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The Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra (Edinburgh International Festival)

By | Published on Wednesday 31 August 2011

This gorgeous performance shows the array of music that this very talented orchestra can play. We are introduced to the Korean instrument the sheng, played masterfully by Wu Wei in the piece ‘Šu’ by Unsuk Chin. With this piece, we see every instrument of the orchestra played to a new standard, generating various sounds and textures. Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74, ‘Pathétique’ by Tchaikovsky was the final piece of the set, played with such heart-breaking emotion that it stole away everyone’s breath. The precision and unity within the orchestra, along with their showmanship, gave a fantastic performance, only to be surpassed by their two encore pieces at the end. This is perfection for lovers of classical music.

Usher Hall, 24 Aug, 7.30pm (9.15pm), £12.00 – £42.00, eifpp34.
tw rating 5/5