Best of the BSO

Series produced by WMNR

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Boston Symphony and Pops recordings

The Best of the BSO is a series of 9 two hour programs , devoted to one of the finest American orchestras, the Boston Symphony. Hosted and produced by Brian Bell, the Best of the BSO brings the Grammy winning recordings by their current Music Director Andris Nelsons, as well as his many predecessors including Seiji Ozawa and Charles Munch and acclaimed guest conductors, going back decades to the legendary Serge Koussevitzky. The Best of the BSO also offers the best-selling discs of the Boston Pops, as conducted by Keith Lockhart, John Williams and Arthur Fiedler.

The program is designed to sound local and has no production credits.


Additional Files

7 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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With the Boston Symphony and Pops performing during the summer, RCA Victor would record the orchestra shortly after a Tanglewood concert. We’ll hea...

  • Added: Aug 04, 2020
  • Length: 01:57:59
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We take the wayback machine to Tanglewood and the summer of 1945, and hear the music performed at the initial Bach/Mozart concerts, a portion of wh...

Bought by WAMC, Maine Public Radio, and KUFM - Montana Public Radio


  • Added: Jul 23, 2020
  • Length: 01:57:59
  • Purchases: 3
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We explore music of four composers that the Boston Symphony has a special affinity for: Berlioz, Prokofiev, Sibelius and Ravel.

Bought by WAMC and Maine Public Radio


  • Added: Jul 16, 2020
  • Length: 01:57:59
  • Purchases: 2
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Beginning in 1955, the Soviet Union allowed some of their greatest musicians to perform and record in the United States. We hear three who came to ...

Bought by WUKY, WAMC, and Maine Public Radio


  • Added: Jul 11, 2020
  • Length: 01:57:59
  • Purchases: 3
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April 1959 was a feast of great recordings, Copland conducting his Appalachian Spring and the Saint-Saens Organ Symphony with Charles Munch. The pr...

Bought by WUKY, WAMC, and Maine Public Radio


  • Added: Jun 30, 2020
  • Length: 01:57:59
  • Purchases: 3
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We listen to some of the music that the BSO played during their first concerts in 1881, as well as enjoy one of their most recent Grammy award winn...

Bought by WUKY, Maine Public Radio, and WAMC


  • Added: Jun 22, 2020
  • Length: 01:57:59
  • Purchases: 3
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A program suitable for the 4th of July: American music that is loved or unfairly neglected, with a large dose of humor in many selections.

Bought by WAMC, WUFT, Maine Public Radio, and WUKY


  • Added: Jun 15, 2020
  • Length: 01:57:59
  • Purchases: 4