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Night & Day - Bachtrack

Published 12 December 2014 **** One of the treats we look forward to each year as December darkens is a candlelit concert from the Scottish Ensemble, here dramatically set in the ancient St John’s Kirk in Perth. The programmes are deliberately reflective rather than festive, and with Mozart’s Eine...

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Night & Day - The Scotsman

Published 13 December 2014 **** NEVER ones to content themselves with traditional seasonal fare, those enterprising folks at the Scottish Ensemble plumped for a Night and Day theme for their festive candlelit offering this year. And while the flickering flames and the cosy interior of Glasgow’s Wellington...

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Mozart & Moz-art at The Queen's Hall - The Arts Desk

Published Thursday 30 October I declare an interest. In the last 10 years or so the Scottish Ensemble has twice, at my invitation, visited the Borders village where I live, about thirty miles south of Edinburgh. On both occasions the ensemble performed a rich and challenging programme in front of a rural audience...

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Mozart & Moz-art at The Queen's Hall - The Herald

Published Friday 31 October ***** With a programme comprising music by Mozart and Haydn, along with "contemporary comments" by Arvo Part and Alfred Schnittke, the Scottish Ensemble displayed a remarkable chameleon-like quality as they explored these various works with intelligence, wit and finesse. At once producing...

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Mozart & Moz-art at The Queen's Hall - The Scotsman

Published Saturday 30 October  *** Tuesday's Edinburgh concert by the Scottish Ensemble focused undue attention on how important venue and ambience are to the success of a musical event, especially one such as this, which revolved around the crystalline luminescence of Mozart. In what way was the...

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20th-Century Perspectives: City Spaces & Strings - Amati Magazine

Published 15 September 2014 ***** Even by the Scottish Ensemble's convention-challenging standards, their latest project was enormously ambitious. Working with Glasgow-based visual artist Toby Paterson - who takes his inspiration from (among other things) the geometry and design of 1960s and 70s urban architecture -...

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20th-Century Perspectives: City Spaces & Strings - The Herald

Published 15 September 2014 "Re-defining the string orchestra" has been the Scottish Ensemble's motto for some time; more and more, they're risking the kind of projects with the imagination and dynamism to live up to it. They're getting out of standard concert formats, determinedly crafting an image to appeal to a...

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20th-Century Perspectives: City Spaces & Strings - The Scotsman

Published 15 September 2014 ***** A secret derelict location, pop-up bar and edgy contemporary music, this radical collaboration between the Scottish Ensemble and visual artist Toby Paterson delivered much more than it promised. In 20th-Century Perspectives: City Spaces & Strings, the tired shibboleths...

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Commonwealth Strings - The Herald

Published 27 August 2014 ***** RIGHT: pens down, hats off, and hands together. In 30 years of this business, I might not have seen it all, but I have seen a decent bit of it. I have heard the Scottish Ensemble in great form, routine form and, very occasionally, slightly off form. But I never expect to hear them...

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Commonwealth Strings - The Scotsman

Published 27 August 2014 **** In a no-holds-barred blockbuster of a programme yesterday morning, the Scottish Ensemble appeared in collaboration with Commonwealth Strings, an initiative linked to this year’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games to highlight the talents of young classical players from Commonwealth...

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