Edinburgh News: music
“1-2-3, it’s so easy, it’s like taking candy off a baby”.
As a tribute to Holocaust Memorial Day, the first part of the concert was dedicated to two composers who were victims of the Holocaust.
In her pre-concert talk the violinist Ursula Heidecker Allen demonstrated very effectively just how softly she and her violin colleagues would be playing the first of the three movements of Debussy
The Scottish Chamber Orchestra was in superb form at last night's concert at the Usher Hall. Under the baton of their Principal Conductor, Robin Ticciati, the versatility they displayed in controlling the dynamics in the first composition of the evening - Haydn's 'Philosopher' Symphony No 22 in E flat major - was excellent. In the second movement, which begins with a flurry, they enhanced the delightful nuances with aplomb.
There’s one musical instrument that is permanently at the back of the stage of the Usher Hall - its organ. It cost £4,000 when it was built specially for the Usher Hall in 1914 and was restored in 2003. At its restoration the console was moved from the side of the stage up and in front of the organ pipes.
Zoltán Kodály used a collection of traditional tunes from Galánta in Slovakia that had originally been published in about 1800.
David Chivers pre-concert talk, given on the top floor of the Usher Hall, gave us an intelligent and enthusiastic insight into the way that the night’s conductor, Sir Roger Norrington, had fo
This was the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s New Year concert - based on the tradition of the Musikverein in Vienna.
Glasgow cancelled. Other Scottish cities such as Stirling and Aberdeen held low-key events with a few free firework displays thrown in. Edinburgh, of course, would rather announce a sys
Conductor Nicholas McGegan and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra gave their usual rousing programme of Viennese music on New Year's Day evening in aid of the Marie Curie Cancer Care Charity.
Lovers of live performances are wonderful! They breast the wayward rain and brace the gales to appreciate their chosen art form and on Wednesday 29 December, the elements were fierce enough t
Rossini’s little known opera The Silken Ladder had just twelve performances in 1812 and was quietly dropped.
Everyone loves a good panto, and it doesn’t get any better than the traditional Edinburgh panto at the King’s Theatre.
Adding music by Purcell and Byrd to works by living composers from the Baltic States produced a fascinating concert for the dozen string players of the Scottish Ensemble.
The Children’s Christmas Swingalong incorporated music spanning 200 years, played swing-style and with a lot of know-how by the fabulous RSNO Big Band, accompanied by hosts Olly and Owen on p
Steven Osborne was asked by William Chandler in the talk beforehand whether it was usual for a solo pianist to play two concertos in one concert.
Not just shaken, stirred but most definitely rocked!
J S Bach was a prolific composer, writing hundreds of compositions. A devout Lutheran he composed this choral piece in 1734 when he was Kantor (Director of Music) at St Thomas church in Leipzi
The Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) has announced the appointment as Associate Artists of two long-standing musical collaborators: conductor and keyboardist, Richard Egarr, and violinist-director,
The Shoogle Project is a collaboration between ‘acid croft’ Ceilidh band Shooglenifty and the contemporary dance company plan B. This meeting of unlikely genres made for an evening of wild, hybrid entertainment that actually turned out to be a lot of fun.
The conductor at last night's performance at the Usher Hall with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra was Leon Fleisher. At the age of 83, he continues to lead an extraordinary multifarious musical