Mozart’s Gran Partita


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Wednesday 26 February 2014 at 7.30pm

Symphony Hall, Birmingham +44 (0)121 345 0600

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Karl-Heinz Steffens  conductor

Guy Braunstein  violin

Mozart: Gran Partita (Serenade for 13 wind instruments, K.361) 49′

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Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto 34′ Listen on Spotify
Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements 20′

Guy Braunstein’s encore – Kreisler – Schön Rosmarin

In   the film Amadeus, when Mozart’s arch-rival Salieri hears his Gran Partita,   he thinks he’s hearing the voice of God. Tonight, Karl-Heinz Steffens – a former   principal clarinettist of the Berlin Philharmonic itself – leads the CBSO’s   wind players to heaven. That’s just for starters, in a concert that features   a performance of Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto, and Stravinsky’s punchy wartime symphony; music of chrome   and steel, from the streets of LA. Pure sonic indulgence.

We are sorry to announce that Renaud Capucon has had to withdraw from this concert due to ill health. We are very grateful to Guy Braunstein for taking his place at short notice.

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Review by Norman Stinchcombe, Birmingham Post:

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“Built like a bricklayer and with a pugnacious playing manner to match, Guy Braunstein isn’t graceful – but his playing revealed the soul of a poet.

A late replacement for the ill Renaud Capuçon, who was to have played Glazunov, Braunstein’s performance of the Tchaikovsky violin concerto won many admirers; it eschewed outward glamour but got to the heart of the work.

In the canzonetta slow movement his violin line weaved magically together with the oboe and clarinet. His encore, Fritz Kreisler’s Schön Rosmarin was witty and slyly humorous.

The prominence of Tchaikovsky’s sensuous wind writing was no coincidence – conductor Karl-Heinz Steffens was formerly the Berlin Philharmonic’s principal clarinet.”     …