My year ... Herald music critics continue their look back at the highlights of 2012
In musical terms, it's been longer than a year: and it's also been a year of Farewell, Hello, and Welcome. What am I going on about? There was a long runway into the departure of Stephane Deneve as music director of the RSNO. It began in the spring of 2011 and stretched through until his final concert. But every element in his last season fed into that farewell, which symbolised the amazing relationship he developed with Scotland and his public. So the au revoir concert, in May, with high-octane performances of James MacMillan's Britannia, Strauss's Till Eulenspiegel and the great canvas that is Ravel's Daphnis and Chloe, was charged with emotional intensity.
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