Music Review

Boston Early Music Festival produces first-rate ‘Acis and Galatea’

Soprano Teresa Wakim performing at Jordan Hall on Sunday.

Boston Early Music Festival

The BEMF performance of Handel’s work danced between excellence and elusiveness.

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Paavali Jumppanen deftly balances competing forces of Debussy

The Finnish pianist struck a balance between the clarity of depiction and the ambiguity of allusion at Sunday’s recital.

Brian Carpenter chooses words carefully for revealing new album

With “The Far End of the World,” the Boston-based Brian Carpenter & the Confessions pull back the curtain on Carpenter as a songwriter and vocalist.

Peter Guralnick’s latest book is “Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ’n’ Roll.”

Peter Guralnick talks ‘Sam Phillips’

The new biography explores the man behind Sun Records, who was the first to record Elvis Presley and other greats.

Harry Christophers and Emily Marvosh with the Handel and Haydn Society at Symphony Hall on Friday night.

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Handel and Haydn’s ‘Messiah’ is on message

Under Harry Christophers the past half-dozen years, H+H’s “Messiah” has been remarkably consistent without ever sounding jaded.

Cassette tapes are for sale at In Your Ear record store in Boston.

Cassette tapes are having an unlikely moment

Though quantifiable figures can be hard to come by, there’s no denying the format’s increased visibility.

Jill Scott lights up the studio, stage, and screen

R&B star and actress Jill Scott, who plays the Orpheum Theatre on Tuesday, talks about her methods and motivations, on record, onstage, and on screen.

Capturing Laura Nyro’s influence in ‘One Child Born’

Kate Ferber brings her solo cabaret show “One Child Born: The Music of Laura Nyro” to American Repertory Theater’s Oberon space in Cambridge.

There’s an app for that

// On singing selfie app Acapella, it’s all you

A popular new app called Acapella lets aspiring Adeles produce and share multilayered music videos.

The Flaming Lips celebrate the 20th anniversary of their album “Clouds Taste Metallic” with a deluxe reissue.

Music gift guide

Music reissues

Classic albums reissues this holiday season include Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” and Fleetwood Mac’s “Tusk.”

Music gift guide

// Live performances and more on DVD

A look at a few of the music DVDs avaialable this season, including The Beatles “1+,” Katy Perry’s ‘The Prismatic World Tour Live,”and Rush’s “R40: Live.”

Music gift guide

// Holiday music albums

A look at some of the new holiday albums for 2015, including Brian Setzer and India.Arie.

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//[1].jpg Box sets

A look at a few of the boxes vying for your holiday dollars including collections from Bruce Springsteen and Neko Case.

Music gift guide

// Books by and about musicians

A look at some music-related tomes that would make good gifts, including “Boys in the Trees” by Carly Simon.

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//,11.24.15(WinslowTownson)2.jpg From vibrant alarm bells to eloquent daydreams

Thanksgiving-week fare often takes a turn for the lighter, but this week’s BSO program shows Andris Nelsons’s versatility and Yefim Bronfman’s alarming power.

High Five

Ravi Coltrane on five essential Jack DeJohnette performances

Jazz saxophonist Ravi Coltrane names five key performances by drummer Jack DeJohnette, with whom he’ll perform at Berklee in December.

Adele breaks all-time first-week sales record with ‘25’

On Tuesday, Adele’s new album, which she withheld from streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music, broke the first-week sales record.

// 2015 Holiday arts preview

Features about upcoming holiday events, plus critics’ guides to the best of the season.

// Adele sings with Fallon, Roots

Adele grabs a toy flip phone while performing “Hello” with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots in “The Tonight Show” classroom instruments feature.

Special section

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// What’s happening in local museums

Exploring how we keep museums vital today, plus a look at Vermeer groupies, late-night museum-going, and, of course, things to see and do.


// Week ahead: Music, theater, art, and more

Critics’ picks for noteworthy events in Boston and the surrounding area this week.