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Daniel Harding © Aly Wright
Edinburgh

Wonderful choral singing makes for a stirring Mahler 8 in Edinburgh

By , 26 August 2018
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James Baillieu © Clive Barda
Edinburgh

Edinburgh Festival's Queen's Hall cycle closes with a Bernstein flourish

By , 25 August 2018
****1
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Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra © Ryan Buchanan
Edinburgh

It's Bernstein’s birthday: Alsop, Benedetti and the Baltimore Symphony celebrate in style

By , 25 August 2018
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Taylor Stayton, Nikolay Borchev, Michèle Losier, Renato Girolami © Xavi Montojo
Edinburgh

La Cenerentola at Edinburgh Festival: comic direction to savour from Stefan Herheim

By , 24 August 2018
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James Ehnes © Benjamin Ealovega
Edinburgh

James Ehnes makes a dazzling EIF debut

By , 23 August 2018
****1
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Sheku Kanneh-Mason outside the Usher Hall © Ryan Buchanan
Edinburgh

Sheku Kanneh-Mason makes his EIF debut playing Elgar's Cello Concerto

By , 17 August 2018
****1
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The Beggar's Opera © Patrick Berger
Edinburgh

Baroque meets jukebox musical in a wryly topical Beggar’s Opera at EIF

By , 16 August 2018
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Takács Quartet © Amanda Tipton
Edinburgh

Takács Quartet heads east in Edinburgh

By , 11 August 2018
*****
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Sir Simon Rattle rehearsing with the LSO © Ryan Buchanan
Edinburgh

Rattle and the LSO make their Edinburgh Festival debut together

By , 10 August 2018
****1
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Martyn Brabbins © Benjamin Ealovega
Edinburgh

Two contrasting seascapes make a pair of satisfying voyages at Edinburgh International Festival

By , 09 August 2018
*****
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The cast at curtain call © Ryan Buchanan
Edinburgh

A heroic performance of Siegfried at the Edinburgh International Festival

By , 08 August 2018
****1
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Guillaume Andrieux (Figaro) © Ryan Buchanan
Edinburgh

Tales from the Stave: Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Edinburgh Festival

By , 05 August 2018
****1
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Rain © Anne Van Aerschot
Edinburgh

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker brings Rain to the Edinburgh International Festival

By , 25 August 2017
***11
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Valery Gergiev with the Mariinsky Orchestra and the RSNO © Beth Chalmers
Edinburgh

Searing Shostakovich 4 at the Edinburgh Festival: Russians and Scots recall 1962 Western première

By , 23 August 2017
****1
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Dalibor Jenis (Macbeth) © Franco Lannino
Edinburgh

Opulent Turin Macbeth arrives at Edinburgh International Festival

By , 18 August 2017
***11
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Curtain call of Peter Grimes © Beth Chalmers
Edinburgh

Edward Gardner and the Bergen Phil storm the Edinburgh Festival with a powerful Peter Grimes

By , 13 August 2017
****1
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Members of the Bergen Philharmonic © Oddleiv Apneseth
Edinburgh

Vibrant performances from one of Europe’s oldest orchestras in Edinburgh

By , 12 August 2017
****1
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Nicola Benedetti © Simon Fowler
Edinburgh

Nicola Benedetti and Budapest Festival Orchestra in a legendary partnership in Edinburgh

By , 10 August 2017
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Simon O'Neill and the RSNO © Beth Chalmers
Edinburgh

Memorable and epic Die Walküre at Edinburgh International Festival

By , 06 August 2017
*****
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Edinburgh International Festival: Quatuor Ébène at the Queen's Hall

By , 31 August 2013
****1
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Edinburgh International Festival: Olga Neuwirth's American Lulu

By , 31 August 2013
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Edinburgh International Festival: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra's Mahler 9

By , 30 August 2013
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Edinburgh International Festival: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

By , 29 August 2013
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Edinburgh International Festival: Ensemble musikFabrik's tribute to Frank Zappa

By , 28 August 2013
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Edinburgh International Festival: City Noir with the RSNO, Peter Oundjian and Pinchas Zukerman

By , 27 August 2013
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Edinburgh International Festival: Dido and Aeneas and Bluebeard's Castle

By , 24 August 2013
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Edinburgh International Festival: Ian Bostridge and Lars Vogt

By , 22 August 2013
****1
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Edinburgh International Festival: Scottish Chamber Orchestra play Fauré's Requiem led by Robin Ticciati

By , 17 August 2013
****1
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Edinburgh International Festival: Andreas Haefliger plays Schubert and Beethoven

By , 17 August 2013
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Edinburgh International Festival: Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble – On Behalf of Nature

By , 16 August 2013
*****
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Edinburgh International Festival: Nikolai Lugansky at the Queen's Hall

By , 15 August 2013
*****
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Edinburgh International Festival: World-class Mahler from Mariss Jansons and the BRSO

By , 12 August 2013
*****
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Edinburgh International Festival: The Chiaroscuro Quartet play Mozart and Schubert

By , 12 August 2013
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Edinburgh International Festival: Philip Glass' La Belle et la Bête

By , 11 August 2013
***11
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Edinburgh International Festival: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra perform 20th-century classics

By , 10 August 2013
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Edinburgh International Festival: Opéra de Lyon's Fidelio from deepest space – with Segways

By , 10 August 2013
***11
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Edinburgh International Festival: Opening concert with the RSNO, Gergiev and Daniil Trifonov

By , 09 August 2013
****1
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Edinburgh International Festival: RSNO play Ives, Feldman and Walton with David Robertson

By , 01 September 2012
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Emerson String Quartet in Edinburgh play Mozart, Adès and Beethoven

By , 01 September 2012
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Scottish Chamber Orchestra in Edinburgh play Mahler, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich

By , 31 August 2012
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The Mariinsky bring a pitch-perfect Russian Cinderella to the Edinburgh International Festival

By , 30 August 2012
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Edinburgh

Budapest Festival Orchestra in triumphant Bartók and Mahler

By , 26 August 2012
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Cleveland Orchestra 02 - Smetana, Lutosławski and Shostakovich

By , 22 August 2012
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World première of James MacMillan's Since it was the Day of Preparation...

By , 22 August 2012
*****
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Cleveland Orchestra 01 - Lutosławski & Smetana

By , 21 August 2012
****1
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Kavakos and Lugansky deliver 20th century rarities by Janàček and Respighi

By , 17 August 2012
***11
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Benedetti and Gergiev thrill a packed Usher Hall

By , 16 August 2012
****1
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Trio Zimmermann at the Edinburgh Festival: Three voices equal one vision

By , 13 August 2012
****1
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Opera North's production première of The Makropulos Case at the Edinburgh Festival

By , 11 August 2012
***11
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A time to dance

By , 02 September 2011
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