CBSO 90th Birthday Concert

Wednesday 10 November 2010 at 7.30pm

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

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Andris Nelsons  conductor
James Ehnes  violin

Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier – Suite 21′
Haydn: Symphony No. 90 25′
Elgar: Violin Concerto 45′

Encore: Strauss: Salome’s Dance

On 10 November 1920 in Birmingham Town Hall, Sir Edward Elgar
mounted the podium to conduct the first official concert by the brand-new
City of Birmingham Orchestra – the future CBSO. And exactly 100
years ago in London, he conducted the world premiere of his Violin
Concerto: arguably his most personal work, certainly his most passionate.
Tonight Andris Nelsons, violinist James Ehnes and the CBSO celebrate
this double anniversary in lavish style, and mark another milestone on
the CBSO’s 10-year 2020 project with a second masterpiece from
1910: the sumptuous suite from Richard Strauss’s most gorgeous
opera (and that’s saying something). Haydn’s joyous 90th Symphony
completes this 90th birthday celebration.

Recorded for Radio 3 to be broadcast 7pm Thursday 11th November

Review by Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post:

…”The mood changed completely for the Elgar Violin Concerto, exactly a century old this evening. Rapport between Nelsons, the orchestra and soloist James Ehnes was miraculous, Ehnes singing a seamless song of wistful regret, his accompanists with him every step of this marathon way. Eventually we arrived at the famous cadenza, the orchestral strings shimmering, Ehnes musing nostalgically in dark rich tones.

A party may have launched the evening; it ended with an orgy, the Dance of the Seven Veils from Strauss’ Salome stirringly vivid from a hugely enlarged orchestra responding to Nelsons’ self-exhausting choreography.”

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