Kate Molleson presents the BBC SSO performing orchestral works inspired by Scotland, and music for multiple bass clarinets recorded at London's Cafe Oto.
Kate Molleson presents recordings from a concert given last December by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Continuing its series of works commissioned by its Chief Conductor, Thomas Dausgaard, the orchestra premieres two new works inspired by Scotland and Scottish culture: William Sweeney takes the pibroch, a traditional musical form associated with the bagpipes, and adapts it for the BBC SSO's Principal Clarinet, Yann Ghiro; while the Beltane Fire Festival's spectacular displays and reinterpretation of ancient Celtic rituals are the starting point for Anna Clyne. These premieres are complemented by John McLeod's thrilling tone poem about a famous preserved Viking ship, and by the Scottish Premiere of Glasgow-born Oliver Knussen's Third Symphony. Also tonight: two pieces for multiple bass clarinets from a concert given at London's Cafe Oto, curated by the composer Thanos Chrysakis and featuring his own Gnomon for four bass clarinets, and Christian Wolff's Isn't This A Time in a version for five bass clarinets. And in Sound of the Week, composer Laura Cannell describes her first encounter with the sound of deers barking in a forest.
Christian Wolff: Isn't This a Time
Tim Hodgkinson, Chris Cundy, Yoni Silver, Jason Alder, Heather Roche (bass clarinets)
John McLeod: The Gokstad Ship
William Sweeney: Eòlas nan Ribheid (The Wisdom of the Reeds) - concertino for clarinet and orchestra (BBC Commission, World Premiere)
Yann Ghiro (clarinet)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)
Thanos Chrysakis: Gnomon
Tim Hodgkinson, Chris Cundy, Yoni Silver, Jason Alder (bass clarinets)
Oliver Knussen: Symphony No 3 (Scottish Premiere)
Anna Clyne: Beltane (BBC Commission, World Premiere)
BBC Scottsih Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard (conductor).