Eastern Europe Express at Caird Hall, Dundee (Dundee Courier review)

June 2nd, 2017 by

Published on Friday 2 June 2017 Written by Garry Fraser Sometimes music written in a so-called neo-Classical or neo-Baroque style flatters to deceive. Sometimes a composer’s work re-written for a totally different medium falls totally flat. And sometimes a composer’s re-shaping of a composition loses much value in translation. However, that word didn’t come into play… Read more »

Baroque Dance Party with Johannes Fischer at Oran Mor, Glasgow (The Herald)

March 27th, 2017 by

Published on Thursday 23 March 2017 Written by Keith Bruce Scottish Ensemble and Johannes Fischer rehearsing on stage at Glasgow’s Oran Mor THE title was a bit of a jape, but this collaboration between Jonathan Morton’s Scottish Ensemble and percussionist Johannes Fischer did have its funky moments – and while the man from Hamburg was the catalyst,… Read more »

Music Is Power with Alina Ibragimova at Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow (Bachtrack)

February 21st, 2017 by

Published on Sunday 19 February 2017 Written by David Smythe Kelvingrove Art Gallery bustles with visitors every day, but at night becomes a theatrically lit Glasgow City landmark. There is something magical about a museum at night, for as the lighting dimmed, the main hall overlooked by its famous organ became a dramatic setting for… Read more »

Music Is Power with Alina Ibragimova at Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow (The Herald)

February 21st, 2017 by

Published on Sunday 19 February 2017 Written by Keith Bruce IT was an odd coincidence that saw two performances of the 14-year-old Mendelssohn’s 10th String Symphony on successive days in Glasgow, the BBC SSO’s Thursday concert under Alpesh Chauhan opening with the piece, and Jonathan Morton choosing it and the 6th to begin each half… Read more »

Ascent: Concerts by Candlelight at Caird Hall, Dundee (The Dundee Courier review)

December 15th, 2016 by

Published on Monday 12 December 2016 Written by Garry Fraser Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending has confounded many, myself included, by repeatedly notching the number one spot in Classic FM’s top of the pops. It’s nowhere near my top 1,000 classical favourites, but if any performance was to make me reconsider, it would with the Scottish… Read more »

Ascent: Concerts by Candlelight at Wellington Church, Glasgow (The Herald review)

December 15th, 2016 by

Published on Thursday 8 December 2016 Written by Keith Bruce UK-domiciled Bulgarian composer Dobrinka Tabakova will have been a new name to many in the churches on the Scottish Ensemble’s Candlelit Concerts tour, but it is one they will certainly have noted. Artistic director Jonathan Morton may well have acquired the idea of teaming her music… Read more »

Scottish Ensemble & Anna Meredith: Anno at The Hub, Edinburgh (Bachtrack review)

December 15th, 2016 by

Published on Monday 14 November 2016 Written by David Smythe The annual Hot 100 cultural contributors from Edinburgh’s magazine The List draws interest from right across the entertainment world in Scotland. Beating Donald Runnicles (80), John Butt (63) and even The Edinburgh Festival (8), emerging smoking hot in the lead this year is composer Anna Meredith…. Read more »

Scottish Ensemble & Anna Meredith: Anno at Tramway, Glasgow (The Guardian review)

December 15th, 2016 by

Published on Monday 14 November 2016 Written by Kate Molleson At the start of Ken Loach’s latest film I, Daniel Blake, the beleaguered Daniel spends hours on the phone to the Department for Work and Pensions, driven nuts by a chirpy holding jingle. Later we see Dan take a spray can to the local jobcentre: “I,… Read more »

Scottish Ensemble & Anna Meredith: Anno at Tramway, Glasgow (The Scotsman review)

December 15th, 2016 by

Published on Saturday 12 November 2016 Written by Ken Walton VIVALDI’S The Four Seasons has been subject to modernisation treatment in many weird and wonderful guises, from the bovver boy interpretations of Nigel Kennedy to it being well and truly tangoed by Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla. It’s also a past and present favourite of the Scottish… Read more »

Anna Meredith, Jonathan Morton and Gareth K. Vile on Anno

December 2nd, 2016 by

Anno, as anyone following Scottish Ensemble over the past few months will be aware, is a collaboration between Scottish Ensemble and the hotly-tipped electronic-classical crossover composer Anna Meredith. We first fell in love with the piece down in London, in June 2016, when we premiered it as part of the Spitalfields Music Summer Festival. Without wanting… Read more »

Three Pärts Bach at St. John’s Kirk, Perth (Bachtrack)

December 17th, 2015 by

Written by David Smythe Published on Monday 14 December Image: Fraser Band In their red Santa costumes brightening a cold grey December cityscape, the Perth streets had been full of hundreds of eager festive runners earlier in the day, signalling that the great Christmas celebration will be here before we know it. Christian values aside,… Read more »

Three Pärts Bach at Wellington Church, Glasgow (The Scotsman)

December 10th, 2015 by

Written by Ken Walton Published on Thursday 10 December The Scottish Ensemble have always stamped their own personality on the way they present their concerts – standing to perform, exuding a friendly camaraderie, and rarely resorting to gimmickry. That distinctiveness is even more marked in their current Advent touring programme – a warm-hearted pre-Christmas cocktail… Read more »