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The Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops closed out a shortened season at Tanglewood over the weekend. Despite the short season, patrons of the summer festival were just happy to have the orchestra back this year that one was heard to say the season has “saved our souls for the year.”
There was plenty of electricity in the air this past weekend at Tanglewood, fortunately, not the result of storms but instead sparked by two celebrated instrumentalists — Joshua Bell and Yo-Yo Ma — as well as the Boston Symphony Orchestra debut of a rapidly rising conductor and a memorable appearance by the world’s oldest active living maestro.
Beethoven and Tchaikovsky: the former the most compelling composer of the beginning of the 19th century, the latter the most internationally renowned of the many Russian composers who flourished in the 1860s and 1870s. Their music ranges from uplifting to lyrical, from contemplative to somber. For what is music but a validation and intensification of the full range of human experience.