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Dazzling Tanglewood, Schubert concert features all-star cast with Ma, Ax, Jacobsen and Barton / MassLive review

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Playful or passionate in another. Schubert's music covers a wide range. And like Mozart, both Austrian composers created an incredible amount of music during their sadly short lives. Symphonies. Sacred works. Concertos. But for many people, it's Schubert's chamber music that truly stands out. His achingly-passionate sonatas (especially his later ones written shortly before his death in 1828) still ring true nearly two centuries later. Schubert's "Winterreise" for piano and voice (usually a tenor) about a broken-hearted man wandering a barren, snow-covered countryside remains one of the most haunting pieces of music ever written. And then there are all the trios and quartets and duos for piano and violin or cello, clarinet, horns, bassoons and a whole host of instruments.

This summer, you can hear dozens of these works at Tanglewood as part of "Schubert's Summer Journey," a series of chamber concerts in Ozawa Hall, the jewel-box-like concert hall reserved for smaller chamber works. The remaining Schubert chamber concerts at Tanglewood will be held Aug. 8, 17 and 23. Thursday night's dazzling Schubert concert featured an all-star cast - cellist Yo Yo Ma, pianist Emanuel Ax, violinist Colin Jacobsen and mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton. Although there's no denying what I like to think of as "The Yo Yo Effect." Whenever Yo Yo Ma plays at Tanglewood, no matter what's on the program, he always attracts a huge audience.

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