Friday, June 17, 2016

BSO/Classical New England — 2016/06/18

This week's "encore broadcast" and webstream from WCRB is of a concert that was given on January 16 of this year. It contains music by Debussy, Dutilleux, Canteloube, and Stravinsky. The middle two pieces are sets of songs sung by Renée Fleming. François-Xavier Roth conducts.

I posted about it at the time with my own opinions and links to reviews and the station and the orchestra's information pages — no need to copy it all here: you can go back and look. You can also look at the station's home page, linked above, and their BSO page for further links and information about this and other BSO concerts available via WCRB.

The broadcast and stream begin at 8:00 p.m., Boston Time on Saturday, June 18. I'm planning to listen until my brother makes his weekly phone call from Japan.


Saturday, June 11, 2016

BSO/Classical New England — 2016/06/11

This week and for the next couple of Saturdays, WCRB goes back to rebroadcasting and streaming previous BSO concerts, as we wait for the Tanglewood season to begin. This evening's concert is one I enjoyed, although my post about the original broadcast wasn't exactly enthusiastic. It;s from January 9 of this year and includes music by Gossec, Mozart (his Concerto for Flute and Harp), and Beethoven (the Eroica Symphony). I'm looking forward to hearing it again. The station's BSO page has a brief description of the concert, plus a schedule of upcoming broadcasts and assorted links to other BSO material, such as concerts available for on demand listening. My post from back in January give you links for the Symphony's program page and for reviews.

Enjoy responsibly!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

BSO/Classical New England — 2016/06/04

This evening at 8:00 WCRB gives us the third week of Boston Pops. Here's the description on their symphony page:
Sutton Foster!

The Tony Award wining star of Anything Goes and Thoroughly Modern Millie joins Keith Lockhart and the Pops at Symphony Hall for a program of Broadway favorites!

Next week, the schedule shows a return to encore broadcasts of symphony concerts as we wait for the beginning of the Tanglewood season.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

BSO/Classical New England — 2016/05/28

I'm pressed for time, but here's the basics for this evening from the WCRB homepage:
A Gershwin Celebration with Nicole Cabell!The American soprano joins conductor David Charles Abell, vocalist Nmon Ford, pianist Charlie Albright and the Boston Pops for a Gershwin Celebration, in concert at Symphony Hall!
Saturday at 8pm on 99.5 WCRB
As usual, there are links to further information on that page, and you can also go to the BSO website.


Friday, May 20, 2016

BSO/Classical New England — 2016/05/21

This week's broadcast and stream over WCRB will be a pops concert, rather than one by the Boston Symphony. It's a Movie Night program conducted by John Williams and Keith Lockhart. Here's what the WCRB BSO page says about it:
Laureate Conductor John Williams and Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart team up to lead a program of cinematic magic, with music from unforgettable films across the decades!
That page also has a link to an interview with John Williams to preview the concert.

It seems that this was a program presented on May 12 & 13, 2016. Here's a bit more information about the content from the Symphony's program detail page:
Boston Pops Laureate Conductor John Williams shares the podium with Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart for this signature concert. The brilliant composer and conductor behind films including JawsStar WarsIndiana Jones, and the Harry Potter series, brings you a night of some of the most memorable movie music of all time. This is a concert not to be missed!
You can hear it at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 21.

The next two weeks will also have Pops; then the BSO encore broadcasts will resume until Tanglewood season begins.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

BSO/Classical New England — 2016/05/14

While we wait for the opening of the BSO's Tanglewood Season, WCRB continues with weekly "encore broadcasts" and webstreams. This week, it's the concert given on October 3, 2015, which the station describes as follows on their BSO page:
In an encore broadcast, Music Director Andris Nelsons and the BSO perform an All-Russian program, including the Symphony No. 9 by Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1, with soloist Evgeny Kissin, and Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances.
(Most emphasis added.)

As indicated in the review I posted at the time, I enjoyed it back then, and now I'm looking forward to the rehearing at 8:00 p.m., Boston Time (EDT), on May 14.

Further information is available through the links in my review. There's also an introductory podcast available at the WCRB BSO page linked above.

Friday, May 6, 2016

BSO/Classical New England — 2016/05/07

This week's WCRB Boston Symphony broadcast/webstream is as described here, on their BSO page:
In an encore broadcast, Yefim Bronfman is the soloist in the Piano Concerto No. 2 by Bartók, and Andris Nelsons conducts the Symphony No. 30, "Alleluia," by Haydn, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 1, "Winter Daydreams."
(Emphasis added.)

The concert was performed on November 28, 2015, and I posted about it at the time, with links to various resources. Tune in or listen on line Saturday at 8:00 p.m. to hear the encore performance.