BBC Symphony Orchestra

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BBCSO/Stasevska review – Auntie’s delayed premiere and an electrifying Sibelius First
The BBC’s 100th birthday gift from its Symphony Orchestra was Iain Farrington’s jaunty tribute, plus a scientific curiosity, a noble Elgar and an edge-of-your seat Sibelius finale

Tim Ashley

23, Oct, 2022 @1:16 PM

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BBCSO/Oramo Total Immersion: Sibelius the Storyteller review – hair-raising climaxes and soaring intensity
A day of concerts led by Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra explored the Finnish composer’s tone poems and songs, and made for a vivid - and special - experience

Andrew Clements

10, Oct, 2022 @9:24 PM

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Prom 66: BBCSO/Canellakis review – Jolas puts her tongue in her cheek
Betsy Jolas’s bTunes is a witty ode to our attention-sapping times, while Karina Canellakis commanded Mahler’s First Symphony with an expressive and sharply etched performance

Andrew Clements

06, Sep, 2022 @11:59 AM

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Prom 51: BBCSO/Gabel review – a bravura evening of charm and defiance
Presenting works rarely seen at the Proms, the BBCSO were at their best, led by the magnificently brooding Fabien Gabel

Tim Ashley

26, Aug, 2022 @10:38 AM

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Prom 44: BBCSO/Oramo review – Ethel Smyth’s Mass in D played with gravitas and grandeur
The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus brought dynamic shading to Smyth’s at times forbidding work, and conjured sensuous beauty from Debussy’s Nocturnes

Tim Ashley

21, Aug, 2022 @11:45 AM

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Prom 39: BBCSO/Oramo review – a soaring tale of three cities … and a blackbird
Oramo’s Prom of English music included the UK premiere of Turnage’s Time Flies; with an encore of Paul McCartney’s Blackbird from tubist Constantin Hartwig

Tim Ashley

16, Aug, 2022 @11:18 AM

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Prom 33: BBCSO/Wigglesworth review – an evening of fizzing and sparkling mysticism
Matthew Kaner’s mystical new work, the gently glittering Pearl, is effective and engaging, with Roderick Williams its supremely communicative centre

Erica Jeal

11, Aug, 2022 @2:36 PM

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Total Immersion: Frank Zappa review – a suitably eclectic day-long tribute
From a film Q&A punctuated by musicians in the audience to barnstorming performances by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Guildhall students, this was a stunning celebration of his orchestral works

John Lewis

20, Mar, 2022 @1:24 PM

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BBCSO/Brabbins: Scott of the Antarctic review – astonishing orchestration is superbly played
Vaughan Williams’s score performed as a live accompaniment to a beautifully restored print of the 1948 movie is incredibly powerful and at times extraordinarily moving

Tim Ashley

13, Mar, 2022 @3:11 PM

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BBC 100: Celebrating the BBC Orchestras review – party weekend has some fizz but ultimately feels flat
Seven concerts around the UK – one from each of the BBC’s performing groups – included some glorious moments, but the motley collection of works failed to create a celebratory or memorable whole

Andrew Clements

14, Feb, 2022 @2:41 PM

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BBCSO: Music for the End of Time review – compelling and vital music from Europe’s darkest days
A day of concerts featuring music written in imprisonment during the Holocaust was a powerful testament moving from rage to irony

Tim Ashley

24, Jan, 2022 @1:40 PM

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Up for Grabs review – Turnage’s deliriously unbuttoned score celebrates thrilling football history
Mark-Anthony Turnage has channelled his passion for the beautiful game into an electrifying musical tribute to accompany highlights from Arsenal’s 1989 title win over Liverpool

Andrew Clements

07, Nov, 2021 @2:04 PM

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