Tasmin Little Plays Beethoven

Wednesday 18 April 2012 at 7.30pm

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

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Michael Seal conductor
Tasmin Little violin

Beethoven: Fidelio – Overture 6′
Beethoven: Violin Concerto 42′ Listen on Spotify
Nielsen: Paraphrase on ‘Nearer my God to Thee’ 6′
Nielsen: Symphony No. 4 (Inextinguishable) 36′

“Music is life,” declared Carl Nielsen, “and like it, inextinguishable!”And then, in the middle of the Great War, he proved it with a symphony that from volcanic opening to unstoppable finish, leaves you thrilled to be alive. It’s a long way from the serene open spaces of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, but CBSO associate conductor Michael Seal adores both composers, and soloist Tasmin Little gives everything she touches a special panache. Beethoven’s Fidelio launches the evening in heroic style, and as part of our celebration of the year 1912, discover Nielsen’s extraordinary tribute to the sinking of the “Titanic” – 85 years before Celine Dion! www.cbso.co.uk

If you like this concert, you might also like:
Once Upon A Time…, Wednesday 9 & Thursday 10 May
Summer Serenade, Thursday 28 June

Review by David Hart, Birmingham Post:

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…     “Some might have been anticipating a virtuoso display, but Little shunned muscular heroics – or made them so effortless as to appear non existent – to focus on Beethoven the poet. Her ruminative and often daringly quiet playing brought a songs-without-words lyricism and sweetness to the melodies, and gave even the most workmanlike passagework a tensile sense of purpose. Such an intimate, ensemble approach clearly found favour with Seal and his equally sympathetic colleagues, who responded with wonderful sensitivity.”     …  

*****
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