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Andris Nelsons

Philharmonia Orchestra: Brahms Cycle - Royal Festival Hall

Andris Nelsons' Brahms series finds Brahms at his most radiantly inspired and upbeat this evening. The ebullient 'Academic Festival Overture' raises the curtain on one of the great violin concertos, which soars aloft with ecstatic brilliance. When w

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra: Prokofiev - Leeds Town Hall

The CBSO and conductor Andris Nelsons are joined by pianist Dejan Lazic to perform pieces by Prokofiev, Stravinsky and Brahms.

Romeo and Juliet - City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Symphony Hall

Love never dies. Richard Strauss’s career went off like a rocket with Don Juan, and you can almost smell the testosterone. A lifetime later, Strauss gazed into the sunset and heard his Four Last Songs; ardour turned to serenity, in music of transcendent

Tuned in: Stravinsky's Petrushka - City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Symphony Hall

Puppets in love? Sounds delightful. But there’s a sinister secret to Stravinsky’s ballet Petrushka - something that makes it far more than just one of the most entertaining pieces in 20th century music. In this special Tuned In concert, presenter Paul

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra: Prokofiev & Mozart - Warwick Arts Centre

From the rocketing energy and playful humour of Prokofiev’s firecracker of a First Symphony, to the Shakespearean tragedy of Brahms’ Fourth, this concert demonstrates the whole range of Nelsons’ musical personality – and shows the gift that has ma

Russian Classics - City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Symphony Hall

It’s springtime in old Russia, and as crowds throng the Shrovetide Fair, passions are rising. But how serious can it get? After all, a puppet doesn’t have feelings… does it? 100 years on, Stravinsky’s brilliantly original ballet continues to start

Elektra - Royal Opera House

With the first chords of Elektra, we are plunged into a psychologically intense and violent world. The opera shocked audiences (and even its performers!) when it had its premiere in Dresden in 1909. Today, as then, Elektra’s desperate need to avenge the

A Boy Was Born: Britten's War Requiem - City of Birmingham Symphony - Symphony Hall

“My subject is War, and the pity of War.” Benjamin Britten composed his War Requiem for the new Coventry Cathedral, but it’s become one of the defining achievements of modern music, a timeless and profoundly moving exploration of man’s inhumanity

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra: The Leningrad Symphony - Royal Festival Hall

Written in the Second World War during the gruelling siege of Leningrad, Shostakovich's powerful Symphony No 7 has since transcended the specifics of its conception to become a universal expression of man's survival during times of conflict.

Viva Italia! - City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Symphony Hall

Roman holidays: when northern composers headed for Italy, it never took them long to go native. Felix Mendelssohn wrote a symphony that positively dances in the sunlight, and Tchaikovsky had barely left his hotel room before his head was fizzing with tune