magic flute

EIF opera review: The Magic Flute

Edinburgh International Festival opera review: The Magic Flute at Edinburgh Festival Theatre, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kenneth Walton ★★★★★ Barrie Kosky and Suzanne Andrade’s production of The Magic Flute for Komische Opera Berlin will have you rolling in the aisles. You might think you’ve mistakenly come to the cinema (in the 1920s) as the brilliantly …

EIF opera review: The Magic Flute

Edinburgh International Festival opera review: The Magic Flute at Edinburgh Festival Theatre, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kenneth Walton ★★★★★ Barrie Kosky and Suzanne Andrade’s production of The Magic Flute for Komische Opera Berlin will have you rolling in the aisles. You might think you’ve mistakenly come to the cinema (in the 1920s) as the brilliantly …

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August 31, 2015

EIF music review: Noseda Conducts Mahler

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Noseda Conducts Mahler (EUYO), reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ken Walton. ★★★★ I suspect the pairing of Verdi arias with Mahler’s Fifth Symphony by the European Union Youth Orchestra had as much to do with the operatic leanings of Italian conductor Gianandrea Noseda as to whether they actually made sense as …

EIF music review: Noseda Conducts Mahler

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Noseda Conducts Mahler (EUYO), reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ken Walton. ★★★★ I suspect the pairing of Verdi arias with Mahler’s Fifth Symphony by the European Union Youth Orchestra had as much to do with the operatic leanings of Italian conductor Gianandrea Noseda as to whether they actually made sense as …

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August 27, 2015

EIF music review: Scottish Opera: HMS Pinafore

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Scottish Opera: HMS Pinafore at the Usher Hall, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ken Walton ★★★ Of THE many delightful operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan, HMS Pinafore certainly ranks among their most accomplished. Gilbert’s satire is edgy – for its time – and Sullivan’s musical pastiches possess a lasting craftsmanship and …

EIF music review: Scottish Opera: HMS Pinafore

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Scottish Opera: HMS Pinafore at the Usher Hall, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ken Walton ★★★ Of THE many delightful operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan, HMS Pinafore certainly ranks among their most accomplished. Gilbert’s satire is edgy – for its time – and Sullivan’s musical pastiches possess a lasting craftsmanship and …

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August 25, 2015

EIF music review: Lang Lang

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Lang Lang, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ken Walton ★★★★ Well, he finally made it. After illness forced the calling off last Wednesday of his concerto appearance with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Chinese phenomenon Lang Lang’s solo recital on Friday became, by default, his long-awaited EIF debut. He didn’t disappoint. The lyrical sweetness …

EIF music review: Lang Lang

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Lang Lang, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ken Walton ★★★★ Well, he finally made it. After illness forced the calling off last Wednesday of his concerto appearance with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Chinese phenomenon Lang Lang’s solo recital on Friday became, by default, his long-awaited EIF debut. He didn’t disappoint. The lyrical sweetness …

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August 24, 2015

EIF music review: Rudolf Buchbinder: Beethoven 6

Edinburgh International Festival review: Rudolf Buchbinder: Beethoven 6, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ken Walton. ★★★★ It’s been a week since I caught up with Rudolf Buchbinder’s Beethoven piano sonata series, and something of a transformation has taken place, if not in every remaining concert, certainly in Monday’s. What was previously introvert and frankly boring was …

EIF music review: Rudolf Buchbinder: Beethoven 6

Edinburgh International Festival review: Rudolf Buchbinder: Beethoven 6, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ken Walton. ★★★★ It’s been a week since I caught up with Rudolf Buchbinder’s Beethoven piano sonata series, and something of a transformation has taken place, if not in every remaining concert, certainly in Monday’s. What was previously introvert and frankly boring was …

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August 19, 2015

EIF music review: Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Edinburgh International music review: Royal Scottish National Orchestra, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ken Walton. ★★★★ The Scottish premiere of James MacMillan’s Percussion Concerto No 2 featured its dedicatee Colin Currie and the RSNO, under Edward Gardner. It’s 23 years since he wrote his first percussion concerto, Veni, Veni Emmanuel. While there are noticeable similarities – …

EIF music review: Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Edinburgh International music review: Royal Scottish National Orchestra, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ken Walton. ★★★★ The Scottish premiere of James MacMillan’s Percussion Concerto No 2 featured its dedicatee Colin Currie and the RSNO, under Edward Gardner. It’s 23 years since he wrote his first percussion concerto, Veni, Veni Emmanuel. While there are noticeable similarities – …

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August 17, 2015

EIF music review: Le Concert Spirituel

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Le Concert Spirituel, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ken Walton ★★★★ The concept of “the colossal Baroque” – a term Tuesday’s programme note used to express the extravagant scale of church music encouraged by post-Reformation reaction in Roman Catholic Italy – must have been to 16th/17th century ears what a state-of-the-art …

EIF music review: Le Concert Spirituel

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Le Concert Spirituel, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ken Walton ★★★★ The concept of “the colossal Baroque” – a term Tuesday’s programme note used to express the extravagant scale of church music encouraged by post-Reformation reaction in Roman Catholic Italy – must have been to 16th/17th century ears what a state-of-the-art …

