The RSNO, 2005-2012

Over seven seasons as music director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Stéphane Denève helped to bring about what the media described as a ‘classical music revolution’ in Scotland.

 

Journalists and reviewers have written about the incredible audience growth, widespread critical acclaim and tremendous feel-good factor that have all been characteristics of what has been dubbed ‘the Denève effect’.

… it would be unfair not to acknowledge the phenomenal – and I do mean phenomenal – rapport that Deneve has built with this country’s audiences, who adore what he does and the musical results from his orchestra. I trust my own instinct: I think it’s been a fantastic appointment that has done no end of good for the RSNO and its stature.

Michael Tumelty, The Herald (Scotland)

The RSNO

The RSNO, with Stéphane Denève, in 2005

The so-called ‘Auld Alliance’ between Scotland and France was musically rekindled in October 2003, when Stéphane Denève made his Scottish debut, guest conducting a programme of Ravel’s Mother Goose, Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No1 and Dvořák’s Symphony No8 (a particular favourite with Scottish audiences). Impressed and intrigued by this new presence on the podium, the RSNO immediately invited Denève back for the  following season, in the meantime squeezing in a performance of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique during its summer Scottish Proms. Within two months the Royal Scottish National Orchestra had secured its man, and Stéphane Denève was appointed as Music Director from the 2005-06 season.

The RSNO was formed in 1891 as the Scottish Orchestra and has had a long and proud history as Scotland’s national orchestra. Well-known names to have conducted the RSNO have included Felix Weingartner, Serge Koussevitzky and even the composer Richard Strauss. Denève followed in a long line of illustrious RSNO Principal Conductors including Georg Szell, Walter Süsskind, Sir John Barbirolli, Walter Weller and Neeme Järvi and was the orchestra’s first conductor to be given the ‘Music Director’ title since the late Sir Alexander Gibson.

As national orchestra, the RSNO has a unique schedule of concerts. A typical week for Denève and the musicians might include a midweek concert in the north of the country (Aberdeen, Dundee or Inverness), a Friday evening at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh, and a Saturday evening performance at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. But that’s not all – since Denève’s arrival in Scotland he has participated in all aspects of the orchestra’s life, conducting children’s concerts in small venues across the towns and villages of the nation, recording sessions, rush-hour concerts, free lunchtime events, chamber concerts, new audience development projects and much more.

Performing in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Symbolic of his commitment to his new orchestra, and its huge range of activities, Stéphane Denève made the decision to leave France and make his home in Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, with his then-girlfriend, Åsa.

 

Thanks to the orchestra I feel that I can go for the music right away… they know me so well and know what I want.  I’m extremely happy with the results … I adore making music with them.

– Stéphane Denève

 

In the years that have followed, Stéphane Denève has taken the orchestra around Scotland and Europe, with annual performances at the Edinburgh International Festival and frequent appearances at the BBC Proms in London. He earned the orchestra its first invitation to the St Magnus Festival, Orkney and to the Festival Présences, Paris.

Denève and the RSNO have toured extensively in Europe, including in Spain (with Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti) and across central Europe (with violinist Hilary Hahn). Venues have included the celebrated Vienna Konzerthaus, Munich’s Philharmonie am Gasteig and the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris.

In January 2010 the RSNO made its debut in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, peforming Fauré’s Requiem. For this special performance, Denève and the orchestra were joined by the RSNO Chorus and Junior Chorus, and soloists Lisa Milne (soprano) and Christopher Maltman (baritone).

The RSNO receive a standing ovation at the Concertgebouw, Netherlands, January 2010

 

The RSNO could not have wished for a better send-off to Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, where it performed last night, than the packed house that turned out for the same all-French programme previewed in Edinburgh on Friday. Denève’s demand for spacious phrasing and tiny expressive detail brought an ethereal and pristine effortlessness.

– Kenneth Walton, The Scotsman

Guillaume Connesson

Stéphane Denève’s first week of concerts in September 2005 with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra took a programme featuring Ravel’s Suite No 2 from Daphnis et Chloé and Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 Choral to Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The program began with a new work, commissioned by the RSNO, dedicated to Stéphane Denève, by French composer Guillaume Connesson. With these performances of Connesson’s  Une lueur dans l’âge sombre (A Glimmer in the Age of Darkness), Denève introduced Scottish audiences to a new and relatively unknown composer whose music they would soon grow to love.

with Connesson, Edinburgh 2005

with Guillaume Connesson, in front of Edinburgh Castle, 2005

It was not the first time, however, that Denève had championed the music of his fellow countryman, Connesson. Some years previously, Leonard Slatkin and the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington D.C.) asked Stéphane Denève to present a piece by a living French composer, suggesting a couple of familiar names. Denève had the idea to search out a brand new name, someone who would benefit from the publicity that a US première would garner. A huge response from French music publishers yielded nothing that grabbed Denève’s attention. And then Supernova arrived – a work by the 30-year old Paris-based composer Guillaume Connesson – a name unfamiliar to Denève. The concerts were a huge success with audiences, musicians and critics alike, and it marked the start of a hugely successful musical partnership – and friendship – between conductor and composer.

The RSNO’s 2005 commission Une lueur dans l’âge sombre was written as a natural follow-up to Supernova. As Connesson explained, ‘I felt the need to compose a new score that counterbalanced the freed energies of Supernova. With Une lueur we find ourselves 400,000 years after the Big Bang’.

In Guillaume Connesson’s mind, these two symphonic poems would only be complete with a third piece, creating a three-part lyric symphony: The Cosmic Trilogy. And so, the RSNO commissioned Aleph, in 2007, premiered by Stéphane Denève and the RSNO in September 2007, for the opening of the orchestra’s new 2007-08 season. The work was dedicated to Stéphane and Åsa Denève as a wedding present.

Since 2005, symphonic poems from the Cosmic Trilogy have been performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France, the Malaysian Philharmonic, the MDR Leipzig, the New World Symphony, and the orchestras of Toronto, Dallas, Cincinnati, Houston, St Louis and others.

Connesson, Deneve, Thibaudet

From L to R: Guillaume Connesson, Stéphane Denève, Jean-Yves Thibaudet

Click to find out more about this recording

The Denève-RSNO-Connesson musical partnership reached a new height in 2009, with the commissioning of another new work from the composer, a Piano Concerto, entitled The Shining One. It was premièred by the orchestra and Denève in March 2009, at the RSNO’s Springtime in Paris Festival, with soloist Jean-Yves Thibaudet.

The enthusiastic audience feedback from these concerts is testament to the skill and immediacy of Connesson’s music and to what can be achieved when a conductor and orchestra work together to champion a contemporary classical composer:

 

 

The most virtuosic composition with the most incredible virtuosic piano playing we have ever heard. Incredible stuff. Very, very exciting.

I have heard a few of his works now, thanks to Stephane, and have enjoyed all of them. This was no exception. Richness, vitality, rhythmic and forceful. Contrapuntal piano theme enforcing. A very complex work.

I’m already a huge fan of Connesson thanks to Stephane and the RSNO. Some wonderful moments for brass and percussion. I particularly loved the opening. Jean-Yves is very lucky to have such a piece dedicated to him. Please record this!

That audience member’s wish was in fulfilled in 2009, when Denève and the RSNO did record The Shining One and the Cosmic Trilogy. Click here for more details.

 

TEN out of 10

Ten years after unearthing Connesson’s Supernova in a search for new music, Stéphane Denève launched another appeal. This time he sought not one but TEN orchestral works – ten pieces of music from the first decade of this century that would, in his opinion, ‘truly stand the test of time’.

After consulting with colleagues, conductors, musicians, publishers and friends, Stéphane selected ten works and programmed them into the RSNO 2010-11 season, accompanied by an extensive promotional and audience engagement campaign.

