Isserlis & Runnicles play Ravel & Debussy
with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Thursday 02 February 2012, 7.30pm
City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow G1 1NQ
part of the The Heart of the Cello series
Debussy La Mer (c.23')
Debussy, arr. Beamish Suite for cello and orchestra (c.20') Scottish Premiere
Ravel Deux mélodies hébraïques (arr. Tognetti - for string orchestra) (c.6')
Ravel Une barque sur l'océan (c.7')
Valses nobles et sentimentales (c.17')
La Valse: poème choréographique (c.14')
Steven Isserlis cello
Donald Runnicles conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
A delightful programme of French music with a difference. Two great orchestral portraits by Debussy and Ravel - of the ocean and of fin-de-siècle Vienna - begin and end the concert. But between them, two rarities for cello and orchestra - fruits of Steven Isserlis's restless quest to expand the cello repertoire. Most exciting is the 'lost' early Cello Suite by Debussy. Sally Beamish has beautifully orchestrated the two surviving movements and arranged three other pieces to sit alongside them, making a substantial ‘new' work.
Prelude: 6.45pm in the Recital Room (free to ticket holders)
Composer Sally Beamish and cellist Steven Isserlis in conversation with BBC Radio Scotland presenter Stephen Duffy
Post-Concert Coda (approximately 10 minutes after the main concert):
In a change to the originally advertised programme (amended 05/12/11), Steven Isserlis plays two short works by Glazunov in arrangements for cello and piano: Mélodie and Sérénade Espagnole, Op.20 and Chant du ménestrel (Minstrel's Song), Op.71, accompanied by Donald Runnicles, piano.
The main concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 - presented by Jamie MacDougall.
Tickets available from Thursday 12 May 2011.
How to get there
- The nearest subway station is St Enoch, which is approximately a ten-minute walk from the venues.
- Many local service buses pass close by City Halls and the Old Fruitmarket, either along Trongate or Glassford Street. Most are operated by First Bus.
- Queen Street and Central Stations are a ten-minute walk from the venues. For information on rail travel within the UK, National Rail is the official source for all rail information, train times and timetables.
- On the M8 motorway, take junction 15, turn left onto Castle Street following signs for the Royal Infirmary/East Kilbride/A730. Castle Street becomes High Street and at the fourth set of traffic lights, turn right onto Ingram Street. Candleriggs is the second street on the left. The nearest car parks is the Q-Park on Albion Street which offers parking deals for our customers – call the box office on 0141 353 8000 for more details.
- The Grand Hall at City Halls is accessible to those with mobility difficulties. A lift from the Candleriggs entrance gives access to all levels. Our Concert Halls are fitted with infra-red assisted hearing systems which are specially designed for use in large auditoria. Please notify the Box Office when booking.