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Fantasy and Madness went the show’s colourful title. And it was to be a meeting of two of Scotland’s creative powerhouses – John Butt’s crack early music group the Dunedin Consort, and Glasgow theatre makers Cryptic. What they were tackling was fantastical enough – Restoration reworkings of Shakespeare and Cervantes, turned into operas and masques with music by the likes of Locke and Purcell.
The Paisley Abbey concert featuring the RSNO in collaboration with, as conductor and arranger John Logan put it, a “mainstream musician” has become a highlight of the town’s annual cultural shindig, the Spree festival. This year’s guest, Del Amitri frontman Justin Currie, is a pop stalwart who has comfortably contributed to folk and jazz ensembles but almost seemed braced for failure as he opened the show with a trepidatious What Is Love For.
With mention of Brecht and Weill, raunchy 1930s cabaret, and sin in the title, you might have expected something sleazy, if not downright dirty. What conductor Ilan Volkov delivered, however, in his performance of that great duo’s “ballet chanté” The Seven Deadly Sins, with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, must have been the most squeaky-clean account heard in a while – immaculately balanced, tripping along amiably, seldom stormy or suggestive.