BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
29 Sep 2019, Usher Hall, Edinburgh
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BBC SSO 2019-20 Season Mahler Symphony No.5 in Edinburgh

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Mahler Symphony No.5 in Edinburgh
15:00 Sun 29 Sep 2019 Usher Hall, Edinburgh

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A lone trumpet sounds in the darkness and Gustav Mahler begins his great symphonic struggle from tragedy to triumph – by way of midnight storms, joyous horn-calls, and arguably the most tender love-letter ever written without words: the rapturous 'Adagietto'. In this opening concert of the new BBC SSO season at the Usher Hall, Chief Conductor Thomas Dausgaard brings both his unequalled command of symphonic structure, and his profound feeling for late romanticism. Bruch’s much-loved Violin Concerto comes from the same world of solitary wanderers and distant horn-calls, and it’s perfect for what one critic has called the “lovely freedom and sense of fantasy” of Henning Kraggerud – a violinist who has something fresh to say in even the most familiar music. And to begin, another deeply-felt journey into time and emotion from Japan’s pre-eminent living composer Toshio Hosokawa. ‘Preludio’, here receiving its UK Premiere, is an orchestral nocturne haunted by memories and shadows, written by a composer with a ravishing sonic imagination who just happens to have been born in Hiroshima.