Afternoon Performance: Tchaikovsky’s ‘Rococo’ Variations
with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Thursday 29 March 2012, 2pm
City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow G1 1NQ
part of the Afternoon Performance series
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.
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.
Tickets: £9.00 (unreserved seating) £7.00 if bought before the day.
This concert will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
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.