Blomstedt and BSO: Lofty Brahms

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Herbert Blomstedt, a renowned Swedish conductor who has worked in Denmark, Germany, and San Francisco, is a 91-year-old Massachusetts native in superb condition. He demonstrated artistry, vigor, and wisdom with total assurance in Friday’s Boston Symphony concert.    [continued]

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Blomstedt’s Beethoven

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Last night Herbert Blomstedt led the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven: with Garrick Ohlsson as soloist in Piano Concerto No. 1 followed by Symphony No. 7.  The master’s power, emotion, ecstasy, and agony stood revealed.    [continued]

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Nelsons Coaches, Conducts TMCO Twice

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The July 12th and 19th concerts of the TMC Orchestra featured conducting fellows who prepared pieces under the direction of Andris Nelsons, who directed major work(s) each time.    [continued]

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Welcome Mat To Reappear at Symphony Hall

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This morning, Boston Symphony Orchestra announces its coming season, September 30th – April 30th, and the reopening of Symphony Hall to concertgoers, enthusiastically welcoming audiences back for the first time since March 2020. Click HERE for the calendar. In the opener, Nelsons shares the podium with John Williams, and the spotlight with Anne-Sophie Mutter, the    [continued]

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Tanglewood Details Announced

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BMInt alerted readers HERE a couple of weeks ago to the salutary fact that Tanglewood is planning to operate this summer, albeit for half its usual run. Now we’re pleased to go straight to the lede: Click HERE for the just-released calendar in easy-to-read form. Once again BMInt’s resident curmudgeon rants on rep. But first    [continued]

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A Friendship Triptych

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Apo Hsu, influential as a conductor and teacher of conductors, met this writer a couple of weeks ago during her visits to the BSO for the rehearsals and performances of Formosa Triptych, by her friend and colleague Chihchun Chi-sun Lee. Her former student and current mentee BSO Assistant Conductor Yu-An Chang presided at the podium.    [continued]

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Symphony Announces 2018–19 Season

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Because the Boston Symphony includes three “brands”—the BSO, the Boston Pops, and Tanglewood—for which tickets and subscriptions are sold in the spring, they traditionally space out the three announcements and ticket sales. This year they’re providing the full details a week earlier than usual. [HERE]. The orchestra begins the fall with a two-week tour of    [continued]

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Tanglewood Is Icumen in

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The coming Tanglewood season is full of the usual suspects, regulars, and warhorses, but more than anything else it is organized around the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth. The number of performances, events, and celebrations for Lenny is large, and if the abundance seems overemphasized, we should remember that Bernstein gave his heart and soul    [continued]

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Bruckner: Lofty Soul or Bumpkin?

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On the series of BSO subscription concerts beginning Thursday April 13th is included Bruckner’s seldom heard Symphony No. 6, written between 1879 and 1881 (following pianist Mitsuko Uchida’s performance of Mozart’s mysterious, stormy D-minor piano concerto K.466). According to Tony Fogg, Nelsons intends to do a Bruckner symphony each season. He announced this publicly in    [continued]

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BSO Subscription Series Announced

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Next year’s Boston Symphony Orchestra’s 2017-2018 Season contains a few real surprises. Once again there is a tendency toward the theater, the most radical choice being the complete Act II of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. Definitely a good choice, and preceded by the lovely Siegfried Idyll for chamber ensemble. Grieg’s familiar Peer Gynt music shares    [continued]

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Cloth Hall Players No Strangers to Symphony Hall

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When conductor Kurt Masur brought the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra to Boston from East Germany in 1974, it was a really big deal. Travel was difficult from the East, and no one had yet heard of glasnost or perestroika. We looked forward to hearing a very old and famous orchestra which had been insulated from performance    [continued]

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Three More Summer Festivals

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Tanglewood and the Newport Music Festival are well known; Mohawk Trails Concerts is new to us. Tanglewood, founded in 1940, and Newport, founded in 1968, offer many concerts, not only in the evenings, but throughout the day, with a variety of times, programs, and venues.  Mohawk Trails Concerts, located in Charlemont, MA, offers a far    [continued]

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Two Delights and One Disappointment

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Thursday evening, March 12, Herbert Blomstedt conducted the Boston Symphony Orchestra in performances of the Nielsen’s “Helios” overture, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 18 in B-flat, with pianist Richard Goode, and Brahm’s Symphony No 4. The first two pieces were new to me, and welcome. Nielsen manages to pack the glory of a sun-filled day into 10 minutes of music, and the orchestra played with verve – clearly excited by the piece. The Mozart was an equal pleasure; the smaller orchestra played with precision and attention to detail The second movement in G minor was the heart of the piece, a lament for times and loves lost. Richard Goode played with great expressiveness, sometimes barely audible over the orchestra. The Brahms was well played – but ultimately disappointing. The performance rose to the heights of this music, but mostly failed to probe the depths. [Click title for full review.]    [continued]

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