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Performer: Alec Frank-Gemmill

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Britten and Clyne: astonishing verve from the SCO

A dream team of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra directed by Pekka Kussisto, with Allan Clayton and Alec Frank-Gemmill astonish with two modern icons: Clyne’s Within Her Arms and Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings.

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Beethoven or bust: anniversary series launched at Wigmore Hall

Early and late Beethoven in the closing two recitals of Wigmore Hall's Beethoven Festival Weekend. 
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IMS Prussia Cove autumn tour delights at St George's Bristol

The second of five concerts in the (deep breath) Autumn 2013 International Music Seminar Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music Tour saw the musicians giving their all for a BBC Radio 3 recording at the acoustically sensitive St George’s Bristol.It’s not often that you see such an age range among musicians taking to the stage.
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Scottish Chamber Orchestra and George Benjamin celebrate Britten

This second of two SCO Britten centenary concerts saw its subject juxtaposed with two living British composers and Mozart. Cynics might consider the closing Symphony no. 40 in G minor (1788) a reward for surviving the rest of the programme’s modernity.
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Scottish Chamber Orchestra with Richard Egarr: Baroque Greats

How do you like your Baroque? Extreme – all gut strings and not a chin-rest in sight? Or mid-twentieth century – molto vibrato with saxophone obbligato? There is, of course, a half way house, and in last night’s packed Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh, the SCO steered firmly towards it, producing several agreeable surprises along the way.
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Scottish Chamber Orchestra: "In The Steppes of Central Europe"

I would be surprised if, by the end of the evening, I'd been the only one to suspect a hidden pun in the programme's title, 'In The Steppes of Central Europe'. All three pieces shared a dance element. You would expect this from Kodály's Dances of Galánta.
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