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Katie Derham with a celebration of the BBC SSO. Berlioz: Overture (Beatrice et Benedict). Brahms: Violin Concerto. Strauss: Sinfonia domestica. Grieg: The Last Spring.

3 December 1935 saw the debut of a new orchestra in Glasgow: the BBC Scottish Orchestra. This week, as the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, they celebrate their 75th birthday. Katie Derham celebrates in Afternoon on 3 with a selection of exciting new recordings and and archive highlights from the orchestra's history.

The week features recordings with most of the orchestra's Principal Conductors - from their founder Ian Whyte to Donald Runnicles, who's been in the post just over a year - and some of their most famous Assistant Conductors, including Simon Rattle! There's also Scottish music every day, and we visit all five cities where the orchestra perform regularly - Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Perth.

Today we hear the BBC SSO in Munich and Vienna on their recent acclaimed tour of central Europe.

Berlioz: Beatrice et Benedict - Overture
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Donald Runnicles, conductor

James MacMillan: The Confession of Isobel Gowdie
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Jerzy Maksymiuk, conductor
[1990 recording: world premiere]

2.30pm
Brahms: Violin Concerto
James Ehnes, violin
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Donald Runnicles, conductor

3.10pm
Richard Strauss: Sinfonia domestica
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Donald Runnicles, conductor

Grieg: The Last Spring
BBC Scottish Orchestra
Bryden Thomson, conductor
[1960 recording]

4.00pm
Elgar: Symphony No. 1
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Donald Runnicles, conductor.

3 hours

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Fri 3 Dec 2010 14:00

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