Listen to a remarkable string ensemble Gringolts Quartet, German baritone Benjamin Appl, Jarvis Cocker & Chilly Gonzales in their new collaboration Room 29, charismatic oboist François Leleux, and queen of sitar Anoushka Shankar.
Listen to chamber vocal ensemble I Fagiolini performing Monteverdi, a duet by Anoushka Shankar and Joshua Bell, pianist Seong-Jin Cho and Mercury Prize winners PJ Harvey and Benjamin Clementine.
Listen to German violinist Christian Tetzlaff, Mitsuko Uchida’s interpretation of Mozart’s ‘Sonata facile’, great Welsh baritone Bryn Terfel, The Magnetic Fields singing about failing ethics, and folk psychedelia from Scotland’s The Incredible String Band.
Our new playlist features music from contemporary dance performances at the 2017 International Festival. Nederlands Dans Theater’s triple bill uses Max Richter's music, and Rain choreographed by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker is set to Steve Reich’s minimalist masterpiece Music for 18 Musicians.
Listen to music from all the operas in the 2017 International Festival programme, including different interpretations of the works, recorded by many past, present and future International Festival performers. Featuring Maria Callas, Gianandrea Noseda, the Vienna Philharmonic, Cecilia Bartoli, Bryn Terfel, Valery Gergiev, the original 1988 cast of Greek, Benjamin Britten, René Jacobs, Dana Hanchard, and many more.
In the week marking the 450th anniversary of Claudio Monteverdi’s birth, our playlist features extracts from his three surviving operas, new recordings from I Fagiolini and works performed by past International Festival artists.
This week we're diving into PJ Harvey's catalogue ahead of her two International Festival concerts. We asked you for your favourite PJ Harvey tunes and included them on the playlist. Thanks for all the suggestions!
Featuring songs from this year's contemporary music artists including a track from The Magnetic Fields' 50 Song Memoir, an Anoushka Shankar collaboration with Norah Jones, reggae singer-songwriter Ghetto Priest, influential Scottish psychedelic folk group The Incredible String Band, artist and musician Martin Creed, emotive Mercury Prize winners PJ Harvey and Benjamin Clementine, and a song from former Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker and piano virtuoso Chilly Gonzales' new album Room 29.
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.
This week's playlist was chosen by you, thanks for all your recommendations! We got so many amazing suggestions that we just couldn't drop any so we bring you an extra long, extended playlist today. Now settle in and get ready to explore the music of The Incredible String Band ahead of the concert celebrating the band's music on 17 August. A great listen for the fans and an excellent introduction for anyone new to the group, enjoy!
Artists from Scotland, England, USA, Ukraine, Lebanon, Cuba, China, Jamaica, Palestine, Chile, Argentina, Syria, Portugal, Germany, Iran, Pakistan, India and many more will come together for ten days of electrifying performance and discussion.
Get to know the programme with this selection of songs from some of the artists performing.
This week we're loving Stephin Merritt's The Magnetic Fields, so here's some of our favourite tunes from his latest album 50 Song Memoir. Get to know a few of the 50 songs before watching his two-part concert this August. Find out more and get tickets for Part 1 and Part 2 now!
Let's have a listen to some of the incredibly talented musicians coming to the International Festival this August, including Nicola Benedetti, Joshua Bell, Julian Rachlin, Christian Tetzlaff, as well as exquisite ensembles Apollon Musagete Quartet, Trio Zimmermann, Gringolts Quartet, Chiaroscuro Quartet and Kaiser Quartett. Tune in and enjoy!
On social media we asked about your first International Festival concerts and some of you even remembered the exact first piece of music you heard that night! Now, let's have a stroll down the memory lane as the new playlist unfolds.
We asked our colleagues here at the International Festival for their favourite songs, movements and arias from the 2017 programme, and they did not disappoint! This week we bring you an exciting and varied mix of staff picks.
This week's playlist celebrates the 70 year history of the International Festival. The tracks chosen are all from 2017 concerts and performances that have a deep connection to the International Festival's past. Let the music guide you from 1947 to present day.
We asked and you delivered! This week's playlist is full of your recommendations and the songs, movements, arias and artists you are most looking forward to seeing and hearing at the International Festival this year. With the International Festival almost upon us, here's a taste of what's to come, and we'll see you in Edinburgh 4-28 August for the 70th anniversary programme.
A flavour of what you can expect from this year's Virgin Money Fireworks Concert, featuring Karen Matheson and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
Photo: 2017 Edinburgh International Festival staff