The Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s 2014/15 season is just one of many activities in an action-packed year for the orchestra which will see it move to its new home adjacent to the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.
In October, music director Peter Oundjian opens the season with Wagner’s overture to Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, Rimsky-Korsakov’s beguiling take on the Arabian Nights, Scheherazade, and the Scottish premiere of Christopher Rouse’s flute concerto with RSNO principal Katherine Bryan as soloist. Continuing the theme of shining the spotlight on orchestral players, principal cellist Aleksei Kiseliov performs Elgar’s cello concerto the following week.
Indeed, several of the players appear in the season’s brochure in a series of fun photographs depicting their various passions, apart from music, which include cars, climbing, cooking and shoes. Underlining the focus on ‘home’ there is a strong line-up of Scottish talent with Nicola Benedetti playing Shostakovich’s first violin concerto, Steven Osborne performing Ravel’s piano concerto in G major and conductor Rory Macdonald making his RSNO debut conducting a new work by Sally Beamish, Equal Voices.
Other highlights include Thomas Sondergard’s exploration of the Scandinavian repertoire with clarinettist Kari Kriikku performing the concerto Magnus Lindberg wrote for him, and James Ehnes playing Nielsen’s violin concerto before Oundjian closes the season in May 2015 with Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius.