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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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BirminghamNational Youth Orchestra of GB

Ligeti, Coult, Ravel, Benjamin, Scriabin
National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain; George Benjamin; Tamara Stefanovich

BirminghamIsrael In Egypt

© Chris Christodoulou
Handel: Israel in Egypt
Brian Kay; The Really Big Chorus; St Cecilia Players; Sarah Power; James Neville

BirminghamRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra plays Shostakovich's Fifth

Rachmaninov, Strauss R., Shostakovich
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Xian Zhang; Fatma Said

BirminghamYevgeny Sudbin, piano

Scarlatti, Tchaikovsky, Scriabin, Prokofiev
Yevgeny Sudbin, Piano

BirminghamVienna Tonkunstler Beethoven's Fifth

Bernstein, Beethoven
Tonkünstler Orchestra; Yutaka Sado; Angela Hewitt

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
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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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Removing barriers, provoking questions: Ono, Bavouzet and the CBSO

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet © Benjamin Ealovega
Dvořák is diminished in the wake of Bartók’s experimental zeal and Strauss’ fearless convolutions.
*****
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Celebrating Linz's favourite son: a majestic Eighth

Markus Poschner © Christian Herzenberger
Markus Poschner and the Bruckner Orchestra Linz conclude their UK tour with an impulsive, passionate performance at Symphony Hall.
****1
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Boris Giltburg and the CBSO power through Prokofiev

Boris Giltburg © Marc Gourdon
A triumphant night for the CBSO, Harish Shankar and Boris Giltburg, with the mighty Saint-Saëns’ “Organ Symphony” and an inspired performance of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto no. 3.
****1
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Three very different musical journeys in Birmingham

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla © Benjamin Ealovega
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and the CBSO escort the Symphony Hall audience through environments of safety and danger.
****1
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Mirga's Debussy Festival in Birmingham

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla conducting the CBSO's Debussy Festival © Andrew Fox
With concerts and recitals imaginatively programmed, this second weekend in the CBSO's Debussy Festival was a model of how to make classical music accessible to the widest possible audience.

Kolesnikov proves a golden substitute in Birmingham

Pavel Kolesnikov © Eva Vermandel
After star pianist Gabriela Montero unfortunately withdrew due to injury, the young Russian Pavel Kolesnikov stepped forward with inspired conductor Joana Wallmitz to save the day.
*****
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