30th March – 3rd April
Jonathan Swain introduces recent recordings by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
On Monday there’s a chance to hear performances from the orchestra’s tour to China in January. Martyn Brabbins conducts Vaughan Williams’ serene Fifth Symphony and Beethoven’s piano tour-de-force: the Fifth Concerto (the ‘Emperor’), with young Russian pianist Denis Kozhukhin providing the requisite power. Another late Beethoven work – perhaps the definitive late Beethoven work – completes the programme: his Ninth Symphony, the ‘Choral’.
The Scottish pianist Steven Osborne is the soloist with his compatriots on Tuesday, in another of Beethoven’s concertos. This time it’s the lithe Second concerto. And there’s a chance to hear works by two lesser-known composers. The Swede Wilhelm Stenhammar’s Bruckner-inspired First Symphony is conducted by Andrew Manze, and pianist Jonathan Plowright is the soloist in the first Piano Concerto by the Polish composer Ludomir Rózycki.
Jonathan Plowright returns on Wednesday for Rózycki’s Second Piano Concerto, with the young Polish conductor Lukasz Borowicz once again occupying the podium. There’s more Beethoven too, with Alina Pogostkina the soloist in the Violin Concerto.
Gerald Finley and Chen Reiss appear in Thursday’s Opera Matinée: Janácek’s Cunning Little Vixen, in the fairy-tale staging from Vienna State Opera’s 2014 production.
On Friday, we return to China with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and recordings from a concert they gave in Tianjin. The works include Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture, Elgar’s Enigma Variations and Rachmaninov’s dramatic Second Piano Concerto. Once again Denis Kozhukhin is the soloist.