Autumn Season Preview: Classical Music

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Autumn Season Preview: Classical Music

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What's ahead in the next few weeks

It’s autumn, the leaves are turning and it’s that time of year when classical music’s own type of seasons start up again to keep everyone going through until the Spring. A major difference this year is that the orchestras are returning to their favourite east coast symphony hall. The Usher Hall opened its doors for the 2009 Edinburgh International Festival and even though refurbishment work isn’t quite complete, the doors are staying open for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, who are first in there on 2 October, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, who are hot on their heels on 8 October, and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, who are hoping that the transformed hall will transform their Edinburgh audience figures into healthier ones than those of the past.

All three orchestras are fielding high flyer maestros in some stunning programming to draw the crowds to their Edinburgh dates. Stéphane Denève, RSNO Music Director, introduces his orchestra’s season in one of the most colourful concerts. Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, and its exotic tales of Arabian nights, sits alongside Knussen’s Flourish with Fireworks. The SCO’s trump cards for their opening concert are conductor Louis Langrée and soprano Lisa Milne in pieces of music which were famously left unfinished – Schubert’s Symphony No 8 and Mozart’s C minor Mass. New Chief Conductor of the BBC SSO is Edinburgh-born Donald Runnicles who turns to two of the greatest symphonies ever written – Mahler’s Symphony No 1 – Titan and Beethoven’s Symphony No 1. All programmes can, of course, be heard in Glasgow too.

Chamber and early music lovers are not missed out of the season openings. Milngavie Music Club is one of many such clubs up and down the country that puts on consistently good chamber music events. Their opening event is the Wihan String Quartet from Czech Republic, who play music of their homeland in the form of Janácek, Smetana and Dvorák. Earlier quartets can be heard in the Georgian Concert Society’s first concert, when the Fitzwilliam Quartet turn their attention to the great master of string quartets, Haydn.

See listings for full details of all events. RSNO, Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Fri 2; Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Sat 3. SCO, Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Thu 8, City Halls, Glasgow, Fri 9. BBC SSO, City Halls, Glasgow, Thu 8; Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Sun 11. Wihan String Quartet, Cairns Church, Milngavie, Fri 9. Fitzwilliam String Quartet, St Cecilia’s Hall, Edinburgh, Sat 3

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra: Maestros' Choice 1

The BBC SSO's 2009/10 season kicks off with early works by three contrasting greats, conducted by Donald Runnicles. Beethoven's Haydnesque 'Symphony No 1' is followed by two richly scored late Romantic works: Mahler's 'Symphony No 1 ('Titan')' and Berg's 'Seven Early Songs', sung by soprano Heidi Melton. With a…

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra: Maestros' Choice 3

Conductor Ilan Volkov opens on a bombastic note with Richard Strauss' 'Don Juan', followed by a performance by Stefan Vladar of Beethoven's magnificent 'Piano Concerto No 4', the world premiere of a new work by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, and ending with the dark finality of Sibelius' great 'Symphony No 7'. With a…

RSNO: Arabian Nights

Stéphane Denève opens the 2009/10 season with an orchestral tour de force in a colourfully pictorial programme, featuring Oliver Knussen's 'Flourish with Fireworks' and 'The Way to Castle Yonder', and Rimsky-Korsakov's exotic 'Scheherazade'. Leading pianist Lars Vogt also performs Mozart's 'Piano Concerto No 24'.

RSNO Favourites: Shostakovich 11

Award-winning Argentinean pianist Ingrid Fliter joins the RSNO and conductor Yakov Kreizberg for Beethoven's spirited 'Piano Concerto No 1'. With Shostakovich's powerfully political 'Symphony No 11', written in commemoration of the massacre by government troops of a peacefully protesting crowd in 1956. With a pre-concert…

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Petr Altrichter, Principal Conductor of the Prague Symphony Orchestra, joins the BBC SSO for a sunny and lighthearted programme, with his compatriot Dvorák's 'Symphony No 8' and Mozart's 'Piano Concerto No 22', featuring soloist Piers Lane. The concert opens with three reflective orchestral 'Interludes' from James…

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

A concert of three unmissable classical masterworks kicks offs with the energetic overture to Beethoven's 'Prometheus', followed by leading violinist Julian Rachlin tackling the bow-shredding difficulties in Sibelius' fantastic, darkly lyrical 'Violin Concerto'. Finally, Elgar's 'Symphony No 1', described in its day as…

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra: Maestros' Choice 5

Internationally renowned for his conducting of Wagner, Donald Runnicles' interpretation of the overture and 'Venusberg Music' from 'Tannhäuser' will be a wonderful start to this concert, which also features soprano Christine Brewer performing a lush selection of songs by Richard Strauss, and finishes with Beethoven's…

RSNO Favourites: Peer Gynt and Tchaikovsky 5

Pianist Terrence Wilson joins the RSNO for the European premiere of Michael Daugherty's piano concerto, 'Deus ex machina', inspired by speeding trains and mechanical rhythms. On either side are two popular favourites: Grieg's 'Peer Gynt Suite No 1' and, for the finale, Tchaikovsky's singularly gorgeous 'Symphony No 5'.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Beethoven Five

Beethoven's instantly recognisable, groundbreaking symphony provides a big finale to this concert, which opens with Borodin's symphonic poem 'In the Steppes of Central Asia' and features Henning Kraggerud as soloist in Sibelius' formidable 'Violin Concerto'. Joseph Swensen conducts.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Homecoming

Garry Walker conducts an all-Scottish concert, beginning with Kenneth Leighton's 'Concerto for String Orchestra'. Edinburgh composer Edward Harper's 'Symphony No 2' will replace the originally-billed third, which was left incomplete when Harper sadly died in April this year. Finally, James MacMillan's tone poem 'Tryst', a…

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra: Maestros' Choice 1

The BBC SSO's 2009/10 season kicks off with early works by three contrasting greats, conducted by Donald Runnicles. Beethoven's Haydnesque 'Symphony No 1' is followed by two richly scored late Romantic works: Mahler's 'Symphony No 1 ('Titan')' and Berg's 'Seven Early Songs', sung by soprano Heidi Melton. With a…

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra: Hear and Now

Conductor Martyn Brabbins and the orchestra are joined by the RSNO Junior Chorus in a rare performance of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' 1972 opera 'Taverner', based on the life of the 16th-century English composer, John Taverner. To be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3's Opera on 3. Max four tickets per applicant; under…

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra: Runnicles conducts Mahler

Donald Runnicles conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in a programme of works including Mahler's 'Symphony No 4', Britten's 'Violin Concerto' and Webern 'Im Sommerwind'.

Fitzwilliam Quartet

The distinguished Cambridge ensemble consists of Lucy Russell (violin), Marcus Barcham-Stevens (violin), last remaining founder member Alan George (viola) and Heather Tuach (cello).

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Beethoven Five

Beethoven's instantly recognisable, groundbreaking symphony provides a big finale to this concert, which opens with Borodin's symphonic poem 'In the Steppes of Central Asia' and features Henning Kraggerud as soloist in Sibelius' formidable 'Violin Concerto'. Joseph Swensen conducts.

Wihan Quartet

Milngavie Music Club's 2009/10 concert series kicks off with the acclaimed Czech ensemble on one of its regular visits to the UK, bringing with it quartets by fellow Czech composers Dvorák, Smetana and Janácek.

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