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Benjamin Zander and The New England Conservatory Youth Philharmonic Orchestra

Benjamin Zander and The New England Conservatory Youth Philharmonic Orchestra

Founded in 1962, the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (YPO) is the premier orchestra of the NEC Preparatory School and is comprised of accomplished young musicians between the ages of 12-18. The YPO was under the leadership of Music Director and Conductor Benjamin Zander for 39 years. Visit the YPO page to find out more about these talented young artists.

Mahler: Symphony No. 9 in D Major

The New England Conservatory Youth Philharmonic under the baton of Benjamin Zander, recorded in one of Europe's most prestigious concert halls.

"I heard a performance of Mahler’s 9th Symphony by New England Conservatory Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. Could Mahler himself have imagined such an engaged, disciplined, and polished performance? Certainly not from the professional orchestras of his day; they struggled with this music. But these kids – I hesitate to call them that because there is a maturity and commitment here that can put many seasoned professionals to shame – these young musicians dig deep into this music, search for meaning and expression with a passion that is the hallmark of the young. In their hands this music sounds fresh, bold, audacious and supremely genuine." ~Chris Hailey


I. Andante Comodo
II. Im Tempo Eines Gemachlichen Landlers. Etwas Tappisch Und Sehr Derb
III. Rondo-Burleske. Allegro Assai. Sehr Trotzig
IV. Adagio. Sehr Langsam Und Noch Zuruckhaltend

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G, Op. 58

Featuring brilliant and young soloist, George Li, this recording from the New England Conservatory Youth Philharmonic under the baton of Benjamin Zander was recorded in one of Europe's most prestigious concert halls.

One could feel the enthusiastic response to George Li’s brilliant performance of Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto… After the first movement of the Beethoven concerto the audience erupted into spontaneous applause, and at the end, a standing ovation with the sound of stomping feet – the ultimate accolade for European audiences. ~Chris Hailey


1. Allegro moderato
2. Andante con moto
3. Rondo. Vivace


Prokofiev and Larry Bell: "Peter and the Wolf" and "Hansel and Gretel"

Benjamin Zander reads A. A. Milne's "Poohsticks" as well as narrating the Youth Philharmonic's performance of "Peter and the Wolf" and "Hansel and Gretel."

Strauss: Ein Heldenleben

Listen to the performance of Paganini 1st concerto by 16-year-old Stefan Jackiw
Chosen as one of the Records Of The Year.
Bernard Jacobson - Fanfare Magazine
"... the performances of Ein Heldenleben and the supplementary works on the program are of a standard to rival the very best in the catalogs."

Rachmaninoff / Shostakovich: Piano Concert No.2 in C minor and Symphony No. 5 in D minor

"...beautifully paced... impressively played."
Michael Manning, The Boston Globe

Mahler: Symphony No. 5

"NEC Youth Philharmonic pulls off miraculous Mahler."
Boston Globe

Dvorak / Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 9 and Piano Concerto 1

"... The Playing is unbelievable in it's conviction and communication ..."

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 5

"The youth orchestra film ("A New World of Music") left me almost speechless with admiration... (it) was truly moving."
Eric Barnow
"A splendid and rare TV event - without a single celebrity, without any dumbing down, without a single phony sentiment. just a bunch of hard-working and talented kids who play with all their hearts. Don't miss it." - Ellen Pfeiffer's review of the PBS video, "A New World of Music" about the YPO's tour to Chile and Argentina
The Boston Herald
"It is possible that a distracted listener could think that this was one of those famous orchestras where players had spent long years or even their entire adult lives as members... Who cannot be astonished and moved by young people so devoted to music."
La Epoca


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