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“If the Proms is all-consuming, then Edinburgh festival is highlights.” The best classical music this summer

The cutting-edge classical music in August

Edinburgh International Festival

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…

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