August 28, 2017 Tanglewood concert review by Dave Read The honeymoon between Music Director Andris Nelsons, born 1978, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, born 1881, is over; their marriage was on full display for the 2017 season finale at Tanglewood, where they produced as beautiful performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 as you could imagine…. read more
Favorite Tanglewood concert reviews
With twenty years of Tanglewood concert reviews in the archive, we're organizing them into sub-categories. Here are some all-time favorites.
Aug. 7, 2016 Tanglewood concert review by Dave Read The Silk Road Ensemble, with Yo-Yo Ma, used the Koussevitsky Music Shed at Tanglewood like a high school during their Aug. 7, 2016 performance, presenting both lessons in social studies and the senior assembly. Eighteen years since being co-founded by Yo-yo Ma at Ozawa Hall, the… read more
July 2, 2016 Tanglewood concert review by Dave Read It was a night of biblical proportions at Tanglewood, a concert by Bob Dylan that was a revelation, following a set by Mavis Staples that was a revival. The revelation is that some 55 years into his career, by remaining true and not wavering from his… read more
August 12, 2015 Tanglewood concert review by Dave Read The culmination of the Tanglewood Music Center’s 75th anniversary celebration was the Aug. 8, 2015 performance of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, the Symphony of a Thousand, with BSO music director Andris Nelsons conducting 363 musicians, including the TMC Fellows, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, eight leading vocal soloists,… read more
August 3, 2003 Tanglewood concert review by Dave Read The esteem for Yo Yo Ma is widespread, extending even to the climate gods, who transformed Tanglewood into a rain forest August 3 to accommodate the five Brazilian, one Cuban, and one British musician who collaborated with him in the Koussevitsky Music Shed for a concert… read more
July 8, 2005 Tanglewood concert review by Dave Read James Levine’s Tanglewood debut as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, July 8, 2005, was a stunning success, his tenure heralded by a majestic performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, (reprising his Symphony Hall opening last October) that was received most enthusiastically by the dressed-up… read more
August 29, 1999 Tanglewood concert review by Dave Read The Boston Symphony Orchestra, along with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, gave the swansong of their 1999 Tanglewood season with Mstislav Rostropovich conducting Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Opus 125. It was fascinating to focus on Maestro Rostropovich, who at times gave the impression of… read more
September 2, 2001 Tanglewood concert review by Dave Read Calling them “world-class people, all of them,” Sonny Rollins introduced his band to the audience right at the start of his Sunday afternoon concert, and then went on to turn Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood into world headquarters of jazz for about 2½ hours. Coursing through a… read more
August 4, 2001 Tanglewood concert review by Dave Read For his Tanglewood swan song as BSO Music Director, Seiji Ozawa chose to conduct Richard Strauss’ Salome, Opus 54, performed without staging and costumes – no dancing the Dance of the Seven Veils. No matter; Strauss’ music and Oscar Wilde’s poetry, brought to life by the… read more
James Taylor and the Boston Pops set all-time Tanglewood attendance record with a concert that included Taylor’s narration of excerpts from Aaron Copland’s “A Lincoln Portrait” and later accompanied by the Pops and a combo with John Pizzarelli, Larry Goldings and others.
Review of James Taylor and his Band of Legends, Tanglewood, July 4, 2008, with appearances in person or on video by John Travolta, Yo Yo Ma, Homer Simpson, Paul McCartney, and Carole King.
Review of July 1, 2000 performance of A Prairie Home Companion, with Garrison Keillor, at Tanglewood, .featuring special guests Emanuel Ax, Norumbega Harmony, and the Berkshire Highlanders.