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Andris Nelsons, aware of the strengths within him, leads the CBSO / Birmingham Post

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Andris Nelsons returned to conduct the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall. The hard-nosed American atmosphere seems to have stiffened Nelsons and have made him more aware of the strengths within him. This extra layer of self-confidence certainly emerged in his conducting of Peter Maxwell Davies' Trumpet Concerto (contemporary music has been until now a small quotient in Nelsons' repertoire), collaborating with soloist Hakan Hardenberger in a rich, sinewy reading, firmly structured from Stygian gloom to huge glowing climaxes.

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