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Andris Nelsons conducts Haydn and Mahler

Boston Symphony Orchestra

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Franz Joseph Haydn and Gustav Mahler defined the genre of the symphony during their respective eras- Haydn as one of its originators in the late 18th-century Classical era, and Mahler as revitalizer and innovator at the end of the Romantic era. Haydn's Drumroll  Symphony-not performed by the BSO since 1995-was the next-to-last symphony he wrote, in the first half of the 1790s. Written nearly 100 years later, the first of Mahler's nine symphonies employs folk-music references and a conventional four-movement form that have their foundations in Haydn's time. Its expanded scope and instrumentation are evidence of the genre's 19th-century transformation as well as Mahler's own stretching of the form.

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Andris   Nelsons, conductor Andris Nelsons, conductor
Program Notes Audio
HAYDN - Symphony No. 103, Drumroll (29 min)
MAHLER - Symphony No. 1 (58 min)
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