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Damrau, De Maistre, Queen's Hall/ Aimard, Bamberg SO, Nott, Usher Hall, Edinburgh | reviews, news & interviews

Damrau, De Maistre, Queen's Hall/ Aimard, Bamberg SO, Nott, Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Damrau, De Maistre, Queen's Hall/ Aimard, Bamberg SO, Nott, Usher Hall, Edinburgh

High-level communicators: soprano and harp, percussion-dominated orchestra

Diana Damrau: communicative song recital with harp as unexpected bonusTanja Niemann

What do visiting German performers add to the Edinburgh International Festival's Auld (Scotland-France) Alliance thread? Simple: when they communicate as superbly as soprano Diana Damrau and Jonathan Nott's Bambergers, the music-making works at the highest level. The fact that Damrau enlisted French harpist Xavier de Maistre for one of the most singular song recitals I've ever heard, and that the symphony concert set Messiaenic pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard at its centre, simply gave us more for our money in a cavalcade of light to illuminate the grey tail-end of the festival.

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