Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert - Edinburgh International Festival 70

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01Edinburgh 70: Beginnings: First Festival And Kathleen Ferrier20170808

Early years at the Festival with Schubert Lieder from Kathleen Ferrier and Bruno Walter.

In the first of twelve lunchtime concerts celebrating the rich history of performance at the Edinburgh International Festival, today's programme begins fittingly with one of the greatest names of the early years, contralto Kathleen Ferrier, with pianist Bruno Walter, who performed at the 1947 and 1949 Festivals, some folk songs from the North of England sung at the Ferrier centenary celebrations in 2012 and a Scots song recital from the very first Festival.

Schubert: Die junge Nonne; Romance (Rosamunde); Du liebst mich nicht; Der Tod und das Mädchen; Suleika; Du bist die Ruh
Kathleen Ferrier, contralto
Bruno Walter, piano

Traditional: Come you not from Newcastle?; Oh I have seen the roses blaw; She moved through the fair; Shew's the way to Wallington
Kitty Whately, mezzo-soprano
Sir Thomas Allen, baritone
Roger Vignoles, piano

Traditional: Johnnie Cope; John Anderson my Jo
Marie Thomson soprano
John Tainsch, tenor
Ian Whyte, piano

Brahms: Immer leiser wird mein Schlummer; Der Tod das ist die kühle Nacht; Botschaft; Von ewiger Liebe
Kathleen Ferrier, contralto
Bruno Walter, piano.

02Edinburgh 70: Clara Haskill And Steven Osborne20170809

Archive gems, Clara Haskill plays Mozart and Steven Osborne presents Joplin to Peterson.

Two great pianists from the past and present are represented in this programme. The Romanian pianist Clara Haskil, renowned for her interpretations of Mozart, performs Mozart's Piano Sonata KV330, recorded at the 1957 Festival from the Freemason's Hall, Edinburgh. In contrast, Scottish-born pianist Steven Osborne (who won the prestigious Clara Haskil Piano Competition in Vevey, Switzerland, as a young man in 1991) presents an eclectic and imaginative journey from Joplin to Peterson from the 2010 Queen's Hall Series at the Edinburgh International Festival.

Mozart: Piano Sonata in C, KV330
Clara Haskil, piano

Joplin: Maple Leaf Rag
Gershwin: Three Preludes
Ives: Three-page Sonata
Osborne: Improvisation
Kapustin: 24 Preludes in Jazz Style, Nos 3, 7, 18, 23 & 25
Oscar Peterson: Indiana
Young: My Foolish Heart
Steven Osborne, piano.

Archive gems, Clara Haskill plays Mozart and Steven Osborne presents Joplin to Peterson.

Two great pianists from the past and present are represented in this programme. The Romanian pianist Clara Haskil, renowned for her interpretations of Mozart, performs Mozart's Piano Sonata KV330, recorded at the 1957 Festival from the Freemason's Hall, Edinburgh. In contrast, Scottish-born pianist Steven Osborne (who won the prestigious Clara Haskil Piano Competition in Vevey, Switzerland, as a young man in 1991) presents an eclectic and imaginative journey from Joplin to Peterson from the 2010 Queen's Hall Series at the Edinburgh International Festival.

Mozart: Piano Sonata in C, KV330
Clara Haskil, piano

Joplin: Maple Leaf Rag
Gershwin: Three Preludes
Ives: Three-page Sonata
Osborne: Improvisation
Kapustin: 24 Preludes in Jazz Style, Nos 3, 7, 18, 23 and 25
Oscar Peterson: Indiana
Young: My Foolish Heart
Steven Osborne, piano.

03Edinburgh 70: Beginnings: Dohnanyi And Poulenc In Concert20170810

Vintage Edinburgh as Erno Dohnanyi plays Dohnanyi and Poulenc performs a new song cycle.

Gems from the archives, Erno Dohnanyi plays his own compositions for solo piano and Francis Poulenc and his long time collaborator Pierre Bernac perform his song cycle Le Travail du Peintre inspired by Eluard's poems about painters. And representing living composers, the programme features Steve Reich's quartet written for the Scottish master percussionist Colin Currie, who has championed his work with his ensemble.

Dohnanyi: Variations on a Hungarian Folk Tune; Pastorale (Hungarian Christmas Song); Adagio from Ruralia Hungarica; Capriccio, Op 23 No 3
Poulenc: Le Travail du peintre
Reich: Quartet for two vibraphones and two pianos

Erno Dohnanyi, piano
Pierre Bernac, baritone
Francis Poulenc, piano
Colin Currie, percussion
Sam Walton, percussion
Simon Crawford-Phillips, piano
Philip Moore, piano

Producer Gavin McCollum.

04Edinburgh 70: Rostropovich On Bach20170811

Russian cellist Rostropovich, newly exiled from Russia, makes his debut at 1975 Festival.

In 1974, Russian cellist Rostropovich was exiled from Russia for his outspoken political views against the Soviet government and his support for other high-profile dissidents such as the composer Shostakovich and the writer Solzhenitsyn. This concert at St Cuthbert's Church in Edinburgh marks his appearance the following year at the 1975 Festival with three Suites for solo cello by JS Bach.

JS Bach: Sarabande from Suite No 2 in D minor, BWV 1008
JS Bach: Suite No 3 in C, BWV 1009
JS Bach: Suite No 6 in D, BWV 1012

Mstlislav Rostropovich, cello

Producer Gavin McCollum.