Our 2011/12 Season came to a close last week, with a wonderful audience reception and stellar reviews from the press. “Storgårds propelled the finale [of Beethoven’s Symphony No 9] through to an electrifying conclusion,” The Scotsman wrote in its four-star review.
To celebrate our 2011/12 Season, we asked SCO concertgoers and staff about their favourite moments...
Just a couple of weeks ago was our sellout series of concerts with superstar violinist Nicola Benedetti, which The Scotsman called “an ideal showcase for Benedetti’s unassuming virtuosity.” The concerts followed our hugely successful tour across the South of Scotland in 2010 and the 2011 release of Italia, which Nicola recorded with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Speaking in 2010 about her partnership with the SCO for Italia, Nicola said, “It just seemed with this repertoire [to be] a really great choice of orchestra...I’m enjoying it very much.”
Another favourite of the 2011/12 Season was Beethoven and Beamish in March. Liz Hurst, our Fundraising Coordinator, said the concert made a very strong impression on her, explaining, “It was my first time hearing a percussion concerto, so that was really exciting for me.” Beamish’s Percussion Concerto ‘Dance Variations’ was a UK premiere that featured Edinburgh-born percussionist Colin Currie as soloist. Speaking with the SCO back in March about his involvement, Currie said, “This has been a great honour for me as I attended SCO concerts as a youngster,” and, “I always relish premieres...and the challenging adventure of playing a piece that is not only new to the audience but entirely fresh to the performers!”
Emperor and Eroica in February was also popular, both here at the office and with the press. The Herald gave it five stars and called Manze’s rendition of the Eroica “revelatory.” Our Librarian, Sarah Cuthbertson, was wowed by Llŷr Williams’ playing in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 5. This concert also prompted a flood of comments from our Twitter followers: Denise Mitchell: @Celestriana “Eroica/Emperor concert in Aberdeen last night with @SCOmusic was wonderful - thank you. Also incredibly beautiful playing from Llŷr Williams.” And from Jane Judge: @JaneJune “It's official: I need more Beethoven and more @SCOmusic in my life. Emperor and Eroica gave me chills!”
Of course, we can’t forget the superb Season opener – Symphonie Fantastique: Ticciati Conducts – which was subsequently recorded and released on CD in April. In another five-star rating, The Herald said of the concert, “It was a compelling performance, fuelled by brain, not brawn...” That was the approach Robin took with the recording as well – his aim was to offer the audience “a thought-provoking and new way of listening to the piece” and his efforts clearly paid off. In their review of the disc, Gramophone Magazine said, “...this is altogether a performance that has been thought through as an organic entity, a broad, vivid tableau in which images are sharply focused.”
Here are some of your highlights from the SCO's 2011/12 Season...
Beethoven’s Choral Symphony
Gregory Batsleer: @gregbatsleer
...felt very proud to have been part of @SCOmusic last night, the chorus guys were incredible...thanks folks.
Julia Riley: @julia_riley
An amazing goosebump-filled Beethoven 9 with @SCOmusic tonight! Stunning orchestra under Maestro John Storgards.
Lauren Johnston Smith: @yarnoverhook
@SCOmusic #SCOhighlight Singing spine-tingling Beethoven 9 last night to wonderfully appreciative audience! The orchestra was on top form!
In the Steppes of Central Europe
Tam Pollard: @wheresrunnicles
Great Dvorak 5 from Ticciati @SCOmusic tonight. Wonderful sense of rhythm and excitement
Langrée conducts Beethoven
Elena Xanthoudakis: @operaelle
@SCO music Had a great time in the Beethoven this week – wishing you all great things for 2012
Mullova Plays Beethoven
St Andrews Voices: @standrewsvoices
@SCOmusic and Robin Ticciati were in their element last night. Very classy Schumann and Beethoven, plus great, promising new work by @mcs42 [Martin Suckling]
Viktoria Mullova: @ViktoriaMullova
Loved the atmosphere at my concert with @SCOmusic in Edinburgh playing Beethoven, want to come here more often.
Beethoven 9 last night... outstanding.
Wonderful concert tonight - always come out having relaxed but also uplifted. Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 1 was amazing - Lars Vogt's fingers were a blur at some points, superb and conductor, pianist and orchestra blended as one. You guys all looked as though you had a great time too.