The cutting-edge classical music in Augustby Alexandra Coghlan / July 19, 2017 / Leave a comment
Published in August 2017 issue of Prospect Magazine
4th to 28th August
If the BBC Proms is all-consuming, then Edinburgh is a carefully curated selection of highlights. The concerts balance much-loved local ensembles like the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (below) and the Dunedin Consort, with starry visiting musicians. Piano music is well served this year, with appearances from the mercurial Russian virtuoso Mikhail Pletnev, and the eloquent Andreas Haefliger. Don’t miss Ivan Fischer’s characterful Budapest Festival Orchestra and the Bergen Philharmonic, who bring Norway’s most famous piano concerto (Grieg’s passionate A minor concerto) with them. Lovers of vocal music will enjoy two of the world’s greatest basses: Bryn Terfel and René Pape.