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BSO at Home: Listening Week 4

Presented by Boston Symphony Orchestra at Online/Virtual Space

Apr 13 - 19 2020
BSO at Home: Listening Week 4

Over the next six weeks, you’ll have a chance to hear some great performances by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, drawn from the amazing archive of recordings of concerts given in Symphony Hall and at the orchestra’s summer home, Tanglewood.

To begin this week’s selection, I’ve chosen a performance of Dmitri Shostakovich’s brilliant first symphony. Written as a graduation piece at the Petrograd Conservatory when Shostakovich was only 19, the work brims with astonishing invention and quicksilver changes of mood, as well as displaying incredible mastery of form and orchestration. This performance by Erich Leinsdorf in 1964 forms part of a long BSO tradition of championing Shostakovich’s music, dating back to 1935.

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