Around the world without a plane ticket. Thanks to web radio, the great festivals of the United States and Europe are available live and archived. The Boston Symphony Orchestra's Friday, Saturday, and Sunday concerts at Tanglewood are heard live on WGBH in Boston - www.wgbh.org. - including this Saturday's concert performance of Aida, Acts 1 and 2, starring Kristine Opolais. The February-through-April concerts from Boston's Symphony Hall are available for streaming on www.bso.org. The BBC Proms are archived on www.bbc.co.uk in concerts that range from straight classical to Gershwin. Many concerts from the Boston Symphony Orchestra's schedule are available at www.bso.org. You can listen to many events from the Salzburg Festival - such as Riccardo Muti and the Vienna Philharmonic - at stations enumerated at www.salzburgerfestspiele.at/broadcast.
- David Patrick Stearns
Summer sounds. If summer 2016 left an unpleasant sensation in your sound memory - please, no more talk of politics - it's not too late to acquire a summer souvenir considerably less obstreperous. Recorded in May on the grounds of the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Summer Night Concert 2016 features the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra led by Semyon Bychkov. This is mostly light fare, and nearly all French, but with substance. Pianists Katia and Marielle Labéque shine in the Poulenc Concerto for Two Pianos, and Bychkov conducts three sections from Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2. Bychkov is one of the more original thinkers around, and to have him in this repertoire makes for some convincing - not to mention joyful - insights. www.sommernachtskonzert.at or www.amazon.com.
- Peter Dobrin