Mar­vel­lous Mirga

BBC Music Magazine - - LETTERS - Lon­don Alan Barker, Chelms­ford

A year ago now you in­tro­duced us to con­duc­tor Mirga Gra inyt -tyla, and her ap­point­ment as mu­sic di­rec­tor of the City of Birm­ing­ham Sym­phony Or­ches­tra. Twelve months on, I have just ex­pe­ri­enced a per­for­mance by them of Mahler’s Fourth Sym­phony at the splen­did Saf­fron Hall in Es­sex. Wow! What an in­tense and mu­si­cal read­ing, beau­ti­fully con­trolled by Gra inyt -tyla and played to per­fec­tion by the mu­si­cians of the City of Birm­ing­ham Sym­phony Or­ches­tra. The un­der­stand­ing of Mahler’s mu­sic, and the in­no­va­tive use of three tre­bles as the soloist in the fi­nal move­ment, was over­whelm­ing. I have seen count­less live per­for­mances of this sym­phony and heard dozens of record­ings, but never a per­for­mance like this. Mirga Gra inyt -tyla, if you are read­ing this, please record this work as soon as pos­si­ble so that we can im­merse our­selves in your won­der­ful mu­si­cian­ship time and time again.

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