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Yannick Nezet-Seguin - Schumann: The Symphonies / WCRB: Boston 'CD of the Week'

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Boston is rightly energized in anticipation of the arrival of conductor Andris Nelsons as the new leader of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The 35-year-old Latvian has demonstrated here and elsewhere a magnetic sense of timing, interpretation, and chemistry with the world's greatest orchestras. But Nelsons isn't the only highly gifted 30-something conductor igniting excitement on orchestral stages.

39-year-old French-Canadian conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin has just wrapped up his second full season as the helm of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He's also the Music Director of Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Orchestre Métropolitain in Montreal. Busy man.

After his single appearance with the BSO, in 2009, Jeremy Eichler of the Boston Globe described his presence on the podium as "a whirl of irrepressible energy ... vividly demonstrative and almost dance-like, [which] drew vibrant performances from the orchestra, at once structurally coherent and viscerally exciting."

For his latest recording, Nézet-Séguin took those qualities to yet another orchestra - the Chamber Orchestra of Europe - in an exploration of the four symphonies by Robert Schumann. Read the full feature and tune in to WCRB this week to hear selections from Schumann: The Symphonies