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Music in hiding? Collon and the CBSO return to Symphony Hall

While Stravinsky and Britten tuck away their sentiments and melodies, the debate about Shostakovich’s Fifth seems finally to be settled.
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Short but sweet: the CBSO in Vaughan Williams and Bartók

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

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.  
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Music on autopilot: Michael Seal and the CBSO at Symphony Hall

Attempts at crowd-pleasing go awry in music by Vaughan Williams and Gary Carpenter, while John Foulds escapes unscathed.
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Binge-listening: a bumper Beethoven Weekender at the 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

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.
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