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Space-age spin on Beethoven’s Fidelio set for 2013 Edinburgh International Festival

1 Aug 2013

Media artist Gary Hill's version of Fidelio for Opéra de Lyon visits Edinburgh

Beethoven has been sent to outer space. This version of his Fidelio sees singers on Segways, wearing gleaming metallic spacesuits, while intricate 3D animations swirl across the stage. Could this be the future of opera? American media artist Gary Hill…

Scottish Chamber Orchestra present parent and baby concerts

14 Sep 2011

Big Ears, Little Ears series brings Beethoven to daytime slot

It’s never too young to start listening to music, but for the babies, toddlers and their parents who want more than ‘Twinkle Twinkle’, the live orchestral experience isn’t one usually on offer. Putting that to rights is the Scottish Chamber Orchestra…

Classics at Greyfriars set for 2011 Edinburgh Fringe

10 Aug 2011

Beethoven concert series with church backdrop

Taking advantage of the unique way that music can be presented in the context of a festival, Greyfriars Kirk (at the top of Candlemaker Row) is presenting all of Beethoven’s piano sonatas and string quartets over the course of a new two-week long series…

Barockestra: Rocking the Classics

23 Aug 20103 stars

Enthusiastic rock take on well-known classical pieces

Rock interpretations of well-known classical pieces from Beethoven, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and the like featuring a full rock band, opera singer and ballerinas to give a foot-tapping tour of the greats. Overlaid with a cheesy humour that you could only…

John Adams and Lee Breuer among Edinburgh International Festival 2010 highlights

22 Mar 2010

As the programme is launched for this year’s Edinburgh International Festival, we cast an eye over the highlights

RSNO Naked Classics

6 Jan 2010

Stripping Beethoven’s 7th Symphony bare, the RSNO’s enthusiastic presenter Paul Rissmann reveals its all. Telling the stories behind the music with a bit of assistance from projections, lighting, interviews with players and the conductor, and, not to…

Classical hitlist

3 Sep 2009

RSNO: Hollywood Classics Bringing a busy summer season to its close, the RSNO and their conductor David Danzmayr present a popular mix of music from the movies. Lawrence of Arabia, Pirates of the Caribbean and Star Wars are all there in radiant…

Beethoven’s doctor ‘accidentally killed’ composer

30 Aug 2007

After months of forensic-style examinations, a Viennese pathologist claims the doctor treating Beethoven up to his death in 1827 inadvertently killed the composer. Christian Reiter has completed painstaking research examining strands of Beethoven’s…