NEW! Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla’s First Season with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Announced

21/05/2016

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra has announced details of its 2016-17 season, the first of Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla’s tenure as Osborn Music Director

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Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla (c) Vern Evans

Inevitably, most attention will centre on her programmes. Excitingly, right at the start of her tenure she and the CBSO have a date at the BBC Proms. They’ll be appearing there on 27 August. The previous night she will make her debut as Music Director, conducting the same programme in Symphony Hall. She’s chosen a terrific programme, kicking off with Mozart’s overture to The Magic Flute and ending with Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony. In between these two pieces will come Hans Abrahamsen’s remarkable let me tell you for soprano and orchestra. For this the orchestra will be joined by soloist Barbara Hannigan with whom the work is indelibly associated (26 August).

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla will be back in November for a programme that includes Mahler’s First Symphony and the UK premiere of Fires, a work by her fellow Lithuanian, Raminta Šerkšnyte (16 November). When she returns in January 2017, she’ll lead a programme of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven – the Fifth Symphony (29 January & 2 February). Then in her April programme the CBSO’s principal clarinettist, Oliver Janes, will be in the spotlight as soloist in Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto. That programme also features Rachmaninov’s Third Symphony (6 & 8 April). Having begun the season wirh music from one Mozart opera, Miss Gražinytė-Tyla will close it with a complete Mozart opera, leading a concert performance of Idomeneo. A strong cast will include Christoph Strehl in the title role as well as Ben Johnson, Sophie Bevan and Joshua Ellicott (24 June).

I deliberately haven’t mentioned in sequence one of Miss Gražinytė-Tyla’s programmes. Her penultimate programme includes Stravinsky’s Petrushka in the 1947 version. There’ll also be a rare outing for Tippett’s Piano Concerto. This will be one of several performances during the season by Steven Osborne who is to be the orchestra’s Artist in Residence (14 June), Earlier in the season he’ll play the Beethoven First Concerto with Edward Gardner (22 September 2016), the Rachmaninov Second Concerto (15 & 16 February) and  the Britten Concerto with the CBSO Youth Orchestra (26 February).

Given how much he is demand all over the world, not least in Boston and Leipzig, it’s something of a coup that the CBSO has managed to secure quickly a return date for their previous Music Director, Andris Nelsons. He’ll be back in Symphony Hall to conduct Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony as well as Mozart’s ‘Linz’ Symphony (12 January).

I believe that Edward Gardner’s stint as Principal Guest Conductor has now come to an end but despite that he’ll be with the orchestra several times during the season. Admirers of the music of John Adams will relish a rare opportunity to experience a performance of his exciting choral work, Harmonium. The programme also includes Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with James Ehnes (26 November).  Just before that Gardner will conduct an all-Tchaikovsky programme for the annual CBSO Benevolent Fund concert (24 November).  Gardner returns later in the season to conduct Mahler’s Fifth (13 April).

Another welcome returning conductor will be Nicholas Collon. He has an intriguing programme in October that includes the Berlioz Symphonie fantastique. I’m not sure I see any link between that and Elgar’s The Spirit of England but this is a fine and eloquent score, which is grossly underrated and so this rare opportunity to hear it is most welcome (22 October).  Collon will also lead an all-Holst evening: The Planets is very well known but the one-act opera Sāvitri is much less familiar: Sarah Connolly will sing the title role (8 February).  Collon’s final programme is again enterprising, coupling music by Sibelius, Schumann and Schubert. The Schumann will see Elspeth Dutch and her colleagues in the CBSO horn section take centre stage for a rare performance of the Konzertstück for Four Horns and orchestra (8 June).

Other notable dates include: Alpesh Chauhan conducting Bruckner (Third Symphony) and Strauss (Four Last Songs) (6 October); Christian Măcelaru in Shostakovich’s epic Eighth Symphony (26 October); Nicola Benedetti playing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in a concert that also includes Ein Heldenleben by Strauss (7 December);  Stephen Hough in Rachmaninov’s Paganini Rhapsody (16 March); and a CBSO debut by an exciting young American conductor, Karina Canellakis, whose programme includes Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances (17 May).

Full details of the CBSO’s season can be found here. Public booking commences on 6 June 2016, either online or by calling 0121 780 3333.

John Quinn

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  1. Tim Walton says:

    Andris Nelsons will already be in the UK when he returns to the CBSO.

    In fact he will be in the middle of performances of Der Rosenkavalier at Covent Garden. With performances of the opera On January 8, 11, 14, 17 and 24. He will have to fit in rehearsals with the CBSO. Something tells me he will be busy. There’s also the travelling to fit in!!!!

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