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Schubert at the 2017 International Festival

Austrian composer Franz Schubert achieved a lot over his relatively short career, producing a vast array of work including piano sonatas, string arrangements, operas and symphonies, choral works and many songs and Lieder. This blog guides you through the Schubert offering at the 2017 International Festival, and gives you a taste of what you’ll hear across our magnificent venues.


Usher Hall

In the Usher Hall, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra is joined by conductor Thomas Dausgaard and pianist Sergei Babayan to open the performance with the surging emotions and poignant melodies of Schubert’s much loved ‘Unfinished symphony.

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

A recital with exquisite bass baritone Bryn Terfel and pianist Malcolm Martineau showcases a selection of Schubert’s tender Lieder, whilst celebrated Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti performs the warm Overture to Die Zauberharfe with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and conductor Iván Fischer.

The Queen's Hall

The Queen’s Hall concert series sees the Chiaroscuro Quartet perform Schubert’s deeply moving String Quartet No 14 in D minor ‘Death and the Maiden, and baritone and piano pair Benjamin Appl and Pavel Kolesnikov join forces to open their recital with a broad Schubert collection including the joyous affirmation of Die Taubenpost and the gruesome Romantic horror of Der Zwerg. Get a taste of what's to come in this video of Appl performing a Schubert piece from his new album.

St Cecilia's Hall

The special season to celebrate the re-opening of St Cecilia’s Hall also includes some Schubert treasures with Schubertiade. Drawing from Schubert’s well known soirées, German tenor Julian Prégardien presents a new collage of musical and literary fragments associated with the composer, featuring the unusual combination of voice, flute, baryton and guitar performed on period instruments.

Julian Pregardien

Book your tickets now

Discover the full 2017 International Festival music programme here and book your tickets now!
Full details of each performance mentioned below:

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra – 8 August | Usher Hall
Bryn Terfel & Malcolm Martineau – 9 August | Usher Hall
Schubertiade – 10 August | St Cecilia’s Hall
Budapest Festival Orchestra – 10 August | Usher Hall
Benjamin Appl & Pavel Kolesnikov – 17 August | The Queen’s Hall
Chiaroscuro Quartet – 18 August | The Queen’s Hall


Image credits:
Franz Schubert (c.1825, watercolour) by Wilhelm August Rieder [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons; adapted by Edinburgh International Festival
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra with Thomas Dausgaard © BBC John Wood
Julian Prégardien © Marco Borggreve

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