Amy Dickson wears her phenomenal virtuosity lightly, as though playing the saxophone were as natural as breathing. She has made Glazunov’s captivating concerto her own, and pairs it with a very special event: a new concerto from Sir James MacMillan. His are some of the very best concertos of recent years - not least the phenomenally successful SCO commission Veni, Veni, Emmanuel – so each new one is an enticing prospect. Joseph Swensen opens and closes the evening with two great titans of his own musical world: Sibelius and Beethoven. His interpretations of both abound in vitality, power and edge-of-the-seat intensity.
COMPOSER INSIGHTS, 6.30pm
Composer Sir James MacMillan introduces his new Saxophone Concerto.
Joseph Swensen is Conductor Emeritus of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada and Artistic Partner of the Northwest Sinfonietta (USA). Sharing his time between conducting and violin playing, Swensen is also Professor of Music (violin) at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and has been appointed Visiting Professor (violin) at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Twice GRAMMY-nominated Amy Dickson made history by becoming the first saxophonist and the first Australian to win a Classic Brit Award, as 2013 MasterCard Breakthrough Artist of the Year. In January 2016 Amy Dickson was named Young Australian of the Year in the UK. Recognised widely for her remarkable, distinctive tone and exceptional musicality, Gramophone has described her as “a player with a difference who has an individual and unusual tone, luscious, silky-smooth, sultry and voluptuous by turns; her phrasing is beautifully finished, her control of dynamic infinitely subtle.”