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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TokyoKDDI Special: Andris Nelsons conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich
Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons; Gil Shaham

TokyoKDDI Special: Andris Nelsons conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Mozart, Rachmaninov
Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons; Elizabeth Rowe; Jessica Zhou

TokyoKDDI Special: Andris Nelsons conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Haydn, Mahler
Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons

BostonAlain Altinoglu conducts Berlioz, Lalo, Dutilleux and Roussel

Berlioz, Lalo, Dutilleux, Roussel
Boston Symphony Orchestra; Alain Altinoglu; Renaud Capuçon

BostonBerlioz, Lalo and Roussel

Berlioz, Lalo, Roussel
Boston Symphony Orchestra; Alain Altinoglu; Renaud Capuçon
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Chamber intimacy and bold brushstrokes in Boston

Bernard Haitink returned for his yearly visit to Symphony Hall to conduct a program which embraced the Classical, Romantic and Modern.
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Pastoral and Pastiche: Sibelius and Busoni in Boston

Sakari Oramo returned to Symphony Hall to lead Sibelius' Symphony no. 3 in C major and Busoni’s rarely performed, grandiose Concerto in C for Piano, Orchestra and Men’s Chorus with Kirill Gerstein.
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Dreams and nightmares in Gubaidulina world première

Sofia Gubaidulina has always been drawn to non-traditional sounds, something which invariably landed her in trouble during the Soviet era. The bayan, a 200-button Russian accordion, became the source for many of those sounds in solo and concerted pieces. “It breathes,” she has said, possessing an “earthy quality like no other instrument”.
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Muted Mozart, muted Beethoven

Andris Nelsons highlights the dialectic between the traditional and revolutionary aspects of Beethoven's Eroica in Boston.
***11
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The French Connection with the Boston Symphony

Andris Nelsons' program pays homage to two touchstones of the French repertory with the Boston Symphony: Henri Rabaud and Pierre Monteux.
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