Symphony Hall, Broad Street, Birmingham, England, B1 2EA
Birmingham, England

It's summer - so it must be Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony. From its dewy-fresh opening to the serene Shepherd's Hymn with which it closes, no composer has ever captured the healing power of nature more timelessly. Two centuries on, it's still a candidate for the most relaxing piece of music ever written. Guest conductor Ludovic Morlot brings a uniquely Gallic lightness of touch to Beethoven's inspiration - and plenty of colour for Bartok's folk-flavoured miniatures. They'll stand him in good stead for the amazing sound-world of Ligeti's Violin Concerto. French virtuoso Renaud Capuon brings all his skill to bear on the ravishing colours, child-like humour and crackling energy of this true modern classic.

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Added by LintHuman on November 27, 2009

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