Edinburgh International Festival – 7 to 29 August 2021

Live performance is back with a bang – Simon Thompson on the 2021 Edinburgh International Festival

Anyone reading this south of Hadrian’s Wall might wonder why we Scots are so especially excited about the return of the Edinburgh International Festival. After all, hasn’t the national lockdown been over for several months now, and haven’t we had plenty of opportunities for live music since the pandemic?

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After a turbulent year, Dunedin Consort perform Bach’s St Matthew’s Passion online from Perth

United KingdomUnited Kingdom J. S. Bach: Anna Dennis, Jessica Leary (sopranos), Jess Dandy, Judy Brown (altos), Andrew Tortise, David Lee (tenors), Matthew Brook, Benedict Nelson (basses), Dunedin Consort / John Butt (conductor). From Perth Concert Hall and streamed online as part of Perth’s Easter Festival of Classical Music, 27.3.2021. (SRT)

Dunedin Consort and soloists in Bach’s St Matthew Passion (c) Tommy Slack

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Daniel Barenboim’s Berlin Staatskapelle concert is beautifully played, yet bittersweet

GermanyGermany Mozart, Schoenberg: Soloists of the Berlin Staatskapelle / Daniel Barenboim (conductor). Streamed from the Berlin Staatsoper on the Staatsoper’s YouTube channel, 14.3.2021. (SRT)

Soloists of the Berlin Staatskapelle and Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

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Some sunshine from the last Royal Scottish National Orchestra concert of 2020

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Mozart, Beethoven: Francesca Dego (violin/director), Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Cornelius Meister (conductor). Streamed from the RSNO Centre Glasgow, 18.12.2020. (SRT)

Cornelius Meister conducts the Royal Scottish National Orchestra

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It hurts that we cannot sit in the Usher Hall to see them but at least the RSNO is performing

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Haydn, Saint-Georges, Beethoven: Maya Iwabuchi (violin), Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Thomas Søndergård (conductor). Live-streamed from the RSNO Centre Glasgow, 9.10.2020. (SRT)

Thomas Søndergård and the RSNO

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Focusing on the positives: Benedetti, Emelyanychev and SCO do a great job with Bruch’s Violin Concerto

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Bruch: Nicola Benedetti (violin), Scottish Chamber Orchestra / Maxim Emelyanychev (conductor). 24.9.2020 performance from Perth Concert Hall, streamed as live on the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s YouTube channel. (SRT)

Nicola Benedetti (violin), Maxim Emelyanychev (conductor) & SCO
© Scottish Chamber Orchestra

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