RSNO Digital Season

The RSNO present their first ever Digital Season! Enjoy ten glorious concerts which will be filmed live for you in the RSNO's studio with COVID-19 secure measures in place!

RSNO Digital Season

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29th January 2021
12th February 2021
26th February 2021
7.30pm
Online Event Glasgow
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These ten performances are a reimagining of our 2020:21 Season featuring many of the guest artists and music originally programmed, alongside some surprises for you to enjoy, safe in the comfort of your home.

Broadcast throughout October 2020 - February 2021, the RSNO Digital Season is available on subscription or a pay per concert basis.

Friday 9th October: Søndergård Conducts Beethoven’s Eroica
Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony begins with a controlled explosion – and two centuries later, music is still reeling from the aftershock. This is music which was written in unprecedented times, energising and defiant – the ideal choice for our return to the stage with Music Director Thomas Søndergård. We pair it with music by two 18th century geniuses with powerful tales to tell: Haydn’s spirited symphony, and a joyous concerto by Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. Precisely the music we need, right here, right now.

Dedicated to the RSNO Conductors' Circle.

Friday 23rd October: Midori Performs Beethoven’s Violin Concerto
When the young Ludwig van Beethoven began his first symphony, no-one knew quite what to expect. They just knew that they were hearing a dazzling young artist going for broke, with wit, style and the sort of energy that can still knock you backwards. You’ll want to cool down after all that, so sit back and enjoy Beethoven’s beautiful Violin Concerto performed by superstar violinist Midori with the RSNO: pure serenity, created by artists who simply love this music.

Recommended by Classic FM.

Friday 6th November: Giltburg Performs Beethoven
Alberto Ginastera took his inspiration from the skies, the soil and – above all – the soul of his native Argentina. His Variaciones concertantes captures that vast landscape, before cutting loose in fabulous, foot-stamping dance: sheer celebration, and a thrilling showcase for our Mexican guest conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto. And then RSNO favourite Boris Giltburg makes a very welcome return in Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto. It’s a dark, deeply personal masterpiece: perfect for a pianist who’s been described as ‘a true Romantic’.

Friday 20th November: Widmann Performs Mozart's Clarinet Concerto
Everything old is new again! Stravinsky’s Pulcinella takes baroque music, sprinkles it with satire and drops it headfirst into the Roaring Twenties. Jessie Montgomery’s Strum puts a classical string orchestra on the streets of Manhattan’s Lower East Side: the results are both poetic and inspiringly modern. Mozart’s hugely popular Clarinet Concerto, meanwhile, is one of those pieces that never gets old – especially when played by clarinettist extraordinaire Jörg Widmann with the RSNO’s dynamic Principal Guest Conductor Elim Chan at the helm.

This concert is recommended by Classic FM.

Friday 4th December: Søndergård conducts Beethoven's Pastoral
Beethoven knew that nature can heal the spirit, and from cheerful opening to serene finish, there’s no music more life-affirming than his lovely Pastoral Symphony. Hear it for the thunderstorms and shepherds, or simply enjoy the sound of Ludwig letting his hair down – either way, it’ll refresh your soul in these unprecedented times. Thomas Søndergård begins with a deep, dark vision from the late Krzysztof Penderecki, and he’s got another treat in store too, as international star Karen Cargill lends her extraordinary voice to Wagner’s sensuous love songs.

This concert is supported by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of the international cultural programme marking the centenary of Poland’s regained independence. Financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland as part of the multi-annual NIEPODLEGLA programme 2017-2022.

Friday 18th December: Søndergård conducts Beethoven Seven
‘There are and have been many princes. But there is only one Beethoven!’ Ludwig van Beethoven was a visionary, a hero, an iconoclast and a superstar. But above all, he was a revolutionary – and when you hear his Seventh Symphony in full, headlong flight, you might feel like punching the air. Thomas Søndergård unleashes it in this spectacular performance. First, though, comes an operatic drama of slavery and freedom before the superb Italian violinist Francesca Dego takes the spotlight in Mozart’s feistiest violin concerto.

This concert is recommended by Classic FM.

Friday 15th January: Midori Performs Glanert
Once upon a time...Anna-Maria Helsing and the RSNO tell timeless stories from the old world and uncover unheard tales from the new. In the American Midwest, Florence Price’s radiant Second Violin Concerto lay forgotten for decades, but now the voice of its pioneering composer is being heard again. Richard Thompson evokes the times and tragedy of a neglected African-American poet. And amid the hills and forests of Central Europe, Antonín Dvorák weaves quiet fairy tales and a symphony that dances for joy. Glowing colours, burning emotions and melodies that demand to be heard.

Friday 29th January: Helsing conducts Dvorák Eight
Once upon a time...Anna-Maria Helsing and the RSNO tell timeless stories from the old world and uncover unheard tales from the new. In the American Midwest, Florence Price’s radiant Second Violin Concerto lay forgotten for decades, but now the voice of its pioneering composer is being heard again. Richard Thompson evokes the times and tragedy of a neglected African-American poet. And amid the hills and forests of Central Europe, Antonín Dvorák weaves quiet fairy tales and a symphony that dances for joy. Glowing colours, burning emotions and melodies that demand to be heard.

Friday 12th February: Paul Lewis plays Grieg
Paul Lewis has been called ‘the finest British pianist for generations’. He joins forces with the RSNO and conductor Cornelius Meister for a performance of Grieg’s unabashedly romantic Piano Concerto, which dances and dazzles with hints of Norwegian melodies. It’s bookended by Grieg’s stunning music for Peer Gynt – from the sunlit vistas of Morning to the blood-crazed trolls of In the Hall of the Mountain King, enjoy these stirring melodies magically brought to life by the RSNO.

This concert is recommended by Classic FM.

Friday 26th February: Søndergård conducts Beethoven Five
With Beethoven, four notes are enough to start a revolution. ‘This is how Fate knocks at the door!’ he said, and everyone knows the electrifying opening of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. But if that’s all you know, you’re in for the musical adventure of a lifetime – a headlong ride through tragedy, tranquility and blazing triumph. Thomas Søndergård conducts, Edgaras Montvidas sings Britten’s dreamlike songs, and we start with the haunting Lyric for Strings by George Walker: a true American original.

This concert is recommended by Classic FM.

Additional Dates: 12 February 2021, 26 February 2021

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