Sax Serenade at City Hall (The Herald)

Written by Michael TumeltyPublished on Thursday 26 February 2015***** A few weeks ago, while listening to the Scottish Ensemble's electrifying new recording of Shostakovich's Chamber Symphony and Tchaikovsky's Serenade For Strings, there was a wee man in my head telling me that this was how they were going to do...

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Sax Serenade at The Queen's Hall (Bachtrack)

Published on Monday 23 February Written by David Smythe The Scottish Ensemble has a track record of picking really interesting artists to work with and certainly the unusual combination of classical saxophone with the Ensemble promised much more than curiosity value. Amy Dickson is a London based Australian...

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Sax Serenade at Caird Hall (Dundee Courier)

Published Monday 23 February 2015Written by Garry Fraser Once again thanks must go to the Scottish Ensemble for yet another musical experience, a trip into the unknown that was doubled by music that is tried and tested and has always been given top marks for performance and construction. The former was...

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Sax Serenade at The Queen's Hall (The Telegraph)

Published Sunday 22 February 2015Written by David Kettle **** Sax Serenade was the innocuous title given to the Scottish Ensemble’s latest tour in Scotland, but it seriously underplayed the startling contrasts of trauma and delight that the performances conveyed. Anyone expecting an evening of lightweight...

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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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