Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006): Tam O'Shanter Overture, 1955
Thea Musgrave (born 1928): Songs for a Winter's Evening, 1995
Amy Beach (1867-1944): Gaelic Symphony (1896)
Glenn Mossop, conductor
On January 25th, and the following weekend, shots gather all over the world to celebrate Burns' Night in memory of Scotland's national rock Robert Burns, born January 25, 1759. Burns was a romantic in all the words of the word. As a poet, he gave eternal life to Scotland's folklore and people's language, and as one by himself, he had countless love affairs and had several untrue children. He also wrote some of the most beautiful love poems in the history of literature. And when people take each other's hands on New Year's Eve and burst into "For Auld Lang Syne", it's Burn's song to the friendship they sing.
We celebrate Burns' Night on January 28 with the performance of two compositions of his poems: the story of the drinker Tam O'Shanter and his encounter with the devil, and the intense Songs for a Winter's Evening. Then we finish with the work that has been named for the entire concert, A Gaelic Symphony by Amy Beach.
Glenn Mossop has directed the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and has been engaged in Folkoperan. He is a lecturer in orchestra conducting at the Royal College of Music.