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 Monday, August 20, 2012 at 11 am 
Edinburgh International Festival
Queens Hall
0131 668 2019

Calder Quartet

The players of the Calder Quartet from Los Angeles are as at ease performing with rock musicians Airborne Toxic Event and Andrew WK as they are in their incisive interpretations of the Classical repertoire.

They have collaborated extensively with British composer Thomas Adès, and their lyrical performances of his nostalgic Arcadiana, seven exquisite miniatures evoking idyllic memories of places real and imagined, have been widely acclaimed.

Alongside a rapturous short piece by young US composer Andrew Norman and the glowing melodies of Mozart’s ‘Dissonance’ Quartet, they also perform Mendelssohn’s last major work, a hugely impassioned piece full of rage and lamentation, written shortly after the death of the composer’s beloved sister.

‘a group of four dynamic and wickedly talented musicians’ (Hollywood Weekly)

This performance will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : String Quartet in C K465 ‘Dissonance’
Thomas Ades : Arcadiana
Andrew Norman : ‘... toward sunrise and the prime of light...’
Felix Mendelssohn : String Quartet in F minor Op 80

21 Aug

 Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 8 pm 
Edinburgh International Festival
Usher Hall

Tickets: £12 - £42
Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst Conductor

Best known for the unforgettable ‘Vltava’ (also known as ‘The Moldau’), which vividly depicts the country’s mighty river, the six symphonic poems of Má Vlast, ‘My Homeland’, conjure the spirit of Smetana’s beloved Bohemia, conveying its history, traditions and nature in music of wonder and imagination.

Franz Welser-Möst and his mighty Cleveland Orchestra bring their power and precision to the piece in a welcome return to the Festival. Folk music, this time from Poland, also lies behind Lutoslawski’s colourful Concerto for Orchestra, a virtuoso showpiece that shines a spotlight on the individual talents of Cleveland’s exceptional players.

‘This world-class orchestra... outshines all competitors these days’ The Wall Street Journal

Witold Lutoslawski : Concerto for Orchestra
Bedøich Smetana : Má Vlast (parts 1 – 4)

22 Aug

 Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at 8.00 pm 
Edinburgh International Festival
Usher Hall

Tickets: £12 - £42
Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst Conductor

Franz Welser-Möst concludes the Cleveland Orchestra’s account of Smetana’s Má Vlast with the powerful final movements, which depict the glories of Bohemian pride in music of blazing defiance. Shostakovich wrote his seldom-heard Symphony No 6 just after the dark years of Stalin’s purges, and the jollity of its conclusion makes a startling contrast with its haunting opening.

Compelling German pianist Lars Vogt is the soloist in Lutoslawski’s Piano Concerto, a piece full of energy and shimmering colours that proudly displays the inspiration its composer took from Chopin and Rachmaninov. It’s the perfect showpiece for Vogt’s combination of muscularity and refinement, and for the remarkable warmth and clarity of the Cleveland Orchestra’s sound.

‘The Cleveland Orchestra is one of the greatest in the world – the playing is perfection.’ The Guardian

Bedøich Smetana : Má Vlast (parts 5 – 6)
Witold Lutoslawski : Piano Concerto
Dmitri Shostakovich : Symphony No 6

23 Aug

 Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 8 pm 
European Union Youth Orchestra at EIF
Usher Hall

Tickets: £12 - £42
European Union Youth Orchestra

Gianandrea Noseda Conductor

Garrick Ohlsson Piano

Edinburgh Festival Chorus
Christopher Bell Chorus Master

The exceptional young players of the European Union Youth Orchestra take on one of the largest and grandest piano concertos ever written. Busoni’s vast creation, with a male chorus swelling its overwhelming conclusion, is rarely performed because of the demands it places on its performers. The rich, deep sound of acclaimed US pianist Garrick Ohlsson is ideal for the piece’s vast canvas.

Conductor Gianandrea Noseda also brings his thrilling energy to bear on Debussy’s magical Nocturnes, three sound portraits of subtle shades and dazzling light. Twenty-Seven Heavens, by Richard Causton, is part of New Music 20x12, delivered by PRS for Music Foundation with the BBC, London 2012 and NMC Recordings. Special thanks to RVW Trust for making the New Music 20x12 commission possible.

‘An exceptional youth ensemble... it is among the elite institutions of its kind’ New York Times

‘The EUYO played... with such vitality and brilliance that they certainly turned heads.’ Berliner Zeitung

This concert will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 11 September 2012.

Richard Causton : Twenty-Seven Heavens
Claude Debussy : Nocturnes
Ferruccio Busoni : Piano Concerto

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 Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 8.00 pm 
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Usher Hall

Tickets: £12 - £42
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Andris Nelsons Conductor

Baiba Skride Violin

Often considered to embody the spirit of Finnish nationalism, Sibelius’s Second Symphony is one of the composer’s warmest pieces, emerging from forest murmuring at its opening to the blazing light of its grandiose conclusion’s triumphant fanfares.

The violin concerto Offertorium by Tartar-born composer Sofia Gubaidulina has become a modern classic, its profound spiritual message conveyed in music of glowing transcendance. Written in defiance of Soviet oppression, its score was smuggled out of the USSR for its 1981 premiere in Vienna. It is just the piece to showcase the lyricism and emotional depth of Latvian-born violinist Baiba Skride’s playing to the full.

‘Andris Nelsons is six-and-a-half feet of pure energy’ The Daily Telegraph

‘there really is something going on between Nelsons and the CBSO… an alchemy that makes the combination irresistible in concert.’ The Guardian

Sofia Gubaidulina : Offertorium, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
Jean Sibelius : Symphony No 2

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 Saturday, September 01, 2012 at 11 am 
EIF: Emerson String Quartet
Queens Hall
0131 668 2019

Tickets: £8 - £29
Emerson String Quartet

The Queen’s Hall Series concludes with one of America’s finest string quartets, famed for its impeccable technique, assured musicality and dramatic spontaneity.

In a wide-ranging programme, the Emerson String Quartet contrasts two late masterpieces from Mozart and Beethoven with a fresh work by one of Britain’s leading composers, Thomas Adès, which the players premiered last year.

Beethoven’s Opus 127 Quartet is the first of his so-called ‘late quartets’, in which the composer explores hitherto uncharted depths of intense spirituality. Its music touches on the profoundest emotions, with melodies of great lyricism and ineffable beauty.

Mozart’s Quartet K575 is a sprightly, glittering piece with a prominent cello part written for the Prussian King Wilhelm Friedrich II to play. The vivid sound pictures of Adès’s The Four Quarters evoke night time, dawn and daytime in virtuosic music, including an unforgettable movement describing a shimmering cascade of raindrops.

‘one of the most impressive of American string quartets.’ (New York Times)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : String Quartet in D K575
Thomas Ades : The Four Quarters
Ludwig Van Beethoven : String Quartet in E flat Op 127

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