CBSO Youth Orchestra

Birmingham Mahler Cycle

Sunday 31 October 2010 at 7.00pm

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

Alan Buribayev  conductor
Katarina Karnéus  mezzo-soprano
CBSO Youth Orchestra   

Wagner: Tannhäuser – Overture 14′ Listen
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Mahler: Rückert Lieder 18′
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11 (The Year 1905) 65′

History lessons were never meant to be this exciting. Shostakovich’s
11th Symphony isn’t just a musical re-telling of the failed Revolution of
1905; it’s an epic drama – a vast, teeming panorama of a great nation
on the brink of chaos. It’s been compared to a film score, but, this
being Shostakovich, it’s also a powerful and emotionally-charged
musical tragedy, shot through with coded messages. It’ll be a thrilling
challenge for our world-class Youth Orchestra – and who better to
harness all that youthful energy than veteran Russian maestro Vassily
Sinaisky? First, though, comes Mahler’s ravishing Rückert Lieder –
part of this season’s Birmingham Mahler Cycle – and Wagner’s
barnstorming overture, a heady mix of solemn grandeur and raw,
untamed passion. Sounds perfect for our young players!

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…”The members of this orchestra are all aged between 14 and 21, so many will still be at school. But this was no school orchestra. The quality of their playing was far better than that of many adult orchestras. Not only that, they were extremely energetic, enthusiastic and exciting as well. It was truly amazing to see so many young people working together in this way…

….”Well done CBSO Youth Orchestra! You played with real fire—especially Rachel Starmer on the timpani who was truly demon-possessed!”

 Review by Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post:

… “for after the interval we heard a performance of Shostakovich’s epic Symphony no. 11 as searing as you would hope to hear from any professional outfit.
Taut, generously phrased, vibrantly coloured, and with an amazing delivery of the continually taxing timpani part from Rachel Starmer, this account was stamped with quality from every department.”

Friday Night Classics: Nightmare on Broad Street

Friday 29 October 2010 at 7.30pm

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

 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Michael Seal  conductor
Tommy Pearson  presenter
CBSO Chorus   

Doyle: ‘The Creation’ from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein 2′
Williams: Lost World: Jurassic Park 5′
Goldsmith: ‘The Light’ and ‘Carol Anne’s Theme’ from Poltergeist 7′
Waxman: ‘The Creation of the Female Monster’ from The Bride of Frankenstein 7′
Cassidy: ‘Vide Cor Meum’ from Hannibal 4′
Herrmann: Psycho: A Narrative for String Orchestra 14′
Elfman: ‘Main Titles and Ice Dance’ from Edward Scissorhands 5′
Herrmann: Suite from Vertigo 10′
Bernard: ‘Invocation to the Devil/Dance Frenzy’ from The Devil Rides Out 7′
Williams: ‘Devil’s Dance’ from The Witches of Eastwick 5′
Wiseman: Suite from Lesbian Vampire Killers 5′
Goldsmith: Suite from The Omen (Ave Satani, The Killer Storm, The Dogs Attack) 14′

Williams: Jaws – encore

Whether you love or hate the Halloween silly-season, some great music has been written for horror films. Escape the trick-or-treaters, and let the CBSO scare you silly with music from Frankenstein, Psycho, The Omen and lots more terrifying favourites. There may not be any nightmare nasties to be seen in Symphony Hall, but with music this creepy and the dramatic sound effects that a full symphony orchestra can throw at you, your imagination will do the rest. We’re sure you’ll have a great evening, but it might leave you wanting to sleep with the lights on…

Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos

Birmingham International Concert Season 2010/11

Tue 26 Oct 7:30pm at Town Hall, Birmingham

Academy of Ancient Music

Richard Egarr director/harpsichord

J S Bach The Six Brandenburg Concertos 96’

Brandenburg Concerto No 1 in F Major, BWV1046
Brandenburg Concerto No 6 in B Flat Major, BWV1051
Brandenburg Concerto No 2 in F Major, BWV1047
Brandenburg Concerto No 5 in D Major, BWV1050
Brandenburg Concerto No 3 in G Major, BWV1048
Brandenburg Concerto No 4 in G Major, BWV1049

Bach’s Six Brandenburg Concertos are overflowing with music of supreme energy, tunefulness, good humour and invention. For nearly forty years the Academy of Ancient Music has been at the forefront of Baroque performance, playing ‘always with a scholar’s attention to accuracy and a rock musician’s joyous zeal’ (Fort Worth Star-Telegram).

Classic FM’s Anne-Marie Minhall, says of tonight’s recommended concert:
“The Brandenburg Concertos were so named for an ungrateful Marquis who didn’t particularly care for them. Perhaps the minor royal was having a bad day because each of these jewels has something exceptional to offer the listener.”

