In­clud­ing Ed­in­burgh, Tec­ton­ics Glas­gow, Perth

BBC Music Magazine - - Festival Special -

When: 3-27 Au­gust Where: Ed­in­burgh, Scot­land Tel: +44 (0)131 473 2000 Web: eif.co.uk

Seven­ti­eth birth­days in­evitably en­cour­age a few back­ward glances, and last year’s Ed­in­burgh Fes­ti­val par­tied with an eye to land­mark mo­ments over its il­lus­tri­ous his­tory. In 2018, how­ever, as Scot­land’s Year of Young Peo­ple un­folds apace, the fo­cus is on mu­si­cal youth with a cav­al­cade of in­ter­na­tional en­sem­bles and or­ches­tras en­liven­ing a fes­ti­val that also hosts the fi­nale of the Euro­vi­sion Young Mu­si­cians com­pe­ti­tion. But the Usher Hall isn’t en­tirely sur­ren­der­ing to the pat­ter of youth­ful feet. While con­duc­tor Marin Al­sop de­votes the sec­ond of two Bal­ti­more Sym­phony Orches­tra pro­grammes to a Bern­stein cen­te­nary, Si­mon Rat­tle brings the Lon­don Sym­phony Orches­tra north for Bern­stein’s Sym­phony No. 2 with Krys­tian Zimer­man in the solo pi­ano role. The Bam­burg Sym­phony Orches­tra and Oslo Phil­har­monic swell or­ches­tral ranks that also in­clude the Hallé Orches­tra un­der Sir Mark El­der, as the fes­ti­val’s on­go­ing four-year sur­vey of Wag­ner’s Ring in con­cert reaches Die Walküre. Fully-staged opera se­cures a dou­ble help­ing of Rossini with Cener­en­tola from Opéra Na­tional de Lyon and Cer­cle de L’har­monie’s much-ad­mired The Bar­ber of Seville. In fact, there’s a French hat-trick since Robert Car­son’s pro­duc­tion of Gay’s Beg­gar’s Opera for Les Arts Floris­sants also hails from Paris. Away from the op­er­atic stage, the Queen’s Hall of­fers more in­ti­mate cham­ber fare, but if you are look­ing for large-scale ap­peal it’s hard to beat Usher Hall. Bring­ing the cur­tain down on its se­ries is Mahler’s Eighth Sym­phony – ‘the Sym­phony of a Thou­sand’. Daniel Hard­ing con­ducts the Swedish Ra­dio Sym­phony Orches­tra with the Fes­ti­val Cho­rus and an im­pres­sive solo line-up. ED­IN­BURGH HIGH­LIGHTS: 8 Au­gust Wag­ner Die Walküre; Si­mon O’neill (Siegfried), Hallé/mark El­der 13 Au­gust Han­del Sam­son; Dunedin Con­sort/john Butt 24-26 Au­gust Rossini La Cener­en­tola; Michèle Losier (An­gelina, pic­tured be­low), Opéra Na­tional de Lyon Orches­tra & Cho­rus/ste­fano Mon­ta­nari 24 Au­gust Mes­si­aen Vi­sions de l’amen; Pierre-lau­rent Ai­mard, Ta­mara Ste­fanovich (pi­ano) 26 Au­gust Mahler Sym­phony No. 8; Fes­ti­val cho­rus, Swedish Ra­dio Sym­phony Orches­tra/daniel Hard­ing

MORE GREAT FES­TI­VALS…

Tec­ton­ics Glas­gow When: 5-6 May Where: Glas­gow, Scot­land Tel: +44 (0)141 353 8000 Web: tec­ton­ics­fes­ti­val.com Tec­ton­ics Glas­gow is back, and as proud and provoca­tive as ever. It opens to the sound of Nathalie For­get’s on­des martenot, takes in a work­shop on the his­tory of the Dic­ta­phone and in­cludes a feast of pre­mieres. Sax­o­phone mae­stro Tony Be­van col­lab­o­rates with com­poser Miya Masaoka, whose new work for koto forms part of a Ja­panese strand. HIGH­LIGHTS: 5 May Naomi Pin­nock new work, James Clark Un­ti­tled No. 9; BBC Scot­tish SO/ Ilan Volkov 6 May A por­trait of com­poser Pas­cale Cri­ton; Nathalie For­get (on­des martenot) et al

6 May Evan John­son Mea­sure­ment as Con­tri­tion; BBC Scot­tish So/ilan Volkov

Perth Fes­ti­val of the Arts When: 17-26 May

Where: Perth, Scot­land

Tel: +44 (0)1738 621 031 Web: perth­fes­ti­val.co.uk

With Perth The­atre hav­ing re­opened after a multi-mil­lion pound re­fit, English Tour­ing Opera can savour the stylish fa­cil­i­ties with a night of Rossini hits, as will the Ro­ma­nian pi­anist Alexan­dra Dari­escu, who presents her in­no­va­tive mul­ti­me­dia take on Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker.

HIGH­LIGHTS:

17 May Mozart Mar­riage of Fi­garo; English Tour­ing Opera/

Christo­pher Stark

20 May Beethoven Pi­ano Con­cer­tos Nos 1 & 5; Lars Vogt (pi­ano/con­duc­tor), Royal North­ern Sin­fo­nia

26 May Bruch Vi­o­lin Con­certo, Shostakovich Sym­phony No. 5; Jen­nifer Pike (vi­o­lin, above), Dres­den Phil­har­monic/michael San­der­ling

Sonori­ties Fes­ti­val of Con­tem­po­rary Mu­sic When: 18-22 April

Where: Belfast

Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 4867 Web: sonori­ties.org.uk

Stock­hausen presided over the open­ing of Belfast’s Sonic Arts Re­search Cen­tre and its Sonic Lab re­mains the hub of a lively fes­ti­val whose 2018 edi­tion boasts over 120 artists from 27 coun­tries. From Boulez to Bartók, to a sound sculp­ture and a piece for clavi­chord, electronics and mo­bile phones, Sonori­ties doesn’t let the grass grow un­der its feet.

