Edinburgh Festival

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

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 theatre review: Lanark

Edinburgh International Festival theatre review: Lanark, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★★★ IN THE BEGINNING, there is water, or an image of water; light and darkness moving over the face of the deep. We see a man tumbling towards us, like some fallen angel moving through water rather than air; then we see that …

EIF theatre review: Lanark

Edinburgh International Festival theatre review: Lanark, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★★★ IN THE BEGINNING, there is water, or an image of water; light and darkness moving over the face of the deep. We see a man tumbling towards us, like some fallen angel moving through water rather than air; then we see that …

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August 25, 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 dance review: Seven

Edinburgh International Festival dance review: Seven, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter. ★★★★★ It’s performances such as this that give the Edinburgh ­International Festival its reputation. Big, bold, a little off-kilter (but not too much) and bursting at the seams with talent. Dusseldorf’s Ballett Am Rhein is a company like few others. Without a hierarchy …

EIF dance review: Seven

Edinburgh International Festival dance review: Seven, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter. ★★★★★ It’s performances such as this that give the Edinburgh ­International Festival its reputation. Big, bold, a little off-kilter (but not too much) and bursting at the seams with talent. Dusseldorf’s Ballett Am Rhein is a company like few others. Without a hierarchy …

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August 24, 2015

EIF theatre review: Paul Bright’s Confessions Of A Justified Sinner

Edinburgh International Festival theatre review: Paul Bright’s Confessions Of A Justified Sinner, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan. ★★★★ Some walked out, but many stayed – for this astonishing 2013 show by cutting-edge Scottish company Untitled Projects, now revived for an Edinburgh Festival run, is a strange and alluring hybrid beast, part exhibition and installation, …

EIF theatre review: Paul Bright’s Confessions Of A Justified Sinner

Edinburgh International Festival theatre review: Paul Bright’s Confessions Of A Justified Sinner, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan. ★★★★ Some walked out, but many stayed – for this astonishing 2013 show by cutting-edge Scottish company Untitled Projects, now revived for an Edinburgh Festival run, is a strange and alluring hybrid beast, part exhibition and installation, …

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August 24, 2015
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