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Denis Kozhukhin © Marco Borggreve
Basingstoke

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in compelling form at the Anvil

By , 10 May 2019
*****
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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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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
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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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Sheku Kanneh-Mason outside the Usher Hall © Ryan Buchanan
Edinburgh

Sheku Kanneh-Mason makes his EIF debut playing Elgar's Cello Concerto

By , 17 August 2018
****1
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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
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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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Boris Giltburg © Marc Gourdon
Birmingham

Boris Giltburg and the CBSO power through Prokofiev

By , 18 April 2018
****1
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Rudolf Buchbinder © Marco Borggreve
Cardiff

The CBSO play Beethoven, Schumann and Wagner in Cardiff

By , 14 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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Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla © Vern Evans
Gateshead

Energy and enchantment from the CBSO at Sage Gateshead

By , 19 January 2018
***11
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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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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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Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 50: Riveting Beethoven from Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and the CBSO

By , 21 August 2017
****1
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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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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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Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla © Frans Jansen
Birmingham

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

By , 29 January 2017
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Andris Nelsons © Marco Borggreve
Birmingham

Playing a long game: Andris Nelsons' Birmingham Bruckner

By , 12 January 2017
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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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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
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Cristian Măcelaru © Sorin Popa
Birmingham

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

By , 26 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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Alpesh Chauhan conducts the CBSO © operaomnia.co.uk
Birmingham

Bold Bruckner and shimmering Strauss as Chauhan conducts the CBSO

By , 06 October 2016
****1
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City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Birmingham

Bloodless competence in Birmingham: CBSO plays Wagner, Sibelius and Beeethoven

By , 28 September 2016
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Edward Gardner © Benjamin Ealovega
Birmingham

Spirit of England: Gardner galvanises CBSO in Walton's Second

By , 22 September 2016
****1
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Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla conducting the CBSO © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 55: Fate knocks, Ophelia sings, Mirga triumphs

By , 27 August 2016
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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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Kazuki Yamada © Marco Borggreve
Birmingham

Sunny Sibelius with Kazuki Yamada and dthe CBSO

By , 16 June 2016
***11
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Alpesh Chauhan and the CBSO © Operaomnia
Birmingham

Alpesh Chauhan impresses with Mendelssohn's Italian in Birmingham

By , 08 June 2016
****1
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Alexander Vedernikov © Marco Borggreve
Birmingham

Glorious Russian classics from Vedernikov and the CBSO at Symphony Hall

By , 25 May 2016
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Ludovic Morlot © Chris Lee
Birmingham

Hot And cold: Morlot impresses in rare Sibelius with the CBSO

By , 19 May 2016
***11
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Alice Coote © Benjamin Ealovega
Birmingham

Quiet reflections and the swell of the sea: English classics from the CBSO

By , 05 May 2016
****1
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Alexandre Tharaud © Marco Borggreve
Birmingham

Abrahamsen's Left, Alone receives UK première

By , 28 April 2016
***11
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Lahav Shani © Marco Borggreve
Birmingham

Starry night for star-cross'd lovers in Birmingham

By , 23 April 2016
****1
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James Feddeck © Terry Johnston
Birmingham

Mozart & Bruckner: Two Austrian Titans in Birmingham

By , 13 April 2016
****1
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