Boston Symphony Orchestra

Sundays at 1 p.m.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra comes to VPR Classical Sunday afternoons on VPR Classical. You'll hear emerging and established guest conductors, extraordinary soloists and enduring repertoire.

Founded in 1881, the BSO is one of America's "Big Five" orchestras, performing at Boston's Symphony Hall and the Tanglewood Music Center. Thanks to WGBH Boston for partnering with Vermont Public Radio to bring these live performances to VPR Classical listeners.

 

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Stephane Deneve, conductor
Gil Shaham, violin

Jennifer Higdon: Blue Cathedral
John Williams: Violin Concerto
Bach: selections from Partitas Nos. 3 and 1
Saint-Saens: Symphony No. 3 in C minor, with Organ

Listen Sunday March 4 at 1 p.m.

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Herbert Blomstedt, conductor
Garrick Ohlsson, piano

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C, Op. 15
Chopin: 3 Polonaises
Bach: Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, BWV 1041: finale  (Renaud Capucon, violin; Chamber Orchestra of Europe)
Dvorak: Silent Woods  (Alisa Weilerstein, cello; Anna Polonsky, piano)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A, Op. 92

Listen Sunday February 25 at 1 p.m.

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Helene Grimaud, piano

Timo Andres: Everything Happens So Much
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat, Op. 83
Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Listen Sunday February 18 at 1 p.m.

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Helene Grimaud, piano

Eric Nathan: the space of a door
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15
Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 73

Listen Sunday February 11 at 1 p.m.
 

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Vladimir Jurowski, conductor
Alina Ibragimova, violin

Haydn: Symphony No. 26 in D minor Lamentatione
Karl Amadeus Hartmann: Concerto funebre
Haydn: Violin Concerto No. 1 in C
Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 36

Listen Sunday February 4 at 1 p.m.

 

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor

R. Strauss: Macbeth, Op. 23
Dvorak: Othello Overture, Op. 93
Korngold: selections from Much Ado About Nothing  (Victor Romanul, violin; Randall Hodgkinson, piano)
George Tsontakis: Sonnets
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture

Listen Sunday January 28 at 1 p.m.

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Barbara Hannigan, soprano

Shostakovich: Incidental Music for Hamlet
Hans Abrahamsen: let me tell you
Prokofiev: music from the ballet Romeo & Juliet

Listen Sunday January 21 at 1 p.m.

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Amanda Forsythe, soprano; Abigail Fischer, mezzo-soprano; Women of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus

Weber: Oberon Overture
Henze: Symphony No. 8
Mendelssohn: Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night's Dream

Listen Sunday January 14 at 1 p.m.

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Lahav Shani, conductor
Joshua Bell, violin

Mozart: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
Bach: Gavotte en rondeau, from Violin Partita No. 3
Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C Great
Smetana: Moldau (Vltava) from Ma Vlast  (Rafael Kubelik, conductor)

Listen Sunday January 7 at 1 p.m.

Tanglewood Encore

Dec 29, 2017

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Daniil Trifonov, piano

Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin
Haydn: Symphony No. 83  The Hen
Thomas Ades: Three Studies from Couperin
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21 in C, K. 467
Prokofiev: Gavotte, from Cinderella

Listen Sunday December 31 at 1 p.m.

The Nutcracker

Dec 21, 2017

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Seiji Ozawa, conductor

Bach (arr. Stravinsky): Choral Variations on Vom Himmel Hoch  (Tanglewood Festival Chorus)
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker
Berlioz: L'Enfance du Christ, Part 2, Overture and Shepherd's Farewell (New England Conservatory Chorus; Charles Munch, conductor)

Listen Sunday December 24 at 1 p.m.

Holiday Pops!

Dec 15, 2017
Boston Pops

Boston Pops Orchestra
Keith Lockhart, conductor
Tanglewood Festival Chorus

Holiday favorites, including the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah and Leroy Anderson's Sleigh Ride.

Listen Sunday December 17 at 1 p.m.

Boston Symphony Orchestra
David Zinman, conductor
Yo-Yo Ma, cello

Mozart: Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K. 183
Schumann: Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129
Schumann: Symphony No. 2 in C, Op. 61
Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in B minor Unfinished  (Eugen Jochum, conductor)

Listen Sunday December 10 at 1 p.m.

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Ludovic Morlot, conductor
Johannes Moser, cello

Smetana: The Moldau, from My Homeland
Martinu: Fantaisies symphoniques (Symphony No. 6)
Dvorak: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Listen Sunday December 3 at 1 p.m.

Decca/Andrew Eccles

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Francois-Xavier Roth, conductor
Renee Fleming, soprano

Debussy: Jeux
Dutilleux: Le Temps l'horloge
Debussy: Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp (Boston Symphony Chamber Players)
Canteloube: Songs of the Auvergne selections
Stravinsky: Petrouchka

Listen Sunday November 26 at 1 p.m.

 

From Tanglewood 2017:
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Charles Dutoit, conductor
Yefim Bronfman, piano

Beethoven: Creatures of Prometheus Overture
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat, Op. 83
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 From the New World

Listen Sunday November 19 at 1 p.m.

From Tanglewood 2017
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Ken-David Masur, conductor
Nikolai Lugansky, piano

Aaron Jay Kernis: Musica Celestis
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3, Op. 26
Rachmaninoff: Prelude in G-sharp minor, Op. 32, No. 12
Tchaikovsky: July, from The Seasons
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 Classical  (Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra; Vinay Parameswaran, conductor)
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2 Little Russian  (Boston Symphony Orchestra; Ken-David Masur, conductor)

Listen Sunday November 12 at 1 p.m.

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Francois-Xavier Roth, conductor
Elizabeth Rowe, flute; Jessica Zhou, harp

Gossec: Symphonie a 17 parties
Mozart: Concerto for Flute and Harp in C, K. 299
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat, Op. 55 Eroica

Listen Sunday November 5 at 1 p.m.

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Yefim Bronfman, piano

Bach: Air, from Orchestral Suite No. 3, BWV 1068
Haydn: Symphony No. 30 Alleluia
Bartok: Piano Concerto No. 2
Chopin: Etude in F, Op. 10, No. 8 (encore)
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Op. 13 Winter Dreams

Listen Sunday October 29 at 1 p.m.

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Isabelle Faust, violin; Tanglewood Festival Chorus

Bach: Motet, Komm, Jesu, Komm, BWV 229
Bach: Es ist genug, from Cantata BWV 60
Berg: Violin Concerto
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47

Listen Sunday October 22 at 1 p.m.

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