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Music Review

Boston Baroque sparkles

CAMBRIDGE — New Year’s Eve is not the time for heavy intellectual lifting. Bubbly and sparkly is what the people want. And bubbly and sparkly is what they got (both musical and liquid) at Monday’s entertaining edition of what has become an annual event, the Boston Baroque New Year’s Eve concert.

Martin Pearlman, the group’s music director and conductor, served as avuncular host of a program of “bright, celebratory music”: concertos by Arcangelo Corelli, Alessandro Marcello, and Georg Philipp Telemann in the first half, followed by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s short comic opera “The Maid Mistress” in the second. As usual, the ensemble performed on Baroque-era instruments, with their more muted, mellow, and subtle sound.

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