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On his return to BSO, Haitink ushers in spring

Gardeners have crocuses to herald the arrival of spring. You might just say that BSO audiences have Bernard Haitink.

The distinguished Dutch conductor has made a habit of appearing here in late April or early May, just in time to pull a veil of clean and cloudless musicality over the subscription season. He has done so again this year, returning on Thursday night to Symphony Hall with a particularly germane program pairing Schubert’s youthful Symphony No. 5 with Mahler’s heliotropic Symphony No. 4. The latter, in particular, received a wise and ravishing performance. It’s good to have Haitink back.

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