FAURÉ Requiem (37’)
BERLIOZ Symphonie Fantastique (50’)

Passion rules in the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s Season Finale! Principal Guest Conductor Emmanuel Krivine brings an abundance of French panache in Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique: unrequited love, a ‘Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath’, an intense vision of hell, and a bizarre and fantastic ending. In contrast, Fauré’s Requiem offers gentleness and intimacy, radiant with consolation – gloriously delivered by the sublime SCO Chorus and the soothing baritone of Rudolf Rosen.

Heinrich Heine perceptively described the Symphonie fantastique as “a bizarre sort of night piece, now and then illuminated by the sentimental whiteness of a woman’s robe fluttering to and fro or by a sulphur-yellow gleam of irony”.

Connect Insights 6.30pm
Fantastic Tales. Join storyteller Claire Hewitt and SCO Clarinet William Stafford as they conjure up Berlioz’s dark world of witchcraft and obsession. Presented in collaboration with TRACS (Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland).

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Emmanuel Krivine
Principal Guest Conductor
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Emmanuel Krivine is respected as one of the world’s most distinguished conductors whose elegant and colourful interpretations have made him a favourite with leading orchestras and soloists around the world. He is regarded as one of the foremost French musicians today and is Principal Guest Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

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Rudolf Rosen
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After finishing his voice and art history studies at the University in his native city, Berne, Swiss baritone Rudolf Rosen won several awards and competitions (Geneva, Munich, Vienna). His activities, particularly as a concert and lied singer in recent years, have brought him to the most important European concert halls, including a recent tour through Europe with subsequent CD production of Haydn's "Creation" under Philippe Herreweghe. Several contemporary composers have written new works especially for him.

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SCO Chorus
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The Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus has built a reputation as one of Scotland’s most vibrant and versatile choirs. The Chorus celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2016 and is widely regarded as one of the finest orchestral choruses in the UK.

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Gregory Batstleer
Chorus Director
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“What can so often seem like an endurance was here a euphoric success from start to finish... most impressive was the extraordinary detail he demanded and received throughout from Gregory Batsleer’s expertly-trained chorus; needle-sharp diction capable of cutting through the orchestral largesse, and expressive range intensified by the superb homogeneity of the voices” The Scotsman (Beethoven Missa Solemnis, April 2017)

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