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

Published on Friday 2 June 2017 Written by David Smythe It is intriguing to hear the effect of a guest musical director on a close-knit group of musicians like the Scottish Ensemble. Leading chamber music virtuoso Bartosz Woroch stepped into Jonathan Morton’s shoes for a fascinating programme of music from Eastern Europe garnering a subtly different… Read more »

Baroque Dance Party with Johannes Fischer at Caird Hall, Dundee (Bachtrack)

Published on Saturday 18 March 2017 Written by David Smythe Scottish Ensemble and Johannes Fischer rehearsing on stage at Glasgow’s Oran Mor The hard thwack of Baroque timpani is what we associate with Baroque percussion, yet the addition of other period percussion instruments is rarely heard on the concert platform. Classical Baroque, particularly if played… Read more »

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

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 »

South Atlantic Crossings at Caird Hall, Dundee (Bachtrack)

Written by David Smythe Published on Sunday 13 March 2016 The latest Scottish Ensemble’s trademark imaginative programming brings us South Atlantic Crossings, exploring what happens when music and traditions of two continents collide. The influences of Bach and Mozart on South Americans Villa-Lobos and Piazzolla are surprising, and adding the exciting Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero… Read more »