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01Edinburgh International Festival20150810

Tallis Scholars contrast core 16th-century works by Tallis and Sheppard with the purity and simplicity of Arvo Pärt's sacred works. Live from the Queen's Hall in Edinburgh.

Tallis: Loquebantur variis linguis

Sheppard: Media vita

Tallis: Sancte deus

Arvo Pärt: Nunc dimittis

11.50 am Interval:

Rudolph Buchbinder plays Beethoven's Piano Sonata in D minor, Op 31 No 2, 'The Tempest'.

12.10 pm

Arvo Pärt: Tribute to Caesar

Sheppard: Gaude, gaude, gaude

Arvo Pärt: Triodion

Tallis Scholars

Peter Phillips, director.

02Edinburgh International Festival20150811

The award-winning Modigliani Quartet, formed ten years ago at the Paris Conservatoire, make their debut at the Festival with quartets by Beethoven, Ravel and Dohnanyi

Beethoven: String Quartet in C minor Op 18 No 4

Ravel: String Quartet in F

11.50 am Interval:

John Adams - Harmonium Part 2 (Because I Could Not Stop for Death - Wild Nights), performed by the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Edo de Waart.

12.10 pm

Dohnanyi: String Quartet No 3 in A minor

Modigliani Quartet.

03Edinburgh International Festival20150812

Young Moldovan soprano Valentina Nafornita is joined by pianist Roger Vignoles for a recital of romantic song. Hungarian folk and French chanson sit alongside Czech and Russian works in this rich and colourful programme.

Fauré: Chanson d'amour Op.27 no.1; Le secret Op.23 no.3; Aurore Op.39 no.1; Notre amour, Op.23 no.2

Liszt: Oh! Quand je dors; Comment, disaient ils; Die Lorelei

Bartok: Eight Hungarian Folksongs (1907-17)

11.45 am Interval:

Fellow Moldovan and rising star Patricia Kopatchinskaja plays the first movement 'Allegro non troppo' of Bartok's Violin Concerto No. 2, with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and Peter Eotvos conducting.

12.05 pm

Rachmaninov: Zdes khorosho Op.21 no.7; Ne poy krasavitsa pri mne Op. 4 no. 4; Vesennie vodi Op. 14 no. 11

Tchaikovsky: Ja li v pole da ne travushka byla Op.47 no. 7; Sred' shumnovo bala Op. 38 no. 3; Den li tsarit Op.47 no. 6

Dvorak: Ciganske Melodie, Op. 55

Valentina Nafornita - soprano

Roger Vignoles - piano.

04Edinburgh International Festival20150813

The Nash Ensemble perform Vaughan Williams's only Piano Quintet - written for the same forces as Schubert's Trout Quintet - along with Schubert's immense Octet, live from the Queen's Hall.

Vaughan Williams: Piano Quintet in C minor

11.35 am Interval:

Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts his Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique in Schumann's Konzertstück for four horns and orchestra.

11.55 am

Schubert: Octet

Nash Ensemble.

05Edinburgh International Festival20150814

05Edinburgh International Festival20150814

Live from the Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, the Budapest Festival Orchestra Soloists perform Prokofiev's Overture on Hebrew Themes, originally written for his fellow alumni of the St. Petersburg Conservatoire. They also play Poulenc's sparking Sextet and a youthful Piano Quintet by their fellow countryman Bartok.

Prokofiev: Overture on Hebrew Themes

Poulenc: Sextet

11.35 am Interval: The Budapest Festival Orchestra and their conductor Ivan Fischer perform Brahms's Variations on a Theme by Haydn

11.55 am

Bartok: Piano Quintet

Budapest Festival Orchestra Soloists.

05Edinburgh International Festival20150814

Live from the Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, the Budapest Festival Orchestra Soloists perform Prokofiev's Overture on Hebrew Themes, originally written for his fellow alumni of the St. Petersburg Conservatoire. They also play Poulenc's sparking Sextet and a youthful Piano Quintet by their fellow countryman Bartok.

Prokofiev: Overture on Hebrew Themes

Poulenc: Sextet

11.35 am Interval: The Budapest Festival Orchestra and their conductor Ivan Fischer perform Brahms's Variations on a Theme by Haydn

11.55 am

Bartok: Piano Quintet

Budapest Festival Orchestra Soloists.

06Edinburgh International Festival20150817

One of Britain's finest singers, Sarah Connelly, and acclaimed pianist Malcolm Martineau perform a richly romantic programme of songs and lieder contrasting the fin-de-siècle Vienna of Schoenberg, Zemlinsky and Strauss with the cool eroticism of Debussy and eccentricity of Poulenc. as well as works by Austrian émigré composers Eisler and Korngold live from the Queen's Hall in Edinburgh. Presented by Donald Macleod

Schoenberg: Erwartung; Schenk mir deinen goldenen Kamm

Zemlinsky: Six Maeterlinck Songs

Eisler: Five Hollywood Elegies

11.35 am Interval:

Donald Macleod explores some of the great film music of this era.

