BBC Music Magazine

SCOTLAND AND N IRELAND

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Dunedin Consort

Hunterian Museum, Glasgow, 7 January

Tel: +44 (0)141 353 8000

Web: www.dunedin-consort.org.uk John Butt directs an intriguing reconstruc­tion of a concert given in 1896 by period instrument pioneer Arnold Dolmetsch. An eclectic affair it was too – as well as music for viols by Henry Lawes and John Jenkins, solo keyboard works bring Purcell, Kuhnau and JS Bach into the fold, while Rameau’s Cinquième Concert adds Gallic charm.

Macrae’s Anthropoce­ne

Theatre Royal, Glasgow,

24, 26 January

Tel: +44 (0)844 871 7647

Web: www.scottishop­era.org.uk

The latest collaborat­ion between composer Stuart Macrae and librettist Louise Welsh is, in her words, ‘a story of over-wielding ambition, murder, human sacrifice and thwarted love’.

This Scottish Opera premiere, reunites director Matthew Richardson and designer

Samal Blak – the team behind Macrae’s 2016 The Devil Inside.

Ulster Orchestra

Waterfront Hall, Belfast, 24 January

Tel: +44 (0)28 9033 4455

Web: www.ulsterorch­estra.org.uk Richard Strauss’s elegiac Four Last Songs are evidently flavour of the month (see also London and Midlands, North and Wales). Here, German soprano Dorothea Röschmann is the soloist in this serene upbeat to something rather more angular and acerbic: Shostakovi­ch’s Symphony

No. 4, completed in 1936. The conductor is Rafael Payare.

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