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Music review:The Herald Scotland/ Scottish Chamber Orchestra/ Beethoven VC Usher Hall

  Miranda Heggie Four Stars With an all Beethoven programme, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra with soloist Nicola Benedetti gave a balanced and insightful performance of three of the composer’s works on Thursday evening. Opening with Leonore Overture No 1, one of no less than four possible overtures penned by the composer for his only opera, […]


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Review: CBSO/Tchaikovsky / Omer Meir Wellber

***** Benedetti brings a sensational Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto to Birmingham Initially I had thought the marketing for this concert to be rather overdone. The prospect of the excellent City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra playing Richard Strauss’s awe-inspiring and monumental Ein Heldenleben was barely visible in the small print. Benedetti’s countenance graced the advertising, the programme […]


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Review: The Washington Post Music NSO offers exuberant Marsalis concerto

By Anne Midgette October 27, 2016 Wynton Marsalis, the jazz artist, has made repeated forays into art-music composition — writing, that is, notated music for large ensembles, like “Blood on the Fields,” a jazz oratorio that won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize. In the last year he’s had a couple of significant orchestral performances in the […]


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Review: The Scotsman/ RSNO/ Tchaikovsky/ Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

by Ken Walton All-Russian orchestral programmes tend to draw large crowds, especially when the cocktail ingredients, as in Saturday’s RSNO season opener, include Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov. Add the star appeal of violinist Nicola Benedetti, and hey presto, there won’t be a single seat left in the house. She was, without doubt, the hot attraction, especially […]


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Review: The Herald Scotland Benedetti Elschenbroich Grynyuk Trio Cumnock Tryst

***** THERE are many models for Sir James MacMillan’s autumn music festival – the choral and chamber music church concerts of the Lammermuir and East Neuk Festivals, and especially the combination of community involvement and top professional performers established by a composer of an earlier generation at Orkney’s St Magnus Festival – but the Cumnock […]


The Cumnock Tryst with the Benedetti, Elschenbroich, Grynyuk Trio 30.09.2016

The Benedetti Elschenbroich Grynyuk Trio Bring Star Quality to the Roman River Music Festival

Review: Seen and Heard International by Jim Pritchard   Ravel – Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in A minor Turnage – Duetti d’Amore, Duo for cello and violin Brahms – Piano Trio No.1 in B major, Op.8 As far as I can discern this was a first visit by Seen and Heard International to […]