November 16-18, Beethoven and Mahler

[Andris Nelsons]

Andris Nelsons conducts Beethoven and Mahler, November 16-18
In three performances Thursday, November 16-Saturday, November 18, Andris Nelsons is joined by pianist Martin Helmchen.


TICKETS: November 16, 8PM

TICKETS: November 17, 1:30PM

TICKETS: November 18, 8PM

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About the Music: Podcasts & Program Notes

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  1. Audio Concert Preview by Richard Dyer and Robert Kirzinger.
  2. Video Podcast: Mahler Symphony No. 1 Anthony Princiotti.
  3. Video Podcast Preview: Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 Anthony Princiotti.
  4. Brian Bell spends a minute to introduce the revised program of Beethoven and Mahler being performed on November 16-18, 2017.
  5. BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons speaks with Brian Bell about his conception of Gustav Mahler and his First Symphony, being performed on November 16-18, 2017.

Andris Nelsons, conductor
Martin Helmchen, piano

BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3
MAHLER Symphony No. 1


The young, Berlin-born pianist Martin Helmchen, who made his BSO debut in 2011 at Tanglewood with Schumann's Piano Concerto and his subscription series debut in 2015 with Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor, is now featured in Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3, which pays homage to Mozart and Haydn while also exhibiting Beethoven's own intense individuality. Written nearly a century 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 expansion of the form.

On the advice of his doctors, conductor Christoph von Dohnányi has regrettably been forced to withdraw from the Boston Symphony Orchestra concerts in Boston November 16-18 as he continues to heal and regain his strength following a fall he suffered earlier this year. BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons will replace Maestro von Dohnányi for the program, which will include Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3, featuring Martin Helmchen, and Mahler's First Symphony.