Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Into 2015 with world premieres

Scottish Chamber Orchestra © Marco Borggreve
Scottish Chamber Orchestra © Marco Borggreve
The Scottish Chamber Orchestra has announced plans for 2014/15. This will be the sixth term for Robin Ticciati as Principal Conductor (and he has committed until at least 2018).  The orchestra is presenting two world premieres during the season plus a Scottish premiere and two UK premieres. 

The season opens in October with Robin Ticciati conducting Mahler's Symphony No. 4 (with mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill) paired with the premiere of the new harp concerto Aeolus by Toshio Hosokawa. Hosokawa's Meditation (dedicated to the victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan) also receives its UK premiere during the season. The other SCO commission is by Scottish composer John McLeod whose Out of the Silence is premiered in January 2015. This work is written as a tribute to the composer Carl Nielsen whose 150th anniversary is celebrated in 2014. Candlebird by SCO Associate Composer Martin Suckling receives its Scottish premiere, and Swedish composer Rolf Martinsson's Garden of Devotion gets its UK premiere.

Other threads running through the season include Schumann, whose complete symphonies have been recorded by Ticciati and the SCO for release in September 2014 on Linn. And the Piano Classis series features pianists such as Mitsuko Uchida, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Ingrit Fliter, Llyr Williams and Francesco Piemontesi. Further information from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra website.

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