BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
17 Apr 2020, Music Hall, Aberdeen
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BBC SSO 2019-20 Season Korngold Violin Concerto in Aberdeen

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Korngold Violin Concerto in Aberdeen
19:30 Fri 17 Apr 2020 Music Hall, Aberdeen

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Let the sun shine in, as Valentina Peleggi begins with a tribute to a very uncommon woman indeed, and then heads south to her native Italy, for three marvellously vivid tales of faith and passion, each told in glorious orchestral Technicolor. Alma Mahler holds the key to the first part of the story: Korngold’s Violin Concerto is a deliriously romantic tribute to Alma, drenched in Californian sunshine by a fellow-exile from a vanished Vienna, and it’s played by the brilliant Simone Lamsma. But Alma’s own neglected songs have recently come back into the spotlight, and these new orchestral adaptations by Roxanna Panufnik are a tribute to an inimitable musical voice. And then, in a blaze of sonic glory, we’re off to Italy for Tchaikovsky’s ardent retelling of a tale from Dante, a moment of pure sweetness from the world of Puccini’s ‘Suor Angelica’, and Respighi’s rarely heard ‘Church Windows’: four sacred images, recreated in music shot through with coloured light.