Friday, July 26, 2013

Tanglewood — 2013/07/26-28

After several cancellations, this weekend's Tanglewood will go ahead nearly as planned as far as the music to be played is concerned.

July 26  Christoph Eschenbach had been scheduled to conduct this concert, which was to have included him playing Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 12. But he had to cancel because of an inner ear infection which makes flying inadvisable. In his place, Edo de Waart will conduct and Garrick Ohlsson will be piano soloist in Mozart's 27th Piano Concerto and the orchestra will play his Symphony No 41, "Jupiter". As explained on the BSO performance detail page, this is Berkshire Night at Tanglewood.
Conductor Edo de Waart will take the Boston Symphony Orchestra podium on Friday, at 8:30 p.m. in the Shed, he leads the orchestra in an all-Mozart program that features soprano Christine Schäfer in the concert aria for soprano, piano, and orchestra "Ch'io mi scordi di te…Non temer, amato bene," K.505, considered one of Mozart's greatest achievements in the genre. 
Links to program notes and audio previews are also available there as usual.

July 27  Music Director designate Andris Nelsons was scheduled to conduct the Manzoni Requiem by Verdi, but he suffered a concussion which was bad enough that the doctors advised him not to fly to America. The BSO managed to get Carlo Montanaro to conduct the piece. I'd never heard of him, but this appears to be fairly standard repertory for him. One of the basses in the chorus reports after rehearsals, that Maestro Montanaro goes for speed and emotion more than the nuance and precision which characterized Daniele Gatti's performance with the BSO last winter. So "fasten your seatbelts," and enjoy the ride. Again, links are available on the performance detail page, along with the following description:
Singing the demanding solo parts are soprano Kristīne Opolais (wife of Andris Nelsons), mezzo-soprano Lioba Braun, tenor Dmytro Popov (all three in their BSO debuts), bass-baritone Eric Owens; the Tanglewood Festival Chorus will also be featured. This performance of Verdi's Requiem pays tribute to the bicentennial of the composer's birth in 1813. The Requiem, composed in memory of the Italian writer Alessandro Manzoni, a hero of Verdi's, combines all of the composer's dramatic talent and the soaring vocal writing familiar from his operas with the traditional Requiem mass structure.

Please note that there is no intermission in this concert.
BTW, after Nelsons cancelled, it turned out that Ferrucio Furlanetto had a bad cold and couldn't sing the bass part, which led to his replacement by Eric Owens.

July 28  Sunday afternoon at 2:30 Ludovic Morlot, a former assistant conductor of the BSO, now the Music Director of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, will take Christoph Eschenbach's scheduled place at the podium to conduct the scheduled Dvořák and Prokofiev program, with Garrick Ohlsson again taking on the soloist role (this time as scheduled). Go to the performance detail page for audio and text links. Here's the "official" synopsis from that page.
American pianist and frequent Tanglewood guest Garrick Ohlsson joins the BSO for Prokofiev's exuberant Piano Concerto No. 3. Composed between 1917 and 1921, most of the work on the concerto was done during the summer of 1921, which Prokofiev spent in a town on the coast in Brittany. A mainstay of the modern concerto repertoire, it is one of the composer's most popular works. Dvořák's Carnival Overture and the beloved Symphony No. 9, From the New World, round out the program.

The Friday and Saturday concerts begin at 8:30, Massachusetts time, and the Sunday Matinee at 2:30. As usual, Classical New England plans to broadcast and stream the virtually live, with preliminary material which they have produced beginning a half hour before the scheduled start of the concert. While CNE's own BSO page doesn't add any further info about the concerts themselves, it summarizes them very succinctly and it contains links to other BSO related material and their schedule for the remaining Tanglewood 2013 broadcasts/webstreams.

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