“In the deep twilight we went today to the palace where Queen Mary lived and loved” wrote Felix Mendelssohn, after visiting Holyrood Chapel. “I think I have found there the beginning of my ‘Scottish’ Symphony.” And though much has changed in 187 years, there’s still no more melodious – or poetic - musical portrait of Scotland as seen through the eyes of one of music’s great Romantics. Thomas Dausgaard will set it against Britten’s four bracing studies of the North Sea, and will combine his vision with that of Alexandra Soumm in the huge, sunlit expanses of Brahms’s Violin Concerto. Please note change to originally advertised soloist.
(approximate finish time: 9.35pm)
Prelude: 6.45pm in the Recital Room
Thomas Dausgaard introduces the works in tonight’s concert. Preludes take place in the Recital Room at City Halls and are free to ticket-holders (limited seating availability).
The concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, presented by Kate Molleson.