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THE EYE DEFEATS THE EAR

THE SEA

Norman Perryman and the CBSO at Symphony Hall ****

Norman Perryman's sensitive, astute swirling paintings of music and musicians grace the foyers and corridors of Symphony Hall, and it was a wonderful idea for the CBSO to commission him to paint a live concerto for artist and orchestra to accompany the UK premiere of an important work by the Lithuanian composer Mikalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis.
Ciurlionis' symphonic poem The Sea had a troubled gestation, composed in 1903 but not premiered until 1936 (25 years after the composer's death in a psychiatric hospital at the age of 35), and not heard in its original version until 1990.
It is a wonderfully opulent Straussian work, demanding, and receiving from the CBSO huge generosity of playing, and Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla unfolded her compatriot's score with love and authority.
The trouble was, we were scarcely aware of this gorgeous music, so absorbed were we in Perryman's paintings a…

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