In the following video, Stéphane introduces music journalist Edward Seckerson to the ‘TEN out of 10’ concept:

Stéphane recorded short videos for all ten of the pieces of music. You can watch them here.

… [Stéphane Denève] has established a unique rapport with Scottish audiences…  – Michael Tumelty, The Herald

Classic Bites

promotional photo for the RSNO’s Classic Bites concert

Perhaps the biggest impact of Stéphane Denève’s time in Scotland with the RSNO has been on the audiences for classical music. From his very first concert with the orchestra, Denève was concerned not only with the musical performances themselves but also with the concert hall experience as a whole. Michael Tumelty, classical music critic for The Herald wrote in 2006, “…the young French conductor is already hard at work establishing a whole new rapport between the RSNO’s principal conductor and his audience. His pre-concert chats from the stage have already become a minor culture in their own right.”

with Constance Freeland

celebrating a birthday with one of the RSNO’s most loyal supporters, the late Constance Freeland

Very quickly a trust and loyalty was established between conductor and audience, which enabled Denève to take RSNO audiences on a musical journey, a journey that took in contemporary music (including Scotland’s James MacMillan, France’s Guillaume Connesson, Fabien Waksman and many others), less familiar French repertoire (Roussel, Poulenc, Dukas, Schmitt) and major projects such as Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust, Grieg’s Complete Incidental Music to Peer Gynt and so on. It is testament to Stéphane Denève’s ability to connect with audiences, not only through the music but also through programme notes and personal on-stage introductions laced with Gallic humour and charm, that audiences grew dramatically in size through this period.

Whether it has been ‘rush-hour’ concerts at 6pm to attract shoppers and commuters, or a new series designed to introduce newcomers to orchestral masterworks (Naked Classics), Denève and the RSNO have never been afraid of experimenting with traditional formats. With Classic Bites, Stéphane introduced potential audiences to highlights from the concert season in short, digestible movements.

 

Springtime in Paris

Springtime in Paris – with Jean-Yves Thibaudet

During 2009’s Springtime in Paris festival, Denève used video, presentations and staging to enhance the musical experience. He even went as far as to re-create the Paris salon of the 19th Century, joining Jean-Yves Thibaudet at the keyboard to peform a series of French piano duets.

 

Michael Tumelty had the following report on the Springtime in Paris concert:

For sheer entertainment value, with wall to wall music of idiosyncrasy, quirkiness, wackiness, sophistication and lashings of style that could only have been French, Stephane Deneve’s first large-scale concert in his six-part exploration of Parisian culture captured the imagination and, clearly, the spirit of the large audience. There has never been a concert like this one!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monster Music Nursery Concert

Stéphane with three budding conductors at the RSNO’s concerts for nursery children (ages 3-5)

The RSNO’s statistics prove what is obvious to anyone attending an RSNO concert: During Stéphane Denève’s time with the RSNO audience numbers have increased year-on-year, with subscriptions in Glasgow doubling, and even trebling in Edinburgh. In addition, over 3,000 under 26-year-olds are now regular attendees and thousands of under-16s hear the orchestra every year through free ticket schemes and concerts for schools and families.

 

 

 

 

 

Stéphane Denève’s contribution to Scottish musical life has not gone unrecognised. He is an official music ambassador for Glasgow (alongside the composer Craig Armstrong, comedian and musician Billy Connolly and rock musician Alex Kapranos).

Denève holds honorary degrees from both Glasgow University (Doctor of Music) and Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh (Doctor of Letters), in recognition of his artistic achievements and contribution to the musical life of Scotland. The following short (8 minutes) video shows Stéphane Denève receiving his doctorate from Glasgow University in November 2011 and includes an informative and entertaining appraisal of his musical life:

Stéphane Denève has devoted much of his conducting career to promoting and celebrating the music of his countryman, Albert Roussel. With the RSNO he has conducted one of Roussel’s symphonies or ballet works in every season and the partnership recently completed the final volume of their acclaimed five CD survey of Roussel’s orchestral works.

Jeremy Siepmann explores the reasons for this composer-conductor connection in his article, Breaking the Mould (www.naxos.com):

…the names of Stéphane Denève and Albert Roussel have become inextricably linked…. Indeed their paths crossed, figuratively speaking, at the very outset of Denève’s road to stardom (one of the first pieces he ever conducted was by Roussel).

Denève even studied at the Conservatoire in the northern French city of Tourcoing – the city of Roussel’s birth.

He describes to Siepmann how Roussel came to become a significant musical force in his life:

Roussel was a very big figure in Tourcoing, where I too was born and grew up, and some of the very first pieces I worked on as a young trainee conductor were by him. And I took to his music at once. To this day, I totally identify with it, and with its particular character. Part of this is geographical. Tourcoing is very near the Flemish border, the borderline between Flanders and Wallonie. Look northwards and you find a more Protestant world, of great seriousness, often very organised, a little bit sentimental, a rather understated style of humour, sometimes a bit austere, a bit mathematical. Look southwards and you have the Latin, Gallic, more southern style of France: more colourful, more full-blooded and direct, more outspoken, quick and enlivened by fantasy—you know, these kind of more Latin qualities. Tourcoing combines them both. As does Roussel.

 

He suggests why Roussel has not received the same attention as his peers, Debussy and Ravel:

…it could have something, I suppose, to do with those surprising, unconventional harmonies. And his way of writing melodies, too, is a little less obvious than Debussy or Ravel. There’s sometimes something a little eccentric in his ways of shaping melodies which maybe makes him less easily accessible than most, which is a shame. And I think, too, that he was just a little behind the times. Somehow he started his career a bit late, putting him out of sync with Debussy and Ravel. If he’d written exactly as he did but 10 years earlier, he would almost certainly have been more successful with the media, if I can put it that way. Not that he was ignored. He was actually very successful in his lifetime and his importance was widely acknowledged—not just in the realm of orchestration. After the Second World War, however, people rather tended to forget him. Today, though, I’m very happy to say, there’s a real revival of interest in his music—something which I hope I’ve played a modest but helpful part in. When I first began my career in the states ten years or so ago Roussel’s Bacchus et Ariane was virtually unknown, and unplayed. Today it’s appearing quite often. Which is nice.’

(the extracts above are from Breaking the Mould by Jeremy Siepmann – www.naxos.com)

http://www.stephanedeneve.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Naxos_Key_Release_Kit_01.2012_STEPHANE-DENEVE-1.pdf

Concerts

Click below to display all Stéphane Denève’s concerts with the RSNO since January 2006:

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Date City Venue Country
Sat, 9 April 2016 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Debussy Marche écossaise
MacMillan The Death of Oscar (Scottish Premiere)
Ravel Piano Concerto for Left Hand
Richard Strauss Tod und Verklärung
Ravel La Valse

Piano: Steven Osborne
Fri, 8 April 2016 Edinburgh Usher Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Debussy Marche écossaise
MacMillan The Death of Oscar (Scottish Premiere)
Ravel Piano Concerto for Left Hand
Richard Strauss Tod und Verklärung
Ravel La Valse

Piano: Steven Osborne
Concert Series: RSNO Season 11:12
Sat, 12 May 2012 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm. Box office: 0141 353 8000.

MacMillan Britannia
R Strauss Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks
Ravel Daphnis et Chloé

RSNO Chorus, RSNO Junior Chorus
Fri, 11 May 2012 Edinburgh Usher Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm. Box office: 0131 228 1155.

MacMillan Britannia
R Strauss Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks
Ravel Daphnis et Chloé

RSNO Chorus, RSNO Junior Chorus
Sat, 5 May 2012 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm. Box office: 0141 353 8000.

Debussy Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Barber Violin Concerto
Stravinsky The Rite of Spring

Violin: James Ehnes
Fri, 4 May 2012 Edinburgh Usher Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm. Box office: 0131 228 1155.

Debussy Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Barber Violin Concerto
Stravinsky The Rite of Spring

Violin: James Ehnes
Thu, 3 May 2012 Aberdeen Music Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm. Box office: 01224 641 122.

