22 August, 2008

Today's Press

Includes a large feature in The Guardian on Philippe Herreweghe and his love of Bruckner in their classical section. Philippe Herreweghe performs Bruckner's mass in E minor with Collegium Vocale Gent next Tuesday 26 August at The Usher Hall.
The Times carried a feature on The National Theatre of Scotland's latest offering 365. The feature was based around an interview with Vicky Featherstone and drew a comparison with past smash hits from the company. It also explained the extensive research that has gone on into the subject of practice flats and the inspirations behind the play. 365 opens tonight at The Edinburgh Playhouse and runs until Monday 25 August.
Many publications including The Times, The Herald and The Scotsman featured stories about the record breaking ticket sales of Matthew Bourne's Dorian Gray. More than 11,000 tickets have been sold for the show which runs for eight nights (until Saturday 30 August) at The King's Theatre.
There were also a number of features and comment pieces on Valery Gergiev's decision to return to Ossetia to conduct a memorial requiem. He conducted the London Symphony Orchestra last week and on Sunday 24 August will conduct The Mariinsky Opera and Orchestra in Aleko: Semyon Kotko (Act III) at The Usher Hall.
In The Scotsman random awards, Class Enemy was given the title of Most Entertaining Swearing in an EIF show.
To view some TV footage from the BBC click on these links: Dorian Gray and Class Enemy.

New Reviews
Class Enemy
‘This updating by Haris Pašović is subtle but significant.' The Guardian ****
‘a fascinating work-in-progress exploration...the production is illuminated by two or three magical performances.' The Scotsman ***
The Times ***
Mischa and Lily Maisky
‘Showing a maturity beyond her 21 years, Lily Maisky was an equal partner in a gritty and thrilling performance.' The Scotsman ****
The Herald ***
Alfred Brendel
‘On full display was the sheer artistry that makes everything Brendel touches look so simple.' The Scotsman ****
‘Schubert's big B flat Sonata, which completed the programme, was one of his last, most moving and far-ranging masterpieces.' The Herald ****
‘This is a spiritual and metaphysical journey that seems almost the antithesis of thrilling theatre, yet it exerts a curiously strong hold.' The Independent ***
‘Few choirs could stand the scrutiny of this intimacy and few performances match those of the actors, with Roofthooft's in particular the best to be seen at this or any other festival.' The Herald *****

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