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Soar into your summer with The Scottish Chamber Orchestra String Ensemble and a delightfully varied evening of music by Medelssohn, Bach, Bach, Bartók and more, featuring Jonian Ilias-Kadesha (Director/Violin) and Philip Higham (Cello).
We open the evening with a work by child genius and musical pioneer Felix Mendelssohn, and move to one of Bach’s Inventions and Sinfonias, a collection of works originally composed to develop the piano technique of his son. ‘They attract each other, reject each other, love and hate each other’ is how the composer Jörg Widmann describes the intense relationship between violin and cello in his short, but not always sweet, Duo series, which follows. Sallinen’s String Quartet No. 3 may have been written in 1969, but its origins lie in a far older piece of folk music; Peltoniemi Hintrik's Funeral March. The evening continues on an upbeat note with preeminent Romanian composer’s George Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody. A deceptively simple stark opening for solo violin gradually builds to a fast and furious infectiously charming finale. To close, we return to the works of Bela Bartók and firstly, the rich melodies of his Five Folk Tunes before finishing with his highly original Divertimento.