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Handel and Haydn shines on gems from Baroque past

It’s a truism that the standards of technical proficiency in classical music have grown exponentially over the centuries, but the virtuoso players of the past left some daunting reminders of their own prowess in the form of individual works often composed as vehicles for their own solo performances. Paganini’s Caprices are the most obvious instance of this, but there are plenty more examples in the music of less heralded figures such as Pietro Locatelli and Francesco Geminiani.

Dazzling works by both of these violinist-composers turned up on Friday night’s Handel and Haydn Society program in Jordan Hall.

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