Tuesday 24 August 2021

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra's Autumn season in Glasgow and Edinburgh

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (photo BBC)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (photo BBC)

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra's Autumn season sees the orchestra returning to performances with live audiences in Glasgow City Halls and Edinburgh's Usher Hall. The season opens with guest conductor Joana Carneiro in a programme of music by Magnus Lindberg and Sibelius including Lindberg's Violin Concerto with soloist Pekka Kuusisto, in a season which also includes music by Jörg Widmann,  Einojuhani Rautavara, and Unsuk Chin, arrangements by François Leleux, plus music by Louise Farrenc (1804-1875), Polish-American composer Lucia Dlugoszewski (1925-2000), Japanese composer Yasushi Akutagawa (1925-1989) and Russian composer Vasily Kalinnikov (1866-1901).

There are two programmes spotlighting the talents of Jörg Widmann (clarinettist, composer, conductor) and François Leleux (oboist, conductor). Widmann performs his own Con Brio alongside Weber's First Clarinet Concerto and Schumann's Symphony No. 2. Leleux performs his own arrangements of Mozart arias alongside music by Mendelssohn and Louise Farrenc.

Principal guest conductor Ilan Volkov directs a programme of new music, being recorded for BBC Radio 3's New Music Show, which includes Lucia Dlugoszewski’s Abyss and Caress (1975) with New York jazz trumpeter Peter Evans. Conductor Yutaka Sado's programme includes Triptique for string orchestra (1953) by Yasushi Akutagawa alongside music by Debussy and Beethoven. Hannu Lintu conducts Grieg and Brahms plus Einojuhani Rautavara's Lintukoto (Isle of Bliss). David Afkham will conduct Unsuk Chin's Subito con forza plus music by Beethoven and Schumann.

Tchaikovsky is the focus of a pair of concerts which round off the season.  Associate conductor Alpesh Chauhan directs Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique Symphony, Schoenberg's Chamber Symphony No. 2 and Korngold's Abschiedslieder with mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill. Malcolm Brabbins conducts Tchaikvosky's Piano Concerto No. 1 (with Pavel Kolesnikov) and the Symphony No. 1 by Vasily Kalinnikov.

Full details from the orchestra's website.

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