The British composer Thomas Adès is back on the BSO podium this week, leading his own music, yes, but also giving the fall schedule a healthy shot of curatorial imagination. The works on an Adès-designed program don’t stand staring at the floor like proverbial strangers in an elevator – they mingle with each other, spark connections, themes, ideas, arguments.
The first half of Thursday night’s concert was an enthralling case in point, opening with the celebrated “Hebrides” Overture. Mendelssohn created this teeming orchestral seascape after a visit to the Hebrides Islands off the Scottish coast and on Thursday night Adès and the orchestra gave it a wonderfully atmospheric performance. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
Jeremy Eichler can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org