I Music is listed as diary: by day, then by city, then by event.
FRIDAY 10 Glasgow
I BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Henry Wood Hail. Claremont Street. Tickets: 332 5057 (RSAMD Box Office). 12.15pm. £4.50 (£2.75/£2.25/£1 ). New young artists series is launched with ‘cellist Grant Llewellyn in Haydn‘s C major ‘Cello Concerto. Also on the programme are the Symphony No 1 by Shostakovieh and Britten‘s Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra.
I Midday Concert Stevenson Hall. RSAMD. 100 Renfrcw Street. 332 5057. 1pm. Admission free by ticket. Various combinations of singers and pianists perform songs by Dvorak. Rachmaninov. Copland and John McLeod.
I Das Rheingold Theatre Royal. Hope Street. 331 1234 or 332 9000.7.15pm. Extra dates: Tue 14 Feb. Thurs 13 April (Glasgow): 2 and 4 March (Edinburgh). Scottish Opera in new production, possibly start of a new Ring. See panel review.
I The Song Machine Kilmardinny Arts Centre, 50 Kilmardinny Avenue. Bearsden. 943 0312. 7.30pm. The Irving Berlin Songbook.
I The Stamic Ouartet Milngavie Town Hall. Tickets at door. 7.30pm. £4 (£2). String quartet from Prague play works by Haydn. Janacek and Dvorak.
I Organ Recital McEwan Hall. Bristo Square. 1. 10pm. Free at door. Edinburgh University‘s regular series oflunchtime organ recitals continues with Henry Wallace.
I 8N0 Usher Hall. Lothian Road, 228 1155 or 668 2019 (Queen‘s Hall Box Ofﬁce). 7.30pm. Extra date: Sat 11. Glasgow. £2.70—£1 1.50 (standby £2.50). Necme Jarvi returns to the SNO to conduct the Symphony No 8 by Shostakovieh. Dvorak‘s Symphonic Variations and the overture to Mozart‘s Magic Flute.
I RSAMD Junior Dept Concert Stevenson Hail. RSAMD. 100 Renfrcw Street. 332 5057. Free at door. 3pm. The Second Orchestra of the Sat sessions in a programme including William Alwyn‘s Scottish Dances and Dances from Rodrigo by Handel. I SNO City Hall. Candlen'ggs. 227 5511. 7.30pm. £2.50—£ll.50. See Fri 10. Edinburgh, for full description. I Don Giovanni Theatre Royal, Hope Street, 331 1234 or 332 9000. 7.15pm. Extra dates: Thurs 16. Sat 18 Feb (mat),4, 6. 24 and 30 May (Glasgow); 28 Feb, 21
t and 23 June (Edinburgh). Another new
'A‘t‘r'production from Scottish Opera. Jonathan Summers is in the title role, Jane Eaglcn sings Donna Anna, Kathryn Bouleyn is Donna Elvira and Leporello is J an Opalach. Sung in Italian.
I Piccolo Pack Queen‘s Hall. Clerk Street, 668 2019. Ham—12 noon. £1 .75p (adults £2). Beat it! kids with Evelyn Glennie , percussionist extraordinaire.
Theatre Royal, Glasgow
Scottish Opera's new production at Wagner’s Rheingold was eagerly anticipated and, in the event, well worth waiting lor- particularly on the vocal side. The cast is unilormly strong, lrom Willard White's masterlul and darkly-sung Wotan to Nicholas Folwell's suppressed rage as Alberich and Felicity Palmer's perhaps slightly too steely Fricka. Star of the show lor me was Bonaventura Dottone’s Loge, always clearly and expressiver sung, but also with real characterisation of the Ariel-like lire-god. John Mauceri directed orchestra and singers with the calm contidence we have come to expect from him. Everything was very clear and controlled —too much so at times, perhaps, and one hopes that he will let himselt and his torces go a bit more it and when the Ring Cycle progresses.
