Bell and Isserlis Play Brahms

Birmingham International Concert Season 2010/11

Sat 5 Mar 7:30pm at Symphony Hall

Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Joshua Bell  violin
Steven Isserlis  cello

Haydn Symphony No 13 20’
Mendelssohn Symphony No 4, Italian 28’
Brahms Double Concerto for Violin and Cello 32’

Joshua Bell and Steven Isserlis join forces in the radiant lyricism of Brahms’s Double Concerto. In addition Joshua Bell directs Mendelssohn’s exuberant Italian Symphony, and Steven Isserlis conducts Haydn’s Symphony No 13 – a delightful exercise in youthful high spirits.

Classic FM’s Anne-Marie Minhall, says of tonight’s recommended concert:
“A musical tour de force with two celebrated soloists who are also accomplished at conducting and directing. The Brahms Double Concerto should be a treat to behold.”

Review by David Hart, Birmingham Post:

…   “It was a pity he faced the orchestra for three movements, as it made his own playing redundant; but his full-frontal rendition of the Adagio’s meltingly lovely cello solo more than compensated.

In some ways this was the high spot of the evening. The Andante of Brahms’s Concerto for Violin and Cello (with conductor Ian Brown in charge) came a close second and was beautifully shaped. Both soloists brought passionate energy to the other movements, even in those passages where Brahms’s inspiration seems to have deserted him.”    …


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