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|St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra play Rachmaninov and Shostakovich in Edinburgh||Alan Coady|
|A neighbour at a recent visiting orchestra’s Edinburgh Festival concert asked me what I thought of the atonal frenzy in the pre-performance free-for-all; warm-up scales mingled with sneak peeks at tricky passages. My response was that a school orchestra would not be allowed to do this. Contrastingly, the vista before this St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra’s Usher Hall concert consisted of an unpeopled stage. The orchestra filed on in a matter of seconds. Coupled with white tie and tails appearance, this may have struck some as overly formal.|
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