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John Wilson © Sim Canetty-Clarke
Birmingham

Exaggeration and disinterest mar John Wilson's CBSO programme

By , 06 April 2019
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Delia Mathews (Bell) and Tyrone Singleton (the Beast) © Bill Cooper
Birmingham

Birmingham Royal Ballet's Beauty and the Beast: English ballet at its best

By , 19 February 2019
****1
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Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla © Frans Jansen
Birmingham

Responding to the intangible: Grieg and Čiurlionis at Symphony Hall

By , 16 February 2019
*****
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Jennifer France © Nick James
Birmingham

Jennifer France and the CBSO faultless in New Year's Concert at Symphony Hall

By , 06 January 2019
***11
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Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla © Benjamin Ealovega
Birmingham

Ghostly remembrances: Mieczysław Weinberg championed in Birmingham

By , 24 November 2018
****1
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Benjamin Grosvenor © Decca | Sophie Wright
Birmingham

Matinee enchantment from Grosvenor, Sinaisky and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

By , 25 October 2018
****1
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Fatma Said © Felix Broede
Birmingham

Beguiling Strauss and surging Shostakovich in Birmingham

By , 13 October 2018
***11
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Kazuki Yamada © Marco Borggreve
Birmingham

Kazuki Yamada rocks Symphony Hall

By , 10 October 2018
****1
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Alpesh Chauhan © Patrick Allen | operaomnia.co.uk
Birmingham

Chauhan takes CBSO from shaky start to triumphant finale

By , 27 September 2018
***11
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Omer Meir Wellber © Wilfried Hösl
Birmingham

Collision of the Old and New World brings fireworks to the CBSO's season opener

By , 12 September 2018
****1
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Igor Levit © Robbie Lawrence
Birmingham

Igor Levit delivers a majestic recital in Birmingham

By , 19 July 2018
****1
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Alisa Weilerstein © Harald Hoffmann | Decca
Birmingham

The good, the bad and the ugly: Shostakovich, Brahms and Simon Holt in Birmingham

By , 13 June 2018
***11
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Jörg Widmann © Marco Borggreve
Birmingham

A portrait in all but name: Jörg Widmann and the CBSO at Symphony Hall

By , 06 June 2018
****1
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Jean-Efflam Bavouzet © Benjamin Ealovega
Birmingham

Removing barriers, provoking questions: Kazushi Ono, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and the CBSO

By , 09 May 2018
*****
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Markus Poschner © Christian Herzenberger
Birmingham

Celebrating Linz's favourite son: a majestic Eighth from the Bruckner Orchester Linz in Birmingham

By , 06 May 2018
****1
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Boris Giltburg © Marc Gourdon
Birmingham

Boris Giltburg and the CBSO power through Prokofiev

By , 18 April 2018
****1
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Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla © Benjamin Ealovega
Birmingham

A stroll, a ship and a symphony: three very different musical journeys in Birmingham

By , 29 March 2018
****1
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Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla conducting the CBSO's Debussy Festival © Andrew Fox
Birmingham

Reflections on Claude: Mirga's Debussy Festival in Birmingham

By , 25 March 2018
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Pavel Kolesnikov © Eva Vermandel
Birmingham

Kolesnikov proves a golden substitute in Birmingham

By , 28 February 2018
*****
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Tomáš Netopil © Marco Borggreve
Birmingham

National pride without sentimentality: the Czech Philharmonic at Symphony Hall

By , 14 February 2018
****1
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Joshua Bell © Bill Phelps
Birmingham

Cheeky, capricious, illuminating: Vivaldi and Beethoven at Symphony Hall

By , 23 January 2018
*****
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Omer Meir Wellber © Tato Baeza
Birmingham

A challenging Bruckner Seventh in Birmingham

By , 11 January 2018
***11
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Vilde Frang © Marco Borggreve
Birmingham

Sublimely lyrical Beethoven in Birmingham under Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

By , 16 November 2017
***11
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Denis Matsuev © Pavel Antonov
Birmingham

The Mariinsky Orchestra excels in an all Russian programme in Birmingham

By , 12 October 2017
*****
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Vassily Sinaisky © Jesper Lindgren
Birmingham

Sinaisky offers romance and revoultion in Birmingham

By , 11 October 2017
****1
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Xavier de Maistre © Gregor Hohenberg
Birmingham

