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July 29, 2015

Mozart, Mahler, Manny, and MTT

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Saturday night’s BSO concert at the Shed featured a somewhat curious pairing of Mozart’s elegant, ebullient Piano Concerto No. 14 with Mahler’s world-quaking Symphony No. 5.     [continued]

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July 28, 2015

Contemporary Music: 36 to 100 Years Old?

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A gang of young fellows channeling Old Masters Bernstein, Foss, Copland, and Ives ended the 75th Festival of Contemporary music with a bang.    [continued]

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July 27, 2015

Rose’s Colored Glasses Brighten Monadnock Vision

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Two successive events revealed consecutively the perils and pleasures of summer festival programming in the Monadnock Hills.     [continued]

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The Last of FCM’s New Works

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As the Festival of Contemporary Music was winding down, the Sunday morning concert had acquired a clubby atmosphere. The unusual 10:00 a.m. start time reinforces your belonging to a group of the seriously likeminded.     [continued]

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All-Beethoven, All-Mozart, All-Dohnányi

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This weekend Christoph von Dohnányi led two programs that epitomized standard: an all-Beethoven concert (the Fourth Symphony and the Violin Concerto) on Friday night, and an all-Mozart program consisting of the last three symphonies on Sunday afternoon.     [continued]

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July 26, 2015

Pop Numberland Uncomfortable in Its Company

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The Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music’s Saturday concert with Dawn Upshaw in Michael Gandolfi’s Carroll in Numberland attracted the largest audience I’ve seen at an FCM matinee.     [continued]

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July 25, 2015

The Wreckers a Monumental Revelation

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The US-staged premiere of Ethel Smyth’s 1906 opera The Wreckers at the Fisher Center as part of Bard Summerscape made a strong case for the importance of this work. Remaining performances on July 26, 29, 31 and Aug. 2..     [continued]

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Modern Musical Poesy Through Tanglewood Rain

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Still more, and more recent, contemporary music variety was on the Friday menu from TFCM at 75, now with numerous short and/or poetical works.     [continued]

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July 24, 2015

Halcyon Nights, NH Chamber of Delights

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The New Hampshire-based Halcyon Music Festival opened its second season Thursday night in high style under the sage musical leadership of artistic director Heng-Jin Park.     [continued]

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‘Modern’ Elders in Full at TFCM

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The Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music concert Thurday night comprised mature efforts of Schuller, Maderna, Carter, Perle, and Wuorinen, complete with babies and cancellations.     [continued]

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July 22, 2015

FCM’s 75th Opener

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Ozawa Hall nearly overflowed Monday for the official opening of the 2015 Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music; some formidable forces, including pianist Emanuel Ax, filled the stage.     [continued]

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July 21, 2015

Four Premieres Open Music Center Festival

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Tanglewood’s Festival of Contemporary Music opened in a big way Monday night with five works performed by the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, four of them world premieres commissioned to celebrate the Center’s 75th birthday.     [continued]

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American Modernists: Kinetic and Unmannered

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Monadnock Music featured ballet and similar scores Saturday night as Gil Rose set a pungent table of 20th-century works from Barber to Perle in the Peterborough Town House.     [continued]

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July 20, 2015

Marriner and Lewis in Fine Form Sunday

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Sir Neville Marriner led superb performances in Tanglewood Sunday of two popular Mozart symphonies and Schumann’s Piano Concerto with Paul Lewis.     [continued]

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Erlich and Friends Regroup, Revive, Triumph

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What felt almost like a pickup event last Sunday at Harvard’s Holden Chapel turned into another of the this year’s superlative chamber concerts.     [continued]

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Gardnering With Terror, Prayer & Convalescence

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The fabulous Borromeo Quartet brought late quartets by Bartok and Beethoven in dramatic readings to Calderwood Hall Sunday.     [continued]

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Stepner Wrong and Right

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The 2015 Aston Magna season concluded at Bard College’s Olin Auditorium on Friday with a Bach/Vivaldi program. Not all the Bach was what you would expect, though.     [continued]

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Playing Passionately with Mercury

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Amateur maybe, the Mercury Orchestra nevertheless played Hungarians Béla Bartók and Miklós Rózsa with passion, control, and just plain chops at Sanders Sunday under Channing Yu.     [continued]

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July 16, 2015

Sommerville Plays Leviathan

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Three conductors led the energetic and exciting Tanglewood Music Center as Osvaldo Golijov teased out a developing Sign of the Leviathan, one of several dozen new works commissioned this summer for the 75th anniversary of the TMC.     [continued]

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July 15, 2015

Verismo Triumphs at Tanglewood

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The redoubtable Bramwell Tovey led Bryn Terfel, Sondra Radvanovsky, the BSO, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus in rafter-raising Verdi and Puccini Saturday night in the shed.      [continued]

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July 14, 2015

Anonymous 4 — Anthology 25

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Thursday night Rockport Music welcomed Anonymous 4 on its second and apparently final farewell tour; the retrospective on the ensemble’s 29 year career and 25 recordings provided a salutary reminder of their impact.     [continued]

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Morlot Extends BSO Rep

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Ludovic Morlot introduced the composer John Luther Adams to the BSO’s repertory on Sunday’s concert at Tanglewood, along with familiar pieces by Mozart and Dvořák.     [continued]

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Best of Times and Worst of Times

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The force of nature that is Cameron Carpenter was brightly in evidence at Tanglewood Friday night, as was the BSO under the direction of the esteemed Frenchman Stéphane Denève. Not everything went well—dommage—but much did.     [continued]

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July 13, 2015

Wincenc, Escher Close Shalin Liu Season

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Carol Wincenc and the Escher Quartet should earn high marks for solid performances of Mozart, Schubert, and a recent work by Yuko Uebayash at Rockport’s Shalin Liu.     [continued]

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Refreshing Cypresses at Maverick

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The California-based Cypress String Quartet came to Maverick on Sunday with familiar Beethoven, a contemporary novelty by George Tsontakis, and a romantic semi-novelty of Dvořák.     [continued]

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