EIF music review: Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Scottish Chamber Orchestra, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Nickalls. ★★★ The International Festival’s music programme has little to offer children, so the SCO’s new Family Concert is a great initiative. Children are the most demanding of audiences and it is hard work to keep their attention so Tom Redmond, animateur …

EIF music review: Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Scottish Chamber Orchestra, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Nickalls. ★★★ The International Festival’s music programme has little to offer children, so the SCO’s new Family Concert is a great initiative. Children are the most demanding of audiences and it is hard work to keep their attention so Tom Redmond, animateur …

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September 2, 2015

EIF music review: Virgin Money Fireworks Concert

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Virgin Money Fireworks Concert at the Ross Theatre , reviewed by The Scotsman’s Carol Main ★★★★ AS GOLDEN swirls and glittering starbursts lit up the sky above Edinburgh Castle on Monday evening, accompanied by their own ear-shattering bangs and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the capital’s festival season came to a …

EIF music review: Virgin Money Fireworks Concert

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Virgin Money Fireworks Concert at the Ross Theatre , reviewed by The Scotsman’s Carol Main ★★★★ AS GOLDEN swirls and glittering starbursts lit up the sky above Edinburgh Castle on Monday evening, accompanied by their own ear-shattering bangs and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the capital’s festival season came to a …

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September 1, 2015

EIF music review: Alexi Murdoch

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Alexi Murdoch at The Hub, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★★ Born in London to a Greek father and a Scottish mother, raised in Athens and near Elgin in Moray, and resident in America and elsewhere abroad for more than two decades, Alexi Murdoch is a Scottish musician with …

EIF music review: Alexi Murdoch

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Alexi Murdoch at The Hub, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★★ Born in London to a Greek father and a Scottish mother, raised in Athens and near Elgin in Moray, and resident in America and elsewhere abroad for more than two decades, Alexi Murdoch is a Scottish musician with …

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August 31, 2015

EIF music review: Arcanto Quartet

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Arcanto Quartet at Queen’s Hall, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Kettle ★★★★ The all-star Arcanto Quartet is made up of four internationally recognised string soloists – so a recital from the group always raises the issue of individual versus corporate expression. In their blistering Queen’s Hall recital, they got to …

EIF music review: Arcanto Quartet

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Arcanto Quartet at Queen’s Hall, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Kettle ★★★★ The all-star Arcanto Quartet is made up of four internationally recognised string soloists – so a recital from the group always raises the issue of individual versus corporate expression. In their blistering Queen’s Hall recital, they got to …

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August 31, 2015

EIF music review: San Francisco Symphony 1

Edinburgh International Festival music review: San Francisco Symphony 1 at the Usher Hall, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Nickalls ★★★★ One almost needs sunglasses when listening to the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) as their distinctive sound is so bright and dazzling. Together with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, the orchestra delivered a superlative reading of Mahler’s …

EIF music review: San Francisco Symphony 1

Edinburgh International Festival music review: San Francisco Symphony 1 at the Usher Hall, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Nickalls ★★★★ One almost needs sunglasses when listening to the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) as their distinctive sound is so bright and dazzling. Together with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, the orchestra delivered a superlative reading of Mahler’s …

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August 31, 2015

EIF music review: Zehetmair Quartet

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Zehetmair Quartet, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Kettle. ★★★★★ The Zehetmair Quartet gave one of the International Festival’s freshest, most bracing recitals so far, with each musical gesture – and there were plenty of flamboyant ones – seeming to come from an inner impulse, as though the music simply had …

EIF music review: Zehetmair Quartet

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Zehetmair Quartet, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Kettle. ★★★★★ The Zehetmair Quartet gave one of the International Festival’s freshest, most bracing recitals so far, with each musical gesture – and there were plenty of flamboyant ones – seeming to come from an inner impulse, as though the music simply had …

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August 28, 2015

EIF music review: Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons: The Mutter Virtuosi

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons: The Mutter Virtuosi, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Nickalls. ★★★★ Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter drew on baroque and contemporary repertoire to show off the talented young string players in The Mutter Virtuosi. Three violinists had the chance to play a movement each with her in Bach’s Concerto …

EIF music review: Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons: The Mutter Virtuosi

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons: The Mutter Virtuosi, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Nickalls. ★★★★ Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter drew on baroque and contemporary repertoire to show off the talented young string players in The Mutter Virtuosi. Three violinists had the chance to play a movement each with her in Bach’s Concerto …

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August 28, 2015

EIF music review: Rudolf Buchbinder: Beethoven 9

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Rudolf Buchbinder: Beethoven 9, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Kettle. ★★★★ To say Rudolf Buchbinder’s EIF Beethoven piano sonata cycle has raised a few eyebrows would be an understatement. So the stakes were high for his concluding recital in the series, and a back-to-back offering of the composer’s final three …