Rosza: Spellbound Concerto

Korngold: The Sea Hawk

11.55 am

Debussy: Trois Chansons de Bilitis

Poulenc: Banalités

Strauss: Die Nacht; Sehnsucht

Korngold: Sterbelied; Mond, so gehst diu wieder auf; Welt ist stille eingeschlafen; Unvergänglichkeit.

07Edinburgh International Festival20150818

07Edinburgh International Festival20150818

One of Britain's leading baroque specialists, Richard Egarr performs a selection of JS Bach's English and French Suites for harpsichord, live from the Queen's Hall in Edinburgh.

JS Bach: English Suite No 3 in G minor, BWV 808

JS Bach: French Suite No 6 in E, BWV 817

11.40 am Interval:

Donald Macleod introduces performances by Richard Egarr as conductor.

Stamitz: Sinfonia a 4 in D major

Handel: Destero dall'empia Dite - from Amadigi di Gaula

Handel: Tutta raccolta ancor - from Scipione

12.00

JS Bach: French Suite No 5 in G, BWV 816

JS Bach: English Suite No 6 in D minor, BWV 811

Richard Egarr, harpsichord.

07Edinburgh International Festival20150818

One of Britain's leading baroque specialists, Richard Egarr performs a selection of JS Bach's English and French Suites for harpsichord, live from the Queen's Hall in Edinburgh.

JS Bach: English Suite No 3 in G minor, BWV 808

JS Bach: French Suite No 6 in E, BWV 817

11.40 am Interval:

Donald Macleod introduces performances by Richard Egarr as conductor.

Stamitz: Sinfonia a 4 in D major

Handel: Destero dall'empia Dite - from Amadigi di Gaula

Handel: Tutta raccolta ancor - from Scipione

12.00

JS Bach: French Suite No 5 in G, BWV 816

JS Bach: English Suite No 6 in D minor, BWV 811

Richard Egarr, harpsichord.

08Edinburgh International Festival20150819

Live from the Queens Hall, countertenor Iestyn Davies is joined by Richard Egarr and Ensemble Guadagni, for a concert of English Baroque music for royal occasions, dances and feasts.

Purcell: Strike the viol (Come ye sons of Art, away); Here the Deities approve (Welcome to all the Pleasures); O Solitude, my sweetest choice, Z406

Blow: Suite from Venus and Adonis

Purcell: One Charming Night and The Plaint (The Fairy Queen)

Purcell: Second Act Tune, Second Act Air and Third Act Prelude (King Arthur)

Purcell: Air for the Cold Genius - What Pow'r art Thou (King Arthur)

11.45am Interval: Donald Macleod presents the latest release from the Philharmonia Orchestra who perform the first of two concerts this evening at Edinburgh's Usher Hall.

Mahler: Symphony No 7 - Rondo Finale, Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Lorin Maazel.

12.05pm

Purcell: Sweeter than Roses; If Music be the Food of Love Z379b; Music for a While

Purcell: Fantasia: Three Parts on a Ground Z731

Purcell: Crown the Altar (Celebrate this Festival); Fairest Isle (King Arthur); An Evening Hymn

Iestyn Davies (countertenor)

Richard Egarr (harpsichord)

Ensemble Guadagni.

09Edinburgh International Festival20150820

Live from the Queen's Hall, British tenor James Gilchrist leads a song recital with guitarist Craig Ogden and pianist Anna Tilbrook, featuring music inspired by the East and Romantic lieder by Schumann.

Berkeley: Five Chinese Songs, Op.78

Britten: Songs from the Chinese, Op.58

Sally Beamish: Four Songs from Hafez

Dowland 'In Darkness let me Dwell'

Schubert: Ständchen (from Schwanengesang)

Dowland 'Come, Heavy Sleep'

11.55 Donald Macleod continues the theme of Eastern-influenced works in today's programme with Ravel's masterpiece inspired by the tales of the Arabian Nights - Shéhérazade

12.20

Britten: Nocturnal after John Dowland, Op.70

Schumann: Liederkreis, Op. 39

James Gilchrist - tenor

Anna Tilbrook - piano

Craig Ogden - guitar.

10Edinburgh International Festival20150821

10Edinburgh International Festival20150821

Live from the Queen's Hall, Colin Currie and Friends perform an exhilarating recital including a new work by Steve Reich, dedicated to Scottish-born Colin Currie, the Quartet for two vibraphones and two pianos. The recital also includes Adams's work for two pianos Hallelujah Junction and a musical response to poetry by Norwegian composer Rolf Wallin. The concert concludes with Bartok's masterpiece for two pianos and percussion.

