Berlioz’s stirring overture, Les Francs-Juges, is the earliest of his works regularly heard today; like several Berlioz overtures, it was part of an abandoned large-scale project – in this case an opera. Mitsuko Uchida, renowned for her interpretations of the Viennese classics, joins the SCO for what was probably the last of Mozart’s 23 piano concertos; this radiant work is noted for containing a quotation from one of Mozart’s own songs. Song-like melodies also abound in Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony. Here, the composer set himself the task of writing a symphony different from all his others; for most listeners, however, it represents quintessential Dvořák.
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Robin Ticciati is Principal Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Music Director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera. As a guest conductor he has appeared with the world’s leading orchestras and opera companies.
Legendary pianist Mitsuko Uchida brings a deep insight into the music she plays through her own quest for truth and beauty. Renowned for her interpretations of Mozart, Schubert, Schumann and Beethoven, she has also illuminated the music of Berg, Schoenberg, Webern and Boulez for a new generation of listeners.