Because the page will eventually disappear, I've brought these bits, but tonight I got to hear a really great concert:
HAYDN Symphony No 70 in D
WEBER Clarinet Concerto No 1
BEETHOVEN Symphony No 3 'Erocia'
JONATHAN SCHIFFMAN Conductor
MAXIMILIANO MARTÍN Clarinet
Exciting young American conductor Jonathan Schiffman makes his SCO debut with a thrilling programme. Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony was inspired by Napoleon, whom the composer saw as a benefactor of mankind and a life-enriching hero. His view changed, however, when Napoleon pronounced himself Emperor, causing Beethoven to tear the dedication from his manuscript. Nevertheless, the symphony retains its great heroic power and emotional depth. The SCO’s virtuoso Principal Clarinet Maximiliano Martín is the soloist in the poetic concerto by Carl Maria von Weber, a composer of glorious music too often overshadowed by his great contemporaries.
“Schiffman has it all: a beautiful and precise technique, stage presence, and a natural authority...” La Provence, France
“Martín was a virtuosic tour de force” The Scotsman