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Performer: Gidon Kremer

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Schumann, Stockhausen
Kremerata Baltica; Gidon Kremer; Unknown

BirminghamGidon Kremer: Weinberg’s Violin Concerto

Schubert, Weinberg
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla; Gidon Kremer; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Chorus
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Ghostly remembrances: Weinberg championed in Birmingham

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla © Benjamin Ealovega
Nearly a century after his birth, Weinberg's final completed symphony is given its UK premiere by the CBSO and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla.
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Fireworks in the CBSO's season opener

Omer Meir Wellber © Wilfried Hösl
It was Omer Meir Wellber’s turn to conduct the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in its first concert of the new season, a programme of music by Dvořák and Bartók which promised to be the perfect antidote to the Daily Grind.
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Tale of two concertos: Bergen Philharmonic play Gubaidulina and Grieg

Gidon Kremer © Roy Bjørge
Bergen Philharmonic’s programme of Grieg’s Piano Concerto and Gubaidulina’s violin concerto Offertorium offered fascinating insight into the relationship between orchestra and soloist.
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An evening of Mendelssohn and Schumann with the Seattle Symphony and Gidon Kremer

Gidon Kremer © Paolo Pellegrin
Music by Mendelssohn framed Schumann’s misunderstood Violin Concerto in this sensitive concert led by Ludovic Morlot and featuring guest violinist Gidon Kremer.
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The National Symphony discovers Weinberg

Christoph Eschenbach © Luca Piva
A first performance of Weinberg for the NSO and a thoroughly fearsome Shostakovich Eighth.
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