Orchestral Concerts at the Younger Hall, St Andrews

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From September 2018 to April 2019, the Orchestra are joined by a host of exceptional international conductors and soloists for five fantastic concerts at the Younger Hall in St Andrews, Fife.

1. Nielsen Clarinet Concerto - Thu 13 Sep 2018, 7.30pm BOOK NOW
2. Altstaedt plays Schumann Cello Concerto - Wed 7 Nov 2018, 7.30pm BOOK NOW
3. Berlioz Les Nuits d’Eté with Carolyn Sampson - Wed 30 Jan 2019, 7.30pm BOOK NOW
4. Piemontesi plays Mozart Piano Concerto No 27 - Wed 27 Feb 2019, 7.30pm BOOK NOW
5. Chamayou plays Ravel Piano Concerto - Wed 10 Apr 2019, 7.30pm BOOK NOW

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NIELSEN CLARINET CONCERTO
Thursday 13 September, 7.30pm
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MOZART Symphony No 35 in D, K385 ‘Haffner’ (18’)
NIELSEN Clarinet Concerto (24’)
PROKOFIEV Symphony No 1 ‘Classical’ (15’)
BEETHOVEN Symphony No 1 (26’)

CRISTIAN MĂCELARU Conductor
MARK SIMPSON Clarinet

Mozart’s ‘Haffner’ Symphony makes a rousing opening to the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s new Season in St Andrews. Nielsen’s brilliant and sparky Concerto follows, which the highly talented, young clarinettist Mark Simpson plays to perfection, as he did when he received the title of BBC Young Musician of the Year 2006. The concert concludes with a couple of ‘firsts’: the shenanigans and wit of Prokofiev’s ‘Classical’, and Beethoven’s fascinating homage to Haydn in his Symphony No 1.

The programme is brought to life under the baton of one of the world's fast-rising conducting stars Cristian Măcelaru, recently appointed as the new Chief Conductor of the WDR Sinfonieorchester in Cologne.

Mark SIMPSON

ALTSTAEDT PLAYS SCHUMANN CELLO CONCERTO
Wednesday 7 November 2018, 7.30pm
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WAGNER Siegfried Idyll (18’)
SCHUMANN Cello Concerto (25’)
SUCKLING Meditation (after Donne) World Premiere (10’)
BEETHOVEN Symphony No 8 (26’)

NICOLAS ALTSTAEDT Cello and Conductor

Marking the centenary of the Armistice, this special event represents a musical response to the legacy of war and the feelings of commemoration, love, loss, joy and peace it brings. Suckling’s Meditation is bound to be intriguing, with the inclusion of bells pealing from across Scotland.

With the added luxury of one of the Season’s headline artists, Nicolas Altstaedt, a highly creative director and cellist in Schumann’s hugely expressive Concerto, the programme opens with Wagner’s beautiful lullaby and is completed with a work of brightness, optimism and good humour – Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony.

Nicolas Altstaedt

BERLIOZ LES NUITS D'ÉTÉ WITH CAROLYN SAMPSON
Wednesday 30 January 2019, 7.30pm
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GOUNOD Petite Symphonie (21’)
DEBUSSY (arr HENRI BÜSSER) Petite Suite (13’)
DEBUSSY Danses sacrée et profane (10’)
TANGUY Incanto (06’)
BERLIOZ Les Nuits d’Eté (31’)

FRANÇOIS LELEUX Conductor
CAROLYN SAMPSON - Soprano

Immerse yourself in the heady perfumes and scintillating colours of France, as François Leleux leads you through a rich collection of music from his native country, past and present. Dazzling British soprano Carolyn Sampson is the soloist in Berlioz’s sensuous Les Nuits d’Été, six heavily scented songs of love, loss and longing, with all the sumptuousness of a summer evening.

Beforehand, Leleux takes in the ancient spirituality and sensuality of Debussy’s exquisite Danses, the infectious nonchalance of Gounod’s exuberant Petite Symphonie, and the bracing drama of contemporary composer Eric Tanguy’s effusive Incanto.

Carolyn Sampson - Soprano

FRANCESCO PIEMONTESI PLAYS MOZART
Wednesday 27 February 2019, 7.30pm
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STRAVINSKY Concerto in D (12’)
MOZART Piano Concerto No 27 in B-flat, K595 (32’)
STENHAMMAR Serenade in F (36’)

ANDREW MANZE Conductor
FRANCESCO PIEMONTESI Soloist

Piemontesi and Manze first came together with the SCO in 2011 and reunited two years ago for memorable Mozart concerts that led to a best-selling CD. Mozart’s their focus once more here – his last, mellow and magnificent piano concerto. The SCO is one of the world’s greatest Mozart orchestras and it finds an ideal foil in the freshness and spontaneity of Piemontesi’s playing. Manze adds a Scandinavian treat too: Stenhammar’s Serenade is nothing less than a love song to the city of Florence. He would not be drawn on the story behind the music but hinted “…It isn’t just the titles that are Italian.” The perceptive conductor Andrew Manze is one of the most versatile musicians around.

Francesco Piemontesi - Piano

CHAMAYOU PLAYS RAVEL PIANO CONCERTO
Wednesday 10 April 2019, 7.30pm
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GINASTERA Variaciones Concertantes (21’)
RAVEL Piano Concerto in G (23’)
BEETHOVEN Symphony No 4 (34’)

JOSEP PONS Conductor
BERTRAND CHAMAYOU Piano

So many wonderful soloists in this concert! Each of Ginastera’s 12 Variaciones puts different orchestral players in the spotlight, making a kind of kaleidoscopic spectacular. Then Bertrand Chamayou takes the stage for Ravel’s jazzy concerto. Ravel fell in love with jazz in the 1920s and fused it brilliantly with his own European heritage.

Chamayou is sparky, dazzlingly virtuosic, but thoughtful and sensitive too: the ideal soloist. After such a high-octane first half, Pons closes the evening with Beethoven’s lustrous Fourth Symphony.

Beethoven Chamayou

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