A Scottish Fantasy
Friday, January 19, 2018 - Sunday, January 21, 2018
Belding Theater at The Bushnell
Friday & Saturday at 8pm
Sunday at 3pm
Maxwell Davies An Orkney Wedding, With Sunrise, Op. 120a
Bruch Scottish Fantasy, Op. 46
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56, “Scottish”
We are breaking out the bagpipes for 2018 with a concert of music inspired by the vibrant country of Scotland! Maxwell Davies’ An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise is a vivid depiction of a joyous wedding celebration, gloriously concluding with a bagpiper performing in full Scottish regalia. Bruch’s four-movement Scottish Fantasy, pays homage to Scottish folk melodies including “Auld Rob Morris,” “The Dusty Miller,” “I’m a’Doon for Lack o’ Johnnie,” and the patriotic anthem “Scots Wha Hae.” Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3, “Scottish,” is the result of the composer’s preoccupation with Scottish history, and his visit to the ruins of Holyrood Chapel in Edinburgh while on Grand Tour in 1829, calling to mind the wild romantic landscapes of the north, at the same time stormy and jubilant.
Please join us for a pre-concert talk one hour prior to the concert.
The return of Casey’s Classics
Recommended recordings for your listening pleasure!
Peter Maxwell Davies’ most popular piece, Orkney Wedding with Sunrise, is spectacularly performed by George McIlwhen (bagpipes) with none other than the composer conducting the Royal Philharmonic (NAXOS).
Kyung Wha Chung is the finest of interpreters of Bruch’s somewhat rambling Scottish Fantasy, which she and the conductor Rudolf Kempe with the Royal Philharmonic perform with complete commitment (DECCA).
Mendelssohn’s “Scottish” Symphony has dozens of recordings, but Peter Maag’s with the London Symphony is among the best, and the recording from the late 1950s totally belies its age (DECCA).