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Review: Tanglewood opens with drama of Tchaikovsky, Mahler

Violinist Joshua Bell and Boston Symphony Orchestra conductor Rafael Frubeck de Burgos appear on opening night Friday at Tanglewood. (Paul Marotta)
Violinist Joshua Bell and Boston Symphony Orchestra conductor Rafael Frubeck de Burgos appear on opening night Friday at Tanglewood. (Paul Marotta)
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The Boston Symphony Orchestra began its 76th Tanglewood season with a dramatic mix of Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Pops and heavy weather. Fans (the kind for waving in muggy air) were in evidence at Friday and Saturday’s classical concerts in the Koussevitzky Music Shed, while cooling thunderstorms delayed Sunday afternoon’s Pops concert for 40 minutes, necessitating an amended program. Friday’s all-Tchaikovsky concert had star performers including James Taylor and Yo-Yo Ma, but that was just in the ...

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