Edinburgh International Festival - 2017 Queen's Hall Series

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01Dunedin Consort20170805

The Dunedin Consort launch the 2017 Queen's Hall series live from Edinburgh.

The Dunedin Consort launch the 2017 Queen's Hall series live from Edinburgh with a programme featuring a recently rediscovered work by Monteverdi which was transcribed by Schütz into German. 'Combattimento', known in its original form as 'Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda' is the fateful love story of a Christian soldier and his Saracen lover at the time of the first Crusades. Monteverdi's original work is notable for one of the earliest known inclusions of the string instrument effects of pizzicato and tremolo. The programme begins with a number of instrumental and vocal works by contemporary composers from German and Italy.

Presented by Donald Macleod

Froberger: Toccata in G major
Monteverdi: Armato il cor
Monteverdi: Zefiro torna
Marini: Passacaglio à 4
Schütz: Güldne Haare, gleich Aurore
Buxtehude: Sonata in A major
Schütz: O süsser, o freundlicher
Schütz: Es steh Gott auf

Interval at around 11.50am
Donald Macleod talks to Fergus Linehan about 70 years of the Edinburgh International Festival and to musicologist David Lee about the version of 'Il Combattimento' that the Dunedin Consort will perform in part two.

12.15pm
Rosenmüller: Sonata No. 7 à 4 in D minor
Monteverdi/Schütz: Combattimento

Sophie Bevan, soprano
Nicholas Mulroy, tenor
Dunedin Consort
director John Butt, harpsichord.

The Dunedin Consort launch the 2017 Queen's Hall series live from Edinburgh with a programme featuring a recently rediscovered work by Monteverdi which was transcribed by Schütz into German. 'Combattimento', known in its original form as 'Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda' is the fateful love story of a Christian soldier and his Saracen lover at the time of the first Crusades. Monteverdi's original work is notable for one of the earliest known inclusions of the string instrument effects of pizzicato and tremolo. The programme begins with a number of instrumental and vocal works by contemporary composers from German and Italy.

Presented by Donald Macleod

Froberger: Toccata in G major
Monteverdi: Armato il cor
Monteverdi: Zefiro torna
Marini: Passacaglio à 4
Schütz: Güldne Haare, gleich Aurore
Buxtehude: Sonata in A major
Schütz: O süsser, o freundlicher
Schütz: Es steh Gott auf

Interval at around 11.50am
As the 2017 Edinburgh International Festival gets under way, Donald Macleod takes a look at the Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado who has the honour of conducting the Opening Concert from the Usher Hall and plays the first movement of his recording of Mendelssohn's Symphony No 3 with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra.

12.15pm
Rosenmüller: Sonata No. 7 à 4 in D minor
Monteverdi/Schütz: Combattimento

Sophie Bevan, soprano
Nicholas Mulroy, tenor
Dunedin Consort
director John Butt, harpsichord.

01Dunedin Consort20170805

The Dunedin Consort launch the 2017 Queen's Hall series live from Edinburgh.

The Dunedin Consort launch the 2017 Queen's Hall series live from Edinburgh with a programme featuring a recently rediscovered work by Monteverdi which was transcribed by Schütz into German. 'Combattimento', known in its original form as 'Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda' is the fateful love story of a Christian soldier and his Saracen lover at the time of the first Crusades. Monteverdi's original work is notable for one of the earliest known inclusions of the string instrument effects of pizzicato and tremolo. The programme begins with a number of instrumental and vocal works by contemporary composers from German and Italy.

Presented by Donald Macleod

Froberger: Toccata in G major
Monteverdi: Armato il cor
Monteverdi: Zefiro torna
Marini: Passacaglio à 4
Schütz: Güldne Haare, gleich Aurore
Buxtehude: Sonata in A major
Schütz: O süsser, o freundlicher
Schütz: Es steh Gott auf

Interval at around 11.50am
Donald Macleod talks to Fergus Linehan about 70 years of the Edinburgh International Festival and to musicologist David Lee about the version of 'Il Combattimento' that the Dunedin Consort will perform in part two.

12.15pm
Rosenmüller: Sonata No. 7 à 4 in D minor
Monteverdi/Schütz: Combattimento

Sophie Bevan, soprano
Nicholas Mulroy, tenor
Dunedin Consort
director John Butt, harpsichord.

The Dunedin Consort launch the 2017 Queen's Hall series live from Edinburgh with a programme featuring a recently rediscovered work by Monteverdi which was transcribed by Schütz into German. 'Combattimento', known in its original form as 'Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda' is the fateful love story of a Christian soldier and his Saracen lover at the time of the first Crusades. Monteverdi's original work is notable for one of the earliest known inclusions of the string instrument effects of pizzicato and tremolo. The programme begins with a number of instrumental and vocal works by contemporary composers from German and Italy.

Presented by Donald Macleod

Froberger: Toccata in G major
Monteverdi: Armato il cor
Monteverdi: Zefiro torna
Marini: Passacaglio à 4
Schütz: Güldne Haare, gleich Aurore
Buxtehude: Sonata in A major
Schütz: O süsser, o freundlicher
Schütz: Es steh Gott auf

Interval at around 11.50am
As the 2017 Edinburgh International Festival gets under way, Donald Macleod takes a look at the Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado who has the honour of conducting the Opening Concert from the Usher Hall and plays the first movement of his recording of Mendelssohn's Symphony No 3 with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra.

12.15pm
Rosenmüller: Sonata No. 7 à 4 in D minor
Monteverdi/Schütz: Combattimento

Sophie Bevan, soprano
Nicholas Mulroy, tenor
Dunedin Consort
director John Butt, harpsichord.

02Christian Tetzlaff And Leif Ove Andsnes20170807

Live from Edinburgh's Queen's Hall, sonatas by Mozart, Janacek and Shostakovich.

