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Looking ahead into 2012, there are several exciting musical projects involving the CBSO Chorus, which I’ll be taking part in and will write about in this Blog.

The first, with rehearsals beginning this week, is Szymanowski’s ‘Stabat Mater.’

It’s not a work I know or have performed, but the Chorus recorded it in the 1990s with Simon Rattle and the CBSO for EMI.

A few years back, we did a recording with Rattle of Szymanowski’s ‘Harnasie,’ also for EMI, so I’m looking forward to comparing the pieces and the musical approach.

The ‘Stabat Mater’ concert, conducted by the CBSO’s new principal guest conducter Edward Gardner, is at Symphony Hall, Birmingham on 15th and 18th February.

The programme also features Holst’s ‘The Planets.’

Szymanowski – Stabat Mater – extract

Edward Gardner – Last Night of the Proms 2011

CBSO official website

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