Askonas Holt artists shine at the "best laid schemes" of the Edinburgh Festival

Singers take the Lied at the Edinburgh Festival

An Askonas Holt weekend of song at the Edinburgh Festival was beautifully launched by Angelika Kirchschlager, with Helmut Deutsch, to a packed and rapturous Queen’s Hall, in a programme of Brahms, Mozart and Schubert. Carol Main of The Scotsman said that Kirchschlager “transport[ed] her large and appreciative audience to another world”.


That evening in the Usher Hall, Simon Keenlyside and Malcolm Martineau, Festival favourites, presented a generous programme of Mahler, Duparc, Fauré, Strauss and Schubert. Simon Thompson of summed it up as “A superb recital from an extraordinary pairing” a sentiment which was echoed vociferously by the enraptured audience.

The next day, again in the Usher Hall, Magdalena Kozena and Yefim Bronfman brought the weekend of song to a triumphant conclusion with a programme of Mussorgsky, Shostakovich, Ravel, Rachmaninov and Bartok. Kenneth Walton of The Scotsman wrote that “Kozena’s ability to capture the essence of the music and communicate it intimately in such a large space was remarkable.”.

Congratulations to all involved!

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