CBSO on tour

Sunday 11 March 2012 at 6.00pm

PARIS, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Andris Nelsons conductor
Stephen Gould Tristan
Lioba Braun Isolde
Christianne Stotijn Brangäne
Brett Polegato Kurwenal
Matthew Best King Marke
Ben Johnson Melot / Shepherd
Benedict Nelson Sailor / Helmsman
Accentus

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde 226′

@TheCBSO : All on stage and ready to go in a packed Théâtre des Champs-Élysées – #Tristan No.2 here we come!

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@TheCBSO : And they loved it! Merci, Paris! http://pic.twitter.com/ON2zpK5F

 
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@TheCBSO : On our way back to the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées for today’s rehearsal with Jonas Kaufmann.

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Monday 12 March 2012 at 8.00pm

PARIS, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées

 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Andris Nelsons conductor
Jonas Kaufmann tenor

Mahler: Kindertotenlieder 23′
Strauss: Ruhe, meine Seele! 4′
Strauss: Cäcilie 2′
Strauss: Heimliche Aufforderung 3′
Strauss: Morgen 3′
Strauss: Ich trage meine Minne 3′
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 44′

@TheCBSO : Cheers and flowers for Andris & Jonas. Paris approves of our Strauss….

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Tuesday 13th March 2012

 
@TheCBSO says: So farewell to Paris – this morning it’s on to Luxembourg by train and coach for our debut in the shiny new Philharmonie.
First concert also with Rudolf Buchbinder, joining us for Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto.
 
@PhilharmonieLux says: Happy to have you with us tonight! The sun should be there to welcome you 😉
 

@TheCBSO : Rehearsing in the beautiful Philharmonie in Luxembourg – Beethoven 4 with Buchbinder on the menu any minute now….

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THE CBSO IN LUXEMBOURG

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Tuesday 13th March 2012 at 8.00pm

LUXEMBOURG, Philharmonie

Andris Nelsons conductor
Rudolf Buchbinder piano

Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes 16′
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 34′
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 44′

 
@TheCBSO : Luxembourg Philharmonie by night…. A warm welcome from a packed house – great first visit. Tomorrow it’s on to Essen.
 
 
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Click here for review (in German)
Click here for Google’s interesting translation 😉
 
 
 

Wednesday 14th March 2012

@TheCBSO : So today we’ve finally reached Germany for our 8 concerts here. First up: the Philharmonie in Essen where we made our debut in Jan last year

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ESSEN, Philharmonie

 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Andris Nelsons conductor

Wagner: Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde 17′ Listen on Spotify
Strauss: Tod und Verklärung 24′
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 44′

 

@TheCBSO : Another gorgeous new(ish) hall – inside the Philharmonie in Essen. Wagner, Strauss & Sibelius on the menu tonight.

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Thursday 15th March 2012

@TheCBSO : Five and a half hours on the train, Essen to Munich. Deutsche Bahn super-reliable so far (as always).

THE CBSO IN MUNICH

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Thursday 15th March 2012 at 8.00pm

MUNICH, Philharmonie am Gasteig +49 (0)180 54818181

Andris Nelsons conductor
Jonas Kaufmann tenor

Debussy: La mer 23′
Mahler: Kindertotenlieder 23′
Strauss: Ruhe, meine Seele! 4′
Strauss: Cäcilie 2′
Strauss: Heimliche Aufforderung 3′
Strauss: Morgen 3′
Strauss: Ich trage meine Minne 3′
Ravel: Suite No. 2 from Daphnis et Chloé 16′

@TheCBSO : Flying saucers ahoy! Awaiting the orchestra’s arrival on stage at the Gasteig in Munich.

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@TheCBSO : More wonderful Kaufmann singing. Tonight’s Kindertotenlieder were dedicated by the performers to the families of yesterday’s Swiss tragedy.
 

 

 

Friday 16th March 2012

 
@TheCBSO : After five consecutive concert days, today the orchestra is enjoying a much-needed day off in Munich. Great weather and a beautiful city. 
 