Richard Jones produces and, while there are some echoes of his rather unlortunate Cosi tan Tutti at last year in the tendency for things to appear out of holes in the backdrop, there are some really inspired moments here. Particularly effective are the Nibelungs: played by young boys, they appear groaning underthe weight of their labours out at holes in the stage, like the damned in a painting by Hieronymous Bosch. The appearance at the goddess Erda is another magical moment- better not disclosed in advance. Some 01 his other ideas don't come all so well but, in a sense, some at Wagner’s scenario for this opera is unproducible. Jones and his designers are at least always interesting to watch
and don't get in the way of the music. No opera-lover will want to miss this Rheingold; even ilyou don‘t think Wagner is yourthing, this must be— apart from the language -one oi the most accessible productions of the opera one can conceive ol. The Gods are shown as all-too-human beings with whom we can readily identity. Our appetites are whetted and we remain in a state at anticipation lorthe next instalment oithis Ring! (Noel O’Regan)
Das Rheingold, opera by Richard Wagner. This production tirst perlormed at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Fri 27 Jan 1988. Further pertormances: Glasgow, Theatre Royal: 14 Feb, 13 Apr; Edinburgh, Playhouse: 2, 4 Mar.
I Edinburgh Royal Choral Union Usher Hall, Lothian Road, 228 1155. 7.30pm. £3.50-£7. Haydn‘s London Symphony, the last of the mere 104 that he wrote, and Brahms's German Requiem, with soloists Kathleen Livingstone and Anthony Michaels-Moore. Nicholas Cleobury conducts and the orchestra is the SCO.
I Lorna Anderson/Malcolm Martineau Queen‘s Hall, Clerk Street, 6682019. 7.45pm. £4.50 (£3). Lots of French songs by Gounoud, Poulenc, Debussy (Ariettes Oubliées) and some of Canteioube‘s arrangements of French folk songs.
SUNDAY 12 Glasgow
I Scottish Opera Lockerbie Appeal Theatre Royal, Hope Street. Tickets: Loekerbie Ticket Hot Line — 333 0966 or 332 8880. 7.15pm. £10-£50. Verdi Requiem in special collaboration between Scottish Opera and Edinburgh Festival Chorus. John Mauceri conducts and soloists are Jane Eaglcn. Linda Finnie, Jorge Pita and Willard White. Hopes are for at least £50,000 towards the Loekerbie Air Disaster Appeal.
I Organ Recital St James‘s Church. Underwood Road, Paisley. Admission at door. 7.30pm. David Hamilton, assistant organist at Glasgow Cathedral, gives a recital on St J ames‘s 100 year old Willis/Walker organ.
I Open Rehearsal St Oswald‘s Hall. Montpelier. 8pm. Free at door. Edinburgh Secondary Schools‘ Training Orchestra shows what happens behind the scenes.
TUESDAY 14 Glasgow
I Lunchtime Recital Hutcheson's Hall. lngram Street. Admission: at door. 1.15pm—2pm. £1. Pupils from the Music School of Douglas Academy.
I RSAMD Student Recital Stevenson Hall. RSAMD. 100 Renfrcw Street. 332 5057. 2pm and 7pm. Free at door. A collection of string players from the Academy's Performance course.
I Glasgow Harpsichord Society St Anne‘s. 14 Sandcnd Road, G53. 882 6127. 7.30pm. £2. Dr Robert Woolscott delves into the science of harpsichord acoustics. I Oas Rheingold Theatre Royal, Hope Street. 331 1234 or 332 9000. 7. 15pm. Extra dates: 13 April (Glasgow); 2 and 4 March (Edinburgh). See Fri 10 and panel for full description.
I Reid Memorial Concert Reid Concert Hall, Bristo Square. 1. 10pm. Free at door. Music for ﬂute. violin and piano played by Anne Evans and Virginia Strawson including the ﬁrst performance of Variations on a theme by General John Reid by Dick Lee. Martinu‘s Flute Sonata. Britten‘s Gemini Variations and General Reid's own Violin Sonata No 2.