John Adams: Hallelujah Junction

Steve Reich: Quartet for 2 Vibraphones and 2 Pianos

11.35 am Interval:

Donald Macleod introduces a recording by the flamboyant piano star Lang Lang, who is appearing at this year's Edinburgh International Festival.

Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No 2 in B flat minor Op. 36

11.55 am

Rolf Wallin: Realismos mágicos

Bartok: Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion

Colin Currie - percussion

Sam Walton - percussion

Philip Moore - piano

Simon Crawford Philips - piano.

10Edinburgh International Festival20150821

Live from the Queen's Hall, Colin Currie and Friends perform an exhilarating recital including a new work by Steve Reich, dedicated to Scottish-born Colin Currie, the Quartet for two vibraphones and two pianos. The recital also includes Adams's work for two pianos Hallelujah Junction and a musical response to poetry by Norwegian composer Rolf Wallin. The concert concludes with Bartok's masterpiece for two pianos and percussion.

John Adams: Hallelujah Junction

Steve Reich: Quartet for 2 Vibraphones and 2 Pianos

11.35 am Interval:

Donald Macleod introduces a recording by the flamboyant piano star Lang Lang, who is appearing at this year's Edinburgh International Festival.

Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No 2 in B flat minor Op. 36

11.55 am

Rolf Wallin: Realismos mágicos

Bartok: Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion

Colin Currie - percussion

Sam Walton - percussion

Philip Moore - piano

Simon Crawford Philips - piano.

11Edinburgh International Festival20150824

11Edinburgh International Festival20150824

The outstanding Argentinian cellist Sol Gabetta joins forces with the French pianist Bertrand Chamayou in a lyrical and Romantic programme of Chopin, Beethoven and Mendelssohn from the Edinburgh International Festival. Chopin's friend, the cellist Franchomme, persuaded and helped him to write the Grand Duo based on tunes from Meyerbeer's opera Robert le diable. It was an unusual collaboration where Chopin devised the overall plan and piano part and Franchomme wrote the cello part. Franchomme later became the dedicatee for Chopin's only Cello Sonata.

Beethoven: Variations in E flat on 'Bei Männern, welche Liebe fuhlen'

Mendelssohn: Cello Sonata in D major

Interval at 11.45am approx

Donald Macleod introduces Max Richter's re-imagined version of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, with celebrated violinist Daniel Hope, and a Schubert Impromptu by the great pianist Mitsuko Uchida, who has a solo recital at the Usher Hall this evening.

12.05

Chopin: Cello Sonata in G minor

Chopin: Grand Duo concertant sur des thèmes de Robert le diable

Sol Gabetta, cello

Bernard Chamayou, piano.

11Edinburgh International Festival20150824

The outstanding Argentinian cellist Sol Gabetta joins forces with the French pianist Bertrand Chamayou in a lyrical and Romantic programme of Chopin, Beethoven and Mendelssohn from the Edinburgh International Festival. Chopin's friend, the cellist Franchomme, persuaded and helped him to write the Grand Duo based on tunes from Meyerbeer's opera Robert le diable. It was an unusual collaboration where Chopin devised the overall plan and piano part and Franchomme wrote the cello part. Franchomme later became the dedicatee for Chopin's only Cello Sonata.

Beethoven: Variations in E flat on 'Bei Männern, welche Liebe fuhlen'

Mendelssohn: Cello Sonata in D major

Interval at 11.45am approx

Donald Macleod introduces Max Richter's re-imagined version of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, with celebrated violinist Daniel Hope, and a Schubert Impromptu by the great pianist Mitsuko Uchida, who has a solo recital at the Usher Hall this evening.

12.05

Chopin: Cello Sonata in G minor

Chopin: Grand Duo concertant sur des thèmes de Robert le diable

Sol Gabetta, cello

Bernard Chamayou, piano.

12Edinburgh International Festival20150825

The Canadian St Lawrence Quartet perform John Adams's First Quartet, which the composer wrote for them after hearing them perform another of his works. They have since become his favoured string quartet and enjoy a close relationship with the composer. The quartet also perform a short work based on a Biblical text by the Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov and finish their Edinburgh International Festival recital with the first of two masterworks for string quartet by Saint-Saëns which deserves to be better known.

Osvaldo Golijov - Qohelet

John Adams - First Quartet

11.40am Interval:

Tom Redmond presents more music by the Grammy award-winning Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov -Three Songs, performed by Dawn Upshaw with the Atlanta Symphony and Robert Spano.

12.00

Saint-Saëns - String Quartet No 1 in E minor, Op.112

St Lawrence String Quartet.

