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Performer: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

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Short but sweet: the CBSO in Vaughan Williams and Bartók

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla © CBSO
The Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis crowned an evening for the CBSO strings and brass to shine at Symphony Hall. 
****1
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Defiant celebration and emotional depth in CBSO centenary

Sheku-Kanneh Mason, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and the CBSO © CBSO
The CBSO and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla celebrate their anniversary with energy and hope in Sibelius and Beethoven, together with emotional depth in Elgar from Sheku-Kanneh Mason.  
****1
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Music on autopilot: Michael Seal and the CBSO at Symphony Hall

Michael Seal © Eric Richmond
Attempts at crowd-pleasing go awry in music by Vaughan Williams and Gary Carpenter, while John Foulds escapes unscathed.
**111
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Binge-listening: a bumper Beethoven Weekender at the Barbican

Lars Vogt and the Royal Northern Sinfonia © Mark Allan | Barbican
Nine symphonies, five orchestras, two days: an immersive weekend as part of the Barbican's Beethoven 250 coverage featuring some of the UK's finest orchestras. 

Mirga's Mahler: the Symphony of a Thousand in Birmingham

The CBSO performs Mahler's Symphony no. 8 at Birmingham Symphony Hall © Andrew Fox
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla approached the Eighth with a clear vision of the music’s structure and a plan to free the life that teems beneath its mighty vaults.
****1
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Prom 46: Gražinytė-Tyla conducts a riveting Weinberg Third Symphony

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla brings Mieczysław Weinberg to the Proms, in a daring programme including Dorothy Howell and Oliver Knussen. 
***11
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