In Thursday’s (8/13) New York Times , Allan Kozinn writes about the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, which ended on Tuesday: “With as many as eight rehearsals for some works, the playing was magnificent. … The Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra’s program on Monday evening was the highlight, even without its planned centerpiece, the Lieberson work [Peter Lieberson’s ‘Drala,’ omitted due to lack of rehearsal time]. It began with ‘Ínguesu’ (2003), a piece of inspired madness by the idiosyncratic Mexican composer Enrico Chapela, composed to commemorate a 1999 soccer match between Mexico and Brazil. … A stray orchestral work, Helen Grime’s Clarinet Concerto (2009), opened the Sunday evening concert, which was otherwise devoted to chamber music. … The concerto’s most entrancing section is a clarinet cadenza in which a combination of trills and sustained tones creates the illusion of several clarinet lines intertwined. Brent Besner was the superb soloist. Ms. Grime’s work was a world premiere, as was Elliott Carter’s ‘Poems of Louis Zukofsky’ (2009), on the same program.”

Posted August 14, 2009