Saturday, February 9, 2013

BSO — 2013/02/07-12 —Updated

Edited to add: As noted below, Classical New England is giving us a live broadcast of tonight's concert in place of the one that was cancelled last Saturday, with the same program. Here's the description from the BSO performance details page, where you can also find links to program notes and audio previews:
The eminent German conductor Christoph von Dohnányi leads three masterpieces from the heart of the orchestral repertoire. The program begins with Brahms's earliest orchestral masterpiece, his Variations on a Theme by Haydn, a prime example of theme-and-variations form that demonstrates the Romantic-era composer's fidelity to the Classical tradition. French violinist Renaud Capuçon, in his BSO debut, then joins the orchestra for Sibelius's Violin Concerto, a pinnacle of the concerto repertoire. The program concludes with Beethoven's Symphony No. 5.

As on Saturdays, the concert is broadcast and streamed at 8:00 p.m., with pre-game show at 7:00, on Classical New England. and they will retransmit it on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 1:00 p.m. Their page also has links for preview features.

The Globe's reviewer liked the outer works, but had mixed feelings about how the Sibelius was performed. I also liked the clarity of detail in the Beethoven at the Thursday performance.

This just in, from the BSO website:

Tonight's [that is Feb. 9's] 8PM BSO concert has been canceled.

Due to the storm, [Saturday, Feb, 9's] 8PM concert has been canceled. We will offer ticket holders exchanges into substitute concerts or refunds as requested. Patrons may call SymphonyCharge next week at 888-266-1200 to make exchanges or obtain refunds.
Classical New England says they'll broadcast next Tuesday's performance of the same program, with coverage beginning at 7:00 p.m. I don't know what they'll be doing this evening. You can tune in and find out. If I find out anything, I'll come back and let you know. Tomorrow, as usual, they'll be rebroadcasting last Saturday's concert, which wasn't bad IMO.

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