Saturday, November 30, 2013

BSO — 2013/11/26-30

An unusual bit of scheduling in Thanksgiving week saw the first performance of the program on Tuesday and the last will be this evening, Saturday. Ordinarily, if there is a Tuesday concert, it is the last one of a program that began the previous Thursday. But this time there was no Thursday concert on Thanksgiving, just the unusual Tuesday first performance, the regular Friday matinee, and the Saturday evening to conclude. After this, the Boston Pops (with most of the Symphony musicians) takes over for a month of "Holiday Pops." The symphony concerts will resume on January 9, 2014. I'm not sure what they'll be giving us over Classical New England for the five Saturdays — probably Holiday Pops for one — but I'll try to keep an eye on it and let you know.

Anyway, the Boston Symphonic farewell to 2013, has Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos leading a second week, this time with Peter Serkin as soloist in Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 2, followed after intermission by the Beethoven Symphony No. 7. Here's what the BSO publications folks blurb on the performance detail page:
Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos is joined by esteemed American pianist Peter Serkin for one of the biggest and most challenging piano concertos in the repertoire, Brahms's Concerto No. 2. Composed nearly twenty-five years after the First Concerto, the Second is unusual in being a four-movement work instead of the typical three, adding what Brahms called "a tiny, tiny wisp of a scherzo." Beethoven wrote his Symphony No. 7 in 1812. Beginning in calm and ending in infectious exuberance, the Seventh was called by Richard Wagner "the apotheosis of the dance."
See that page also for the usual links to further information.

Since there was no Thursday concert, and I was otherwise occupied on Tuesday and Friday, I'll be hearing it for the first time over the radio this evening, so I can't give you my own "review." The Globe reviewer found it worth hearing.

Classical New England will broadcast over WCRB and the sister stations and stream over the internet at 8:00 p.m. Boston time (with introductory things at 7:00) and a repeat of the concert only at 8:00 p.m. on December 9. Their BSO page doesn't seem to have any background about this week's concert, but it reminds me that last week's will be rebroadcast on December 2, beginning at 8:00 p.m., as well as being available on demand over the web.

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