Prom 55: Fate knocks, Ophelia sings, Mirga triumphs

CBSO/Gražinyte-Tyla ****

Barbara Hannigan and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla © BBC | Chris Christodoulou

Barbara Hannigan and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla
© BBC | Chris Christodoulou

Royal Albert Hall, 27th August 2016

A pair of auspicious debuts marked the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s Prom: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla was making her London debut, just a day after her first concert as its new music director; plus it was the first time that Hans Abrahamsen’s song cycle let me tell you, based on text manipulating Ophelia’s words in Hamlet, was to be heard in the capital. Both made remarkable impressions, from the faintest footprint in Abrahamsen’s aural snowscape to fate hammering at the door in Tchaikovsky’s Fourth.

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