Chamber Orchestra at Music Hall

Varied Programme: Guest conductor and SCO Associate Artist Richard Egarr will conduct the first performance of 2013. Picture: Marco Borggreve
Varied Programme: Guest conductor and SCO Associate Artist Richard Egarr will conduct the first performance of 2013. Picture: Marco Borggreve

THE Scottish Chamber Orchestra gives its first performance of 2013 on Saturday, January 19 at Aberdeen Music Hall.

Guest conductor and SCO Associate Artist Richard Egarr will present a varied programme that includes well-known classics by Beethoven and Schubert alongside music by one of their less well-known contemporaries, Jan Ladislav Dussek.

The concert opens with the Overture from Beethoven’s heroic ballet, Creatures of Prometheus, which was first performed at Vienna’s Burgtheater in 1801.

Following the Overture, Egarr directs the Orchestra from the piano in the rarely performed Dussek Piano Concerto in G minor.

Egarr, a Dussek enthusiast, commented: “Dussek was one of the most important, celebrated, influential and gifted piano composers of his generation. He was born four years after Mozart, but his music is much more advanced in its harmonic, melodic and gestural language. He was a musical and pianistic virtuoso who lived and loved to the fullest degree.”

Completing the programme is Schubert’s lively Symphony No 6 ‘Little C major’, written when the composer was aged just 21. Composed in the same key as Schubert’s epic Symphony No 9 ‘The Great C major’, the work is nicknamed ‘little’ for identification purposes.

Egarr, who was appointed SCO Associate Artist in 2011, is well known for his energy and joy in making music, and is a favourite with both SCO musicians and audiences. Egarr, on the subject of his close relationship with the Orchestra, said:

“The members of the SCO are my kind of musicians: open-minded, intelligent, flexible and wonderfully lively. It’s an absolute pleasure working with them.”

Before the performance, Richard Egarr discusses Dussek and his contemporaries in a pre-concert talk.

The SCO’s next appearance in Aberdeen will be on Saturday 23 February when it is joined by renowned soloist Piotr Anderszewski for Mozart Piano Concertos No 23 & 25.

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra is one of Scotland’s five National Performing Arts Companies, and is internationally recognised as one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world. Formed in 1974 with a commitment to serve the Scottish community, it is also one of Scotland’s foremost cultural ambassadors.

The Orchestra performs throughout Scotland, including annual tours of the Scottish Highlands and Islands and South of Scotland, and appears regularly at the Edinburgh, East Neuk, St Magnus and Aldeburgh Festivals and the BBC Proms. Its busy touring schedule has recently included many European countries as well as India and the USA. The Orchestra’s international touring receives support from the Scottish Government.