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Boston Baroque

Boston Baroque

Three-time Grammy-nominee Boston Baroque-the first permanent Baroque orchestra established in North America-is now widely regarded as ‘one of the world's premier period-instrument bands' (Fanfare).



Haydn: Lord Nelson Mass
Haydn: Lord Nelson Mass
‘Haydn: Lord Nelson Mass' is released to coincide with Boston Baroque's 40th Anniversary Season. 

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Haydn: The Creation
Haydn: The Creation
The three-time Grammy-nominated Boston Baroque performs Haydn's crowning achievement. 

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Boston Baroque (conductor Martin Pearlman)

Three-time Grammy-nominee Boston Baroque-the first permanent Baroque orchestra established in North America-is now widely regarded as ‘one of the world's premier period-instrument bands' (Fanfare).  The ensemble's performances and recordings of the Baroque and Classical repertoire have been acclaimed from Boston to London, from New York to Vienna to Sao Paulo for their freshness, virtuosity, and exuberant appeal.

Founded in 1973 by Martin Pearlman, Boston Baroque presents an annual subscription concert series in Greater Boston and reaches an international audience with its now-twenty critically acclaimed recordings on Telarc. Boston Baroque made its European debut in 2003, performing Handel's Messiah to sold-out houses and standing ovations in Krakow and Warsaw, Poland. The ensemble celebrated its thirtieth anniversary in 2004 with a tour of the Monteverdi Vespers to major American music centers, including Los Angeles' Disney Hall, Ravinia and Tanglewood. In 2009, Boston Baroque made its debut with two programs at the international Casals Festival in Puerto Rico-the first period-instrument orchestra and chorus invited to perform there. In March 2010, the ensemble gave a triumphal performance of the Monteverdi Vespers in New York's world-famous Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

Boston Baroque's many career milestones include the American premiere of Rameau's Zoroastre; a Mozart opera series including Marriage of Figaro, Così fan tutte, and the American period-instrument premieres of Mozart's Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute; and a revelatory exploration of the Beethoven symphonies on period instruments. In 1998-99, the ensemble gave the modern premiere of The Philosopher's Stone, a singspiel newly discovered to include music by Mozart and to shed fresh light on his canon.  In recent years, Boston Baroque has presented Boston's first complete cycle of the surviving operas of Monteverdi, with new performing editions of L'incoronazione di Poppea and Il ritorno d'Ulisse by Martin Pearlman; and an internationally acclaimed series of Handel operas including Agrippina, Alcina, Xerxes, Giulio Cesare, Semele, and Amadigi di Gaula. The company most recently concluded its 2010-2011 season with a rare and pathbreaking production of Rameau's Les Indes Galantes.

Boston Baroque's recordings-of which Fanfare magazine wrote ‘each one is an incomparable gem'-are heard by millions on classical radio stations in North America and Europe.  Opera Britannia said of the most recent release, Mozart Arias for Male Soprano, with Michael Maniaci (2010), ‘A disc of this importance should be a pre-requisite for all vocal connoisseurs and admirers of Mozart alike.' Gramophone said of the 2009 release of Vivaldi's Four Seasons, ‘Boston Baroque's playing combines supreme technical precision with unexpected psychological depth;' and it cited the Bach Orchestral Suites, which was an Editor's Choice, for their ‘virtuosity and élan.'  Fanfare called Boston Baroque's recording of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos ‘A set to treasure...it belongs on the shelf of every lover of the Baroque.' The premier recording of The Philosopher's Stone was an Opera News Editor's Choice, and was called by Fanfare ‘a valuable and utterly fascinating release' in which ‘the standard of performance...rises frequently to the level of the spectacular.' Boston Baroque's recording of Messiah was Classic CD's number one recommendation in its 1997 review of the crowded field of Messiah recordings. Billboard magazine called Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride ‘a superb production [and] cause for celebration...takes pride of place among readings of Iphigénie en Tauride, if not among all Gluck operas on record.' Three Boston Baroque recordings have been Grammy finalists: Handel's Messiah (1992); Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 (1998); and Bach's Mass in B Minor (2000).

Boston Baroque is the resident professional ensemble for Boston University's Historical Performance Program, where it is helping to train the next generation of period-instrument performers.

Boston Globe
'Pearlman’s soloists — soprano Mary Wilson, mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer, tenor Keith Jameson, and bass-baritone Kevin Deas — are an appropriately anguished quartet, and the performance as a whole is a fervent one…'
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The Arts Desk
‘Two masterpieces on a well-produced disc - brilliant music, performed with style.’
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Audiophilia
Recommended New Release: 'The performance of both works has the sprightliness, transparency and precision of line that typically result when baroque specialists play classical-era repertoire; I also love the recording, which adds a touch of warmth…’
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Choir & Organ
4 Stars
‘…a vigorously lively performance…under the exacting leadership of Martin Pearlman.’
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Chorzeit
4 Stars
‘…präsentieren nun Chor und Orchester von Boston Baroque das eigenwillige Werk und machen erneut unmissverständlich klar, dass es für diese Literatur keine Alternative zu alten Instrumenten gibt…’
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The Whole Note
‘Boston Baroque certainly captures the character of those times, deftly alternating huge dynamic ranges that switch from jubilant and boisterous celebration to reflective and prayerful gratitude.’
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Early Music Today
'Career Highlight'
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International Record Review
'...superbly rendered...vibrant, idiomatic and fluent...'
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Crescendo
‘…ce disque est principalement dominé par une bonne humeur indétrônable. En effet, la jovialité sonore s’entend très distinctement comme elle se devine chez les musiciens heureux à leur instrument.’


