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Brahms: The Symphonies

Brahms: The Symphonies (Digital)

The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons are pleased to announce the release of their latest recordings on BSO Classics-a three-disc set of the four Brahms symphonies, recorded live during concert performances at Symphony Hall this past November, engineered by the same in-house team that produced the BSO's recent Grammy-winning Shostakovich recordings under Maestro Nelsons on Deutsche Grammophon.
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Boston Symphony Chamber Players: Brahms|Dvorák Serenades

Boston Symphony Chamber Players: Brahms|Dvorák Serenades (Digital)

This new BSO Classics release from the Boston Symphony Chamber Players pairs two delightful arrangements for chamber ensemble of charming, youthful serenades written originally for orchestra by Johannes Brahms and Antonín Dvorák.
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Boston Symphony Chamber Players: Mozart Brahms Schubert Poulenc Colgrass Villa-Lobos Haieff Barber

Boston Symphony Chamber Players: Mozart Brahms Schubert Poulenc Colgrass Villa-Lobos Haieff Barber (Digital)

This second of four releases encompasses the contents of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players’ second commercial release, a three-LP set issued by RCA in 1968—music of Mozart, Brahms, Schubert, Poulenc, Haieff, Villa-Lobos, and Colgrass. Also included, as a bonus, is the ensemble’s recording of Samuel Barber’s Summer Music, taped on May 9, 1968, but never previously released.
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Boston Symphony Chamber Players: Schubert, Brahms, Poulenc, Webern, Martinu, Dahl, Coker

Boston Symphony Chamber Players: Schubert, Brahms, Poulenc, Webern, Martinu, Dahl, Coker (Digital)

From 1964 to 1968, during their first four seasons, the original membership of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players made a series of historic recordings for RCA, including works central to the chamber music repertoire, as well as music by some of the day's leading composers.
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Harbison: Symphonies 5 & 6

Harbison: Symphonies 5 & 6 (Digital)

The Fifth and Sixth symphonies were both commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and its music director James Levine, a champion of Harbison’s work. Under Maestro Levine’s influence, both works feature a vocal component.
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Harbison: Symphonies 3 & 4

Harbison: Symphonies 3 & 4 (Digital)

The Third Symphony, dating from 1990, is a compact, five-movement piece whose variety of character can be summed up by Harbison’s movement titles: Disconsolate, Nostalgic, Militant, Passionate, and Exuberant. The composer’s Fourth Symphony, written in 2004, bears the traces of his preoccupation with 1920s jazz from his years working on the opera "The Great Gatsby", but continues in a different, more “classical” direction.
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Boston Symphony Chamber Players: Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Copland, Fine, Carter, Piston

Boston Symphony Chamber Players: Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Copland, Fine, Carter, Piston (Digital)

From 1964 to 1968, during their first four seasons, the original membership of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players made a series of historic recordings for RCA, including works central to the chamber music repertoire, as well as music by some of the day's leading composers.
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Boston Symphony Orchestra: Wagner and Sibelius

Boston Symphony Orchestra: Wagner and Sibelius (Digital)

The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons are very pleased to announce their first compact disc recording, a BSO Classics release pairing the overture to Wagner’s Tannhäuser and the Symphony No. 2 of Jean Sibelius. Both works are taken from concert performances earlier this season at Symphony Hall—the Wagner from Maestro Nelsons’ inaugural concert as music director on September 27, 2014, the Sibelius from his BSO program of November 6-11.
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Boston Symphony Chamber Players: Schubert, Milhaud, Hindemith

Boston Symphony Chamber Players: Schubert, Milhaud, Hindemith (Digital)

From 1964 to 1968, during their first four seasons, the original membership of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players made a series of historic recordings for RCA, including works central to the chamber music repertoire, as well as music by some of the day's leading composers.
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Harbison: Symphonies 1 & 2

Harbison: Symphonies 1 & 2 (Digital)

The vibrant, energetic First Symphony, premiered in 1984 by the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa, was commissioned by the BSO for its centennial. Harbison’s Second Symphony, composed a few years later, is more atmospheric in character, tracing a four-movement course from dawn, through daylight and dusk, to night. These recordings were made from live performances led by James Levine in fall 2010 as part of the BSO’s two-season survey of the complete Harbison symphonies.
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Profanes et Sacrées: 20th-Century French Chamber Music - Grammy Nominated Album! (Digital)

Profanes et Sacrées: 20th-Century French Chamber Music - Grammy Nominated Album! (Digital) (Digital)

The Boston Symphony Chamber Players' new album, Profanes et Sacrées: 20th-Century French Chamber Music, features recordings of Ravel's Introduction and Allegro for harp, accompanied by string quartet, flute, and clarinet; Henri Tomasi's Cinq Danses profanes et sacrées; Henri Dutilleux's Les Citations, for oboe, percussion, harpsichord, and double bass; Debussy's Sonata for flute, viola, and harp; and Jean Françaix's Dixtuor, for wind quintet and string quintet.
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On Willows and Birches, Concerto for Harp and Orchestra

