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BSO opens Tanglewood season with a stunner / Albany Times Union

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Sometimes a reviewer's job is difficult: so-so performance, rushed tempi, out-of-tune playing, etc. But on Friday evening in the Berkshires, it was a miracle of joy. Under Andris Nelson's baton and leadership, the Boston Symphony Orchestra has reached its finest point. Precision, great power, nuanced playing - all are now signatures of the BSO.

Two composers were featured tonight: W.A. Mozart and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The BSO gave a tight rendition of Mozart's Overture to "The Magic Flute," which led to the much longer Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor. To the ecstasy of the audience, the soloist was Lang Lang, the internationally renowned pianist whose successful career has rivaled Mozart's in many ways. Lang's demeanor is one of enthralled joy, and his playing alternated between delicacy and strong melodic line. Orchestra and soloist often sounded as one instrument, the piano blending so well it seemed to melt into the orchestral texture.

Lang played a Chopin prelude for an encore to rapturous applause. At intermission, he was seen at the backstage door thanking the growing throng of young people who were running to see him with an enthusiasm that suggested the Beatles were in the house. Lang Lang- the classical rock star!