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Performer: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

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AmsterdamCellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

© Lars Borges
Prokofiev, Saint-Saëns, Schubert
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla; Sheku Kanneh-Mason
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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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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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