Debussy Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Barber Violin Concerto
Stravinsky The Rite of Spring

Violin: James Ehnes
Sat, 28 January 2012 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm. Box office: 0141 353 8000.

Debussy Nocturnes
Prokofiev Violin Concerto No1
Roussel Bacchus et Ariane

Violin: Hilary Hahn

Piano: Steven Osborne
Trumpet: John Gracie
Fri, 27 January 2012 Edinburgh Usher Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm. Box office: 0131 228 1155.

Debussy Nocturnes
Prokofiev Violin Concerto No1
Roussel Bacchus et Ariane

Violin: Hilary Hahn
Sat, 3 December 2011 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm. Box office: 0141 353 8000.

Debussy Printemps
Shostakovich Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Strings
Debussy Jeux
Shostakovich Piano Concerto No2

Piano: Steven Osborne
Trumpet: John Gracie
Fri, 2 December 2011 Edinburgh Usher Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm. Box office: 0131 228 1155.

Debussy Printemps
Shostakovich Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Strings
Debussy Jeux
Shostakovich Piano Concerto No2

Piano: Steven Osborne
Trumpet: John Gracie
Sat, 8 October 2011 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm. Box office: 0141 353 8000.

Debussy Images
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No3

Piano: Nikolai Lugansky
Fri, 7 October 2011 Edinburgh Usher Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm. Box office: 0131 228 1155.

Debussy Images
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No3

Piano: Nikolai Lugansky
Thu, 6 October 2011 Aberdeen Music Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm. Box office: 01224 641 122.

Debussy Images
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No3

Piano: Nikolai Lugansky
Sat, 1 October 2011 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm. Box office: 0141 353 8000.

Debussy Marche écossaise
Bruch Scottish Fantasy
Waksman Le parfum d’Aphrodite WORLD PREMIERE
Debussy La mer

Violin: Nicola Benedetti
Fri, 30 September 2011 Edinburgh Usher Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm. Box office: 0131 228 1155.

Debussy Marche écossaise
Bruch Scottish Fantasy
Waksman Le parfum d’Aphrodite WORLD PREMIERE
Debussy La mer

Violin: Nicola Benedetti
Thu, 29 September 2011 Dundee Caird Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Debussy Marche écossaise
Bruch Scottish Fantasy
Waksman Le parfum d’Aphrodite WORLD PREMIERE
Debussy La mer

Violin: Nicola Benedetti
Concert Series: RSNO Season 10:11
Sat, 7 May 2011 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

John Adams On the Transmigration of Souls
Beethoven Symphony No9 Choral

Soprano: Sabina Cvilak
Mezzo-Soprano: Catherine Wyn-Rogers
Tenor: Charles Castronovo
Bass: Tomás Tómasson
Thu, 5 May 2011 Edinburgh Usher Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

John Adams On the Transmigration of Souls
Beethoven Symphony No9 Choral

Soprano: Sabina Cvilak
Mezzo-Soprano: Catherine Wyn-Rogers
Tenor: Charles Castronovo
Bass: Tomás Tómasson
Sat, 30 April 2011 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Ravel Alborada del gracioso
Lieberson Neruda Songs
Ravel Rhapsodie Espagnole
De Falla Suites 1 and 2 from The Three-Cornered Hat


Mezzo-Soprano: Kelley O’Connor
Fri, 29 April 2011 Edinburgh Usher Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Ravel Alborada del gracioso
Lieberson Neruda Songs
Ravel Rhapsodie Espagnole
De Falla Suites 1 and 2 from The Three-Cornered Hat


Mezzo-Soprano: Kelley O’Connor
Thu, 28 April 2011 Aberdeen Music Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Ravel Alborada del gracioso
Lieberson Neruda Songs
Ravel Rhapsodie Espagnole
De Falla Suites 1 and 2 from The Three-Cornered Hat


Mezzo-Soprano: Kelley O’Connor
Concert Series: RSNO Naked Classics
Fri, 18 March 2011 Edinburgh Usher Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Esa-Pekka Salonen Insomnia
Herrmann Suite from Vertigo
Thu, 17 March 2011 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Esa-Pekka Salonen Insomnia
Hermann Suite from Vertigo
Concert Series: RSNO Season 10:11
Sat, 29 January 2011 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Dukas The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Oliver Knussen Violin Concerto
Rachmaninov Symphony No2

Violin: Leila Josefowicz
Fri, 28 January 2011 Edinburgh Usher Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Dukas The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Oliver Knussen Violin Concerto
Rachmaninov Symphony No2

Violin: Leila Josefowicz
Sat, 20 November 2010 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Ravel La Tombeau de Couperin
Mozart Piano Concerto No20 K466
Magnus Lindberg Graffiti

Piano: Imogen Cooper
Fri, 19 November 2010 Edinburgh Usher Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Ravel La Tombeau de Couperin
Mozart Piano Concerto No20 K466
Magnus Lindberg Graffiti

Piano: Imogen Cooper
Sat, 13 November 2010 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Helen Grime Virga
Szymanowski Violin Concerto No2
Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique

Violin: Frank-Peter Zimmermann
Fri, 12 November 2010 Edinburgh Usher Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Helen Grime Virga
Szymanowski Violin Concerto No2
Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique

Violin: Frank-Peter Zimmermann
Sat, 2 October 2010 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Guillaume Connesson Aleph, Symphonic Dances
Roussel Symphonic Fragments from The Spider’s Feast
Beethoven Piano Concerto No5 Emperor

Piano: Paul Lewis
Fri, 1 October 2010 Edinburgh Usher Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Guillaume Connesson Aleph, Symphonic Dances
Roussel Symphonic Fragments from The Spider’s Feast
Beethoven Piano Concerto No5 Emperor

Piano: Paul Lewis
Thu, 30 September 2010 Dundee Caird Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Guillaume Connesson Aleph, Symphonic Dances
Roussel Symphonic Fragments from The Spider’s Feast
Beethoven Piano Concerto No5 Emperor

Piano: Paul Lewis
Sat, 25 September 2010 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

James MacMillan Three Interludes from The Sacrifice
Ravel Piano Concerto for Left Hand
Dvorák Symphony No9 From the New World

Piano: Nicholas Angelich
Fri, 24 September 2010 Edinburgh Usher Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

James MacMillan Three Interludes from The Sacrifice
Ravel Piano Concerto for Left Hand
Dvorák Symphony No9 From the New World

Piano: Nicholas Angelich
Thu, 23 September 2010 Aberdeen Music Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

James MacMillan Three Interludes from The Sacrifice
Ravel Piano Concerto for Left Hand
Dvorák Symphony No9 From the New World

Piano: Nicholas Angelich
Concert Series: BBC Proms 2010
Mon, 6 September 2010 London Royal Albert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:00pm.

