City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Andris Nelsons has been making waves as Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Here, he conducts Richard Strauss’s swaggering and sensational Ein Heldenleben: a dynamic affirmation of life, packed with kaleidoscopic pictures in its orchestral colour. In January 2010, the Daily Telegraph described their recording: ‘the standard of playing is supreme… And the whole work is held together with a masterly hand on a disc that never fails to thrill.’ Few other piano concertos can compare with Rachmaninov’s stunningly difficult Third, packed with high-octane bravura and flashing fieriness. Nikolai Lugansky has a reputation for superb interpretations of Rachmaninov and this one is unlikely to end without musical fireworks!

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Sheffield City Hall, Barkers Pool

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