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Elgar: Enigma Variations on an Original Theme for Orchestra, Op.36
The Hallé; Sir Mark Elder; Gerard McBurney
Bach, Franck, Widor, Messiaen, Ligeti
John Malkovich, Voice
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Steven Osborne consults the audience on the choice of encore following a fine performance of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto no. 2, part of an all Russian programme which the CBSO played with zealous committment.
Keyboard virtuoso Trifonov delivers a stunning rendition of Rachmaninov's Fourth Piano Concerto at Birmingham's Symphony Hall.
Clearly Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla has found her feet with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and isn't afraid to be a bit experimental.
The CBSO's former music director returns to his old stomping ground for a programme that mixed a Romantic staple with an austere 20th-century work.
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