April 15- 29: Pathways of Romanticism


Pathways of Romanticism

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.

April 15, 22, and 29, Boston Symphony Music Director Andris Nelsons leads three “Pathways of Romanticism” programs, the series finale of our “Music in Changing Times” streaming season. These German orchestral works range chronologically from Carl Maria von Weber through Mendelssohn, Schumann, and Brahms to Richard Strauss. Reflecting the tumult and instability of 19th-century Europe, Romanticism spanned music, literature, and visual arts, hoping to mirror the unique and passionate mystery of the individual in the universal poetry of the natural and spiritual worlds. The American chamber-music works on these programs are by the mid-20th-century giant William Grant Still and the contemporary composers Marti Epstein and Jennifer Higdon. Inspired by visual art (Still) and by nature, these works suggest that the spirit of Romanticism has continued to inspire up to the present day.

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Videos in This Series:

Andris Nelsons

Performance Details
Andris Nelsons, conductor
BRAHMS Serenade No. 2 in A, Op. 16
SCHUMANN Symphony No. 4

Magazine: Hallmarks of Romanticism

Chamber Music Performance
John Ferrillo, oboe; William R. Hudgins, clarinet; Elita Kang, violin
Marti EPSTEIN Komorebi

Pathways of Romanticism, Episode 1

April  15, 12PM - May 15

Andris Nelsons leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra in a program of Brahms’ Serenade No. 2 and Schumann’s Symphony No. 4.

Available April 15 at 12PM through May 15

GO TO VIDEO: April 15, 12PM - May 15

William Hudgins

Performance Details
Andris Nelsons, conductor
William Hudgins, clarinet
Richard Sebring, Michael Winter, Rachel Childers, and Jason Snider, horns

MENDELSSOHN String Symphony No. 10 in B minor
WEBER Concertino in E-flat for clarinet and orchestra, Op. 26
SCHUMANN Concert Piece for four horns and orchestra, Op. 86

Magazine: Leipzig, Crucible of Romanticism

Chamber Music Performance
Victor Romanul, violin
with Randall Hodgkinson, piano

STILL Suite for violin and piano

Pathways of Romanticism, Episode 2

April 22, 12PM - May 22

Andris Nelsons leads the orchestra in Mendelssohn’s String Symphony No. 10; Weber’s Clarinet Concertino with BSO Principal Clarinet William Hudgins as soloist, and Schumann’s Concertstück in F for four horns and orchestra, with BSO horn players Richard Sebring, Rachel Childers, Michael Winter, and Jason Snider.

Available April 22 at 12PM through May 22

GO TO VIDEO: April 22, 12PM - May 22

Andris Nelsons in Symphony Hall

Performance Details
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Serenade in E-flat for Thirteen Wind Instruments, Op. 7 (10)
Interludes from the opera Intermezzo (24)
  (Reisefieber und Waltzszene; Träumerei am Kamin; Am Spieltisch; Fröhlicher Beschluß)
  (“Travel Fever and Waltz Scene”; “Dream by the Hearth”; “At the Gaming Table”; “Happy Ending”)

Magazine: Strauss: The Last Romantic

Chamber Music Performance
Cynthia Meyers, flute; Robert Sheena, oboe; Thomas Martin, clarinet; Richard Ranti, bassoon; Rachel Childers, horn
Jennifer HIGDON Autumn Music, for wind quintet

Pathways of Romanticism, Episode 3

April 29, 12PM - May 29

An All-Strauss program brings the BSO’s 2020-21 BSO NOW online streaming season to an end with the composer’s Wind Serenade, Op. 7, and Interludes from Intermezzo, under the direction of Andris Nelsons.

Available April 29 at 12PM through May 29

GO TO VIDEO: April 29, 12PM - May 29

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