Saturday, June 24, 2017

BSO/Classical New England — 2017/06/24

This week's BSO rebroadcast by WCRB is the concert of November 26, 2016, the one that came right after the Brahms mini-fest we've been hearing the past three weeks. Here's the program, as "printed" in the station's encore broadcasts page:
Moritz Gnann, conductor
Menahem Pressler, piano
MENDELSSOHN Overture, The Hebrides (Fingal's Cave)
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 27
DVORAK Symphony No. 9, From the New World

Of course I posted about it when it was originally performed, so you can check the link to see what I and the reviewers thought about it. As I mentioned in my post at the time, the Mozart concerto is a favorite of mine. It was the first thing I played when my great aunt gave us a new record player in the 1950's and I fell in love with it.

It's a very fine concert, and I'm confident you'll enjoy it. As always, the show begins at 8:00 p.m., Boston Time, June 24.

Friday, June 16, 2017

BSO/Classical New England — 2017/06/17

As noted in the previous two posts, last fall's Brahms mini-fest included performances of his two piano concertos and four symphonies. The concertos and symphonies 2 and 4 were programmed for Fridays and Saturdays, while the concertos and symphonies 1 and 3 were on the bill for Tuesdays and Thursdays. So the odd-numbered symphonies didn't make it to the Saturday concerts. But WCRB recorded them in performance and broadcast them on March 4 of this year, when the orchestra was away on tour. This week, those recordings will be the "encore broadcast" while we wait for the Tanglewood season to begin. Of course, I posted about it at the time.

Here's a link to the page which gives the programs of all this spring's encore broadcasts; and here's one for WCRB's home page, where you have the button to listen live to the webstream at 8:00 p.m. on June 17 if you can't, or don't want to, listen via radio at 99.5 FM in the Boston area.

Enjoy, Brahms lovers!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

BSO/Classical New England — 2017/06/10

This evening's BSO rerun continues the Brahms mini-festival from last fall. The WCRB encore broadcasts page tells us:
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Hélène Grimaud, piano
ANDRES Everything Happens So Much (world premiere; BSO commission)
BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 2
BRAHMS Symphony No. 4

That page also tells us what's coming up on the next two Saturdays. The concert was originally given on November 19, 2016, and I posted about it at the time. As you can see, the Globe reviewer and I both liked the new work that opens the concert, as well as the rest pf the show.

You can hear it all over WCRB Saturday evening , June 10, at 8:00 p.m., Boston Time (= EDST).

Saturday, June 3, 2017

BSO/Classical New England — 2017/06/03

Last fall the BSO gave a Brahms "mini-fest" consisting of all four symphonies and both piano concertos over a two week period. Each week's concerts also had a curtain raiser composed for the occasion on commission from the orchestra. This week WCRB gives us the first broadcast of the mini-fest, originally performed and recorded on November 12, 2016. WCRB's encore broadcast page lists the pieces and performers:
June 3
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Hélène Grimaud, piano
NATHAN the space of a door (world premiere; BSO commission)
BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 1
BRAHMS Symphony No. 2
I posted about it at the time.

The broadcast and webstream will begin at 8:00 this evening, June 3, over WCRB.