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.

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