Mozart’s Clarinet

Thursday 4 November 2010 at 7.30pm

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

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

John Storgårds  conductor
Kari Kriikku  clarinet

Beethoven: Overture: Coriolan 8′
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto 28′
Sibelius: Lemminkäinen Suite 50′

“A mighty hero / in his veins the blood of ages / head erect and form commanding…but, alas! he had his failings.” In all Finnish legend, there’s no-one to match the hero Lemminkäinen. Seducing the girls, battling his enemies, and cheating death itself (with a bit of help from his mum), it’s an extraordinary story, and Sibelius puts it all into even more extraordinary music. His Lemminkäinen Suite tells the tale in unforgettable style – including the haunting Swan of Tuonela. It all adds up to the greatest symphony Sibelius never wrote, and the perfect challenge for the superb Finnish conductor John Storgårds. But first, after his breathtaking performance last season, we’re thrilled to welcome back another Finnish legend – virtuoso clarinettist Kari Kriikku, in Mozart’s chart-topping concerto.

Review by Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post:

…”There was some wonderful playing here, not least from Jill Crowther’s cor anglais in the lugubrious Swan of Tuonela, full-throated strings, and Cliff Pick’s ubiquitous but so eloquent bass drum.” … 4/5

(The Sibelius was my favourite piece of the night, “doodlings” et al!)