Scotsman review of Six Speechless Songs

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"The Scottish Chamber Orchestra was ready to mark its 40th birthday in style – but very much on its own terms. This anniversary concert was suitably festive and high-spirited, but thoughtful and refined, too. Take the opener, Six Speechless Songs by the SCO’s Glasgow-born associate composer Martin Suckling, specially commissioned for the occasion. Asked by conductor Robin Ticciati for something celebratory, Suckling instead produced six exquisite miniatures, each a self-contained world of developing ideas that made wonderfully inventive use of the SCO’s laser-precision playing. From its vivid, rhythmic opening, all unison melodies and Messiaen-like birdsong, to the icy mystery of the third movement, Suckling created a work of rich, almost decadent lyricism that proved an ideal showcase for the orchestra’s finely-wrought playing under Ticciati. It might not have raised the roof, but it drew you deep inside its glistening textures, and that felt magical." David Kettle
Period8 Feb 2014
Event titleScottish Chamber Orchestra - 40th Anniversary Concerts
Event typePerformance
LocationEdinburgh and Glasgow, United KingdomShow on map