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Nelsons - BSO, Rattle - Berlin Phil & Emanuel Ax make 'Boston Classical Review top 10' for 2016

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#1 - Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic-Celebrity Series
Bostonians were treated to the crème de la crème of international orchestras in November when Simon Rattle led his final Boston concert with the Berlin Philharmonic in captivating performances of Boulez's Éclat and Mahler's Seventh Symphony. (AK)

#2 - Emanuel Ax performing Beethoven–Celebrity Series
Take an athlete's reflexes, a singer's way with a phrase, and an architect's sense of line and proportion, put them all together, and you have Emanuel Ax performing an all-Beethoven program last May for the Celebrity Series.   Photo: Robert Torres

Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra were honored with several spots on the list

#4 - Shostakovich's Symphony No. 8
Mountain ranges have their hidden peaks, and a towering one rose above the familiar skyline of Shostakovich's symphonies last March in Symphony Hall.

#5 - Mahler's Symphony No. 9 at Tanglewood
In 2011, Andris Nelsons filled in for an ailing James Levine to lead Mahler's Ninth Symphony with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. And with that performance, the Nelsons era had unofficially begun. Subsequent readings of the work with the orchestra have captured aspects of that moving performance, but none more so that the version heard at Tanglewood this past summer. (AK)

#7 - Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra: Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier with Renée Fleming and Susan Graham
Operas by Richard Strauss have been a seasonal delight in recent years and Andris Nelsons has led captivating concert versions of Salome and Elektra with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. But this past fall, Symphony Hall witnessed a performance for the ages in Der Rosenkavalier, which reunited two operatic superstars in their career-defining roles. Susan Graham, probably for the last time, took up the part of Octavian and sang with a velvety sonority. Renée Fleming, her voice retaining echoes of its radiant quality, reprised the role of the Marschallin. (AK)  Photo: Winslow Townson

#8 - Andris Nelsons and Boston Symphony Orchestra with Barbara Hannigan
Showcased the unusual vocal gifts of Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan, whom one might call the "onlie begetter" of this piece, having had the idea for it, persuaded the Berlin Philharmonic to commission it, advised the composer on advanced vocal techniques, and given the world and U.S. premieres in Berlin (led, as here, by Andris Nelsons) and Cleveland respectively.

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