Symphony Hall, Boston, and Leipzig Gewandhaus
Stu Rosner (Symphony Hall), Jens Gerber (Gewandhaus) / BSO, GWO

Joining Forces: the BSO and the Gewandhaus Orchestra

The Boston Symphony Orchestra has announced new details about its alliance with the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig, beginning in the 2017-2018 season.

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On the latest episode of The Answered Question, the three soloists in Sofia Gubaidulina's Triple Concerto - violinist Baiba Skride, bayan soloist Elsbeth Moser, and cellist Harriet Krijgh - talk about the creation of this new piece of music, their collaboration with the composer, and performing it with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the founder of the Chameleon Arts Ensemble, Deborah Boldin, describes the group's Rockport Chamber Music Festival program of works by J.S. Bach and three of his sons.

artist rendering of new building complex at Tanglewood
BSO

The Boston Symphony Orchestra has announced two major investments in its summer home in the Berkshires, including a new building project and the establishment of the Tanglewood Learning Institute.

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Portrait by E.G. Hausmann / Wikimedia Commons

I just listened to a podcast interview with a former CIA analyst who said, “It’s not uncommon for an analyst to get a bit obsessed with his quarry.” Boy do I know it.

Petr Kratochvil

The year was 1788. Thomas Jefferson, nearing the end of his post as the Ambassador to France, spent his days wandering the streets of Paris, attending concerts and the theater, and combing through bookshops in search of any volumes that would be pertinent to the fledgling United States of America.

In Vienna, Austria, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart churned out more than 40 compositions, including the three symphonies that would be his last - numbers 39, 40, and 41.

And across the ocean, as more and more states ratified the U.S. Constitution, General George Washington began the campaign that resulted in his unanimous election as the new nation's first president.

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This Week's CD of the Week

Rafał Blechacz: Johann Sebastian Bach
Deutsche Grammophon

The Polish pianist (and former organist) curates an album featuring works from Bach’s timeless Clavier-Übung collections.

From NPR Music

"I feel your pain." The phrase might still be linked to Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign, but it's also an apt descriptor for a new project by The Crossing, the adventuresome Philadelphia-based choir, based on some very old music.

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