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Review: Tanglewood mixes the familiar with adventurous works

Violinist Joshua Bell performs with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andris Nelsons, during Sunday's concert at Tanglewood. (Hilary Scott)
Violinist Joshua Bell performs with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andris Nelsons, during Sunday's concert at Tanglewood. (Hilary Scott)
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This was the annual schizophrenic weekend at Tanglewood. The Boston Symphony Orchestra performed iconic Beethoven and Brahms symphonies in the Koussevitzky Music Shed, while elsewhere on the Berkshires estate, fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center presented the Festival of Contemporary Music, with up-to-the-minute chamber works. These uncrowded morning, afternoon and weeknight concerts take place in the smaller Seiji Ozawa Hall. Adding to the musical tension was the two-week stay of Andris Nelsons, the orchestra’s Latvian-born ...


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