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Music Review

Daniel Harding conducts the BSO

The BSO’s new music offerings have had an anglophilic bent this month, with performances of works by two leading British composers: Thomas Adès, whose “Polaris” was heard two weeks ago, and Mark-Anthony Turnage, whose “Speranza” (“Hope”) received its American premiere Thursday night in Symphony Hall.

On the podium was another Brit, the conductor Daniel Harding in his BSO debut, pairing the Turnage work with Mahler’s orchestral song cycle “Das Lied von der Erde” (“The Song of the Earth”). There are some suggestive links between these two works, but the pairing was ultimately not very flattering for Turnage’s new piece, a BSO co-commission.

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