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This concert ranges widely – from Rebel’s Les Élémens, an eighteenth-century work famed for its dramatic evocation of creation, to Martinů’s small-scale concerto – his Viola Rhapsody.
Between them, we hear the Biblical Songs of Dvořák; these exquisite settings of psalm texts, written while the composer was based in New York, stand testament to his lyric genius and profound Christian faith. The concert concludes with Haydn’s Symphony No 96, sometimes known as ‘The Miracle’ after an accident involving a falling chandelier. Recent scholarship, however, suggests the nickname should really be applied to Symphony No 102!
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Robin Ticciati is Principal Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra since season 2009/10 and the Music Director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera since Summer 2014. From the 2017-18 season he will also assume the Music Directorship of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin for an initial five-year term.
Scottish mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill was the winner of the 2002 Kathleen Ferrier Award. Engagements in the 2016/17 season and beyond include Waltraute Götterdämmerung in her debut with the Canadian Opera Company, a return to Scottish Opera as Judith Duke Bluebeard, as well as her debut for Glyndebourne Festival Opera and return invitations to both the Royal Opera, Covent Garden and the Metropolitan Opera, New York.
Jane Atkins is one of Britain’s most diverse violists with performances encompassing multiple genres including Baroque to Contemporary music, Dance and Jazz. At the age of six Jane was awarded a scholarship to the Yehudi Menuhin School. She completed her studies with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she won the LPO/ Pioneer Young Soloist of the Year and gained second prize in the Lionel Tertis competition.