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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Birmingham

December 2018
Evening performance
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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
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Ghostly remembrances: Weinberg championed in Birmingham

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla © Benjamin Ealovega
Nearly a century after his birth, Weinberg's final completed symphony is given its UK premiere by the CBSO and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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