Live from the Queen's Hall in Edinburgh, Donald Macleod presents a musical pairing that has performed together for over twenty years. German violinist Christian Tetzlaff and Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes open their recital with Janacek's violin sonata written during great turmoil in 1914 followed by a selection of Sibelius' miniatures and Mozart's elegant Sonata No 27 (written in just one hour). They close with Shostakovich's sonata, written for his friend, the violin virtuoso David Oistrakh.

Janacek: Violin Sonata (1914)
Sibelius: Danses champêtres, Op 106 nos 2, 4 and 5
Mozart: Violin Sonata No 27 in G, K379
11.50
INTERVAL:
Karen Cargill sings Mahler's Rückert-Lieder

12.10
Shostakovich: Violin Sonata, Op.134

Christian Tetzlaff (violin)
Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)

Presenter: Donald Macleod
Producer: Laura Metcalfe.

02Christian Tetzlaff And Leif Ove Andsnes20170807

Live from Edinburgh's Queen's Hall, sonatas by Mozart, Janacek and Shostakovich.

Live from the Queen's Hall in Edinburgh, Donald Macleod presents a musical pairing that has performed together for over twenty years. German violinist Christian Tetzlaff and Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes open their recital with Janacek's violin sonata written during great turmoil in 1914 followed by a selection of Sibelius' miniatures and Mozart's elegant Sonata No 27 (written in just one hour). They close with Shostakovich's sonata, written for his friend, the violin virtuoso David Oistrakh.

Janacek: Violin Sonata (1914)
Sibelius: Danses champêtres, Op 106 nos 2, 4 and 5
Mozart: Violin Sonata No 27 in G, K379
11.50
INTERVAL:
Karen Cargill sings Mahler's Rückert-Lieder

12.10
Shostakovich: Violin Sonata, Op.134

Christian Tetzlaff (violin)
Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)

Presenter: Donald Macleod
Producer: Laura Metcalfe.

03Apollon Musagete Quartet20170808

Live from the Queen's Hall in Edinburgh, a recital by the Polish Apollon Musagete Quartet.

Live from the Queen's Hall in Edinburgh, Donald Macleod presents a recital by the Polish Apollon Musagète Quartet. Puccini's single slow movement 'Crisantemi', written in memory of the Duke of Aosta, precedes the last and most tonally adventurous of Mozart's 'Haydn' quartets. Following the interval, Grieg's dramatic first string quartet 'aims at breadth, to soar.'

Puccini: Crisantemi
Mozart: String Quartet No. 19 in C major, K.465, 'Dissonance'

11:45
Interval
Seong-Jin Cho plays Chopin's Second Piano Sonata

12:05
Grieg: String Quartet in G minor, Op 27

Apollon Musagète Quartet

Presenter: Donald Macleod
Producer: Laura Metcalfe.

03Apollon Musagete Quartet20170808

Live from the Queen's Hall in Edinburgh, a recital by the Polish Apollon Musagete Quartet.

Live from the Queen's Hall in Edinburgh, Donald Macleod presents a recital by the Polish Apollon Musagète Quartet. Puccini's single slow movement 'Crisantemi', written in memory of the Duke of Aosta, precedes the last and most tonally adventurous of Mozart's 'Haydn' quartets. Following the interval, Grieg's dramatic first string quartet 'aims at breadth, to soar.'

Puccini: Crisantemi
Mozart: String Quartet No. 19 in C major, K.465, 'Dissonance'

11:45
Interval
Seong-Jin Cho plays Chopin's Second Piano Sonata

12:05
Grieg: String Quartet in G minor, Op 27

Apollon Musagète Quartet

Presenter: Donald Macleod
Producer: Laura Metcalfe.

04Mikhail Pletnev, Piano20170809

Russian pianist Mikhail Pletnev returns to the Festival with a feast of solo Rachmaninov.

More frequently appearing as a conductor during the Festival with the Russian National Orchestra which he founded, the great Russian pianist Mikhail Pletnev makes a welcome return to the Festival this year as recitalist with a feast of Rachmaninov's works for solo piano.

Rachmaninov
Morceaux de fantaisie, Op 3 (No 2, Prelude; No 1, Elégie; No 4, Pulcinella)
Morceaux de salon, Op 10 (No 3, Barcarolle in G minor; No 5, Humoresque in G major)
Prelude in B flat major, Op 23 No 2, 'Maestoso'
Prelude in D major, Op 23 No 4, 'Andante Cantabile'
Prelude in C minor, Op 23 No 7, 'Allegro'
Prelude in C minor, Op 23 No 6
Prelude in G minor, Op 23 No 5, 'Alla marcia'
Prelude in A minor, Op 32 No 8
Prelude in G sharp minor, Op 32 No 12
Etude-tableau in C minor, Op 39 No 7

c. 11.55 INTERVAL: Gringolts Quartet perform the first three movements from Schumann's String Quartet no.1 in A minor Op.41 no.1

c.12.15
Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No 1 in D minor, Op 28

Mikhail Pletnev, piano

Producer: Gavin McCollum
Presenter: Kate Molleson.

More frequently appearing as a conductor during the Festival with the Russian National Orchestra which he founded, the great Russian pianist Mikhail Pletnev makes a welcome return to the Festival this year as recitalist with a feast of Rachmaninov's works for solo piano.

Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No 1 in D minor, Op 28

c. 11.40 INTERVAL: Ilya Gringolts and Peter Laul play Schumann: Violin Sonata no. 3 in A minor

c.12.00
Rachmaninov
Morceaux de fantaisie, Op 3 (No 2, Prelude; No 1, Elégie; No 4, Pulcinella)
Morceaux de salon, Op 10 (No 3, Barcarolle in G minor; No 5, Humoresque in G major)
Prelude in B flat major, Op 23 No 2, 'Maestoso'
Prelude in D major, Op 23 No 4, 'Andante Cantabile'
Prelude in C minor, Op 23 No 7, 'Allegro'
Prelude in G minor, Op 23 No 5, 'Alla marcia'
Two preludes to be confirmed from Op 32
Etude-tableau in C minor, Op 39 No 7

Mikhail Pletnev, piano

Producer: Gavin McCollum
Presenter: Donald Macleod.