Audiophile Audition
5 Stars
'...a wonderful release...can't be recommended highly enough.'
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New York Times
'...rhythmic verve and intensity. A fine quartet of soloists...'
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BBC Music Magazine
'...a vigorous, well paced reading of Haydn's fieriest Mass...'
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Infodad.com
'...how lively and alive that rediscovery has been - and with how much power and wonder...'
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AllMusic.com
‘...precise work on historical instruments, and for clean, bright approach free from mannerism.’
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News Observer
'An engaging Haydn... a vivid, incisive account of this uplifting music.'
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The Obersver
'a unique setting, freshly captured...'
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The Sunday Times
'The orchestra, in both the Mass and the symphony, play with a justified delight in this life-affirming music.'
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Words and Music
Disc of the Day: ‘The disc makes an impact, with its comforting mass and cheerful symphony.’
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Musical Toronto
'A boisterous Haydn Lord Nelson Mass from Boston Baroque...a sparkling performance.'
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Classics Today
'...the big moments in the Gloria and Credo come off so effectively.'
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Classical Voice of North Carolina
‘This recording is the best one I have ever heard. Because of its extraordinary recorded sound…’
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Boston Globe
Live Review: 'That mix of anxiety and joy came out vividly during Saturday's performance.'


The Absolute Sound
'superb'
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Classics Today France
‘Ceci posé, dans sa logique chambriste, la réalisation est formidable: finesse des dosages instrumentaux, ductilité du choeur, choix idéal des solistes.’
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Criticaclassica.com
'we believe that this incision can become an important benchmark in the category of record versions of "The Creation" by Haydn.'
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Fanfare Magazine
'...so electric that one wants to stand up and cheer..'
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Thewholenote.com
'If you are looking for a historically informed performance with period instruments which also shows passion and drama, I would recommend this version.'
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WQXR
'...an Operavore nod for the supple, radiant, and unfailingly musical singing of soprano Amanda Forsythe.'


Fanfare Magazine
'Pearlman and his forces produce a performance of great dramatic force without skimping on its charm.'
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Manchester Evening News
Named one of the 'Top Ten Classical CDs of 2012'


Criticaclassica.com
'This is a recording of the highest level, thanks in part to the excellent performance of the U.S. team, capable of exalting the bright colors and the most solemn, that the three singers, with voices of great intensity.'
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Opera News
The sound is beautifully balanced, and Haydn's livelier choral episodes showcase the ensemble's terrific flexibility.
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American Record Guide
'This is the most joyful Creation I've ever heard.'
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Colorado Public Radio
'Congratulations on a stunning recording.'


Boston Globe
'sparkling new recording'
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Gramophone
'Pearlman's soloists are all accomplished.'
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Pizzicato
'graceful and soulful, expressive playing.'
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SA-CD.net
4 Stars
'the sonic aspects are superb'
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International Record Review
'...this is a delightful, charming and often moving performance...'
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BBC Music Magazine
4 Stars
'This new version...lives up to its high reputation in this clean account, nicely scaled and finely balanced under the direction of Martin Pearlman.'
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Classical Music Sentinel
'...the Boston Baroque orchestra under the direction of Martin Pearlman is a delightful listening experience'.
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Choir & Organ
5 Stars
'Martin Pearlman extracts every subtle nuance out of the score.'
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Gramophone
'...choral singing and orchestral playing are splendidly alive...'


ArkivMusic
Recommendation: 'A magnificent, masterful display of orchestral eloquence, dramatic capabilities, and superb choral writing. Martin Pearlman captures the work's essential majesty and expressive chracter, the orchestra conveys Haydn's colorful score as well as any, and the chorus is second to none.'


Jewish Daily Forward
'This new set by Boston Baroque under Martin Pearlman can take its place among the very best, rising in sound and spirit to the heights of Haydn's sublime music.'
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MDR Figaro
'...in klanglich transparenter Form.'
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The Plain Dealer
5 Stars
'If only actual creation resembled this recording. Then would the world be a place of unspoiled beauty and perfect harmony.'
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WFMT
5 Stars
'The three-time Grammy-nominated Boston Baroque marks the beginning of its relationship with Linn,,,'
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Cleveland.com's Digital Dose
'Soprano Amanda Forsythe is a gleaming delight and Kevin Deas wields a rich, evocative bass.'
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Audio Video Club of Atlanta
'Sheer, matchless poetry, beautifully rendered and captured here.'
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Allmusic.com
4½ Stars
'The hybrid SACD presentation is first-rate, and the musicians have phenomenal presence and clarity.'
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Buffalo News
4 Stars
'The big choruses have zest. And there is glory in the details.'
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Time Out NY
4 Stars
'Even so, Pearlman's expert Boston players and vocalists-Deas; deft, ultra-charming Met tenor Keith Jameson; and spring water clear soprano Amanda Forsythe, who aces her ravishing arias and scatters delightful trills-make this well-recorded set a delight.'
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Infodad.com
4 Stars
'Boston Baroque, under Martin Pearlman, holds all those keys and knows how to use them to unlock the manifest beauties of the score: the group's performance is outstanding.'
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Classical CD Review
'This is a major choral issue.'
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The Sunday Times
'Pearlman and his choir and period band are excellent.'
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Musical Toronto
5 Stars
'...a sparkling new recording of The Creation...'
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Musicweb International
'The recording in 24/96 format is excellent...'
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Criticaclassica
A nice review in Italian. 'Strongly recommended'
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Classics Today
'This orchestra conveys Haydn's colorful score as well as any, and this chorus is second to none for its unbridled energy and uncommonly articulate delivery.'
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Audiophile Audition
5 Stars
'...the results are spectacular.'
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Musical Pointers
'enjoyable and convincing'
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