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'Andris Nelsons conducts BSO in Beethoven 9 at Tanglewood' makes a few of Classical Boston's favorite things for 2016

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Andris Nelsons, Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra Performed August 28. Recorded at the Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood. makes a few of Classical Boston's favorite things for 2016.

It's hard to pick a favorite from the Tanglewood season. But if you twist my arm, then I choose the final concert of the festival: Andris Nelsons conducting Beethoven's 9th Symphony. True, there is a long tradition of "The Ninth" concluding the Tanglewood season. But over the years, this closing concert has been conducted by a big-name guest conductor, and not the Music Director. This year however, Andris Nelsons did step in to conduct the performance, and it's a move that I hope marks the beginning of a new tradition that will live side-by-side with the time-honored one.