HIGH­LIGHTS:

18 May Macmil­lan Pi­ano Trio

No. 2, Simp­son A er Ave­don;

Gould Pi­ano Trio

20 April Boulez Di­a­logue de l’om­bre dou­ble; Robert Plane (clar­inet)

21 April Ál­varez As el acero, Te­maz­cal; Si­mon Lim­brick (per­cus­sion)

St Mag­nus Fes­ti­val When: 22-28 June

Where: Orkney, Scot­land Tel: +44 (0)1856 871445 Web: st­mag­nus­fes­ti­val.com

There might be a strong Nor­we­gian un­der­tow to this year’s mu­si­cal mid­sum­mer in Orkney but the Danes aren’t tak­ing it ly­ing down. The Dan­ish Sin­foni­etta ac­com­pa­nies Aarhus Som­mer­opera’s Tele­mann and also per­forms a lunchtime con­cert. And fes­ti­val found­ing fa­ther Peter

Maxwell Davies isn’t for­got­ten as his 1969 mu­sic the­atre piece Ve­salii icones casts its vis­ceral spell in the cathe­dral.

HIGH­LIGHTS:

23 June Tele­mann Pimpinone; Aarhus Som­mer­opera,

Dan­ish Sin­foni­etta

25 June Mu­sic of Melan­choly; Barokksolis­tene

26 Jun Maxwell Davies Ve­salii icones; Red­note En­sem­ble

East Neuk Fes­ti­val

When: 27 June – 1 July Where: East Neuk, Fife Tel: +44 (0)131 473 2000 Web: east­neuk­fes­ti­val.com

Pi­anist Chris­tian Zacharias has re­turned to East Neuk for seven of the 14 fes­ti­vals to date. Some­thing draws artists back – The Tal­lis Schol­ars and Elias String Quar­tet among them. But there are Fifeshire new­com­ers too. Cel­list Jean-guihen Queyras’s Big Bach Day colonises clifftop St Mo­nan’s Church and The Bow­house barn, while Stravin­sky ab­sorbs pi­anist Yeol Eum Son.

HIGH­LIGHTS:

28 June Mad Women, Queens and Lovers; Mhairi Lawson (so­prano), Paula Chateauneuf (lutes)

30 June Mis­erere: Pärt, Re­ich, Pen­derecki, Al­le­gri; The Tal­lis Schol­ars/peter Phillips

1 July Mozart Clar­inet Con­certo, Rameau, Haydn; Max­i­m­il­iano Martin (clar­inet), Scot­tish Cham­ber Orches­tra/chris­tian Zacharias

Mu­sic At Pax­ton

When: 13-22 July

Where: Pax­ton House, Ber­wick-on-tweed

Tel: +44 (0)131 473 2000 Web: mu­si­cat­pax­ton.co.uk

The art doesn’t just hang on the walls in Pax­ton House’s op­u­lent pic­ture gallery. Come sum­mer it’s hang­ing in the air too as a won­der­ful se­lec­tion of cham­ber mu­sic fills the Ber­wick­shire man­sion. Cen­te­nar­ies mesh in a sea­son that reaches out from the fortepi­ano of Kris­tian Bezuiden­hout through a pi­ano trio re­spray of De­bussy’s La mer to la­teevening Mes­si­aen.

HIGH­LIGHTS:

13 July Mes­si­aen Quar­tet for the End of Time; Alas­dair Beat­son (pi­ano) et al 20 July Os­borne The Pi­ano Tuner, De­bussy Pi­ano Trio; He­brides En­sem­ble 22 July Schu­bert Die schöne Mül­lerin; Ben­jamin Appl (bari­tone), Gra­ham John­son (pi­ano)

Lam­mer­muir Fes­ti­val When: 14-23 Septem­ber

Where: East Loth­ian, Scot­land Tel: +44 (0)131 473 2000 Web: lam­mer­muir­fes­ti­val.co.uk

Lam­mer­muir’s win­ning for­mula con­tin­ues to pre­vail. Its range of se­duc­tive venues (in­clud­ing Dir­leton Kirk, Dunbar Par­ish Church and Chalmers Me­mo­rial Church), top­drawer per­form­ers and a cer­tain East Loth­ian je ne sais quoi un­der­pin a fes­ti­val that fields clar­inet­tist Mark Simp­son as its artist and com­poser-in-res­i­dence.

The pro­gramme in­cludes Haydn cof­fee morn­ings with the Van Kuijk and Maxwell string quar­tets and a per­for­mance of Bruck­ner’s Sev­enth Sym­phony by the BBC Scot­tish Sym­phony Orches­tra in the ma­jes­tic St Mary’s Hadding­ton.

HIGH­LIGHTS:

14 Septem­ber Bruck­ner Sym­phony No. 7; BBC Scot­tish Sym­phony Orches­tra/karl-heinz Ste ens 15 Septem­ber JS Bach motets; Stile An­tico 20 Septem­ber Beethoven String Quar­tet, Op. 132, Men­delssohn, Bach; Dan­ish

String Quar­tet

Bern­stein bo­nanza: Si­mon Rat­tle con­ducts the Sec­ond Sym­phony with Krys­tian Zimer­man as the soloist

Woman of many parts: so­prano Mhairi Lawson ex­plores great lead­ing roles in East Neuk

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