In Exile - Concert

Symphony Hall, Birmingham

| 9 December 2021 |
7:30 pm

    Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
    Conductor : Gergely Madaras

    Raphael Wallfisch : Cello
    Simon Keenlyside : Baritone



Sibelius Finlandia, 8′

Dove In Exile, 30′ (CBSO Centenary Commission: UK Premiere)

Dvořák Symphony No.9 (New World), 40′


From the CBSO website:

"..Grand passions, glorious tunes: Sibelius’s Finlandia and Dvořák’s New World are two classics that just never get old (even if the Hovis advert was nearly 50 years ago now!). But tonight, we’re creating new memories too, with the UK premiere of In Exile by Jonathan Dove: a heartfelt musical journey for two great British soloists, written specially for us by one of our most communicative – and brilliant – living composers...."


More information

BBC Radio 3 will broadcast this concert live on 09 December at 7.30pm UK time. It will be available online on BBC Sounds for 28 days after the live broadcast.


Raphael Wallfisch talks about the commission at the end of this interview with The Arts Desk:





(4 stars)

"....Keenlyside declaimed his lines in heroic tones while Wallfisch provided a keening, sighing counterpoint. Grave, impassioned and masterfully paced, In Exile packs a real emotional punch, and the applause was warm...."


(4 stars, subscription or registration required)


"...The two soloists - a brooding Simon Keenlyside and an eloquent Raphael Wallfisch - reveal different aspects of the narrator: outer and inner voices; thoughts and feelings; intellect and instinct....."



"...Simon Keenlyside gave a powerful rendering of the vocal part in all its burnished rhetoric....."