The Herald 09/05/2011
SCO and JG Queyras City Halls Glasgow

The Scotland Chamber Orchestra is all that we would want from a professional chamber orchestra; their sound is delicately balanced with clarity and warmth and they perform with collective intimacy, as if playing personally to each and every listener.


It is fair to say that Friday night’s programme was not the most adventurous, but this did not stop the SCO from spicing things up.

The SCO navigated their way through the effervescent gestures of Wolff’s pastoral Italian Serenade, with delightful orchestral solos from Principal Viola Jane Atkins and Cellist David Watkin. Similarly, Mendelssohn’s “Italian” symphony is something of a dedication to the vivacious and Italian way of life. The SCO, despite lacking the spring sunshine, played with their typical exuberance.

Stealing the spotlight was cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras who, along with his beautiful Gioffredo Cappa 1696 cello, dominated the stage with his fiery and charming performance of Haydn’s C major concerto.