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20th Century Classics

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra / Ilan Volkov

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’s Resurrection 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.

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Ilan Volkov Conductor

Synergy Vocals
Varèse Intégrales
Amériques
Berio Sinfonia

10 August 2013

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