I’ve compiled a list of twelve concerts (or concert series) that I think will stand among the future season’s highlights.
Boston Philharmonic Orchestra
This performance of Ives’ Third was the most welcome entry in the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra’s celebratory season – a beautifully considered, powerfully rendered account of this too-neglected score.
Bread-and-butter of the orchestral repertoire though this music may be, there was no complacency to be heard in the orchestra’s playing of it.
This was a truly great performance, one that fully suited the BPO’s season-long, dual commemorations.
There’s so much going on in the area that’s good that it’s a challenge to go wrong.
Benjamin Zander, who’s led some distinctly fine concerts in recent years, drew the best out of his band.
Some institutions’ offerings aren’t as challenging as they could be, but there’s a healthy balance between the familiar and new.
Picks for the top live classical performances of 2016. Feel free to agree, disagree, add to them, come up with your own list, etc.
Elgar’s brilliant scoring in his Symphony no. 1 was front and center, in this performance not an end in itself but serving clearly expressive goals.
The biggest takeaway from the evening was the superb quality of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra’s playing.