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    The CBSO and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla explore the theme of political and artistic freedom.

    Beethoven’s Leonore overture No. 3, written for his rescue opera Fidelio, celebrates the triumph of truth over tyranny in music of radiant beauty, while his Fifth Symphony rewrites the rules for the Classical symphony.

    In his new work, maverick composer Gerald Barry is inspired by revolutionary events in Canada’s history, also setting the text from Fidelio’s Prisoners’ Chorus; and violinist Leila Josefowicz amps up the drama in the fierce brilliance of Stravinsky’s neo-Classical concerto.

  • Programme

    Overture ‘Leonore’ No. 3 14’

    Violin Concerto 22’


    Gerald Barry
    Canada c10’
    BBC commission: world premiere

    Symphony No. 5 in C minor 31’

    Leila Josefowicz violin
    Allan Clayton tenor

    City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
    Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla conductor