CBSO Benevolent Fund Concert

Friday 15 October 2010 at 7.30pm

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

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Vassily Sinaisky  conductor
Alina Pogostkina  violin

Rossini: William Tell – Overture 12′
Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 26′
Dvořák: Symphony No. 8 36′

Encore – Dvořák: Slavonic Dances No.2 in E minor, Op.72

It might be the world’s favourite violin concerto, but even if you already
know and love it (and who doesn’t?), there’s always something
appealingly fresh about Max Bruch’s First. And never more so than in
the inspirational hands of the young Russian violinist Alina Pogostkina.
But don’t take our word for it. Come and hear it for yourself, at the heart
of this shamelessly entertaining programme. There’s also a rare
chance to hear the gloriously beautiful bits of the William Tell overture
that didn’t feature in The Lone Ranger, plus the lilting dance-tunes and
joyous trumpets of what is – hands down – Dvorák’s happiest
symphony. And if that all sounds a bit too enjoyable, remember that all
proceeds from this concert go to an excellent cause: the CBSO’s
Benevolent Fund (Registered Friendly Society 735F).

Review by David Hart, Birmingham Post:

… “At its core was Bruch’s G minor Violin Concerto, played by the young Russian violinist Alina Pogostkina with fetching warmth and grace, and a romantic richness entirely free of schmaltz.”  …

Rating 5/5