Four new albums: the standouts include the finest Andris Nelsons/BSO Shostakovich collaboration to date and the Neave Trio’s wonderful new French Moments.
Andrew Manze and the RLPO have turned in one of the year’s great albums: potent, lyrical, haunting, and timely.
Variations and fugues are the overriding themes of pianist/composer Michael Brown’s captivating new album. If you’re an Andris Nelsons fan, this Deutsche Grammophon album won’t disappoint, and a disc that features three pieces by composer Ferdinand Ries, who was friendly with Beethoven, is worth hearing.
The BSO seems to have taken to heart complaints about its lack of programming diversity, devoting two full programs to underrepresented groups.
Despite Shostakovich’s often-dissonant approach, the Fourteenth has always been highly-regarded if infrequently-played.
The BSO’s performance of the Alpine Symphony had purpose and direction.
One of Andris Nelsons’ great gifts as an interpreter is his ability to shape and develop large-scale musical forms.
On the whole, this BSO Opening Night was a welcome overview Leonard Bernstein’s larger output and of his versatility as a composer.
Some institutions’ offerings aren’t as challenging as they could be, but there’s a healthy balance between the familiar and new.
The BSO’s Brahms’ sounds as robust and responsive as they do when they’re on their best behavior at Symphony Hall.