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Classical music, opera, ballet and dance in Scotland, United Kingdom

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EdinburghSunday Classics: War Horse

Sutton: Music for War Horse
Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Rae Smith

InvernessRigoletto

Rigoletto
Verdi: Rigoletto
Rumon Gamba; Matthew Richardson; Scottish Opera; Jon Morrell; Aris Argiris; Lina Johnson; Adam Smith

GlasgowDebussy's La Mer

Debussy, Ravel
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Thomas Dausgaard; Joaquín Achúcarro

EdinburghSøndergård's Guide to the Orchestra

Britten, Poulenc, Carpenter, Saint-Saëns
Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Thomas Søndergård; Christina Naughton; Michelle Naughton; RSNO Junior Chorus

PerthDebussy's La Mer

Debussy, Ravel
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Thomas Dausgaard; Joaquín Achúcarro
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McFall’s Chamber: Warsaw’s Tango and Afterwards

Wojtek the Bear © David Smythe
McFall’s Chamber’s bittersweet programme of Polish music referenced Tango in Warsaw, exploring the avant-garde of Grażyna Bacewicz and early and late Penderecki
****1
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Utterly thrilling: Prelude – Skydiving from a Dream

Prelude – Skydiving from a dream © Louise Mather
Prelude – Skydiving from a Dream from Scottish Ensemble and Andersson Dance: mesmeric choreographed Bach and Lutosławski with a blistering performance of Beethoven’s Grosse Fugue played from memory and on the move. Thrilling, daring and exciting.
*****
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Remembrance of lost youth in Perth

Thomas Søndergård © Martin Bubandt
RSNO’s sparkling Prokofiev, heroic Tchaikovsky and lush Poulenc which celebrated 175 years of the RSNO Chorus was eclipsed by 80 Glasgow schoolboys who sang their hearts out with three songs from All Those Men Who Marched Away.
****1
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Knockout playing from the Tonkünstler in Edinburgh

The Tonkünstler in Usher Hall © Ute van der Sanden
This concert at Usher Hall delivered extraordinary playing, in repertoire ranging from Beethoven to Bernstein and Sibelius.
*****
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A dark, unflinching Rigoletto from Scottish Opera

Lina Johnson (Gilda) © Julie Howden
More relevant than ever, the patriarchal nightmare of Verdi's Rigoletto is dark and unflinching in Scottish Opera's revival of their 2011 production, with some striking scenes and fine singing.
****1
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