Welcome to the master of historical performance, Reinhard Goebel, for a concert dedicated to the genius that is Mozart, and his friends.
Mozart wrote Symphony No 31 for the Parisian taste for colour and excitement, and it instantly grabs your attention with its energy and brilliant vitality. The SCO's own award-winning Principal Horn Alec Frank-Gemmill presents the irresistible Horn Concerto No 4 on Natural Horn, and Mozart’s richly scored, dignified and noble orchestral interlude from Idomeneo also features, reflecting the opera’s central theme of averted disaster and final harmonious conclusion.
JC Bach was a true cosmopolitan, and a composer greatly admired by Mozart. His accomplished opera Amadis de Gaule was premiered in Paris in 1779. The concert also includes music by Mozart’s close friend Michael Haydn and a short work by his father Leopold.
MEET THE ARTIST INSIGHTS, 6.30pm
SCO Principal Horn Alec Frank-Gemmill in conversation with Sub-Principal Second Violin Gordon Bragg.
Reinhard Goebel was the founder of the legendary Musica Antiqua Köln, whom he directed for 33 years. As a conductor, his unique way of amalgamating passion for music with meticulous musicological knowledge, inspires, captivates and polarises today's orchestral scene. He is professor of historical performance practice at the Mozarteum Salzburg, and in 2015 BBC Music Magazine listed him as one of the 20 best violinists of all time.
Described by the Financial Times as a ‘phenomenon with a tone of golden purity, wraparound warmth and ecstatic afterglow’, Alec Frank-Gemmill has been Principal Horn of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra since 2009. He has also been a regular guest of the London Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam. His recording of Weber's Concertino with the SCO received rave reviews and he now appears regularly as a soloist with the orchestra. Prize-winner of the 2011 Aeolus Wind Competition in Germany, Frank-Gemmill has performed concertos with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker and Sinfonietta Köln, as well as with the BBC orchestras.