04Mikhail Pletnev, Piano20170809

Russian pianist Mikhail Pletnev returns to the Festival with a feast of solo Rachmaninov.

More frequently appearing as a conductor during the Festival with the Russian National Orchestra which he founded, the great Russian pianist Mikhail Pletnev makes a welcome return to the Festival this year as recitalist with a feast of Rachmaninov's works for solo piano.

Rachmaninov
Morceaux de fantaisie, Op 3 (No 2, Prelude; No 1, Elégie; No 4, Pulcinella)
Morceaux de salon, Op 10 (No 3, Barcarolle in G minor; No 5, Humoresque in G major)
Prelude in B flat major, Op 23 No 2, 'Maestoso'
Prelude in D major, Op 23 No 4, 'Andante Cantabile'
Prelude in C minor, Op 23 No 7, 'Allegro'
Prelude in C minor, Op 23 No 6
Prelude in G minor, Op 23 No 5, 'Alla marcia'
Prelude in A minor, Op 32 No 8
Prelude in G sharp minor, Op 32 No 12
Etude-tableau in C minor, Op 39 No 7

c. 11.55 INTERVAL: Gringolts Quartet perform the first three movements from Schumann's String Quartet no.1 in A minor Op.41 no.1

c.12.15
Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No 1 in D minor, Op 28

Mikhail Pletnev, piano

Producer: Gavin McCollum
Presenter: Kate Molleson.

More frequently appearing as a conductor during the Festival with the Russian National Orchestra which he founded, the great Russian pianist Mikhail Pletnev makes a welcome return to the Festival this year as recitalist with a feast of Rachmaninov's works for solo piano.

Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No 1 in D minor, Op 28

c. 11.40 INTERVAL: Ilya Gringolts and Peter Laul play Schumann: Violin Sonata no. 3 in A minor

c.12.00
Rachmaninov
Morceaux de fantaisie, Op 3 (No 2, Prelude; No 1, Elégie; No 4, Pulcinella)
Morceaux de salon, Op 10 (No 3, Barcarolle in G minor; No 5, Humoresque in G major)
Prelude in B flat major, Op 23 No 2, 'Maestoso'
Prelude in D major, Op 23 No 4, 'Andante Cantabile'
Prelude in C minor, Op 23 No 7, 'Allegro'
Prelude in G minor, Op 23 No 5, 'Alla marcia'
Two preludes to be confirmed from Op 32
Etude-tableau in C minor, Op 39 No 7

Mikhail Pletnev, piano

Producer: Gavin McCollum
Presenter: Donald Macleod.

05Karen Cargill And Simon Lepper20170810

Karen Cargill and Simon Lepper perform sensual French songs by Debussy and Chausson.

The Internationally renowned Scottish mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill makes her EIF Queen's Hall debut appearance. With her regular musical partner Simon Lepper, they perform a sensual and delicate selection of songs of Chassson, Hahn, Duparc and Debussy alongside Wagner's highly-charged and romantic Wesendonck lieder. Wagner based these songs on poems by Mathilde Wesendonck with whom he had fallen in love and the music reflects much to be found later in his opera Tristan and Isolde.

Presented by Donald Macleod

Hahn: A Chloris; Le Rossignol des lilas; L'Enamourée; Infidelité; Les Fontaines
Debussy: Trois Chansons de Bilitis
Chausson: Le Charme; Sérénade italienne; Le Colibri; Les Papillons

INTERVAL at around 11.35am
Donald Macleod takes a look ahead to next week when Swiss pianist Andreas Haefliger will perform at the Festival and introduces his recording of Beethoven Piano Sonata No 32 in C minor, Op 111

Duparc: L'Invitation au voyage; Chanson triste; Extase; Phidylé
Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder

Karen Cargill (mezzo-soprano)
Simon Lepper (piano).

perform sensual French songs by Debussy and Chausson.

05Karen Cargill And Simon Lepper20170810

perform sensual French songs by Debussy and Chausson.

The Internationally renowned Scottish mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill makes her EIF Queen's Hall debut appearance. With her regular musical partner Simon Lepper, they perform a sensual and delicate selection of songs of Chassson, Hahn, Duparc and Debussy alongside Wagner's highly-charged and romantic Wesendonck lieder. Wagner based these songs on poems by Mathilde Wesendonck with whom he had fallen in love and the music reflects much to be found later in his opera Tristan and Isolde.

Presented by Donald Macleod

Hahn: A Chloris; Le Rossignol des lilas; L'Enamourée; Infidelité; Les Fontaines
Debussy: Trois Chansons de Bilitis
Chausson: Le Charme; Sérénade italienne; Le Colibri; Les Papillons

INTERVAL at around 11.35am
Donald Macleod takes a look ahead to next week when Swiss pianist Andreas Haefliger will perform at the Festival and introduces his recording of Beethoven Piano Sonata No 32 in C minor, Op 111

Duparc: L'Invitation au voyage; Chanson triste; Extase; Phidylé
Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder

Karen Cargill (mezzo-soprano)
Simon Lepper (piano).

06Seong-jin Cho, Piano20170811

Donald Macleod presents pianist Seong-Jin Cho in his Edinburgh Festival debut.

Seong-Jin Cho won first prize at the 2015 International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition, and makes his Edinburgh International Festival debut playing Chopin's four Ballades. Seong-Jin opens his recital with two of Beethoven's mighty works for keyboard, his early 'Pathétique' Sonata and the later Sonata No 30 in E Op.109, both ground-breaking in form and content.

