Matthew Winkler is a Columnist at the Tufts Daily. He is a second year studying history and music. Matthew can be reached at [email protected]

Winkler’s Weekly Symphony Guide: BSO’s fall season in review

The Boston Symphony Orchestra closed their fall season with Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition,” Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini,” and Elena Langer’s suite from “Figaro Gets a Divorce” on Nov. 25–26. As their last concert will take place over the holidays, here is a retrospective look over the end of their […]

Winkler’s Weekly Symphony Guide: The BSO’s fall finale

On Nov. 3 the Boston Symphony Orchestra showcased their third and final program that they will be performing on their week-long tour of Japan. The program consisted of Caroline Shaw’s “Punctum” for string orchestra, Mozart’s “Symphony No. 40” and Richard Strauss’ “An Alpine Symphony.” In addition to these pieces, the BSO is taking the past […]

Winkler’s Weekly Symphony Guide: Two titanic fifths

The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s most recent Oct. 27–30 performance of two fifths: Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 5”, and Shostakovich’s “Symphony No. 5,” proved among their best yet. Both pieces delighted in virtuosic furiosity, pianistic virtuosity for the Beethoven and orchestral virtuosity for the Shostakovich, but ultimately the slow movements stole the show with their emotional […]

Winkler’s Weekly Symphony Guide: Love letter to Mahler

Last week the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s program consisted entirely of Mahler’s “Symphony No. 6” (1906), a monumental work that literally ends with three massive hammer hits, which, for Mahler, were meant to represent three blows of fate. For newcomers to classical music, no, a hammer is not normally an instrument, but in Mahler’s world of […]

Winkler’s Weekly Symphony Guide: It’s okay to like Mozart too

In my column, I’ve talked about the importance of performing non-canonical classical works and including modern and contemporary voices. While I stand by that position, I also acknowledge my bias towards non-diatonic modernist tonalities. After all, my favorite composers to listen to are John Adams and Gustav Mahler, not Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van […]

Winkler’s Weekly Symphony Guide: Modernism Triumphs

At last week’s Sept. 30 concert, an older woman approached me during intermission and told me how incensed she was by the program. To play not only a contemporary piece but also the modernist Shostakovich was simply too much! Luckily, “her Haydn,” as the woman would call Joseph Hadyn, closed the concert, saving her bourgeois […]

Winkler’s Weekly Symphony Guide: The classical meritocracy and ‘A Toast!’ to the BSO

The Boston Symphony Orchestra opens its 2022–23 season with a program that is emblematic of its philosophy and serves as a historically and musically diverse preview of what’s to come. The lineup includes seemingly disparate works that reach over three hundred years back into the Baroque with J.S. Bach’s “Keyboard Concerto in A” before rocketing […]

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