Beethoven’s Seventh

Saturday 18th June, 2016, 7.00pm

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Programme

  • Weber  Overture to Oberon , 10′
  • Elgar  Cello Concerto, 30′
  • Beethoven Symphony No. 7, 36′

“I am the new Bacchus, pressing out glorious wine for the human spirit!” Ludwig van Beethoven wasn’t known for his modesty – but until you’ve heard his Seventh Symphony in full, heart-pounding flight, you’ve never known just how intoxicating music can be. Kazuki Yamada will go all-out: a high-octane contrast to Elgar’s hugely popular Cello Concerto, performed with poetry by the wonderful Dutch cellist Pieter Wispelwey.

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Bruch’s Violin Concerto

Thursday 27 September 2012 at 7.30pm

Symphony Hall, Birmingham +44 (0)121 345 0603

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Walter Weller conductor
Yossif Ivanov violin

Weber: Euryanthe – Overture 9′
Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 26′ Listen on Spotify
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 50′

Tchaikovsky always wore his heart on his sleeve, and no question – in his Fifth Symphony, you can hear it. Deep sorrow, exuberant joy and pure, uninhibited passion…they’re all there, poured out in some of the most glorious tunes Tchaikovsky ever wrote. Conductor Walter Weller shares a lifetime’s experience, and introduces an extraordinary new star. Bruch’s First might be the world’s favourite violin concerto – but just wait until you hear it played by Yossif Ivanov!      www.cbso.co.uk

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Review by Katherine Dixson, BachTrack:

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…     “Prefaced by softly rumbling timpani and gentle woodwind, the violin enters with a spellbinding long note on the open G string. This opening Allegro moderato movement evokes an atmosphere of improvisation, and it was captivating to witness Ivanov’s variations in tempo after a tantalisingly slow introduction. While the solo violin made a thorough exploration of anything and everything to do with G minor, the orchestra quietly supported in the background, then they were given their moment in the spotlight and responded with joyful vigour. The precision of the brass was electrifying as they heralded the reintroduction of the soloist for the Adagio. Once again, I was smitten by Ivanov’s control of the long notes, which materialised apparently from nowhere and threatened to go way beyond what the length of a bow would legitimately allow. Then came the wonderfully contrasting Finale, with the dancing Hungarian sprung rhythms and double-stopped chords, during which one couldn’t help but smile.”     …

 

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Review by Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post:

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…     “Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony was appropriately crepuscular in colour, sonorities built bass-upwards, upper strings only allowed to let rip in passages such as the finale’s excitingly-propelled motor-rhythms. Despite a few fluffs, wind solos were effectively eloquent, Jonathan Barrett’s delivery of the andante’s famous horn solo gloriously expansive, Gretha Tuls’ bassoon alert with personality.”     …

The Infernal Comedy

Starring John Malkovich

Confessions of a Serial Killer

Birmingham International Concert Season 2011/12

Saturday 26th May 2012

Symphony Hall

Written by Michael Sturminger
Based on an idea by Birgit Hutter and Martin Haselböck
Music concept and conductor Martin Haselböck
Stage director Michael Sturminger
Costume designer Birgit Hutter
Wiener Akademie
Martin Haselböck conductor
John Malkovich actor
Louise Fribo soprano
Marie Arnet soprano

Music includes:

Vivaldi Aria Sposa son disprezzata  
Beethoven Scene and Aria Ah, perfido  
Haydn Scena di Berenice  
Weber Scene and Aria Ah se Edmundo fosse l’uccisor!  
Mozart Recitative, Aria and Cavatina Ah, lo previdi  

The running time is approximately 1 hour 40 minutes with no interval.
Supported by Birmingham Repertory Theatre

John Malkovich stars in a stage play for baroque orchestra, singers and actor, based on the real-life story of convicted serial killer Jack Unterweger. Malkovich’s monologues journey through the life and mind of this notorious Viennese womaniser, writer and murderer, illustrated with music embodying joy, hatred, love, grief, and desire. Sometimes darkly comic, sometimes bleakly brutal, it’s a fascinating, provocative and sometimes controversial insight into the twisted mind of, as Malkovich says, “a bad, bad guy.”        www.thsh.co.uk

Review by Diane Parkes, BehindTheArras:

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…     “Malkovich is the perfect actor for the part of Unterweger blending charm and charisma with calculation and a chilling disregard for the hopes, dreams and lives of others. It is a difficult role but one he carries off incredibly convincingly.”

Article by Marion McMullen, Birmingham Mail:

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…     “The 58-year-old actor started his performance by striding onto the stage and announcing – in a strong Austrian accent – “Hi, we’re at the Symphony Hall.. not the Hippodrome.”

He also dropped in references to Villa Park and even left the stage to walk down the aisles and sit among the audience in his guise as the charming and chilling killer Jack.”     …

 

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