Nicholas Collon - Conductor
Sophie Bevan - Soprano
The Soviet authorities called Shostakovich's Tenth Symphony an "optimistic tragedy", but we just know that it's one of the twentieth century's ultimate musical epics: a huge, shatteringly powerful portrait of a human spirit battling impossible odds.
It'll make a gripping showcase for the young British conductor Nicholas Collon, who's paired it with jewel-like miniatures by Ravel and Britten's luminous songs, sung by the wonderful Sophie Bevan.
CBSO+ 26 April, 6.15pm: CBSO violinist David Gregory joins two of his colleagues to explore Shostakovich's Tenth Symphony.
Ravel (orch. Colin Matthews) Oiseaux Tristes, 4'
Ravel Alborada del gracioso, 7'
Britten Les Illuminations, 23';
Shostakovich Symphony No. 10, 52'
The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra is the flagship of musical life in Birmingham and the West Midlands - and one of the world's great orchestras. Based in Symphony Hall, it gives over 130 concerts each year in Birmingham, the UK and around the world, playing music that ranges from classics to contemporary, film music and even disco. At its centre is a team of 90 superb professional musicians, and a 95-year tradition of making the world's greatest music.cbso.co.uk
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