Edinburgh International Festival 2014

Ep 1-5/5

Monday 11 August



As part of the BBC at the Edinburgh Festivals Nicola Benedetti and friends perform two masterworks of chamber music; Brahms' G minor Piano Quartet and Shostakovich Piano Quintet live from the Queen's Hall in Edinburgh.

Brahms: Piano Quartet in G minor Op. 25 

Pacelli: Veni Sponsa Christi

Anerio: Salve Regina

Pacelli: Dum esset rex

Bertolusi: Regina Caeli

Shostakovich: Piano Quintet

Nicola Benedetti, violin

Anna-Liisa Bezrodny, violin 

Benjamin Gilmore, viola

Leonard Elschenbroich, cello

Alexei Grynyuk, piano

During the interval there will be a chance to hear The Sixteen perform music that was composed by the Italian maestri at the Polish Court of the 16th and early 17th centuries.

This is the first of 15 broadcasts from the Edinburgh International Festival. This week’s series touches on the Festival's theme of music through adversity, and includes appearances throughout the week from:

Tuesday - Ian Bostridge singing the heartfelt responses to conflict by both Kurt Weill and Benjamin Britten.

Wednesday - Cellist Alban Gerhardt and Scotland's Steven Osborne join forces for more Britten.

Thursday - The Berlin-based Artemis Quartet bring Schubert's masterpiece Death and the Maiden alongside Bartok and Mozart.

Friday - The Edinburgh-based Hebrides Ensemble offer a new take and particularly Scottish version of The Soldier's Tale with the help of narrator Graham F Valentine.

Presenter / Donald Macleod, Producer / Lindsay Pell for the BBC

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