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Edinburgh News: music


SCO's Italian Serenade, Queen's Hall, Review

The concert at the Queen's Hall began with Brahms orchestral Variations on a theme of Haydn, Opus 56a, St Anthony Chorale. Composed in the summer of 1873, it begins with the St Anthony Chorale theme, in B-flat major, followed by eight distinctive harmonic variations and a majestic passacaglia finale.

Madeleine Peyroux, Usher Hall, Review

Madeleine Peyroux - No Bills

I was introduced to the wonderful voice of Madeleine Peyroux a few years ago and fell in love with her plaintively pure voice singing the blues of Bessie Smith, the songs by Dylan, Cohen and Piaf as well as the odd self-penned number. She has the kind of voice you just have to settle down to hear sometimes as she brings these heartbreaking lyrics so beautifully to life.

Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain, Queen's Hall, Review

Ukes of GB on tour

In the 26 years since the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain was formed, while remaining esoteric, it has conquered the musical world with its unique take on music from pop to punk to classics and classical. 

Fringe Seeks Nominees For New Participants' Council

The Fringe Office

The Fringe Society, the body that publishes the Fringe programme, has opened nominations for the newly established Participants’ Council. The deadline for submitting nominations is 6 May 2011.

Perthshire Amber 2011 Programme Announced

The 2011 Perthshire Amber Festival (28 October to 6 November), headed up by Scots singer-songwriter Dougie MacLean, has announced its line-up for Autumn this year. It includes rising star Emily Smith, Jimmie McGregor, Phil Cunningham, Archie Fisher and a host of familiar names from Scotland’s folk and trad scene, as well as Beoga from Ireland, Eliza Lynn from USA and Canadian Buddy MacDonald, all performing alongside Scotland’s Dougie MacLean.

Daccordiana, EP Launch, Review

Daccordiana

Daccordiana - a new Edinburgh based band - have just released their first EP called 'Prelude'. The four-piece band had their recent launch at Dougie Robertson's venue (his home) and was a huge success. All the songs are written and composed by Anna Ross.

Seun Kuti and Egypt 80, Usher Hall, Review

Seun Kuti and Egypt 80

The African Soul Rebels tour is now an annual fixture at the Usher Hall, but this year the format is slightly different. Instead of the usual mix of three or four groups and artists from the continent, tonight is almost entirely given over to one performer.

The Unthanks, Queen's Hall, Review

The Unthanks

Rachel and Becky Unthank are the Northumbrian sister singers of the eponymous band, The Unthanks. While they sound as though they have been singing since they were born, the band has only been in existence since 2004 and is now a 10 piece ensemble with several successful CDs behind them and a new one just out.

RSNO Great Concertos: Grieg Piano Concerto Review

Peter Oundjian

Yet again there was nearly a full house at the Usher Hall.

Edinburgh Royal Choral Union: Stainer’s Crucifixion Review

St. Cuthbert's Church steeple

Late afternoon on Passion Sunday in St Cuthbert’s with its frieze behind the altar depicting the Last Supper was well chosen. There are some wonderfully familiar lines in The Crucifixion.

RSNO Great Concertos: Beethoven Piano Concerto No 4 Review

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Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967) collected thousands of his native Hungarian folk songs and music. His Dances from Galanta come from the town where he spent many happy childhood years.

Scottish Opera: Intermezzo Review

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Intermezzo tells the tale of a husband mistakenly unfaithful who is accused by a bossy wife who has double standards. The tale is that of Richard Strauss and his wife and is set in 1924 when it was first performed.

Rent, Churchill Theatre, Review

‘Rent’ is a musical with a message that not only hits home, it hits a home run. Edinburgh Music Theatre are to be congratulated for forsaking the popular shows on offer elsewhere and trying something different to good effect.

RSNO: Nicola Benedetti plays Korngold Review

Nicola Benedetti

Alexander Zemlinsky (1871-1942) was a conductor in Vienna, Prague and then Berlin and whilst not a prolific composer was a member of the Second Viennese School. With the rise of Nazism he eventually settled in the USA. But during the difficult times he composed his Sinfonietta.

Hot Tickets at the Edinburgh International Festival

Re-Triptych Shen Wei Dance Arts

Tickets go on sale this morning (Saturday 2nd April) for the Edinburgh International Festival. EIF director Jonathan Mills has waxed that this year's Far Eastern themed (or "Far Western" as Mills has suggested) festival will be "highly embroidered, exquisite, gorgeous".

"It will intoxicate people with its ravishing beauty," says Mills.

With that in mind, we're asking what are the "must see" shows at this year's festival?

Faure Requiem, Usher Hall, Review

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

The unifying theme in this Scottish Chamber Orchestra's concert was dignified, haunting ethereal string passages - present in all three of the compositions featured in the programme.

Ticket Sales For Edinburgh International Festival Starts Saturday

The Revenge of Prince Zi Dan

Public sales of Edinburgh International Festival tickets start from 10am this Saturday 2 April. Ticket prices start at just £10. Students and under-18s can claim 50 per cent off.

Self-service Kiosks For "Next Gen" Edinburgh Central Library

Edinburgh Central Library (exterior)

Queuing to borrow a book should become a thing of the past when self service kiosks are installed in Edinburgh Central Library this Summer.

Raekwon, The Liquid Room, Review

Raekwon Courtesy of Liquid Rooms

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.

Edinburgh Bach Choir: St Matthew Passion Review

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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.

RSNO Järvi Conducts the Leningrad, Review

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There was a full house for the loudest of this season’s concerts and with the largest orchestra.

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