St Magnus Festival 2015


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JS Bach's Goldberg Variations performed by pianist Christian Ihle Hadland from Stromness Town Hall as part of the St Magnus Festival.

The Norwegian pianist is well known to Radio 3 as a former New Generation Artist, and his performance in Orkney was greatly appreciated by the audience stomped the floor with delight at the end.

The Variations are followed by Finnish harmonica ensemble Svang who give a virtuoso and eccentric performance from the Fusion night club in Kirkwall.

The programme is introduced from Orkney by Jamie MacDougall.

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In the second of our programmes from the St Magnus Festival, pianist Christian Ihle Hadland and the Engegard Quartet form an all Norwegian line-up for Schumann's Piano Quintet Op. 44

The Engegard Quartet open today's lunchtime concert with Beethoven's String Quartet in C minor Op. 18, No. 4.

The programme is introduced from Orkney by Jamie MacDougall.

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From the St Magnus Festival, the Ciurlionis and Engegard Quartets come together to perform Felix Mendelssohn's Octet in the St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall.

In the first part of this lunchtime concert which is presented from Orkney by Jamie MacDougall each quartet plays music by composers from their own respective countries.

The Ciurlionis Quartet from Lithuania perform "Little Prelude" by Juozas Pakalnis, while Norway's Engegard Quartet chose the challenging "Felix Remix" by Olav Anton Thommessen.

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The final St Magnus Festival concert for this week features Schubert's Death and the Maiden Quartet performed by Lithuania's Ciurlionis Quartet in the grand drawing room of Balfour Castle on the island of Shapinsay in Orkney.

The programme concludes with a high energy and entertaining performance from the Finnish harmonica ensemble Svang from the Fusion night club in Kirkwall.

The programme is presented from Orkney by Jamie MacDougall.