All this week (17-21 August) Classic FM will be celebrating its partnership with Town Hall and Symphony Hall in The Sound of Birmingham Week. Each evening at 9pm, The Full Works concert features a hand-picked selection of music associated with the venues and the city. And during the week?s Arts Daily podcasts, Bob Jones talks to Valery Gergiev about his forthcoming Mariinsky/CBSO concerts, two Associate Artists discuss their work and there?s an insight into the Birmingham International Concert Season.
Included in The Full Works concerts are recordings of works premiered at Town Hall like Elgar?s The Dream of Gerontius and Sullivan?s Overture di Ballo as well as music by Sibelius, Grieg, Ravel, Dvorak and Saint-Saens, all of whom performed their own compositions at Town Hall. You?ll also hear Symphony Hall?s signature work, Mahler?s Second Symphony, which was performed at the Hall?s official opening in 1991 and at Sir Simon Rattle?s farewell as CBSO Music Director. Many of the featured recordings were made at Symphony Hall notably by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and there?s also an exclusive preview of the first concerto recording to be made in Town Hall since it re-opened – John Ireland?s piano concerto with soloist Mark Bebbington and Orchestra of the Swan conducted by David Curtis – the disc will be released on the Somm label in October.
In Arts Daily, Bob Jones talks to Valery Gergiev about the enormity of his forthcoming performances of the Berlioz Requiem with the combined orchestral and choral forces of his Mariinsky Theatre and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Ex Cathedra?s Jeffrey Skidmore sheds new light on Elgar?s The Dream of Gerontius and Louise Braithwaite talks about Orchestra of the Swan?s work with the THSH education & community department. You?ll also hear about Town Hall?s 175th anniversary as well as the Birmingham International Concert Season.
In the latest figures released by radio industry monitoring and research agency RAJAR, Classic FM has increased its audience by 303,000 listeners over the past three months and a total of 5.717 million adults now tune in to the station every week.
Classic FM and Symphony Hall have been partners since 2002, sharing a vision to create new audiences for classical music. Each season, Classic FM selects highlights from the Birmingham International Concert Season, the largest international season of visiting classical musicians and orchestras outside London.
This Season?s concerts Recommended by Classic FM are:
- 3 October 2009, Town Hall – Town Hall 175th Birthday Concert: Handel?s Messiah with Harry Christophers and The Sixteen
- 7 October 2009, Symphony Hall – Russian Romantics – the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra play Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky
- 2 November 2009, Symphony Hall – In Love… With Renée Fleming
- 13 November 2009, Symphony Hall – Murray Perahia Plays Bach and Mozart
- 4 February 2010, Symphony Hall – Lang Lang, Celebrity Piano Recital
- 23 March 2010, Symphony Hall – Muti Conducts Beethoven – The Philharmonia Orchestra and Riccardo Muti are joined by Joshua Bell for Beethoven?s Violin Concerto
- 15 April 2010, Symphony Hall – Berlioz?s Symphonie Fantastique – with the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra and Emmanuel Krivine, joined by Jean-Yves Thibaudet for Grieg?s Piano Concerto
- 16 April 2010, Symphony Hall – Mozart?s Requiem – Academy of Ancient Music directed by Richard Egarr
- 5 May 2010, Symphony Hall – Chloe Hanslip is soloist in the Philip Glass Violin Concerto with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra
- 22 May 2010, Symphony Hall – Sir James Galway 70th Birthday Recital