BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

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BBCSSO/Volkov/ Kopatchinskaja review – Bartók’s roots unearthed with brilliance
The band Folktone cleverly swapped notes with Patricia Kopatchinskaja before the violinist whipped up a joyous musical whirlwind of Bartók and Ligeti

Flora Willson

29, Aug, 2021 @12:42 PM

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Play on, maestros … our pick of the BBC Proms 2021
The season may be slightly shorter than usual, but this year’s Proms will still include many tantalising pairings, several premieres and a fond farewell

Martin Kettle, Erica Jeal, Andrew Clements and Tim Ashley

27, Jul, 2021 @11:30 AM

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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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