Beethoven: Piano Sonata in C minor, Op.13, 'Pathétique'
Beethoven: Piano Sonata in E, Op.109

11.40
Interval
Francois Leleux plays Mozart's Oboe Concerto in C, K341

12.00
Chopin: Ballade in G minor, Op 23; Ballade in F, Op 38; Ballade in A flat, Op 47; Ballade in F minor, Op 52

Seong-Jin Cho, piano

Presenter: Donald Macleod
Producer: Laura Metcalfe.

06Seong-jin Cho, Piano20170811

Donald Macleod presents pianist Seong-Jin Cho in his Edinburgh Festival debut.

Seong-Jin Cho won first prize at the 2015 International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition, and makes his Edinburgh International Festival debut playing Chopin's four Ballades. Seong-Jin opens his recital with two of Beethoven's mighty works for keyboard, his early 'Pathétique' Sonata and the later Sonata No 30 in E Op.109, both ground-breaking in form and content.

Beethoven: Piano Sonata in C minor, Op.13, 'Pathétique'
Beethoven: Piano Sonata in E, Op.109

11.40
Interval
Francois Leleux plays Mozart's Oboe Concerto in C, K341

12.00
Chopin: Ballade in G minor, Op 23; Ballade in F, Op 38; Ballade in A flat, Op 47; Ballade in F minor, Op 52

Seong-Jin Cho, piano

Presenter: Donald Macleod
Producer: Laura Metcalfe.

07Gringolts Quartet20170814

Recorded at the Queen's Hall, Donald Macleod presents the Gringolts Quartet in recital.

The Gringolts Quartet begins its recital from the Queen's Hall in Edinburgh with the high-jinks of Haydn's 'Frog' Quartet No 6, before Jörg Widmann's highly individual third quartet opens with a theme from Beethoven and adventures into a distinctly new landscape. The recital ends with the final quartet of Brahms's Opus 67 series - the composer's favourite of the three in that group, according to violin virtuoso and close friend Joseph Joachim.

Haydn: String Quartet in D major, Op 50 No 6, 'The Frog'
Jörg Widmann: String Quartet No 3, 'The Hunt'

11.40
Interval: Donald introduces a selection of opera arias from Verdi, Gounod and Dvorak sung by Festival artist Réne Pape.

12.00
Brahms: String Quartet No 3 in B flat, Op 67
Gringolts Quartet

Presenter: Donald Macleod
Producer: Gavin McCollum.

07Gringolts Quartet20170814

Recorded at the Queen's Hall, Donald Macleod presents the Gringolts Quartet in recital.

The Gringolts Quartet begins its recital from the Queen's Hall in Edinburgh with the high-jinks of Haydn's 'Frog' Quartet No 6, before Jörg Widmann's highly individual third quartet opens with a theme from Beethoven and adventures into a distinctly new landscape. The recital ends with the final quartet of Brahms's Opus 67 series - the composer's favourite of the three in that group, according to violin virtuoso and close friend Joseph Joachim.

Haydn: String Quartet in D major, Op 50 No 6, 'The Frog'
Jörg Widmann: String Quartet No 3, 'The Hunt'

11.40
Interval: Donald introduces a selection of opera arias from Verdi, Gounod and Dvorak sung by Festival artist Réne Pape.

12.00
Brahms: String Quartet No 3 in B flat, Op 67
Gringolts Quartet

Presenter: Donald Macleod
Producer: Gavin McCollum.

08Andreas Haefliger20170815

Recorded at the Queen's Hall, Donald Macleod presents the Swiss pianist Andreas Haefliger.

Swiss Pianist Andreas Haefliger performs a colourful programme featuring Musorgsky's mighty tour-de-force Pictures at an Exhibition. It was inspired by the grotesque fairy tale pictures by Victor Hartmann as exhibited in the Imperial Academy of the Arts as a memorial to the painter. Liszt conjours his own dramatic scene of St Francis walking on the water in his second Legend. Berg's early sonata is as brief as it is tumultuous and contrasts with the mature serenity of Beethoven's Sonata Op 101.

The concert is presented by Donald Macleod

Berg: Piano Sonata
Liszt: Legend No. 1, "St. Francis of Assisi's sermon to the birds"
Beethoven: Piano Sonata in A major, Op.101

INTERVAL at around 11.50am
Donald Macleod explores Schubert songs sung by Benjamin Appl who appears at the Festival on Thursday.

12.15pm
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

Andreas Haefliger (piano).

Swiss Pianist Andreas Haefliger performs a colourful programme featuring Mussorgsky's mighty tour-de-force Pictures at an Exhibition. It was inspired by the grotesque fairytale pictures by Victor Hartmann as exhibited in the Imperial Academy of the Arts as a memorial to the painter. Liszt conjures his own dramatic scene of St Francis walking on the water in his second Legend. Berg's early sonata is as brief as it is tumultuous and contrasts with the mature serenity of Beethoven's Sonata Op 101.

The concert is presented by Donald Macleod

Berg: Piano Sonata
Liszt: Legend No. 2, "St Francis of Paola walking on the waves"
Beethoven: Piano Sonata in A major, Op.101

INTERVAL at around 11.53am
Donald Macleod explores Schubert songs sung by Benjamin Appl who appears at the Festival on Thursday.

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

Andreas Haefliger (piano).

08Andreas Haefliger20170815

Recorded at the Queen's Hall, Donald Macleod presents the Swiss pianist Andreas Haefliger.

Swiss Pianist Andreas Haefliger performs a colourful programme featuring Mussorgsky's mighty tour-de-force Pictures at an Exhibition. It was inspired by the grotesque fairytale pictures by Victor Hartmann as exhibited in the Imperial Academy of the Arts as a memorial to the painter. Liszt conjures his own dramatic scene of St Francis walking on the water in his second Legend. Berg's early sonata is as brief as it is tumultuous and contrasts with the mature serenity of Beethoven's Sonata Op 101.

