BBC Music Magazine
SCOTLAND AND N IRELAND
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.
Theatre Royal, Glasgow,
24, 26 January
Tel: +44 (0)844 871 7647
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.
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.