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20th Century Classics BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Supported by BBC Music Magazine

Saturday 10 August
  • Running time: 
    1 hour 30 minutes approximately

An evening of thrilling 20th-century classics from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under its chief guest conductor, Ilan Volkov, who is widely renowned for the passion and intensity of his music making.

Sinfonia by Luciano Berio is a virtuoso work full of colour and humour that poses profound questions about what a symphony can be. Its famous third movement brings together the musical universe with quotations from Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Berlioz and others collected around the framework of Mahler’sResurrection Symphony (which can be heard in its original form on 12 August).

Beforehand, Varèse’s Amériques is a gripping musical depiction of New York, complete with firetrucks, foghorns and police sirens. It is an unforgettable piece of enormous power written for a gargantuan orchestra. In his smaller Intégrales, which opens the concert, Varèse sends sounds whizzing about musical space.

This concert will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at a future date.

Usher Hall

Lothian Road

Supported by



BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Ilan Volkov Conductor

Synergy Vocals
Varèse Intégrales
Berio Sinfonia

Photo: Mark Hamilton

This event was part of a previous Festival and is therefore unavailable to book.

The Festival 2014 programme is now live. Visit the events block to find out more. Public bookings will open on Saturday 29 March.