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Performer: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Chorus

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BirminghamA Choral Christmas with Hugh Dennis

© Neil Pugh
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Simon Halsey; Unknown; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Chorus; CBSO Youth Chorus

BirminghamMahler’s Symphony of a Thousand

© Andrew Fox
Mahler: Symphony no. 8 in E flat major "Symphony of a Thousand"
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla; Erin Wall; Natalya Romaniw; Katja Stuber; Alice Coote

BirminghamNicola Benedetti: Bartók

Nicola Benedetti: Bartók
Bartók, Berlioz
Klaus Mäkelä; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Chorus; Nicola Benedetti

BirminghamA German Requiem

© Andrew Fox
Mozart, Brahms
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla; Camilla Tilling; Florian Boesch; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Chorus

BirminghamElgar’s The Dream of Gerontius

Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius
Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, Oratorio for soloists chorus and orchestra, Op.38
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner; Anna Stéphany; Robert Murray; James Platt; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Chorus
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A gleefully diabolical Damnation of Faust in Birmingham

Edward Gardner © Benjamin Ealovega
Edward Gardner conducts a richly entertaining account of Berlioz's masterpiece in Birmingham
*****
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Bold, dramatic colour in Gražinytė-Tyla's CBSO Mahler 2

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla © Frans Jansen
Mahler 2 must be mother’s milk for the CBSO Chorus, though they sang with affecting passion from their soft, seated entry to towering last peroration of the Resurrection hymn.
****1
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Exaggeration and disinterest mar John Wilson's CBSO programme

John Wilson © Sim Canetty-Clarke
John Wilson oversees a glossy, superficial take on early 20th-century works from England and the USA.
**111
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Responding to the intangible: Grieg and Čiurlionis at Symphony Hall

Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla © Frans Jansen

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and the CBSO present the UK première of a neglected Lithuanian tone poem alongside Grieg’s Peer Gynt.

*****
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Prom 44: Lili Boulanger steals the show

Ludovic Morlot © Lisa-Marie Mazzucco
Colour and light from Ludovic Morlot and the CBSO in Debussy and Ravel, but it was the power and depth of Lili Boulanger’s Psalm 130 that shone the brightest.
****1
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