Category: Featured Recordings

Now on Instant Encore: BUSO, Hoose / Mozart, Mahler

February 26th, 2013 in Featured Recordings, Instant Encore

Click here to listen to the Boston University Symphony Orchestra’s February 12, 2013 performance in its entirety!  This program features:


Mozart: Symphony No. 41 in C major, K 551 “Jupiter”

Mahler: Symphony no 1 in D major “Titan”


Copies of this performance are also available for purchase on CD.  Please contact us to place an order.

Now on Instant Encore: BUSO, Hoose, Dobroykov / Liadov, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky

October 23rd, 2012 in Featured Recordings, Instant Encore

Click here to listen to the Boston University Symphony Orchestra’s October 2nd performance from the Tsai Performance Center in its entirety!

This program features:


Liadov: The Enchanted Lake, Op. 62*

Stravinsky: Chant du Rossignol (Song of the Nightingale)

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, op. 64


* Konstantin Dobroykov, conductor

David Hoose, conductor

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Rachmaninoff’s The Bells and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11 are now available on Instant Encore

April 9th, 2012 in Featured Recordings, Instant Encore

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In a concert titled “Requiem for a Generation,” the Boston University Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus performed their second of two Symphony Hall concerts in this academic year, featuring Sergei Rachmaninoff’s The Bells and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11, The Year 1905.  Conducted by David Hoose, the pieces were selected to commemorate the generation of Russians born and educated after the revolution of 1905 who suffered atrocities unprecedented in Russian history.

The audio from this performance can be heard in its entirety on our Instant Encore page right now, and HD video of the whole concert — including a pre-concert lecture by BU professor Dr. Patrick Wood Uribe — will be available online within the next few weeks.  Become a fan of CFA Audio on Facebook to be notified as soon as the video is posted to the Virtual Concert Hall!

About the music:

Written in 1915 in response to an onomatopoeic Edgar Allen Poe poem of the same name, Rachmaninoff’s The Bells is a choral symphony sung in four parts, in allegiance to the poem.  The piece begins in glittering fantasy, with Silver Sleigh Bells and moves on to contentment tinged with reluctance in Wedding Bells; the two sections that follow move into more frightening, followed by funereal, territories, with only a twelfth-hour anticipatory tinge of redemption.  Sung here by soprano Janna Baty, baritone Anton Belov — an alumnus of Boston University — and tenor Yeghishe Manucharyan, this work embodies both the sonorous meanings held by bells in our cultural rituals and the quotidian, universal sadness created by the individual and societal struggles of the world’s citizenry.

Casting an eye over the previous half-century, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11 produces musical images of immediacy appropriate to the lurid, Technicolor era of cinema in which the piece was written (1957).  With the subject of bloody revolution in the foreground, such imagery is an effective demonstration of the role the arts can play in illuminating and reflecting the world’s most complex problems.  The Boston University College of Fine Arts’ 2011-12 Keyword: Violence is actively reflected in the composer’s conjuring of the events of Bloody Sunday and the ensuing conflict.

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BU School of Music launches Virtual Concert Hall

December 15th, 2011 in Featured Recordings, Virtual Concert Hall

We are pleased to announce the launch of the School of Music’s Virtual Concert Hall.  The Virtual Concert Hall is designed to showcase work performed by BU students and faculty.  The launch coincides with the release of the high-definition video production of the most recent BU concert at Symphony Hall, which featured a pre-concert lecture by Andrew Shenton, Schoenberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw conducted by David Hoose and narrated by Frank Kelley, as well as Verdi’s Messa da Requiem which was conducted by Ann Howard Jones and featured our renowned alumni soloists Michelle Johnson, soprano, Daveda Karanas, mezzo-soprano, Clay Hilley, tenor, and Morris Robinson, bass.

Please click here to visit the Virtual Concert Hall.

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Video of Mendelssohn’s Elijah available

September 8th, 2011 in Featured Recordings

The Boston University Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus returned to Boston’s historic Symphony Hall to perform Mendelssohn’s masterpiece Elijah on April 11, 2011. The concert features conductor Ann Howard Jones, soprano Liz Baldwin, mezzo-soprano Penelope Bitzas, tenor Martin Bakari, baritone James Demler, and soprano Kira Winter singing the role of The Youth.

Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah, perhaps his most endearing and embracing work, is a vivid depiction of the prophet’s dramatic life, expressed through thrilling musical story telling, brilliant arias, and grand and vibrant choruses. The featured soloists in this epic work include students and faculty from the BU School of Music, where Jones is a Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities.

Once again aided by Soundmirror, CFA Audio was there to engineer both the recording and the live web stream.  Please contact us if you’re interested in ordering a CD copy of this performance, and be sure to check back later for more information on this academic year’s Symphony Hall concerts!

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Video of Roman Totenberg Centennial Celebration now available

March 1st, 2011 in Featured Recordings

Watch this video on YouTube

Please note: if you are using Internet Explorer 8, the embedded video may not display properly.  You can view the non-embedded version on YouTube by clicking here.

The Boston University College of Fine Arts celebrated Professor Roman Totenberg’s 100th birthday at Boston’s Symphony Hall on Sunday, November 21, 2010.  The concert featured the Boston University Symphony Orchestra, conductor David Hoose, and violinist Peter Zazofsky, and included performances of Beethoven’s Prometheus Overture, Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 2, and Elgar’s Symphony No. 1 in A-flat.  A tribute was hosted by national political commentator Cokie Roberts, and former students Mira Wang and Na Sun surprised Professor Totenberg with a special performance of Bruce Dukov’s wonderful arrangement of Happy Birthday.

With help from our friends at Soundmirror, CFA Audio was on hand to engineer the concert — the first orchestral performance in Symphony Hall’s history to be streamed live on the internet!  The concert is also available as a high-quality, audio-only CD from CFA Audio.  Contact us if you’d like to order copy.

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