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There’s something of a Celtic feel to tonight’s Concert, beginning with a great Scottish piece and later featuring harpist Catrin Finch’s Celtic Concerto.
Tonight's concert opens with Hamish MacCunn's The Land of the Mountain and the Flood. As a boy of eight, MacCunn had been taken to his first season of concerts at Crystal Palace in London. So it was apt that, as a prodigious 19-year-old, he should have gone back there to hear the premiere performance of his major new work. Although the music critic George Bernard Shaw was withering in his review – attacking the perceived formulaic nature of its middle section – The Land of the Mountain and the Flood has stood the test of time, remaining by far the composer’s most popular work.
Catrin Finch’s Celtic Concerto is an entirely successful blending of virtuosic solo harp playing with some highly effective interplay between the instrument and the strings, all underscored by a myriad Celtic references and infectious melodies.
Hamish MacCunn: The Land of the Mountain and the Flood
Alexander Gibson conducts the Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Catrin Finch: Celtic Concerto
Harp: Catrin Finch
John Rutter conducts Sinfonia Cymru
Johann Sebastian Bach: Orchestral Suite No.3 in D major BWV.1068
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Charles Camilleri: Concertino No.1 for Clarinet and Strings
Clarinet: David Campbell
Julian Clayton conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No.8 in G major Opus 88
Marin Alsop conducts the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra