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Farewell Variations (15’)
Symphony No 31 In D Major ‘Paris’ K. 297/300a (17’)
Clarinet Concerto No 2 In E Flat Major, Op. 74 (19’)
Symphony No 2 In D Major, Op. 36 (34’)
Make the Scottish Chamber Orchestra the soundtrack to your Summer and join our internationally acclaimed musicians for a delightfully varied evening of music by Mozart, Beethoven, Weber and Byström.
To begin, we present a piece by award-winning Swedish classical composer Britta Byström whose Farewell Variations (composed in 2005) musically charts the passage of single day, characterised by short strokes and seemingly inexhaustible invention.
We then travel back in time to 1778, to enjoy one of Mozart’s most famous symphonies No 31 ‘Paris’, composed when he was just 22. At the time, the young maestro might have been down on his luck and in search of work in the City of Light, but you’d never know it from the sweeping confidence of the opening movement. With its rich offering of horns, trumpets, timpani, flutes, oboes, clarinets, and bassoons, it’s no surprise that this remains one of his most popular orchestral works nearly 250 years later.
Back in 1811 Carl Maria von Weber was regarded as one of the leading progressive composers of the Romantic school, and it’s not hard to see why. His Clarinet Concerto No 2 was composed for his friend Heinrich Baermann, then the principal clarinettist of the Munich court orchestra. There is much to enjoy here, beginning with the lengthy, dramatic orchestral introduction of the first movement before the clarinet steals in, eventually breaking into a virtuosic display.
The other two movements are pure opera – an Adagio with a lyrical, smooth as silk line and a rollicking finale with soprano-like trills and frequent descents into the instrument’s rich, lower tones.
Finally, we conclude our evening by celebrating the musical genius of Beethoven in his 250th anniversary year. Composed as he was struggling to come to terms with the devastating loss of his hearing, his Second Symphony is perhaps at times unpredictable - swiftly shifting as it does from its serious moments to playful passages of humour - but it is unquestionably a masterpiece, full of vitality, power and depth.
Tickets available online (above), on the 0131 557 6800 and from the Town Hall website: elgintownhall.co.uk
Daniel Blendulf has established himself as one of Scandinavia’s most highly regarded young conductors.
Spanish Clarinettist and international soloist Maximiliano Martín is one of the most exciting and charismatic musicians of his generation.