Podcasts and Program Notes

2016-17 BSO Podcasts & Program Notes!
Check back for the latest Podcasts for the 2016-17 BSO Season! Program notes are generally posted the week of the performance date.

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Artist PhotoAndris Nelsons conducts Gubaidulina and Shostakovich
February 23-25

  Listen

  1. Brian Bell spends a minute introducing one of the highlights of the BSO season, February 23-25, 2017.

Artist PhotoAndris Nelsons conducts Schuller, Mozart and Beethoven featuring pianist Emanuel Ax
February 16-21

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  Listen

  1. Brian Bell presents the BSO program of Schuller, Mozart and Beethoven with Andris Nelsons conducting on February 16-21, 2017.
  2. Audio Concert Preview, written by Robert Kirzinger, Marc Mandel, and Richard Dyer.
  3. Andris Nelsons speaks to Brian Bell about Gunther Schuller, Emanuel Ax and the Beethoven Eroica Symphony before the BSO concerts of February 16-21, 2017.
  4. Pianist Emanuel Ax, soloist for the Symphony Hall concerts of February 16-21, as well as concerts in the BSO North American tour February 28 to March 5, speaks with Brian Bell. 

Artist PhotoAndris Nelsons conducts Andres and Brahms
February 14

  Listen

  1. Brian Bell spends 60 seconds to introduce the BSO program for February 14, 2017.
  2. Audio Concert Preview, written by Marc Mandel.

Artist PhotoAndris Nelsons conducts Ravel, Benjamin and Berlioz featuring countertenor Bejun Mehta and the Lorelei Ensemble
February 9-11

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LISTEN

  1. Brian Bell presents the BSO program of Ravel, Benjamin and Berlioz to be performed on February 9th and 11th, 2017.
  2. Brian Bell takes 60 seconds to introduce the music on the Casual Friday concert of February 10, 2017.
  3. Audio Concert Preview, written by Robert Kirzinger and Marc Mandel.
  4. BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons talks with Brian Bell about the Symphonie Fantastique and the Berlioz Boston tradition.

Artist PhotoAndris Nelsons conducts J.S. Bach Mass in B minor
February 2-7

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LISTEN

  1. Listen to an Audio Concert Preview, written by Robert Kirzinger.
  2. Brian Bell has a 60 second sample of the Bach B minor Mass, to be performed on February 2-7, 2017.
  3. Video podcast
  4. BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons chats with Brian Bell about the Bach B minor Mass, being performed on February 2-7, 2017

Artist PhotoJuanjo Mena conducts Anderson, Schumann and Schubert featuring pianist Jean-Frédéric Neuburger
January 26-28

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LISTEN

  1. Listen to an Audio Concert Preview, written by Robert Kirzinger, Richard Dyer and Marc Mandel.
  2. Brian Bell introduces the BSO program of Anderson, Schumann and Schubert to be performed on January 26-28, 2017.
  3. Composer Julian Anderson speaks with Brian Bell about his Incantesimi, which receives its American premiere with the BSO on January 26-28, 2017.

Artist PhotoOnstage at Symphony
January 14

 LISTEN

  1. Thomas Wilkens, Germeshausen Youth and Family Concerts Conductor, speaks with Brian Bell about the rewards and challenges of OnStage at Symphony, free to the public on January 14th, 2017 at 1:30.
  2. Germeshausen Youth and Family Concerts Conductor Thomas Wilkins directs OnStage at Symphony, the complete concert as presented at Symphony Hall on January 14th, 2017.

Artist PhotoJuanjo Mena conducts Prokofiev, Weinberg and Tchaikovsky featuring violinist Gidon Kremer
January 19-24

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 LISTEN

  1. Juanjo Mena conducts Prokofiev, Weinberg and Tchaikovsky featuring violinist Gidon Kremer
  2. Listen to an Audio Concert Preview, written by Marc Mandel
  3. Gidon Kremer speaks extensively with Brian Bell about the Weinberg Violin Concerto, which will be heard for the first time on the BSO concerts of January 19-24, 2017.

Artist PhotoBramwell Tovey conducts Barber, Riley and Elgar
featuring organist Cameron Carpenter

January 12-14

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 LISTEN

  1. Listen to a 2 minute Snapshot of the January 12-14, 2017 program.
  2. Listen to an Audio Concert Preview for January 12-14, 2017, written by Robert Kirzinger.
  3. Guest conductor Bramwell Tovey has an extensive conversation with Brian Bell about the BSO program of Riley, Barber and Elgar, to be performed on January 12-14, 2017.

Artist PhotoKen-David Masur conducts Vivaldi, Krommer, Jolivet, Rota and Schumann
featuring members of the BSO
January 5-7

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WATCH & LISTEN

  1. Video Interview with James Sommerville, Principal French Horn
  2. Video Interview with Toby Oft, Principal Trombone
  3. Video Interview with Thomas Rolfs, BSO Principal Trumpet
  4. Video Interview with Cyntia Meyers, BSO piccolo
  5. Video: Food opera - an approach to scoring everyday life | Ben Houge
  6. Brian Bell spends a few minutes on this Snapshot of BSO soloists with BSO Assistant Conductor Ken-David Masur, January 5-7, 2017.
  7. Audio Concert Preview
  8. BSO Assistant Conductor Ken-David Masur chats with Brian Bell about the BSO program of Vivaldi, Krommer, Jolivet, Rota and Schumann to be performed on January 5-7, 2017.

Artist PhotoMoritz Gnann conducts Mendelssohn, Mozart and Dvořák featuring pianist Menahem Pressler
November 22-26

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  Listen

  1. Here's a 2 minute Snapshot of the November 22-26, 2016 program.
  2. BSO Assistant Conductor Moritz Gnann speaks about his debut program of Mendelssohn, Mozart and Dvorak with Brian Bell, to be performed on November 22, 25, 26, 2016.
  3. Audio concert preview.

Artist PhotoAndris Nelsons conducts Andres and Brahms
November 15-19

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  Listen

  1. Here's a 2 minute Snapshot of the November 15-19, 2016 program.
  2. Listen to an Audio Concert Preview for November 15 and 17, written by Robert Kirzinger.
  3. Composer Timo Andres talks with Brian Bell about his "Everything Happens So Much" to be premiered on November 15-19, 2016.
  4. Listen to an Audio Concert Preview for November 18 and 19, written by Robert Kirzinger and Richard Dyer. Musical examples from the Brahms 4th Symphony were from a February 2007 BSO performance conducted by James Levine.

Artist PhotoAndris Nelsons conducts Nathan and Brahms featuring pianist Hélène Grimaud
November 8-12

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Listen

  1. Here's a 2 minute Snapshot of the November 8-12, 2016 program.
  2. Audio Concert Preview for November 8 and 10 by Robert Kirzinger, Marc Mandel and Richard Dyer.
  3. Composer Eric Nathan talks about his "the space of a door", which receives its world premiere by the Boston Symphony and Music Director Andris Nelsons on November 8-12, 2016. He spoke with Brian Bell.
  4. Pianist Hélène Grimaud speaks about the Brahms Piano Concerti with Brian Bell.
  5. Listen to an Audio Concert Preview for November 11 and 12, written by Robert Kirzinger, Marc Mandel and Richard Dyer.

Artist PhotoThomas Adès conducts Britten, Sibelius and Adès featuring Christianne Stotijn and Mark Stone
November 3-5

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Listen

  1. Here's a 2 minute Snapshot of the November 3-5, 2016 program conducted by BSO Artistic Partner Thomas Ades, presented by Brian Bell.
  2. Audio Concert Preview by Robert Kirzinger. 

Artist PhotoCharles Dutoit conducts Mozart and Bartók featuring mezzo-soprano Ildikó Komlósi and baritone Matthias Goern
October 27-29

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Listen

  1. Brian Bell provides a tour of Bluebeard's Castle, to be performed on October 27-29, 2016. Watch your step!
  2. Listen to a 2 minute audio snapshot of this program, hosted by Brian Bell.
  3. Listen to an Audio Concert Preview, written by Richard Dyer.
  4. 2016 Koussevitzky Artist Charles Dutoit speaks with Brian Bell about the BSO program of Mozart and Bartok for October 27-29, 2016.

Artist PhotoCharles Dutoit conducts Walton, Elgar and Holst featuring Yo-Yo Ma
October 20-22 & 25

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Listen

  1. Brian Bell provides a tour of The Planets by Gustav Holst
  2. Listen to a 2 minute audio snapshot of this program, hosted by Brian Bell.
  3. Audio Concert Preview written by Robert Kirzinger and Richard Dyer.
  4. BSO Guest Conductor Charles Dutoit speaks with Brian Bell about composers as conductors of their own music.

Artist PhotoJakub Hrůša conducts Smetana, Bartók, Mussorgsky and Janáček featuring violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann
October 13-15

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Listen

  1. Listen to a 2 minute audio snapshot of this program, hosted by Brian Bell.
  2. Listen to an Audio Concert Preview, written by Marc Mandel and Richard Dyer.
  3. Violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann, who is playing the Bartok Violin Concerto #2 on October 13-15, 2016, chats with Brian Bell.

Artist PhotoAndris Nelsons conducts Widmann and Brahms featuring Yefim Bronfman, Camilla Tilling, and Thomas Hampson
October 6-8

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Listen

  1. Audio Concert Preview written by Robert Kirzinger and Richard Dyer.
  2. Listen to a 2 minute audio snapshot of this program, hosted by Brian Bell.

Artist PhotoAndris Nelsons conducts Shostakovich and Mussorgsky
September 30

Listen/Watch

  1. Listen to a 2 minute audio snapshot of this program, hosted by Brian Bell.
  2. Audio Concert Preview written by Robert Kirzinger.

Artist PhotoAndris Nelsons conducts Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier
September 29 & October 1

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Listen/Watch

  1. Listen to a 2 minute audio snapshot of this program, hosted by Brian Bell.
  2. Audio Concert Preview written by Robert Kirzinger.
  3. Andris Nelsons Video on Der Rosenkavalier.
  4. Video overview of Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier with Artistic Administrator and Director of Tanglewood Anthony Fogg
  5. Reneé Fleming and Susan Graham chat with Brian Bell about Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier, being performed on September 29th and October 1st, 2016.

Andris Nelsons conductingAndris Nelsons conducts Shostakovich and Prokofiev featuring pianist Lang Lang 
September 24

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Listen/Watch

  1. Audio snapshot of this program, hosted by Brian Bell.
  2. Audio Concert Preview written by Marc Mandel and Robert Kirzinger.
  3. Video: Andris Nelsons previews Opening Night at Symphony Hall!