The Birmingham Mahler Cycle: Andris Nelsons Conducts Symphony No 5

Tuesday 23 November 2010 at 7.30pm

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

 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Andris Nelsons  conductor
Simon Halsey  conductor
CBSO Youth Chorus   
CBSO Children’s Chorus   

Weir: Storm 20′
Mahler: Symphony No. 5 72′

Every Mahler symphony tells a life-or-death story – but none does it
with more romance, more melody or more epic sweep than the Fifth.
Opening with a desolate trumpet call and ending with a joyous hymn of
triumph, it’s one of music’s great emotional odysseys, taking in
Viennese waltzes, funeral marches, and – above all – the famous
Adagietto, Mahler’s tender love song to his young wife. It’s probably
Mahler’s most popular symphony – so Andris Nelsons’s interpretation,
part of our year-long Birmingham Mahler Cycle, is sure to be a high
point of the season. But first, choose from two very different musical
palate-cleansers – Bach’s masterly double violin concerto, or Judith
Weir’s Shakespeare-inspired Storm, performed by the very choir and
conductor who premiered it back in 1997.

Review by Andrew Clements, Guardian:

… ” -but once it settled down, the performance had perfect scale and perspective, with finely judged pianissimo playing from the CBSO strings in the Adagietto, and a firm sense of where the last movement was heading, and how the brass was going to lead it to that final, affirmative chorale.” …

Review by Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post:

… “Tuesday’s account in Symphony Hall was a genuine progress from darkness (launched by Jonathan Holland’s imperiously funereal trumpet summons) to light, in a finale where all involved danced skittishly and exuberantly under Nelsons’ baton, which seems to disappear more and more, as this conductor more talented than he knows relaxes into his role as music director of one of the world’s greatest orchestras.” …

Rating * * * * *

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