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

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 »

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

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 »

American Life at Caird Hall, Dundee (The Dundee Courier)

Published on Thursday 8 September 2016 Written by Garry Fraser To kick off their new season with a programme of music from the United States – 20th Century at the earliest – had a bit of the dare devil about it for the Scottish Ensemble. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea and there might have been… Read more »

South Atlantic Crossings at Caird Hall, Dundee (Dundee Courier)

Written by Garry Fraser Published on Monday 14 March 2016 It is the right of any soloist to provide an encore after a concerto performance. Sometimes they can be superfluous, other times a memorable ending to a marvellous concert. In the latter category falls Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero, who provided a tailpiece to her performance… Read more »