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2017.08.18 Concert, Tanglewood festival, USA: David Afkham

Tanglewood Festival

UnderScore Friday

18 August 2017, 8pm

Boston Symphony Orchestra
David Afkham, conductor
Simon Keenlyside, baritone


MAHLER Selections from Des Knaben Wunderhorn and Rückert Lieder:

  • Der Schildwache Nachtlied
  • Verlor’ne Müh
  • Rheinlegendchen
  • Ich atmet’ einen linden Duft
  • Blicke mir nicht in die Lieder
  • Liebst du um Schönheit
  • Der Tamboursg’sell
  • Revelge

Simon Keenlyside, baritone


BRAHMS Symphony No. 2

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Photo Gallery

Photos by Patti Lynn Miller

Sound Bites

Lee Eiseman, The Boston Musical Intelligencer, 19.8.2017 (with photo)

Tanglewood Reminds Us What’s Human

..”Conductor David Afkam and baritone Simon Keenlyside, made of their second BSO appearances, something moving, consoling, technically polished, programmatically apt and utterly memorable.”

…”The first Rückert song, “I Breath a Gentle Fragrance,” stopped the show with pastoral and bucolic tone painting. Keenlyside’s sotto-voce wafted heavenward as a mild zephyr could be felt clearing the dense air of the shed. In “If You Love for Beauty,” the singer broke our hearts with powerfully elegiac pleading and supplicating arm gestures. A sneering, snarling, tormenting percussion tattoo led the ironic death march in “The Drummer Boy.” The clarity of the shed allowed us to place instrument and hear its individual reaction each as the condemned man passed…”

Edward Sava-Segal, Bachtrack, 21 August 2017

“The evening started with Simon Keenlyside making his belated Tanglewood debut in a selection of songs by Gustav Mahler ………It is incontestable that he is an intelligent and charismatic interpreter with a great scenic presence. …”

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