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BBC SCOTTISH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER, 7.30PM: CHANGE OF CONDUCTOR
Thomas Dausgaard, the BBC SSO’s Chief Conductor, is unwell and is therefore unable to appear with the orchestra this week. The concert on Thursday night will now be conducted by Alpesh Chauhan. The repertoire remains exactly as advertised.
Please note that the pre-concert talk, which was to have been given by Thomas Dausgaard, will now be given by Alpesh Chauhan:
In conversation with BBC SSO violinist Alex Gascoine, Alpesh Chauhan will talk about his life as a conductor.
Alpesh Chauhan is Principal Conductor of the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini, Parma. Highlights of his career to date include concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra, his BBC Proms debut with the BBC Philharmonic and appearances with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra where until 2016 he was Assistant Conductor. He last worked with the BBC SSO in December 2018.
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. Here BBC SSO Chief Conductor Thomas Dausgaard pairs it with Bruch’s much-loved Violin Concerto – an ideal showcase for the “lovely freedom and sense of fantasy” of Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud. And to begin, discover the extraordinary soundworld of Chaya Czernowin. “Can you imagine making your ear into a huge microphone listening to an amalgam of noises like the noises inside one’s body?” she asks. This “large scale miniature” evokes exactly that.
Prelude: 6.45pm in the Recital Room
Thomas Dausgaard introduces the 2019/20 Season and tonight’s opening concert.
Once I blinked nothing was the same (UK Premiere)
Violin Concerto No.1
Henning Kraggerud violin
Thomas Dausgaard conductor
Concert ends at approx. 9.40pm