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Music Review

Ears wide open at Festival of Contemporary Music

LENOX — Music’s ability to soothe the weary soul has been touted to market everything from classical radio stations to an endless supply of albums with titles such as “The Most Relaxing Classical Music in the Universe” or “Classical Relaxation: Piano With Soothing Ocean Sounds.”

At a guess, the music of Helmut Lachenmann has never been considered for inclusion on one of these albums. Not even for a moment. This towering German high-modernist in fact preaches a creed of waking up the ears from their state of numbing slumber.

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