Last night, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla directed the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in a superb recital at the Royal Albert Hall.
The programme began with Beethoven’s ‘Leonore’ No. 3 overture before they were joined by the talented American-Canadian violinist, Leila Josefowicz for a performedance of Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto in D. After the interval the audience were treated to a world premiere performance of Gerald Barry’s Canada with the soloist, Allan Clayton. The programme ended with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor taking us on a journey from the grim conflict of the first movement to the triumphant and exhilarating finale!
If you missed the concert, or would simply like to hear it again then it can be found here for the next 29 days.
If you have enjoyed this Prom then you might like to consider acquiring the following fine recordings:
- Leila Josefowicz performing Scheherazade.2 by John Adams, who wrote the work for her. In this recording she is joined by the St. Louis Symphony, directed by David Robertson on the Nonesuch label.
- A fine recent recording of Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto in D, coupled with Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto played by the violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Jurowski on the Naïve label.
- Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor, coupled with Symphony No. 7 in A major, in a truly outstanding performance by Carlos Kleiber with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra on the Deutsche Grammophon label.