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Weekly playlist #09

This week's playlist features a selection of just some of the stunning classical singers performing at this year's International Festival, including Karen Cargill, Sophie Bevan, Benjamin Appl, René Pape, Iestyn Davies, Julian Prégardien and Bryn Terfel.

Press play and as you listen, you can also read our blog below to learn more about the singers.

Edinburgh's very own Dunedin Consort, with soprano Sophie Bevan, will open this year's Queen's Hall series. Here Sophie is with one of the best known soprano arias from Bach’s St John Passion. The young German baritone Benjamin Appl will also take to the Queen’s Hall stage in his International Festival debut with a programme of lieder by Schubert, Schuman and Edward Greig, plus a new work by contemporary German composer Matthias Pintscher. Listen to Nachstück, taken from his latest album, which he will perform with pianist Pavel Kolesnikov.

Scottish soprano Karen Cargill brings a selection of French mélodies to the Queen’s Hall, and will perform three Mahler lieder as part of our 70th Anniversary concert at the Usher Hall, including ‘Itch atmet’ einen linden Duft!’ (I Breathed a Gentle Fragrance) which you can listen to here. René Pape brings his velvety hued bass tones for a recital of Beethoven, Quilter, Musorgsky and Dvořák with pianist Camille Radicke. Listen to him perform Dvořák, with the water goblin’s aria from the opera Rusalka.

Countertenor Iestyn Davies, with the Academy of Ancient Music directed from the keyboard by Richard Egarr, will give two performances at The Queen’s Hall singing a selection of Bach and Telemann. One of the best known exponents of early music today, here he is singing Handel, with On the Valleys, from his oratorio The Triumph of Time and Truth.

We’re excited to present a series of six concerts in the newly reopened St Cecilia’s Hall, Scotland’s first purpose built concert hall. Tenor Julian Prégardien will present ‘Schubertiade’, an evening of music and words associated with Franz Schubert. You can listen to him here duetting with his father, Christoph Prégardien, with Shubert’s ‘Auf dem wasser ze singen’ (I sing on the waters).

Welsh superstar Bryn Terfel returns to the International Festival as Wotan in our second instalment of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, Die Walküre. He also makes a very special appearance at the Usher Hall for a recital with Edinburgh born pianist Malcolm Martineau, where he’ll perform a selection of German Lieder, plus songs from his homeland, by Welsh composer Meirion Williams. Listen to Williams’ Rhosyn Yr HafThe Rose of Summer – beautifully sung in Welsh.

Photo: Karen Cargill © K K Dundas

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