Critic’s Choice

January 12, 2016 at 12:06 pm

By Aaron Keebaugh

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Henri Dutilleux shared an enduring relationship with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In concerts that date back to the time of Charles Munch through the first decade of the twenty-first century, the BSO has offered the U.S. and world premieres of many of his best-known works.

Thursday and Saturday at Symphony Hall, as part of a winter-long celebration of the composer’s centennial, soprano superstar Renée Fleming and the BSO will offer his orchestral song cycle Le Temps l’Horloge, written for Fleming between 2006 and 2007 as a co-commission for the orchestra’s 125th anniversary.

Fleming will also perform selections from Joseph Canteloube’s Songs of Auvergne, works set in the Occitan language that are rich in folk-flavored melodies of southern France. Filling out the rest of the program will be two beloved ballet scores, Debussy’s Jeux and Stravinsky’s Petrushka, heard in its original 1911 version. François-Xavier Roth will conduct.

The program will be performed 8 p.m. Thursday and Saturday at Symphony Hall. bso.org;617-266-1200

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