Once Upon a Time

Wednesday 9 May 2012 at 7.30pm

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

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Kazuki Yamada conductor
James Ehnes violin

Ravel: Mother Goose Suite 16′ Listen on Spotify
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1 22′
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade 47′ Listen on Spotify

Once upon a time, three composers sat down to tell a story. Ravel paints his fairy-tales in glowing orchestral colours. Prokofiev makes a glittering solo violinist the hero of a very Russian tale of fantasy and romance. And Rimsky-Korsakov flies us to ancient Persia for an adventure beyond the imagination, in his spectacular, ever-popular Scheherazade. There’s action, there’s love, and there’s sheer magic, as conductor Kazuki Yamada and the great Canadian violinist James Ehnes ask the timeless question – are you sitting comfortably? www.cbso.co.uk

Review by Maggie Coton, Birmingham Post:

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…     “The indisputable star of the evening was leader Laurence Jackson, beguiling as Scheherazade with exquisite, sensuous sound throughout, eventually mesmerizing with a heart-stopping seamless gossamer thread.”