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Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, CBSO Centre, Birmingham

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, CBSO Centre, Birmingham

A nostalgic evening of avant-garde music that harks back to the Seventies

Tansy Davies: Like an over-stimulated teenager who has learnt how far one can go too far
The Birmingham Contemporary Music Group does star concerts, which fill (or nearly) the CBSO Centre; and they do old-fashioned New Music concerts, which don’t quite empty it, but leave one wondering who exactly – if anyone - some of the works being played are intended to reach. Their latest offering was of this latter kind. The performers came and went, the audience clapped politely, the electric keyboard went wrong, luckily near the start of Enno Poppe’s Salz, so that we didn’t have to hear too much of it twice. The instrumentalists, brilliant players as one knows, communed with some pretty impenetrable material, “explained” by programme notes rich in imagery and gobbledy-gook. It was like being back in the Seventies: even quite a nostalgic afternoon, in its way.

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