Saturday, December 17, 2016

BSO — December Hiatus — 2016/12/17

It's back to Tanglewood again for the third week of the December hiatus. This week's rebroadcast is of the final concert of the 2016 Tanglewood Season. The now-traditional performance of Beethoven's 9th Symphony is preceded by the much less familiar "Quiet City" by Aaron Copland. I posted about it last August, but unfortunately, the link to the BSO performance detail page goes to the previous week. Here's the correct link. I don't remember any specifics about the Copland work, but my general recollection is that it was pleasant to listen to. As for the Beethoven: of course it's enormous and amazing.

So by all means, listen if you can this evening at 8:00 p.m., Boston Time, over WCRB; and check out the rest of their website for other interesting items.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

BSO — December Hiatus — 2016/12/10

This week's Saturday evening broadcast/webstream over WCRB is the concert given at Tanglewood on August 5, 2016. The station's website gives the particulars:
Saturday at 8pm, Giancarlo Guerrero conducts Dvorak's Serenade for Winds and Brahms' Serenade No. 2, and Yefim Bronfman plays Liszt's 2nd Piano Concerto.
December 10, 2016
Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Yefim Bronfman, piano
DVORÁK Serenade for Winds
LISZT Piano Concerto No. 2
MAHLER (arr. BRITTEN) What the Wild Flowers Tell Me
BRAHMS Serenade No. 2
(Some emphasis added.)

I posted a bit about it back then, but there were no reviews to link.

The Brahms Serenade was a revelation to me when I heard it for the first time several years ago in a concert at Symphony Hall conducted by James Levine: Brahms could and did actually write cheerful music for orchestra. It's pleasant all the way through and especially delightful toward the end, above all when the piccolo comes in to put the metaphorical frosting on the figurative cake.

There's nothing wrong with the rest of the program either, so enjoy the show at 8:00 p.m., Boston Time. Also explore the WCRB website for other interesting things such as podcasts and schedules for future BSO broadcasts.

Friday, December 2, 2016

BSO — December Hiatus — 2016/12/03

As noted last week, the Boston Symphony Orchestra will not play in Symphony Hall until January 5, and the next live broadcast will be on the 7th. Meanwhile, as on earlier occasions, WCRB will fill the Saturday time slot with rebroadcasts of concerts from last summer at Tanglewood for this weekend and the next two, Pops on at least one of the remaining two weekends. I'm not sure about the fifth.

This week, they rebroadcast the concert of Friday, August 10, 2016, with music of Otto Nicolai, Mozart, Debussy, and Ravel, with Charles Dutoit conducting and Emmanuel Ax playing piano in the Mozart. My brief note about it at the time included this excerpt from the BSO's performance detail page:
On Friday, August 12, at 8 p.m., Swiss maestro Charles Dutoit, one of the BSO's most popular guest conductors since his debut with the orchestra in 1981, conducts his first performance of the season as Tanglewood's 2016 Koussevitzky Artist-an honorary title reflecting the BSO's deep appreciation for his generous commitment to Tanglewood and for his extraordinary 30-plus-year dedication to the BSO at Tanglewood, in Boston, and on the orchestra's 2014 tour to China and Japan. The program opens with the overture to Nicolai's charming, witty operetta The Merry Wives of Windsor, a piece the BSO hasn't performed since 1984. Following the overture is Mozart's warm Piano Concerto No. 22, a personal favorite of American pianist and annual Tanglewood guest Emanuel Ax. Maestro Dutoit also leads the BSO in Debussy's La Merand Ravel's Bolero, music of which Maestro Dutoit is a foremost interpreter, and which has a special place in the BSO repertoire.
(Some emphasis added.)

It should be enjoyable listening over WCRB at 8:00 p.m. on December 3. There will not be a further rebroadcast on the 12th, but it should be available on demand.

Winter Orgy® Period 2016

WHRB's Winter Orgy® period began on December 1 with the Warhorse Orgy. Now they are into the Dvořák Orgy®, which will run through December 9, generally from midmorning until 10:00 p.m. — with interruptions for things like the Metropolitan Opera on Saturday, church service o Sunday, Harvard sports events, etc. See the program guide for specifics, including the approximate timing of works to be played.

Other classical music orgies include

     Menhuin Orgy®, Dec. (after the opera) - 12;
     New York School Orgy, Dec. 13;
     Steve Reich Orgy, Dec. 14;
     Marriner Orgy, Dec. 15-19 (with the first two days all Mozart); and
     Reger Orgy, Dec. 20-21.

Again, see the program guide for specifics. After the Reger Orgy, they return to regular programming, with music for Christmastime through the 25th. You can listen on line (go to the station's homepage) or on air in places reached by their signal on 95.3 FM.

Fortunately, this is happening at a time when the Boston Symphony is off, and Holiday Pops takes over Symphony Hall. WCRB will be broadcasting reruns of previous seasons' concerts. So you don't have to give up a live concert broadcast in order to hear an orgy that interests you.

For new readers, the WHRB orgy periods originated in the 1940's. WHRB is a student run station, and during exam periods, rather than carefully selecting the pieces to be played they came up with the idea of just running through all the records they had by one composer, or performer, and then all by another. And they've been doing it ever since, although it has transformed into a major undertaking, tracking down as much of the orgy subject's music as possible, selecting among recordings of the same piece, and scheduling them in order of composition, as much as practicable.