12 August, 2008

What the papers say today ...

The Scotsman gave the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir five stars today praising the versatile ensemble and the diverse programme of Baltic choral works. The Herald also appreciated the Monday night Usher Hall concert, featuring 13 women, 13 men, in two ranks conducted by Paul Hillier, giving it four stars and calling it pure, beautiful, luminous and dream-like.

Paul Meyer and Eric Le Sage made quite an impact with their Monday morning concert at the Queen’s Hall. The Scotsman gave the duo four stars for their approach to the Brahams, Martinu, Berg and Lutoslawski repertoire and The Herald was duly impressed with how they liberated the music from its formal structure, creating a ‘rhapsodic sense of flow’.

The Greyfriar’s Kirk ‘Songs of Civilization’ programme of choral music kicked off on Monday night with The Music of Buhurizade Mustafa Itri Efendi, The Herald’s Michael Tumelty found the concert ‘hypnotic, ritualistic and blatantly foot-tapping.’

On the theatre front, reviews keep pouring in for Dybbuk and The Tell-Tale Heart – which both wrapped up last night. The Daily Telegraph commended Jonathan Mill’s theatre programme this year calling Dybbuk ‘theatre that asks tough, profound questions’. The Polish company TR Warszawa will present Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis from this Friday through to Sunday at the King’s Theatre.

Metro gave The Tell-Tale Heart four stars today, commenting on the Australian production’s suspenseful interpretation of Edgar Allan Poe’s famous story. To hear our audience reviews of this production from opening night, click here.

The Financial Times gave Nina Ananiashvili’s Giselle five stars in today’s paper. The State Ballet of Georgia will perform their second EIF production tonight at the Playhouse, Mixed Bill. To hear our audience reviews of Giselle, click here.

The Metro talk about EIF pushing major artistic boundaries this year by presenting new work from some of the world’s most mind-bending arts practitioners.

There was also an obituary in the Financial Times today for Mahmoud Darwish – the Palestinian poet whose epic poem of life and death has been adapted for the EIF production Jidariyya. And a feature in The Herald on Jidariyya including an interview with director Amir Nizar Zuabi.

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