Touring to three venues across Shetland, the widely-acclaimed Scottish Chamber Orchestra Strings bring a highly virtuosic and entertaining programme of music that includes Tchaikovsky’s much-loved Serenade for Strings and Bartók’s Divertimento. Tchaikovsky’s Serenade is an enduringly popular work, elegantly weaving together Russian folk-song, with the classic waltz. Bartók’s dance-like Divertimento is a highly original work with attractive folk-like melodies, and ingenious, witty dialogue between a small group of soloists and the full ensemble. The Austrian-born violinist Alexander Janiczek partners with SCO Leader Benjamin Marquise Gilmore for a compelling account of Bach’s Double Concerto in D minor.
Few violinists working today can equal the intellectual and musical breadth of artist Alexander Janiczek. “Spellbinding” (the Guardian), “truly astounding...a blistering performance” (the Herald), are typical of words with which the press attempt to describe both the heat of his skill on the instrument, and the deep-centered musicality that Janiczek brings to all his work.
Benjamin Marquise Gilmore grew up in England and studied with Natalia Boyarskaya at the Yehudi Menuhin School and Pavel Vernikov at the Vienna Conservatory, as well as with Julian Rachlin, Miriam Fried, and members of the Artis quartet and the Altenberg trio.