Edinburgh International Festival 2015

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01Radio 3 In Concert20150915

In the first of four specially recorded programmes from the 2015 Edinburgh International Festival, tonight a chance to hear the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and their chief conductor, Donald Runnicles.

In the opening concert of this year's festival, the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, celebrating 50 years, is featured in music by Brahms: three lyrical choral works with orchestra - Gesang der Parzen, Liebeslieder Waltzes and Schicksalslied.

And the concert continues with more Romanticism. A work which pushes orchestral performers as far as it does the narrative possibilities of tone-poem writing: Strauss's paean to an idealised hero, Ein Heldenleben.

Presented by Jamie MacDougall

Recorded at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Brahms: Gesang der Parzen

Brahms: Liebeslieder Waltzes

Brahms: Shicksalslied

Strauss: Ein Heldenleben

Edinburgh Festival Chorus (chorus master Christopher Bell)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Donald Runnicles (conductor.

02Radio 3 in Concert20150916

02Radio 3 in Concert20150916

In the second of four broadcasts from the 2015 Edinburgh International Festival, the pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard performs Ravel's Piano Concerto in G.

The concert begins with Ravel's Mother Goose Suite and the story-telling theme continues after the interval with Stravinsky's ballet Petrushka, whose piano figures evoke the rogue puppet of the title in one of the twentieth century's most charismatic orchestral scores.

Russian music of the 19th century provides a dramatic conclusion to the concert: Tchaikovsky's Dante-inspired symphonic poem, Francesca da Rimini.

Presented by Donald Macleod

Recorded at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Ravel: Mother Goose Suite

Ravel: Piano Concerto in G

Stravinsky: Petrushka (1947)

Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini

Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano)

The Philharmonia Orchestra

Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor).

02Radio 3 in Concert20150916

In the second of four broadcasts from the 2015 Edinburgh International Festival, the pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard performs Ravel's Piano Concerto in G.

The concert begins with Ravel's Mother Goose Suite and the story-telling theme continues after the interval with Stravinsky's ballet Petrushka, whose piano figures evoke the rogue puppet of the title in one of the twentieth century's most charismatic orchestral scores.

Russian music of the 19th century provides a dramatic conclusion to the concert: Tchaikovsky's Dante-inspired symphonic poem, Francesca da Rimini.

Presented by Donald Macleod

Recorded at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Ravel: Mother Goose Suite

Ravel: Piano Concerto in G

Stravinsky: Petrushka (1947)

Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini

Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano)

The Philharmonia Orchestra

Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor).

03Radio 3 in Concert20150917

03Radio 3 in Concert20150917

Another visit to the 2015 Edinburgh International Festival and another choral masterpiece showcasing the Edinburgh Festival Chorus as it celebrates its 50th year. Joining the Budapest Festival Orchestra and a quartet of world-renowned soloists in a performance of Mozart's final work, his Requiem.

The energetic Hungarian conductor Ivan Fischer also directs the orchestra in Mozart's sprightly Symphony No. 38, first performed in 1787 in Prague - that city lending the work its nickname.

Presented by Donald Macleod

Recorded at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Mozart: Symphony No. 38, 'Prague'

Mozart: Requiem

Miah Persson (soprano)

Barbara Kozelj (mezzo-soprano)

Jeremy Ovenden (tenor)

Konstantin Wolff (bass)

Edinburgh Festival Chorus (chorus master Christopher Bell)

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Iván Fischer (conductor).

03Radio 3 in Concert20150917

Another visit to the 2015 Edinburgh International Festival and another choral masterpiece showcasing the Edinburgh Festival Chorus as it celebrates its 50th year. Joining the Budapest Festival Orchestra and a quartet of world-renowned soloists in a performance of Mozart's final work, his Requiem.

The energetic Hungarian conductor Ivan Fischer also directs the orchestra in Mozart's sprightly Symphony No. 38, first performed in 1787 in Prague - that city lending the work its nickname.

Presented by Donald Macleod

Recorded at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Mozart: Symphony No. 38, 'Prague'

Mozart: Requiem

Miah Persson (soprano)

Barbara Kozelj (mezzo-soprano)

Jeremy Ovenden (tenor)

Konstantin Wolff (bass)

Edinburgh Festival Chorus (chorus master Christopher Bell)

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Iván Fischer (conductor).

04Radio 3 In Concert20150918

In the final concert broadcast from the 2015 Edinburgh International Festival, a performance of one of the most sonorous of choral works: Berlioz's Grande Messe des Morts.

Written on a vast scale for a vast orchestra, it is a truly innovative and compelling work with the massed voices of the chorus at its centre. Epic and demanding - suitably grand for the Edinburgh Festival Chorus's 50th-year celebrations - Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts a fortified Philharmonia Orchestra through the score's unique orchestral colours, joined by tenor Lawrence Brownlee for the Requiem's majestic Sanctus.

Presented by Donald Macleod

Recorded at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Berlioz: Requiem (Grande Messe des Morts)

Lawrence Brownlee, tenor

Edinburgh Festival Chorus (chorus master Christopher Bell)

The Philharmonia Orchestra

Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor.