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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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Seavaigers - The Herald

Published 2 May 2014 ***** It’s years now since Jonathan Morton, artistic director of the Scottish Ensemble, outlined to me his philosophy in a mission statement for the group: “Re-defining the string orchestra”, from that point to be incorporated into the group’s title. And since then that...

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Seavaigers - The Telegraph

The audience could have been sitting around a Shetland fireside  at this mixed concert of Scottish folk and classical music **** Published 2 May 2014 It was a typically enterprising programme that artistic director Jonathan Morton had cooked up for the Scottish Ensemble’s Scottish-themed season...

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Love and War in Bohemia - Bachtrack

**** Published 24 February 2014 Bohemia lies in the geographical centre of eastern European turmoil and has weathered more than its fair share of political instability. It is a region that has produced and nurtured several major composers whose work was performed here at this themed concert of music depicting Love...

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Love and War in Bohemia - Dundee Courier

Sometimes it’s good to hear familiar performers in a less-than familiar venue. The Scottish Ensemble’s Edinburgh home is the Queen's Hall, but it really doesn’t matter where you hear them as the standard never dips. They are, and always will be, utterly peerless in their form of music and its...

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Love and War in Bohemia - The Herald

Published 25 February 2014 JONATHAN Morton, artistic director of the Scottish Ensemble, himself asked the question of the night in his introduction to the group's concert in Glasgow on Sunday: in a programme entitled Love And War In Bohemia, what on earth is Handel doing here? Morton's answer was disarmingly...

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Love and War in Bohemia - The Scotsman

* * * * Published 1 March 2014   THE Scottish Ensemble’s Love and War in Bohemia programme, which earlier this week toured Scotland and London’s Wigmore Hall, opened rather incongruously with a German cuckoo in the nest. Why start with Handel, who had nothing whatsoever to do with Bohemia? Well, it...

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Love and War in Bohemia - The Times

Queen's Hall, Edinburgh **** Published 26 February 2014 Hell truly hath no fury like a mezzo scorned. In a concert titled Love and War in Bohemia, a selection of Handel arias might seem substantially more than the detour Jonathan Morton, director of the Scottish Ensemble, termed it. But they were an awful lot of...

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Fin-de-Siecle and the Twilight of Tonality - The Scotsman

David Kettle * * * * Published 30 November 2013 It FELT a bit like slowly imbibing a bottle of fine vintage claret during a rich, indulgent lunch. Yes, combining the opulent sounds of three equally sumptuous (and fairly similar) late-Romantic string works – Webern’s Langsamer Satz and Richard...

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