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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Scotland

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GlasgowBach and Shostakovich Preludes & Fugues 3/5

© Venart Photography
Bach, Shostakovich
Gusztáv Fenyő, Piano

GlasgowPintscher Conducts Dvořák

Pintscher Conducts Dvořák
Smetana, Chopin, Dvořák
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Matthias Pintscher; David Kadouch

EdinburghBernstein 100: West Side Story

Bernstein, Gershwin, Barber
Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Cristian Măcelaru; George Li; RSNO Chorus

GlasgowIn Focus: Leonard Bernstein

Glasgow20th Century Chamber Masterworks

Shostakovich, Vaughan Williams
Scott Mitchell; Lena Zeliszewska; Arthur Boutillier; Tom Dunn

PerthSalome

Salome
Strauss R.: Salome
Sir Richard Armstrong; Opera North; Jennifer Holloway; Katarina Karnéus; Arnold Bezuyen; Oliver Johnston
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Oundjian at his best in Shostakovich's “Leningrad” Symphony

Peter Oundjian © Dale Wilcox
Peter Oundjian was at the top of his game with Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Shostakovich and Scriabin.
****1
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Scottish Opera’s Ariadne auf Naxos is witty and passionate

Laura Zigmantaite (Dryad), Mardi Byers (Ariadne), Elizabeth Cragg (Naiad) and Lucy Hall (Echo) © Richard Campbell
Antony McDonald’s take on Ariadne auf Naxos, a co-production from Scottish Opera and Opera Holland Park, sparkles with wit. 
****1
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Nixon's Little Mermaid is a Masterpiece

Abigail Prudames (Marilla) and artists of Northern Ballet in Nixon's The Little Mermaid © Emma Kauldhar
A fantastic score, wonderful costumes, brilliant dancing and stunning choreography coalesce beautifully in David Nixon’s magical The Little Mermaid for Northern Ballet.
*****
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Emelyanychev makes thrilling debut with SCO

Maxim Emelyanychev © Emil Matveev
A replacement conductor and soloists demonstrate brillance in Dvořák and Schubert in Edinburgh.
*****
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François Leleux makes SCO debut as conductor

François Leleux © Thomas Kost
François Leleux both conducts and plays the oboe in Edinburgh, initiating a strong partnership with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
****1
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Apocalyptic raw energy and verve at RCS

The Day After © Jamie Manton
RCS forces tackle Jonathan Dove’s The Day After, Ovid’s tale of Phaeton’s disastrous chariot ride, pulling the sun across the sky with infectious raw energy and verve.
****1
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