Royal Scottish National Orchestra: Springtime in Paris
CLASSICAL MINI FESTIVAL
OK, there’s no way that Glasgow and Edinburgh can compete on the romance front, but bringing as much of Paris in the Springtime that is possible to Scotland, the RSNO present a mini-festival of music and events inspired by the French capital. Although the core of the festival will be two concert programmes to be heard in each of the two Scottish cities over two consecutive weekends, Springtime in Paris is a multi-layered festival, with newly commissioned video projections, extra informal cabaret-type events and, inevitably, plenty opportunity to taste French food and wine. The concert programmes themselves take an innovatory format as each one is in three parts, with two intervals in place of the conventional one.
The driving force behind Springtime in Paris is the RSNO’s Music Director Stéphane Denève. Study at the Paris Conservatoire fostered his love of the city, its music and musicians. ‘I discovered so many artists and went to so many concerts and opera performances,’ he says, ‘that now I live in Scotland, I am slightly nostalgic. I thought it would be interesting to go on a musical journey to see why Paris was at some point the centre of the world for music and to discover if it still is.’
As part of the journey of discovery, 17 pieces of music by French composers or composers inspired by Paris will be included in the concerts. Six will be by living composers. ‘A lot of great new music is being composed in Paris right now.’ says Denève. ‘These young composers are all under the age of 40. They show the big variety and range of contemporary music in the city.’ Among them is the first piano concerto by Guillaume Connesson which receives its world premiere with its dedicatee, the great French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, as soloist.
Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Sat 21 and Sat 28 Mar; Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Sun 22 and Sun 29 Mar