Bruckner’s Romantic

Wednesday 16 June 2010 at 7.30pm

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

Jonathan Nott  conductor
Jean-Guihen Queyras  Cello

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Dutilleux: Tout en un monde lointain… 24′
Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 (Romantic) 64′

Inspired by the same idea of courtly romance as Wagner’s Lohengrin, Bruckner’s glorious Fourth is one of the finest of all Austrian symphonies, its evocative horncalls and soaring melodies perfectly suited to Symphony Hall’s cathedral-like acoustics. Henri Dutilleux also summons up ‘a whole distant world’ in his much-played cello concerto, composed for the great Rostropovich and played tonight by one of his greatest successors. It’s a gloriously vivid programme for the CBSO debut of Solihull-born conductor Jonathan Nott, who has established an enviable international reputation both in new music and in the Austro-German classics.

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Review by Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post:

…”After last Saturday’s unforgettable Lohengrin under Andris Nelsons, the orchestra certainly has Wagnerian blood currently coursing through its veins, and all the Wagnerian influences in Bruckner’s gripping symphonic account of an alpine journey, past shrines and inns towards a triumphant arrival, were sumptuously conveyed.” …