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My Edinburgh Scotsman review

Item posted: Wednesday 25th January , 2006

New voices: Anna Wendy Stevenson
MUSIC REVIEW

NEW VOICES: ANNA WENDY STEVENSON ***
GLASGOW ROYAL CONCERT HALL

ANNA Wendy Stevenson's New Voices commission provided a sharp contrast with Martin Green's effort of the opening weekend. Where Green pushed out into relentlessly experimental territory, Stevenson chose to work within much more conventional parameters, and produced a charming and beautifully constructed homage to Edinburgh.




The fiddler's attractive melodies animated her series of portraits of Edinburgh life and landmarks, from Arthur's Seat to the New Town and Newhaven, the exploits of Burke and Hare to the folk sessions in Sandy Bell's bar.

Several of the pieces were accompanied by recorded oral reminiscences which Stevenson had recorded from a variety of people, and a series of picturesque photographs of the city were projected on a large screen behind the players.

Her tunes were cleverly arranged for an eight-piece band

and her evocations of the capital were nicely varied, conjuring up a series of shifting moods and impressions.