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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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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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Jakub Hrůša © Andreas Herzau
Edinburgh

Hrůša's clarity of vision focuses Dvořák’s Requiem in Edinburgh

By , 21 August 2018
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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
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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
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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
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Peter Oundjian © Sian Richards
Edinburgh

Oundjian ends his RSNO tenure with Mahler 9

By , 01 June 2018
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Thomas Søndergård © Andy Buchanan
Edinburgh

Sparkling Strauss and brilliant Brahms from Søndergård

By , 11 May 2018
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Gustavo Gimeno © Marco Borggreve
Edinburgh

Gustavo Gimeno makes an uneven debut in Edinburgh

By , 10 May 2018
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Cristian Măcelaru © Sorin Popa
Edinburgh

RSNO plays American classics for the Bernstein centenary

By , 27 April 2018
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Maarten Engeltjes © Harrison Parrott
Edinburgh

Handel’s Solomon with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra

By , 26 April 2018
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Peter Oundjian © Dale Wilcox
Edinburgh

Oundjian at his best in Shostakovich's “Leningrad” Symphony

By , 20 April 2018
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Maxim Emelyanychev © Emil Matveev
Edinburgh

Emelyanychev makes thrilling debut with SCO

By , 15 March 2018
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Peter Oundjian © Sian Richards
Edinburgh

Oundjian’s magisterial Bruckner in Edinburgh

By , 23 February 2018
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Elisabeth Leonskaja © Julia Wesley
Edinburgh

Mediocre Beethoven but brilliant Shostakovich from the SCO

By , 01 February 2018
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Augustin Hadelich © Rosalie O'Connor
Edinburgh

Oundjian's Brahms disappoints, but Hadelich's Dvořák takes off in Edinburgh

By , 01 December 2017
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Thomas Søndergård © Andy Buchanan
Edinburgh

Søndergård’s Scheherezade a mixed success in Edinburgh

By , 17 November 2017
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José Luis Gomez © Matthieu Gauchet
Edinburgh

José Luis Gomez steps in late for the RSNO's Russian Revolution centenary programme

By , 10 November 2017
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Jan Vogler © Jim Rakete
Edinburgh

RSNO gives UK première of Wolfgang Rihm's Duo Concerto

By , 03 November 2017
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Sir Roger Norrington © Alberto Venzago
Edinburgh

Songful Schumann from Sir Roger Norrington and the RSNO

By , 20 October 2017
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James Ehnes © Benjamin Ealovega
Edinburgh

James Ehnes excels in Edinburgh with Beethoven's Violin Concerto

By , 13 October 2017
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Robin Ticciati © Giorgia Bertazzi
Edinburgh

Delightful Dvořák from Ticciati and the SCO in Usher Hall

By , 12 October 2017
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Peter Oundjian © Sian Richards
Edinburgh

Elgar and the Rite open Oundjian's final RSNO season

By , 06 October 2017
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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
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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
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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
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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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Nicola Benedetti at Usher Hall © Roberto Ricciuti
Edinburgh

Nicola Benedetti in wonderful partnership with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra

By , 19 January 2017
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Thomas Søndergård © Andy Buchanan
Edinburgh

Superb Shostakovich from Søndergård and the RSNO in Edinburgh

By , 18 November 2016
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Nikolai Lugansky © Jean-Baptiste Millot
Edinburgh

In Edinburgh, Lugansky leads the way in Prokofiev, while Storgårds moulds Mahler

By , 11 November 2016
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Eivind Gullberg Jensen © Mat Hennek
Edinburgh

Powerful call of Russia's homeland: Prokofiev and Rachmaninov from Eivind Gullberg Jensen and the RSNO

By , 04 November 2016
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Janine Jansen © Harald Hoffmann | Decca
Edinburgh

Passionate, visceral and ethereal: Janine Jansen's Sibelius with the RSNO

By , 21 October 2016
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Nicola Benedetti © Simon Fowler
Edinburgh

Russian classics make for a great RSNO season opener in Edinburgh

By , 07 October 2016
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Robin Ticciati © Marco Borggreve
Edinburgh

Coherent, if controversial: Ticciati and the SCO open their season with Mozart's last three symphonies

By , 06 October 2016
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Donald Runnicles © Simon Pauly
Edinburgh

Runnicles bids farewell to BBCSSO with a colossal Gurrelieder at the Edinburgh Festival

By , 28 August 2016
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Marin Alsop © Grant Leighton
Edinburgh

An epic Shostakovich 5 as Marin Alsop introduces the São Paulo Symphony to the EIF

By , 22 August 2016
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Vitalij Kowaljow © Sussie Ahlburg
Edinburgh

Mariinsky Rheingold a promising start to Edinburgh Festival’s concert Ring

By , 15 August 2016
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Nicola Bendetti © Kevin Westenberg
Edinburgh

Benedetti, MacMillan and Berlioz: a feast of treats from the RSNO

By , 18 March 2016
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Valery Gergiev © Marco Borggreve
Edinburgh

Scurrying Bartók, daring Stravinsky: Valery Gergiev and the LSO in Edinburgh

By , 30 August 2015
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Yuja Wang © Susanne Diesner
Edinburgh

Tilson Thomas and San Francisco Symphony in a dramatic second act

By , 28 August 2015
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Michael Tilson Thomas © Art Streiber
Edinburgh

Thrilling Adams and Mahler from Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony

By , 27 August 2015
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Gidon Saks © Johan Persson
Edinburgh

Too good to be true: A very fine Rakes Progress at the Edinburgh International Festival

By , 12 August 2015
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Peter Oundjian © Sian Richards
Edinburgh

An American in Edinburgh: Peter Oundjian and the RSNO explore modern America

By , 20 March 2015
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Kari Krikku © Marco Borggreve
Edinburgh

Kari Kriikku thrills in Magnus Lindberg's Clarinet Concerto in Edinburgh

By , 06 March 2015
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Peter Oundjian © Sian Richards
Edinburgh

A feast of orchestration as Oundjian conducts The Firebird

By , 21 November 2014
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Thomas Søndergård © Andy Buchanan
Edinburgh

Søndergård and the RSNO strings shine in Metamorphosen

By , 24 October 2014
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Robin Ticciati © Marco Borggreve
Edinburgh

Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s study of Man and Nature

By , 09 October 2014
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Ilan Volkov © BBC| Tommy Ga-Ken Wan
Edinburgh

Janáček's Glagolitic Mass crowns Edinburgh International Festival

By , 30 August 2014
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