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Review: BSO brilliantly replicates its first concert 75 years ago at Tanglewood

Violinist Joshua Bell and double bass player Edgar Meyer perform with the Boston Symphony, led by conductor Michael Stern on Saturday night at Tanglewood.
Violinist Joshua Bell and double bass player Edgar Meyer perform with the Boston Symphony, led by conductor Michael Stern on Saturday night at Tanglewood.
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The all-Beethoven concert at Tanglewood on Friday was a first in more ways than one. Besides opening the Boston Symphony summer season, it replicated the orchestra’s very first Berkshires program, which had been performed 75 years ago, before the building of the Koussevitzky Music Shed. The weather was pleasant — as it had been that far-off day — the crowds large, and celebration was in order. Unavoidably missing was the music director. Serge Koussevitzky, who ...


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