Critic’s Choice

January 9, 2018 at 2:42 pm

By Aaron Keebaugh

Anton Webern

Anton Webern

Performances of Anton Webern’s music have been rare in programs of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The last time the orchestra offered any of the Austrian composer’s symphonic music in Symphony Hall was in 1995.

This week, François-Xavier Roth will bring renewed attention to Webern’s Passacaglia, Op. 1. With its mix of classical structure and Straussian intensity, the twelve-minute piece shows a different side of a composer who is widely known for crystalline textures and objectivity.

The program will also include Bartók’s percussive Piano Concerto No. 1, with Pierre-Laurent Aimard as soloist, and Stravinsky’s complete ballet, The Firebird.

Performances will take place 8 p.m. Thursday and Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Friday at Symphony Hall. bso.org; 888-266-1200

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