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Hear and Now: MacMillan conducts MacMillan

 11 January 2014 at 8pm 

Hear and Now: MacMillan conducts MacMillan

City Halls

Laura Samuel violin
James MacMillan conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

This will be the BBC SSOís first major musical event of 2014, and a fascinating overview of a life in music, conducted by the composer himself.

For the first time in over a decade, Scotlandís foremost composer James MacMillan takes to the podium in his native country for a public concert. The programme, to be recorded for of BBC Radio 3ís Hear and Now, features two World Premieres from opposite ends of MacMillanís career: his latest work The Keening and his early Symphonic Study, written as a graduation piece.

Thereís also the Scottish Premiere of A Deep but Dazzling Darkness, a stunningly dramatic reflection on the ability of music to bring comfort, and in this performance a tremendous showcase for the skills of BBC SSO leader Laura Samuel. For Sonny, a gentle elegy in memory of a young child, is premiered in a new arrangement, and Exsultet, his 1998 fanfare for brass quintet (in the revised version for symphonic brass), conjures up a typically MacMillan-like journey from darkness into light.

James MacMillan : Symphonic Study
James MacMillan : For Sonny
James MacMillan : A Deep but Dazzling Darkness
James MacMillan : Exsultet
James MacMillan : The Keening

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