Sokhiev conducts the Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony

Birmingham International Concert Season 2011/12

Sunday 1 April

Symphony Hall

Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse
Tugan Sokhiev conductor
Thomas Trotter organ

Berlioz : Roman Carnival Overture 8’
Rachmaninov : Symphonic Dances 35’
Saint-Saëns : Symphony No 3, Organ 36’

encores :   and Bizet – Carmen Overture

Symphony Hall’s mighty organ takes the limelight in Saint-Saëns’s gloriously uplifting symphony. One of France’s most revered orchestras brings its trademark joie de vivre to a programme which also features Rachmaninov’s irresistible orchestral dances under the baton of their Music Director, the electrifying Tugan Sokhiev.

This is a fundraising concert, in aid of Performances Birmingham Limited
Charity Number: 1053937

Review by Diane Parkes, BehindtheArras:

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…     “And finally Saint-Saens’ mighty Organ Symphony which truly makes the most of Symphony Hall. With Birmingham City Organist Thomas Trotter at the keyboard, the sound swelled through the pipes, taking advantage of the venue’s amazing acoustics. ”     …

Article by Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post:

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Tugan Sokhiev has lived and learned on his way to the very top”     …

Review by Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post:

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…     “The flutters soon disappeared, and the orchestra’s charismatic and expert principal conductor Tugan Sokhiev built a totally absorbing, spine-tingling reading, squeezing every oodle of tone from his remarkable string section. Thrills and spills were here a-plenty, but most memorable was the gentle ‘poco adagio’, chastely singing over Trotter’s beautifully-judged quiet organ chords.”     …          *****