Capuçon Brothers play Fauré, Brahms, Ravel

Part of Birmingham International Concert Season 2012/13… more events…

Part of Entertaining Erdington… more events…

Monday 29th April

Town Hall, 7:30pm

Renaud Capuçon violin

Gautier Capuçon cello

Michel Dalberto  piano

  Fauré   Piano Trio in D minor 22’
Brahms   Piano Trio No 2 in C 32’
Ravel   Piano Trio in A minor 28’

Following last season’s hugely praised Town Hall concert, the remarkable Capuçon Brothers return by popular demand, this time with pianist Michel Dalberto. They’ve chosen music of graceful, transient beauty by Ravel and Fauré to frame Brahms’s Second Piano Trio, the latter warm, genial and full of musical wisdom.   www.thsh.co.uk

6pm Free pre-concert recital for ticket holders. Winner of the THSH/Birmingham Conservatoire 2012 recital competition, pianist Magdalena Wajdzik plays Chopin, Ravel and Beethoven’s Waldstein Sonata.

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Review by Gareth Ceredig, Birmingham Post:

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…     “The technical glitter of the Ravel was delivered with just the right  nonchalant precision, and the third-movement passacaglia’s ascetic aura was  captured effectively in the only genuinely pianissimo piano playing of the  evening.

 Though less overtly virtuosic, Fauré’s late work (completed in 1923) is the  more difficult of the two to bring off in performance, the master mélodiste  tempering the lyricism of the first two movements with an eager, rhythmic finale  that is never quite allowed off the leash.

A lifetime of making music together was evident in the Capuçons’ seamlessly  matched melodic weight and faultless intonation – the opening Allegro ma non  troppo, a miniature masterpiece of sinuous extended phrases and delicate  harmonic shifts, receiving a particularly affectionate performance.”     …

Nelsons Conducts Strauss

Thursday 13 January 2011 at 7.30pm

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

 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Andris Nelsons  conductor
Gautier Capuçon  cello

Beethoven: Egmont Overture 8′
Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1 28′
Strauss: Ein Heldenleben 46′

Richard Strauss liked to blow his own trumpets… and his horns,
trombones and tubas! So when he used a massive orchestra to tell the
story of an imaginary hero, complete with enemies and battles (and a
shamelessly explicit love scene), it’s not hard to work out who he actually
had in mind: himself. But Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life) is more than
just an irresistibly flamboyant musical self-portrait; it’s one of the all-time
great orchestral showpieces. Andris Nelsons’s recent recording of Ein
Heldenleben with the CBSO won worldwide acclaim, with one critic
declaring it “one of the most sumptuous and refined ever put on to disc”.
Don’t miss this chance to hear it live, or to hear the brilliant French cellist
Gautier Capuçon in a very different musical autobiography:
Shostakovich’s punchy First Cello Concerto. www.cbso.co.uk

CBSO’s recording of Ein Heldenleben with Der Rosenkavalier – Suite available from http://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/r/Orfeo/C803091A

Review by Norman Stinchcombe, Birmingham Post:

http://www.birminghampost.net/life-leisure-birmingham-guide/birmingham-culture/music-in-birmingham/2011/01/16/review-ein-heldenleben-strauss-cbso-andris-nelsons-at-birmingham-symphony-hall-65233-27998007/

… “The various episodes were vividly characterized. The woodwind whined and bickered as the hero’s critics, and orchestra leader Laurence Jackson gave us a beautifully played portrait of the hero’s wife – voluble yet vulnerable and tender.

Nelsons also wrung every ounce of drama from Beethoven’s Egmont overture before he and the CBSO provided admirable support for soloist Gautier Capuçon in Shostakovich’s first cello concerto.” …