Herbert Blomstedt conducts a powerful version of Mahler’s valedictory essay, organist Christopher Jacobson provides a so-so “Organ” Symphony, and Kirill Petrenko’s initial recording as the chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic is lovely.
A round-up that includes: irresistible Beethoven, welcome arrivals of spring, a spirited celebration of Toscanini, and spectacular, revelatory Tchaikovsky.
Spectrum is a stylish, intelligent, and enjoyable disc played by a couple of musicians from whom we can expect big things.
The BSO had a well-deserved couple of weeks off following their late-summer tour of Europe, and they took some time to regain their sea-legs.
New England’s oldest continuously-active opera company brings to Boston a rare performance of one of Tchaikovsky’s less-familiar operatic scores.
The Masterworks Chorale doesn’t get the critical attention or large audiences it rightly deserves. Friday’s concert may not have been as well-attended as it should have been, but those in the audience realized they were having a rare and extraordinary listening experience.