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John Wilson © Sim Canetty-Clarke
Birmingham

Exaggeration and disinterest mar John Wilson's CBSO programme

By , 06 April 2019
**111
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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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Ludovic Morlot © Lisa-Marie Mazzucco
London

Prom 44: Lili Boulanger steals the show in Morlot’s opalescent French tableau

By , 15 August 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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Karen Cargill and the LSO © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 46: Rattle's Gurrelieder an irresistible force to move the hardest of hearts

By , 19 August 2017
****1
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Xian Zhang at the podium © Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 21: An underwhelming performance of MacMillan and Beethoven

By , 30 July 2017
**111
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Ambrogio Maestri © Dario Acosta
Birmingham

Belly laugh: Verdi's Falstaff ends CBSO season in high spirits

By , 13 July 2016
****1
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Vassily Sinaisky © Ulla Alderin
Manchester

A floor-shaking Mahler 2 from Sinaisky and the BBC Phil

By , 14 May 2016
*****
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Andrew Manze © Chris Christodoulou
Birmingham

Manze and the CBSO's German Requiem in Birmingham

By , 22 October 2015
****1
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Andris Nelsons © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 4: Nelsons' era at the CBSO comes to a close with impassioned Beethoven Ninth

By , 19 July 2015
****1
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Andris Nelsons © Marco Borggreve
Birmingham

Nelsons goes from Birmingham to Boston in a blaze of glory

By , 18 June 2015
*****
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Mihoko Fujimura © R&G Photography
Birmingham

A transcendent Parsifal from Nelsons and the CBSO

By , 17 May 2015
****1
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Jiří Bělohlávek © Petra Hajská
Birmingham

Bělohlávek resurrects Mahler at Birmingham's Symphony Hall

By , 24 April 2015
****1
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London

Mahler to remember closes the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle's London residency

By , 15 February 2015
*****
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Manchester

Beethoven explored by BBC Phil and Juanjo Mena in Fourth and Ninth symphonies

By , 27 September 2014
****1
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Birmingham

Mozart's Mass in C Minor and more with the CBSO

By , 28 June 2014
****1
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Birmingham

Sensational Rosenkavalier in Birmingham

By , 24 May 2014
*****
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Birmingham

CBSO and the Russian masters: Sinaisky conducts Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov

By , 31 October 2013
****1
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Birmingham

Beethoven sounding new: The CBSO Beethoven cycle concludes

By , 27 June 2013
****1
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London

Conflict and resolution: The CBSO perform Britten's War Requiem at St Paul's Cathedral for CoLF

By , 25 June 2013
****1
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Birmingham

Britten's War Requiem with the CBSO and Andris Nelsons

By , 28 May 2013
****1
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Birmingham

CBSO and Andris Nelsons: The Flying Dutchman in concert

By , 16 March 2013
****1
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Birmingham

Springtime and the sea with Edward Gardner and the CBSO

By , 17 January 2013
****1
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Birmingham

CBSO and Andris Nelsons: Metamorphosen and Mahler 2

By , 15 September 2012
*****
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Birmingham

Bryn Terfel: Life and soul of the party at Symphony Hall's 21st

By , 13 June 2012
****1
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Coventry

A golden War Requiem at Coventry Cathedral from the CBSO

By , 30 May 2012
****1
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Birmingham

Gardner's Dreamy Gerontius at the Birmingham Symphony Hall

By , 12 April 2012
*****
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London

Prom 21: CBSO Triumphant!

By , 30 July 2011
****1
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Rotterdam

International affairs: Britten's War Requiem in Rotterdam

By , 14 May 2011
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