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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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New York CityBoston Symphony Orchestra

© Marco Borggreve
Gruber, Mahler
Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons; Håkan Hardenberger

New York CityBoston Symphony Orchestra

© Marco Borggreve/Andrew Eccles
Strauss R.
Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons; Renée Fleming

New York CityThomas Adès conducts the BSO

Thomas Adès conducts the BSO
Liszt, Adès, Tchaikovsky
Boston Symphony Orchestra; Thomas Adès; Kirill Gerstein

BostonBartók's Concerto for Orchestra

Stravinsky, Bartók, Tchaikovsky
Boston Symphony Orchestra; Hannu Lintu

BostonKen-David Masur conducts Harbison, Rachmaninov and Prokofiev

Harbison, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev
Boston Symphony Orchestra; Ken-David Masur; Garrick Ohlsson
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Nelsons and the Boston Symphony stare into the abyss

Andris Nelsons conducts the Boston Symphony © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
Another Bernstein concerto-in-all-but-name followed by Shostakovich, this time with the Boston Symphony flexing their muscles. 
****1
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Prom 67: Nelsons' Mahler 3 is clear but short on the killer punch

Susan Graham, Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
Mahler for beginners? Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra provide exemplary clarity and understanding of structure, but don't hit one in the chest in the way the Third can.
***11
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Nelsons conveys a “sense of inevitability” in Mahler 3

Susan Graham joins Andris Nelsons and the BSO © Chris Lee
Playing Mahler’s Third Symphony was also meant to be an homage to Leonard Bernstein, one of the great interpreters of Mahler’s music, born 100 years ago this week.
****1
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Nelsons, Bronfman and Boston Symphony at Tanglewood

Andris Nelsons leads the BSO © Hilary Scott
Nelsons proved again that he has a special affinity for the music of Dmitri Shostakovich and for the Fourth Symphony in particular.
****1
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Musical polymath and nonpareil violinist share a Tanglewood afternoon

Thomas Adès © Hilary Scott
Teztlaff’s ability to bring freshness and an enchanted inner life to even the most trodden of musical works is unsurpassed.
****1
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