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Streaming Tanglewood history

Posted by Joel Brown  June 11, 2012 01:30 PM

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TWD75_stack_364A 1938 recording of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, led by Serge Koussevitzky, a 1975 performance of Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 1 with Rudolf Serkin, led by Seiji Ozawa, and Harbison's Symphony No. 1 led by John Harbison in 1984 are among the highlights of the Boston Symphony Orchestra's digital celebration of Tanglewood's 75th anniversary.

The BSO will make a single Tanglewood performance available for free streaming each day from June 20-Sept. 2 at BSO.org, after which you can buy the downloads. Most of the 75 recordings featured have been digitally re-mastered and are available in MP3 at 128 or 256 kbps. The performances are from many different eras and feature, the BSO notes, "recorded sound of widely contrasting quality."

Other offerings range from a 1990 performance of Brahms' Clarinet Trio with Harold Wright, Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax to a 1961 BSO pension fund concert led by Danny Kaye. Everything is on the schedule, from works led by BSO music directors and major guest conductors to Tanglewood Music Center performances and Boston Pops concerts. And yesss, there's a 2009 performance by James Taylor with the Pops scheduled to stream on July 1.

Originally published on the blog HubArts.com.
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Joel Brown is a regular contributor to The Boston Globe and writes the HubArts.com blog. Catch his tweets between posts at twitter.com/jbnbpt. More »

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