Seasons to be cheerful

Fans of classicial music need not pine at the end of the International Festival as the autumn has a whole raft of quality nights out on, as Carol Main finds out.

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this year‘s lidinburgh l"estiml. hpr is now at hand. Brochure alter brochure has been lalling through the letterbox. the y'ai‘ious winter seasons they adyertise lorming a sort ol elongated lestiyal lasting lrom now until spring. But where do you start'.’ There‘s ey'erything lrom (‘hildren‘s (‘lassic ('onccrts to the BBC SS()‘s unlikely celebration ol the Viola.

Stalwarts ol what is going on in lidinburgh and (ilitsgt)\\"s classical music lile are the national companies v the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. the Scottiin (‘hamber ()rchestra. Scottish ()pera. the Scottish linsemble and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. ll you live in (ilasgow and always go to the pub on liriday nights. then you are in luck with the RSNO. 'l‘heir (ilasgow concerts are generally Saturdays at the (‘oncert “all. But il you Me in lidinburgh and behaye similarly. habits might base to change il you want to hear principal conductor Alexander l.a/.are\' in what will be his last season since being appointed in l‘)‘)7. ()r. ol course. take the Saturday night train to (ilasgow to hear him in a selection ol his own layourites. such as 'l‘chaikoy'sky‘s mighty Symphony No 4 to open the season or what will surely be an electric combination ol I.a/.arey and Shostakoy'ich the lollowing ()ctober weekend.

l’ure limotion is how the S(‘() label their season on the lront ol their autumn- coloured brochure. They too are losing their principal conductor Very soon. Joseph Swensen has been a highly signilicant lorce in the orchestra‘s dey'elopment oyer the past ten years and many ol the hallmarks ol his time with the S(‘() can be seen in the programmes he has chosen to conduct. There will also be some stunning soloists the young l‘innish Violinist l’ekka Is'uusisto playing Sibelius in Noy'ember is one in particular to look out lor. Also running through the season are two specilic strands .‘ylo/art Plus. an anticipatory celebration ol the 250th anniy‘ersary ol his birth in 2006. and .-\dy'enturer. which leatures new innsic alongside leth century classics.

Scottish ()pera are lacing dark times linancially. and it is the dark psychological dramas ol Blue/ward and [irii'urnmg that they turn to for their opening ey‘ent. Both new productions. they are lollowed in


The Belcea Quartet

Noyembcr by l’uccini layourite 'l'osr'u in Anthony Bcsch‘s particularly striking \‘L‘l'sltill. lirst seen in I‘)S().

lior innoy‘atiy'e deals on tickets. the l'shcr Hall's International (‘lassics series is hard to heat. A child can go lrce with an adult. and students get a lrce intery'al beer or wine thrown in when they book a seat. (iiy'cn that these concerts are by lainous name

international orchestras. such as the Vienna Symphony ('l‘onkunstler) and St l’etersburg

Symphony playing well known classics such as Beethoy‘en‘s lz'roir'u and Rachmaninoy's 2nd Symphony. it is dillicult to go wrong with them.

ll. howeyer. the big symphony sound is too much. there is some exquisite chamber music to be lound in the 'I‘unnell 'l‘rust's Queen's Hall series in lidinburgh. The Belcea Quartet are central to its certain success. playing Haydn. Bartok and Mozart. with the ultimate hiin point being in December when they join with the (‘allino Quartet lor Mendelssohn‘s glorious and wonderlully' melodic ()ctet. Iidinburgh is also host to the (ieorgian (‘oncert Society. which presents sey'en concerts ol early music. while the Scottiin linsemble's season is remarkable lor taking its broad range ol repertoire and astonishing line-up ol young inusicians to people throughout Scotland.

()h. the children‘s concerts. Well. you need a child to take you and do be prepared lor audience participation. And the Viola lestiy'al is in (ilasgow met" the last weekend in Noyember.

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