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Welcome to Boston Symphony Orchestra's Concert Preview Podcast for music programs being performed by the BSO for the 2018-2019 season. We hope you find these previews and videos, as well as the program notes educational, insightful and entertaining, and as always, if you would like to learn more about the Boston Symphony Orchestra, please visit www.bso.org.

BSO 2018/19 Season - Concert Previews Boston Symphony Orchestra

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Welcome to Boston Symphony Orchestra's Concert Preview Podcast for music programs being performed by the BSO for the 2018-2019 season. We hope you find these previews and videos, as well as the program notes educational, insightful and entertaining, and as always, if you would like to learn more about the Boston Symphony Orchestra, please visit www.bso.org.

    Strauss, Currier and Stravinsky- Written by Robert Kirzinger and Richard Dyer, narrated by Eleanor McGourty

    Strauss, Currier and Stravinsky- Written by Robert Kirzinger and Richard Dyer, narrated by Eleanor McGourty

    The Latvian violinist Baiba Skride joins her compatriot Andris Nelsons and the BSO for the world premiere of Grawemeyer Award-winning composer Sebastian Currier's "Aether" for violin and orchestra, a work co-commissioned by the BSO and the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig. Two unpredictable musical rogues bookend the new work: "Till Eulenspiegel", who in Strauss's tone poem thumbs his nose at the establishment, rides his horse through a market, and comes to no good end; and Stravinsky's puppet-come-to-life "Petrushka", whose attempts to win the admiration of a ballerina come to naught. In his second full ballet score for the Ballets Russes, two years before "The Rite of Spring", Stravinsky's astonishing musical depictions of a Russian Shrovetide fair further cemented the reputation of the young composer of "The Firebird".

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    VIDEO - Stravinsky's "Petrushka" Video Podcast

    VIDEO - Stravinsky's "Petrushka" Video Podcast

    Stravinsky's puppet-come-to-life "Petrushka", whose attempts to win the admiration of a ballerina come to naught. In his second full ballet score for the Ballets Russes, two years before "The Rite of Spring", Stravinsky's astonishing musical depictions of a Russian Shrovetide fair further cemented the reputation of the young composer of "The Firebird". Video by Anthony Princiotti.

    Interview: Andris Nelsons chats with Brian Bell

    Interview: Andris Nelsons chats with Brian Bell

    BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons speaks with Brian Bell about the Shostakovich Symphony No. 15, being performed on April 25-30, 2019.

    Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff- Written by Robert Kirzinger, narrated by Eleanor McGourty

    Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff- Written by Robert Kirzinger, narrated by Eleanor McGourty

    Andris Nelsons and the BSO continue their Shostakovich symphony cycle, being recorded live for release on Deutsche Grammophon, with the composer's final work in the genre, No. 15. Composed in summer 1971 and premiered the following January, the Fifteenth is distinctive in its very surprising quotation from Rossini's William Tell Overture, as well as other musical allusions. The composer's mysterious, introspective late style is evident in the second movement, with its long cello solo. The Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov has won universal acclaim for both his technical brilliance and his expressive intensity. Both qualities are needed in Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3, one of the most enduringly popular concertos in the repertoire, which is powerful, lyrical, and Russian to the core.

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    VIDEO - Shostakovich's Symphony No. 15 Video Promo

    VIDEO - Shostakovich's Symphony No. 15 Video Promo

    An in depth look at Shostakovich's final work in the genre, No. 15. Composed in summer 1971 and premiered the following January, the Fifteenth is distinctive in its very surprising quotation from Rossini's William Tell Overture, as well as other musical allusions. The composer's mysterious, introspective late style is evident in the second movement, with its long cello solo. Video by Anthony Princiotti.

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    VIDEO - Strauss's "Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks" Video Promo

    VIDEO - Strauss's "Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks" Video Promo

    A brief look at Richard Strauss' tone poem "Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks". Video by Anthony Princiotti.

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