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Boston Philharmonic: BEETHOVEN / BRUCKNER


Boston Trio


Benjamin Zander, conductor

  1. Thu, 02/23/2017 - 7:30pm
  2. Sat, 02/25/2017 - 8:00pm
  3. Sun, 02/26/2017 - 3:00pm

Uncharacteristically for the BPO, it is not until the third program of the season that we encounter any German music. Beethoven’s Triple Concerto is a piece that the orchestra has never performed before, and the reason is simple. It is a piece that has to be held in reserve until exactly the right trio of performers is available to play it. And that is exactly what has happened. The members of the Boston Trio have long and deep ties to the BSO. Violinist Irina Muresanu has played with the orchestra in the past, both as soloist and briefly as concertmaster, pianist Heng-Jin Park participated in many performances of the BPO as orchestral pianist in the early part of her career, and cellist Jonah Ellsworth is doubly familiar to BPO and BPYO audiences from his performances as a player in both orchestras and as an unforgettable soloist. In the right hands the Triple Concerto is an enthralling piece that can keep you hanging on every phrase, and that’s just what we’re looking forward to with these wonderful players.

Bruckner’s heaven-storming, stubborn, and ultimately sublime final work, his unfinished Ninth Symphony, is as deep and as ecstatic an experience as music has to offer. The gamut of emotions that it runs is extraordinary—as great as that in any Mahler symphony—and the intense beauty that radiates from every bar of the piece leaves very few people unmoved, even those who imagine that they are “allergic” to Bruckner’s music. Every Bruckner performance by Mr. Zander and the BPO, from the very inception of the orchestra, has been a major event, acclaimed equally by audiences and by the press. This is a concert that must not be missed.