Berlioz Roman Carnival Overture
Beethoven Piano Concerto No5 Emperor
James MacMillan Three Interludes from The Sacrifice
Respighi The Pines of Rome


Piano: Paul Lewis
Concert Series: Edinburgh International Festival 2010
Wed, 25 August 2010 Edinburgh Usher Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Chabrier Espagne
Ibert Escales
Ravel L’heure espagnole


Mezzo-Soprano: Sophie Koch
Tenor: Gordon Gietz
Tenor: Keith Lewis
Baritone: Johannes Weisser
Bass-Baritone: Christopher Purves
Concert Series: RSNO Season 09:10
Sat, 15 May 2010 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Schumann Symphony No4
Elgar Cello Concerto
Janácek Taras Bulba

Cello: Natalie Clein
Fri, 14 May 2010 Edinburgh Usher Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Schumann Symphony No4
Elgar Cello Concerto
Janácek Taras Bulba

Cello: Natalie Clein
Thu, 13 May 2010 Aberdeen Music Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Schumann Symphony No4
Elgar Cello Concerto
Janácek Taras Bulba

Cello: Natalie Clein
Sat, 1 May 2010 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Britten War Requiem

Soprano: Marina Rebka
Tenor: Ian Bostridge
Baritone: Audun Iversen
RSNO Chorus, RSNO Junior Chorus
Fri, 30 April 2010 Edinburgh Usher Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Britten War Requiem

Soprano: Marina Rebka
Tenor: Ian Bostridge
Baritone: Audun Iversen
RSNO Chorus, RSNO Junior Chorus
Concert Series: RSNO Naked Classics
Sat, 24 April 2010 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Shostakovich Symphony No5
Fri, 23 April 2010 Edinburgh Usher Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Shostakovich Symphony No5
Concert Series: RSNO Season 09:10
Fri, 12 March 2010 Edinburgh Usher Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Mahler Symphony No6 Tragic
Thu, 11 March 2010 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Mahler Symphony No6 Tragic
Thu, 25 February 2010 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Berlioz Roman Carnival Overture
Beethoven Piano Concerto No3
Guillaume Connesson Une Lueur dans l’Âge Sombre
Respighi The Pines of Rome


Piano: Nikolai Lugansky
Wed, 24 February 2010 Dundee Caird Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Berlioz Roman Carnival Overture
Beethoven Piano Concerto No3
Guillaume Connesson Une Lueur dans l’Âge Sombre
Respighi The Pines of Rome


Piano: Nikolai Lugansky
Concert Series: RSNO European Tour 2010
Thu, 11 February 2010 Belgrade Philharmonic Hall Serbia
Time: 7:30pm.

Fauré Suite from Pelléas et Mélisande
Prokofiev Violin Concerto No1
Dvorák Symphony No8

Violin: Hilary Hahn
Wed, 10 February 2010 Vienna Grosser Saal, Vienna Konzerthaus Austria
Time: 7:30pm.

James MacMillan The Confession of Isobel Gowdie
Prokofiev Violin Concerto No1
Dvorák Symphony No7

Violin: Hilary Hahn
Tue, 9 February 2010 Munich Philharmonie Munich, Gasteig Germany
Time: 8:00pm.

Fauré Suite from Pelléas et Mélisande
Sibelius Violin Concerto
Dvorák Symphony No8

Violin: Hilary Hahn
Mon, 8 February 2010 Paris Theatre Champs Elysees France
Time: 8:00pm.

Fauré Suite from Pelléas et Mélisande
Sibelius Violin Concerto
Dvorák Symphony No8

Violin: Hilary Hahn
Sat, 6 February 2010 Luxembourg Philharmonie Luxembourg
Time: 8:00pm.

James MacMillan The Confession of Isobel Gowdie
Sibelius Violin Concerto
Dvorák Symphony No7

Violin: Hilary Hahn
Fri, 5 February 2010 Baden-Baden Festspielhaus Germany
Time: 8:00pm.

Fauré Suite from Pelléas et Mélisande
Prokofiev Violin Concerto No1
Dvorák Symphony No8

Violin: Hilary Hahn
Sun, 17 January 2010 Amsterdam Concertgebouw Netherlands
Time: 8:15pm.

Fauré Requiem
Roussel Symphony No3
Ravel La Valse


Soprano: Lisa Milne
Baritone Christopher Maltman
RSNO Chorus, RSNO Junior Chorus
Concert Series: RSNO Season 09:10
Fri, 15 January 2010 Edinburgh Usher Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Fauré Requiem
Roussel Symphony No3
Ravel La Valse


Soprano: Lisa Milne
Baritone Christopher Maltman
RSNO Chorus, RSNO Junior Chorus
Sat, 12 December 2009 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Wagner Oveture to Die Meistersinger
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
Sibelius Symphony No2

Violin: Renuad Capuçon
Fri, 11 December 2009 Edinburgh Usher Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Wagner Oveture to Die Meistersinger
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
Sibelius Symphony No2

Violin: Renuad Capuçon
Sat, 24 October 2009 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Henri Dutilleux Symphony No1
Rachmnaninov Piano Concerto No4
Stravinsky Suite from The Firebird (1919)

Piano: Leif Ove Andsnes
Fri, 23 October 2009 Edinburgh Usher Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Henri Dutilleux Symphony No1
Rachmnaninov Piano Concerto No4
Stravinsky Suite from The Firebird (1919)

Piano: Leif Ove Andsnes
Thu, 22 October 2009 Perth Perth Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Henri Dutilleux Symphony No1
Rachmnaninov Piano Concerto No4
Stravinsky Suite from The Firebird (1919)

Piano: Leif Ove Andsnes
Sun, 18 October 2009 Gateshead The Sage United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Ravel Pavane pour une infante défunte
Berg Violin Concerto
Dvorák Symphony No7

Violin: Ilya Gringolts
Concert Series: RSNO Season 09:10
Sat, 17 October 2009 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Ravel Pavane pour une infante défunte
Berg Violin Concerto
Dvorák Symphony No7

Violin: Leonidas Kavakos
Fri, 16 October 2009 Edinburgh Usher Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Ravel Pavane pour une infante défunte
Berg Violin Concerto
Dvorák Symphony No7

Violin: Leonidas Kavakos
Sat, 3 October 2009 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Oliver Knussen Flourish with Fireworks
Oliver Knussen The Way to Castle Yonder
Mozart Piano Concerto No24 K491
Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade


Piano: Lars Vogt
Fri, 2 October 2009 Edinburgh Usher Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Oliver Knussen Flourish with Fireworks
Oliver Knussen The Way to Castle Yonder
Mozart Piano Concerto No24 K491
Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade


Piano: Lars Vogt
Thu, 1 October 2009 Aberdeen Music Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Oliver Knussen Flourish with Fireworks
Oliver Knussen The Way to Castle Yonder
Mozart Piano Concerto No24 K491
Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade


Piano: Lars Vogt
Sat, 26 September 2009 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 6:00pm.

‘Classic Bites’ Excerpts from the RSNO Season 09:10
Concert Series: Edinburgh International Festival 2009
Fri, 28 August 2009 Edinburgh Usher Hall United Kingdom
Time: 8:00pm.

Berlioz Romeo and Juliet

Mezzo-Soprano: Patricia Bardon
Tenor: Loïc Félix
Bass: Franz Hawlata
Edinburgh Festival Chorus
Concert Series: St Magnus Festival 2009
Tue, 23 June 2009 Kirkwall, Orkney Pickaquoy Centre United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Fauré Suite from Pelléas et Mélisande
Guillaume Connesson The Shining One
Ravel Piano Concerto in G
Henri Dutilleux Symphony No1


Piano: Eric Le Sage
Concert Series: RSNO Season 08:09
Sat, 16 May 2009 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Prokofiev Suite from The Love for Three Oranges
Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations for Cello
Brahms Symphony No2

Cello: Sol Gabetta
Thu, 14 May 2009 Aberdeen Music Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Prokofiev Suite from The Love for Three Oranges
Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations for Cello
Brahms Symphony No2

Cello: Sol Gabetta
Sat, 9 May 2009 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Wagner Preludes to Acts I and III and ‘Liebestod’ from Tristan und Isolde
Vaughan Williams Symphony No1 Sea Symphony

Soprano: Emma Bell
Baritone Sir Thomas Allen
RSNO Chorus
Concert Series: RSNO ‘Springtime in Paris’ Festival
Sun, 29 March 2009 Edinburgh Festival Theatre United Kingdom
Time: 6:00pm.

La première partie – un salon parisien included ‘salon’ music by Fauré, Satie and Massenet
La deuxième partie – les nouveaux parisiens presenting new music from Thierry Pécou, Richard Dubignon, Fabien Waksman, Jérémie Rhorer and Bruno Mantovani
Guillaume Connesson The Shining One (WORLD PREMIERE)
La troisième partie – le jazz
Ravel Piano Concerto in G
Gershwin An American in Paris

Piano: Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Tenor: Ronan Debois
Violin: Vesselin Gellev
Sat, 28 March 2009 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:00pm.

