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Arts and Entertainment | 3rd November 2020

Scotland’s orchestra, digitally


THE Royal Scottish National Orchestra is bringing audiences its first digital season over the coming months.

The performances will be filmed live for audiences in the RSNO’s studio.

The concerts are a reimagining of its 2020:21 season and feature many of the guest artists and music originally programmed, alongside some surprises to enjoy in the comfort of your own home.

Beethoven once said: “There is nothing more beautiful than distributing happiness to many people.”

As the RSNO celebrates the 250th anniversary of his birth this season, it believes these concerts will bring both joy and solace as everyone continues to adapt and find their way through the pandemic.

Thomas Søndergård, music director, returns to Scotland for some special concerts with the musicians.

Elim Chan, principal guest conductor, joins forces with clarinettist Jörg Widmann for Mozart’s beautiful Clarinet Concerto.

Also on stage will be pianists Paul Lewis and Boris Giltburg, violinist Francesca Dego and mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill, who performs Wagner’s sensuous Wesendonck-Lieder.

Boris Giltburg plays Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No3 on Friday, November 6 at 7.30pm.

Also in the programme is Alberto Ginastera’s Variaciones concertantes. The conductor is Carlos Miguel Prieto.

Ginastera took his inspiration from the skies, the soil and, above all, the soul of his native Argentina.

His Variaciones concertantes captures the vast landscape before cutting loose in fabulous, foot-stamping dance; sheer celebration and a thrilling showcase for Mexican guest conductor Prieto.

RSNO favourite Boris Giltburg makes a 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’.

Full details on how to buy and watch are at

All concerts will be available to watch from the date of broadcast until Sunday, March 14.

Concert programmes are available to buy for £2 from the day before each broadcast.

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