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  • October 5, 2016

    Bach’s Mass in B Minor – Program Notes

    Program notes by Martin Pearlman Although Bach’s Mass in B Minor is revered for its overwhelming dramatic sweep and sense of unity, it was not originally created as a single work.  It is made up of music composed over a 25-year period, some of it adapted, some of it new. Its manuscript is divided into four […]

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  • April 7, 2016

    The Magic Flute – Program Notes by Martin Pearlman

    Program Notes by Martin Pearlman

    Back in 1989, Boston Baroque gave the first American performances of The Magic Flute on period instruments. Only a few years earlier, we had given the American period-instrument premiere of Don Giovanni. These two productions were so well received that we were encouraged to do more Mozart operas and more operas in general. Now, after […]

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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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