CBSO Youth Orchestra Academy

Friday 20 July 2012 at 7.30pm

Birmingham Town Hall

City of Birmingham Youth Orchestra

Michael Seal conductor

Shostakovich (arr. Barshai): Chamber Symphony Op.110a 20′
Janácek (arr. Seal): On an Overgrown Path 20′
Schubert: Symphony No. 9 (The Great) 57′

When 19th-century musicians first tried Schubert’s “Great” C major Symphony, they declared it “unplayable”! So it should be the perfect challenge for the inspirational young players of our superb Youth Orchestra Academy, and a glorious burst of musical sunshine for the start of the summer holidays.

First, though, come two very different modern masterpieces: Shostakovich’s searing musical self-portrait (an arrangement of his Eighth String Quartet), and the enchanted miniature universe of Janácek’s On an Overgrown Path, in a magical new orchestration by CBSO associate conductor Michael Seal.

Review by Maggie Cotton, Birmingham Post:

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…     “Shostakovitch’s Chamber Symphony is his Eighth String Quartet given a new slant by violist Rudolof Barshai, therefore strings only, facing and conquering technical challenges. Eerie faintly-recognisable ghostly quotes – typical Shostakovitch testing the Russian regime’s criticisms with poignancy of suppressed and banned snippets and gutsy interjections – scary to play but approached with vigour and confidence. Lovely solo cello from Joss Brookes melded beautifully with final muted strings.”     …