Monday 1 January 0001 - Friday 27 September 2019
£28.50 - £16.50
New worlds for old. Exil ed from Russia - but big in America - Sergei Rachmaninov searched his memories, and his Symphonic Dances fuse the melancholy of exile with the sheer electricity of the jazz-age USA. Dream ballet? Concerto for orchestra? Or simply the greatest symphony Rachmaninov never wrote? Bruch's First Violin Concerto comes from a German romantic world of solitary wanderers and distant horn-calls, so it 's perfect for what one critic has called the "lovely freedom and sense of fantasy" of Henning Kraggerud - a violinist who has something fresh to say in even the most familiar music. Alpesh Chauhan launches the new BBC SSO season with what's arguably still Scotland's greatest single contribution to the history of classical music: Mendelssohn's Scottish seascape The Hebrides, conceived on a boat trip to Staffa but opening new horizons of musical imagination and colour.
Overture: The Hebrides
Violin Concerto No.1
Henning Kraggerud violin
Alpesh Chauhan conductor
Concert ends at approx. 9.20pm (including one interval)
Thomas Dausgaard, the BBC SSO’s Chief Conductor, is unwell and is therefore unable to appear with the orchestra this week. The concert on Friday night will now be conducted by Alpesh Chauhan. The repertoire remains exactly as advertised.
Alpesh Chauhan is Principal Conductor of the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini, Parma. Highlights of his career to date include concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra, his BBC Proms debut with the BBC Philharmonic and appearances with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra where until 2016 he was Assistant Conductor. He last worked with the BBC SSO in December 2018 which included the spectacular opening concert at the newly transformed Music Hall in Aberdeen.
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