On Willows and Birches, Concerto for Harp and Orchestra (Digital)

A previously unreleased live recording of On Willows and Birches, Concerto for Harp and Orchestra written by Boston Pops Laureate Conductor John Williams for former BSO Principal Harpist Ann Hobson Pilot, is now available for purchase. The orchestral work was recorded live at Symphony Hall on October 3, 2009 and features the Boston Symphony Orchestra led by former BSO Assistant Conductor Shi-Yeon Sung.
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Plain Song, Fantastic Dances: Chamber Music By American Composers

Plain Song, Fantastic Dances: Chamber Music By American Composers (Digital)

The Boston Symphony Chamber Players have recently released their new all-American album, Plain Song, Fantastic Dances: Chamber Music By American Composers, featuring works by Lukas Foss, William Bolcom, Michael Gandolfi, and Osvaldo Golijov. The album features world premiere recordings of Michael Gandolfi's Plain Song, Fantastic Dances, Lukas Foss's For Aaron, and William Bolcom's Serenata Notturna, as well as a recording of Osvaldo Golijov's Lullaby and Doina.
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Mozart Symphonies: 14, 18, 20, 39 and 41

Mozart Symphonies: 14, 18, 20, 39 and 41 (Digital)

This new recording tracks the creative evolution of Mozart through a series of five influential symphonies. The first three pieces, Symphonies 14, 18, and 20, were written when Mozart was only fifteen and sixteen years old. Symphonies Nos. 39 and 41, were composed in a whirlwind of creative fervor in a few weeks' time in the summer of 1788, and each is distinctly unique.
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Bolcom: Lyric Concerto; Symphony No. 8

Bolcom: Lyric Concerto; Symphony No. 8 (Digital)

The BSO has a long tradition of premiering important musical works, and James Levine has deepened that affiliation with a string of high profile and successful commissions during his tenure in Boston. Based on texts from William Blake’s Prophetic Books, William Bolcom’s Symphony No. 8 for orchestra and chorus, is an expressive, passionate, and progressive piece. Bolcom’s Lyric Concerto featuring James Galway rounds out this satisfying album.
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Mahler: Symphony No. 6

Mahler: Symphony No. 6 (Digital)

James Levine is known for having a strong command and awareness of the overlying architecture of large musical works while retaining all of the shimmer and subtlety of the details, and he does just that in this live recording of Mahler’s tragic Sixth Symphony.
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Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45

Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45 (Digital)

One of four stunning new live recordings of the BSO with music director James Levine, this release features Christine Schäfer (soprano), Michael Volle (baritone), James David Christie (organ), and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus in a recording that reflects all of the intensity, passion, musical detail, and commitment of the performances during the 2008-09 season.
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Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé

Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé (Digital)

The Boston Symphony Orchestra's recording of Ravel's complete Daphnis et Chloé, won the Grammy Award in the category of Orchestral Performance at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards on January 31, 2010. The Boston Symphony Orchestra continues its long tradition of producing excellent recordings of French repertoire with this new live disc of Daphnis et Chloé under James Levine, the first on the BSO's independent label-BSO Classics. SACD format.
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Mozart Chamber Music for Winds and Strings

Mozart Chamber Music for Winds and Strings (Digital)

BSO principal players bring their skill and musicianship as individual performers together for this masterful set of Mozart chamber music. Rich sonorous strings and clear full winds fill this recording with expressive weight and gorgeous sound. This is passionate and intelligent playing by some of the world's best.
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From the Broadcast Archives: 1943-2000; Music Directors - Charles Munch

From the Broadcast Archives: 1943-2000; Music Directors - Charles Munch (Digital)

This disc devoted to Charles Munch, BSO music director from 1949 to 1962, features him in the French repertoire he was famous for, including the Prelude to Fauré’s Pénélope; ravishing performances of Debussy’s La Mer and Ravel’s La Valse from his valedictory season as music director; Franck’s symphonic poem, Le Chasseur maudit (“The Accursed Huntsman”); and more.
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From the Broadcast Archives: 1943-2000; Music Director and Principal Guest Conductors

From the Broadcast Archives: 1943-2000; Music Director and Principal Guest Conductors (Digital)

This disc features the only three conductors ever to hold the title principal guest conductor” with the BSO. The esteemed British conductor Colin Davis is heard in a blazing performance of Vaughan Williams' Symphony No. 4, the young Michael Tilson Thomas in his 1972 broadcast of the young Prokofiev's startlingly brash and extroverted Scythian Suite, and the Dutch maestro Bernard Haitink in a beautifully shaped 1992 account of Schubert's youthful Symphony No. 3.
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From the Broadcast Archives: 1943-2000; Music Directors - Serge Koussevitzky