The concert is presented by Donald Macleod

Berg: Piano Sonata
Liszt: Legend No. 2, "St Francis of Paola walking on the waves"
Beethoven: Piano Sonata in A major, Op.101

INTERVAL at around 11.53am
Donald Macleod explores Schubert songs sung by Benjamin Appl who appears at the Festival on Thursday.

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

Andreas Haefliger (piano).

Swiss Pianist Andreas Haefliger performs a colourful programme featuring Musorgsky's mighty tour-de-force Pictures at an Exhibition. It was inspired by the grotesque fairy tale pictures by Victor Hartmann as exhibited in the Imperial Academy of the Arts as a memorial to the painter. Liszt conjours his own dramatic scene of St Francis walking on the water in his second Legend. Berg's early sonata is as brief as it is tumultuous and contrasts with the mature serenity of Beethoven's Sonata Op 101.

The concert is presented by Donald Macleod

Berg: Piano Sonata
Liszt: Legend No. 1, "St. Francis of Assisi's sermon to the birds"
Beethoven: Piano Sonata in A major, Op.101

INTERVAL at around 11.50am
Donald Macleod explores Schubert songs sung by Benjamin Appl who appears at the Festival on Thursday.

12.15pm
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

Andreas Haefliger (piano).

09Francois Leleux And Eric Le Sage20170816

Works for oboe and piano performed live in Edinburgh by Francois Leleux and Eric Le Sage.

Francois Leleux and Eric Le Sage perform a selection of chamber works for oboe and piano, beginning in the neoclassical and angular tonal world of Saint-Saëns and Hindemith's sonatas. Then follows Poulenc's tender sonata written in his final year, in memory of Prokofiev, alongside Schumann's Adagio and Allegro Op.70 -originally written for the newly arrived valve horn. After the interval, Dutilleux and Schumann's lyrical offerings precede Antal Dorati's expansive and demanding Duo Concertante. Dorati considered himself a 'conducting composer' and commented that 'writing music is the very focal point of my life.'

Saint-Saëns: Oboe Sonata in D major, Op.166
Hindemith: Oboe Sonata
Poulenc: Sonata for oboe and piano, FP 185
Schumann: Adagio and Allegro, Op.70

11.50 interval
The Chiaroscuro Quartet play Haydn's String Quartet in A major, Op. 20 No. 6

12.10
Dutilleux: Oboe Sonata
Schumann: Three Romances, Op.94
Dorati: Duo Concertante for oboe and piano

François Leleux, oboe
Eric Le Sage, piano

Presenter - Donald Macleod
Producer - Laura Metcalfe.

09Francois Leleux And Eric Le Sage20170816

Works for oboe and piano performed live in Edinburgh by Francois Leleux and Eric Le Sage.

Francois Leleux and Eric Le Sage perform a selection of chamber works for oboe and piano, beginning in the neoclassical and angular tonal world of Saint-Saëns and Hindemith's sonatas. Then follows Poulenc's tender sonata written in his final year, in memory of Prokofiev, alongside Schumann's Adagio and Allegro Op.70 -originally written for the newly arrived valve horn. After the interval, Dutilleux and Schumann's lyrical offerings precede Antal Dorati's expansive and demanding Duo Concertante. Dorati considered himself a 'conducting composer' and commented that 'writing music is the very focal point of my life.'

Saint-Saëns: Oboe Sonata in D major, Op.166
Hindemith: Oboe Sonata
Poulenc: Sonata for oboe and piano, FP 185
Schumann: Adagio and Allegro, Op.70

11.50 interval
The Chiaroscuro Quartet play Haydn's String Quartet in A major, Op. 20 No. 6

12.10
Dutilleux: Oboe Sonata
Schumann: Three Romances, Op.94
Dorati: Duo Concertante for oboe and piano

François Leleux, oboe
Eric Le Sage, piano

Presenter - Donald Macleod
Producer - Laura Metcalfe.

10Benjamin Appl And Pavel Kolesnikov20170817

German baritone Benjamin Appl and pianist Pavel Kolesnikov perform a selection of lieder.

The German baritone Benjamin Appl is joined by pianist Pavel Kolesnikov for a broad selection of Schubert lieder in the first half of today's recital, live from the Queen's Hall in Edinburgh. Schumann's settings of one of his favourite poets, Heinrich Heine, open the second half, before a new work by German composer and conductor Matthias Pintscher. Finally, we hear Greig's Sechs Lieder, perhaps the closest works that Grieg wrote to Romantic German lieder style.

Schubert: Der Winterabend, D938 [von Leitner]; Drang in die Ferne, D770 [von Leitner]; Der Wanderer an den Mond, D870 [Seidl]; Die Taubenpost, D965a [Seidl]; Abendstern, D806 [Mayrhofer]; Nachtstück, D672 [Mayrhofer]; Alinde, D904 [Rochlitz]; An die Laute, D905 [Rochlitz]; Der Zwerg, D771 [von Collin]

11.45 am
INTERVAL: Festival artist Richard Egarr plays Bach's Partita in B flat major, BWV 825

12.10
Schumann: Mein Wagen rollet langsam, Op 142 No 4 [Heine]; Belsatzar, Op 57 [Heine]; Dein Angesicht, Op 127 No 2 [Heine]; Du bist wie eine Blume, Op 25 No 24 [Heine]; Die beiden Grenadiere, Op 49 No 1 [Heine]
Matthias Pintscher: Canto I (after Octavio Paz "un despertar") (world premiere)
Grieg: Sechs Lieder, Op 48 [Heine/Geibel/Uhland/von der Vogelweide/Goethe/von Bodenstedt]

Benjamin Appl (baritone)
Pavel Kolesnikov (piano)

Presenter: Donald Macleod
Producer: Laura Metcalfe.