I ECAT Queen‘s Hall, Clerk Street.668 2019. 8pm. £4 (£3/£l). A Celebration of France '3 Contribution to Electronic and Computer Music is the title of this evening ofelectro-acoustic music. which includes the premiere of Leo. dreaming. . . by John Maxwell Geddes for trombone and electronic tape, with soloist John Kenny. I Lecture St Cecilia‘s hall. Cowgate. Free
at door. 4pm. Professor Eero Tarasti of the University of Helsinki speaks on How to Study Musical Signiﬁcation.
WEDNESDAY 15 Glasgow
I Lecture Concert Hall, Glasgow University. Free at door. 2pm. Roy
Howat talks about Debussy and the Orient.
I RSAMD Student Recital Stevenson Hall. RSAMD. 100 Renfrcw Street. 332 5057. 7pm. Free at door. More Performance students getting ready to follow their chosen careers. Tonight it‘s trombone. flute and clarinet.
I La Boheme Theatre Royal. Hope Street. 331 1234 or 332 9000. 7.15pm. Extra dates: 1 and 3 March (Edinburgh). Last chance to see Scottish Opera‘s stunning revival of a last season production in Glasgow. Superb sets. lighting and cast. although Angelique Burzynski's Mimi isa little disappointing.
I Edinburgh University Opera Club Old St Paul‘s Church. Jeffrey Street. 7.30pm. Tickets: 668 2019 (Queen‘s Hall)£4 (£2.50). Extra dates: Thurs 16. Fri 17,Sat 18. Ever enterprising and adventurous student group present the Scottish premiere of Leonard Bernstein's Mass. a theatre piece for singers. dancers and instrumentalists.
I Organ Competition McEwan and Reid Halls. Bristo Square. 2.30pm. Free. Students of Edinburgh University‘s Faculty ofMusic compete for theJ.S. Anderson Organ Prize.
THURSDAY 16 Glasgow
I Piano Recital Concert Hall. Glasgow University. 1.15pm. Free at door. Debussy‘s Estampes. Nocturne No 7 in (‘ sharp minor by Faure. the Polonaise-Fantaisie by Chopin and Mountains by Peter Scuithorpe in a recital given by Roy Howat.
I lntemational Celebrity Recital Stevenson Hall. RSAMD, 100 Renfrcw Street. 332 5057. 7.30pm. £10 (£7.50). PaulTortelier and Maria de la Pau in works for ‘celloand piano by J S Bach. Beethoven. Faure. Saint-Saens and Tortelier himself.
I Don Giovanni Theatre Royal. Hope Street, 331 1234 or 332 9000. 7.15pm. Extra dates: Sat 18 Feb (mat). 4. 6. 24and 30 May (Glasgow): 28 Feb. 21 and 23 June (Edinburgh). See Sat 11 forfull description.
I Lunchtime Concert National Gallery of Modern Art. Belford Road. Admission programmes: at door. 1.15pm—1.55pm. £1. Young Edinburgh ‘cellist. Veronica Henderson, in a programme including Bach's Suite in C major.
I Edinburgh University Opera Club Old St Paul‘s Church, Jeffrey Street. 7.30pm. Extra dates: Fri 17. Sat 18. See Wed 15for full description.
I Leda Piano Trio St Bernard‘s Church. Saxe Coburg Street. Stockbridge. Tickets: 668 2019 (Queen‘s Hall Box Office) or 552 9414 (Peter Campbell-Kelly). 7.45pm. £3.50 (£2). Trios for violin, 'cello and piano by Haydn, Brahms and Shostakovieh played by Peter Campbell-Kelly. Kevin McCrae and Katherine Thompson.
FRIDAY 17 Glasgow
I Midday Concert Stevenson Hall,
RSAMD. 100 Renfrcw Street. 332 5057. 1pm. Admission free by ticket. Harpsichord music by Handel. Couperin, Byrd and CPE Bach played by Roger Hamilton.
I Stakls Masterclass Guinness Room, RSAMD. 100 Renfrcw Street. 332 5057. d]
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