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Anne-Sophie Mutter performs Dvorak's Violin Concerto at Tanglewood / The Classical Review

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The Boston Symphony Orchestra's all-Dvořák program at Tanglewood's Koussevitzky Shed Friday night may have looked safe on the surface, but it proved to be rich in musical rewards and a triumph for Andris Nelsons in his first festival appearance as music director designate.

The biggest draw of the evening was Dvořák's Violin Concerto, which featured Anne-Sophie Mutter as soloist.

Mutter has almost made it a personal mission to give this work as many hearings as possible. Friday night was her second performance of the work with the BSO in five months, having played it this past February under the baton of Manfred Honeck.

The work doesn't have the show-stopping power of the Tchaikovsky and Brahms concertos. But it's hard to see why, at least with the opening movement, which featured Mutter in some dazzling pyrotechnics that twist and turn their way up to the instrument's nervous heights. Moreover, this concerto abounds with charming folk lyricism, and it is music that Mutter plays in grand style. READ THE FULL The Classical REVIEW.