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Bent Sørensen / Emma-Ruth Richards/ Amy Beach
The BBC SSO begins a new decade with a Saturday night concert of musical ‘firsts’ all inspired by Scotland.
Bent Sørensen’s world premiere takes its title from the poem Enchantress Farewell by Sir Walter Scott and he’s added a hint of a jig which, he says, ‘is as Scottish as Scottish can be for a Dane.’ Emma-Ruth Richards, meanwhile, has turned to contemporary poets including Jackie Kay, Don Paterson and Carol Ann Duffy to inspire a song-cycle inspired by the clarity of light that ‘northerliness’ brings. And the concert ends with the first symphony published and performed by an American woman: Amy Beach’s ‘Gaelic’ Symphony. Premiered in 1896, it uses themes from Scottish, Irish and English folk music and is a reminder that Scotland and its culture have been a source of inspiration to composers across three centuries.
Emma-Ruth Richards The Sail of a Flame* (BBC Commission, World Premiere)
Bent Sørensen Enchantress (BBC Commission, World Premiere)
Beach Symphony in E minor, Op.32
Lucy Schaufer mezzo-soprano*
Thomas Dausgaard conductor
The concert will end at approximately 9.40pm