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This is a very Swensen concert, sure to have those hallmark qualities that inspire critical reactions such as ‘thrilling and ecstatic”, and “some of the keenest and most explosive performances from the SCO”. To have him direct the first two Beethoven symphonies is a rare treat. Great music, of course, but also a fascinating snapshot of Beethoven’s amazing evolution in his early 30s. Twenty years after conducting the premiere, Swensen returns to James MacMillan’s atmospheric Í : a musical evocation of Iona, a place of wild seas, stark beauty and spirituality. Opening the evening is a new voice for SCO audiences as award-winning Tom Harrold writes his first piece for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
COMPOSER INSIGHTS, 6.30PM
Composer Tom Harrold introduces his new work with a visual presentation, prior to performances in both Glasgow and Edinburgh.
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.