The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra has a reputation as“the best catalyst of success for young conductors” (Die Zeit) having discovered great conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle and latest AndrisNelsons. Therefore the inaugural concert of Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla as thenew CBSO Music Director was eagerly awaited, so much, that next to the first night in Birmingham, the concert was repeated on the following dayat the prestigious BBC Proms.
In this position Gražinytė-Tyla is also the first woman conductor taking over one of the world’s leading orchestras. Combining the dynamism of youth and a profundity beyond her years, sheis a creative and technical force presenting “the most newsworthy of all the 2016 Proms” (The Telegraph).“The musicality of the new director of the CBSO becomes evident within 30 seconds ofher raising her baton” (TheLondon Times). This musicality shines bright in the concerts centre piece, the “spellbinding and bewitching” (The Guardian) song cycle let me tell you by Hans Abrahamsen. Performed by canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan, for whom the piece was written.The award-winning cycle centres on Shakespeare’s Ophelia, using only words allotted to her in Hamlet. Hannigan performed the shining magical score as stunningly brilliant as ever.” (The Guardian) In the second half of the concert Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and the CBSO vividly explore Tchaikovsky’s dramatic Fourth Symphony. “Technically impeccable and just that bit more vivid than usual” (The Guardian).“So – has the CBSO at last found a worthy successor to Andris Nelsons? You bet they have. In just one evening we witnessed exactly what the Mirga magic can do. And this is just the start.”(Birmingham Mail) “The CBSO has done it again” (The Arts Desk) “A star was born” (Los AngelesTimes) “exciting times ahead for the CBSO” (The Telegraph).