Performance Details

Cantus Arcticus (17’)
Viola Concerto
Scottish Premiere (35’)
Gli Uccelli (19’)
Appalachian Spring (23’)

Birdsong is rife in the natural world of this delightful programme. Finn Einojuhani Rautavaara matches recordings of the Arctic’s avian inhabitants with orchestral imitations; Respighi’s birds are adapted from pretty numbers by 17th and 18th century composers. The well-known tune in Copland’s sweet and earthy Appalachian ballet is a Shaker spiritual, Simple Gifts – exemplified by the American composer in this work. One of the world’s most original soloists, Maxim Rysanov, joins the SCO and Estonian Olari Elts in the Viola Concerto by the conductor’s Latvian neighbour PÄ“teris Vasks.

Songs of the Arctic – with SCO Principal Flute Alison Mitchell and storyteller Claire Hewitt. All welcome!

Olari Elts


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Olari Elts’s passion for distinctive programming rich with invention has earned him much praise on the international music scene. He appears with orchestras such as Seattle Symphony, Wiener Symphoniker, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, SWR Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Finnish Radio and Danish National symphony orchestras and Netherland Radio Philharmonic.

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Maxim Rysanov


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Ukrainian-British violist and conductor Maxim Rysanov has established himself as one of the worlds most vibrant and charismatic musicians. He is principally known for his performances as a violist, the guest of the crème of the international music scene such as BBC Last Night of the Proms, Verbier, Great Mountain, Tran Siberian, Edinburgh Festival and Salzburg Festival, among others. After having completed a conducting fellowship at The GSMD he started to combine his viola performance with a career as a conductor.

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