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
Mortiz Gnann, conductor
Menahem Pressler, piano

Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat, K. 595
Chopin: Nocturne No. 20 in C-sharp minor, Op. Posth.
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 From the New World

Listen Sunday May 20 at 1 p.m.

The Moldau (Vltava)

May 12, 2018

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Jakub Hrusa, conductor
Frank Peter Zimmermann, violin

Smetana: Sarka, from Ma Vlast
Bartok: Violin Concerto No. 2
Bach: Allegro from Sonata for Solo Violin in A minor
Smetana: Vltava (Moldau), from Ma Vlast
Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain
Janacek: Taras Bulba

Listen Sunday May 13 at 1 p.m.

Marco Borggreve

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Yefim Bronfman, piano
Camilla Tilling, soprano; Thomas Hampson, baritone; Tanglewood Festival Chorus

Jorg Widmann: Trauermarsch
Brahms: German Requiem

Listen Sunday May 6 at 1 p.m.

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 Pathetique: 3rd movement  (Andris Nelsons, conductor)
Brahms (arr. Alan Boustead): Serenade No. 1  (Boston Symphony Chamber Players)
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47  (Andris Nelsons, conductor)
Dvorak (arr. Nicholas Ingman): Octet-Serenade (after Serenade for Strings, Op. 22)  (Boston Symphony Chamber Players)

Listen Sunday April 29 at 1 p.m.

Symphonie Fantastique

Apr 19, 2018

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin

John Williams: Markings
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

Listen Sunday April 22 at 1 p.m.

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Lang Lang, piano

Shostakovich: Festive Overture, Op. 96
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3, Op. 26
Ponce: Intermezzo No. 1
Tchaikovsky: August and September from The Seasons
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9 in E flat, Op. 70: first movement
Mussorgsky (orch. Ravel): Pictures at an Exhibition

Listen Sunday April 15 at 1 p.m.

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Kristine Opalais, soprano

Dutilleux: Metaboles
Rachmaninoff: How Fair This Place, Op. 21, No. 7
Tchaikovsky: Letter Scene from Eugene Onegin
Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin (selections)  (Bernard Haitink, conductor)
Debussy: La Mer
Ravel: La Valse

Listen Sunday April 8 at 1 p.m.
 

Marco Borggreve

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor

Mahler: Symphony No. 9

Listen Sunday April 1 at 1 p.m.

Bruckner's Third

Mar 23, 2018

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Malcolm Lowe, violin; Steven Ansell, viola

Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola in E-flat, K. 364
Bruckner: Symphony No. 3 in D minor

Listen Sunday March 25 at 1 p.m.

From Tanglewood:
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Gil Shaham, violin; Alisa Weilerstein, cello

Dvorak: Carnival Overture
Brahms: Double Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
Tchaikovsky: Suite from The Sleeping Beauty  (Seiji Ozawa, conductor)

Listen Sunday March 18 at 1 p.m.

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Bernard Haitink, conductor
Murray Perahia, piano

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G, Op. 58
Bruch: Piece for Clarinet, Viola and Piano, Op. 83, No. 2  (Harold Wright, clarinet; Boris Kroyt, viola; Murray Perahia, piano)
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D

Listen Sunday March 11 at 1 p.m.

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.

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