Royal Scottish National Orchestra
The Royal Scottish National Orchestra is Scotland's national symphonic ensemble and is one of the country's National Performing Companies. Formed in 1891 as the Scottish Orchestra, the company became the Scottish National Orchestra in 1950, and was awarded Royal Patronage in 1991. Throughout its history, the Orchestra has played an integral part in Scotland's musical life, including performing at the opening ceremony of the Scottish Parliament building in 2004. Many renowned conductors have
contributed to its success, including George Szell, Sir John Barbirolli, Sir Alexander Gibson, Neeme Järvi and Stéphane Denève.
In 2012 the RSNO welcomed British-Canadian musician and conductor Peter Oundjian as its latest Music Director and Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård as Principal Guest Conductor. The RSNO performs across Scotland, including concerts in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen, Perth and Inverness. The Orchestra appears regularly at the Edinburgh International Festival and at the BBC Proms in London. Recent appearances in England have included performances at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall, Leeds Town Hall, The Sage, Gateshead and at The Sands Centre, Carlisle.
The RSNO regularly appears at the St Magnus Festival, Orkney, and has made recent tours to France, Germany, Spain, Austria, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Serbia. In December 2012 and January 2013 the Orchestra undertook its first mainland Asia visit with a hugely successful tour of China with Peter Oundjian.
The RSNO has a worldwide reputation for the quality of its recordings, receiving two Diapason d'Or de l'année Awards for Symphonic Music for the Roussel Symphonies (Naxos) and orchestral works by Debussy (Chandos), both with Denève, and eight GRAMMY Award nominations over the last decade.
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'The symphony is a powerful, immaculately structured dynamo...Serebrier and the orchestra approach all three works like people on a mission, convinced that they're dealing with some tremendously important music. After the second or third hearing, you become convinced how absolutely right they are.'more >>The Whole Note
'impressive'more >>BBC Music Magazine
'...a well-chiselled rollercoaster ride...Serebrier secures gusto and finesse from the orchestra...'Classical Source
'Well, I'm sold, and have become an immediate admirer of Samuel Adler's music...'more >>American Record Guide
'...strongly expressive and full of sonic variety and imaginative instrumental blends.'more >>Gramophone
'Maximilian Hornung embraces the generous, extrovert solo writing and there's an attractive heft to his sound, with the right kind of gung-ho attack...the RSNO [is] in boisterous form.'more >>The Observer
'The American composer Samuel Adler's sixth symphony is so loud, frantic and brilliantly exciting it will blow you across the room. In three movements it crackles with electric energy...'more >>Info Dad Blog
'All the works are played with skill and understanding: Serebrier seems quite comfortable with Adler's music, and the orchestra plays very well throughout.'more >>The New Listener
„Großartig: die Leistung des Orchesters, die gelungene Tontechnik. Und das, wie so oft, umwerfende Dirigat von José Serebrier, der alles gibt, dieser Musik den funkelnden Mantel umzuwerfen, dessen sie bedarf."more >>MusicWeb International
'The sixth symphony of Samuel Adler is clearly a work of considerable and sustained musical worth...It's a splendid orchestral tour de force which showcases every section of a very fine orchestra indeed in a vivid recording.'more >>Planet Hugill
'...a testament to Katherine Bryan's intelligence and musicianship...'more >>MusicWeb International
'It’s the virtuoso showpieces that really make you sit up and take notice...warmly recommended.'more >>BBC Scotland 'Classics Unwrapped'
'Beautiful playing. Absolutely stunning…A wonderful range of repertoire. And it’s all music people would know and love…Just one of many fabulous transcriptions for much-loved violin repertoire, but for the flute, on a terrific CD called the "Silver Bow".'The Scotsman
'A breathtaking package.'more >>BBC Radio 3 'In Tune'
'She plays glitteringly…and beautifully…It gives a different texture and a different way into the piece...Fantastic! Katherine Bryan you’ve made the case!'Maestro Steve
'Highly recommended!'more >>Daily Telegraph
‘...appealingly liquid timbre, fluency and pearly articulacy...'Classical Candor
'Bryan is a flutist of the first order, her playing sensitive and flowing.'more >>Pizzicato
‘Bryans kristalliner Ton schwebt durch den Raum und macht die intimen Momente der music zu einem besonderen Erlebnis.’more >>Fanfare
‘The recording catches Bryan’s full clear tone beautifully, in perfect balance with the orchestra.’more >>American Record Guide
‘Energy and intensity is the key to a performance of the Ballade by Swiss composer Frank Martin (1890–1974), and Bryan doesn’t let up.’more >>MusicWeb International
‘...a fine performance...'more >>International Record Review
'...Bryan plays with brilliance, dexterity and sensitivity, fully matching the demands and responses placed upon the soloist.'more >>Gramophone
Choice: '...exquisitely eloquent...'more >>BBC Radio 3 'CD Review'
'...an interesting programme'more >>Maestro Steve
‘…captured in Linn’s sonic splendour, [it’s] simply amazing to hear…Highly recommended!’more >>McAlister Matheson Music
'Bryan offers effortless, impeccable performances…’more >>HighResMac.com
'Bryan überbrückt den Spagat zwischen moderner Atonalität und harmonischer Auflösung mit feinem, warmem Ton und zeigt, warum sie als eine der besten Flötistinnen Britanniens gilt.'more >>Hi Res Mac
‘Das wird der munteren, spielfreudigen und sehr genauen Interpretation nur gerecht.’more >>Classical Daily
‘Young flautist Katherine Bryan is rapidly establishing her place as one of Britain’s bright musical stars of the future.’Dagogo
‘Katherine has chosen a program that places maximum demands on her and the RSNO but one that delivers maximum pleasure for the listener… astonishing pyrotechnics from both the flute and the orchestra’more >>AudioVideoHD
'Sin ninguna duda un disco muy recomendable.'more >>Hi Fi Choice
...a compelling, dramatic affair.more >>Atlanta Audio Society
a beautifully paced accountmore >>The Gramophone
exceptionally well produced and presentedmore >>BBC Music Magazine
'Lazarev does create something radical out'more >>Manchester Evening News (3rd Edition)
'This is wonderful and brilliant'more >>Shostakovich Journal
contains genuine flashes of inspirationmore >>Fanfare
Easily recommendablemore >>The Daily Express
a thrilling and powerful piece of musicmore >>Classic FM Magazine
the big climaxes really explodemore >>The International Records Review
'Most of the Shostakovich's symphonies are an orchestra's bread and butter'more >>The Inverness Courier
'The RSNO’s performance has the brooding intensity and dynamic energy that have been the hallmarks of Lazarev’s tenure'more >>The Times
sweat-drenched ferocity and heart-tugging pathosmore >>ClassicsToday.com
A "demonstration disc" if ever there were onemore >>Sunday Telegraph
The performance under Alexander Lazarev is magnificentmore >>The Glasgow Herald
This is a must-havemore >>The Observer
[an] exemplary performance of a towering workmore >>The Scotsman
has all the immediacy and impact of a live performancemore >>