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scotsman.com — It’s an evergreen favourite, but Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture always manages to retain an enduring freshness, especially when heard in the understated, at times almost muted, style of the Basel Chamber Orchestra with conductor Heinz Holliger. Setting sail on millpond-calm waters, the voyage to Fingal’s Cave was one of gentle, measured flow. A genial warmth permeated the BCO’s sound, gently punctuated by the sea bird calls of brass and wind.
scotsman.com — On what turned out to be a clear night, the 70th Edinburgh International Festival came to a finale that resounded like none that had gone before it. A panoply of sparkling, fizzing colour that burst into the sky with an artistry which would have been astounding on its own was all the more impressive for how it co-ordinated with the music.
scotsman.com — Edinburgh International Festival: “An affectionate look at nationalities through horses” has got to be one of the more unusual introductions to a Festival repertoire. But as a way of grabbing the audience and giving immediate engagement with Telemann’s Ouverture-Suite Les Nations to open the second of the Iestyn Davies/Academy of Ancient Music’s morning concerts at the Queen’s Hall, director Richard Egarr’s chat embodies natural charm.