Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh ****
Originally the late Sir Peter Maxwell Davies was to write this concerto for Murray, so it was poignant to hear one ofthe composer’s most evocative melodies, Farewell to Stromness, woven into the finale - first with accordion and pizzicato double bass and then in full orchestral splendour as the trumpets carried the tune right to the last ting of the triangle.Sparks flew in the SCO and conductor Clemens Schuldt’s boisterous delivery of Ligeti’s Concert Românesc, his larger than life versions of Hungarian folk songs. The strings sharpened the edges of the dizzying foot-stamping rhythms while the clarinet and cor anglais smoldered in the less hectic moments.
The concert was book-ended by barnstorming accounts of Mozart’s Symphony No 34 and Haydn’s Symphony No. 90, both in C. The SCO have these classical symphonies down to a fine art with their natural horns, trumpets and timpani giving the music an authentic kick.