EIF music review: Rudolf Buchbinder: Beethoven 9

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Rudolf Buchbinder: Beethoven 9, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Kettle. ★★★★ To say Rudolf Buchbinder’s EIF Beethoven piano sonata cycle has raised a few eyebrows would be an understatement. So the stakes were high for his concluding recital in the series, and a back-to-back offering of the composer’s final three …

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August 28, 2015

EIF music review: Leonidas Kavakos/Yuja Wang

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Leonidas Kavakos/Yuja Wang, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Carol Main. ★★★ Given that they have recently released a CD of Brahms’s violin sonatas, Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos and pianist Yuja Wang came across as perplexingly mismatched in their recital of the same music yesterday morning at the Queen’s Hall. It is, …

EIF music review: Leonidas Kavakos/Yuja Wang

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Leonidas Kavakos/Yuja Wang, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Carol Main. ★★★ Given that they have recently released a CD of Brahms’s violin sonatas, Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos and pianist Yuja Wang came across as perplexingly mismatched in their recital of the same music yesterday morning at the Queen’s Hall. It is, …

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August 27, 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: Rudolf Buchbinder: Beethoven 8

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Rudolf Buchbinder: Beethoven 8, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Nickalls. ★★★ With the end of Rudolf Buchbinder’s Beethoven cycle now in sight, it would have been nice to feel a cumulative sense of wonder instead of overwhelming relief. Listening to him, as he sprints through these masterpieces with little regard …

EIF music review: Rudolf Buchbinder: Beethoven 8

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Rudolf Buchbinder: Beethoven 8, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Nickalls. ★★★ With the end of Rudolf Buchbinder’s Beethoven cycle now in sight, it would have been nice to feel a cumulative sense of wonder instead of overwhelming relief. Listening to him, as he sprints through these masterpieces with little regard …

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August 27, 2015

EIF music review: St Lawrence Quartet

Edinburgh International Festival music review: St Lawrence Quartet, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Kettle. ★★★★★ It’s not often you see performers chatting to the Queen’s Hall ice cream sellers and buyers. But first violinist Geoff Nuttall took time out during the interval of the St Lawrence Quartet’s thrilling recital to discuss favourite flavours. It was …

EIF music review: St Lawrence Quartet

Edinburgh International Festival music review: St Lawrence Quartet, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Kettle. ★★★★★ It’s not often you see performers chatting to the Queen’s Hall ice cream sellers and buyers. But first violinist Geoff Nuttall took time out during the interval of the St Lawrence Quartet’s thrilling recital to discuss favourite flavours. It was …

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August 26, 2015

EIF music review: Mitsuko Uchida

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Mitsuko Uchida, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Nickalls. ★★★★ Whatever venue she finds herself in, Mitsuko Uchida has the gift of being able to draw the listener in with her sensitive and highly musical interpretations. However, the pianist’s performance of Schubert’s Impromptus D899 in the first half of this concert …

EIF music review: Mitsuko Uchida

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Mitsuko Uchida, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Nickalls. ★★★★ Whatever venue she finds herself in, Mitsuko Uchida has the gift of being able to draw the listener in with her sensitive and highly musical interpretations. However, the pianist’s performance of Schubert’s Impromptus D899 in the first half of this concert …

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August 26, 2015

EIF music review: Max Richter

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Max Richter, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter. ★★★★★ It TELLS you something about Max Richter, that despite being surrounded by 22 musicians, the first “instrument” he plays is his Apple Mac. The electronic opening notes of his Recomposed – Vivaldi: The Four Seasons climb out of the computer, before …

EIF music review: Max Richter

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Max Richter, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter. ★★★★★ It TELLS you something about Max Richter, that despite being surrounded by 22 musicians, the first “instrument” he plays is his Apple Mac. The electronic opening notes of his Recomposed – Vivaldi: The Four Seasons climb out of the computer, before …

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August 26, 2015

EIF music review: FFS

Edinburgh International Festival music review: FFS, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Fiona Shepherd. ★★★★ So it turns out the quirky art pop lovers of the world did not mass hallucinate their dream band after all – Franz Ferdinand and Sparks really have come together in a glorious orgy of euphoric, earworm melodic hooklines, witty, irreverent lyrics …

EIF music review: FFS

Edinburgh International Festival music review: FFS, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Fiona Shepherd. ★★★★ So it turns out the quirky art pop lovers of the world did not mass hallucinate their dream band after all – Franz Ferdinand and Sparks really have come together in a glorious orgy of euphoric, earworm melodic hooklines, witty, irreverent lyrics …

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August 26, 2015
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