The biennial festival took place at venues around the city June 6-21
The Boston Early Music Festival presented music from both ends of the vast terrain it covers. First up was Stile Antico, left, a British vocal ensemble. In contrast, remarkable Italian ensemble Micrologus later picked up the baton.
Is Beethoven early music? On paper, an all-Beethoven concert at the festival, as was presented by cellist Pieter Wispelwey, left, and fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout, carries the same cognitive dissonance as hearing one's prom theme turn up on an oldies station. In practice, Beethoven's audacious talent was rendered a palpable presence.
A host of Boston Early Music Festival stalwarts took to Jordan Hall in the form of the BEMF Chamber Ensemble. Led by festival codirector Paul O'Dette, left, and violinist Robert Mealy, the group offered a status report on the ever-advancing level of period-instrument prowess.
The Boston Early Music Festival presented a program from Italian ensemble Micrologus, which was titled "Amours, Amours: Landscapes of Love, Lost and Found" and was devoted to 15th-century music from the Italian courts.
"Judith," performed by Katarina Livljanic with her Dialogos ensemble as part of the Boston Early Music Festival, is a mesmerizing and at times hauntingly beautiful work.
The biennial Boston Early Music Festival has as its centerpiece a delightful new production of Monteverdi's late masterpiece "L'incoronazione di Poppea."
About the videos
1. BEMF's "Evening of Chamber Opera," featuring Amanda Forsythe as Venus and Mireille Lebel as Cupid. Choreography by Lucy Graham.
2. Dress rehearsal footage from BEMF's "L'incoronazione di Poppea" at the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion.
Courtesy of BEMF/Video by Kathy Wittman.