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Go Big or Go Home: the Bach B minor Mass Finish Line

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.

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Richard Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos
Naxos

JoAnn Falletta leads the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in two orchestral suites from the German composer's theatrical repertoire.

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.

Podcasts

On the latest episode of The Answered Question, pianist Emanuel Ax previews his performance of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 22 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, conductor David Hoose talks with WCRB's Alan McLellan about Brahms's A German Requiem, and BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons compares the forthright personalities and music of Beethoven and Gunther Schuller.

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Bach
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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Here's your "Awwww" and "Whoa!!" moment for today: a demonstration of a teeny-tiny, working pipe organ. It's an instrument made out of nothing but paper and cardboard (with one side covered by translucent plastic so that you can see its inner workings), and it's powered by nothing but an inflated balloon.

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