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 »

South Atlantic Crossings at City Halls, Glasgow (The Herald)

Written by Michael Tumelty Published on Monday 14 March 2016 If there is such a species as the concert with everything, then this project, designed by Morton, was as close in aspiration as can be imagined; moreover, the playing by this indivisible group of 12 collaborators, joined for the afternoon by the extraordinarily open-hearted pianist… Read more »

Quintets at The Merchant’s House, Glasgow (The Herald)

Written by Keith Bruce Published on Friday 26 February 2016 THERE was a queue down the stairs for seats at Wednesday lunchtime’s recital by a quintet from Jonathan Morton’s Scottish Ensemble, and little wonder. For all that the group is dedicated to “reinventing the string orchestra”, here just five of the players were on a… Read more »

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

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 »

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

Written by Michael Tumelty Published on Thursday 10 December It probably wouldn’t be of interest to everybody, but one of the striking aspects of the Scottish Ensemble’s annual “candle-lit” concert, touring this week and landing at Wellington Church, neighbouring Glasgow University, on Wednesday night, was the fact that the group had a guest leader and… Read more »

Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia at Dance City, Newcastle (The Guardian)

Written by Alfred Hickling Published on Monday 23 November 2015 The composition of Bach’s Goldberg Variations will always be mysterious. Were they really a musical sheep-counting exercise for the benefit of an insomniac ambassador? A harmonic exegesis of the Ptolemaic universe? A private joke at the expense of an unkind critic? Or maybe, as this… Read more »

Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia (Fjord Review)

Written by Lorna Irvine Published on Tuesday 17 November 2015 Read the review on the Fjord Review website How to reinvent J.S. Bach’s famous, sublime Goldberg Variations? This collaboration between Stockholm-based choreographer Örjan Andersson and Scottish Ensemble’s Jonathan Morton seeks to do just that, with a series of choreographic movements integrated with the musicians themselves,… Read more »

RCS Ensemble Week final concert (The Herald)

Written by Michael Tumelty Published on Friday 9 October 2015 Read on The Herald website **** RCS student and cellist Victor Nekludov BUCCANEERING Brio! That is not an epithet (though it would be a good one). It’s an attempt to describe the extraordinary vivacity and almost swashbuckling elan with which the bigged-up RCS String Ensemble… Read more »

SE Songbook at The Old Fruitmarket (The Herald)

Written by Michael Tumelty Published on Sunday 17 May 2015 Read on The Herald website **** THE loveliest night of the year, perhaps? You know, generally I would avoid like the plague being seen to presume what other people might think or like. Dangerous territory, when all of our responses to music are so individual and so… Read more »