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 Friday, August 14, 2015 at 7.30pm 
MacMillan & Sibelius
Edinburgh International Festival

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Edward Gardner Conductor

Edinburgh Festival Chorus
Christopher Bell Chorus Master

Colin Currie Percussion
Anna Larsson Mezzo soprano
Johan Reuter Baritone

For composer James MacMillan, Scottish percussionist Colin Currie’s captivating playing combines accuracy, sensitivity and a real sense of emotion – alongside a deep musicality and natural showmanship.

Currie is the dedicatee of MacMillan’s new Second Percussion Concerto, which has a special focus on the scintillating sounds of metal percussion and a provocative combination of lyricism and visceral energy. It’s a tough physical workout for Currie as soloist – and a thrilling ride for listeners.

After the interval, Edward Gardner conducts one of Sibelius’s grandest works. Kullervo tells a moving, dramatic tale of guilt and redemption from Finnish folklore, with acclaimed Swedish contralto Anna Larsson, respected Danish baritone Johan Reuter and the combined choral might of the Edinburgh Festival and RSNO Choruses.

James MacMillan : Percussion Concerto No 2
Jean Sibelius : Kullervo

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 Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 9.30pm 
Magnetic Rose Oneohtrix Point Never
Edinburgh International Festival

Experimental American composer Daniel Lopatin (aka Oneohtrix Point Never) performs a new live soundtrack to accompany a screening of the Katsuhiro Otomo film Magnetic Rose. Oneohtrix, recently cited by NME as one of the ‘100 most influential artists’, creates futuristic soundscapes that continuously conjure mystical images of the unknown. This Scottish premiere adds a whole new dimension to the accompanying footage. The second part of the evening features a performance of Bullet Hell Abstraction IV, a new composition inspired by video games.

Daniel Lopatin : Magnetic Rose

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 Monday, August 24, 2015 at 8pm 
Max Richter Recomposed | Memoryhouse
Edinburgh International Festival

Pioneering British musician Max Richter inhabits an indefinable realm between contemporary classical and indie pop, creating achingly gorgeous soundscapes that combine the icy purity of minimalist composers Steve Reich and Arvo Pärt with the richness of contemporary electronica.

Recomposed: Vivaldi – The Four Seasons is Richter’s subtly radical postmodern remix of one of classical music’s best-loved works, taking the great Baroque composer’s four concertos as the starting point for a startling musical transformation bringing in loops, samples, drifting ambient soundscapes and monumental walls of sound.

This special Festival performance brings together the work’s original performers – respected international solo violinist Daniel Hope, conductor and contemporary music specialist André de Ridder, with Richter himself on keyboards and electronics – who are joined by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Memoryhouse is an intoxicating journey through the beauty and tragedy of 20th-century Europe, combining music, poetry and voices to explore stories real and imagined, with Baroque harpsichord, soaring strings, poignant piano, electronics and orchestra.

Max Richter’s Recomposed: Vivaldi – The Four Seasons is the music for Wayne McGregor’s Kairos performed by Ballett Zürich at the Edinburgh Playhouse on 27–29 Aug

Max Richter : Recomposed: Vivaldi – The Four Seasons
Max Richter : Memoryhouse

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 Friday, August 28, 2015 at 9.15pm 
Wave Movements
Edinburgh International Festival

Composers Richard Reed Parry and Bryce Dessner, also members of rock bands Arcade Fire and The National respectively, take as inspiration the different wave cycles of the world’s oceans in a work for string orchestra and film. The music, composed directly to the actual rhythms of waves, is performed live by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra to a film made by the photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto who created an iconic series of seascape photos in the 1980s.

The two acclaimed musicians will perform alongside members of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for Heart & Breath, with Bryce Dessner on guitar and Richard Reed Parry on bass. Heart & Breath is based around the idea of using the widely varying internal rhythms of the performers’ bodies as performance parameters, relying on the breathing rates of the players to determine the pace of the music.

Dessner's Murder Ballades will also be performed by members of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra is a fascinating score based on American ballads about murder. It was originally created as a score for a piece by L.A. Dance Project, who appeared at the Festival in 2013.

Bryce Dessner : Murder Ballades
Richard Reed Parry : Heart & Breath

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