Four of the best
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
The latest concert for the BBC SSO with artist-in-association Matthias Pintscher (pictured) is a new-music showcase for Radio 3’s Hear and Now. Works by Hosokawa and Takemitsu are framed by Stravinsky’s early tone poem Le Chant du Rossignol, and by a rare outing for Claude Vivier’s Siddhartha, inspired by Herman Hesse’s novel.
City Halls, Glasgow, Sat
The Takács have few peers among current string quartets, and every appearance they make in London is precious. This pair of concerts features works by Mozart, Shostakovich, Mendelssohn and Brahms, but there’s also the European premiere of a piece composed for the group by Carl Vine, his String Quartet No 6, which comes with the subtitle of Child’s Play. Wigmore Hall, W1, Sun & Mon
Allegoria Della Notte
It is a busy new-music week for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Thursday sees a reunion with former chief conductor Ilan Volkov, which precedes Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony with two UK premieres: Cassandra Miller’s Round and Salvatore Sciarrino’s violin concerto Allegoria Della Notte, with Ilya Gringolts as the soloist.
City Halls, Glasgow, Thu
The 40th edition of the Huddersfield contemporary music festival opens with the world premiere of the latest major work from James Dillon, whose connections with the festival go back right to its early days. The Red Note Ensemble introduce Dillon’s triptych, alongside works by Stephanie Haensler, Morton Feldman and Christian Wolf.
St Paul’s Hall, Huddersfield, Fri