Gražinytė-Tyla's Childlike View of Heaven in Birmingham

By , 27 September 2017
***11
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Birmingham

Porpora's L'Agrippina offers momentary pleasures 300 years on

By , 21 September 2017
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Igor Levit © Robbie Lawrence
Birmingham

Igor Levit explores the interior worlds of Shostakovich's 24 Preludes and Fugues

By , 05 July 2017
*****
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Mary Elizabeth Williams (Rosalinde) and Mark Stone (Eisenstein) © Bill Cooper
Birmingham

Die Fledermaus: WNO's jolly good romp in Birmingham

By , 28 June 2017
****1
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Sakari Oramo © Benjamin Ealovega
Birmingham

Ecstatically uncomfortable: a revelatory, risk-taking Turangalîla in Birmingham

By , 26 May 2017
*****
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The Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra with Long Yu © Guangzhou Symphony
Birmingham

Skin-deep and saccharine: a one-dimensional performance from Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall

By , 16 May 2017
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Sanjukta Sinha and Aakash Odedra © ROH | Bill Cooper
Birmingham

Ravi Shankar’s Opera Sukanya Delights in Birmingham

By , 15 May 2017
****1
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Alina Ibragimova © Eva Vermandel
Birmingham

Alina Ibragimova's Brahms thrills Symphony Hall

By , 08 May 2017
***11
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Fabien Gabel © Gatean Bernard
Birmingham

Fabien Gabel brings a touch of French Romance to Birmingham

By , 26 April 2017
***11
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Edward Gardner © Neil Pugh
Birmingham

Pulling shapes: Edward Gardner and the CBSO triumph in Haydn and Mahler 5

By , 13 April 2017
*****
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John Malkovich © Paul Sturminger
Birmingham

Plumbing subterranean depths at the hands of John Malkovich’s imagined malevolent dictator

By , 21 March 2017
****1
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Roderick Williams © Benjamin Ealovega
Birmingham

John Wilson and the CBSO present British classics with a difference

By , 01 March 2017
***11
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Steven Osborne © Benjamin Ealovega
Birmingham

Steven Osborne offers a Rachmaninov referendum in Symphony Hall

By , 15 February 2017
****1
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Daniil Trifonov © Dario Acosta
Birmingham

Lermontov and Dostoyevsky? No, Petrenko and Danilov in thrilling Rachmaninov with the RLPO

By , 01 February 2017
*****
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Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla © Frans Jansen
Birmingham

Challenging conventions: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla's adventures in Beethoven and Mozart

By , 29 January 2017
****1
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Andris Nelsons © Marco Borggreve
Birmingham

Playing a long game: Andris Nelsons' Birmingham Bruckner

By , 12 January 2017
****1
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Behzod Abduraimov © Benjamin Ealovega | Decca Classics
Birmingham

Jaw-dropping brilliance: Abduraimov's Saint-Saëns impresses in Birmingham

By , 13 December 2016
****1
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Nicola Benedetti © Simon Fowler
Birmingham

Benedetti brings a sensational Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto to Birmingham

By , 07 December 2016
*****
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Alison Balsom © Hugh Carswell
Birmingham

Intensity and power: Montero and Balsom impress in Shostakovich in Birmingham

By , 01 December 2016
****1
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Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla © Vern Evans
Birmingham

Much excitement from the CBSO under new music director Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

By , 16 November 2016
****1
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Simon Trpčeski © Lube Saveski
Birmingham

Silent Cinema: Trpčeski and Măcelaru with the CBSO

By , 03 November 2016
****1
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Cristian Măcelaru © Sorin Popa
Birmingham

Astonishing commitment: robust Shostakovich 8 from Cristian Măcelaru and the CBSO

By , 26 October 2016
****1
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April Fredrick © Pierre Joubert
Birmingham

April Fredrick astonishes in world première of Joubert's Jane Eyre

By , 25 October 2016
*****
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Nicholas Collon © Jim Hinson
Birmingham

Matinée fantastique: the CBSO in high spirits under Nicholas Collon

By , 19 October 2016
****1
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Lucía Caruso, Pedro Henriques Da Silva and the Orchestra of the Swan © Pedro Henriques Da Silva
Birmingham

Reviving a classic? Orchestra of the Swan helps put Salieri back on the map

By , 12 October 2016
***11
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