Sunday, May 4, 2014

Reviews: BSO 2014/04/25-26; H&H "Samson"

I'm finally getting around to posting a link to a somewhat belated Globe review of the final Boston Symphony concert of the past season. This concert — originally broadcast and streamed on April 25 — will be broadcast and streamed again on Monday, May 5. I've previously given other information and links.

Meanwhile, I went to the Handel and Haydn's performance of Handel's "Samson" on May 2. The program booklet referred to the richness of musical coloration which Handel put into the orchestration. I was paying closer attention to the words and may have missed some of that aspect of the oratorio. At any rate I considered it well played and sung, and definitely worth hearing. So far, no review has appeared in the Globe, but there is an extensive one in the Boston Musical Intelligencer. At the performance I attended, there were signs in the lobby advising us that the concert was being recorded for a later broadcast, so you may have a chance to hear it. I'll let you know if I learn anything about it.

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