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August 13, 2015

EIF music review: Rudolf Buchbinder

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Rudolf Buchbinder, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ken Walton. ★★★ Rudolf Buchbinder’s Beethoven piano sonata series remains something of a closed book. In this third instalment, the feeling persisted that I was listening to a Beethoven addict playing out his own fetish in his own private world. The problem is, another …

EIF music review: Rudolf Buchbinder

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Rudolf Buchbinder, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ken Walton. ★★★ Rudolf Buchbinder’s Beethoven piano sonata series remains something of a closed book. In this third instalment, the feeling persisted that I was listening to a Beethoven addict playing out his own fetish in his own private world. The problem is, another …

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August 12, 2015

EIF music review: Tallis Scholars

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Tallis Scholars, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ken Walton. ★★★★ It’s astonishing to think that the Tallis Scholars are still going strong after 42 years, sounding as fresh and focused as ever in their preferred repertoire, the a cappella gems of the Renaissance Golden Age, coupled with a fondness for modern …

EIF music review: Tallis Scholars

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Tallis Scholars, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ken Walton. ★★★★ It’s astonishing to think that the Tallis Scholars are still going strong after 42 years, sounding as fresh and focused as ever in their preferred repertoire, the a cappella gems of the Renaissance Golden Age, coupled with a fondness for modern …

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August 11, 2015

EIF theatre review: The Last Hotel

Edinburgh International Festival theatre review: The Last Hotel, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ken Walton. ★★★★ One of the great challenges facing contemporary opera is not to lose sight of what the genre historically exists for – the ultimate marriage of theatre and music – while casting that partnership in a context relevant to modern audiences. …

EIF theatre review: The Last Hotel

Edinburgh International Festival theatre review: The Last Hotel, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ken Walton. ★★★★ One of the great challenges facing contemporary opera is not to lose sight of what the genre historically exists for – the ultimate marriage of theatre and music – while casting that partnership in a context relevant to modern audiences. …

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August 10, 2015

EIF opening review: The Harmonium Project

Edinburgh International Festival opening event review: The Harmonium Project, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ken Walton. ★★★★★ I can think of no more breathtaking an opening to an Edinburgh International Festival than Friday’s late-night son et lumière spectacular, which saw the Usher Hall facade explode with colour in accompaniment to a pre-recorded performance, by the Edinburgh …

EIF opening review: The Harmonium Project

Edinburgh International Festival opening event review: The Harmonium Project, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ken Walton. ★★★★★ I can think of no more breathtaking an opening to an Edinburgh International Festival than Friday’s late-night son et lumière spectacular, which saw the Usher Hall facade explode with colour in accompaniment to a pre-recorded performance, by the Edinburgh …

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August 10, 2015

EIF music review: Rudolph Buchbinder: Beethoven Piano Sonatas: Concert 1

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Rudolph Buchbinder: Beethoven Piano Sonatas: Concert 1, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ken Walton.  ★★★ Over the coming three weeks, Austrian pianist Rudolph Buchbinder will perform all 32 of Beethoven’s piano sonatas. It’s a challenge that carries dangers, especially as so many pianists have scaled their heights before. So what can Buchbinder …

EIF music review: Rudolph Buchbinder: Beethoven Piano Sonatas: Concert 1

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Rudolph Buchbinder: Beethoven Piano Sonatas: Concert 1, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ken Walton.  ★★★ Over the coming three weeks, Austrian pianist Rudolph Buchbinder will perform all 32 of Beethoven’s piano sonatas. It’s a challenge that carries dangers, especially as so many pianists have scaled their heights before. So what can Buchbinder …

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August 10, 2015

Edinburgh Festival Chorus marks its 50th birthday

The 50th birthday of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus will be celebrated in a very public, very modern way at the start of this year’s Edinburgh International Festival. They and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra will provide the musical soundtrack for The Harmonium Project, a multimedia outdoor extravaganza that will see a sequence of digital animations …

EIF Blog August 3, 2015

BBC SSO / Glagolitic Mass

Edinburgh International Festival Scotsman review (music): BBC SSO / Glagolitic Mass at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh. Reviewed by Ken Walton Jonathan Mills’ final music programme as Festival director was marked by a gesture of indulgence: the programming, alongside Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass, of his own oratorio Sandakan Threnody, a work written in response to his father’s …

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra: Mahler 6

Edinburgh International Festival Scotsman review (music): Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra: Mahler 6 at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh. Reviewed by Ken Walton There wasn’t much Mahler at this year’s Festival, but this electrifying performance of the Sixth Symphony by the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra on Friday under its Canadian music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin more than made up for …

Daniil Trifonov

Edinburgh International Festival Scotsman review (music): Daniil Trifonov at Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh. Reviewed by Ken Walton IF I COULD, I would give Daniil Trifonov’s piano recital at the Queen’s Hall on Saturday 6 stars. It was simply that mind-blowing. This extraordinary 23-year-old – already a gold winner of the Tchaikovsky Competition – combines deep and …

Les Troyens

Edinburgh International Festival Scotsman review (opera): Les Troyens at Edinburgh Festival Theatre. Reviewed by Ken Walton There was huge anticipation surrounding the Mariinsky Opera’s staging of Berlioz’s Les Troyens, which opened its Festival run on Thursday, not least because it is the first staged production in Scotland for almost 25 years of this epic two-part …

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