Edinburgh News: music
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.
The orchestra string section featured prominently in this diverse programme conducted by the energetic, flamboyant guest conductor Joseph Swensen.
This is a revival of Scottish Ballet’s sparkling production, (premiered in 2005) which spruces up the nursery story with a flamboyant, fashionable makeover by artistic director Ashley Page and designer Antony McDonald.
As a lifelong Edinburgh resident, I have experienced the Capital’s Christmas and New Year Festival celebrations over many years, (dating back to the days when over 300,000 unticketed spectators crammed onto Princes Street on 31 December). I often think I should become jaded by the annual display of sparkling trees, ice rink, music, song and dance, with fireworks at midnight.
It was a delight to hear and indeed to watch an up-and-coming operatic soprano, Sarah Tynan, sing four songs in German (we had the translations) as part of the New Year Viennese Gala.
With freezing temperatures and bone-chilling winds you could be tempted to stay indoors curled up on the sofa.
What could be better in these cold days of coalition than a warm evening of real collaboration between artists at a theatre whose name means ‘something that crosses another’ and whose event title is a terrific pun on this ‘new way to experience poetry’, TraVerses?
A large audience was in the George Square Theatre for the fifth anniversary and Festive Concert of Loud and Proud. There were just over thirty singers, two thirds women, with an excitingly varied programme sung a cappella (with no accompanying music).