Performer: Boston Symphony Orchestra

Biography

Now in its 133rd season, the Boston Symphony Orchestra gave its inaugural concert in 1881, realizing the dream of its founder, the Civil War veteran/businessman/philanthropist Henry Lee Higginson, who envisioned a great and permanent orchestra in his hometown of Boston. Today the BSO reaches millions of listeners, not only through its concert performances in Boston and at Tanglewood, but also via the internet, radio, television, educational programs, recordings, and tours. It commissions works from today's most important composers; its summer season at Tanglewood is among the world's most important music festivals; it helps develop future audiences through BSO Youth Concerts and educational outreach programs involving the entire Boston community; and, during the Tanglewood season, it operates the Tanglewood Music Center, one of the world's most important training grounds for young professional-caliber musicians. The Boston Symphony Chamber Players, made up of BSO principals, are known worldwide, and the Boston Pops Orchestra sets an international standard for performances of lighter music.

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BostonGiancarlo Guerrero conducts Tchaikovsky and Bernstein

Tchaikovsky, Bernstein
Boston Symphony Orchestra; Giancarlo Guerrero; Tanglewood Festival Chorus

BostonAndris Nelsons conducts Bernstein and Shostakovich

Bernstein, Shostakovich
Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons; Jean-Yves Thibaudet

New York CityBoston Symphony Orchestra

Bernstein, Shostakovich
Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons; Jean-Yves Thibaudet

New York CityBoston Symphony Orchestra: Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, Act II

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde
Andris Nelsons; Camilla Nylund; Jonas Kaufmann; Georg Zeppenfeld; Mihoko Fujimura

New York CityBoston Symphony Orchestra

Mozart, Widmann, Strauss R.
Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons; Steven Ansell; Yo-Yo Ma
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Panoramas, Potions and Prokofiev

Under Andris Nelsons’ direction, the Boston Symphony Orchestra turn Strauss’ Alpine Symphony into a searching spiritual journey.
****1
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Killer Bs: Beethoven, Bruckner and Buchbinder in Boston

Mahler had Walter, Mitropoulos and, most importantly, Bernstein to champion him in the US. Bruckner was never as fortunate... until now. When Andris Nelsons succeeded James Levine as Music Director of the Boston Symphony, he specifically mentioned Bruckner as a composer he would program regularly, in marked contrast to his predecessor’s antipathy.
****1
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Divine fire and refulgent power

When orchestra members smile, it’s a sure sign something special is happening. 
*****
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Refined Mahler in Tokyo

In the recently refurbished Suntory Hall, looking remarkably fresh with a newly refitted wooden stage, the Boston Symphony sounded elegant and sumptuous.
***11
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Dutoit leads The Damnation of Faust with the Boston Symphony

John Relyea owns the stage as Méphistophélès in Boston Symphony’s Faust
****1
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