Catch up on the best of classical music this monthby Alexandra Coghlan / July 14, 2016 / Leave a comment
Published in August 2016 issue of Prospect Magazine
CBSO: Welcoming Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla
Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 26th August
The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra have good form when it comes to picking music directors, talent-spotting Andris Nelsons, Sakari Oramo and a certain Simon Rattle while still at the start of their careers. So when they announced earlier this year that 29-year-old Lithuanian conductor Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla would be taking over, people took notice.
Since becoming a Dudamel Fellow in 2012, Gražinyte-Tyla has worked principally with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and has just been appointed the orchestra’s associate conductor. Setting her music-making apart is a rare combination of intellect and expressive artistry, and in 2014 she featured in critic Alex Ross’s top 10 performances of the year with a “vital and sinewy” Mahler Symphony No 1.
She makes her official debut as the CBSO’s music director on 26th August, with a programme inspired by her life. Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony speaks passionately of the composer’s inner conflicts, while Hans Abrahamsen’s Let Me Tell You is a disturbingly beautiful contemporary song-cycle giving Ophelia (soprano Barbara Hannigan) the chance to tell her tragic story in her own words.
BBC Proms at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse: Arcangelo
Wanamaker Playhouse, 13th August