Cosi Fan Tutte

Mozart with darker interpretation.

When the programme notes accompanying a Festival high-end production run to 12 pages, I wonder if it takes away some of the magic of the unfolding performance? Read the rest of this entry »

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Barry Humphries’ Weimar Cabaret

I saw Barry Humphries a couple of years ago at his last Farewell Tour. Naturally he’s back, but this is the real Barry Humphries, a culture-hungry Australian, who 70 years ago while still at school, came across a collection of sheet music published in Vienna in the 1920s, filled with European composers he had never heard of.

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EIF Opens With Verve Con Brio

I have been attending the Edinburgh International Festival Opening Concert in the Usher Hall for the past 8 years, and whilst all have been enjoyable this one, under the inspired leadership of Sir Antonio Pappano (pictured), was exceptional. Read the rest of this entry »

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Voci Sing Something for Everyone

Flummoxed trying to find your way round the Fringe Brochure? I’m not surprised. Every year this doorstop gets bigger and bigger until it has reached the stage when you would need to dedicate a weekend to its perusal if you seriously wanted to give every item your due consideration.

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…Charms to soothe the Savage Breast

Pianist Rudolf Buchbinder’s performance of the Beethoven sonatas ended on 26 August at the Playfair Library Hall in the University of Edinburgh’s Old College. He played brilliantly, to a rapt audience.

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Toccata

Toccata Ladies Choir recently performed to near capacity audiences at Howden Park Centre with a varied programme. The singers gave a sparkling and polished performance which both delighted and entertained the audience.

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