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Birmingham Town Hall & Symphony Hall

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« Birmingham Symphony Hall has one of the very best acoustics in the world, one of very few to provide resonant warmth (almost to the level of a stone church) at the same time as having so much clarity that your ear can pick out clearly the timbre of any individual instrument of your choice. »
David Karlin, May 2015
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BirminghamHespèrion XXI

Hespèrion XXI; Jordi Savall; Waed Bouhassoun; Lior Elmaleh

BirminghamEmmanuel Tjeknavorian

Bach, Ysaÿe, Ehrenfellner, Bartók
Emmanuel Tjeknavorian, Violin

BirminghamIgor Levit

Bach, Shostakovich, Berg, Liszt
Igor Levit, Piano
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Shostakovich, Brahms and Simon Holt in Birmingham

Alisa Weilerstein © Harald Hoffmann | Decca
Alisa Weilerstein delivered an amazingly raw performance of Shostakovich’s Second Cello Concerto, whereas Ilan Volkov and the CBSO’s renditions of Simon Holt and Brahms (reimagined by Schoenberg) proved alienating and overblown.
***11
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A portrait in all but name: Jörg Widmann and the CBSO

Jörg Widmann © Marco Borggreve
A showcase of Jörg Widmann’s talents as composer, conductor and clarinettist in works by Mozart, Weber and himself
****1
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Removing barriers, provoking questions: Ono, Bavouzet and the CBSO

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet © Benjamin Ealovega
Dvořák is diminished in the wake of Bartók’s experimental zeal and Strauss’ fearless convolutions.
*****
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Celebrating Linz's favourite son: a majestic Eighth

Markus Poschner © Christian Herzenberger
Markus Poschner and the Bruckner Orchestra Linz conclude their UK tour with an impulsive, passionate performance at Symphony Hall.
****1
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© David Karlin | Mike Gutteridge
© David Karlin | Mike Gutteridge