Lloyds TSB Scotland Concerts
This article is from 2006.
It looks like a game of sudoku and, for some of us, it’s just as hard to work out which numbers between one and nine to put where. In a new initiative designed to attract new audiences to classical music, while still satisfying the appetites of existing aficionados, the International Festival offers a rare opportunity to hear not only all of Beethoven’s nine symphonies, but also nine of Brückner’s. The Beethoven, all conducted by Festival veteran Sir Charles Mackerras, happen at 5.30pm, three a week in each week of the Festival, and the Bruckner take place similarly but in the 9.30pm slot. In between, if 7.30pm suits you better, there is a major work, or collection of works, by a single composer, and all of the concerts are scheduled to last around one hour each.
‘We at the Festival have a responsibility for how we present classical music,’ says director Brian McMaster, ‘and we have tried a number of different ways. These concerts, I think, work from a number of different angles.’ Confirmed music lovers will undoubtedly want to hear Sir Charles at this stage in his life, while those with young children can take them along to Beethoven’s Fifth as a perfect introduction to classical music, and older people can come early. ‘The idea fits in with the ethos of the Fringe,’ says McMaster, ‘in that you can hear a symphony at 5.30pm and see a comedian later.’ And possibly even have time to eat in between. (Carol Main)
Usher Hall, 473 2000, 15 Aug-1 Sep, 5.30pm, 7.30pm, 9.30pm, £10.