Today, Friday 23 March, Robin Ticciati and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra have released a recording of Brahms’ complete symphonies on Linn Records. This release coincides with Robin’s final concerts as Principal Conductor of the orchestra, an appointment he took up in 2009.
Already a highly praised project — Presto Classical called it a “classy leaving-present from one of today’s great conductor-orchestra partnerships”, the Financial Times noted that this is a “highly rewarding set of symphonies, well played and well recorded” (★★★★) and today’s The Times calls the recording “a set that sweeps aside recent rivals, brilliantly illuminating Brahms’s inner textures and making the familiar new” (★★★★★) — Robin and the SCO will perform this set of symphonies, over two concerts, to audiences at the Edinburgh International Festival.
In the liner notes for the release, Robin says: “No personal words should be needed alongside a new recording, since the music should be able to speak clearly enough for itself. However, with this specific project I very much wanted to write something down. These recordings mark the end of the first chapter of my relationship with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Given that we have spent the last nine years together exploring and attempting to bring to life (mostly) late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century repertoire, these Brahms Symphonies represent – in some ways – a summation of our work together. There is no other orchestra I would have considered recording these remarkable scores with at this stage in my musical life. Through our proximity the players have become my breath, my voice for realizing what I feel these composers wanted to hear. In the orchestra’s musical DNA is now our shared history and that has been an enlivening thing to be part of and responsible for.”