Boston Symphony Orchestra

The "Emperor," With Jonathan Biss

Thursday, April 14, 2011
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Harpist Ann Hobson Pilot

Thursday, April 14, 2011
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The Chaconne Through The Orchestral Prism

Friday, April 8, 2011
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Haydn and Mozart, the Masters of Classicism

Friday, April 8, 2011
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Making his Symphony Hall debut, conductor Johannes Debus leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the Symphony No. 32 and Clarinet Concerto by Mozart, and the Symphony No. 97 by Haydn.  Debus talked with BSO broadcast producer Brian Bell about the program:


Conductor Johannes Debus


Featured in the Clarinet Concerto by Mozart is BSO Principal Clarinetist William R. Hudgins, who talked with Brian Bell about one of Mozart's greatest masterpieces:

Clarinetist Williams R. Hudgins


For complete program notes, visit the BSO, where you can also see the original program page from the 1882 performance of Haydn's Symphony No. 97, during the BSO's second season.



William R. Hudgins, clarinet soloist in Mozart's Clarinet Concerto with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Johannes Debus, conductor;  April 7, 2011 (photo:  Stu Rosner)

Celebrating Liszt With Conductor John Nelson

Thursday, March 31, 2011
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Charles Munch's First BSO Recordings

By Brian Bell   |   Friday, March 25, 2011
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Mar. 25

A little background on this week's BSO on Record...

In December of 1949, RCA Victor arrived at Symphony Hall to make the first Boston Symphony records with their new Music Director, Charles Munch (left).

Just as we've seen an evolution of playback technology recently, the Battle of the Turntable Speeds was raging, and Victor was issuing their new 45 RPM discs in addition to the standard discs of 78 RPM.

Fortunately the recording medium by this time was tape, and the sound quality compared to just a few years earlier was significant.

Just hours before the sessions, Munch had fallen ill and had left the concerts to Richard Burgin to conduct, but Munch led the first BSO recording of the Beethoven Seventh Symphony and the first-ever disc of any music from Berlioz's Beatrice and Benedict.

Any question of his health was resolved by the following April, when he made the first of his four recordings of Ravel's La Valse, which closes the program. This one is easily the most frenetic.

Tune in Sunday at 2pm to hear all of it.

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