Scottish Chamber Orchestra
17th September 2022

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From the turmoil of conflict and defiance against oppression – to the blazing flames of joy. Join award-winning Estonian conductor Kristiina Poska and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for a concert of high drama and deep emotion. It wasn’t Shakespeare’s Coriolanus that inspired Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, though the music tells the same story – of one man’s struggles between conflict and love – in some of the composer’s fieriest music. Shostakovich, by contrast, wrote his Eighth String Quartet – which he later enlarged into his Chamber Symphony – at a time of great oppression from the Soviet state. It’s impossible not to feel profoundly moved by its music of pathos, struggle and furious determination. Poska’s compatriot Erkki-Sven Tüür burns away the turmoil with the purifying fire of his dazzling Flamma. The concert ends with Beethoven’s sunniest, most freewheeling Symphony – written in tribute to the power of optimism in the face of his encroaching deafness.
19:30 - Saturday 17th September
Beacon Arts Centre