La première partie – un salon parisien included ‘salon’ music by Fauré, Satie and Massenet
La deuxième partie – les nouveaux parisiens presenting new music from Thierry Pécou, Richard Dubignon, Fabien Waksman, Jérémie Rhorer and Bruno Mantovani
Guillaume Connesson The Shining One (WORLD PREMIERE)
La troisième partie – le jazz
Ravel Piano Concerto in G
Gershwin An American in Paris

Piano: Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Tenor: Ronan Debois
Violin: Vesselin Gellev
Sun, 22 March 2009 Edinburgh Festival Theatre United Kingdom
Time: 6:00pm.

Mozart Symphony No31 Paris
Poulenc Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra
Poulenc Concert champêtre for Harpsichord and Orchestra
Offenbach Excerpts from Gaîté parisienne

Pianos: Eric Le Sage, Frank Braley
Harpsichord: Jory Vinikour
Sat, 21 March 2009 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:00pm.

Mozart Symphony No31 Paris
Poulenc Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra
Poulenc Concert champêtre for Harpsichord and Orchestra
Offenbach Excerpts from Gaîté parisienne

Pianos: Eric Le Sage, Frank Braley
Harpsichord: Jory Vinikour
Thu, 19 March 2009 Dundee Caird Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Mozart Symphony No31 Paris
Poulenc Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra
Offenbach Excerpts from Gaîté parisienne

Pianos: Eric Le Sage, Frank Braley
Concert Series: RSNO Season 08:09
Sat, 7 February 2009 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Beethoven Violin Concerto
Bartók Concerto for Orchestra

Violin:Frank-Peter Zimmermann
Concert Series: RSNO Naked Classics
Thu, 5 February 2009 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Bartók Concerto for Orchestra
Concert Series: RSNO Season 08:09
Sat, 6 December 2008 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Berlioz The Damnation of Faust

Mezzo-Soprano: Jennifer Larmore
Tenor: Gregory Kunde
Bass: Nicolas Cavalier
RSNO Chorus
Fri, 5 December 2008 Perth Perth Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Berlioz The Damnation of Faust

Mezzo-Soprano: Jennifer Larmore
Tenor: Gregory Kunde
Bass: Nicolas Cavalier
RSNO Chorus
Sat, 22 November 2008 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Ravel Une barque sur l’ocean
Debussy La mer
Poulenc La voix humaine

Soprano: Dame Felicity Lott
Sun, 2 November 2008 Manchester Bridgewater Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Berlioz Roman Carnival Overture
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No2
R Strauss Suite from Der Rosenkavalier
R Strauss Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks


Piano: Steven Osborne
Concert Series: RSNO Season 08:09
Sat, 18 October 2008 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Berlioz Roman Carnival Overture
Roussel Symphony No1 Le Poème de la forêt
Brahms Piano Concerto No2

Piano: Steven Osborne
Fri, 17 October 2008 Edinburgh Festival Theatre United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Berlioz Roman Carnival Overture
Roussel Symphony No1 Le Poème de la forêt
Brahms Piano Concerto No2

Piano: Steven Osborne
Concert Series: RSNO Naked Classics
Thu, 16 October 2008 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Brahms Piano Concerto No2

Piano:Steven Osborne
Concert Series: RSNO Season 08:09
Sat, 11 October 2008 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Beethoven Leonora Oveture No3
Beethoven Piano Conerto No2
R Strauss Suite from Der Rosenkavalier
R Strauss Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks


Piano: Paul Lewis
Sat, 4 October 2008 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Prokofiev Montagues and Capulets from Romeo and Juliet
Szymanowski Sinfonia concertante
Mahler Symphony No5

Piano: Piotr Anderszewski
Thu, 2 October 2008 Aberdeen Music Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Prokofiev Montagues and Capulets from Romeo and Juliet
Szymanowski Sinfonia Concertante
Mahler Symphony No5

Piano: Piotr Anderszewski
Wed, 1 October 2008 Edinburgh Usher Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Prokofiev Montagues and Capulets from Romeo and Juliet
Szymanowski Sinfonia Concertante
Mahler Symphony No5

Piano: Piotr Anderszewski
Sat, 27 September 2008 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 6:00pm.

‘Classic Bites’ Excerpts from the RSNO Season 08:09
Concert Series: BBC Proms 2008
Sat, 6 September 2008 London Royal Albert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Roussel Suite No2 from Bacchus et Ariane
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No2
Thea Musgrave Rainbow
Debussy La Mer


Piano: Stephen Hough
Thu, 4 September 2008 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 1:00pm.

Thea Musgrave Rainbow
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No2

Piano:Stephen Hough
Concert Series: Edinburgh International Festival 2008
Mon, 18 August 2008 Edinburgh Usher Hall United Kingdom
Time: 8:00pm.

Honegger Le Roi David

Soprano: Geraldine McGreevy
Mezzo-Soprano: Karen Cargill
Tenor: Yann Beuron
Actors: Silvia Berge, Andrzej Sewerin
Concert Series: RSNO Spain Tour 2008
Wed, 21 May 2008 Pamplona Auditorio Baluarte de Navarra Spain
Time: 8:00pm.

Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture Fingal’s Cave
Sibelius Violin Concerto
Debussy Iberia
Ravel La Valse


Violin: Nicola Benedetti
Mon, 19 May 2008 Murcia Auditorio de Murcia Spain
Time: 8:00pm.

Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture Fingal’s Cave
Sibelius Violin Concerto
Debussy Iberia
Ravel La Valse


Violin: Nicola Benedetti
Concert Series: RSNO Season 07:08
Sun, 4 May 2008 Edinburgh Festival Theatre United Kingdom
Time: 6:00pm.

Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture Fingal’s Cave
Szymanowski Violin Concerto No1
Beethoven Symphony No7

Violin: Nicola Benedetti
Fri, 2 May 2008 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture Fingal’s Cave
Szymanowski Violin Concerto No1
Beethoven Symphony No7

Violin: Nicola Benedetti
Thu, 1 May 2008 Aberdeen Music Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture Fingal’s Cave
Szymanowski Violin Concerto No1
Beethoven Symphony No7

Violin: Nicola Benedetti
Sun, 20 April 2008 Edinburgh Festival Theatre United Kingdom
Time: 6:00pm.

Ravel Valses nobles et sentimentales
Mozart Piano Concerto No23 K488
Stravinsky Rite of Spring

Piano: Louis Lortie
Sat, 19 April 2008 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Ravel Valses nobles et sentimentales
Mozart Piano Concerto No23 K488
Stravinsky Rite of Spring

Piano: Louis Lortie
Concert Series: RSNO Naked Classics
Thu, 17 April 2008 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Stravinsky Rite of Spring
Concert Series: RSNO Season 07:08
Sat, 12 April 2008 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

John Corigliano Percussion Concerto
Prokofiev Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet

Percussion:Dame Evelyn Glennie
Thu, 10 April 2008 Aberdeen Music Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

John Corigliano Percussion Concerto
Prokofiev Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet

Percussion:Dame Evelyn Glennie
Sat, 29 March 2008 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Roussel Symphony No4
Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No1
Ravel Daphnis et Chloé (complete)

Cello: Steven Isserlis
Fri, 28 March 2008 Edinburgh Festival Theatre United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Roussel Symphony No4
Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No1
Ravel Daphnis et Chloé (complete)

Cello: Steven Isserlis
Sun, 10 February 2008 Edinburgh Festival Theatre United Kingdom
Time: 6:00pm.

Debussy Iberia
Mahler Symphony No4

Soprano:Lisa Milne
Sat, 9 February 2008 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Debussy Iberia
Mahler Symphony No4

Soprano:Lisa Milne
Fri, 8 February 2008 Inverness Eden Court Theatre United Kingdom
Time: 8:00pm.

