Previn’s Last Work, in Tribute

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A long-awaited performance in Ozawa Hall on Wednesday paid tribute to Andre Previn, who died while still working on Penelope, a monodrama planned for Renee Fleming and the Emerson Quartet; they were joined by pianist Simone Dinnerstein, and actress Uma Thurman.    [continued]

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SLLMF By Any Name

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The second installment of the five-week Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival, Tuesday in Harrison, Maine, pursued a theme of unusual timbral associations in slightly recherché 18th-century repertoire, with a 19th-century favorite to cap it off.    [continued]

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Conductors, Commissions & Playing Impress

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The Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra’s Monday evening concert on July 15th contained, as usual, pieces conducted by the two Tanglewood Conducting Fellows, a premiere of a commissioned work and a major symphony in the standard repertory.    [continued]

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A Parade To Remember

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Fanfares at Main Gate, an Instrument Playground in the Tent Club, free walking tours of the grounds, two chamber music concerts in Ozawa Hall, and the BUTI Young Artists Orchestra and Chorus the Shed, made for quite a full and enjoyable July 23rd.    [continued]

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Gruber Trumpet Concerto Dominates

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On another perfect Tanglewood Sunday afternoon (July 14th), the Koussevitzky Shed concert began with a Beethoven symphony and ended with the sensuous “Dance of the Seven Veils” from Strauss’s Salome. Between these came a challenging trumpet concerto written for and played by international superstar Håkan Hardenberger.    [continued]

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Exothermic Reactions Ensue in Quartet Debut

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The Catalyst Quartet, an excellent contemporary-focused foursome, made its Maverick Concerts debut on Sunday with adept performances of Bach and Glass, before the Israeli pianist Daniel Gortler played three late Brahms Intermezzi and joined the foursome for the Franck Quintet.    [continued]

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Welcome to Henry’s World

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Aston Magna’s selections and execution at Friday’s concert at Time and Space Ltd. in Hudson NY,  “The World of Henry Purcell,” provided ample evidence to convince anyone who didn’t already know it, of the composer’s genius.    [continued]

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Rockport Rocked By Israeli and Venetians

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When two forces of nature, mandolin virtuoso Avi Avital and the esteemed Venice Baroque Orchestra, made friendly jousts on the Shalin Liu stage Friday July 12th, dazzling fireworks ensued.    [continued]

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Commendable Opening for Long-Loved Festival

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The Sebago Long Lake Music Festival opened its 47th season Tuesday at the Deertrees Theater in Harrison, Maine with exhilarating and commendable examples from Amy Beach, neoclassical Stravinsky and the Dvořák.    [continued]

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Lisiecki Wows in Grieg; Copland Thrills

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Sandwiched between Copland’s Quiet Place and Third Symphony, Jan Lisiecki, a lanky 23-year-old budding superstar from Canada, thrilled the Tanglewood audience Friday night with a vivid, colorful, beautifully shaped traversal of Grieg’s Piano Concerto    [continued]

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Mercury Ascendant

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The Mercury Orchestra, an accomplished volunteer contingent directed by the musical polymath Channing Yu, focused on late-romantic works ranging from romance through marriage, illicit love and ecstasy to death Sunday at Sanders; they did not disappoint.    [continued]

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Taking on New Stylistic Lives

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“Reimagining Flamenco” provided a refreshing and largely effective offering of folk song arrangements by pianist Serouj Kradjian and guitarist Grisha Goryachev at Shalin Liu last night.    [continued]

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Mutter and BSO Commemorate Previn

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The BSO billed Saturday night’s concert at Tanglewood as a celebration of the life of Andre Previn, the polymath pianist (of both jazz and classical repertory), composer, and conductor, not to mention the sometime husband of the evening’s soloist, Anne-Sophie Mutter.    [continued]

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Hahn Richly Rewards

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The violinist took the Ozawa Hall stage in a strapless blue-grey gown; equal parts formal and whimsical, it would turn out to be a subtle emblem of the exploration to come.    [continued]

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