An attraction of the Tanglewood Music Center’s annual Festival of Contemporary Music is an unpredictability that makes guessing which of the many competing species of modernism will dominate a largely fruitless exercise. This year Charles Wuorinen is directing the festival, and listeners who are stuck in the musical politics of the relatively recent past or who think that Mr. Wuorinen’s music lies on the severe, atonal side, might assume that this year’s festival would tilt toward what Milton Babbitt semijokingly called maximalism. There is some of that: The prospectus includes music by Brian Ferneyhough, Jason Eckardt, David Felder and Babbitt himself.
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