Monday 29th April
Town Hall, 7:30pm
Renaud Capuçon violin
Gautier Capuçon cello
Michel Dalberto piano
|| Piano Trio in D minor
|| Piano Trio No 2 in C
|| Piano Trio in A minor
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.
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.” …
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:
… “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.” …