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Alsop triumphs at Tanglewood,
by LAWRENCE BUDMEN

 

Amid the awesome mountain views and lush greenery of the Berkshires in western Massachusetts, USA, Tanglewood is an oasis of advanced music education and superb performances by the greats of the classical music world. Established by the legendary Russian conductor Serge Koussevitzky in the 1930s, Tanglewood continues to bring world renowned musicians and talented young artists together in a unique atmosphere of peace and tranquility.

The lawn at Tanglewood, outside the Koussevitzky Music Shed. Photo © Stu Rosner
The lawn at Tanglewood, outside the Koussevitzky Music Shed. Photo © Stu Rosner

The Berkshires have long been the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. This renowned ensemble has recently been rejuvenated under its new music director James Levine. The orchestra's impressive performances were welcome confirmation of the ensemble's rich artistic tradition (formed under such podium luminaries as Koussevitzky, Pierre Monteux, Charles Munch, and Erich Leinsdorf).

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Copyright © 31 August 2005 Lawrence Budmen, Miami Beach, USA

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