Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert - Lammermuir Festival 2017

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01Lammermuir Festival, 2017: Hebrides Ensemble20171121

The Hebrides Ensemble perform Schubert's Octet at the 2017 Lammermuir Festival.

This is the first in a series of four Lunchtime concerts recorded at this year's Lammermuir Festival, which hosts recitals across the picturesque county of East Lothian on the east coast of Scotland. In today's concert, The Hebrides Ensemble perform Schubert's Octet in the beautiful setting of the 17th-century Dirleton Kirk. Schubert's Octet is his largest chamber work and ranges in style from symphonic grandeur to light-footed playfulness and comes from the same period as his other major chamber works, the 'Rosamunde' and 'Death and the Maiden' string quartets.

Schubert: Octet
Hebrides Ensemble
Director, William Conway

Presenter: Jamie MacDougall.

02Lammermuir Festival, 201720171122

Quatuor Mosaiques perform Mozart and Donizetti at the 2017 Lammermuir Festival.

Period instrument specialists, Quatuor Mosaïques, perform two string quartets in the unique 'arts and crafts' setting of Chalmers Memorial Church. The church, with its carved timbers and elaborate stencil work, sits in the small fishing village of Port Seton and is one of the many picturesque venues used during this year's Lammermuir Festival in East Lothian. Mozart's String Quartet in G major, K387, was the first of a series of six that Mozart would eventually dedicate to Haydn. The responsibility of creating a work worthy of such a dedication was revealed in Mozart's inscription on the published works that they were 'the fruit of long and laborious endeavour'. Donizetti's operatic works overshadow his rarely heard quartets, so it seems fitting that the second work that Quatuor Mosaïques perform at the Lammermuir Festival should be one that was written in 1836, a year after the premiere of his tragic opera 'Lucia di Lammermoor'.

Mozart: String Quartet in G major, K387
Donizetti: String Quartet No 17 in D major
Quatuor Mosaïques

Presenter: Jamie MacDougall.

03Lammermuir Festival, 2017: Alban Gerhardt And Steven Osborne20171123

Alban Gerhardt and Steven Osborne play Beethoven and Brahms at the Lammermuir Festival.

Today's Lammermuir Festival recital comes from the the coastal town of Dunbar in East Lothian. German cellist Alban Gerhardt and Scottish pianist Steven Osborne play cello sonatas by Beethoven and Brahms in the beautifully refurbished Dunbar Parish Church. The Cello Sonata in D major, Op 102 No 2, is the last of five sonatas that Beethoven penned and was written in 1815, at the start of his 'late period' of creativity. It contains the only full-length slow movement in his five sonatas and is arguably the most beautiful movement ever written for cello and piano. Brahms composed three movements of his E minor Cello Sonata in 1862 and, after removing the adagio, he added the final movement three years later. Brahms creates a exquisitely balanced partnership between the instruments as the piano acts as a "watchful and considerate partner" to the rich tones of the cello.

Beethoven: Cello Sonata in D major, Op 102 No 2
Brahms: Cello Sonata No 1 in E minor, Op 38

Alban Gerhardt (cello)
Steven Osborne (piano)

Presenter: Jamie MacDougall.

04Lammermuir Festival, 2017: Daniel Kharitonov20171124

Daniel Kharitonov plays Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt at the Lammermuir Festival.

Since winning thirrd prize at the 25th International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2015 at the tender age of 16, Russian piano virtuoso Daniel Kharitonov has played with the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev and the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Iván Fischer. In this, the final programme from this year's Lammermuir Festival, Daniel Kharitonov makes his Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert debut, playing a selection of works from Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt.

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No 23 in F minor, Op 57, (Appassionata)
Chopin: Impromptu in A flat major, Op 29
Chopin: Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op posth
Chopin: Polonaise in A flat major, Op 53
Liszt: Liebestraum No 3 in A flat major
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No 2 in C sharp minor

Daniel Kharitonov, piano

Presenter: Jamie MacDougall.