Brahms and Sibelius

Thursday 14 January 2010 at 7.30pm

Symphony Hall, Birmingham +44 (0)121-780 3333

Vassily Sinaisky  conductor
Laurence Jackson  violin
Ulrich Heinen  cello

Brahms: Academic Festival Overture 10′
Brahms: Double Concerto 31′
Sibelius: The Swan of Tuonela 10′
Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 31′ Listen
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Lots of composers have been given honorary degrees – but only Johannes Brahms responded by writing an overture full of student drinking songs! His Academic Festival Overture is a hilarious one-in-the-eye for those who think of Brahms as stuffy – and so’s his gorgeous, deeply romantic Double Concerto. And then, conductor Vassily Sinaisky tackles two real CBSO trademarks. The Swan of Tuonela is a darkly beautiful meditation on mortality; the mighty Fifth Symphony, meanwhile is one of 20th century’s most dynamic and life-affirming masterpieces – with a finale that will stay with you forever.

Review by Christoper Morley, Birmingham Post:

…”This was a reading of the utmost empathy, unforced and subtle, with Heinen bringing a Bachian inwardness to Brahms’ cello writing, Jackson a sweet purity which must surely have come from the spirit of Joseph Joachim, the great violinist to whom the piece was a peace-offering after a huge rift between Brahms and this man who was one of his greatest advocates.
Vassily Sinaisky conducted an attentive and willing CBSO, preceding the Concerto with a deliciously understated, ultimately assertive Brahms Academic Festival Overture. “…

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