Category: Reviews

Review: Messiah, Usher Hall, Jan 2017 – 4 stars

AMONG the more recent delights, for the seasoned attender, of the Edinburgh Royal Choral Union’s annual New Year Messiah, is the delayed reaction of the Hogmanay tourists in the top tier of seats, unaware of the tradition of standing for the Hallelujah chorus, and not having invested in a programme, which includes the invitation to do so. This year’s performance contained many more musical bonuses as well, however, beginning with one of the finest editions of the scratch “Edinburgh Pro Musica Orchestra”: the oboes were Cath Earnshaw and Rosie Staniforth, by way of illustration. The musicians, conducted by chorusmaster Michael...

129th Annual New Year Messiah – 4* review – The Herald

129th Annual New Year Messiah – 4* review – The Herald

This review — by Arts Editor, Keith Bruce — was originally published on The Herald’s Website on Sat, 2 Jan 2016. Four Stars Now a firm fixture of Edinburgh’s contemporary Hogmanay programme as well as the capital’s long-established New Year celebrations, the 129th performance of Handel’s oratorio by the Edinburgh Royal Choral Union may be chiefly remembered for the debut of German baritone and BBC New Generation Artist Benjamin Appl, a real talent of power, confidence and exemplary diction who delivered his first aria, The people that walked in darkness, in Schubertian style and continued to treat the score’s most operative moments...

The Herald – Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and ERCU at The Usher Hall – 5 Stars – 2015

This review — by by classical music writer, Michael Tumelty — was originally published on The Herald’s Website on Monday, 11 May 2015. Five Stars WHAT a phenomenal concert the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra brought to Edinburgh on Sunday to close the Usher Hall’s International Classical Season. And I’ll tell you something younger readers won’t know. Many years ago, decades, in fact, the Warsaw Phil’s present conductor, Jacek Kaspszyk, worked in Scotland with the BBC SSO, and I don’t recall him being anything special. Time has moved on, he’s a lot older, very experienced, and has a tremendous orchestra at his...