Aug 172014
Fuse Music Review: An Exhilarating Performance of "Candide" at Tanglewood

It occurred to me that, given the variety of the Metropolitan Opera’s current problems, maybe General Manager Peter Gelb should consider putting this best of all possible Candides on his menu.

Jul 222014
Fuse Concert Review: Violinist Joshua Bell and Conductor-Designate Andris Nelsons at Tanglewood

To judge from the BSO’s responsive playing and the audience’s enthusiastic responses, director-designate Andris Nelsons can’t do much wrong these days. Of course, a decade ago, neither could James Levine.

Jul 172013
Fuse Classical News: Tanglewood and Mahler's 3rd Symphony -- Under Extreme Conditions

Gustav Mahler’s 3rd Symphony as performed on the opening weekend at Tanglewood by the Boston Symphony and choruses under the direction of Rafael Frubeck De Burgos was a triumph of both interpretive and technical performance.

Jul 152013
Fuse Concert/Film Review: "West Side Story" On the Big Screens at Tanglewood

To my ears, the Boston Symphony Orchestra—supplemented by saxophones, guitar, and mandolin—sounded overblown and unbalanced, oddly tinny at times (perhaps because of the amplification), glorious at others.