“Breathtakingly poignant” said one critic. “No show, just profound and dedicated musicianship” declared another. Everyone’s talking about Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla’s unique kinship with the extraordinary, neglected music of Mieczyslaw Weinberg – the forgotten 20th century composer who Shostakovich called “one of the most outstanding composers of today”. Weinberg’s life was a story of survival in the face of some of the 20th century’s profoundest horrors, and when Mirga and the CBSO joined forces with her friend and hero, the legendary Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer, to perform Weinberg’s epic 21st Symphony last November, it won her a major record deal. Now their Weinberg journey continues with the Violin Concerto, written in 1959, and the deliciously witty music from the puppet ballet The Golden Key – its very first performance in the UK. And then they turn to another shared passion: Schubert, whose Polonaise for violin and orchestra is a real forgotten gem – and whose “Unfinished” symphony couldn’t have been more perfect even if he had finished it.
CBSO+ 5.45pm: CBSO Chief Executive Stephen Maddock OBE discusses tonight’s performance with Osborn Music Director Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla.