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Guide to the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

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« Karabits strode onto the stage and, with masterful insight, directed a captivating performance. The BSO responded immediately... brimming with energy and passion. »
Andrew Larkin, Bachtrack
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The European Elgar takes the Bournemouth limelight

Elgar is placed at the heart of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s programming next season, putting him very much into a European context.
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PooleBack in the USSR

Prokofiev, Shostakovich
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Kirill Karabits; Valeriy Sokolov

PortsmouthBack in the USSR

Prokofiev, Shostakovich
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Kirill Karabits; Valeriy Sokolov

MineheadString Serenade

Mozart, Vaughan Williams, Elgar, Barber, Dvořák
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Amyn Merchant

PooleKissed by a Rose

Berlioz, Mozart, Strauss R.
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Vassily Sinaisky; Imogen Cooper

ExeterKissed by a Rose

Berlioz, Mozart, Strauss R.
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Vassily Sinaisky; Imogen Cooper
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Viennese classics from the BSO

A dazzling soloist from the orchestra’s ranks and a charming Schubert symphony with conductor Nicholas McGegan
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Impressive Rachmaninov, revelatory Martinů in Poole

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra produced wonderfully supportive playing for pianist Alexander Romanovsky in Rachmaninov’s youthful First Piano Concerto and vividly brought to life Martinů’s Fourth Symphony.
****1
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The Inquisition's dark days: Don Carlo at Grange Park

Strong vocal and orchestral performances and a tour-de-force staging of Act II light up Grange Park's production of Verdi's political thriller of the dark days of the Spanish inquisition.
****1
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Emotionally powerful La fanciulla del West

Using Stephen Medcalf’s 2008 staging, this opening night of love and loneliness was a feast for the eyes, a musical triumph and a dramatic tour-de-force that tugged at the heart strings.
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Quirine Viersen impresses in Walton’s Cello Concerto

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra produced a varied programme at their Lighthouse concert, but with mixed results: illuminating Walton, but uneven Sibelius.
****1
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Looking back at 2015

Bournemouth launches its new season

Last September, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra was voted the “World’s Favourite Orchestra” in a Bachtrack poll of readers. Read about its new season here.
WFO 2014 winners

Bournemouth SO wins WFO 2014

Beating the big beasts of the orchestral jungle, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra has been voted the winner in Bachtrack’s World’s Favourite Orchestra 2014 poll.
Biography

Serving the South and South West of England, but with a national and international reputation, the BSO has been a cultural beacon since its foundation in 1893. The Orchestra has worked with such illustrious figures as Bartók, Sibelius, Holst, Stravinsky and Vaughan Williams and more recently with Michael Tippett, John Tavener, Peter Maxwell Davies, Rodion Shchedrin and James MacMillan. Kirill Karabits is the BSO’s current Principal Conductor. Recently awarded Conductor of the Year by the RPS, he succeeds founder Sir Dan Godfrey and a host of conductor greats including Charles Groves, Constantin Silvestri, Rudolf Schwarz, Paavo Berglund, Andrew Litton, Yakov Kreizberg and Marin Alsop.

The BSO tours worldwide and has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center, New York; Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Vienna; Rudolfinum, Prague; and Philharmonie, Berlin. It makes regular appearances at venues in London and across the UK as well as promoting over 130 concerts in its home territory of over 10,000 square miles - from full symphonic concerts in Poole, Bournemouth, Exeter, Bristol, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Southampton, Cheltenham, Brighton and Basingstoke to a variety of ensembles which perform at smaller and more unusual venues. BSO musicians also take part in an extensive array of projects, from national curriculum based workshops in schools, through to tea dances for the elderly, performing alongside enthusiastic amateur players and song-writing projects for homeless young people.

The BSO has over 300 recordings to its name since pioneering beginnings in 1914. Recent releases of Bernstein, Vaughan Williams, Finzi, Glass, Bartók, Weill, Adams, Bach/Stokowski, Mussorgsky and Khachaturian have all been highly acclaimed. A recent Onyx collaboration with Kirill and James Ehnes of the Britten and Shostakovich Violin Concertos has received rave reviews and the BSO also partnered Nicola Benedetti in her CD The Silver Violin which was the top-selling classical recording of 2012.

Visit the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra website for more information.