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  • March 1, 2016

    Beethoven and Haydn – Program Notes by Martin Pearlman

    Program Notes by Martin Pearlman Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus In 1800, the 29-year-old Beethoven received a major commission to write his first work for the stage, a ballet based on the Prometheus myth.  It was to be presented at the Hofburg Theater in Vienna with choreography by the well-known dancer Salvatore Vigano.  Beethoven […]

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  • December 14, 2015

    Boston Baroque’s ‘Messiah’ rings greatly – The Boston Globe

    By Zoë Madonna – GLOBE CORRESPONDENT DECEMBER 14, 2015 Handel’s “Messiah,” composed in 1741, is an evergreen of evergreens, known to people who don’t even like classical music. It has weathered the years because of its malleability, performed with ensembles on an increasingly large scale throughout the 19th century. More recently, it has taken on […]

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  • October 20, 2015

    Vivaldi’s Juditha triumphans – Synopsis and Program Notes

    Synopsis The story is from the Book of Judith in the Apocrypha, in which Judith, a Jewish widow, saves her people from the army of Nebuchadnezzar. With her city besieged by the enemy, Judith and her maid Abra secretly make their way to the camp of the general Holofernes to sue for peace.  Holofernes falls […]

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  • April 23, 2015

    Handel’s Agrippina – Program Notes

    Program notes by Martin Pearlman “The audience was so enchanted with [Agrippina], that . . . the theatre at almost every pause, resounded with shouts and acclamations of viva il caro Sassone! [long live the dear Saxon] and other expressions of approbation too extravagant to be mentioned. They were thunderstruck with the grandeur and sublimity […]

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  • February 22, 2015

    Bach’s St. John Passion – Program Notes

    Program notes by Martin Pearlman Bach first performed his St. John Passion on Good Friday of 1724. Written three years before his St. Matthew Passion, it was the climax of his first full season of cantatas in Leipzig and his largest work to date. His obituary tells us that he wrote five settings of the […]

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