Debussy Iberia
Mahler Symphony No4

Soprano:Lisa Milne
Concert Series: RSNO Germany/Austria/Croatia Tour 2008
Thu, 31 January 2008 Zagreb Lisinski Hall Croatia
Time: 8:00pm.

R Strauss Don Juan
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto No1
Debussy Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Debussy La Mer


Violin: Hilary Hahn
Wed, 30 January 2008 Vienna Wiener Konzerthaus Austria
Time: 8:00pm.

R Strauss Don Juan
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto No1
Debussy Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Debussy La Mer


Violin: Hilary Hahn
Tue, 29 January 2008 Essen Philharmonie Germany
Time: 8:00pm.

R Strauss Don Juan
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto No1
Debussy Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Debussy La Mer


Violin: Hilary Hahn
Sun, 27 January 2008 Regensburg Audimax der Unversität Germany
Time: 8:00pm.

R Strauss Don Juan
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto No1
Debussy Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Debussy La Mer


Violin: Hilary Hahn
Sat, 26 January 2008 Baden-Baden Festspielhaus Germany
Time: 8:00pm.

R Strauss Don Juan
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto No1
Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances
Debussy La Mer


Violin: Hilary Hahn
Fri, 25 January 2008 Bielefeld Rudolf-Oetker-Halle Germany
Time: 8:00pm.

R Strauss Don Juan
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto No1
Debussy Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Debussy La Mer


Violin: Hilary Hahn
Concert Series: RSNO Season 07:08
Wed, 23 January 2008 Dundee Caird Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

R Strauss Don Juan
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto No1
Debussy Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Debussy La Mer


Violin: Hilary Hahn
Concert Series: RSNO Season 08:09
Tue, 8 January 2008 Dundee Caird Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Beethoven Leonora Oveture No3
Beethoven Piano Conerto No2
R Strauss Suite from Der Rosenkavalier
R Strauss Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks


Piano: Paul Lewis
Concert Series: RSNO Season 07:08
Sat, 15 December 2007 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Fauré Suite from Pelléas et Mélisande
Grieg Piano Concerto
Dvorák Symphony No8

Piano: Lars Vogt
Wed, 12 December 2007 Gateshead Sage United Kingdom
Time: 7:00pm.

Fauré Suite from Pelléas et Mélisande
Grieg Piano Concerto
Dvorák Symphony No8

Piano: Lars Vogt
Sat, 13 October 2007 Leeds Leeds Town Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Ravel Mother Goose
Prokofiev Violin Concerto No1
Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances

Violin: Renuad Capuçon
Concert Series: RSNO Season 07:08
Thu, 11 October 2007 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Ravel Mother Goose
Prokofiev Violin Concerto No1
Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances

Violin: Renuad Capuçon
Wed, 10 October 2007 Dundee Caird Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Ravel Mother Goose
Prokofiev Violin Concerto No1
Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances

Violin: Renuad Capuçon
Sat, 6 October 2007 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Mahler Symphony No3


Soprano: Irina Tchistyakova
Chorus: Ladies of the RSNO Chorus, RSNO Junior Chorus
Thu, 4 October 2007 Perth Perth Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Mahler Symphony No3


Soprano: Irina Tchistyakova
Chorus: Ladies of the RSNO Chorus, RSNO Junior Chorus
Sat, 29 September 2007 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Guillaume Connesson Aleph, Symphonic Dances
Stravinsky Suite from The Firebird (1919)
Beethoven Piano Concerto No5 Emperor

Piano: Emanuel Ax
Fri, 28 September 2007 Edinburgh Festival Theatre United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Guillaume Connesson Aleph, Symphonic Dances
Stravinsky Suite from The Firebird (1919)
Beethoven Piano Concerto No5 Emperor

Piano: Emanuel Ax
Thu, 27 September 2007 Aberdeen Music Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Guillaume Connesson Aleph, Symphonic Dances (WORLD PREMIERE)
Stravinsky Suite from The Firebird (1919)
Beethoven Piano Concerto No5 Emperor

Piano: Emanuel Ax
Sat, 22 September 2007 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 6:00pm.

‘Classic Bites’ Excerpts from the RSNO Season 07:08
Fri, 21 September 2007 Edinburgh Usher Hall United Kingdom
Time: 6:00pm.

‘Classic Bites’ Excerpts from the RSNO Season 07:08
Concert Series: Edinburgh International Festival 2007
Sat, 1 September 2007 Edinburgh Usher Hall United Kingdom
Time: 8:00pm.

Poulenc Stabat Mater
Poulenc Organ Concerto
Poulenc Excerpts from Dialogue des Carmelites


Soprano: Christine Brewer
Soprano: Rosemary Joshua
Tenor: Thomas Walker
Soprano: Claire Booth
Mezzo-Soprano: Tove Dahlberg
Mezzo-Soprano: Liane Keegan
Organ: Dame Gillian Weir
Chorus: Edinburgh Festival Chorus and RSAMD Female Chorus
Concert Series: RSNO Season 06:07
Sat, 28 April 2007 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Berlioz Les Franc-Juges
Schumann Piano Concerto
R Strauss Ein Heldenleben

Piano: Antti Siirala
Fri, 27 April 2007 Edinburgh Usher Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Berlioz Les Franc-Juges
Schumann Piano Concerto
R Strauss Ein Heldenleben

Piano: Antti Siirala
Concert Series: RSNO Naked Classics
Thu, 26 April 2007 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

R Strauss Ein Heldenleben
Concert Series: RSNO Season 06:07
Sat, 21 April 2007 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Grieg Peer Gynt – complete incidental music

Soprano (Solveig): Malin Christensson
Fri, 13 April 2007 Edinburgh Usher Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Wagner Prelude and Good Friday Music from Parsifal
Higdon blue cathedral
Shostakovich Symphony No5
Wed, 14 March 2007 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Wagner Prelude and Good Friday Music from Parsifal
Higdon blue cathedral
Shostakovich Symphony No5
Sat, 10 February 2007 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Bizet Suite from Carmen
Massenet Meditation from Thaïs
Chausson Poeme
Legrand Concertino for Piano and Orchestra
Legrand Umbrellas of Cherbourg
Delarue Le Mepris
Ravel Bolero

Vioin: Edwin Paling
Piano: Stéphane Denève
Fri, 9 February 2007 Edinburgh Usher Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Bizet Suite from Carmen
Massenet Meditation from Thaïs
Chausson Poeme
Legrand Concertino for Piano and Orchestra
Legrand Umbrellas of Cherbourg
Delarue Le Mepris
Ravel Bolero

Vioin: Edwin Paling
Piano: Stéphane Denève
Thu, 8 February 2007 Aberdeen Music Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Bizet Suite from Carmen
Massenet Meditation from Thaïs
Chausson Poeme
Legrand Concertino for Piano and Orchestra
Legrand Umbrellas of Cherbourg
Delarue Le Mepris
Ravel Bolero

Vioin: Edwin Paling
Piano: Stéphane Denève
Sat, 3 February 2007 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Beethoven Symphony No3 Eroica
Prokofiev Alexander Nevsky

Mezzo Soprano: Irina Tchistyakova
Fri, 2 February 2007 Edinburgh Usher Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Beethoven Symphony No3 Eroica
Prokofiev Alexander Nevsky

Mezzo Soprano: Irina Tchistyakova
Concert Series: RSNO Naked Classics
Thu, 1 February 2007 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Beethoven Symphony No3 Eroica
Concert Series: RSNO Season 06:07
Sat, 11 November 2006 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Dukas La Peri
Ravel Sheherazade
Debussy Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Schmitt La Tragédie de Salomé – Suite

Soprano: Dame Felicity Lott
Fri, 10 November 2006 Edinburgh Usher Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Dukas La Peri
Ravel Sheherazade
Debussy Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Schmitt La Tragédie de Salomé – Suite

Soprano: Dame Felicity Lott
Fri, 3 November 2006 Edinburgh Usher Hall United Kingdom
Time: 6:00pm.