Review by Geoff Read, MusicWeb International:

… “No 2 in F major closed the first half in fine style. The arrangement of the first movement reminded me of traditional jazz practice, the four soloists (trumpet, violin, recorder and oboe) ‘breaking’ from the tutti. And each individual contribution from the quartet was outstanding. Is there a better baroque trumpet player than David Blackadder? He handled, or should that be tongued, the high and difficult line with apparent ease; his clarity of tone, whether sustained or for the briefest of quavers, had the audience on the edge of their seats. ” …

CBSO Benevolent Fund Concert

Friday 15 October 2010 at 7.30pm

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

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Vassily Sinaisky  conductor
Alina Pogostkina  violin

Rossini: William Tell – Overture 12′
Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 26′
Dvořák: Symphony No. 8 36′

Encore – Dvořák: Slavonic Dances No.2 in E minor, Op.72

It might be the world’s favourite violin concerto, but even if you already
know and love it (and who doesn’t?), there’s always something
appealingly fresh about Max Bruch’s First. And never more so than in
the inspirational hands of the young Russian violinist Alina Pogostkina.
But don’t take our word for it. Come and hear it for yourself, at the heart
of this shamelessly entertaining programme. There’s also a rare
chance to hear the gloriously beautiful bits of the William Tell overture
that didn’t feature in The Lone Ranger, plus the lilting dance-tunes and
joyous trumpets of what is – hands down – Dvorák’s happiest
symphony. And if that all sounds a bit too enjoyable, remember that all
proceeds from this concert go to an excellent cause: the CBSO’s
Benevolent Fund (Registered Friendly Society 735F).

Review by David Hart, Birmingham Post:

… “At its core was Bruch’s G minor Violin Concerto, played by the young Russian violinist Alina Pogostkina with fetching warmth and grace, and a romantic richness entirely free of schmaltz.”  …

Rating 5/5

The Birmingham Mahler Cycle: Vassily Sinaisky conducts Symphony No 3

Wednesday 13 October 2010 at 7.30pm

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

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Vassily Sinaisky  conductor
Susan Bickley  mezzo-soprano
Ladies of the CBSO Chorus  
CBSO Youth Chorus  

Mahler: Symphony No. 3 100′ Listen
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“The Symphony is like the world,” declared Gustav Mahler “- it must
embrace everything!” His huge Third Symphony doesn’t quite manage
that – but it has a pretty good try. Beginning with a mighty horn call and
ending with a wordless hymn to love, it’s a vast, colourful panorama of
the world according to Gustav Mahler: church bells, country dances,
grand, echoing climaxes and the mother of all trombone solos! It’s a
symphony like no other, and for this next instalment in the Birmingham
Mahler Cycle, regular CBSO guest conductor Vassily Sinaisky has
assembled a world-class team of performers, including the full CBSO,
our famous choruses and operatic mezzo extraordinaire Susan Bickley.
Prepare to be astonished.

Review by Elmley de la Cour, Birmingham Post:

…”The CBSO strings particularly impressed in Mahler’s hymn to love and Sinaisky delicately directed the performance to a suitably thrilling conclusion.” …

Review by Geoff Read, MusicWeb International:

…”Bickley’s repetitions of Gib Acht were haunting, atmospheric and crystal clear – a spine-tingling ‘mymahler’ moment ( […]

…Sinaisky saved perhaps his most luminous contribution for the sixth and final movement. Coaxing a truly Mahlerian sound from the CBSO, they reproduced the instructions of the score – slow, peaceful and above all with feeling. With a sense of contemplation, the final chapter of God’s love in Mahler’s hymn to the natural world was inexorably drawn out, leading to the triumphant conclusion.”  …

The Planets: An HD Odyssey

(European Premiere)

Birmingham International Concert Season 2010/11

Friday 8 October 7:30pm at Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Houston Symphony
Hans Graf conductor
Ladies of the City of Birmingham Choir

Stravinsky Fireworks 5’
Adams Dr Atomic Symphony 25’
Holst The Planets 65’

Sponsored by University of Birmingham.

Encores –  Liadov? –  “Baba Yaga” and Mozart – ?

“The images . . . were often astonishing. Photographs from rovers and satellites, radar images and computer-generated graphics were combined to give the audience the impression of circling individual planets and sometimes flying over their awesomely barren landscapes.”  New York Times Holst’s The Planets was inspired by his interest in astrology. Nearly one hundred years later he would have been astounded by the state-of-the-art, high definition images from NASA’s exploration of the solar system. For tonight’s European Premiere, Producer Duncan Copp has brought these images together with a commentary by the world’s leading planetary scientists, all projected on a large screen above the orchestra.

Classic FM’s Anne-Marie Minhall, says of tonight’s recommended concert:
“Classical music reaches for the stars in this unique project between the Houston Symphony and NASA no less. Premiered in the Space Agency and Orchestra’s home city in January 2010, this will be your chance to watch some extraordinary images of our solar system alongside Holst’s astrological masterpiece”.

Part of the Sounds of Space weekend at Town hall and Symphony Hall.

Houston Symphony UK Tour blog:

Review by Elmley de la Cour, Birmingham Post:

…”Conductor Hans Graf, undoubtedly an instrumentalist’s dream, directed with pin-point clarity. His beat was one of the aspects of the concert that certainly was in high-definition. His tempos were also refreshingly brisk, ensuring that no automaticity crept into the Holst classic.” …

Review by Simon Thompson, MusicWeb International: (for same concert, different location!)

…Their “HD Odyssey” brought not just the music but stunning photography care of NASA, giving us a virtual tour of each planet as we hear Holst’s music. Producer/Director Duncan Copp’s images are truly breathtaking […]

…Jupiter works best – it’s so well done that it’s like watching choreography – with Mars and Neptune particularly striking too. Venus works less well and the serene images of Uranus are positively anachronistic viewed alongside Holst’s music until, that is, a virtual eclipse seems to fit the final bars beautifully.” …