This week the Boston Symphony is presenting two symphonies under the baton of guest conductor Giancarlo Guerrero. First we'll hear Symphony№ 6, "Pathétique," by Tchaikovsky, a perennial favorite. Then, after intermission, it's Symphony № 3, "Kaddish," by Bernstein, which the BSO hasn't performed since they gave the American premiere in 1964. At the BSO's program detail page for this evening's concert, you can find the usual inks to background information and the following synopsis:
I heard it on Thursday. The Tchaikovsky seemed well played, with nothing amiss or extraordinary in it. From where I sat in the second balcony near the stage, it didn't fade away at the end quite as much as I had expected. It was my first encounter with Bernstein's "Kaddish." I was curious to hear it. When I hear a work with a text, I tend to pay more attention to the words than the music, and that was the case with this symphony; so I can't say much about the music beyond that it was loud, except when it soft, and noisy, except when it was calm. The text expressed anxiety about the state of things, blaming God for letting things get so bad. It was irreverent, and at a few points it bordered on the blasphemous; but it probably expressed honest feelings which were/are shared by many.
In what for them is a fairly lengthy review, the Globe spent a lot of time describing the Bernstein piece, with little about the performance, and just one (favorable) sentence about the Tchaikovsky. At the moment of this writing, there is no review in the Boston Musical Intelligencer.
It's all there for your listening pleasure on WCRB radio and on line at 8:00 p.m. EST, with a rebroadcast on March 26. Also check the website to see what else they're offering.