10Benjamin Appl And Pavel Kolesnikov20170817

German baritone Benjamin Appl and pianist Pavel Kolesnikov perform a selection of lieder.

The German baritone Benjamin Appl is joined by pianist Pavel Kolesnikov for a broad selection of Schubert lieder in the first half of today's recital, live from the Queen's Hall in Edinburgh. Schumann's settings of one of his favourite poets, Heinrich Heine, open the second half, before a new work by German composer and conductor Matthias Pintscher. Finally, we hear Greig's Sechs Lieder, perhaps the closest works that Grieg wrote to Romantic German lieder style.

Schubert: Der Winterabend, D938 [von Leitner]; Drang in die Ferne, D770 [von Leitner]; Der Wanderer an den Mond, D870 [Seidl]; Die Taubenpost, D965a [Seidl]; Abendstern, D806 [Mayrhofer]; Nachtstück, D672 [Mayrhofer]; Alinde, D904 [Rochlitz]; An die Laute, D905 [Rochlitz]; Der Zwerg, D771 [von Collin]

11.45 am
INTERVAL: Festival artist Richard Egarr plays Bach's Partita in B flat major, BWV 825

12.10
Schumann: Mein Wagen rollet langsam, Op 142 No 4 [Heine]; Belsatzar, Op 57 [Heine]; Dein Angesicht, Op 127 No 2 [Heine]; Du bist wie eine Blume, Op 25 No 24 [Heine]; Die beiden Grenadiere, Op 49 No 1 [Heine]
Matthias Pintscher: Canto I (after Octavio Paz "un despertar") (world premiere)
Grieg: Sechs Lieder, Op 48 [Heine/Geibel/Uhland/von der Vogelweide/Goethe/von Bodenstedt]

Benjamin Appl (baritone)
Pavel Kolesnikov (piano)

Presenter: Donald Macleod
Producer: Laura Metcalfe.

11Chiaroscuro Quartet20170818

Chiaroscuro Quartet led by international soloist Alina Ibragimova perform on gut strings.

The Chiaroscuro Quartet, led by international soloist Alina Ibragimova, bring period-instrument performances of core classical repertoire to the Edinburgh International Festival. They perform extracts from Bach's enigmatic Art of Fugue, written without specification of instrument or ensemble by the composer. Haydn's Op 76 quartets demonstrate an ambitious and future-looking Haydn at work, while Schubert's late quartet 'Death and the Maiden', based on one of his songs, is one of the masterworks of the genre.

Presented by Donald Macleod

Bach: Art of Fugue (1,4 and 9)
Haydn: String Quartet in E flat major, Op.76 No.6

INTERVAL at around 11.50am
Joshua Bell plays works by Brahms and Rachmaninov

Schubert: String Quartet No.14 in D minor, D810, 'Death and the Maiden'

Chiaroscuro Quartet.

led by international soloist Alina Ibragimova perform on gut strings.

11Chiaroscuro Quartet20170818

led by international soloist Alina Ibragimova perform on gut strings.

The Chiaroscuro Quartet, led by international soloist Alina Ibragimova, bring period-instrument performances of core classical repertoire to the Edinburgh International Festival. They perform extracts from Bach's enigmatic Art of Fugue, written without specification of instrument or ensemble by the composer. Haydn's Op 76 quartets demonstrate an ambitious and future-looking Haydn at work, while Schubert's late quartet 'Death and the Maiden', based on one of his songs, is one of the masterworks of the genre.

Presented by Donald Macleod

Bach: Art of Fugue (1,4 and 9)
Haydn: String Quartet in E flat major, Op.76 No.6

INTERVAL at around 11.50am
Joshua Bell plays works by Brahms and Rachmaninov

Schubert: String Quartet No.14 in D minor, D810, 'Death and the Maiden'

Chiaroscuro Quartet.

12Joshua Bell & Denes Varjon20170821

Violinist Joshua Bell performs three romantic sonatas by Mendelssohn, Brahms and Grieg.

American virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell begins his three concert residency at the International Festival along with his regular chamber music collaborator Hungarian pianist Dénes Várjon. They perform three great romantic sonatas of the violin repertoire by Mendelssohn, Brahms and Grieg.

Presented by Jamie MacDougall

Mendelssohn: Violin Sonata in F major (1838)
Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78

INTERVAL at around 11.50
Jamie MacDougall presents anthems by Buxtehude and Purcell sung by countertenor Iestyn Davies who will be appearing in the Queen's Hall series with the Academy of Ancient Music this week.

12.10
Grieg: Sonata No. 3 in C minor, Op.45

Joshua Bell (violin)
Dénes Várjon (piano)

Producer: Lindsay Pell.

12Joshua Bell & Denes Varjon20170821

Violinist Joshua Bell performs three romantic sonatas by Mendelssohn, Brahms and Grieg.

American virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell begins his three concert residency at the International Festival along with his regular chamber music collaborator Hungarian pianist Dénes Várjon. They perform three great romantic sonatas of the violin repertoire by Mendelssohn, Brahms and Grieg.

Presented by Jamie MacDougall

Mendelssohn: Violin Sonata in F major (1838)
Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78

INTERVAL at around 11.50
Jamie MacDougall presents anthems by Buxtehude and Purcell sung by countertenor Iestyn Davies who will be appearing in the Queen's Hall series with the Academy of Ancient Music this week.

12.10
Grieg: Sonata No. 3 in C minor, Op.45

Joshua Bell (violin)
Dénes Várjon (piano)

Producer: Lindsay Pell.

