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August 5   -  

Remembering and Reviving Kálmán

From our far-flung correspondent. Austrian composer Emmerich Kálmán (1882-1953) reigned as one of the leading creators of Viennese operetta in the “Silver Age” of the genre. Kálmán and his friend Lehàr’s ...

August 4   -  

Fast & Slow Food 4 Eye and Ear in the Wild West

Vicky Chow (file photo) “Bang on a what?” you ask. Yes: they bang on cans, drums, pianos, traditions, our heads and musical hangups. Bang on A Can, at 30 a revered New York new music institution, back in 2001 found in North Adams’ ...

August 4   -  

Nelson Freire Unlocks Realms

Nelson Friere (Hilary Scott photo) On a beautiful evening, dry and cool, with golden sunset light, Nelson Freire’s Ozawa Hall piano recital spanned two centuries. The massive program included the Brahms Sonata in F Minor, Op. 5 and the Chopin ...

August 3   -  

With Nelsons Presiding, All’s Well

Augustin Hadelish and Andris Nelsons (Hilary Scott photo) Presiding at Tanglewood for this whole week, Andris Nelsons lead the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra (made up of graduate Fellows) in an All-Brahms program on Sunday and two wide-ranging ...

August 2   -  

Brahms in High Definition

Paul Lewis (file photo) Brahms’s D Minor Piano Concerto had a long road to listener appreciation, and I bet that the hissing Leipzig audience of 1859 was not the only one which failed on the first hearing to internalize the passions of its ...

August 2   -  

A Summer Trio for a Quartet

The Borromeo Quartet’s summer concerts at Gardner Museum have highlighted my Boston staycations over many years. The plan for the latest three-concert iteration was to juxtapose several of Bach’s Preludes and Fugues with one of the opus 59 ...

August 1   -  

Valedictions from Giants

Andris Nelsons and Jonathan Biss (Hilary Scott photo) There is every temptation to describe the music at Tanglewood on Friday as autumnal. Contained within the prelude concert and the main event were works by musical giants (Schubert, Mozart, ...

July 29   -  

Great Danes Ponder Musical Questions

On hearing an ensemble for the first time, a critic tries to descry its distinctive qualities. We’re unlikely in this golden era to hear a string quartet with inadequate technique, but more likely to hear one that is indistinguishable from its ...

July 29   -  

Live from Tanglewood, It’s Saturday Night!

Serious BSO listeners and classical lovers always have the fine live WCRB broadcasts, plus CRB’s superb Concert Channel archives, to get their Tanglewood or Symphony Hall fix. But we live in visual times, and shorter-attention times, in case you ...

July 27   -  

FCM Spreads Glorious Table

Cait Frizzel, Fleur Barron, Adriana Velinova and Lucy Shelton (Hilary Scott photo) Messian tell us “This work is a love song,” while Richard Taruskin labels it “Sacroporn.” The Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music (FCM) ...
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