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Anne-Sophie Mutter - BSO play with light and shadow in mostly Russian program / Boston Globe review

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The Boston Symphony Orchestra played with light and shadow on Thursday night in a mostly Russian program, the penultimate in the 2016-17 Symphony Hall season. With the indomitable Anne-Sophie Mutter as soloist, and music director Andris Nelsons on the podium, the spirit morphed from dazzling and lively to mournful and misty and back again. Shostakovich's splashy showpiece, "Festive Overture," opened the concert with a bang and a flash. The extensive brass section, double the size of a typical orchestral arrangement, was so full and fiery that the giant string force was almost inaudible at points. Given the awesome synergy of the bass drum and timpani in the grand finale, I wouldn't have been half surprised to look up and see fireworks launched in the middle of Symphony Hall.

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