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Birmingham Symphony Hall
|Powerful northern landscapes: Elisabeth Leonskaja and the CBSO play Grieg|
|Anyone looking for an evening of calm, reflective music would find they’d come to the wrong concert. It was rather like being granted a masterclass in how to represent the infinite nuances suggested by the performance direction “fortissimo”. I was particularly looking forward to the opener, as Sibelius’ Karelia Suite was the first piece of live classical music that grabbed my attention as a teenager. I presumed the dynamic fanfares would be in safe hands with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra brass, and I wasn’t disappointed.
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