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Orchestral Firepower

LAWRENCE BUDMEN sends his final report
from the 2010 Tanglewood Festival

 

A busy weekend of music at Tanglewood in the Berkshires of northwestern Massachusetts, USA commenced on 5 August 2010 with a poetic recital by mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink in the wood-paneled interior of Seiji Ozawa Hall. Fink's clear, pure voice is perfectly controlled. Her stage demeanor exudes class with a capital C. With the great Frederica von Stade about to retire from active performance, Fink may well be her successor as a recitalist of the highest, most refined stature.

Two Schumann songs on texts of Friedrich Rückert immediately established Fink's warmth of timbre and directness of communication...

Copyright © 22 August 2010 Lawrence Budmen,
Miami Beach, USA

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Giancarlo Guerrero conducts Jennifer Higdon's Blue Cathedral and works by Suppé and Bizet on 22 August 2010 at the Tanglewood Festival in Lenox, Massachusetts, USA. Gil Shaham and Adele Anthony play Bach's Concerto in D minor for two violins and works by Sarasate.

On 24 and 26 August Garrick Ohlsson plays all Chopin recitals. David Zinman leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Poulenc's Gloria (with soprano Isobel Bayrakdarian and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus) and Holst's The Planets on 27 August. Zinman conducts Dvorák's New World Symphony and Brahms' Piano Concerto No 2 (with Emanuel Ax) on 29 August.

The traditional concluding Tanglewood performance of Beethoven's 9th Symphony on 29 August 2010 is conducted by Kurt Masur (with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus under John Oliver and soprano Nicole Cabell, mezzo-soprano Marietta Simpson, tenor Garrett Sorenson and bass Eric Owens). See www.bso.org for further information.

TANGLEWOOD

BERKSHIRES

MASSACHUSETTS

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

SEIJI OZAWA HALL

ROBERT SCHUMANN

CLARA SCHUMANN

GERMANY

ARGENTINA

LUIS GIANNEO

LUIGI DALLAPICCOLA

JOAQUIN RODRIGO

BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY

ANTONIN DVORAK

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

JEAN SIBELIUS

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH

AARON COPLAND

IGOR STRAVINSKY

YO-YO MA

CHINA

SAMUEL BARBER

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