Saturday, June 27, 2015

BSO/Classical New England — 2015/06/27

In today's BSO slot (8:00 p.m., Boston Time, June 27) on WCRB,
WCRB's Brian McCreath previews the 2015 Tanglewood season, a summer that features the 75th anniversary of the Tanglewood Music Center and six concerts conducted by BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons.
This should be interesting and worthwhile to listen to.

Then on Monday evening, we get a repeat of last Saturday's broadcast/webstream. I enjoyed what I heard of it last summer, before my kid brother's weekly call from Japan, and I want to hear the whole thing this time.

The station's BSO page gives info about future programs as well, but I don't see where they tell us what will happen on July 6. Normally, it would be a repeat of today's show. I hope that will be the case, so I can hear the part that will be aired during the phone call from my brother.

Of course, you can always go to the BSO's own home page for information about what they will be performing over the summer.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

BSO/Classical New England — 2015/06/20

This week WCRB is giving us a rerun from last summer's Tanglewood season. The station's home page describes it thus:

Respighi's Roman Trilogy at Tanglewood

Charles Dutoit leads the Boston Symphony in Respighi's Roman FestivalsThe Fountains of Rome, and The Pines of Rome, in concert at Tanglewood.

Saturday at 8pm on 99.5 WCRB
(Some emphasis added.)

Further information about their BSO broadcast and streaming schedule is available on their BSO page.

This was originally performed on August 23, 2014. The link to the BSO performance detail page in my post at that time still works as of now. I note that the concert included two pieces in addition to the Respighi. WCRB mentions the Rachmaninoff, but says nothing about the Berlioz. I hope we'll get the whole thing, because it's all pretty good music.

As usual, this program will be rebroadcast and streamed on Monday, June 29. On the 22nd we get last Saturday's Boston Pops Sondheim concert. All shows are at 8:00 p.m. Boston Time.


Saturday, June 13, 2015

BSO/Classical New England — 2015/06/13

This week on WCRB it's

Simply Sondheim!

Kate Baldwin and Jason Danieley and fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center join Keith Lockhart and the Pops in a celebration of Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim.
Saturday at 8pm on 99.5 WCRB
Go to the station's BSO page as well as the front page linked above for information about other scheduled broadcasts and streams and links to various items.

On their performance detail page for June 10 & 11, when the concert was performed, the BSO gives this additional information:
America's Orchestra will honor America's greatest living musical theatre composer with an all-new tribute celebrating his remarkable body of work. Hearing the range of his music-from the scores of FolliesSweeney Todd, and Into the Woods, to the lyrics of West Side Story andGypsy-performed by a full symphonic orchestra, is a rare treat. Broadway stars Kate Baldwin and Jason Danieley and fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center, students of the renowned BSO training ground for emerging professional musicians, will join the orchestra to bring Sondheim's remarkable music to life. 
As noted by WCRB, on June 15 there will be a repeat of last week's broadcast/webstream. This week's concert will be rerun on June 22.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

BSO/Classical New England — 2015/06/06

This week the Boston Pops again grace the BSO Saturday evening time slot on WCRB. Here's the synopsis from the station's BSO page (where there is much more available about the broadcast and streaming schedule):
John Hodgman and the Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

The actor and comedian brings his unique voice to the narration of Benjamin Britten's classic with Keith Lockhart and the Pops.
(Audra McDonald has regretfully withdrawn from this performance)
I'm guessing that this is the concert of June 3, recorded for broadcast. The BSO's own performance detail page has a fuller description of that concert:

Presidents at Pops
Boston Pops Present Michael Cavanaugh
The Great Singer Songwriters: The Music of Paul Simon, James Taylor and Neil Diamond 


Symphony Hall - Boston, MA - View Map

Presidents at Pops is a unique fundraising gala that celebrates the extraordinary partnership between the corporate community and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. This year Michael Cavanaugh comes to Symphony Hall for the 34th annual "Presidents at Pops". The evening will also feature the performance of a new narration to Britten's "Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra" by author and Daily Show contributor John Hodgman.

Due to laryngitis Sutton Foster has had to withdraw from her performance with the Boston Pops. We are fortunate that Michael Cavanaugh, star of the hit Broadway musical, Movin' Out is able to perform for an evening of the music of Paul Simon, James Taylor and Neil Diamond.
On Monday, June 8, there will be a rerun of last Saturday's Film Night concert, and today's will be repeated on June 15. All broadcasts/webstreams are at 8:00 p.m. Boston Time.

Friday, May 29, 2015

BSO/Classical New England — 2015/05/30

This weekend's BSO show on WCRB will be last week's "Film Night at the Pops." It was scheduled to be conducted by John Williams, but he had to withdraw because of a back problem, so the concerts were conducted by Richard Kaufman. The station's BSO page has a link to an interview with the conductor, as well as the following description (and other material and links):
Conductor Richard Kaufman and the Pops celebrate the incredible legacy of film scores by Pops Laureate Conductor John Williams.
(Emphasis added.)

It should be pleasant enough, with lots of familiar material. On Monday, June 1, they will rebroadcast the "By Popular Demand" concert which they broadcast last Saturday. Both broadcasts, also streamed on the web, will be at 8:00 p.m. Boston Time.

Friday, May 22, 2015

BSO/Classical New England — 2015/05/23

This week's broadcast/webstream is a recording of a "By Popular Demand!" concert. I'm guessing it was performed on June 7. WCRB describes it thusly on their BSO page:
By Popular Demand!
The audience votes, and the Pops plays! Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops play the audience's choices in the first WCRB Pops broadcast of the season.
It sounds interesting. If you miss it on the 23rd, you have another chance on June 1. Both programs are at 8:00 p.m., Boston Time.

As always, there are links on the station's BSO page to other good things, such as future broadcasts, past concerts available on demand, and interviews.

On Monday the 25th, they will repeat the show from the 16th.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

BSO/Classical New England — 2015/05/16

This week it's not a live concert that WCRB will present, but recent recordings of the orchestra under the baton of Andris Nelsons. Here's how they describe it on their BSO page:
Saturday, May 16, and Monday, May 25

Hear the most recent Boston Symphony recordings, including Wagner's Overture to Tannhäuser and the Symphony No. 2 by Sibelius, conducted by BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons, as well as Britten's Violin Concerto with soloist Gil Shaham.
(Some emphasis added.)

The Wagner was on the program for last September 27, and the Sibelius, November 8. Gil Shaham performed the Britten concerto with the BSO (but a different conductor) in the concert of November 3, 2012. So you can find a bit about the performances if you go to my posts for those dates.

The page I've linked above also has information about future BSO broadcasts/streams. As always, the broadcasts and webstreams begin at 8:00 p.m. Boston Time.

The Overture to Tannhäuser is Wagner in good form, IMO. (I like to say that if he had stuck to music for orchestra, and not tried to write for singing, Wagner could have won the enduring fame of John Philip Sousa. It's facetiously put, but I do think he writes much better for orchestra than for singers.) I'm also very much looking forward to the Sibelius. My first impressions of the composer were colored by the saying attributed to my grandmother: "A little Sibelius goes a long way." But as I began to listen to his music, I soon decided that it's really quite good.

As for the Britten, I seem to recall something a bit less lyrical than the other two. If they play it during my brother's weekly call from Japan, I won't be heartbroken, but otherwise I'll keep the radio on.

Notice that on Monday the 18th, they'll give us the Mozart final three symphonies, conducted by von Dohnányi, from March 21.