Robin Ticciati conducts the second week of the Season in a programme which includes the premiere of a new work commissioned by the SCO from exciting young Glaswegian composer Martin Suckling: storm, rose, tiger. The title is adapted from a phrase in the short story The Circular Ruins by the great Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges. The story of a magician’s attempts to dream into being a living man is, amongst other things, an allegory of the creative process which had particular resonance for Suckling.
In the same programme, the brilliant violinist Viktoria Mullova makes her SCO debut and, with the Violin Concerto, launches the Orchestra’s Season-long journey through many of the concertos, symphonies and choral works of Beethoven. Popular guest conductor Thierry Fischer continues the Beethoven strand the following week with Symphony No 6 ‘Pastoral’, and is joined by great Dutch musician Pieter Wispelwey for the Haydn Cello Concerto in D.
Olari Elts conducts the Season’s second world premiere at the end of October with performances of Australian Gordon Kerry’s new Flute Concerto ‘Captain Flinders’ Musick’ written specially for his compatriot, SCO Principal Flute Alison Mitchell. It is performed with two early film scores, Saint-Saëns’ The Assassination of the Duke of Guise, one of the earliest works written for film, and Shostakovich’s music for New Babylon, a 1928 satire set in the Paris Commune in 1871; and Toru Takemitsu’s Three Film Scores.