Brass and Strings Share the Honours in Czech Phil’s Thrilling Concert

24/08/2014

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 Edinburgh International Festival 2014 (19) –  Smetana, Dvořák, Janáček: Bernarda Fink (mezzo), Czech Philharmonic Orchestra  / Jiří Bělohlávek (conductor) Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 23.8.2014 (SRT)

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Innocence and Humour on Musical Fringe

24/08/2014

 Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014 (5)

 

The Horne Section: Underbelly, Bristo Square, Edinburgh, 20.8.2014
Alex Horne –  Monsieur Butterfly: Pleasance. Edinburgh, 20.8.2014 (SRT)

 

The Horne Section are one of my favourite regular acts on the Fringe.  Not only are they brilliant musicians, but they have a perfect line on silly, slightly innocent comedy which is nonetheless extremely well observed.  Their musical style is mostly swing and free jazz, but they can turn themselves to anything, such as a bizarre group ceilidh dance which ends in a joke about Kylie Minogue.

 Horne himself has a relaxed, comfortable way with the audience which allows him, for example, to make jokes comparing the band to One Direction, while also performing a hilarious but impressive slow-motion-blindfolded-Macarena.  Musically, they show their ability to change key, time and just about everything else in their song about a faulty record player, and I loved the way they manage to integrate the saxophone solo from Baker Street into a number of other songs.  They get different guests every night, most of whom contribute to the music in their own way.  On my night we got the tragic clown Puddles’ Pity Party and the razor-sharp David O’Doherty who, as well as telling some very witty jokes, shows himself a dab hand with a 1980s Yamaha keyboard.  Brilliant.

 I also got to see Alex Horne’s solo show which, while less musical, does make some very clever use of music, such as Enigma’s Return to Innocence at his wedding, or a big moment for Jolene, as well as playing off different genre typesFor all his construction work on stage, Horne’s show has a heart-warming central message about life and relationships and, yes, the title is a pun on Madama Butterfly, but to find out why you’ll need to see the show.  Both shows come highly recommended.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe continues until 25th August at a range of venues across the city.  For full details click here.

 

Simon Thompson

 

Czech Philharmonic Does Full Justice to Czech Music

24/08/2014

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 Edinburgh International Festival 2014 (18) – Janáček, Korngold, Martinů:  Nicola Benedetti (violin), Czech Philharmonic Orchestra / Jiří Bělohlávek (conductor), Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 22.8.2014 (SRT) Read more

Eclecticism and Potential from Eight Young Musicians

24/08/2014

 Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014 (6) – Schubert at Teatime: Peter Foggitt and Robin Green, Trinity Trio, Huw Wiggin, Thomas Atkins, Somi Kim, Over-Seas House, Edinburgh, 22.8.2014 (SRT)

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Beethoven 9th Triumphs Over Rain

21/08/2014

 Aspen Music Festival (15): Vladimir Feltsman (piano), Aspen Chamber Orchestra, Jun Märkl (conductor); Susanna Phillips (soprano), Carolyn Sproule (mezzo-soprano), Vinson Cole (tenor), Eric Owens (bass-baritone), Colorado Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe (chorus director), Aspen Festival Orchestra, Robert Spano (conductor). Benedict Music Tent, Aspen, Colorado. 15-17.8.2014 (HS)

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Rhythmic Vitality in Kopatchinskaja’s Bartók Performance

20/08/2014

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 Edinburgh International Festival 2014 (15) – Linberg, Bartók, Beethoven:  Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin), London Philharmonic Orchestra /Vladimir Jurowski (conductor), Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 18.8.2014 (SRT) Read more

Rhythmic Vitality in Kopatchinskaja’s Bartók Performance

19/08/2014

 Edinburgh International Festival 2014 (15) – Linberg, Bartók, Beethoven:  Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin), London Philharmonic Orchestra /Vladimir Jurowski (conductor), Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 18.8.2014 (SRT) Read more

Magical Concert of Sacred Music from Polish Radio Choir

19/08/2014

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 Edinburgh International Festival 2014 (14) – Górecki, Penderecki: Polish Radio Choir, Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh, 18.8.2014 (SRT) Read more

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