Šerkšnytė De Profundis
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1
Brahms Symphony No.3
In 2019 Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla made history when she became the first female conductor to be signed by Deutsche Grammophon – the fabled record label of Herbert von Karajan and Claudio Abbado. That came as no surprise here in the Midlands, where her partnership with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra has been creating sparks since 2016: still, picture the energy when she teams up with pianist Gabriela Montero – the free-spirited Venezuelan virtuoso whose extraordinary gift for improvisation put creativity back at the heart of classical performance.
Bursting with melody, Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto is a white-knuckle ride at the best of times, but this should be in another league altogether. Gražinytė-Tyla frames it with a striking modern masterpiece from her native Lithuania, and Brahms’s gorgeous third symphony: music of stormy emotions and quiet secrets that ends with one of the most radiant sunsets in all of Romantic music.