En Avant Marche

EIF music review: En Avant, Marche!

Edinburgh International Festival music review: En Avant, Marche!, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott. ★★★★ An older man stands, awkward, on an empty stage, cymbals in hands, trying to find the right moment to bring them crashing together. Really, he wants to play the trombone – his instrument of 30 years – but he is …

EIF music review: En Avant, Marche!

Edinburgh International Festival music review: En Avant, Marche!, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott. ★★★★ An older man stands, awkward, on an empty stage, cymbals in hands, trying to find the right moment to bring them crashing together. Really, he wants to play the trombone – his instrument of 30 years – but he is …

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August 26, 2015

EIF music review: Sol Gabetta/Bertrand Chamayou

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Sol Gabetta/Bertrand Chamayou at Queen’s Hall, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Carol Main ★★★★ Richly satisfying on many levels, Argentine cellist Sol Gabetta’s recital with Bertrand Chamayou was one which combined an interesting and rewarding choice of music with outstanding artistry, musically and technically, from both players. A duo with exceptionally …

EIF music review: Sol Gabetta/Bertrand Chamayou

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Sol Gabetta/Bertrand Chamayou at Queen’s Hall, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Carol Main ★★★★ Richly satisfying on many levels, Argentine cellist Sol Gabetta’s recital with Bertrand Chamayou was one which combined an interesting and rewarding choice of music with outstanding artistry, musically and technically, from both players. A duo with exceptionally …

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August 25, 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: Christine Brewer/Roger Vignoles

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Christine Brewer/Roger Vignoles at Queen’s Hall, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Carol Main ★★★ With a distinctly uncertain start – possibly down to a hissing noise which was presumably the air-conditioning – soprano Christine Brewer was surprisingly off-colour in her first set of Schubert Lieder on Saturday morning. An die Musik …

EIF music review: Christine Brewer/Roger Vignoles

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Christine Brewer/Roger Vignoles at Queen’s Hall, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Carol Main ★★★ With a distinctly uncertain start – possibly down to a hissing noise which was presumably the air-conditioning – soprano Christine Brewer was surprisingly off-colour in her first set of Schubert Lieder on Saturday morning. An die Musik …

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August 24, 2015

EIF music review: Philharmonia Orchestra: Berlioz’s Grande Messe des Morts

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Philharmonia Orchestra: Berlioz’s Grande Messe des Morts at the Usher Hall, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Carol Main ★★★★ Fifty years to the day since they made their first appearance, the Edinburgh Festival Chorus were needed in fuller voice than ever for the grandest of the grand, the Requiem by Berlioz. …

EIF music review: Philharmonia Orchestra: Berlioz’s Grande Messe des Morts

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Philharmonia Orchestra: Berlioz’s Grande Messe des Morts at the Usher Hall, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Carol Main ★★★★ Fifty years to the day since they made their first appearance, the Edinburgh Festival Chorus were needed in fuller voice than ever for the grandest of the grand, the Requiem by Berlioz. …

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August 24, 2015

EIF music review: Oneohtrix Point Never: Magnetic Rose

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Oneohtrix Point Never: Magnetic Rose, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★★ When this year’s group of Hub Sessions was announced, it was this show in particular which seemed like a bold departure for the Edinburgh International Festival. Those who remember Boston electronic musician Daniel Lopatin aka Oneohtrix Point Never’s …

EIF music review: Oneohtrix Point Never: Magnetic Rose

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Oneohtrix Point Never: Magnetic Rose, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★★ When this year’s group of Hub Sessions was announced, it was this show in particular which seemed like a bold departure for the Edinburgh International Festival. Those who remember Boston electronic musician Daniel Lopatin aka Oneohtrix Point Never’s …

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August 24, 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: Colin Currie & Friends

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Colin Currie & Friends, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Carol Main. ★★★★★ Injecting yet another breath of fresh air into The Queen’s Hall recital series this year, Colin Currie & Friends brought music for percussion and piano that was a complete revelation yesterday morning. Paving the way with his Sonata for …

EIF music review: Colin Currie & Friends

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Colin Currie & Friends, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Carol Main. ★★★★★ Injecting yet another breath of fresh air into The Queen’s Hall recital series this year, Colin Currie & Friends brought music for percussion and piano that was a complete revelation yesterday morning. Paving the way with his Sonata for …

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August 24, 2015

EIF music review: Philharmonia Orchestra

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Philharmonia Orchestra, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ken Walton. ★★★★ There was an inevitable air of disappointment surrounding Wednesday’s cancellation by celebrity pianist Lang Lang (through illness – he is scheduled to return for today’s performance) and of Bartok’s Second Piano Concerto from the Philharmonia Orchestra’s programme, but their last-minute replacement …

EIF music review: Philharmonia Orchestra

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Philharmonia Orchestra, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ken Walton. ★★★★ There was an inevitable air of disappointment surrounding Wednesday’s cancellation by celebrity pianist Lang Lang (through illness – he is scheduled to return for today’s performance) and of Bartok’s Second Piano Concerto from the Philharmonia Orchestra’s programme, but their last-minute replacement …

