Featuring the first work Emelyanychev performed with the Orchestra, after stepping in at short notice for a concert in March 2018

Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) and Principal Conductor Designate Maxim Emelyanychev are to release their first album together on Linn Records on 11 October 2019. The repertoire - Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 in C major ‘The Great’ – is the first work Emelyanychev performed with the Orchestra, after stepping in at short notice for a concert in March 2018. The concert garnered enthusiastic praise from both the audience and Orchestra and led to him securing his new role as Principal Conductor.

Emelyanychev, 29, was born to a family of musicians, and studied conducting and piano in Nizhny Novgorod and then with Gennady Rozhdestvensky in Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. He won the Newcomer category at the 2019 International Opera Awards and won a Gramophone Award in 2017, together with Joyce DiDonato and Il Pomo d’Oro, for their album In War & Peace (Warner/Erato). Emelyanychev’s tenure as Principal Conductor with the SCO begins in September 2019.

Maxim Emelyanychev says: ‘This piece holds great significance for me as it began my journey with the SCO. There are many brilliant recordings of this symphony which I greatly enjoy and have inspired my own interpretation. A new recording must communicate something contemporary and with this album, I want to explore what the music is saying at this time, with this orchestra and this particular combination of extraordinary musicians.’

Emelyanychev’s inaugural concert is at The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, with a programme featuring the UK premiere of French film composer Philippe Hersant’s Five Pieces for Orchestra as well as violinist Carolin Widmann’s SCO debut: she performs Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2. Emelyanychev closes the concert with Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 ‘Jupiter’ (Tuesday 19 November 2019). The same programme will be taken to City Halls, Glasgow and Aberdeen Music Hall (15 and 16 November 2019).

Emelyanychev and the SCO return to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen later in the season, with the conductor directing from the harpsichord, in a programme of French and German baroque music by Bach, Telemann, Rameau and Lully (16 –18 January 2020). They perform an all-Beethoven programme in Perth, Edinburgh and Glasgow, exploring Symphony No. 6 ‘Pastoral’ and Symphony No. 7 (4 - 6 March 2020).

The SCO Chorus and Chorus Director Gregory Batsleer join Emelyanychev and the SCO for Vivaldi’s Gloria in Edinburgh and Glasgow, with Emelyanychev again directing from the harpsichord (26 and 27 March 2020). The soloists are sopranos Anna Dennis and Mhairi Lawson and countertenor James Hall. Two days later, Emelyanychev and a selection of SCO Soloists perform an afternoon of chamber music at The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, with him directing from the harpsichord and piano (29 March 2020).

Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor is the centerpiece of the programme Emelyanychev brings to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen in which he is also the soloist. He also conducts Debussy’s Prélude à l’aprés-midi d’un faune and Louise Farrenc’s Symphony No. 3 in G minor (20 April, 1 and 2 May 2020).

Alongside his concerts with the SCO, Emelyanychev makes two opera house conducting debuts in 2019. At Glyndebourne, he conducts Robert Carsen’s production of Handel’s Rinaldo with Elizabeth DeShong in the title role (opens 8 August 2019), before conducting Handel’s Agrippina at the Royal Opera House with a cast led by Joyce DiDonato (opens 23 September 2019). He also leads the SCO Principals in a programme of Schumann, Brahms and Dohnányi at the Edinburgh International Festival (12 August 2019).


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