|Boston Baroque Orchestra|
Der Stein der Weisen -
a "new" Mozart opera
Parallels with Die Zauberflöte
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PEARLMAN and the BOSTON BAROQUE at the 20th century world premiere of
Der Stein der Weisen in Boston's Jordan Hall, October 1996
Boston Baroque is America's first permanent Baroque orchestra. Formerly
known as Banchetto Musicale, it was founded in 1973 by the American conductor
and harpsichordist Martin Pearlman who continues to serve as its music director.
The ensemble, which includes its own professional chamber chorus, has been
at the forefront of historical performance revival. Noted for its annual
Boston performance of Handel's Messiah, it has presented the American
original instrument premieres of Mozart's Don Giovanni and The
Magic Flute as well as works by Beethoven, Bach, Haydn and Handel and
the major operas of Monteverdi, Rameau and Purcell, often as part of their
subscription series at the New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall.
It is a tribute to Martin Pearlman's inspired leadership that Boston Baroque has grown through the years into "a Baroque orchestra yielding to none." He is not only a conductor and a harpsichordist but a composer as well. His conducting has been described by critics as "so insightful... because he knows, as only a composer can, how music goes". Thus it comes as no surprise that Martin Pearlman and the Boston Baroque were chosen to present the modern-day world premiere of The Philosopher's Stone both in concert and on compact disc. It is the latest addition to the group's expanding discography on the Telarc label. The concert performance was lavished with accolades. The recording deserves no less - for its musical revelations and the quality of the performance which translates into pure listening delight.
Photo credits: Susan Wilson and Micael Quan, courtesy: TELARC
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