Edinburgh News: music
Raekwon has a new CD out. It’s called “Shaolin Vs Wu-Tang”. We know that because he’s exhorting us constantly to go out and buy it.
For the Edinburgh Bach Choir’s final performance in their centenary year they performed in German the much loved church litany for Good Friday. J. S. Bach composed five passions in all; St Matthew is the better known of the two that survive. First composed in 1727 and performed in 1729, its music and text was improved bit by bit until Bach directed his last performance in 1745.
There was a full house for the loudest of this season’s concerts and with the largest orchestra.
William Shakespeare goes East as the music of the Rajasthan desert drifts into the city this Summer
Ever since the '97 album was launched to global acclaim, the Orquestra Buena Vista Social Club has been delighting audiences with their exuberant mix of traditional Cuban salsa music.
For the first time, the RSNO's Naked Classics series investigated music written in the past ten years - one of ten out of the ten selected for this season by Stéphane Denève. Previous Naked Classics have unpicked familiar music in the first half of the evening, and played the piece all the way through after the interval.
John Shuttleworth is the flawless fantasy creation of actor Graham Fellows who, back 1978, also created an alter ego of the character Jilted John, giving him a hit and a memorable TOTP appearance.<
Silver Anniversary Tour, but gold star performances all round from the cast of 'Blood Brothers'.
It was good to enjoy an opera that is seldom performed. Indeed on the night I came across only one other person who had experienced Orlando before, and that was over twenty years ago. Handel was not a success with his many operas and kept himself afloat only because King George had granted him an annuity. Eventually he discovered success with cantatas.
Smart moves, and a dice loaded in favour of the audience.
This was a concert that began with an overture, went on to two choral works and ended with a concerto. In his pre-concert talk the charming and erudite Bill Chandler, the Associate Leader of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, told us that the night's composers were linked through Brahms. Brahms was a protégé of Schumann and Brahms later befriended a young Dvořák.
The guest conductor in this Scottish Chamber Orchestra concert was Andrew Manze who is developing a relationship with the orchestra as he conducts at least once in a season.
I spoke to someone the other day who had never heard of Michael Marra and asked what kind of style he had; who he was like. Well, the answer was, “He’s not like anybody. He’s unique.”
This was the Romantic Valentine’s Concert with the men of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in white jacket and black tie and the women in a beautiful array of plain coloured dresses, all helping to make for a joyous evening.
Stephanie Beacham plays Maria Callas in a musical drama that celebrates the famous diva.
A night of magic and fantasy at The Manipulate festival integrating film, animation, puppetry, and theatre.
Paul Dukas composed the nine minute piece The Sorcerer’s Apprentice in 1897 based upon Goethe’s ballad Der Zauberlehrling. But it was Walt Disney who made the tune so familiar to us today when he used it in 1940 for the animated Mickey Mouse film Fantasia.
Peter Oundjian will become the next Music Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO). The celebrated British-Canadian musician succeeds Frenchman Stéphane Denève, who departs at the end of the 2011/12 Season.
The pianist Alasdair Cameron had a varied programme in his concert at the Queen's Hall. He began with a selection of pieces by Mozart - Fantasy in D minor, Rondo in D major and Rondo in A minor - which were played with precision and a lightness of touch, enhancing the dynamic contrasts in the compositions.
Speed of Light, created by public art organisation NVA, is today confirmed as being funded by Legacy Trust UK, an independent charity set up to create a cultural legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games across the UK.