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REVIEW: Energy to spare — The TMC Orchestra and Shostakovich Fill the Shed with Sound and Drama

Despite its year-to-year changing membership, this orchestra is reliably distinguished by energy, enthusiasm, and responsiveness, along with technical polish and precision.

AMPLIFICATIONS: A walk in the woods

I kept expecting the toothless guy from “Deliverance” to jump out from behind a tree. Or that we would soon meet Creepy, the eighth dwarf and no one would ever know our fate.

Bits & Bytes: Columbia County Fair; Festival of Books; Gregory Pardlo at Simon’s Rock; ‘Following the Ninth;’ scientists predict corona shape

Gregory Pardlo’s long-awaited memoir in essays is a meditation on fatherhood, class, education, race, addiction and ambition.

Leonard Bernstein and the haunting of Highwood Manor House

Lenny's legendary encounter at the Highwood Manor House wouldn't be the last time he would detect paranormal activity on the Tanglewood grounds.

PREVIEW: Shostakovich’s daunting, demanding fourth symphony to confirm BSO’s prowess

The extreme technical and emotional demands placed on performers of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 4 have a way of separating the men and women from the boys and girls.

PREVIEW: Tanglewood performance by Igor Levit, JACK Quartet to highlight notorious demagogues

Beethoven suffered fools from time to time, but he wanted nothing to do with despotic megalomaniacs.

PREVIEW: Emerson String Quartet to perform late Beethoven quartets at Tanglewood

Beethoven is the Shakespeare of music. His music is entertaining, but it is also very often a challenge, and it stays with us. We feel its depth and its power. And nowhere is this more true than in the late string quartets.

REVIEW: Art of the string quartet exquisitely demonstrated at CEWM

When any worthy quartet is performed with such verve and precision, it’s a revelation.

MUSIC: A close encounter with the arc of Beethoven

The monumental “Archduke” piano trio took pride of place after the intermission. Pianist Michael Brown, violinist Lee Priday, and cellist Yehuda Hanani gave an “Archduke” performance for the ages.

The Self-Taught Gardener: Going nuts

For many, the end of summer is a moment when they feel that their favorite seasonal foods are passing and this is a sad moment. But for me, there is nothing more glorious than the fall harvest that is to come.

REVIEW: BSO in fine fettle under Asst. Conductor Ken-David Masur

Under Ken-David Masur’s direction on Saturday, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 crackled with such vitality and force that past performances of the work now seem pale and tentative by comparison.

REVIEW: Acclaim for pianists Soyeon Kate Lee and Ran Dank at Close Encounters With Music  

Soyeon Kate Lee’s delivery of Scriabin’s Op. 28 is so manifestly heartfelt that it would be difficult to say whether she owns the piece or is possessed by it.

AT TANGLEWOOD: Paul Lewis, Emerson String Quartet extol Beethoven’s final works: ‘It must be’

Lenox -- Ludwig van Beethoven inscribed his last string quartet, “The hard-won resolution” (Der schwer gefasste Entschluss). Toward the end of its second, final...

Review: Glorious finale to South Mountain chamber series

The real sensation of the afternoon was the young violinist Benjamin Beilman, whose sound has all the natural projection and power of a premier concert-soloist. In fact, I would have been happy to have seen Mr. Beilman replace most any of the underwhelming cohort of violin soloists this year at Tanglewood.

South Mountain concerts open with superb Escher String Quartet

The South Mountain Chamber Music series was first organized nearly 100 years ago, decades before Tanglewood got off the ground.

Review: A chilly night at Tanglewood for Beethoven and Prokofiev

The BSO has a long and commendable tradition of offering chamber music from members of the orchestra at 6 p.m. on Friday evenings, free to anyone who has a ticket to enter the grounds.

Tanglewood: Hard-strung Schumann, sensitive Beethoven, disappointing Mozart

If the BSO really wants to appear more open and accessible to its audience, it should try a heavily reduced-price Shed ticket program for young people and students.

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