Festival Concerts on BBC Radio 3

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This coming week BBC Radio 3 will feature a series of recitals recorded at the 40th Festival. There are links to the programmes on the BBC website below. They will be available to listen again for around a month.

You can also listen to a recording of Radio 3's Music Matters with Tom Service here and BBC Radio 4's Open Country with Helen Mark here. Both programmes were recorded at this year's Festival.

Recordings from the Orchestral Concerts will be broadcast in Afternoon on 3 between 19-23 September.

Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

5 July at 1pm

The Hebrides Ensemble pay tribute to Sir Peter Maxwell Davies at the 40th anniversary of the St Magnus Festival. The concert features some of Max's clever reworkings of renaissance music paired with the piano trio hewrote based on a trip to the Fair Isle, north of Orkney. It also includes a new work by John Gourlay, an alumnus of the composers course, a nod to Shakespeare in Adès's Court studies from his full-scale opera The Tempest and works by Messiaen and Debussy.

Maxwell Davies: Kinloche his fantassie
John Gourlay: Midsummer Sunrise
Debussy: Syrinx
Maxwell Davies: Piano Trio
Messiaen: Theme and Variations for violin and piano
Maxwell Davies; Renaissance Dances

The Hebrides Ensemble
Matthew Featherstone, flute
Yann Ghiro, clarinet
Zoë Beyers, violin
William Conway, cello
Philip Moore, piano
Joanne McDowell, percussion

6 July at 1pm

Florilegium celebrate their 25th anniversary at this, the 40th St Magnus Festival with a classic Baroque programme ending with the ever-popular 5th Brandenburg Concerto. The folk-like dance qualities ofVivaldi's 'La Folia' trio sonata make it a fitting choice for this most northerly Scottish festival.

Telemann: Flute Concerto in D
Vivaldi: 'La Folia' Trio Sonata 
Purcell: Chacony in G minor
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No 5

Florilegium, director Ashley Solomon (flute)

7 July at 1pm

Russian pianist Alexei Volodin makes his debut at the St Magnus Festival in Orkney and inaugurates the new Festival piano with works by Mendelssohn, Medtner and Rachmaninov.

Mendelssohn: Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream (arr. Rachmaninov)
Medtner: Four Tales, Op. 35 - No. 4 in C-sharp minor 
Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op 28

8 July at 1pm

Pianist Joseph Middleton is joined by an ensemble of young British-based singers at the 40th St Magnus Festival to explore the theme of Songs to the Moon through German lieder, French and English song

Brahms: Der Gang zum Liebchen Op. 48, No. 1
Brahms: Ständchen Op. 106, No. 1
Brahms: Der Abend Op. 64, No. 2
Brahms: Vergebliches Ständchen Op. 84, No. 4
Schumann: Mondnacht Op. 39, No. 5
Schumann: Venetianisches Lied I, Op. 25 No. 17 - from 'Myrthen'
Schumann: Die Lotosblume, Op. 25 No. 7 - from 'Myrthen'
Schumann: In der Nacht Op 74 No 4
Warlock: The Night
Parry: Bright Star
Barber: Nocturne Op 13 No 4
Mompou: Damunt de tu nomes les flors
Saint-Saëns: Guitares et Mandolines
Debussy: Apparition
Chausson: La Nuit, Op. 11 No. 1
Hahn: L'Heure exquise - from 'Chansons grises'
Fauré: Clair de lune, Op. 46 No. 2
Fauré: Pleurs d'or Op 72
Fauré: Tarentelle

Joseph Middleton, piano
Ailish Tynan, soprano
Anna Huntley, mezzo-soprano
Nicholas Mulroy, tenor
Stephan Loges, bass.


There is no other event, certainly in Scotland, that blurs the boundaries between community arts and the professional world as relentlessly as Orkney's St Magnus Festival.
Keith Bruce - The Herald

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