BBC SSO: Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances
Rachmaninov's *Symphonic Dances* are the centrepiece of a concert that also includes Charles Ives' *The Unanswered Question* and the Scottish premiere of Brett Dean's *Dramatis Personae*, featuring trumpet virtuoso Håkan Hardenberger. Michael Francis conducts.
New worlds for old. Exil ed from Russia - but big in Amer ica - Sergei Rachmaninov searched his memories, and his Symphonic Dances fuse the melancholy of exile with the sheer electricity of the jazz-age USA. Dream ballet? Concerto for orchestra? Or simply the greatest symphony Rachmaninov never wrote? Bruch's First Violin Concerto comes from a German romantic world of solitary wanderers and distant horn-calls, so it 's perfect for what one critic has called the "lovely freedom and sense of fantasy" of Henning Kraggerud - a violinist who has something fresh to say in even the most familiar music. Thomas Dausgaard launches the new BBC SSO season with what's arguably still Scotland's greatest single contribution to the history of classical music: Mendelssohn's Scottish seascape The Hebrides, conceived on a boat trip to Staffa but opening new horizons of musical imagination and colour.
Mendelssohn Overture: The Hebrides
Bruch Violin Concerto No.1
Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances
Henning Kraggerud violin Thomas Dausgaard conductor
Concert ends at approx. 9.20pm (including one interval)