City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Out of the Deep

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla brings a gust of fresh air with her when she makes her highly-anticipated appearance with the CBSO: Lili Boulanger’s spring morning prefaces sea-sprayed Debussy and a Mahlerian maelstrom.

Boulanger D’un Matin de Printemps*
Debussy La Mer
Mahler Symphony No. 1

Conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

“A century of aeroplanes deserves its own music” declared Debussy, and Gustav Mahler would surely have agreed. Their flight paths might be very different but each provided a soundtrack, aesthetic or psychological, to the concerns of a new age. United tonight by subtly calibrated intimations of the natural world, Debussy’s seascape in three symphonic sketches was improbably completed at Eastbourne, while Mahler’s debut symphony opens with a hushed, heart-stopping, seven octave evocation of ‘nature awakening’. An early morning call like no other.

Birmingham’s been all a-buzz since Mirga Gražinytė- Tyla was appointed Music Director of the CBSO, latest in an illustrious line including Sir Simon Rattle, Sakari Oramo and Andris Nelsons. The Daily Telegraph christened her ‘Conducting’s next superstar’; The Los Angeles Times agrees: “This is Mirga’s moment”. Now Bristol gets a chance to hear what all the fuss is about.

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*Programme updated since the publication of the Classical Season brochure, at the request of the orchestra.

Pre-concert lecture

The Lantern – 18:25
Jonathan James introduces this evening’s concert and interviews CBSO Assistant Conductor Jonathan Bloxham.

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