Without question, this BPYO rendition of Shostakovich Ten was one of the most urgent and necessary of any symphonic score I’ve heard all year.
This was a truly great performance, one that fully suited the BPO’s season-long, dual commemorations.
Rarely in my experience has Ives’s visionary score sounded so fired with purpose.
Benjamin Zander, who’s led some distinctly fine concerts in recent years, drew the best out of his band.
The BPYO is as responsive, confident, technically skilled, and emotionally expressive an orchestra as they come.
So, what is one to make of the BPYO’s weekend effort? It was a bit bold, to be sure. But it was also stirring, heartfelt, and timely.
Picks for the top live classical performances of 2016. Feel free to agree, disagree, add to them, come up with your own list, etc.
Conductor Benjamin Zander and his band were at their collective best performing Tchaikovsky’s Symphony no. 6.
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.