Tchaikovsky’s ‘Rococo’ Variations
with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Friday 30 March 2012, 8pm
Empire Theatre, Eden Court Bishops Road, Inverness IV3 5SA
William Wallace The Passing of Beatrice (c.15')
Tchaikovsky Variations on a rococo theme for cello and orchestra (c.19')
Lyadov Eight Russian Folk-Songs (c.14')
Shostakovich Symphony No.1 (c.33')
Pieter Wispelwey cello (please note change to originally advertised artist)
Stefan Blunier conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Stefan Blunier, General Music Director of the City of Bonn and here making his BBC SSO debut, opens with William Wallace's intensely romantic symphonic poem The Passing of Beatrice. In a change to the originally advertised programme, Pieter Wispelwey is the soloist for Tchaikovsky's charming variations for cello and orchestra. The beautiful arrangement which Lyadov made of eight Russian folk-songs are a perfect foil for Shostakovich's precocious First Symphony, first performed in 1926 when the composer was just 19.
Pre-Concert Talk: BBC SSO violinist Alex Gascoine in conversation with cello soloist Pieter Wipelwey.
Gemma Rosefield, who was to have been the soloist at this concert, is indisposed (as at 9 March 2012); we are delighted that leading Dutch cellist Pieter Wispelwey is able to take her place.
How to get there
- Patrons using wheelchairs must book a designated wheelchair space for performances. We have spaces available for each performance - the Box Office can advise on availability of these seats. Eden Court has a number of wheelchairs available for customer use. If you feel that use of a wheelchair will make it easier for you to access Eden Court, we would recommend booking in advance to ensure availability.