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August 21, 2015

EIF music review: James Gilchrist

Edinburgh International Festival music review: James Gilchrist, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Carol Main. ★★★★ ‘Is there a doctor in the house?’ could have been easily answered at the Queen’s Hall yesterday. In a previous life, tenor James Gilchrist practised medicine before becoming a full-time singer. What was medicine’s loss is very definitely music’s gain. With …

EIF music review: James Gilchrist

Edinburgh International Festival music review: James Gilchrist, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Carol Main. ★★★★ ‘Is there a doctor in the house?’ could have been easily answered at the Queen’s Hall yesterday. In a previous life, tenor James Gilchrist practised medicine before becoming a full-time singer. What was medicine’s loss is very definitely music’s gain. With …

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August 21, 2015

EIF music review: Iestyn Davies & Ensemble Guadagni

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Iestyn Davies & Ensemble Guadagni, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Kettle. ★★★★★ Star countertenors can sometimes inspire a hugely devoted, passionate following simply through the otherworldly purity of their voices – as evidenced by the huge and enthusiastic crowd that English countertenor Iestyn Davies drew for his Purcell recital with …

EIF music review: Iestyn Davies & Ensemble Guadagni

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Iestyn Davies & Ensemble Guadagni, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Kettle. ★★★★★ Star countertenors can sometimes inspire a hugely devoted, passionate following simply through the otherworldly purity of their voices – as evidenced by the huge and enthusiastic crowd that English countertenor Iestyn Davies drew for his Purcell recital with …

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August 20, 2015

EIf music review: Mozart’s Requiem – Budapest Festival Orchestra

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Mozart’s Requiem – Budapest Festival Orchestra, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Carol Main. ★★★★ Although Iván Fischer scored a hit in innovatively putting his orchestra on the stage alongside the singers in last week’s Marriage of Figaro, it was hard to fathom what was gained on Tuesday evening by placing the …

EIf music review: Mozart’s Requiem – Budapest Festival Orchestra

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Mozart’s Requiem – Budapest Festival Orchestra, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Carol Main. ★★★★ Although Iván Fischer scored a hit in innovatively putting his orchestra on the stage alongside the singers in last week’s Marriage of Figaro, it was hard to fathom what was gained on Tuesday evening by placing the …

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August 20, 2015

EIF music review: Rudolf Buchbinder: Beethoven 7

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Rudolf Buchbinder: Beethoven 7, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Nickalls. ★★★ This was another uneven concert from Rudolf ­Buchbinder, continuing his Beethoven cycle. In Sonata in A major Op 2 No. 2 he took the allegro at zipper-fast speed, tossing the mellow bass notes aside on the way. Buchbinder appears …

EIF music review: Rudolf Buchbinder: Beethoven 7

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Rudolf Buchbinder: Beethoven 7, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Nickalls. ★★★ This was another uneven concert from Rudolf ­Buchbinder, continuing his Beethoven cycle. In Sonata in A major Op 2 No. 2 he took the allegro at zipper-fast speed, tossing the mellow bass notes aside on the way. Buchbinder appears …

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August 20, 2015

EIF music review: Anna Calvi and Heritage Orchestra

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Anna Calvi and Heritage Orchestra, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Fiona Shepherd. ★★★★ The start of this concert is a bit like an awkward date. Members of the hip Heritage Orchestra file onstage in their daring leather dresses or trendy facial hair, anticipating their dangerous liaison with rock’n’roll. From the other …

EIF music review: Anna Calvi and Heritage Orchestra

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Anna Calvi and Heritage Orchestra, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Fiona Shepherd. ★★★★ The start of this concert is a bit like an awkward date. Members of the hip Heritage Orchestra file onstage in their daring leather dresses or trendy facial hair, anticipating their dangerous liaison with rock’n’roll. From the other …

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August 20, 2015

EIF music review: Richard Egarr

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Richard Egarr, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter. ★★★★ Few instruments evoke a sense of history like the harpsichord. Closing your eyes while Richard Egarr plays, you feel the centuries peel away, taking us back to the early 1700s. As you might expect from a musician who has arrived at …

EIF music review: Richard Egarr

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Richard Egarr, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter. ★★★★ Few instruments evoke a sense of history like the harpsichord. Closing your eyes while Richard Egarr plays, you feel the centuries peel away, taking us back to the early 1700s. As you might expect from a musician who has arrived at …

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August 19, 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: Sarah Connolly/Malcolm Martineau

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Sarah Connolly/Malcolm Martineau, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Carol Main. ★★★★★ To sustain a full recital programme of songs, none of which is particularly upbeat, is no mean feat. That mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly and pianist Malcolm Martineau pulled off such a performance yesterday morning at the Queen’s Hall is testimony to …

EIF music review: Sarah Connolly/Malcolm Martineau

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Sarah Connolly/Malcolm Martineau, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Carol Main. ★★★★★ To sustain a full recital programme of songs, none of which is particularly upbeat, is no mean feat. That mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly and pianist Malcolm Martineau pulled off such a performance yesterday morning at the Queen’s Hall is testimony to …

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August 18, 2015
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