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  • Tippett Concerto for Double String Orchestra 22′
  • Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 434′
  • Larcher Ourobros20′
  • Bartók Miraculous Mandarin: Suite21′

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With a blockbuster programme containing enough memorable music for several concerts, Edward Gardner and the CBSO present four substantial orchestral works, each enveloping the listener in its own compelling sound-world.

Tippett and Bartók shared a fascination with complex rhythms yet chose very different paths: Bartók’s Mandarin is seduced and murdered to a pounding, off-kilter beat, while Tippett’s twin string orchestras echo and interweave in a floating, multilayered continuum.

The CBSO are joined by soloists Stephen Hough and Alisa Weilerstein in concertos of intimate, mysterious beauty – the questions posed by Beethoven’s remarkable slow movement lingering well beyond the duration of the piece and Thomas Larcher’s cello concerto moving effortlessly between lyrical, filmic atmosphere and dynamic modernism.