The Symphony

“The conductor of an orchestra doesn’t make a sound. He depends, for his power, on his ability to make other people powerful.” –Benjamin Zander


Learn more about the history of the symphony, and the role of the conductor in bringing symphonic works to life.

Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 / BPO (Performance)
Zander leads the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra through the epic transition from the third to fourth movements of Sibelius’s Second Symphony.
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Wagner: Tannhäuser Overture / Boston Philharmonic (Recording)
A hair-raising account of the Overture to Wagner's opera Tannhäuser, performed by the Boston Philharmonic.
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 (Conducting Masterclass)
Maestro Zander coaches conductor Michael Bukhman on leading Tchaikovsky's triumphant Fifth Symphony.
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Tchaikovsky: Solo from Symphony No. 5 (Interpretation Class)
Zander guides Joe Cradler of the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra through the famous horn solo from the second movement of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.
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Elgar: Symphony No. 1 in A-Flat Major (Conversation)
From a broadcast interview with Brian Bell.