as co-directed by harpsichordist Vivian Montgomery and violinist Julia McKenzie.

Source: The Boston Musical Intelligencer. Published: January 11, 2017.


Review: Engaging Baroque Comforts

Ringing in the new year with old music is a cherished tradition that Boston Baroque and its music director Martin Pearlman began 30 years ago, when the organization was called Banchetto Musicale. This year’s well-chosen New Year’s Day program at Harvard’s Sanders Theater disclosed a pair of concerto …

Source: The Boston Musical Intelligencer. Published: January 3, 2017.


In Mulieribus Review: A Decade Of Delicious Dissonance

There are many fine mixed choirs in the Northwest, but far fewer adult treble choirs and men’s choirs. In the category of exclusively non-mixed choirs, two in the Portland area stand out: the male group Male Ensemble Northwest, and the other, heard in their recent holiday concert, In Mulieribus.

Source: Oregon ArtsWatch. Published: January 2, 2017.


Blue Heron Brings Seasonal Warmth To 15th-Century French Program

Like many of the ensembles that Music Before 1800 invites to perform, the Boston-based Blue Heron enjoys a formidable reputation among early-music ensembles. They’ve earned that reputation for their precision, musical sensitivity, and vibrant tone, from singers and instrumentalists alike.

Source: New York Classical Review. Published: December 19, 2016.

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