Viennese Masters

Thursday 11 April 2013 at 7.30pm

Symphony Hall, Birmingham +44 (0)121 345 0600

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra 

Edward Gardner  conductor

Kirill Gerstein  piano

Reger: Two Böcklin Pictures (No’s 1 & 2) 14′ Listen on Spotify

Schubert: Symphony No. 3 25′

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 50′

Unfortunately, Cédric Tiberghien has had to withdraw from this concert due to illness. We are very grateful to Kirill Gerstein who has agreed to take his place at short notice.

Serious fun. Brahms’s Second Concerto is one of the peaks of the piano repertoire, as big as a symphony and breathtakingly difficult. Yet from dreamy opening to sparkling finish, every note radiates pure sunshine – and soloist Kirill Gerstein knows exactly how to make it sing. It’s the joyous climax to a concert that begins with Max Reger’s wonderfully romantic musical paintings from 1913, and Schubert’s bubbly Third Symphony: personal favourites, dished up with love by the CBSO’s popular principal guest conductor.     www.cbso.co.uk

 

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Review by Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post:

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…     “Kirill Gerstein was the pianist (Gardner told me later how they had worked so  successfully together in the recent past).

His grip over the solo writing’s complex harmonic and contrapuntal textures  was superb, his sense of direction in phrasing convincing in its  inevitability.

Gardner’s CBSO responded with proud, glowing tones, lovely string  articulation (the conductor at times digging into the basses instead of milking  the violins), and, of course, the famous solos: Elspeth Dutch’s horn an  authoritative dawn command, Eduardo Vassallo’s cello throbbing, flowing, and so  deservedly acknowledged by Gerstein at the end.”

*****

 

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