MSO Concertmaster Sophie Rowell leads the
Orchestra through this concert which sees the genius of Bach
refashioned, with classical accordionist James Crabb performing as
The Scottish accordion virtuoso has been praised the world-over for
his versatile musicianship and has appeared with the London
Philharmonic, BBC Scottish, MSO and countless contemporary world-class ensembles.
Contemporary Finnish composer Aulis Sallinen’s Barrabas Variations
also features accordion as the solo instrument, a melancholy work which
builds from a frenetic atmosphere, featuring trills and repeated
rhythms to a haunting, wistful conclusion.
Sophie Rowell leads the MSO in Bach’s Orchestral Suite No.3 and Concerto in A minor, highlighting the composer’s mastery of harmony and counterpoint.
Contrasting a mournful violin line with the energy of the accordion, Antonio Agri’sDesde Adentro
(meaning “from within”) will profile Crabb’s passion and acclaimed
authority of his instrument, before Rowell takes over for Grieg’sHolberg Suite.