Perth’s beautiful, state-of-the-art concert hall was the setting for the first of three world premieres, all by British composers, which lit up last week’s listening. Wind players of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, directed by Nicholas Daniel, oboist supreme, gave the first performance of Overflow by Anna Clyne. A keen collaborator with dancers, film-makers and visual artists too, Clyne is now the SCO’s associate composer: on the evidence of this irrepressible piece, this will prove a fruitful partnership.

Her inspiration is Emily Dickinson’s By the Sea and a poem by the Persian mystic Rumi. Opening with a sturdy bassoon drone, it heaves and shimmers in its intimations of a tiny pearl moving on the ocean floor. The 10 players also performed André Caplet’s voluptuous Suite persane and an arrangement of Dvo?ák’s Czech Suite, outstanding in each.

Fiona Maddocks, The Observer, April 2021

The SCO’s Caplet, Clyne and Dvo?ák is available on YouTube until 15 May 2021

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