 
 

 

Saturday 17 March 2012

The CBSO in Vienna

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VIENNA, Musikverein

Andris Nelsons conductor
Rudolf Buchbinder piano

Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes 16′
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 34′
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 44′

@TheCBSO : There’s a concert here tonight…

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@Batonflipper : Rehearsal time for @TheCBSO in the Musikverein. Britten, Beethoven & Sibelius tonight.

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@TheCBSO : All on stage (just) in the hallowed Goldener Saal. First time here since the 1990s. Warming up with a little Britten.

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@TheCBSO : Moving the piano onstage, Viennese style. Yes the legs did get attached afterwards….

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Sunday 18 March 2012 at 7.30pm

VIENNA, Musikverein

 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Andris Nelsons conductor
Jonas Kaufmann tenor

Debussy: La mer 23′
Mahler: Kindertotenlieder 23′
Strauss: Ruhe, meine Seele! 4′
Strauss: Cäcilie 2′
Strauss: Heimliche Aufforderung 3′
Strauss: Morgen 3′
Strauss: Ich trage meine Minne 3′
Ravel: Suite No. 2 from Daphnis et Chloé 16′

@TheCBSO : And yes, the concert is sold out…

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@Batonflipper : This could well be the one & only time I get to do this! Opening of Daphnis & Chloe, with @TheCBSO – photo, Dave Vines

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@Batonflipper : Aidy Spillett showing me what will happen in the show later to the 18 people who have paid to sit there in the concert!

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@Batonflipper : The view from the aforementioned audience seats……

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@Batonflipper : Here is @noswadneb in his position tonight!!

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@TheCBSO : Another triumph for the amazing Jonas K. And joined in ‘Morgen’ by a ravishing violin solo from Laurence Jackson.

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Blog post on Vienna concerts by Andrew, DevilsTrill
Click here for full post
 
…     “It got even better after the interval. Andris Nelsons’s way with Sibelius’s Second Symphony was riveting. The first movement became a fizzing prelude to the joyous finale, but the tone poem-like second movement plumbed the depths with craggy fanfares and tense silences. It really was gripping and somehow the small hall only made it more intense. The orchestra sounded better than I have ever heard them (and they’re usually no slouches); on a level here with any orchestra in the world.”     …
 

 

 

Monday 19 March 2012 at 8.00pm

The CBSO in Stuttgart

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Liederhalle, Stuttgart, Germany http://www.sksruss.de

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Andris Nelsons conductor
Rudolf Buchbinder piano

Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes 16′
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 34′
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 44′

 

Tuesday 20 March 2012 at 8.00pm

The CBSO in Frankfurt

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FRANKFURT, Alte Oper; Grosser Saal

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Andris Nelsons conductor
Rudolf Buchbinder piano

Wagner: Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde 17′ Listen on Spotify
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 34′
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 44′

 
 

@Batonflipper :  Mr Sibley going through his daily warm up routine.

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@Batonflipper : Tonight’s venue for @TheCBSO concert – the Alte Oper in Frankfurt

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@Batonflipper : And the view from the eyrie where Peter Hill, the @TheCBSO timpanist, lives….

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Wednesday 21 March 2012 at 8.00pm

The CBSO in Hamburg

 

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HAMBURG, Laeiszhalle

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Andris Nelsons conductor
Anna Vinnitskaya piano

Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes 16′
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 34′
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 44′

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Andris Nelsons conductor
Anna Vinnitskaya piano

Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes 16′
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 34′
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 44′

 
 
 

Thursday 22nd March 2012

 
@Batonflipper : Free day in Hamburg, sadly with the worst hotel of the tour! Still, the sun is shining & lunch beckons after a bit of watch window shopping
 

@Batonflipper : The @TheCBSO tuba player, Graham Sibley, happy to be spending his free day eating lunch on a barge with ……

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@Batonflipper : …..@TheCBSO members, Ed Jones (Trombone 1), Byron Parish (Floating Violinist!) & Dave Vines (Bass Trombone).

