On Wednesday 1st February, Thomas Dausgaard and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra performed a concert as part of the Celtic Connections festival, collaborating with the Hungarian five-piece gipsy band “Budapest Bar” and the young, talented German baritone Benjamin Appl.

The “superb” concert featured six of Brahms’ Hungarian Dances and four Schubert songs, orchestrated by Brahms. Keith Bruce of The Herald writes, “Brahms in Budapest was a superb concept, brilliantly sequenced and quite immaculately performed by everyone involved… Dausgaard and the SSO should get the lion’s share of the credit though. The variety of the music these players have turned their hands to in the past six weeks is quite astonishing, and when Dausgaard directed (from memory) Brahms Second Symphony after the interval, they made clear how superbly they also play the core repertoire.”

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