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Thomas Dausgaard and the BBC SSO

Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra launches 2017/18 season

12:01, 21st March 2017

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra is putting its ‘Composer Roots’ concerts at the heart of its 2017/18 season.

The series, programmed by chief conductor Thomas Dausgaard, will explore musical influences on Beethoven, Rachmaninov, Bartók, Nielsen and Sibelius, and will include contributions by folk musicians from across Europe.

Scottish Inspirations will return for a second year, featuring new BBC commissions inspired by Scotland and Scottish identity by Anna Clyne, David Fennessy and William Sweeney. Further contemporary music highlights include performances of works by Tenney, Maceda, Diana Burrell, Charlotte Bray, Cassandra Miller and Thomas Hyde.

The orchestra will conclude its Tippett symphony cycle with performances of the third and fourth symphonies under Martyn Brabbins, as well as the first professional performance of the composer’s withdrawn Symphony in B flat, and will also perform in the 2018 Tectonics Glasgow festival

Other highlights include a rare performance of Sibelius’s choral symphony Kullervo; a performance of Elgar’s cello concerto with John Wilson and Leonard Elschenbroich; an all-Asian programme under Matthias Pintscher with works by Hosokawa and Takemitsu, a new piece by South Korean composer Jaehyuck Choi, and Vivier’s Siddhartha; and performances featuring Behzod Abduraimov, Martin Fröst, the Danish String Quartet, Karen Cargill, Steven Osborne and François Leleux.

‘This is a season that thrives on the infectious creative curiosity of our chief conductor Thomas Dausgaard to explore the roots and influences of a number of great composers,’ said Dominic Parker, director of the BBC SSO. ‘Along with shaking up the concert format, we are bringing musicians from around the world to help us in that exploration – great folk musicians from Hungary to illuminate Bartók, and the Danish String Quartet to highlight Nielsen’s folk influences.

‘At the same time, we perform premieres and works by some of the most exciting living composers. We really hope that our audiences will explore these with us.’

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