Tanglewood Music Center Chamber Concerts
TMC Chamber Music
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Hosted by Norman Fischer
It is the tremendous talent collected at the TMC that allows monumental works of the chamber music repertoire to be put together in short periods of time and to such a high degree of excellence. Faculty member Andrew Jennings prepared both Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 135—the slow movement of which receives a performance of miraculous tenderness, with only the softest of touch—and Second String Force by TMC faculty member Joan Tower, performed here by New Fromm Player Chi Li. TMC Head of Chamber Music and cellist Norman Fischer coached Schubert’s Octet—another remarkable slow movement of sentiment and delicacy—and Weinberg’s Piano Quintet, in which Fischer plays as well, adding another dimension to the Fellows’ experience. And the Mendelssohn (is there a more joyous first movement of any work anywhere?) was prepared by visiting TMC faculty member Yo-Yo Ma, always an unforgettable experience for those Fellows that work him.