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Venue: Birmingham Town Hall & Symphony Hall

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AddressVictoria Square
Birmingham
West Midlands
B3 3DQ
United Kingdom
ContainsBirmingham Symphony Hall
Birmingham Town Hall
Google maps52° 28' 49.188" N 1° 54' 11.236" W
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BirminghamParsifal

Parsifal
Wagner: Parsifal
Richard Farnes; PJ Harris; Opera North; Toby Spence; Robert Hayward; Eric Greene; Katarina Karnéus
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Short but sweet: the CBSO in Vaughan Williams and Bartók

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla © CBSO
The Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis crowned an evening for the CBSO strings and brass to shine at Symphony Hall. 
****1
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Defiant celebration and emotional depth in CBSO centenary

Sheku-Kanneh Mason, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and the CBSO © CBSO
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.  
****1
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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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Volatility unites music by Elgar, Strauss and Takemitsu in Birmingham

Kazuki Yamada © Marco Borggreve
The CBSO Youth Orchestra under Kazuki Yamada find connections in three works inhabiting very different worlds.
****1
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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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Just like 1913: CBSO YO taps into the shock of The Rite of Spring

Andrew Gourlay © Johan Persson
The CBSO Youth Orchestra under Andrew Gourlay both succumb to and transcend imperfections in their performances of Prokofiev and Stravinsky.
****1
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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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