Thursday 24 November 2011 at 7.30pm
Symphony Hall, Birmingham +44 (0)121-780 3333
Edward Gardner conductor
Martin Fröst clarinet
Fantastique by name – fantastic by nature! Witches, guillotines, dance-tunes and of course, unrequited love: Berlioz threw them all into his sensational Symphonie fantastique, and the result is still bringing the house down today. New CBSO principal guest conductor Edward Gardner unleashes all his operatic flair, and joins one of the world’s finest living clarinettists in an entertaining new commission (inspired by Berlioz) from Swedish composer Rolf Martinsson.
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Martin Fröst’s Encore – “Let’s Get Happy – by Göran Fröst
Butterworth: Two English Idylls;
Korngold: Overture to a Drama, Op. 4
Come early to hear the Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Michael Seal, perform two tuneful mini-masterpieces from the year 1911. Free!
Review by Norman Stinchcombe, Birmingham Post:
… “Fröst’s technical wizardry and engagingly extrovert musical personality make him the ideal interpreter of Swedish composer Rolf Martinsson’s Concert Fantastique which received its UK premiere with the CBSO conducted by Edward Gardner.
It was heartening to hear a contemporary work being greeted so warmly – deservedly so.” …