13Edinburgh International Festival20150826

Live from the Queen's Hall, Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos is joined by Chinese pianist Yuja Wang to perform the three violin sonatas by Brahms. All three sonatas were written in consultation with his friend the virtuoso violinist Joseph Joachim, for whom he also wrote his great Violin Concerto.

Brahms: Violin Sonata No.1 in G major, Op. 78

Brahms: Violin Sonata No.2 in A major, Op 100

Interval at 12.10 pm approx

Tom Redmond introduces music by André Previn, whose new work will be given its world premiere at the Festival by Anne-Sophie Mutter and her new ensemble, Mutter's Virtuosi, this evening.

André Previn: Guitar Concerto (2nd mvt, Adagio)

Andre Previn: The Subterraneans (film music)

12.30 pm

Brahms: Violin Sonata No.3 in D minor, Op. 108

Leonidas Kavakos - violin

Yuja Wang - piano.

14Edinburgh International Festival20150827

Live from the Queen's Hall, Thomas Zehetmair leads his quartet through Austrian and German chamber music, including the technical sophistication of Hindemith's String Quartet No 5 and Haydn's masterly 'Emperor' String Quartet.

Haydn: String Quartet F major, Op.3, No.5 'Serenade'

Hindemith: String Quartet No.5, Op. 32

Interval at 11.45am approx

Tom Redmond introduces the world premiere recording of John Adams's Absolute Jest which was commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony and written for the orchestra and the St Lawrence String Quartet. It will be performed by them at the Usher Hall this evening as part of the Edinburgh International Festival.

12.05 pm

Haydn: String Quartet in C major, Op.76 No.3 'Emperor'

Zehetmair Quartet.

15Edinburgh International Festival20150828

15Edinburgh International Festival20150828

American soprano Christine Brewer, one of the leading voices of her generation, is joined by pianist Roger Vignoles to perform a wide-ranging programme - from Schubert and Strauss lieder to the art songs of 20th-century America.

Recorded at the Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, on Saturday 22nd August

Presented by Jamie MacDougall

Schubert: An die Musik; An Sylvia; Nacht und Träume

Clara Schumann: Mein Stern; Liebst du um Schönheit; Warum willst du and're fragen?; Sie liebten sich beide; Es ist gekommen in Sturm und Regen

Marx: Selige Nacht; Und gestern hat er mir Rosen gebracht; Waldseligkeit; Marienlied

Strauss: In der Campagna Op 41 no.2; Glückes genug Op 37 no.1; Allerseelen Op 10 no.8; Frühlingsfeier Op 56 no.5

12 noon Interval:

Jamie MacDougall introduces a performance by Chinese pianist sensation Yuja Wang who made her debut at the Edinburgh International Festival this year

Brahms - Variations on a Theme by Paganini Op 35

12.20 pm

Dougherty: Review

Homer: Sing to Me, Sing

Rodgers: With a Song in My Heart

Vicars: The Song of Songs

Arlen: Happiness is Just a Thing Called Joe; I Had Myself a True Love

Ronald: O Lovely Night

Sargent: Hickory Hill

Kramer: Now Like a Lantern

MacArthur: Night

Bridge: Love Went a-Riding

Youmans: Through the Years

Charles: When I Have Sung My Songs

Christine Brewer, soprano

Roger Vignoles, piano.

15Edinburgh International Festival20150828

American soprano Christine Brewer, one of the leading voices of her generation, is joined by pianist Roger Vignoles to perform a wide-ranging programme - from Schubert and Strauss lieder to the art songs of 20th-century America.

Recorded at the Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, on Saturday 22nd August

Presented by Jamie MacDougall

Schubert: An die Musik; An Sylvia; Nacht und Träume

Clara Schumann: Mein Stern; Liebst du um Schönheit; Warum willst du and're fragen?; Sie liebten sich beide; Es ist gekommen in Sturm und Regen

Marx: Selige Nacht; Und gestern hat er mir Rosen gebracht; Waldseligkeit; Marienlied

Strauss: In der Campagna Op 41 no.2; Glückes genug Op 37 no.1; Allerseelen Op 10 no.8; Frühlingsfeier Op 56 no.5

12 noon Interval:

Jamie MacDougall introduces a performance by Chinese pianist sensation Yuja Wang who made her debut at the Edinburgh International Festival this year

Brahms - Variations on a Theme by Paganini Op 35

12.20 pm

Dougherty: Review

Homer: Sing to Me, Sing

Rodgers: With a Song in My Heart

Vicars: The Song of Songs

Arlen: Happiness is Just a Thing Called Joe; I Had Myself a True Love

Ronald: O Lovely Night

Sargent: Hickory Hill

Kramer: Now Like a Lantern

MacArthur: Night

Bridge: Love Went a-Riding

Youmans: Through the Years

Charles: When I Have Sung My Songs

Christine Brewer, soprano

Roger Vignoles, piano.