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Bring the Music Home

Find a gift for a loved one or treat yourself to the gift of music with our curated selection of some of the finest, recent recordings from the BSO and the Boston Pops.


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Recording Details
Boston Pops Orchestra
Keith Lockhart, Conductor

  1. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing [w/chorus]
  2. The Twelve Days of Christmas [w/chorus]
  3. The Christmas Song
  4. Prologue from Hodie (This Day) [with chorus]
  5. Carol of the Drum [w/chorus]
  6. Three Christmas Spirituals
  7. Children Go Where I Send Thee [w/chorus]
  8. How the Grinch Stole Christmas [w/chorus]
  9. Holly Jolly Jingle [w/chorus]
  10. A Christmas Scherzo
  11. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  12. Sleigh Ride
  13. Zat You, Santa Claus? [w/chorus]
  14. Merry Little Sing-Along [w/chorus]

A Boston Pops Christmas - Live From Symphony Hall

Featuring Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops! The album of perennial favorites was recorded live at concerts during the 2012 Holiday Pops season in acoustically celebrated Symphony Hall in Boston.

The album features the world-renowned musicians of the Boston Pops led by conductor Keith Lockhart, and the majestic vocals of the all-volunteer Tanglewood Festival Chorus. A Boston Pops Christmas will delight listeners with a broad range of Christmas time musical gifts, from hymns, such as "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" to popular tunes, such as "The Christmas Song," which evoke the magic of the holiday season. The new album will feature the signature Boston Pops tune Sleigh Ride, which was written by Leroy Anderson for the orchestra and has consistently ranked in the top ten most popular pieces of holiday music for the past sixty years.

The recording also features the popular Boston Pops arrangement of "The Twelve Days of Christmas," which mixes in clever snippets of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, show tunes, and Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody." American Idol finalist and frequent Boston Pops collaborator Melinda Doolittle is a featured vocalist for a medley of Christmas spirituals "My Lord What a Morning," "Rise Up, Shepherd," and "Glory Hallelujah," as well as during the upbeat "Children, Go Where I Send Thee."

The album also showcases Boston Pops arrangements of tunes from two of the most-watched Christmas TV specials-Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Rudolf the Red Nosed Raindeer. The Pops arrangement of the Grinch tune highlights the talents of actor Will LeBowand the sonorous vocals of Reid Burton. The orchestra performs its own Richard Hayman arrangement of Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer. A Boston Pops Christmas is also the first Boston Pops recording to include a recording of the orchestra's popular sing-alongs, which close each concert during the orchestra's holiday series. 

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Recording Details

Boston Pops Orchestra

  1. Main Title & Overture from Heidi
  2. Overture to Goodbye, Mr. Chips
  3. Main Title from The Towering Inferno
  4. The Men of the Yorktown March from Midway 
  5. Night Journeys from Dracula 
  6. Stargazers from E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
  7. Devil's Dance from The Witches of Eastwick
  8. Theme from Sabrina
  9. Reunion and Finale from Sleepers
  10. Theme from The Patriot
  11. Viktor's Tale from The Terminal
  12. Suite from Star Wars: The Force Awakens: March of the Resistance 
  13. Suite from Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Rey's Theme 
  14. Suite from Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Scherzo for X-Wings 
  15. Suite from Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Jedi Steps 
  16. Suite from Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Finale 

Boston Pops- Lights, Camera...Music! Six Decades of John Williams

Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra salute John Williams with a CD showcasing the remarkable diversity of his film music. The selections, which date from 1968 to 2015, were recorded live in Pops concerts (May 2016 and April 2017) and encompass both the familiar (Star Wars) and the rare (The Towering Inferno, Sleepers). Lights, Camera ... Music! Six Decades of John Williams  is a must-have for movie buffs and Pops fans alike.

Recorded live at Symphony Hall on April 7-8, 2017, except* recorded May 26-28, 2016.

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Recording Details
Thomas Adès, conductor
Kirill Gerstein, piano

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
Totentanz

Adès Conducts Adès

Selected by The New York Times as one of the Best Classical Music Premieres of 2019 and hailed by critics worldwide, Thomas Adès’ Concerto for Piano and Orchestra entered the concert repertoire within months of its first performance last March and is fast approaching a tally of fifty performances. Both this work and the composer’s Totentanz receive their world premiere recordings in a new album from Deutsche Grammophon.

Adès Conducts Adès celebrates the extraordinary talent of Thomas Adès, acclaimed equally as composer, pianist and conductor. The Grammy Award-winning British musician directs the Boston Symphony Orchestra and soloist Kirill Gerstein in the debut recording of his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra. Adès and the BSO are then joined by mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn and baritone Mark Stone in Totentanz, an all-encompassing dialogue with Death for two soloists and vast symphonic forces.

Nominated for three Grammy awards

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Andris Nelsons, conductor
Symphony No. 6 in B minor op. 54
Suite from the Incidental Music to “King Lear” op. 58a
“Festive Overture” op. 96
Symphony No. 7 in C major “Leningrad” op. 60

SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony Nos. 6 & 7 "Leningrad"

Each of these works has a unique political backdrop: the premiere of the gargantuan Fourth was delayed a quarter-century due to Soviet authoritarianism, and the dramatic Eleventh was written to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution.

