The Usher Hall’s powerful series of international orchestras showcased in Sunday Classics continues with the Basel Chamber Orchestra’s programme of romantic and contemporary music.
The programme of concerts, made possible by the City of Edinburgh Council, sees tickets start at £12.50 offering a superb opportunity to hear some of the best orchestras in the world. Students can snap up tickets for just £10 and under 16s go free!
Stephen Hough is a writer, composer and a concert pianist of virtuosic technique and adventurous self-expression. His skills will be demonstrated in spades when he joins the Basel Chamber Orchestra for two pieces from the legendary German composer Mendelssohn, along with a modern composition from conductor Heinz Holliger and Schubert’s ‘Great’ Ninth Symphony.
The Orchestra performs Mendelssohn’s evocative Hebrides Overture, inspired by the composer’s memorable trip to the Scottish island of Staffa. The work paints a vivid picture of rolling Scottish seas and waves crashing against the famous Fingal’s Cave, and will be given renewed significance when played in the country’s capital. Following this sonic journey to Scotland’s rugged coastline, acclaimed conductor Heinz Holliger will then lead the collective in his own 2012 piece, Meta Arca.
Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto, one of the first of its kind in the Romantic Age, quickly obtained popularity following its premiere in Munich in 1831. It contains many sections of improvisation, one of Mendelssohn's (and Hough’s) specialities. Basel Chamber Orchestra will bring the piece to life and charm audiences with its score for 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, timpani and strings.
To complete the programme our Swiss guests present Schubert’s ‘Great’ Ninth Symphony. This breath-taking work is arguably more powerful than any of his other symphonies and in the hands of the Basel Chamber Orchestra is an unadulterated masterpiece.