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For three weeks in August every year, Edinburgh showcases the very best in international opera, music, theatre and dance as part of the Edinburgh International Festival. Here are some of our favourite performances of 2012
Performed by the Musicians of the Imperial Household Agency, Tokyo. Gagaku is the world’s oldest living orchestral tradition. This music dates back to 5th century Japan and is performed by a powerful ensemble of wind instruments, plucked strings and deeply resonant percussion. The slow-moving melodies and exquisite harmonies suggest a serene world of ancient ritual and contemplation.
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