Pictures at an Exhibition

Wednesday 14 April 2010 at 7.30pm

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

Andrew Grams  conductor
Isabelle Faust  violin

Dvořák: Carnival Overture 8′
Beethoven: Violin Concerto 42′
Mussorgsky: (orch. Ravel) Pictures at an Exhibition 32′ Listen
requires Real Player

When Maurice Ravel arranged Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition for orchestra, he created one of the few adaptations that’s better than the original! From its famous opening Promenade to the roof-raising final Great Gate of Kiev, it’s one of the all-time great orchestral showpieces, a glittering Russian jewel-box full of spicy tunes and unforgettable images. It’s a real CBSO favourite – and Dvorák’s riotous Carnival Overture is every bit as colourful. The great open spaces of Beethoven’s noble violin concerto will be like an oasis of calm – especially in the masterly hands of the young German virtuoso Isabelle Faust.

This concert is sponsored by

“Christopher Morley speaks to the German violinist Isabelle Faust…” :

Review by Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post:

…”The soloist’s trust in her on-loan 1704 Strad allowed her to reduce dynamic levels to a minimum at appropriate points: it also permitted a multitude of colourings and voices from one single line, and everything in this interpretation was understatedly eloquent — all matched by Grams and the orchestra.” …