From Mälkki and her Helsinki musicians there is gripping Sibelius and a relentless new Ammann work

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Edinburgh International Festival 2022 [16] – Sibelius, Saariaho, Dieter Ammann: Andreas Haefliger (piano), Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra / Susanna Mälkki (conductor). Usher Hall, 27.8.2022. (SRT)

Susanna Mälkki conducts Andreas Haefliger (piano) and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra © Andrew Perry

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Brandenburgs from Richard Egarr and friends is the grandest conceivable finale to EIF’s Queen’s Hall season

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Edinburgh International Festival 2022 [15] – Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos: Musicians, Richard Egarr (harpsichord / director). Queen’s Hall, 27.8.2022. (SRT)

The Brandenburg Concertos at Queen’s Hall (Richard Egarr, far right) © Andrew Perry

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Kožená and Bronfman at Edinburgh: diverse, intelligent, communicative, highly musical

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Edinburgh International Festival 2022 [14] – Brahms, Mussorgsky, Shostakovich, Bartók: Magdalena Kožená (mezzo-soprano), Yefim Bronfman (piano). Queen’s Hall, 26.8.2022. (SRT)

Magdalena Kožená © Harald Hoffmann

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Beauty of Mozart from Nézet-Séguin and Philadelphia Orchestra musicians in Edinburgh

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Edinburgh International Festival 2022 [13] – Mozart Chamber Works: Yannick Nézet-Séguin (piano), Musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra (Ricardo Morales [clarinet], David Kim, Juliette Kang [violins], Choong-Jin Chang [viola], Hai-Ye Ni [cello], Harold Robinson [double bass]). Queen’s Hall, 25.8.2022. (SRT)

Philadelphia Orchestra’s Mozart Chamber Works at Queen’s Hall © Todd Rosenberg

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Thomas Søndergård masterminds a spectacular Mahler Third Symphony in Edinburgh

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Edinburgh International Festival 2022 [12] – McMillan and Mahler: Linda Watson (mezzo-soprano), Ladies of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus (chorus director: Aidan Oliver), RSNO Junior Chorus (chorus director: Patrick Barrett), Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Thomas Søndergård (conductor). Usher Hall, 23.8.2022. (GT)

Thomas Søndergård conducts the RSNO in Mahler’s Third with Linda Watson (mezzo-soprano) © Andrew Perry

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Wonderful music-making: Richard Egarr and Friends at Edinburgh was a joy

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Edinburgh International Festival 2022 [11] – Music for three violins with Richard Egarr and Friends: Richard Egarr (Harpsichord), Bojan Čičić, Rachell Ellen Wong, Ruiqi Ren (violins), Alex McCartney (theorbo), Jonathan Rees (viola da gamba). Queen’s Hall, 24.8.2022. (SRT)

Richard Egarr and Friends at Queen’s Hall © Ryan Buchanan

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Czech Philharmonic’s Mahler at Edinburgh: grown men waggle cowbells with joyful abandon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Edinburgh International Festival 2022 [9] – Mahler: Czech Philharmonic / Semyon Bychkov (conductor). Usher Hall, 21.8.2022. (SRT)

Semyon Bychkov and the Czech Philharmonic © Jessica Shurte

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