CBSO Benevolent Fund Concert

Wednesday 14 December 2011 at 7.30pm

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

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Michael Seal conductor
Peter Donohoe piano

Shostakovich: Festive Overture Op 96 6′
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3 44′
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 44′

Unfortunately, Andris Nelsons has withdrawn from this performance due to the imminent arrival of his first child. We are grateful to CBSO associate conductor Michael Seal who has kindly agreed to take his place at short notice. The programme remains unchanged, and we apologise for any disappointment caused.

Sibelius begins his Second Symphony deep in the forests of Finland and ends it with triumphant fanfares. It’s been a favourite with Birmingham audiences for generations, and it’s the climax of a concert that stars two more Birmingham favourites: Andris Nelsons, and keyboard lion Peter Donohoe. Together they tackle the “Everest”of romantic piano concertos, Rachmaninov’s epic Third – in grand style! A concert with a big heart, bursting with great music: and all for the CBSO Benevolent Fund*, a truly worthwhile cause.

* Registered Friendly Society 735F

Find out what our musicians love about this music – watch music director Andris Nelsons and CBSO’s flute section leader Marie-Christine Zupancic discussing Sibelius’s Symphony No.2.

If you like this concert, you might also like:
Nelsons conducts Strauss, Thursday 12 & Saturday 14 January
Winter Dreams, Wednesday 25 & Thursday 26 January
Nelsons conducts Sibelius, Friday 30 March

Review by David Hart, Birmingham Post:

…     “This was a terrific evening, by an orchestra in tiptop form collaborating with a conductor and soloist risen from its own ranks – Michael Seal, who when he is not on the podium as Associate Conductor continues to play Second Violin; and world-renowned pianist Peter Donohoe, who in his younger days regularly played orchestral piano and, occasionally, even percussion in the CBSO.

 All three elements came together in a stupendous performance of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3, with Donohoe delivering a fully-integrated, listening interpretation (often turning during his tacets to appreciate the superb woodwind contributions) and an expressively powerful display of virtuosity.”     …  ***** 

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