Edinburgh International Festival 2016

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01Radio 3 In Concert20160912

Opening the 2016 Edinburgh International Festival in a gala concert at the Usher Hall on 6th August, Sir Antonio Pappano conducts the Orchestra di Santa Cecilia in Bellini, Verdi and Rossini's operatic Stabat Mater.

Rossini: Sinfonia from Otello

Bellini: Sinfonia from I Capuleti e i Montecchi

Verdi: Ballabile from Macbeth

INTERVAL at 8.00pm

Continuing the Shakespearean theme of this concert, Kate Molleson introduces two songs from Gerald Finzi's Let Us Garlands Bring performed by Ian Bostridge with Sir Antonio Pappano at the piano, followed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in some of Mendelssohn's music for A Midsummer Night's Dream.

8.20pm

Rossini: Stabat Mater

Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

Sir Antonio Pappano (conductor)

Edinburgh Festival Chorus

Carmen Giannattasio (soprano)

Marianna Pizzolato (mezzo)

Yijie Shi (tenor)

Roberto Tagliavini (bass).

02Radio 3 In Concert20160913

Sir Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia present a programme of two very different love stories. Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture reflects the Shakespearean theme running through the Festival while Schoenberg's rich score of the symbolist play Pelleas and Melisande tells a more ambiguous and troubling tale. The pianist Boris Berezovsky joins the orchestra to perform the most popular set of variations ever to be inspired by Paganini's 24th Caprice - the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini by Rachmaninov.

Presented by Kate Molleson at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh, on 7th August.

Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture

Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Interval at 8.20pm

Ravel: Gaspard de la Nuit performed by Boris Beresovsky

8.40

Schoenberg: Pelleas und Melisande

Boris Berezovsky (piano)

Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

Sir Antonio Pappano (conductor)

Produced by Lindsay Pell.

03Radio 3 In Concert20160914

Recorded at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Presented by Kate Molleson

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and conductor Matthias Pintscher pay tribute to Pierre Boulez performing his work alongside Debussy's La Mer.

Boulez: Don (from Pli Selon Pli)

Berg: Three Orchestral Pieces Op. 6

Interval 8.20

Chamber music recordings of music by Pierre Boulez and Kate Molleson talks to Matthias Pintscher about his relationship with Boulez.

8.40

Debussy: La Mer

Boulez: Mémoriale (...explosante-fixe...)

Yeree Suh (soprano)

Matthias Pintscher (conductor)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

As part of the 2016 Edinburgh International Festival the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and their artist-in-association Matthias Pintscher pay tribute to composer-conductor Pierre Boulez who died earlier this year. Pintscher was a long-time friend and colleague of Boulez who was also a regular performer at the Edinburgh Festival. In this homage, the first movement of Boulez's sensualist song-cycle Pli Selon Pli and his intimate work Mémoriale bookend the concert which also features revolutionary 20th-century works Boulez championed throughout his career: Berg's tumultuous Three Orchestral Pieces, and Debussy's masterful tone poem La Mer.

04Radio 3 In Concert20160915

Kirill Karabits conducts the Russian National Orchestra in a performance from the Edinburgh International Festival. They play a programme at the Usher Hall featuring Denis Matsuev in Tchaikovsky's romantic First Piano Concerto as well as a spot of fragrant exoticism from Scriabin and a short and poignant elegy for strings only from contemporary Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov.

Valentin Silvestrov: Elegy

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No 1 in B flat minor

INTERVAL at 8.10pm

Kate Molleson introduces Denis Matsuev playing Rachmaninov's Second Piano Sonata

8.30pm

Scriabin: Symphony No 2

Russian National Orchestra

Kirill Karabits (conductor)

Denis Matsuev (piano).

05Radio 3 In Concert20160916

Recorded at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Presented by Jamie MacDougall

Donald Runnicles conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Schoenberg's Gurrelieder from the Edinburgh Festival

Schoenberg: Gurrelieder

Schoenberg's epic cantata sets a legendary love-tale to music which begins in the lush pastures of 19th century Wagnerianism, and ends with a foreshadowing of the modernist musical landscape to come. This performance is the closing concert of the 2016 Edinburgh International Festival and also marks the final performance of Donald Runnicles as chief conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Anja Kampe (soprano)

Karen Cargill (mezzo soprano)

Simon O'Neill (tenor)

Anthony Dean Griffey (tenor)

Iain Paterson (bass baritone)

Thomas Quasthoff (speaker)

Edinburgh Festival Chorus (Christopher Bell, chorus master)

Donald Runnicles (conductor)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.