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Friday 23rd March 2012 at 8.00pm

The CBSO in Dortmund

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Dortmund, Konzerthaus 0231 22 696 200

 

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Andris Nelsons conductor
Rudolf Buchbinder piano

Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes 16′
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 34′
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 44′

 
 

@Konzerthaus_DO : Gerade vor dem Künstlereingang: Der @TheCBSO Truck ist schon da…

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@Konzerthaus_DO : Well deserved standing ovations for @batonflipper, who stepped in for Andris #Nelsons with @TheCBSO tonight! Congrats!
 
 
 
 

 

Saturday 24 March 2012 at 8.00pm

The CBSO in Heidelberg

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Michael Seal

HEIDELBERG, Kongresshaus Stadthalle

 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Michael Seal conductor
Rudolf Buchbinder piano

Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes 16′
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 34′
Wagner: Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde 17′ Listen on Spotify
Debussy: La mer 23′

 

@TheCBSO : Andris Nelsons has sadly had to withdraw from the final concerts of our tour to return to Riga where his baby daughter has been taken ill.

We are extremely grateful to Mike Seal, our Associate Conductor, for standing in to conduct at short notice last night in Dortmund.

Mike will also conduct the final two concerts of our tour in Heidelberg and Baden-Baden. The programme and soloists remain unchanged.

Our thoughts are with Andris & his family, and our thanks go out to Mike and the orchestra for pulling together in difficult circumstances.

 

@Batonflipper : Today we’ve travelled to Heidelburg on the coach, giving me time to acquaint myself with La Mer. Lovely hall…..

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…..and the view of the stage. What with an old hall, big orchestra & hot sunny day, I think it could be a hot one!!!

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@TheCBSO : On stage (just) in beautiful Heidelberg Stadthalle. Maestro Seal aka @batonflipper about to give his first downbeat.

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@TheCBSO : A deserved ovation for a wonderful performance. Bravo to Mike @batonflipper !

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Sunday 25 March 2012 at 6.00pm

The CBSO in Baden-Baden

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BADEN-BADEN, Festspielhaus

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Michael Seal conductor
Jonas Kaufmann tenor

Mahler: Kindertotenlieder 23′
Strauss: Ruhe, meine Seele! 4′
Strauss: Cäcilie 2′
Strauss: Heimliche Aufforderung 3′
Strauss: Morgen 3′
Strauss: Ich trage meine Minne 3′
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 44′

@Batonflipper : “Another lovely audience in Heidelberg last night who seemed to enjoy our concert. @TheCBSO played brilliantly, as ever, helping me through!

Thanks also must go to Rudolf Buchbinder. What a classy player, fabulous musician & consummate pro. The dictionary definition of cool!!

So, just one concert to go. In Baden Baden, with @TheCBSO, with Jonas Kaufmann! Should be very exciting…..

In no way meant to be a “name drop” but, what a nice man Jonas Kaufmann is! Not long before we play Mahler & Strauss together…..”

 @TheCBSO : And so to our final concert – Baden Baden Festspielhaus with the great Jonas Kaufmann.
 

@TheCBSO : 13 concerts down, 0 to go. Time to go home. Auf wiedersehen, Baden Baden.

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@Batonflipper : WOW! What a concert. @TheCBSO finished the tour with a stonking Sibelius 2 after Jonas Kaufmann sang like an angel in the first half. #proud
@Batonflipper : I can’t begin to thank my colleagues enough in @TheCBSO for their playing & support over the last 3 days. What a bunch of superstars! #proud
 
For Michael Seal’s blog post re thoughts on conducting on CBSO tour, click here “A tour I will never forget”  
Click here for some translations of reviews for Michael Seal’s conducting on tour  

3 thoughts on “CBSO on tour

  1. Hi, cool blog and glad you found my blog postings to add into it. I’m intrigued, though, is this blog connected with the CBSO, or is it a personal project? In any case, nice to see the orchestra’s activity archived like this!

    • azuriteenigma says:

      Hi Andrew,
      Thanks for commenting. The blog is a personal project – mostly just a record of the concerts I’ve been to, with links to reviews – when I find them. I hope you don’t mind my linking to your blog posts? I did ask the CBSO if it was okay to collate and post their tour tweets and pics, as they weren’t doing a tour blog themselves this time.

  2. No problem linking to my posts at all! Nice to see someone reads them. Keep up the good work.

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