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 Friday, August 12, 2016 at  
Pierre Boulez A Celebration
Edinburgh International Festival

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Matthias Pintscher conductor

Composer, conductor and musical pioneer Pierre Boulez, who died in January, was one of the most influential figures in 20th- and 21st-century cultural life. This very special event celebrates his 56-year relationship with the Edinburgh International Festival as one of its closest and most cherished contributors.

Boulez’s connections with Edinburgh go right back to the second ever International Festival, in 1948, and he returned many times over the subsequent five decades with the Ensemble Intercontemporain, which he founded in 1976, as well as with many of the world’s leading orchestras.

German composer and conductor Matthias Pintscher was a close friend of Boulez and is a world-renowned interpreter of his music, also following in the great Frenchman’s footsteps as musical director of the Ensemble Intercontemporain. In this special concert, Pintscher directs the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in music reflecting Boulez’s rich musical legacy and distinguished Edinburgh connections.

Boulez conducted Berg’s powerful Three Pieces for Orchestra several times at the International Festival, and Debussy’s exquisite La mer was one of the very first works he brought to Edinburgh, in 1965. Pintscher begins and ends the tribute concert with two of Boulez’s most personal works: his affectionate Mémoriale, and the colourful, lyrical ‘Don’ from his monumental Pli selon pli.

Pierre Boulez : ‘Don’ from Pli selon pli
Alban Berg : Three Pieces for Orchestra
Claude Debussy : La Mer
Pierre Boulez : Mémoriale (…explosante-fixe…Originel)

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 Friday, August 12, 2016 at  
Mark Simpson Hommage à Kurtág World premiere
Edinburgh International Festival

Mark Simpson Clarinet
Antoine Tamestit Viola
Pierre-Laurent Aimard Piano

Three of the world’s finest chamber musicians, each also a respected soloist in his own right, come together for a concert celebrating the fantasy of Robert Schumann and the playfulness of Hungarian composer György Kurtág, who is 90 this year.

Pierre-Laurent Aimard is a world-renowned French pianist, producing important, sometimes provocative interpretations of music from all eras. French viola player Antoine Tamestit is equally in demand as a soloist and chamber musician, and has been acclaimed for previous Festival performances in Trio Zimmermann. Liverpool-born Mark Simpson is highly respected as both a clarinettist and composer, and widely regarded as one of Britain’s most exciting young talents.

Together they explores the richly imaginative, fairy-tale music of Schumann’s Märcherenzählungen and Märchenbilder, interspersed with humorous miniatures by Kurtág, and homages from Italian composer Marco Stroppa and Simpson himself.

Mark Simpson : Hommage à Kurtág
Gyorgy Kurtág : Signs, Games and Messages
Robert Schumann : Bunte Blätter
Robert Schumann : Märchenbilder
Marco Stroppa : Hommage à Gy. K
Gyorgy Kurtág : Hommage à Robert Schumann
Robert Schumann : Märchenerzählungen

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 Sunday, August 21, 2016 at  
Yann Tiersen
Edinburgh International Festival

French composer and multi-instrumentalist Yann Tiersen is best known for his quirky score to Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s 2001 film Amélie. But that only scratches the surface of his enormously rich, magical musical output. Tiersen creates fragile, evocative soundscapes of achingly beautiful melodies, immediately recognisible but impossible to categorise. He’s been compared with classical composers Chopin and Satie, or minimalists Philip Glass and Michael Nyman.

After touring the globe for nearly a decade in planes and buses, Tiersen is now slowly cycling around the world, stopping for performances both in traditional venues and in the wilderness. At the end of 2015 he made an expedition through the northernmost reaches of Norway, where he played at a special festival for the Sami people. His Edinburgh International Festival concerts marks the up coming release of his new album EUSA.

21 - 22 August 2016
The Hub

Yann Tiersen : Various

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