Lucerne Festival: The Boston Symphony Orchestra

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Andris Nelsons conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra Andris Nelsons conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra (Marco Borggreve)

Trumpet player Hakan Hardenberger says that standing next to conductor Andris Nelsons on stage is like playing next to a volcano. Listen above to the third of four broadcasts recorded live at the 2015 Lucerne Festival in Switzerland. Hardenberger joins the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Nelsons.

In keeping with the Festival’s theme of “Humor,” the BSO starts its concert with Haydn’s Symphony No. 90, which famously tries to trick the audience with a false ending. Also on the program is a concerto for trumpet and orchestra by Australian composer Brett Dean, which was written specifically for Hardenberger.

The second half of the concert is "Ein Heldenleben" ("A Hero’s Life") by Richard Strauss. This master work for orchestra features many solos within the orchestra, including some highlights by BSO concertmaster Malcom Lowe.

Program playlist:

Joseph Haydn: Symphony in C major, Hob. I:90
Brett Dean: Dramatis Personae for Trumpet and Orchestra
Richard Strauss: "Ein Heldenleben" ("A Hero’s Life"), Op. 40

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Hakan Hardenberger, trumpet

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