Franck Symphonic Variations
Brahms Symphony No1
Schubert Fantasia in F minor for four hands

Piano: Frank Braley
Thu, 2 November 2006 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 6:00pm.

Franck Symphonic Variations
Brahms Symphony No1
Schubert Fantasia in F minor for four hands

Piano: Frank Braley & Stéphane Denève
Tue, 31 October 2006 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Mussorgsky/Rimsky-Korsakov Night on a Bare Mountain
Dukas The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Berlioz Dream of a Witches Sabbath from Symphonie Fantastique
Gordon Jacob The Barber of Seville Goes to the Devil
Saint-Saëns Danse Macabre
Arnold Tam O’ Shanter Overture
Hermann Theme from Psycho
John Williams Suite from Harry Potter
Arr. Wendel Medley from The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Sat, 14 October 2006 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Prokofiev Lieutenant Kije Suite
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto
Roussel Symphony No3
Ravel La Valse

Violin: Nicola Benedetti
Fri, 13 October 2006 Edinburgh Usher Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Prokofiev Lieutenant Kije Suite
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto
Roussel Symphony No3
Ravel La Valse

Violin: Nicola Benedetti
Wed, 11 October 2006 Dundee Caird Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Prokofiev Lieutenant Kije Suite
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto
Roussel Symphony No3
Ravel La Valse

Violin: Nicola Benedetti
Sat, 7 October 2006 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Smetana Vltava
Britten Four Sea Interludes
Oliver Knussen The Way to Castle Yonder
Dvo?ák Cello Concerto

Cello: Han-na Chang
Thu, 5 October 2006 Aberdeen Music Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Smetana Vltava
Britten Four Sea Interludes
Oliver Knussen The Way to Castle Yonder
Dvo?ák Cello Concerto

Cello: Han-na Chang
Sat, 30 September 2006 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Guillaume Connesson Supernova
Mahler Symphony No2 Resurrection

Soprano: Inger Dam-Jensen
Mezzo-Soprano: Patricia Bardon
Fri, 29 September 2006 Edinburgh Usher Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Guillaume Connesson Supernova
Mahler Symphony No2 Resurrection

Soprano: Inger Dam-Jensen
Mezzo-Soprano: Patricia Bardon
Sat, 23 September 2006 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 6:00pm.

‘Classic Bites’ Excerpts from the RSNO Season 06:07
Fri, 22 September 2006 Edinburgh Usher Hall United Kingdom
Time: 6:00pm.

‘Classic Bites’ Excerpts from the RSNO Season 06:07
Concert Series: Edinburgh International Festival
Tue, 22 August 2006 Edinburgh Usher Hall United Kingdom
Time: 9:30pm.

Bruckner Bruckner Symphony No4 Romantic
Concert Series: BBC Proms 2006
Fri, 4 August 2006 London Royal Albert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:00pm.

Ravel Mother Goose
Szymanowski Sinfonia Concertante No4 for Piano and Orchestra
Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique

Piano: Piotr Anderszewski
Wed, 2 August 2006 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 12:45pm.

Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique
Concert Series: RSNO Scottish Proms 2006
Wed, 21 June 2006 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Tchaikovsky Overture and Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No1
Tchaikovsky Symphony No4
Tchaikovsky Trepak from The Nutcracker

Piano: Nicholas Angelich
Thu, 8 June 2006 Edinburgh Usher Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Tchaikovsky Overture and Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No1
Tchaikovsky Symphony No4
Tchaikovsky Trepak from The Nutcracker

Piano: Nicholas Angelich
Concert Series: RSNO Spain Tour 2008
Fri, 26 May 2006 Zaragoza Auditorio de Zaragoza Spain
Time: 8:00pm.

Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture Fingal’s Cave
Sibelius Violin Concerto
Debussy Iberia
Ravel La Valse


Violin: Nicola Benedetti
Wed, 24 May 2006 Madrid Auditorio Nacional de Musica Spain
Time: 8:00pm.

Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture Fingal’s Cave
Sibelius Violin Concerto
Debussy Iberia
Ravel La Valse


Violin: Nicola Benedetti
Tue, 23 May 2006 Leon Auditorio Ciudad de Leon Spain
Time: 8:00pm.

Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture Fingal’s Cave
Sibelius Violin Concerto
Debussy Iberia
Ravel La Valse


Violin: Nicola Benedetti
Mon, 22 May 2006 Salamanca Centro de las Artes Escénicas y de la Musica Spain
Time: 8:00pm.

Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture Fingal’s Cave
Sibelius Violin Concerto
Debussy Iberia
Ravel La Valse


Violin: Nicola Benedetti
Concert Series: RSNO Season 05:06
Sat, 29 April 2006 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Rautavaara Book of Visions
Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No2
Debussy La Mer

Piano: Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Fri, 28 April 2006 Edinburgh Usher Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Rautavaara Book of Visions
Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No2
Debussy La Mer

Piano: Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Thu, 27 April 2006 Aberdeen Music Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Rautavaara Book of Visions
Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No2
Debussy La Mer

Piano: Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Wed, 26 April 2006 Perth Perth Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Rautavaara Book of Visions (UK PREMIERE)
Beethoven Piano Concerto No5 Emperor
Debussy La Mer

Piano: Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Sat, 22 April 2006 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Verdi Requiem

Soloists: Norma Fantini, Elena Manistina, Roberto Aronica, Ildar Abdrazakov
Fri, 21 April 2006 Edinburgh Usher Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Verdi Requiem

Soloists: Norma Fantini, Elena Manistina, Roberto Aronica, Ildar Abdrazakov
Sat, 11 March 2006 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Ravel Le Tombeau de Couperin
R Strauss Oboe Concerto
Tchaikovsky Symphony No6 Pathétique

Oboe: Alexei Ogrintchouk
Fri, 10 March 2006 Edinburgh Usher Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Ravel Le Tombeau de Couperin
R Strauss Oboe Concerto
Tchaikovsky Symphony No6 Pathétique

Oboe: Alexei Ogrintchouk
Wed, 8 March 2006 Dundee Caird Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

Ravel Le Tombeau de Couperin
R Strauss Oboe Concerto
Tchaikovsky Symphony No6 Pathétique

Oboe: Alexei Ogrintchouk
Sat, 4 February 2006 Paris Auditorium de Radio-France France
Time: 8:00pm.

Penderecki Violin Concerto No2 Métamorphoses
James MacMillan Brittania
Guillaume Connesson Une Lueur dans l’Âge Sombre
Roussel Suite No2 from Bacchus et Ariane

Violin: Chantal Juillet
Concert Series: RSNO Season 05:06
Thu, 2 February 2006 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

James MacMillan Brittania
Penderecki Violin Concerto No2 Métamorphoses
Beethoven Symphony No7

Violin: Chantal Juillet
Fri, 27 January 2006 Edinburgh Usher Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

R. Strauss Don Juan
Elgar Cello Concerto
Roussel Bacchus et Ariane (complete ballet music)

Cello: Ralph Kirshbaum
Thu, 26 January 2006 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm.

R. Strauss Don Juan
Elgar Cello Concerto
Roussel Bacchus et Ariane (complete ballet music)

Cello: Ralph Kirshbaum

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Only an “au revoir”…

Stéphane wearing an auld-alliance Tartan kilt

C’est la vie, time flies and seven seasons with the RSNO and with you have passed by so quickly…Trying to summarise so many concerts, so many emotions, so many musical adventures, so many friendships, makes me speechless – which is very rare, as you know!

Only a great array, a rainbow of “MERCI” comes to my mind:

Merci to the music for bringing people together, inspiring us, helping and enriching our lives.

Merci to all the musicians, the singers of our choruses, the staff, present and past, of our wonderful RSNO for their talent, dedication, warmth and above all their passion for music.

