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BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - by Butterworth, MacMillan, Elgar

Live from Perth Concert Hall, the BBC SSO conducted by Richard Farnes. Butterworth: A Shropshire Lad. MacMillan: Viola Concerto (soloist: Lawrence Power). Elgar: Symphony No 2.

Richard Farnes and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra perform Elgar's 2nd Symphony and are joined by Lawrence Power for James MacMillan's Viola Concerto.

Live from Perth Concert Hall
Presented by Jamie MacDougall

Butterworth: A Shropshire Lad:
James MacMillan: Viola Concerto

8.05 Interval

Elgar: Symphony No. 2 in E flat

James MacMillan wrote his viola concerto for tonight's soloist Lawrence Power, and it explores all the expressive range of the instrument - from the tranquil and hymn-like to the passionately melodic and ultimately joyful.

On either side of this 21st-century work sits British music from the early 20th century; Butterworth's AE Housman-inspired rhapsody 'A Shropshire Lad' and the concert culminates with Elgar's 2nd Symphony. First performed in 1911 and dedicated to King Edward VII, the symphony is nevertheless a deeply personal essay and for many a quintessential expression of the Romantic English pastoral.

Followed by music by past recipients of the Women Make Music Fund from PRS Foundation.

2 hours, 30 minutes

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