Stravinsky Le Chant Du Rossignol (c.23′)
Schubert Symphony No.8 ‘unfinished’ (c.24′)
Berlioz Harold In Italy (c.45′)

Antoine Tamestit Viola
Matthias Pintscher
Conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Niccolò Paganini wanted a vehicle to show off his new Stradivarius viola. Hector Berlioz gave him the last thing he expected – a flamboyant, Byron-inspired symphony that drives straight to the brooding heart of the Romantic spirit. It’s like nothing else in 19th century music, and the great French viola virtuoso Antoine Tamestit is one of its greatest interpreters. BBC SSO Artist-in-Association Matthias Pintscher brings a composer’s ear to this remarkable score, and pairs it with two very different but equally vivid visions by two of Berlioz’s creative kindred spirits – Stravinsky’s bejewelled Oriental fairytale, and the two perfectly-poised movements of Schubert’s Unfinished (and some would say unfinishable) Eighth Symphony.

Prelude: 6.45pm in the Recital Room
Antoine Tamestit in conversation.

Post-Concert Coda (approximately 10 minutes after the main concert)
Antoine Tamestit plays extracts from JS Bach’s Cello Suites, arranged for viola.