Hitlist - The best classical & opera

Hitlist - The best classical

• BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra: Thursday Night Series The opening concert of the BBC SSO’s new series is inspired by heavenly bodies, centred on Holst’s everlastingly vivid portraits of The Planets, one of the most popular pieces of classical music ever written. On this occasion it will be televised live on BBC Two Scotland. City Halls, Glasgow, Thu 20 Sep.

• Scottish Ensemble: Passionate Romantics Another season starts, this time inspired by passion and romance. The luscious, but infrequently aired Chausson Concert for violin, piano and strings was a great success when first performed, but its unusual scoring, originally using string quartet, means that this is a fairly rare opportunity to hear it live. City Halls, Glasgow, Thu 4 Oct; Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, Fri 5 Oct.

• Edinburgh Quartet Edinburgh University’s free Tuesday lunchtime series gets under way with one of the city’s favourite ensembles. In the month that would have marked the prominent Scottish composer’s 80th birthday, their programme juxtaposes Thomas Wilson’s String Quartet No 3 with Beethoven’s Op 18 No 1 Reid Concert Hall, Edinburgh, Tue 2 Oct.

Edinburgh Quartet

The highly acclaimed Edinburgh Quartet, comprising Tristan Gurney and Philip Burrin on violins, Michael Beeston on viola and Mark Bailey on cello, perform Wilson's 'String Quartet No 3' and Beethoven's 'String Quartet Op 18 No 1'.

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra: Thursday Night Series

Join conductor Ilan Volkov and the BBC SSO as they perform Britten's 'Piano Concerto' with Steven Osborne as soloist, Holst's 'The Planets' and the UK premiere of Kaija Saariaho's 'Asteroid 4179: Toutatis'. There is a pre-concert talk at 6.45pm and a post-concert rendition of Britten's 'Young Apollo' by Steven Osborne and…

Passionate Romantics

Jonathan Morton launches this season of music from the Scottish Ensemble, with Chausson's 'Concert for Violin, Piano and Strings Op 21.

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra: Thursday Night Series

Bruch's quintessential Romantic showpiece, 'Violin Concerto No 1', and powerful nationalistic works from Scotland's Edward McGuire ('Source: Reflections on Neil Gunn's novel 'Highland River'') and Czech master Antonín Dvorák ('Symphony No 7'). Conducted by Alexander Titov. There is a pre-concert prelude at 6.45pm in the…

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra: Thursday Night Series

Ravel's 'La Valse', Rachmaninov's last work, the colourful 'Symphonic Dances' and the Scottish premiere of Unsuk Chin's 'Snags and Snarls' with soprano Yeree Suh and conductor Ilan Volkov.

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra: Thursday Night Series

Donald Runnicles returns to conduct the song symphony that marked the dusk of Mahler's compositional life:' Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth)', which is contrasted with James MacMillan's clear and stark 'Third Symphony'. With mezzo-soprano Charlotte Hellekant and tenor Johan Botha.

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