On January 5th, under the baton of its newly appointed Music Director Thomas Søndergård, Royal Scottish National Orchestra brought a wonderful New Year’s gift to Beijing music lovers with violinist Nicola Benedetti. The music feast featured authentic Scottish music and Chinese melodies.
Conductor Thomas Søndergård
The concert kicked off with Debussy’s Marche Écossaise. Wearing Scottish traditional clothes, the Scottish bagpiper presented the charm of the Scottish traditional instrument. The broad yet subtle sound led the audience into the mysterious and wonderful Scottish highlands. Later, the violinist Nicola Benedetti went on the stage and performed Bruch’s masterpiece Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26 with the orchestra. From the solo “cadenza” in the first movement to the third, Benedetti showed off her superb virtuosity to the audience.
The Scottish bagpiper presented the charm of the Scottish traditional instrument.
After intermission, the orchestra came back with Mendelssohn’s The Hebrides (Overture), Op. 26. Led by Thomas Søndergård, the orchestra depicted the amazing charm of Hebrides island through lively music. Later, Thomas Søndergård conducted three Chinese symphony works–Happy Sunrise, Dialogue on Flowers, The Silence of Mount Minshan
, filling the NCPA Concert Hall with festive atmosphere. The final piece is Britten’s Four Sea Interludes, Op. 33a
. Royal Scottish National Orchestra vividly portrayed the vast sea in four different circumstances.
Benedetti showed off her superb virtuosity to the audience.
Photos by WANG Xiaojing