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Andris Nelsons, conductor
Symphony No. 9 in E flat major op. 70
Symphony No. 5 in D minor op. 47
Suite from the Incidental Music to "Hamlet" op. 32a (excerpts)
Symphony No. 8 in C minor op. 65

SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony Nos. 4 & 11 "The year 1905"

Each of these works has a unique political backdrop: the premiere of the gargantuan Fourth was delayed a quarter-century due to Soviet authoritarianism, and the dramatic Eleventh was written to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution.

Grammy Award winner for Best Orchestral Performance, Best Engineered Album (Classical)

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Recording Details
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Symphony No. 9 in E flat major op. 70
Symphony No. 5 in D minor op. 47
Suite from the Incidental Music to "Hamlet" op. 32a (excerpts)
Symphony No. 8 in C minor op. 65

SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony Nos. 5, 8 & 9

For their second release on Deutsche Grammophon, Andris Nelsons and the BSO are heard in live performances of Dmitri Shostakovich's popular, pre-war Fifth Symphony, the darkly compelling mid-war Eighth, and the elusive, post-victory Symphony No. 9, plus excerpts from Shostakovich's incidental music for a farcical 1932 Moscow production of "Hamlet."

Grammy Award winner for Best Orchestral Performance

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Recording Details
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Lady Macbeth Of The Mtsensk District, Op.29
Act 2
  Passacaglia

Symphony No.10 In E Minor, Op.93
  1. Moderato
  2. Allegro
  3. Allegretto
  4. Andante - Allegro

SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No.10

In their inaugural release on Deutsche Grammophon, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and its Music Director Andris Nelsons are heard in live performances of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10 and the Passacaglia from his opera "Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk."

Grammy Award winner for Best Orchestral Performance

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Recording Details
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Wagner
1. Overture to "Tannhäuser" 

Sibelius Symphony No. 2
2.  Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 43: Allegretto
3. Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 43: Tempo Andante, ma rubato
4. Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 43: Vivacissimo-
5. Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 43: Finale: Allegro moderato 

Wagner and Sibelius

The selections are particularly meaningful. It was hearing Wagner's opera when he was just five years old that made Andris Nelsons want to be a conductor; the Sibelius reflects his strong interest in music of the Scandinavian and Slavic countries, and also builds upon the BSO's distinguished history of past Sibelius recordings.

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Recording Details
Andris Nelsons, conductor

Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Opus 68
Symphony No. 1 in C minor - Un poco sostenuto-Allegro
Symphony No. 1 in C minor - Andante sostenuto
Symphony No. 1 in C minor - Un poco allegretto e grazioso
Symphony No. 1 in C minor - Adagio-Più Andante-Allegro non troppo ma con brio-Più Allegro

Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D, Opus 73
Symphony No. 2 - Allegro non troppo
Symphony No. 2 - Adagio non troppo
Symphony No. 2 - Allegretto grazioso (quasi andantino)
Symphony No. 2 - Allegro con spirito


Brahms: Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F, Opus 90

Symphony No. 3 - Allegro con brio
Symphony No. 3 - Andante
Symphony No. 3 - Poco Allegretto
Symphony No. 3 - Allegro-Un poco sostenuto

Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Opus 98
Symphony No. 4 - Allegro non troppo
Symphony No. 4 - Andante moderato
Symphony No. 4 - Allegro giocoso
Symphony No. 4 - Allegro energico e passionato

Brahms: The Symphonies

3 CD Set

The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons are pleased to announce the release of their latest recordings on BSO Classics-a three-disc set of the four Brahms symphonies, recorded live during concert performances at Symphony Hall this past November, engineered by the same in-house team that produced the BSO's recent Grammy-winning Shostakovich recordings under Maestro Nelsons on Deutsche Grammophon. This new Brahms symphony cycle follows two others recorded previously by the BSO, under Erich Leinsdorf in the mid-1960s and Bernard Haitink in the early 1990s. "It makes me so proud and happy," observes Andris Nelsons, "that the Boston Symphony Orchestra of today, filled with so many great musicians, will now have its own place in recorded history with this amazing music."

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Recording Details

Boston Symphony Chamber Players

Malcolm Lowe, violin
Haldan Martinson, violin
Steven Ansell, viola
Jules Eskin, cello
Edwin Barker, double bass
Elizabeth Rowe, flute
William R. Hudgins, clarinet
Richard Svoboda, bassoon
James Sommerville, horn
with BSO member Michael Wayne, clarinet
and Randall Hodgkinson, piano

BRAHMS Serenade No. 1 in D, Opus 11, arranged by Alan Boustead for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, violin, viola, cello, and double bass
Allegro molto 12:55
Scherzo: Allegro non troppo; Trio: Poco più mosso 7:44
Adagio non troppo 11:05
Menuetto I; Menuetto II 3:49
Scherzo: Allegro 2:47
Rondo: Allegro 5:48

DVOŘÁK Octet-Serenade for clarinet, bassoon, horn, two violins, viola, double bass, and piano, arranged by Nicholas Ingman from Dvořák's  Serenade in E for string orchestra, Opus 22
Moderato 4:19
Tempo di Valse 6:50
Scherzo: Vivace 5:23
Larghetto 4:56
Finale: Allegro vivace 6:01

Boston Symphony Chamber Players: Brahms|Dvořák Serenades

This BSO Classics release from the Boston Symphony Chamber Players pairs two delightful arrangements for chamber ensemble of charming, youthful serenades written originally for orchestra by Johannes Brahms and Antonín Dvořák.

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