Symphony Hall, Birmingham +44 (0)121 345 0600
Ilan Volkov conductor
Steven Osborne piano
Sibelius: The Bard 6'
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Britten: Piano Concerto 34'
Oswald: B9 part 1 (World premiere of the orchestral version) 15'
Sibelius: Symphony No. 6 27'
“Other composers mix cocktails,” said Jean Sibelius, “but I serve pure, cool water.” And he never served anything purer or more beautiful than his radiant Sixth Symphony, or more mysterious than The Bard. A question, and a deeply moving answer: guest conductor Ilan Volkov gives us both, and joins pianist Steven Osborne in Britten’s sparky pre-war Piano Concerto. And John Oswald remixes Beethoven’s first five symphonies in fifteen minutes, flat. New music simply isn’t meant to be this much fun!
Explore Birmingham’s celebrations of Britten’s centenary here.
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A Boy Was Born: Nelsons conducts Britten’s War Requiem, Tuesday 28 May
Flowers and Fables, Thursday 20 June
Pre-concert talk at 6.15pm
Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem
Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Michael Seal, performs Britten's powerful orchestral showpiece.