BBC SSO: Nicola Benedetti plays Szymanowski
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In an Eastern Europe-flavoured programme, Andrew Litton conducts Nicola Benedetti in one of her favourite works, Szymanowski's Violin Concerto No 1.
Karłowicz Eternal Songs (c.25 minutes)
Szymanowski Violin Concerto No.1 (c.20 minutes)
Prokofiev Symphony No.5 (c.40 minutes)
Nicola Benedetti violin
Andrew Litton conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
They called them “Young Poland”: the composers who, in the first decades of the 20th century, gave voice to a resurgent nation. Karłowicz died young, but his heartfelt tone-poem Eternal Songs brought Polish music firmly into the world of Mahler and Strauss. Szymanowski went further in his Violin Concerto No.1: lyrical, visionary and aglow with colour, it’s a work with which Nicola Benedetti has a deep personal affinity. Andrew Litton makes a welcome return to the BBC SSO, and reminds us of another turning point in Eastern European history: Prokofiev’s “symphony of the greatness of the human spirit”, premiered in wartime Moscow to the sound of gunfire.
Prelude: 6.45pm in the Recital Room
Meet The Players: a chance to meet members of the BBC SSO viola section led by principal Scott Dickinson.
(approximately 10 minutes after the main concert) A short recital featuring music students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
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