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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Scotland

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EdinburghElgar’s Cello Concerto

Elgar’s Cello Concerto
Elgar, Walton
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; John Wilson; Leonard Elschenbroich

GlasgowKelemen Plays Bartók

Kelemen Plays Bartók
Kodály, Bartók
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Thomas Dausgaard; Barnabás Kelemen; Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Voices

EdinburghOundjian conducts Bruckner Eight

Mozart, Bruckner
Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Peter Oundjian; Christian Blackshaw

GlasgowOundjian conducts Bruckner Eight

Mozart, Bruckner
Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Peter Oundjian; Christian Blackshaw

GlasgowComposer Roots: Bartók and the Concerto

Composer Roots: Bartók and the Concerto
Kodály, Bartók
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Thomas Dausgaard; Simon Trpčeski

EdinburghStravinsky's Firebird

Wagner, Debussy, Stravinsky
Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Lorenzo Viotti; Jean-Efflam Bavouzet
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Scottish Opera’s Greek: a lively update on Oedipus

Allison Cook and Alex Otterburn © Jane Hobson
Alex Otterburn as East End Eddy gives a towering performance in Scottish Opera’s revival of its Edinburgh Festival production of Mark Anthony Turnage’s Greek.
****1
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Mediocre Beethoven but brilliant Shostakovich from the SCO

Elisabeth Leonskaja © Julia Wesley
The SCO’s strings play as though they had an insight into the composer’s psyche that few could share. 
****1
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Double dealings with Death at RCS

David Lynn (Harlequin), Colin Murray (Emperor) and Joanna Harries (Drummer) © RCS | Robert McFadzean
The gamble of Dealing with Death pays off for Holst’s Sāvitri but is less certain for Ullmann’s Emperor of Atlantis.  Opera students at RCS capture the mix of satire, surrealism and anarchy perfectly
****1
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Catriona Morison’s recital première in Edinburgh

Catriona Morison © Julie Howden
Winner of Cardiff Singer of the World, Scottish mezzo Catriona Morrison charms the enthusiastic audience with her varied programme of romantic songs.
****1
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Manze and Fox’s brilliant Britten

Andrew Manze © Benjamin Ealovega
The Scottish Chamber Orchestra also have a winner in a radiant Vaughan Williams Symphony no. 5.
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Ticciati revisits former glories with his SCO team

Robin Ticciati © Giorgia Bertazzi
Is there any instrument more bittersweet than the viola? The violin does the acrobatics, the cello is more conventionally beautiful, but the viola sits in the middle of the orchestral palette like no other instrument. Neither high nor low, it’s perfectly placed to embody the contradictory and the conflicted, ideal for a sense of desire denied or of fulfilment deferred.
****1
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