Performance Details

Symphony No 6 ‘Pastoral’ (39’)
Symphony No 7 (36’)

MAXIM EMELYANYCHEV - Conductor      

Beethoven was a city dweller, a superstar in Vienna — where he was often acknowledged as the greatest composer in the world. However, it was the countryside that really set his troubled soul on fire, and his Sixth Symphony - originally titled ‘Recollections of Country Life’ – is an emphatic homage to the wonder and beauty of nature.

Principal Conductor Maxim Emelyanychev takes us on this elemental walk through the countryside, before turning to the bacchanal of the Seventh Symphony. The stirring melody and pulsating rhythm of its Allegretto movement – made famous in Colin Firth’s dramatic address in The King’s Speech – is closely followed by an alarmingly exuberant finale!

SCO PLATFORM: 6.45pm - 7.10pm
Free to concert ticket holders
Edinburgh - Performance by pupils from St Mary’s Music School
Glasgow - Performance by pupils from Douglas Academy Music School.

ARTIST INSIGHTS: 6.45pm - 7.10pm
Free to concert ticket holders
Perth - Join Principal Conductor Maxim Emelyanychev as he discusses tonight's programme with Gordon Bragg, SCO Violin. 

Digital edition of the programme is available for £2 from 
This programme 
covers all four concerts of our 2019/20 Beethoven Symphony Cycle (concerts on 21/22 November, 12/13 December, 4/5/6 March and 14/15 May). 
Traditional printed programmes will still be on sale at the venue for £3. An additional free A4 handout with seating list and biographies will be available for customers who don’t want to buy the full series programme.

Maxim Emelyanychev


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Maxim (29) is an outstanding representative of the younger generation of Russian conductors. Born in 1988 to a family of musicians, he studied conducting and piano in Nizhny Novgorod and then with Gennady Rozhdestvensky in Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

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