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.

 

photo: Marco Borggreve

In his first Symphony Hall concert as Music Director-Designate, Andris Nelsons leads the BSO in the Siegfried Idyll of Richard Wagner, Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 25 in C, played by Paul Lewis, and Brahms' Symphony No. 3 in F.

Listen Sunday November 3 at 1pm.

Mamiko Tsusuki

Composer and conductor Thomas Ades returns to Symphony Hall to lead the BSO in the Hebrides Overture by Mendelssohn, his own Polaris, the Orchestral Set No. 2 by Ives, and Cesar Franck's Symphony in D minor.

Listen Sunday October 27 at 1pm.

Stephane Deneve, conductor

Prokofiev: The Love of Three Oranges Suite

Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1  (Yo-Yo Ma, cello)

Richard Strauss: Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life)

Listen Sunday October 20 at 1pm.

Christoph von Dohnanyi conducts the BSO, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, prepared by John Oliver, soprano Camilla Tilling and mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly.

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection"

Listen Sunday October 13 at 1pm.

A new season of Boston Symphony Orchestra concerts from Symphony Hall begins with an all-Brahms program led by Christoph von Dohnanyi.  Violinist Augustin Hadelich and cellist Alban Gerhardt play the Double Concerto and the program concludes with the Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 73.

Listen Sunday October 6 at 1pm.

Christoph von Dohanyi returns the following week to conduct Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection" with soprano Camilla Tilling, mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly and the Tanglewood Festival Choir, prepared by John Oliver.

"Tanglewood on Parade"

Listen Sunday September 29 at 1pm

Paul Dukas:  Fanfare for La Peri; Tanglewood Music Center Fellows Brass Ensemble; Alexandre Bloch, conductor

Aaron Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man; Tanglewood Music Center Fellows Brass and Percussion Ensemble; Ceiran McAuley, conductor

Alexander Borodin: Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor; Tanglewood music Center orchestra; Charles Dutoit, conductor

George Gershwin: An American in Paris; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Stephane Deneve, conductor

Lorin Maazel, conductor

Michael Gandolfi: Night Train to Perugia (commissioned for the 75th anniversary of Tanglewood)

Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto No. 5 "Egyptian"  (Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano)

Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

Listen Sunday September 22 at 1pm.

Charles Dutoit, conductor

Emanuel Ax, piano

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37

Tchaikovsky: Symphony  No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Listen Sunday afternoon September 15 at 1.

Charles Dutoit, conductor

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37  (Emanuel Ax, piano)

encore: Schubert: Impromptu in Ab

Tchaikovsky: Symhpony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Listen Sunday afternoon September 1 at 1.

This final concert of the BSO's Tanglewood season features the traditional closer:  Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.  Bernard Haitink conducts the BSO, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, soprano Erin Wall, mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford, tenor Joseph Kaiser, and bass-baritone John Relyea.

Listen Sunday afternoon August 25 at 2.

Live from Tanglewood

Aug 16, 2013

This week the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra of advanced students performs the annual Leonard Bernstein Memorial Concert.  Christoph von Dohnanyi conducts Mozart's Piano Concert No. 9, played by Emanuel Ax, and Mahler's Symphony No. 1.

Listen Sunday afternoon August 18 at 2.

Christian Zacharias, conductor & pianist

all Beethoven:

Creatures of Prometheus Overture

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat, Op. 19

Symphony No. 6 in F, Op. 68  "Pastoral"

Listen Sunday afternoon August 11 at 2.

Charles Dutoit, conductor

Stravinsky: Fireworks

Dvorak: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104  (Yo-Yo Ma, cello)

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

Listen Sunday afternoon August 4 at 2pm

Ludovic Morlot conducts

Dvorak: Carnival Overture

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C,  Op. 26  (Garrick Ohlssohn, piano)

Dvorak: Symphony No. 9  "From the New World"

Listen Sunday afternoon July 28 at 2.

Pinchas Zukerman is featured as conductor, violinist and violist in a baroque program of music by Vivaldi, Telemann and Bach.

Listen Sunday afternoon July 21 at 2.

Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in C minor, RV 199

Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Cello in Bb, RV 547

Bach: Violin Concerto  #2 in E, BWV 1042

Telemann: Viola Concerto in G

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto  #2 in F, BWV 1047

Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos conducts Stravinsky's Pulcinella Suite; Haydn's Cello Concerto No. 1, with Lynn Harrell; and Beethoven's Symphony No. 8.

Listen Sunday afternoon July 14 at 2.

Music from Disney/Pixar films.

Listen Sunday, June 30, at 1pm.

1:04:37PM      

Randy Newman

music from Toy Story

Boston Pops, Thomas Wilkins, conductor

WCRB Classical New England recording

Label: concert performance recorded on June 5, 2013, at Symphony Hall in Boston

Catalog Number: not commercially available

1:11:38PM      

Thomas Newman

music from Finding Nemo

Boston Pops, Thomas Wilkins, conductor

WCRB Classical New England recording

Music from the Great American Songbook, featuring vocalist Matthew Morrison.

Listen Sunday, June 23, at 1pm.

1:03:05PM

Rimsky-Korsakov

Procession of the Nobles (Cortege from Mlada)

Boston Pops, Keith Lockhart, conductor

WCRB Classical New England recording

Label: concert performance recorded on May 24, 2013, at Symphony Hall in Boston

Catalog Number: not commercially available

1:08:02PM

Whiting/Mercer-Williams

Hooray for Hollywood

Boston Pops, Keith Lockhart, conductor

Conductor Keith Lockhart and the Pops take a nostalgic stroll through the 1960s.

Listen Sunday, June 16, at 1pm.

1:03:30PM

Newman

Theme from How the West Was Won

Boston Pops, Keith Lockhart, conductor

WCRB Classical New England recording

Label: performance recorded on May 22, 2013, at Symphony Hall in Boston

Catalog Number: not commercially available

1:09:04PM

Tiomkin-Reisman

The Green Leaves of Summer, from The Alamo

Boston Pops, Keith Lockhart, conductor

Boston Pops Gospel

Jun 7, 2013

Sunday June 9 2013 at 1pm.

1:04:01PM

Berlioz

Rakoczy March from The Damnation of Faust

Boston Pops, Charles Floyd, conductor

WCRB Classical New England live broadcast

Label: live performance at Symphony Hall in Boston

Catalog Number: not commercially available

1:11:02PM

Bernstein

Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

Boston Pops, Charles Floyd, conductor

WCRB Classical New England live broadcast

Label: live performance at Symphony Hall in Boston

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