Lyell Creswell’s New Clarinet Concerto, Llanto premiered.

COMPOSER Lyell Cresswell must be thrilled. The applause after the premier of his new Clarinet Concerto, Llanto, commissioned by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, was one of the most generous for a contemporary work. Engaging soloist, clarinettist Maximiliano Martín, truly excelled. His mastery was evident throughout, but came especially to the fore during his solo cadenza, where he skilfully switched from tender and controlled long-held notes to playful activity for gripping effect. Under conductor Clemens Schuldt, the SCO captured the despair of the concerto’s title (‘Llanto’ means weeping or lament). The slow and sparse string opening accompanied by repeated notes on the xylophone was hauntingly desolate, while contrasting loud passages, with the orchestra playing at its full force, were horrifically dissonant.

Queens Hall, Edinburgh

Hazel Rowland