BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, City Halls, Glasgow

None of the pieces performed for the final concert in the BBCSSO’s ‘Hear and Now’ series were particularly long, but they certainly made up for it in intensity. The orchestra immediately dived into the high drama and tension of Ligeti’s ‘San Francisco Polyphony’, while their conductor Matthias Pintscher skilfully navigated between the work’s glimpses of melody and jabs of dissonance. The BBCSSCO were highly responsive, allowing Pintscher to draw out an incredible amount of unease from something as simple as long-held notes on the strings.

Read the full review on the Herald.

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