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BSO Musicians in Recital from Tanglewood Copeland and Brahms
July 3, 2020 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Host: Lauren Ambrose
In addition to working together in their usual large-ensemble setting, the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s individual musicians frequently perform as soloists or together in chamber music, a pursuit requiring a different, more intimate mode of musical collaboration. BSO Associate Principal Flute Elizabeth Ostling performs two American works. Aaron Copland’s 1967 Duo features both the pastoral lyricism and the rhythmic bounce so characteristic of the composer. The Michigan-born composer James Lee III drew on his strong relationship with Brazil’s music and musicians for his Chôro sem tristeza, “lament without sadness.” Johannes Brahms’s F minor piano quintet began life as a string quintet before Brahms realized he needed the contrasting power of his own instrument, the piano, to bring the piece to its full potential. It today stands as one of the great chamber music works in the repertoire.