Mirga makes Munich debut

Mirga makes Munich debut


norman lebrecht

March 18, 2021

The outgoing Birmingham conductor Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla is getting seriously out there.

Next week she’s conducting Simon Rattle’s new band, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, in what will be the first Munich performance of music by Mieczysław Weinberg, his second symphony.

The BRSO say she’s the third woman to debut with them this season, after Oksana Lyniv and Karina Canellakis.

Friday, 26 March, 8:30 pm

Munich, Herkulessaal

Mieczysław Weinberg – Symphony No. 2 for string orchestra, op. 30

Wolfgang Amadé Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat major, K 595

Ludwig van Beethoven – “Leonore” Overture No. 3 in C major, op. 72b

Francesco Piemontesi, piano



  • yujafan says:

    lond crush crashes in yet again… and with that nothing composer Whineberg too. She’s jumped on him just because he’s currently trendy, rather than because he has any merit or she has anything to say with this music.

    • norman lebrecht says:

      And what will you say when Yuja plays his concertos?

      • Eugene Tzigane says:

        As far as I know, there is no piano concerto by Weinberg, only a piano quintet. He did however write concerti for Flute (2x), Violin, Cello, Clarinet, and Trumpet. Great music.

        • Arnolphe says:

          Let’s not forget the 17 string quartets, much championed and recorded by the Quatuor Danel, artists in residence at the University of Manchester, where they succeeded the never-to-be-forgotten Lindsays in 2005.

    • La plus belle voix says:

      Kindness abounds, obviously. So I’d urge youjarfan to listen to this:


      Of course, it all comes down to subjective opinion, which applies both to language and the use of it (for “trendy” I’d understand “being rediscovered”) as well as to the music itself. Personally, I think the Piano Quintet evinces an evanescent beauty, possibly something we can take solace in at the moment.

    • Thomas M says:

      You’re totally wrong. Weinberg was an uneven composer, but there are excellent works out there, like e.g. his 6th Symphony, or some of his chamber works. But I’m surprised that Mirga is leaving Birmingham already.

  • Andreas B. says:

    “the first Munich performance of music by M. Weinberg”

    The Jewish Chamber Orchestra Munich (formerly known as Orchester am Jakobsplatz) might like to disagree – just two examples:

    In 2012, they played the first German performance of Weinberg’s 10th symphony:

    (I remember playing this concert very fondly:
    On the one hand, Weinberg’s symphony was a great discovery; on the other hand, Sergeij Leiferkus was phenomenal in Shostakovich 14.)

    In 2019, they staged a whole Weinberg 100th anniversary festival with concerts and opera performances in Munich:


  • FrankUSA says:

    Was this not her intention(there may be others as well) that due to personal reasons she wanted to no longer(for time being) to devote the time needed to being a music director of a major orchestra. I would have to go back to the original statement but I assumed that she would continue conducting but as a guest conductor. If she signs on as a music director of a major orchestra in the next couple of months then her reason to leave the CBSO might become more suspect. But we also have to remember that major orchestras NEED to sign music director at least one year(and that maybe a bit late) to two years which seems to be the average time to impact programming etc. And why is SD and others here so obsessed with Morgan. Is it possible that Mirga left a UK orchestra which seems to be a grave sin.

  • Mathias Broucek says:

    The BRSO seems to do these “backwards” programs – Symphony-Concerto-Overture

    Their 2019 Prom with YNS (subbing for MJ) went Sibelius 1 => Prokofiev VC 2 (Shaham, also subbing) => Rosenkavalier suite

  • Zandonai says:

    With all this jet-setting and running around, how does Mirga find time to study scores in depth that she’s conducting? I doubt her <10 years of professional experience will bring any new insight to the music.