March 11 - 25: A Fragile Peace: Between the Wars

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A Fragile Peace: Between the Wars

Newly recorded hour-long video performances by the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and BSO musicians in chamber music Along with behind-the-scenes storytelling with conductors, composers, and musicians, plus much more.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra video performances under the title Music in Changing Times is being recorded at Symphony Hall throughout the season. Each video (along with curated archival performances) will launch on select Thursdays at noon, November 19 through April 29 and will be available for viewing for 30 days after each initial release date on the following schedule. All performances are subject to change based on COVID-19 restrictions that may impact the ability to produce new recordings.

Each of three "A Fragile Peace: Between the Wars" programs focuses on a country key to world events in the period 1918-1940. The first episode is centered on Germany, where the work of artists like Kurt Weill and Paul Hindemith resisted Nazism. Paris is the vibrant locale of the second episode. Inon Barnatan is soloist in one of Ravel's last works, the beloved Piano Concerto in G from 1931. In the 1920s, Milhaud and Honegger both hoped to shake up the self-importance of European Romanticism via their witty, popular music-influenced scores. In episode 3, BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons leads music of expatriate Russian composer Stravinsky and works by the very young Shostakovich, whose First Symphony made him the great hope of Soviet classical music. Chamber music by American composers complements each BSO performance.

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Videos in This Series:


Giancarlo Guerrero

Performance Details
Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor 
HINDEMITH Concert Music for strings and brass

Magazine: Come to the Cabaret: Wild Berlin Between the Wars

WEILL Kleine Dreigroschenmusik (Suite from Threepenny Opera)

Chamber Music Performance
Bonnie Bewick, violin I; Lisa Ji Eun Kim, violin II; Daniel Getz, viola; Mickey Katz, cello
Florence PRICE Five Folksongs in Counterpoint

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A Fragile Peace: Between the Wars, Episode 1

March  11, 12PM - April 10

Giancarlo Guerrero leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra in an all-German program of Weill’s Kleine Dreigroschenmusik (Suite from The Threepenny Opera) and Hindemith’s Concert Music for strings and brass; chamber music performance to feature Florence Price’s Five Folksongs in Counterpoint, with BSO musicians Bonnie Bewick and Lisa Ji Eun Kim, violins; Daniel Getz, viola; and Alexandre Lecarme, cello.

Available March 11 at 12PM through April 10

GO TO VIDEO: March 11, 12PM - April 10


Inon Barnatan

Performance Details
David Robertson, conductor
Inon Barnatan, piano

MILHAUD La creation du monde, Op. 81
HONEGGER Pastorale d’ete

Magazine: According to Mademoiselle


RAVEL Piano Concerto in G

Chamber Music Performance
BSO Associate Principal Flute Elizabeth Klein
Marion BAUER Forgotten Modes, Op. 29, for solo flute

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A Fragile Peace: Between the Wars, Episode 2

March 18, 12PM - April 17

David Robertson leads the orchestra in an all-French program to include Milhaud’s La Création du monde, Honegger’s Pastorale d’été, and Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G with Inon Barnatan as soloist; chamber music performance to feature American composer Marion Bauer’s Forgotten Modes, Op. 29, for solo flute, with Elizabeth Klein, BSO Assistant Principal Flute.

Available March 18 at 12PM through April 17

GO TO VIDEO: March 18, 12PM - April 17


Andris Nelsons

Performance Details
Andris Nelsons, conductor
STRAVINSKY Symphonies of Wind Instruments 
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 1 

Magazine: Shostakovich and the Absurd

SHOSTAKOVICH Tahiti Trot, Op. 16 (an arrangement of Victor Youmans’ "Tea for Two")

Chamber Music Performance
BSO violist Michael Zaretsky, viola
with Randall Hodgkinson, piano

RAPOPORT Poem, Op. 14, for viola and piano

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A Fragile Peace: Between the Wars, Episode 3

March 25, 12PM - April 24

Andris Nelsons leads the BSO in an all-Russian program to feature Stravinsky’s Symphonies of Wind Instruments and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1 and Tahiti Trot; chamber music performances to feature American composer Eda Rapoport’s Poem, Op. 14, for viola and piano, with BSO violist Michael Zaretsky and pianist Randall Hodgkinson.

Available March 25 at 12PM through April 24

GO TO VIDEO: March 25, 12PM - April 24


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