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 »

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 »

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

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)

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 Scotsman review)

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 »

American Life at Glasgow Royal Concert Halls, Glasgow (The Herald review)

Published on Tuesday 13 September 2016 Written by Michael Tumelty AT their first appearance in the Royal Concert Hall’s New Auditorium, Jonathan Morton and his Scottish Ensemble, using the space as a small chamber hall with a stage, opened up a few more horizons for a group with a vision. Morton’s mantra is “redefining the string… 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 »