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Performer: Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus

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Prom 55: uneven soloists in Handel's Jephtha

Allan Clayton and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
Poor diction and lack of heft from some principals mar the composer's last great oratorio. 
***11
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A disappointing Symphonie fantastique to finish the SCO's season

Emmanuel Krivine © Julien Becker
The SCO finishes their season by returning to the Symphonie fantastique, but it's left in the dust by a lovely Fauré Requiem.
***11
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Sir James MacMillan’s 60th Astonishing Birthday Concert

Sir James MacMillan © Hansvander Woerd

Sir James MacMillan’s 60th Birthday Concert with SCO and Chorus rediscovers two major seminal works: the dramatic Veni, Veni, Emannuel with Colin Currie and the intense Seven Last Words from the Cross.

*****
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Handel’s Solomon with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Maarten Engeltjes © Harrison Parrott
Despite the longueurs of the piece, this performance of Solomon was pretty much perfect. 
****1
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Ancient and Modern Christmas icons

Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh © Carlos Delgado, Wikicommons
Britten’s Ceremony of Carols with pieces by Tavener, MacMillan and Lauridsen contrast with Byrd and Dowland in a thoughtful and moving performance of Christmas musical icons from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus.
****1
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Perfect Baroque: a memorable Theodora in Edinburgh

Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Chorus were on top form, joined by a team of Baroque soloists under Handel expert Harry Bicket to produce a memorable Theodora.
****1
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