BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

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Music is an act of communication. Without anyone listening it doesn't exist
Perhaps we have all taken privilege of music for granted, writes the conductor. Only by taking it away do we realise how essential it is.

Mark Wigglesworth

29, Sep, 2020 @7:00 AM

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House music: Andrew Clements' watching and listening highlights
This week, Opera Harmony’s new socially distanced mini-operas, streaming from a scaled-down Salzburg, and the Proms revisits BBCSSO’s five-star Vaughan Williams

Andrew Clements

10, Aug, 2020 @4:41 PM

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Classical music: let the Berlin Phil come to you
With concert halls and opera houses closed, we sample the stay-at-home alternatives from Budapest to Dar es Salaam

Nicholas Kenyon

21, Mar, 2020 @12:00 PM

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Prom 58: BBC Scottish SO/Volkov review – thrilling and beguiling
The playing was alert and incisive in a wide-ranging programme that included Tchaikovsky and a new work by Linda Catlin Smith

Andrew Clements

03, Sep, 2019 @10:02 AM

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Prom 35: BBCSSO/Brabbins review – muscular birthday celebration
Martyn Brabbins celebrated his 60th by conducting new music based on Elgar’s Enigma Variations – commissioned from 14 composers for the occasion

Andrew Clements

14, Aug, 2019 @1:37 PM

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Prom 20: Kuusisto / BBCSSO / Dausgaard review – strikingly unusual twists
A new take on Sibelius is played with tremendous conviction by the Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Martin Kettle

04, Aug, 2019 @1:25 PM

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Violinist Pekka Kuusisto: folk, forests and the Moomins
The Proms favourite has worked with Greenpeace and scientists and wants to change the way we think, and listen. He explains why he is now bringing Finnish rune singing to the festival

Erica Jeal

31, Jul, 2019 @5:00 AM

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Tippett: Symphonies Nos 3 & 4; Symphony in B flat review | Andrew Clements's classical CD of the week
He may be unfashionable now, but Tippett’s Third Symphony sounds robust and his B flat symphony is rarely heard, making an interesting survey

Andrew Clements

28, Feb, 2019 @3:00 PM

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Home listening: Von Bronsart, Urspruch, Liszt and out-of-this world Holst
Hyperion showcases two lesser lights and hits a Liszt century, while Brian Cox illuminates The Planets

Stephen Pritchard

14, Oct, 2018 @6:00 AM

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Prom 51: BBCSSO/Dausgaard review – Nørgård's extraordinary symphony finally reaches the UK
In the hands of the BBC Scottish, Nørgård’s powerful Third Symphony was astonishingly gripping, while Malin Byström brought dark beauty to Strauss

Tim Ashley

22, Aug, 2018 @9:25 AM

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Prom 22: BBCSSO/Manze review – sparkling rendition of two London symphonies
After some initial hesitancy, Andrew Manze drew out delicate phrasing and fine detail in this pairing of Haydn and Vaughan Williams

Martin Kettle

01, Aug, 2018 @11:19 AM

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BBC Scottish SO/Volkov review – burst of Alpine air in Haas's Proms debut
The Austrian composer’s Concerto Grosso No 1 and Strauss’s Alpine Symphony were nimbly scaled by the BBC Scottish

Andrew Clements

31, Jul, 2018 @11:11 AM

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