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Concert Review: Yunchan Lim — The BSO Brings in a Pianist to Watch

February 23, 2024
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Pianist Yunchan Lim struck an arresting balance between thunderous drama and filigreed lyricism as he tackled Rachmaninoff’s knuckle-busting score.

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Classical Concert Review: Karina Canellakis Conducts Bartók and Haydn

February 14, 2024
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Karina Canellakis’s tour through Bartók’s “Bluebeard’s Castle” showed why she remains a conductor who continues to exercise a remarkable interpretive power.

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Music Commentary: In Memoriam, Seiji Ozawa (1935-2024)

February 13, 2024
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Taking in the totality of Seiji Ozawa’s life and career, it seems clear that Boston got him in his prime and that he largely returned the favor, ingratiating himself with the community, at times truly elevating the BSO while conveying a lot of joy and energy in the process.

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Concert Review: Boston Symphony Orchestra plays Smyth, Bruch, and Mendelssohn

February 8, 2024
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Given its considerable strength and vitality, Ethel Smyth’s music deserves its newfound place in the limelight. Let’s hope the BSO programs more of her music again soon.

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Classical CD Review: Andris Nelsons Conducts Shostakovich

November 21, 2023
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The final installment in the Boston Symphony Orchestra’ s Shostakovich symphonies series is not nearly as overwhelming as its kick-off disc.

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Concert Review: Boston Symphony Orchestra — Yo-Yo Ma plays Shostakovich

October 16, 2023
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A concert whose music served as a prayerful elegy for a world spinning out of control.

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Concert Review: Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Season Opener — A Mostly Auspicious Evening

October 7, 2023
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Ten years on, Andris Nelsons’s retains his remarkable gifts for expressing the raw power of music with dazzling panache.

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Classical Music Preview: The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s 2023-2024 Season — Celebrating the Legacy of Serge Koussevitzky

April 26, 2023
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Through fresh new works and a welcome toss-up of pieces commissioned during Koussevitzky’s historic tenure, the BSO’s coming season will honor the fullness of the Russian-born conductor’s legacy.

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Classical Concert Review: The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Anne-Sophie Mutter — Together Again

April 24, 2023
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If Andris Nelsons’s direction revealed one thing, it’s that violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and composer Thomas Adès make a stellar musical pairing.

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Classical Concert Review: BSO’s Nelsons leads Escaich; Chamber Players Perform Ravel, Gubaidulina, and Beethoven

April 17, 2023
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Andris Nelsons has a fine feel for colorful musical canvases, a talent once again displayed in performances of Thierry Escaich’s Cello Concerto and Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2.

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