Bringing you the CBSO Symphonic Collection with four stunning pre-released digital concerts filmed at Symphony Hall for you to enjoy as many times as you like until 30 June, from the comfort of your own home. So whether you're dressed to impress or sitting comfy in your slippers, it's time to pour your favourite tipple, dim the lights and turn up the music.
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CBSO Symphonic Collection concerts:
Peer Gynt and The Sea
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla – Conductor
Klara Ek – Soprano
Norman Perryman – Artist
Čiurlionis The Sea (UK premiere), 35′
Grieg Peer Gynt: Incidental Music, 50′
Peer Gynt is a prankster, an adventurer and a rogue, and everyone knows some of the wonderfully memorable music that Grieg wrote to accompany his exploits. But Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla has another story to tell – a beautiful rarity from her native Lithuania – and another dimension to share, as Birmingham-born artist Norman Perryman creates colours and images to complement the music. This concert was originally filmed in front of a live audience in February 2019, and includes unseen footage of The Sea.
Alpesh conducts Mendelssohn
Alpesh Chauhan – Conductor
Stephen Hough – Piano
Brahms Academic Festival Overture, 10′
Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No.1, 20′
Mendelssohn Symphony No.1 , 35′
Alpesh Chauhan needs no introduction here in Birmingham – and nor does Felix Mendelssohn. His music was an instant smash when he visited Birmingham in the 19th century, and in the CBSO’s centenary year, his sparkling First Piano Concerto is like cracking open a bottle of musical champagne – especially when it’s played by our old friend Stephen Hough. Critics say he’s Britain’s greatest living pianist, but we’re just glad to welcome him back, at the heart of a concert that ends with the irrepressible energy of Mendelssohn’s First Symphony, and begins with the cheerful student drinking songs of Brahms’s festive overture. Bottoms up: this is music to prove – once again - that youth is simply a state of mind! This concert was originally filmed in November 2020 and has previously been released.
Ben Gernon – Conductor
Mary Bevan – Soprano
Bologne L’Amant anonyme: Overture, 10′
Britten Les Illuminations , 23′
Haydn Symphony No. 84 , 24′
“I alone hold the key to this wild parade!” And with a dazzling flourish, Benjamin Britten launched Les Illuminations: ten glittering, sensuous songs that sent sparks hurtling into the grey skies of 1940s England. Mary Bevan is the singer today: critics have called her “simply spectacular”, and together with the sheer energy of our guest conductor Ben Gernon, she’s the vibrant heart of a concert that begins with a spirited overture by the composer they called “the Black Mozart” and ends with one of the pieces he’d have played in 18th century Paris – an irreverent, deliciously witty symphony by Joseph Haydn. Join us to beat the seasonal blues: this is music to light up even the gloomiest winter day. This concert was originally filmed in December 2020 and has previously been released.
Michael Seal – Conductor
Eugene Tzikindelean – Violin
Berlioz Overture ‘Rob Roy’, 13′
Ravel Tzigane, 10′
Beethoven Symphony No.7, 38′
Rob Roy was an outlaw – and when Hector Berlioz tells his tale in music, you can feel every ounce of drama, adrenalin and (of course) romance. It’s a stirring way to begin a real swashbuckler of a concert: because music doesn’t get wilder or more life-affirming than Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony. Contemporaries thought Beethoven had gone mad. Today, this white-knuckle ride of a symphony has never been more popular – and believe us, when Michael Seal conducts it, he never holds back! First though, the CBSO’s brilliant new leader Eugene Tzikindelean sends the passion off the scale in Ravel’s fiery Tzigane. Hold onto your seats… This concert was originally filmed in December 2020 and has previously been released.