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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Birmingham

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BirminghamMiah Persson & Joseph Middleton

Schumann C., Schumann, Duparc, Nystroem, Sibelius
Miah Persson; Joseph Middleton

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

BirminghamEx Cathedra: In 40 Parts

Tallis, Striggio, Jackson, Roth
Jeffrey Skidmore; Ex Cathedra
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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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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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