13Iestyn Davies Sings Bach 1: Academy Of Ancient Music, Richard Egarr20170822

Richard Egarr directs the Academy of Ancient Music with Iestyn Davies, live from Edinburgh

Richard Egarr directs the Academy of Ancient Music in cantatas and instrumental works by Bach and Telemann featuring soloist Iestyn Davies, live from the Queen's Hall in Edinburgh. Bach's solo cantata BWV 54 is his first known work of this kind and extols the resistance of sin, while BWV 169, written around a decade later, is longer and, in seven movements, tells of the love of God.

Presented by Jamie MacDougall

Telemann: Ouverture in D major, TWV55:D15
Bach: Widerstehe doch der Sünde, BWV 54

INTERVAL:
Jamie MacDougall takes a look back at some of this year's Festival artists and presents Christian Tetzlaff playing Brahms Violin Sonata No 2

Telemann: Trio in E flat major, TWV42:Es1
Bach: Gott soll allein mein Herze haben, BWV 169

Iestyn Davies (countertenor)
Academy of Ancient Music
Richard Egarr (director/organ).

13Iestyn Davies Sings Bach 1: Academy Of Ancient Music, Richard Egarr20170822

Richard Egarr directs the Academy of Ancient Music with Iestyn Davies, live from Edinburgh

Richard Egarr directs the Academy of Ancient Music in cantatas and instrumental works by Bach and Telemann featuring soloist Iestyn Davies, live from the Queen's Hall in Edinburgh. Bach's solo cantata BWV 54 is his first known work of this kind and extols the resistance of sin, while BWV 169, written around a decade later, is longer and, in seven movements, tells of the love of God.

Presented by Jamie MacDougall

Telemann: Ouverture in D major, TWV55:D15
Bach: Widerstehe doch der Sünde, BWV 54

INTERVAL:
Jamie MacDougall takes a look back at some of this year's Festival artists and presents Christian Tetzlaff playing Brahms Violin Sonata No 2

Telemann: Trio in E flat major, TWV42:Es1
Bach: Gott soll allein mein Herze haben, BWV 169

Iestyn Davies (countertenor)
Academy of Ancient Music
Richard Egarr (director/organ).

14Rene Pape And Camillo Radicke20170823

Bass Rene Pape performs a dark recital of Beethoven, Dvorak, Quilter and Mussorgsky.

German operatic bass René Pape performs a dark and dramatic recital of Beethoven, Dvořák, Quilter and Mussorgsky live from the Queen's Hall. Joined by his regular recital partner, pianist Camillo Radicke, the programme explores two sombre but uplifting works by Beethoven and Dvorak inspired by spiritual and biblical references.
The second half of the programme dwells on images of death, both in Quilter's setting of Shakespeare's melancholic and romantic words from Twelfth Night and Mussorgsky's song cycle featuring four rather gruesome images of Death and how he claims his victims.

Presented by Donald Macleod

Beethoven: Sechs Lieder von Gellert
Dvořák: Biblické písne (Biblical Songs)

INTERVAL at around 11.45am
Donald Macleod presents a performance of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No 1 given by the Dunedin Consort, who opened this year's Queen's Hall series at the Festival.

12.05
Quilter: Three Shakespeare Songs
Mussorgsky: Songs and Dances of Death

René Pape (bass)
Camillo Radicke (piano).

14Rene Pape And Camillo Radicke20170823

Bass Rene Pape performs a dark recital of Beethoven, Dvorak, Quilter and Mussorgsky.

German operatic bass René Pape performs a dark and dramatic recital of Beethoven, Dvořák, Quilter and Mussorgsky live from the Queen's Hall. Joined by his regular recital partner, pianist Camillo Radicke, the programme explores two sombre but uplifting works by Beethoven and Dvorak inspired by spiritual and biblical references.
The second half of the programme dwells on images of death, both in Quilter's setting of Shakespeare's melancholic and romantic words from Twelfth Night and Mussorgsky's song cycle featuring four rather gruesome images of Death and how he claims his victims.

Presented by Donald Macleod

Beethoven: Sechs Lieder von Gellert
Dvořák: Biblické písne (Biblical Songs)

INTERVAL at around 11.45am
Donald Macleod presents a performance of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No 1 given by the Dunedin Consort, who opened this year's Queen's Hall series at the Festival.

12.05
Quilter: Three Shakespeare Songs
Mussorgsky: Songs and Dances of Death

René Pape (bass)
Camillo Radicke (piano).

15Iestyn Davies Sings Bach 2: Academy Of Ancient Music, Richard Egarr20170824

Academy of Ancient Music perform Bach alto cantatas with Iestyn Davies live from Edinburgh

The Academy of Ancient Music, under the direction of early music specialist and organist Richard Egarr, perform Bach alto cantatas with Iestyn Davies and music by Telemann, live from Edinburgh. Bach's Cantata BWV 170 (Delightful rest, beloved pleasure of the soul) is a serene and uplifting cantata extolling the virtuous life away from sin. Geist und Seele wird verwirret (Spirit and soul become confused) draws from the Gospel of Mark and has a positive message that the believer should open their heart to see God's work. They open the concert with an Overture from Bach's most prolific of contemporaries, considered by some at the time to be the superior composer - Georg Philipp Telemann.

Presented by Kate Molleson

Telemann: Overture in B flat major, TWV 55:B5, 'Les Nations'
Bach: Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust, BWV 170

INTERVAL at around 11.50am
Kate Molleson looks back at some of the artists who have appeared in the Queen's Hall series this year and presents the Apollon Musagète Quartet playing Haydn's String Quartet No 55 in D major, Op 71 No 2

12.10pm
Bach: Geist und Seele wird verwirret, BWV 35

Iestyn Davies, countertenor
Academy of Ancient Music
Richard Egarr, director/organ.

