The Scottish Chamber Orchestra follows up its 40th anniversary year with another varied season of music that begins with Mahler’s fourth symphony and ends with Haydn’s Creation.
Mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill will sing in the symphony as well as perform Mahler songs in other programmes. Several of the concerts juxtapose Mahler with Haydn and also Toshio Hosokawa, whose harp concerto, Aeolus, will be premiered in the opening concert (9, 10 October, Edinburgh/Glasgow) with soloist Naoko Yoshino.
This is a new SCO commission, as is Out of the Silence, John McLeod’s tribute to Carl Nielsen (22-24 January 2015, Perth/Glasgow/Edinburgh). Edinburgh-based McLeod celebrates his 80th birthday this year and next year will mark Nielsen’s 150th anniversary. Other premieres include Toshio Hosokawa’s Meditation, dedicated to the victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan (15, 17, 18 October, St Andrews/Glasgow/Edinburgh), Martin Suckling’s Candlebird (25, 27, 28 February 2015, St Andrews/Glasgow/Edinburgh) and Rolf Martinsson’s Garden of Devotion (8, 9 May, Glasgow/Edinburgh).
Piano legends as well as rising stars grace the Piano Classics strand, which pairs Mitsuko Uchida with Ravel, Elisabeth Leonskaja with Brahms, Ingrid Fliter with Chopin and Francesco Piemontesi with Beethoven.
Having put Schumann’s symphonies under the microscope in both the concert hall and recording studio principal conductor Robin Ticciati is planning to perform four and record six Haydn symphonies in 2014/15. The SCO Chorus is also set for a busy season with performances of Handel’s Messiah and Haydn’s Harmoniemesse.