When it comes to conductors, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra has a reputation for picking winners, and its new partnership with its Japanese-born Chief Conductor Designate Kazuki Yamada is already generating some serious electricity.

Elena Urioste © Alessandra Tinozzi

‘Yamada certainly doesn’t hold back,’ says The Guardian. Expect him to wear his heart very much on his sleeve in Rachmaninov’s huge, Romantic epic of a Second Symphony – and to bring all his sincerity and verve to the neglected (but equally impassioned) Concerto for Violin and Horn by BBC Proms-featured composer Ethel Smyth. Soloists Elena Urioste and Ben Goldscheider are a byword for communicative, imaginative playing: a night of big emotions and even bigger tunes, with Glinka’s firecracker overture to light the fuse.

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