15Iestyn Davies Sings Bach 2: Academy Of Ancient Music, Richard Egarr20170824

Academy of Ancient Music perform Bach alto cantatas with Iestyn Davies live from Edinburgh

The Academy of Ancient Music, under the direction of early music specialist and organist Richard Egarr, perform Bach alto cantatas with Iestyn Davies and music by Telemann, live from Edinburgh. Bach's Cantata BWV 170 (Delightful rest, beloved pleasure of the soul) is a serene and uplifting cantata extolling the virtuous life away from sin. Geist und Seele wird verwirret (Spirit and soul become confused) draws from the Gospel of Mark and has a positive message that the believer should open their heart to see God's work. They open the concert with an Overture from Bach's most prolific of contemporaries, considered by some at the time to be the superior composer - Georg Philipp Telemann.

Presented by Kate Molleson

Telemann: Overture in B flat major, TWV 55:B5, 'Les Nations'
Bach: Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust, BWV 170

INTERVAL at around 11.50am
Kate Molleson looks back at some of the artists who have appeared in the Queen's Hall series this year and presents the Apollon Musagète Quartet playing Haydn's String Quartet No 55 in D major, Op 71 No 2

12.10pm
Bach: Geist und Seele wird verwirret, BWV 35

Iestyn Davies, countertenor
Academy of Ancient Music
Richard Egarr, director/organ.

16Venera Gimadieva And Pavel Nebolsin20170825

A recital of Russian song by soprano Venera Gimadieva and pianist Pavel Nebolsin.

Live from Edinburgh's Queen's Hall, lyric soprano Venera Gimadieva is joined by fellow Russian, pianist Pavel Nebolsin as they make their joint International Festival debut with a selection of songs from their homeland. Works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Rimsky Korsakov sit alongside lesser known gems by Vlasov and Vasilenko.

Vlasov: To the fountain of Bakhchisarai Palace
Rimsky-Korsakov: Nymph, Op 56; Enslaved by the Rose, Op 2
Tchaikovsky: Serenade Op 63; Lullaby, Op 16; Tell me, what in the shade of the branches, Op 57; Pimpinella, Op 38; Dumka, Op 59
Vasilenko: Fly, my dream, Op 16; Meadowy, Op 61

11.50
Interval
The Scottish Chamber Orchestra perform Wagner's Siegfried Idyll

12.10
Glière: Wake up, child, Op 50; Rusalka, Op 52
Rachmaninov: Prelude in B minor Op 32; A Dream, Op 8; Daisies, Op 38: Lilacs, Op 21; The Pied Piper, Op 38; They answered, Op 21; Oh do not sing, Op 4; Vocalise, Op 34

Venera Gimadieva, soprano
Pavel Nebolsin, piano

Presenter, Kate Molleson
Producer, Laura Metcalfe.

16Venera Gimadieva And Pavel Nebolsin20170825

A recital of Russian song by soprano Venera Gimadieva and pianist Pavel Nebolsin.

Live from Edinburgh's Queen's Hall, lyric soprano Venera Gimadieva is joined by fellow Russian, pianist Pavel Nebolsin as they make their joint International Festival debut with a selection of songs from their homeland. Works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Rimsky Korsakov sit alongside lesser known gems by Vlasov and Vasilenko.

Vlasov: To the fountain of Bakhchisarai Palace
Rimsky-Korsakov: Nymph, Op 56; Enslaved by the Rose, Op 2
Tchaikovsky: Serenade Op 63; Lullaby, Op 16; Tell me, what in the shade of the branches, Op 57; Pimpinella, Op 38; Dumka, Op 59
Vasilenko: Fly, my dream, Op 16; Meadowy, Op 61

11.50
Interval
The Scottish Chamber Orchestra perform Wagner's Siegfried Idyll

12.10
Glière: Wake up, child, Op 50; Rusalka, Op 52
Rachmaninov: Prelude in B minor Op 32; A Dream, Op 8; Daisies, Op 38: Lilacs, Op 21; The Pied Piper, Op 38; They answered, Op 21; Oh do not sing, Op 4; Vocalise, Op 34

Venera Gimadieva, soprano
Pavel Nebolsin, piano

Presenter, Kate Molleson
Producer, Laura Metcalfe.

17Edinburgh 70: Usher Hall Closing Concert20170827

The 2017 Edinburgh International Festival's closing concert from The Usher Hall.

The 2017 Edinburgh International Festival's closing concert from The Usher Hall marks their 70th anniversary: performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins.

Recorded earlier this evening at The Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Presented by Jamie MacDougall

Bliss: Edinburgh
Shostakovich: Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District (Suite)
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Mahler: Rückert Lieder
Ned Bigham: Staffa
Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe (Suite No 2)
Strauss: Emperor Waltz

Karen Cargill (mezzo-soprano)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and conductor Martyn Brabbins close the 2017 Usher Hall Season, with a special concert to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Edinburgh International Festival. They present a range of works including some music heard in the first season back in 1947, and the world premiere of Ned Bigham's piece inspired by the Scottish isle of Staffa.

17Edinburgh 70: Usher Hall Closing Concert20170827

The 2017 Edinburgh International Festival's closing concert from The Usher Hall.

The 2017 Edinburgh International Festival's closing concert from The Usher Hall marks their 70th anniversary: performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins.

Recorded earlier this evening at The Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Presented by Jamie MacDougall

Bliss: Edinburgh
Shostakovich: Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District (Suite)
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Mahler: Rückert Lieder
Ned Bigham: Staffa
Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe (Suite No 2)
Strauss: Emperor Waltz

Karen Cargill (mezzo-soprano)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and conductor Martyn Brabbins close the 2017 Usher Hall Season, with a special concert to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Edinburgh International Festival. They present a range of works including some music heard in the first season back in 1947, and the world premiere of Ned Bigham's piece inspired by the Scottish isle of Staffa.