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AddressVictoria Square
Birmingham
West Midlands
B3 3DQ
United Kingdom
ContainsBirmingham Symphony Hall
Birmingham Town Hall
Google maps52° 28' 49.188" N 1° 54' 11.236" W
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BirminghamGen Li and Ryan Drucker recital double bill

Beethoven, Debussy, Prokofiev, Franck
Gen Li; Ryan Drucker

BirminghamQuatuor Arod - Haydn, Webern, Schumann

Haydn, Webern, Attahir, Schumann
Quatuor Arod

BirminghamJohn Rutter's Christmas Celebration

John Rutter's Christmas Celebration
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; John Rutter; The Purcell Singers; Temple Church Choir

BirminghamChoir of King's College Cambridge - A Choral Christmas

Britten, Vaughan Williams
Choir of King's College Cambridge; Stephen Cleobury

BirminghamMatthew Wadsworth and Julia Doyle, An intimate recital

Dowland, Purcell, Britten, Snowden
Matthew Wadsworth; Julia Doyle

BirminghamRafał Blechacz in recital

Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin
Rafał Blechacz, Piano

BirminghamSt Petersburg Philharmonic, Rachmaninoff and Mahler

Prokofiev, Rachmaninov, Mahler
St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra; Yuri Temirkanov; Freddy Kempf; Nadine Koutcher

BirminghamKian Soltani in recital

Schumann, Ali-Zadeh, Helbock, Prokofiev
Kian Soltani; Mario Häring
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Matinee enchantment from Grosvenor, Sinaisky and the CBSO

Benjamin Grosvenor © Decca | Sophie Wright
This afternoon Vassily Sinaisky was in charge of the CBSO for a matinee performance which began with Wagner’s overture, ended with a Sibelius symphony and had siphoned between them an ever-popular piano concerto by Mozart.
****1
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Beguiling Strauss and surging Shostakovich in Birmingham

Fatma Said © Felix Broede
Xian Zhang brought out the beauty of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s engaging sound and soprano Fatma Said gracefully beguiled us with Strauss.
***11
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Kazuki Yamada rocks Symphony Hall

Kazuki Yamada © Marco Borggreve
Principal Guest Conductor Kazuki Yamada teases brilliant French sounds from the CBSO.
****1
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Chauhan takes CBSO from shaky start to triumphant finale

Alpesh Chauhan © Patrick Allen | operaomnia.co.uk
Conductor Alpesh Chauhan and pianist Pavel Kolesnikov returned to Birmingham with an Italian themed programme. Could they build on the success of their previous performances with the CBSO?   
***11
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Fireworks in the CBSO's season opener

Omer Meir Wellber © Wilfried Hösl
It was Omer Meir Wellber’s turn to conduct the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in its first concert of the new season, a programme of music by Dvořák and Bartók which promised to be the perfect antidote to the Daily Grind.
****1
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Igor Levit delivers a majestic recital in Birmingham

Igor Levit © Robbie Lawrence
Fourth time's a charm as pianist Igor Levit returns to Birmingham for a tremendous recital. 
****1
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Shostakovich, Brahms and Simon Holt in Birmingham

Alisa Weilerstein © Harald Hoffmann | Decca
Alisa Weilerstein delivered an amazingly raw performance of Shostakovich’s Second Cello Concerto, whereas Ilan Volkov and the CBSO’s renditions of Simon Holt and Brahms (reimagined by Schoenberg) proved alienating and overblown.
***11
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A portrait in all but name: Jörg Widmann and the CBSO

Jörg Widmann © Marco Borggreve
A showcase of Jörg Widmann’s talents as composer, conductor and clarinettist in works by Mozart, Weber and himself
****1
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