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  • April 22, 2014

    Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria – Program Notes

    By Martin Pearlman

    Program notes by Martin Pearlman Tonight’s opera is one of only three by Monteverdi that have come down to us. L’Orfeo from 1607, his very first, is generally acknowledged to be the first great opera in the repertoire. Then, after a gap of 33 years, during which Monteverdi wrote many operas that are tragically now […]

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  • February 17, 2014

    Boston Baroque serves up a French valentine – The Boston Globe

    by Jeffrey Gantz The main event of Boston Baroque’s Valentine’s Day concert Friday at Jordan Hall was an inspired choice: Jean-Philippe Rameau’s 1751 acte de ballet about shepherds in love, “La guirlande.” The opener, Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s festive Te Deum, was a less obvious salute to the holiday, but Martin Pearlman and the Boston Baroque chorus […]

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  • February 11, 2014

    French Baroque – Program Notes

    Program notes by Martin Pearlman Charpentier mass Over the past half century, as Charpentier’s music has been gradually revived, he has become recognized as one of the great figures of the Baroque era.  This Te Deum, no doubt his best known work, was the first ever to be recorded (1953), and its familiar prelude is […]

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  • December 11, 2013

    Messiah – Program Notes by Martin Pearlman

    PROGRAM NOTES By Martin Pearlman, Music Director Handel’s Messiah One of the special challenges in performing Messiah year after year is to keep the work sounding fresh, as if one had just discovered it.  When Boston Baroque gave the first Boston period-instrument performances of the complete oratorio in 1981, the work was still normally heard […]

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  • November 6, 2013

    Beethoven Ninth and Elegiac Song – Program Notes

    PROGRAM NOTES by Martin Pearlman  Elegiac Song, Op. 118             Beethoven composed this small, rarely heard gem in the summer of 1814, at the beginning of a difficult time in his life.  It was a period in which he produced few major works but appeared to be finding his way […]

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