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01Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20170425

The New Town Concerts were set up in 1965 to counteract the '49 weeks of darkness' between annual Edinburgh International Festivals. Kate Molleson presents the first of four concerts from The Queen's Hall in Edinburgh. The Doric Quartet perform Haydn's first quartet in the Op 64 set which was dedicated to his old friend Johann Tost who was formerly the lead second violin in his orchestra at Esterhazy. Bartok's second of six masterpieces for the string quartet was conceived at the outbreak of World War I and the inherent violent and desolate moods can only be a response to the war in Europe.

Doric Quartet

Haydn: String Quartet in C, Op.64 No.1

Bartok: String Quartet No.2

Alex Redington and Jonathan Stone (violins)

Héléne Clément (viola)

John Myerscough (cello).

02Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20170426

The New Town Concerts were set up in 1965 to counteract the '49 weeks of darkness' between annual Edinburgh International Festivals. Today's recital is by multi-award winning pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and is presented by Kate Molleson. Ravel's suite for piano, Miroirs depicts a vast seascape with five impressionistic pictures centred around 'A Ship on the sea'. It is preceded by one of Beethoven's late great and difficult to play sonatas by the composer's own admission. The concert ends with Debussy's luminous little masterpiece evoking a meditteranean seascape seen in Watteau's 'Lembarquement de Cythere.'

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonata in A, Op.101

Ravel: Miroirs

Debussy: L'Isle joyeuse.

03Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20170427

The New Town Concerts were set up in 1965 to counteract the '49 weeks of darkness' between annual Edinburgh International Festivals.

Presented by Kate Molleson. The Pavel Haas Quartet perform Schubert's G major quartet which extended the boundaries of the genre and was the his final quartet alongside Arvo Part's short work Fratres inspired by plainchant which he re- for various instrument combinations.

Schubert: String Quartet in G major, Op 161

Arvo Pärt: Fratres

Pavel Haas Quartet.

03Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20170427

The New Town Concerts were set up in 1965 to counteract the '49 weeks of darkness' between annual Edinburgh International Festivals.

Presented by Kate Molleson. The Pavel Haas Quartet perform Schubert's G major quartet which extended the boundaries of the genre and was the his final quartet alongside Arvo Part's short work Fratres inspired by plainchant which he re- for various instrument combinations.

Schubert: String Quartet in G major, Op 161

Arvo Pärt: Fratres

Pavel Haas Quartet.

04Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20170428

The New Town Concerts were set up in 1965 to counteract the '49 weeks of darkness' between annual Edinburgh International Festivals.

Kate Molleson presents a recital by the Sitkovetsky Piano Trio, performing the Andalucian composer Joaquin Turina's second piano trio and Schubert's expansive first piano trio of which Robert Schumann said 'One glance and the troubles of our human existence disappear and all the world is fresh and bright again'.

Sitkovetsky Piano Trio

Turina: Piano Trio No. 2

Schubert: Piano Trio in B flat, Op.99.

04Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20170428

The New Town Concerts were set up in 1965 to counteract the '49 weeks of darkness' between annual Edinburgh International Festivals.

Kate Molleson presents a recital by the Sitkovetsky Piano Trio, performing the Andalucian composer Joaquin Turina's second piano trio and Schubert's expansive first piano trio of which Robert Schumann said 'One glance and the troubles of our human existence disappear and all the world is fresh and bright again'.

Sitkovetsky Piano Trio

Turina: Piano Trio No. 2

Schubert: Piano Trio in B flat, Op.99.