Saturday 18th April 2015 at 7.00pm
Symphony Hall, Birmingham +44 (0)121 345 0600
Edward Gardner conductor
Cédric Tiberghien piano
Mendelssohn: The Fair Melusina Overture 10′
Mendelssohn: String Symphony No.10 in B minor 12′
Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 1 20′ Listen on Spotify
Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream – incidental music 45′
Edward Gardner’s Mendelssohn symphony cycle was one of the real delights of last season in Birmingham. Now he teams up again with our famous Youth Chorus in its 20th anniversary year in Mendelssohn’s magical homage to Shakespeare: fairies, donkeys and that Wedding March! And we’re delighted to welcome the award-winning Cédric Tiberghien to sprinkle a different kind of magic over Mendelssohn’s sparkling First Piano Concerto.
Review by Christopher Morley (for matinee performance of same programme)
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… “This week it was the turn of the miraculous Midsummer Night’s Dream incidental music, Gardner and orchestra responding gratefully to its infinite delights. Warm horns, elfin flutes (how did Marie-Christine Zupancic manage to deliver the end of the scherzo without apparently breathing?), James Sibley’s supportive tuba sturdily placed next to the bassoons, the aplomb of Andrew Herbert’s cymbals in the Wedding March, the sheer versatility of the strings, all contributed riches to this amazing score.
As did the young ladies of the CBSO Youth Chorus in that astonishing group’s 20th anniversary year, singing so clearly and articulately after Julian Wilkins’ coaching, and contributing three soloists performing with such poise and confidence, and who really should have been named in the programme.
Earlier we had relished a refreshing Fair Melusine overture and marvelled at the terse Storm and Stress of the B minor String Symphony no.10, neatly phrased and accented under Gardner.
And, above all, a bustling account of the remarkable First Piano Concerto from Cedric Tiberghien, his busy pianism encompassing both stormy rumblings and sweet domesticism,” …