From the Broadcast Archives: 1943-2000; Music Directors - Serge Koussevitzky (Digital)

This disc celebrates the work of the legendary BSO maestro Serge Koussevitsky. One of these classic works is Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra, performed here by the Boston Symphony in a recording that was never commercially released.
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From the Broadcast Archives: 1943-2000; Music Directors - Pierre Monteux

From the Broadcast Archives: 1943-2000; Music Directors - Pierre Monteux (Digital)

In this disc, music director and guest conductor Pierre Monteux conducts a collection of Romantic classics by Richard Strauss and Ralph Vaughn Williams. Monteux was familiar, not just with Strauss's music, but with Strauss himself, and it shows in the depth of understanding that he displays in this music.
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From the Broadcast Archives: 1943-2000; Music Directors - William Steinberg

From the Broadcast Archives: 1943-2000; Music Directors - William Steinberg (Digital)

William Steinberg was music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1969 to 1973, and renowned for his performances of Bruckner. The conductor is represented here by a single large work—the composer’s monumental Symphony No. 8, this recording of which is notable for its majesty, wisdom, warmth, and skill, in stunningly rich sound deriving from the original quadraphonic source.
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From the Broadcast Archives: 1943-2000; Music Directors - Seiji Ozawa: Part 2

From the Broadcast Archives: 1943-2000; Music Directors - Seiji Ozawa: Part 2 (Digital)

Seiji Ozawa was music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for twenty-nine years, from 1973 to 2002, longer than any other music director in its history. Seiji himself chose the repertoire on this album not only to highlight the orchestra’s brilliant playing but also to recognize composers or works long associated with the BSO. Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, joins Trois Petites Liturgies de la Présence divine.
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From the Broadcast Archives: 1943-2000; Guest Conductors: Part 1

From the Broadcast Archives: 1943-2000; Guest Conductors: Part 1 (Digital)

This album of guest conductors includes a theatrically forward-pressing 1961 broadcast under American conductor Thomas Schippers of Verdi's overture to La Forza del destino, an intense and thrillingly virtuosic Romeo and Juliet by Tchaikovsky led by Kiev-born Igor Markevitch in his American debut; a vivid and exciting recording of Respighi's Pines of Rome with Toscanini-protégé Guido Cantelli.
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From the Broadcast Archives: 1943-2000; Guest Conductors: Part 2

From the Broadcast Archives: 1943-2000; Guest Conductors: Part 2 (Digital)

In this second album of BSO guests Leopold Stokowski conducts two works, the Overture to Don Giovanni and a Tchaikovsky's Hamlet (with cuts), while Rafael Kubelik brings a pioneering recording of Martinu's powerful Double Concerto for Two String Orchestras, Piano, and Timpani featuring pianist Charles Wilson and renowned BSO timpanist Everett Firth.
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From the Broadcast Archives: Encores & Rehearsals

From the Broadcast Archives: Encores & Rehearsals (Digital)

On this third album devoted to BSO guest conductors, Berlin-born Bruno Walter, always so authoritative in Haydn, leads a sparkling performance of the composer's lively and engaging Symphony No. 92, Richard Burgin, who became the longtime BSO concertmaster for Koussevitzky and Munch, leads the colorful Divertimento from Stravinsky's Fairy's Kiss ballet. Aaron Copland conducts his own musical evocation of New York, the atmospheric Music for a Great City.
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From the Broadcast Archives: 1943-2000; Encores/Rehearsals

From the Broadcast Archives: 1943-2000; Encores/Rehearsals (Digital)

This final album from the “Symphony Hall Centennial Celebration” of archival broadcasts gives us Berlioz from Seiji Ozawa and Colin Davis, some familiar Prokofiev from Charles Munch; some Holst from Bernard Haitink; music by Fauré personally chosen by Joseph Silverstein, another longtime BSO concertmaster; and a rehearsal excerpt with Leonard Bernstein preparing the BSO for the world premiere of Messiaen's Turangalîla-symphonie.
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From the Broadcast Archives: 1943-2000; Music Directors - Erich Leinsdorf

From the Broadcast Archives: 1943-2000; Music Directors - Erich Leinsdorf (Digital)

Many who played under Vienna-born Erich Leinsdorf—the BSO’s music director from 1962 to 1969— recall his special sympathy and affinity for the Slavic repertoire, memories borne out on this disc by his performances of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1 and the Suite from Janácek’s Cunning Little Vixen.
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From the Broadcast Archives: 1943-2000; Music Directors - Seiji Ozawa: Part 1

From the Broadcast Archives: 1943-2000; Music Directors - Seiji Ozawa: Part 1 (Digital)

Seiji Ozawa was music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for twenty-nine years, from 1973 to 2002, longer than any other music director in its history. Seiji himself chose the repertoire on this album not only to highlight the orchestra’s brilliant playing but also to recognize composers or works long associated with the BSO. Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle and Strauss' Duet Concertino are featured here.
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