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The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons Release Mahler's Symphony No. 6, Through Classical Live on Google Play Music, Available Today
This is the BSO's second installment of recordings release through Classical Live, which launched in June 2015 on Google Play Music at 

The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Andris Nelsons released a live recording of Mahler's Symphony No. 6 (recorded March 26, 27, 28, and 31, 2015), available for $4.99, exclusively on Google Play Music's Classical Live. This is the BSO's second release through Classical Live since the platform was launched in June 2015. A free bonus track of Joy to the World-A Fanfare for Christmas Day, recorded by Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops, is also available at or Both of these live recordings were taken from performances that took place in the BSO's and Boston Pops' home in Symphony Hall in Boston, widely acclaimed as one of the three greatest concert halls in the world.

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In June 2015, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, along with the Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, and Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, entered into a new partnership to create Classical Live, a unique initiative that offers a new paradigm for the distribution of live recordings of classical music available only on Google Play Music. Classical Live offers participating orchestras an opportunity to release up to four live recordings each season for download exclusively on Google Play Music at or The BSO's first releases on Classical Live featured live concert recordings of performances from Andris Nelsons' first season as music director: the Suite from Bartók'sThe Miraculous Mandarin and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 6, Pathétique (performance recordings from October 1, 2, and 3, 2014), as well as a free bonus track of the theme and first variation from Brahms's Variations on a Theme by Haydn (performance recordings from January 8, 9, and 10, 2015). 


Through the Classical Live initiative, the BSO and other participating orchestras continue to build upon their legendary recording libraries by creating new digital recording catalogues with potential access to over one billion Android mobile and web devices in use in 58 countries throughout the world by way of both digital downloads and streaming subscription opportunities at and Google Play Music will offer all participating orchestras international promotional opportunities with the goal of building new audiences and developing a new demographic for classical music through partnership with the largest digital distributor in the world.

This second phase of Classical Live  includes 12 new recordings, including free bonus tracks (available for a limited time) in digital-only performances from the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.  


"There is no doubt that the performance of the BSO of Mahler 6th was a triumph. When was ever the Philharmonie so silent after the vibration of the last note? Andris Nelsons has a "magnetic" contact to his musicians (..)"
- Ulrich Amling, Tagesspiegel, September 5, 2015 Berlin performance

"This was a young man's Mahler Sixth, the opening march rhythm leaning forward, with places to go... ...Nelsons, at points almost crouching down beneath his music stand, coaxed from the strings a luminous sound and phrasing of surpassing tenderness... he drew playing that was texturally alert, clear, and brimming with vitality."
- Jeremy Eichler, Boston Globe, March 26, 2015 Boston performance