Merci to each of YOU individually, our loyal RSNO audience, for sharing your love of music, for your enthusiasm, your applause and your encouragement.

Merci to all our active supporters, the Circle members and donors, and our corporate partners, for their continuous help, energy and generosity.

Merci to all the RSNO Board members, to our First Minister, Culture Minister, Lord Provost, and various executives and cultural institution directors for their support, for sharing our visions and allowing our dreams to happen.

Merci to the teams at each concert hall, for helping to make every concert special.

Merci to all the many journalists, reviewers, interviewers, bloggers and broadcasters for your help in promoting and also questioning our work.´

Merci to my dear wife Åsa and our Scottish daughter Alma for making me a proud father and husband, for offering me a life that I never thought could be so rich and joyful.

Merci to the Scottish weather for helping me study my scores at home indoors!

And, more selfishly, merci to all of you for helping me to discover further who I am, for making me a better artist and a better person…

En toute harmonie, tant musicale qu’amicale, JE VOUS AIME,

 

 

 

Stéphane Denève has excited us and entertained us. Over his seven years as the RSNO’s Music Director he has made a massive contribution to the quality of musical life in Scotland. A magisterial Stéphane Denève has presided over wonderful concerts with the RSNO, but what will perhaps give us our warmest memory of Stéphane, is the relationship he has created with our audiences. Stéphane’s inimitable addresses from the conductor’s podium have enhanced our understanding of what is about to be performed, demystified what might otherwise be a daunting programme, and have engaged orchestra and audience in an intense shared enjoyment. Stéphane, Scotland’s cultural health has benefited hugely from your time with the RSNO. We wish you well for what we know will be an ever more distinguished career wherever that takes you in international concert halls. But please remember Scotland and the RSNO, and our role in helping to establish your international presence. The Auld Alliance with France is alive and well. You have embodied it and given it fresh meaning. Come back to visit us! “Au revoir” means exactly that!

– Brian Lang. Chairman, RSNO

 

I am in awe of the commitment, effort and passion Stéphane Denève has invested in the RSNO throughout his tenure. His love of music and dedication to exploring the inner depths of the pieces he conducts – not to mention his charming way of welcoming us to concerts – have made the concert experience all the more enjoyable. And his period as our Music Director will be remembered as one of the golden periods of the RSNO’s history. The Orchestra is in a much stronger position than it was seven years ago, and a very large part of that success is thanks to Stéphane. He has striven to develop the Orchestra and to find a new home of the quality to do so. Thanks to his determination, and the exceptional talent and professionalism of our musicians and staff, we will have a new home by 2014 and have a strong platform from which to realise new ambitions. Tonight we celebrate the man who helped make this possible. Thank you and bravo, Stéphane. I would also like to take this opportunity to wish you, Åsa and Alma, all the best for the future.

– Michael Elliott.  Chief Executive, RSNO

 

Stéphane Denève’s contribution to the RSNO and to enriching the cultural life of our nation has been immense. I have been privileged to have seen and heard Stéphane perform with the RSNO on a number of occasions, and have been deeply moved by the professionalism, passion, energy and exuberance displayed by this partnership. His unique blend of superb conducting skills, ability to connect with audiences and sheer charm have enhanced the strong reputation of Scotland’s national symphony orchestra. We thank him for his commitment, wish him well, and look forward to welcoming him back to Scotland in the future.

– Fiona Hyslop, MSP. Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs

 

Cher Stéphane,

Since you arrived in Scotland in 2005, French music could hardly have dreamt of a more inspired ambassador. Young, passionate and French, you transmitted your energy and love of music – and of our national composers – to your musicians and all the music lovers around Scotland. Beside your very wide repertoire, ranging from Mozart to Adams, your programmes showed great respect for our romantic Hector Berlioz or the impressionists Claude Debussy and – my personal favourite – Maurice Ravel, or Paul Dukas, Camille Saint-Saëns, César Franck, Albert Roussel or Guillaume Connesson. But you wouldn’t have given these treasures away to an audience you did not love too. You embraced Scotland at once, and Glasgow where you settled with your wife Åsa. You participated enthusiastically in all aspects of the RSNO’s life, conducting recording sessions, rush-hour concerts, free lunchtime events, new audience development projects and much more. You sealed an “Auld musical Alliance” so successfully that it was applauded in the most prestigious venues, including the Vienna Konzerthaus, Munich’s Gasteig, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and the BBC Proms in London. Based on these twinned passions, who could doubt your future successes in Stuttgart and further on? Bonne chance, Stéphane!

– Pierre-Alain Coffinier, Consul General, Scotland

 

Stéphane quite simply transformed the RSNO’s fortunes in his seven-year Music Director tenure. In an unusually fruitful and genuine partnership with former Chief Executive Simon Woods, the Orchestra’s audiences grew, finances revived from a troubling low and the band’s reputation for creating great music spread worldwide. Stéphane wowed audiences and sponsors alike with his sparkling musicality and his trademark chats from the podium in charmingly accented English. Highlights included standing ovations for the RSNO under his baton in the great concert halls of Europe, packed audiences at the Royal Albert Hall and above all, the affection and appreciation of his increasing and loyal audiences here at home. His and his family’s warm embrace of Scotland and all things Scottish endeared him to the nation. We owe him a huge debt. It was a privilege to work with him and I wish him and his family the very best for the future.

– Tom Thomson, OBE. Chairman, RSNO (2002-2008)

 

Dear Stéphane, My six very happy years as Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra will always be inextricably linked in my mind with your tenure as Music Director. From the moment we first met in a restaurant in Washington D.C. in early 2005, I knew that this would be a wonderful professional partnership and a great friendship, and indeed it proved to be. It would take a whole book to chart the great times we had together in Scotland. But in just a few words, I would like to say a big thank you: thank you for your passion, your integrity, your conviction, your perseverance, your warmth, your generosity, your humour, your deep love of music, and above all, your friendship. These were great times, and they are never to be forgotten. Scotland is richer for you, and so am I. May the future bring you great satisfaction and joy, in Stuttgart and beyond.

– Simon Woods. Executive Director, Seattle Symphony. Chief Executive, RSNO (2005-2011)

 

 

The RSNO is an internationally-admired orchestra with a long history of professional concerts and successful recordings. It is an honour for us to be Leaders of this great orchestra and it has been a privilege to work under Stéphane Denève. There can be no doubt that Stéphane’s leadership and charisma have been a significant factor in continuing and developing the great reputation that the RSNO enjoys. His love of new music, passion for the works of his native country and respect for the “classics” are all vital ingredients in what makes Stéphane such a spirited Music Director. On behalf of the Orchestra we would like to thank Stéphane for his passion and dedication and we wish him all the best for the future in what is sure to be a long and successful career.

– James Clark and Maya Iwabuchi. Leaders, RSNO

 

A Message from the RSNO Circle On behalf of the members of the RSNO Circle, we would like to thank Stéphane for all the wonderful memories we will have of his tenure. During the last seven years, we have enjoyed welcoming him across Scotland, thrilled that he has embraced our fair land as his home. We first got to know Stéphane at a special Circle event at Perth Concert Hall for the Mahler Symphony No1 concert in October 2005. Since then his charismatic flair, strong character and welcoming “good evening” have brought us closer to our orchestra and musically opened many new doors. We have also had the wonderful opportunity to travel on tour with Stéphane and the RSNO. There have been visits to the BBC Proms in London, and to Madrid and Paris. Always exciting and never dull, these trips will remain special memories for everyone who joined them. Stéphane, thank you for seven wonderful years of music with our orchestra. We wish you and your family a fond farewell and very best wishes for the future.

–  Lady Catto. Chair – Aberdeen RSNO Circle

–  Dr Joseph Coleiro. Chair – Dundee RSNO Circle

–  Hamish Fraser. Chair – Edinburgh RSNO Circle

–  Ian Taft. Chair – Glasgow RSNO Circle