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  • Opera steps from dark as months out of limelight draw to end

    4 May 2006 - TIM CORNWELL ARTS CORRESPONDENT - Scotsman [ feature ]

    SCOTTISH Opera comes out of the dark tonight with a new production of Mozart's Don Giovanni, making what the much-troubled company hopes will be a fresh start with its first full-scale opera in nine months.

  • RSNO / Deneve, Usher Hall, Edinburgh

    4 May 2006 - Raymond Monelle - Independent [ review ]

    The Royal Scottish National Orchestra have been having a stellar season.

  • Music Of Douglas Whates, Rsamd, Glasgow

    4 May 2006 - MICHAEL TUMELTY - Herald [ review ]

    For all the gut-kicking punchiness of his rhythms, the spiky angularity of his melodies, and his penchant for interjecting into his musical textures deafeningly explosive and unpredictable drumbeats, the composer Douglas Whates is something of a romantic.

  • Low, ABC, Glasgow

    4 May 2006 - KEITH BRUCE, Arts Editor - Herald [ review ]

    One of the odder revelations about this trio from Duluth, Minnesota – the most sonically interesting band of the past decade – was that bassist Zak Sally was present at the birth of the second child born to couple Mimi Parker (drums) and Alan Sparhawk (guitar).

  • Special concert for young composer of note

    3 May 2006 - Scotsman [ news ]

    A YOUNG Edinburgh composer has been hailed as one of Britain's brightest talents after fighting off competition from hundreds of other musicians to have his work showcased at a special concert in the Capital.

  • RSNO/Denève

    3 May 2006 - Rowena Smith - Guardian [ review ]

    At the end of his first season as music director, it's too early to predict how Stéphane Denève will influence the development of the RSNO, but the signs look promising.

  • Socialists take a pop at closure of The Venue

    3 May 2006 - Edinburgh Evening News [ news ]

    THE closure of Edinburgh live music club The Venue has prompted calls in the Scottish Parliament for more action to preserve popular culture.

  • Visions of vastness with a citrus tang

    3 May 2006 - Geoffrey Norris - Daily Telegraph [ review ]


    AS a spiritual heir of Sibelius, the veteran Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara has written a good many works that evoke the stillness and expanse of his native country, not necessarily focusing on epic legend but allowing spaciousness to foster an aura of contemplation and mysticism.

  • Maxim Vengerov, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

    3 May 2006 - ROWENA SMITH - Herald [ review ]

    The Vengerov effect was clearly in evidence in Glasgow.

  • Snow Patrol *** ABC, GLASGOW

    3 May 2006 - Paul Whitelaw - Scotsman [ review ]

    FOR almost a decade, Snow Patrol existed uncertainly in that barren no-fans-land known as the "indie wasteland".

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