BSO Conductor Emeritus Bernard Haitink-who was the Boston Symphony's principal guest conductor from 1995 to 2004-takes the helm for the last two weeks of the 2012-2013 season, beginning with a program of Schubert and Mahler symphonies. The teenaged Schubert composed his Symphony No. 5, a bracingly youthful work suggestive of Haydn and Mozart, in just a few weeks in the summer of 1816. After intermission, Swedish soprano Camilla Tilling is soloist in Mahler's mellifluous Symphony No. 4, a musical journey from earth to heaven.
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I was at the performance on Thursday evening and enjoyed it. There wasn't anything spectacular about it, IMO, but it was pleasant music, well performed, as far as I could tell. The Globe's reviewer raved. So I guess it's worth hearing.
You can hear it live this evening over Classical New England's broadcast or webstream at 8:00 (with preliminaries at 7:00), and, as usual, a repeat — without the hour-long warm-up — will be transmitted next weekend, on Sunday afternoon at 1:00. See their BSO page for further links.
Sunday, April 28, the repeat will be of the April 20 performance.