Friday, August 10, 2012

Tanglewood — 2012/08/10-12

August 10.  This weekend we start with an all Bach program on Friday evening. I take the listings from the BSO website's details page, which also has links to the program notes for the concert.
BACH - Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
BACH - Concerto in C minor for violin, oboe, and strings, BWV 1060
BACH - Concerto in D minor for two violins and strings, BWV 1043
BACH - Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, BWV 1041
BACH - Brandenburg Concerto No. 5

Pinchas Zukerman will play violin and conduct.

August 11.   Saturday evening brings us a world premiere.

PREVIN - Music for Boston (world premiere; BSO commission)
ELGAR - Cello Concerto
SHOSTAKOVICH - Symphony No. 5

Stephane Denève will conduct, and Yo-Yo Ma will be the cello soloist. Links to notes and audio previews of the Elgar and Shostakovich pieces are on the detail page.

August 12.   The least "interesting" program, to my taste, is the only one I can be home to hear in its entirety: Christoph von Dohnányi on the podium with Paul Lewis as piano soloist in

BEETHOVEN - Symphony No. 4
MOZART - Piano Concerto No. 23 in A, K.488
STRAUSS - Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks

The 4th has never really appealed to me, apart from the slow movement, and if I never hear "Till Eulenspiegel" again, it will be soon enough (but I may listen out of a sense of duty). See the links on the detail page, if you want.

I wish I could be at home for the Bach and for the Previn premiere. Thank goodness for the on demand streaming.

Classical New England offers it all, plus some other performances and features, on their website.

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