Thomas Adès and the Boston Symphony Chamber Players
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Thomas Adès and the Boston Symphony Chamber Players

On WCRB's In Concert, the Boston Symphony Chamber Players perform Schubert's "Trout" Quintet, with BSO Artistic Partner Thomas Adès, as well as works inspired by Shakespeare, on demand.

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The PhilHarmonia Octet: Music for Wind Instruments
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The Czech chamber ensemble puts a modern spin on wind pieces by Beethoven, Mozart, and Klein.

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On the latest episode of The Answered Question, conductor François-Xavier Roth talks about a Boston Symphony Orchestra program that includes a world premiere by Matthias Pintscher, and BSO Artistic Partner Thomas Adès describes his love of Shakespeare and the limitless possibilities of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players.

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Ballycarbery Castle in County Kerry
Tyler Alderson

Put down your green beer (blech!) and take off the leprechaun hat. Truth is, they’re about as Irish as “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” (written by three Americans) and “Danny Boy” (lyrics by an Englishman).  In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, why not listen to some Irish music written by actual Irish composers? 

Maurice Ravel, seated at a piano, with a birthday hat
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The great French composer Maurice Ravel turns 142 today, and it seems like he's popping up everywhere, both in the news and in the concert hall.

Bach's B minor x 4

Mar 2, 2017
clockwise, from upper right: portrait by E.G. Haussmann (1748); portrait by J.E. Rentsch (c. 1715); statue by C. Seffner (1908); forensic reconstruction by Caroline Wilkinson (2008)
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Last weekend I spent a lot of time with Bach. Over the last four and a half months, I’ve spent a lot of time with Bach. “But you produce a show called The Bach Hour. Of course you’ve spent a lot of time with Bach!”

 

Yes, well, there is that. But this has been exceptional. Being at four different performances of Bach’s Mass in B minor since October has left me with two takeaways, one of them expected, the other unexpected. Neither takeaway is the, dare I say, cliché, “I heard things in the Mass I had never heard before.”

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