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James McCarthy
Limelight, January 2015

Copland’s Fanfare is splendidly done by the BSO, as are the dances from On The Town. Bernstein’s second musical is a marvellous piece and the Bostonians rattle it off to the manor born. The outstanding track contains Anne Sophie Mutter’s dazzling rendition of Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy. It is superb.

…Emanuel Ax turns in a slightly idiosyncratic performance of the second two movements of the Haydn Piano Concerto and Peter Serkin delivers a straightforward account of Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy. The orchestras and choir perform well and it is always a delight to see so many talented and dedicated young people flying the flag for classical music. © 2015 Limelight Magazine Read complete review



Hank Zauderer
My Classical Notes, August 2013

This 75th Anniversary Celebration concert included performances by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, vocalist James Taylor, pianists Emanuel Ax and Peter Serkin, as well as the Tanglewood Festival Chorus with John Oliver.

The concert also features the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops Orchestra and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, under the direction of conductors Keith Lockhart, Andris Nelsons, John Williams and David Zinman.

This DVD allows the listener to enjoy many of the selections that were presented. Yo Yo Ma’s performance, and Anne-Sophie Mutter’s performance of the Carmen Fantasy are particularly noteworthy. © 2013 My Classical Notes Read complete review



Michael Johnson
The Boston Musical Intelligencer, July 2013

For anyone who missed Tanglewood’s 75th anniversary concert a year ago or wants to recall its celebratory ambience, an impressive DVD version of the event has just been released by the C Major label…Brief interviews with a few principals provide the gloss for an institution so established and so popular that it doesn’t really need boosting.

The DVD replays the entire concert…

The program was cautious, light and middlebrow. The de rigueur Copland Fanfare for the Common Man was the opener, and from there came Bernstein Broadway compositions…Rodgers and Hammerstein, lightweight Haydn and Tchaikovsky, Ravel’s La Valse and even a look at Carmen from Pablo de Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy. Beethoven’s crowd-pleaser Choral Fantasy climaxed the evening and the DVD. © 2013 The Boston Musical Intelligencer Read complete review



Robert Benson
ClassicalCDReview.com, July 2013

This is an opportunity to watch the dynamic young conductor Andris Nelsons leading the orchestra of which he is now music director, and he shows they made a wise choice. His reading of La Valse is incredibly detailed and powerful. A great concert indeed, well photographed…the audio…[is] clear and detailed… © 2013 ClassicalCDReview.com Read complete review





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