Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert - Edinburgh 70


05Wunderlich, Souzay, Gens20170815Wunderlich, Souzay and Gens sing Beethoven, Schubert and Faure.

Lyric tenor Fritz Wunderlich sings his final performance before his untimely death aged only 35, with lieder by Beethoven and Schubert. The programme also includes two great interpreters of French Art song, past and present: from 1967 Gerard Souzay and from 2013 Veronique Gens singing mélodies by Fauré and Debussy.

Beethoven: Adelaide; Resignation; Mailied; Der Kuss
Fritz Wunderlich, tenor
Hubert Giesen, piano

Debussy: Trois Melodies sur les poems de Verlaine
Gérard Souzay, baritone
Dalton Baldwin, piano

Fauré: Le papillon et la fleur; Au bord de l'eau; Après un rêve; Les Berceaux; Lydia; Mandoline
Véronique Gens, soprano
Susan Manoff, piano

Schubert: Der Einsame; An Sylvia; Die Forelle
Fritz Wunderlich, tenor
Hubert Giesen, piano.

06Bolet And The Liszt Connection20170816Pianist Jorge Bolet plays Brahms, Liszt and Weber-Godowsky in this vintage 1980 concert.

Jorge Bolet is most famous perhaps as the pianist behind the performances on Dirk Bogarde's film 'Song Without End' subtitled 'The Story of Franz Liszt' in 1960. Known as a true specialist in Romantic repertoire, Bolet gives us a dazzling performance of Bach/Busoni, Liszt and Weber's Invitation to the Dance - arranged by his virtuosic teacher Godowsky - at the Freemason's Hall, Edinburgh, as part of the 1980 Edinburgh International Festival.

Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Handel Op.24
Liszt: Petrarch Sonnet 123
Weber arr. Godowsky: Invitation to the Dance

Jorge Bolet, piano.

07Jessye Norman20170817Archive magic of Jessye Norman in full bloom with Dalton Baldwin singing Brahms and Haydn.

Archive magic of American soprano Jessye Norman in full bloom with pianist Dalton Baldwin and viola player John Harrington performing some of Brahms' most glorious songs plus Haydn's Cantata on the mythological tale of Arianna a Naxos.

Brahms: Gestillte Sehnsucht; Geistliches Wiegenlied; Wie Melodien zieht es mir; Immer leiser; Der Tod, das ist die kühle Nacht; Von ewiger Liebe
Haydn: Arianna a Naxos

Jessye Norman, soprano
Dalton Baldwin, piano
John Harrington, viola.

08Geza Anda20170818Vintage Festival performance by Hungarian pianist Geza Anda of Schumann, Bartok, Brahms.

Kate Molleson presents a vintage 1955 performance from the Edinburgh International Festival by the great Hungarian pianist Géza Anda. The concert, given at the Freemason's Hall, included Bartok's Piano Suite, Op 14, plus works by Schumann and Brahms and Anda was described by the BBC presenter of the day as 'tall and studious with no bohemian flourish in appearance.'

Schumann: Etudes Symphoniques, Op 13
Bartok: Piano Suite, Op 14
Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op 35

Géza Anda, piano.

09Edinburgh 70: James Galway20170822Ravel, Strauss and Liszt in performance by James Galway, Jessye Norman and Jorge Bolet.

James Galway in a rare appearance as chamber musician with Jessye Norman in 1979, performing Ravel's Sheherazade plus Strauss songs, and Liszt's great Fantasia quasi sonata, inspired by a reading of Dante, performed by Jorge Bolet in 1980.

Ravel: Shéhérazade
Jessye Norman, soprano
Dalton Baldwin, piano
James Galway, flute

Strauss: Heimliche Aufforderung; Heimkehr; Seitdem dein Aug'; Lob des Leidens; Cäcilie
Jessye Norman, soprano
Dalton Baldwin, piano

Liszt: Fantasia quasi sonata 'après une lecture du Dante'
Jorge Bolet, piano

Producer Gavin McCollum.

10Edinburgh 70: Gabriela Montero20170823Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero with an audience-led improvisation in her 2008 debut.

Featuring Venezuelan pianist and protegee of Martha Argerich, Gabriela Montero, who made her debut at the Queen's Hall series in 2008 with this recital of virtuoso masterworks by Bach, Chopin, Debussy, Schumann and Liszt plus some impromptu improvisation in collaboration with the audience.

Bach, arr. Busoni: Chaconne
Chopin: Ballade No 4 in F minor
Debussy: I'isle joyeuse
Liszt: Mephisto Waltz No 1
Trad/Montero: Flower of Scotland Improvisation

Gabriela Montero, piano.

11Edinburgh 70: Terfel, Fink, Scholl20170824Song recitals from the archive featuring Andreas Scholl, Bryn Terfel and Bernarda Fink.

Highlights from some of the great song recitals of the recent past including, countertenor Andreas Scholl's performance of Haydn canzonettas, Bryn Terfel in full flight at the Usher Hall in 2009 and Bernard Fink with some rarely heard songs by Manuel de Falla.

Haydn: Despair; The Wanderer; Recollection
Andreas Scholl, countertenor
Tamar Halperin, piano

Ireland: Sea Fever; Vagabond; The Bells of San Marie
Warlock: Captain Stratton's Fancy
Keel: Three Salt Water Ballads
Bryn Terfel, bass-baritone
Malcolm Martineau, piano

Falla: Trois mélodies; Siete canciones populares españolas
Bernarda Fink, mezzo-soprano
Anthony Spiri, piano

Producer Gavin McCollum.

12Edinburgh 70: Scots Soldier's Tale20170825Hebrides Ensemble and Graham Valentine perform a Scots version of The Soldier's Tale.

A highlight from the 2014 BBC Festival archives featuring Hebrides Ensemble and narrator Graham F Valentine performing a new Scots version of The Soldier's Tale - an adaptation by Valentine of Jeremy Sams's translation from the French.

Stravinsky: The Soldier's Tale

Hebrides Ensemble
Graham F Valentine, narrator.