Summer Concert

Thursday 23rd July, 7.30pm



  • Tchaikovsky  Sleeping Beauty (highlights) , 30′

Part 1 – Introduction, Pas de quatre (Act III), Introduction, La Fée-Or, La Fée-Argent, La Fée-Saphir, La Fée-Diamant, Coda, Finale (Act I)

  • Barber  Knoxville, Summer of 1915 , 14′
  • Tchaikovsky  Sleeping Beauty (highlights) , 30′

Part 2 – Panorama (Act III), Entr’acte symphonique (Le Sommeil) et Scène (Act III), Finale (Act II), Valse (Act I)

  • Beethoven  Symphony No. 7 , 36′

Tchaikovsky’s tuneful ballet, Barber’s nostalgic memory of another summer’s day 100 years ago, and Beethoven’s most energized symphony: perfect music for a summer evening.

Tonight the CBSO is joined by an outstanding young conductor, fresh from her recent appointment as Assistant Conductor at the LA Philharmonic, for a programme sure to warm you up whatever the weather!


Review by Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post:

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…     “She also has the imagination to create her own take on programming, sandwiching Samuel Barber’s dreamlike Knoxville: Summer of 1915 between two huge chunks of Tchaikovsky’s equally dreamlike Sleeping Beauty ballet. The flow worked brilliantly, Talise Trevigne, soprano soloist in the Barber, sliding unobtrusively into position as the first slab of ballet ended, and taking her platform seat at the end of her performance as the second began.

Trevigne’s communication of James Agee’s nostalgic poem was enchanting, her delicate, perfectly-formed delivery smiling in its engagement as it conveyed all the text’s innocent, wide-eyed, childish wonderment.

For the Tchaikovsky Grazinyte-Tyla encouraged a forward orchestral sound, powerful and energetic, but also shaping a delicate lilt to phrasing.

That latter quality was very evident in the allegretto of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, coming after a forceful, forward-moving opening movement, and followed by a scherzo as poised as clockwork, and a finale of evident exhilaration, with, given the context, surprisingly understated body-language at the very end. The few bumps along the way didn’t matter very much.”     …