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Ensemble Marsyas - Edinburgh 1742 - Presto Classical


30 August 2017
Presto Classical
Katherine Cooper

It might look a little esoteric on paper, but this reconstruction of a typical Edinburgh Musical Society concert in the mid-eighteenth century (juxtaposing concerti by Handel and the Scottish-domiciled Italian Francesco Barsanti with Scots folk tunes) is brought off with captivating brio from all involved, with delightfully boisterous contributions from horn soloists Joe Walters and Alec Frank-Gemmill.
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