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Festival 2015 Concerts and Recitals Announced
- To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus the programme includes great choral works at the Usher Hall, including rare performance of Sibelius’s Kullervo marking his 150th Anniversary, and Berlioz’s epic Grande messe des morts.
- Visiting orchestras include the San Francisco Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, London Symphony Orchestra and ensembles including the St. Lawrence String Quartet and Le Concert Spirituel.
- Scottish orchestras and artists play a central role in the music programme, including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Opera, Donald Runnicles, James MacMillan, Nicola Benedetti, and the Festival debut of Colin Currie.
- Young performers include the starry talents of Anne-Sophie Mutter’s virtuosic ensemble, the European Union Youth Orchestra, the National Youth Choir of Scotland and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
- Festival debuts include Yuja Wang, Vasily Petrenko, Michael Spyres, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Richard Egarr, Lang Lang, and Rudolf Buchbinder.
- Musical firsts in the world premiere of André Previn’s Nonet and the Scottish premiere of Festival co-commission MacMillan’s Second Percussion Concerto.
- Stories of love, money, magic and ghosts come alive in major narrative musical works including The Rake’s Progress, Kullervo and Petrushka.
Launching his first classical music programme for the Edinburgh International Festival, Director Fergus Linehan said: ‘The flame which lit Edinburgh’s reputation as the world’s festival city was the international standard of concert programming and the unique qualities of the Usher Hall.
‘Launching the classical music concerts ahead of the full programme, allows us to shine a light on the scale of work and quality of artistry these musicians will bring to Edinburgh this year.
Over the past 68 years relationships have been forged between artists and festivalgoers that have proved lasting and profound. Audiences have flocked year after year to see artists such as Claudio Abbado and Charles Mackerras and in return have been rewarded with complex and far reaching musical experiences. I want to continue to develop deep and rewarding relationships with musicians such as Iván Fischer and Sir Andrew Davis while exploring artists new to the Festival who have so much to give our audiences.
In sharing the classical music season for Festival 2015 I am sharing the first step in a line of programming that will evolve over the next five years. In 2015 we are proud to be presenting a programme built around artists who love and understand the Festival and those we feel have a unique contribution to make to Edinburgh’s musical history.’
You can find information about the concerts and recitals announced today by browsing the online brochure here
Watch the concerts and recital trailer below.
The full Festival programme wil be announced on Wednesday 18 March.