The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra told its patrons last night: ‘The conductor has changed for your concert tomorrow.’
Wonder why? This morning:
We are sorry to announce that Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla has had to withdraw from the concert this week due to illness. We are very grateful to Christoph Koenig, who will be replacing Mirga at such short notice. The programme remains the same as advertised and we very much hope that you enjoy the concert.
Elgar Two Part Songs, Op. 26, 10′
Jörg Widmann Das heisse Herz (CBSO Centenary Commission: UK Premiere), 32′
Brahms Symphony No. 3, 37′
Koenig had 24 hours to learn the new work.
Toi bloody toi!
UPDATE: Check the review tomorrow, only in Slipped Disc.