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A Singer’s Notes 145: Great Beginnings with the TMC Orchestra

The first two concerts this summer season by the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra were among the best I have heard in several decades.  The energy level was palpable.  The intensity of the playing, particularly the strings, was a marvel.  The two greatest challenges for the ensemble were Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben and the Leonore Overture No. 3 of Beethoven.

Marin Marais by André Bouys, 1704

A Singer’s Notes 144: Aston Magna, “Dueling Violins, Genial Gambas, June 30 at Saint James Place in Great Barrington

At the risk of repeating myself, I must once again give my best praise to Aston Magna’s concert, “Dueling Violins, Genial Gambas,” on June 30 at Saint James Place in Great Barrington. Though I am not on the lookout for poor performances from anyone, I am continually amazed at the high level of the participating artists in this group. The style has become an easy, normal thing, speaking clearly to us centuries later in large part because of the ease these wonderful players show.

Summer! Photo 2014 Michael Miller.

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