Andrew Manze conducts James MacMillan

February 22, 2017 in by mwhiteside


Event Details


BEETHOVEN, BRITTEN, MACMILLAN – Composers
ANDREW MANZE – Conductor
ALEC FRANK-GEMMILL – HORN – Soloist

Britten – Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge (25’)
MacMillan – Concertino for Horn and Strings SCO Commission: World Premiere (c. 15’)
Beethoven – Symphony No 2 (32’)

The SCO’s superb Principal Horn, Alec Frank-Gemmill, is in the spotlight for James MacMillan’s new arrangement of his thrillingly theatrical Horn Quintet. MacMillan grew up playing in brass ensembles and he cherishes the horn of fanfares and hunting calls as much as the soft-voiced instrument of matchless lyrical beauty. Either side of the premiere we have youthful tours-de-force by two of the great ‘Bs’ of history. Conductor Andrew Manze is rightly acclaimed as an outstanding interpreter of both Britten and Beethoven.

This concert forms part of a month-long celebration of recent works by Sir James MacMillan in partnership with the BBC SSO, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Hebrides Ensemble and Glasgow Life.