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Concerts

Yo-Yo Ma offered a graciously warm performance of Tchaikovsky's Andante Cantabile for cello and strings with student musicians.

August 13, 2012 Hear an all-star performance with the Boston Symphony, the Boston Pops, Yo-Yo Ma and James Taylor.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra opened their 75th anniversary season at Tanglewood on July 6, 2012.

July 7, 2012 The orchestra marked 75 years at its summer home with an all-Beethoven program.

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February 26, 2008 In an act of symphonic diplomacy, the orchestra pays a visit to the North Korean capital.

Interviews & Profiles

To audition for the BSO, percussionist Mike Tetreault was required to prepare musical excerpts from 50 pieces on nine different instruments, including timpani.

July 21, 2012 A year spent working about 20 hours a day — and a fate decided in a few minutes.

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Tanglewood Festival Chorus

May 29, 2010 The Boston Symphony Orchestra's official choir marks its anniversary Memorial Day weekend.

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Baritone Gerald Finley sings the world premiere of Peter Lieberson's "Songs of Love and Sorrow."

March 30, 2010 Composer Peter Lieberson's long-awaited follow-up to Neruda Songs premieres in Boston.

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Harpist Ann Hobson Pilot

October 1, 2009 For 40 years, harpist Ann Hobson Pilot has given the Boston Symphony an angelic sound.

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The Great Wave

June 23, 2009 Claude Debussy's La Mer is an impressionistic vision of the sheer power of the ocean.

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December 11, 2008 At 100, inventive American composer Elliott Carter shows little sign of slowing down.

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Discover Songs

Mazzoli

November 4, 2010 The young indie-classical composer picks Mozart as the ideal, and best dressed, dinner companion.

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Soprano Anna Netrebko (left) with mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca

December 18, 2009 Hear today's top classical musicians revisit the music they know and love best.

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December 21, 2006 Mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson recorded Neruda Songs shortly before she died.

News

Conductor Andris Nelsons, the newest music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

May 16, 2013 The announcement puts an end to years of uncertainty at the storied orchestra.

James Levine, conducting the BSO from his chair in this 2007 file photo.

September 26, 2011 Who's going to ascend the podium at one of the world's top orchestras?

James Levine's health issues forced him to resign from the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

March 3, 2011 BSO managing director Mark Volpe explains why the brilliant music director is stepping down.

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February 26, 2008 In an act of symphonic diplomacy, the orchestra pays a visit to the North Korean capital.

February 25, 2008 The group is slated to perform Wagner, Dvorak and Gershwin for the historic occasion.

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Reviews

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June 11, 2009 Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews new live recordings from orchestras across the U.S.

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December 21, 2006 Mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson recorded Neruda Songs shortly before she died.

More Stories

Conductor Erich Leinsdorf has the Boston Symphony Orchestra play the funeral march from Beethoven's Third Symphony after breaking the news of John F. Kennedy's death.

November 21, 2013 Listen to an unforgettable response to the tragedy.

Sarah Joy Miller as Anna Nicole Smith in Anna Nicole by Mark-Anthony Turnage, the final production from the New York City Opera, which closed its doors for good this fall.

December 31, 2013 A beloved conductor made a triumphant return and Walt Disney was reanimated by Philip Glass.

In these times of instability in the recording industry, more and more Symphony Orchestras (like the Cincinnati Symphony, photographed here) are making their own albums.

December 15, 2011 Once contracted to big labels, orchestras are now releasing their own impressive recordings.

Perfect pairings: wine, food and music.

November 22, 2011 Suggestions from one of Chicago's top sommeliers — a former professional percussionist.

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Peter Lieberson: Neruda Songs

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  • Album: Peter Lieberson: Neruda Songs
  • Artist: Lorraine Hunt Lieberson
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • Released: 2006
 

Oppens Plays Carter

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  • Album: Oppens Plays Carter
  • Artist: Ursula Oppens
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  • Released: 2008
 

Elliott Carter: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 5

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  • Album: Elliott Carter: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 5
  • Artist: Pacifica Quartet
  • Label: Naxos
  • Released: 2008
 

Concertos

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  • Album: Concertos
  • Artist: Sequitur
  • Label: Albany
  • Released: 2003
 

Baltic Portraits

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  • Album: Baltic Portraits
  • Artist: Paavo Järvi
  • Label: CSO Media
  • Released: 2011
 

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass: Live

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  • Album: Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass: Live
  • Artist: Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass
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Profanes et Sacrees

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  • Album: Profanes et Sacrees
  • Artist: Boston Symphony Chamber Players
  • Label: BSO classics
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A Concord Symphony

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  • Album: A Concord Symphony
  • Artist: Michael Tilson Thomas San Francisco Symphony
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Theofanidis Symphony No. 1

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  • Album: Theofanidis Symphony No. 1
  • Artist: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
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  • Released: 2011
 

Copland: Appalachian Spring/Fanfare For The Common Man/El Salón México/Danzón Cubano

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  • Album: Copland: Appalachian Spring/Fanfare For The Common Man/El Salón México/Danzón Cubano
  • Artist: Leonard Bernstein
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Leontyne Price Sings Barber

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  • Artist: Leontyne Price
  • Label: RCA Records
  • Released: 1994
 

Ravel: Orchestral Works

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  • Album: Ravel: Orchestral Works
  • Artist: Claudio Abbado
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • Released: 1986
 

Respighi: Feste romane; Pini di Roma

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  • Album: Respighi: Feste romane; Pini di Roma
  • Artist: Lorin Maazel
  • Label: Decca
  • Released: 2000
 

Mozart: Symphonies 14, 18, 20, 39, 41

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  • Album: Mozart: Symphonies 14, 18, 20, 39, 41
  • Artist: Boston Symphony Orchestra,
  • Label: BSO Classics
  • Released: 2010
 

Debussy: La Mer

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  • Album: Debussy: La Mer
  • Artist: Charles Münch
  • Label: RCA Red Seal
  • Released: 2004
 

Saint-Saëns: Symphony No.3/Debussy: La Mer/Ibert: Escales

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  • Album: Saint-Saëns: Symphony No.3/Debussy: La Mer/Ibert: Escales
  • Artist: Charles Münch
  • Label: RCA
  • Released: 1959
 

Symphony No. 9; Slavonic Dances

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  • Album: Symphony No. 9; Slavonic Dances
  • Artist: Kurt Masur
  • Label: Teldec
  • Released: 1995
 

Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé

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  • Album: Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé
  • Artist: Bernard Haitink
  • Label: Philips
  • Released: 1990
 

Classical Legends

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  • Album: Classical Legends
  • Artist: Various
  • Label: EMI
  • Released: 2002
 

Twilight of the Gods: The Essential Wagner Collection

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  • Album: Twilight of the Gods: The Essential Wagner Collection
  • Artist: Various
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • Released: 1998