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August 2019

Monteverdi Vespers – Rheingau Musik Festival

August 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
€15 – €65

In 1610, some 28 years after he had last composed anything for the church, Monteverdi quietly published what is now celebrated as one of the greatest pillars of the sacred Baroque repertoire. The Vespers of the Blessed Virgin is conceived on such a monumental scale, with such heartrending dramatic and theatrical effects, that it has been described as the greatest opera he never wrote. For the group's first appearance at the Rheingau Musik Festival, Dunedin Consort presents this astonishing 90-minute…

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Edinburgh International Festival – Bach Keyboard Concertos: Concert 1

August 13 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
St Cecilia’s Hall, Cowgate
Edinburgh, EH1 1NQ United Kingdom
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£27

The first in a major, six-part International Festival concert series, exploring the complete keyboard concertos by J S Bach performed here by Aapo Häkkinen and Mahan Esfahani. Some of today’s finest harpsichordists join forces with the exceptional players of Scotland’s Dunedin Consort for a major, six-part International Festival concert series, exploring the complete keyboard concertos – for one, two, three and four harpsichords – by J S Bach. Five of the concerts take place in the remarkable surroundings of Edinburgh’s intimate St Cecilia’s…

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Edinburgh International Festival – Bach Keyboard Concertos: Concert 2

August 15 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
St Cecilia’s Hall, Cowgate
Edinburgh, EH1 1NQ United Kingdom
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£27

The second in a major, six-part International Festival concert series, exploring the complete keyboard concertos by J S Bach performed here by Mahan Esfahani. The second of six concerts in the International Festival’s complete survey of J S Bach’s keyboard concertos features a work that’s rarely heard. Bach left just a fragment of his D minor Concerto BWV 1059 completed, but the exceptional Iranian-American harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani has reconstructed the work and performs his interpretation with musicians from Scotland’s fine Dunedin Consort.…

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Edinburgh International Festival – Bach Keyboard Concertos: Concert 3

August 16 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
St Cecilia’s Hall, Cowgate
Edinburgh, EH1 1NQ United Kingdom
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£27

The third in a major, six-part International Festival concert series, exploring the complete keyboard concertos by J S Bach performed here by Masato Suzuki. In a very special six-concert series at International Festival 2019, some of today’s most exceptional harpsichord players join the fine musicians of Scotland’s Dunedin Consort for a complete survey of J S Bach’s keyboard concertos. Brilliant Dutch/Japanese harpsichordist Masato Suzuki is one of today’s most incisive, elegant players. Alongside works for solo keyboard, he performs Bach’s spirited, energetic…

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Edinburgh International Festival – Bach Keyboard Concertos: Concert 4

August 19 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
St Cecilia’s Hall, Cowgate
Edinburgh, EH1 1NQ United Kingdom
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£27

The fourth in a major, six-part International Festival concert series, exploring the complete keyboard concertos by J S Bach performed here by Christine Schornsheim and Andreas Staier. Two of Germany’s most renowned harpsichordists join the exceptional musicians of Scotland’s Dunedin Consort for the fourth in the International Festival’s major six-concert survey of J S Bach’s complete keyboard concertos. Both highly respected for their fluency, energy and sparkling keyboard agility, Christine Schornsheim and Andreas Staier perform Bach’s intense A major Concerto BWV 1055, and…

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Edinburgh International Festival – Bach Keyboard Concertos: Concert 5

August 20 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
St Cecilia’s Hall, Cowgate
Edinburgh, EH1 1NQ United Kingdom
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£27

The fifth in a major, six-part International Festival concert series, exploring the complete keyboard concertos by J S Bach performed here by Richard Egarr and Diego Ares. A charismatic, captivating musician, Richard Egarr – currently Music Director of the Academy of Ancient Music, and a regular and much-loved International Festival visitor – imbues all he performs with a sense of joy, adventure and searching intellect. He’s joined by fast-rising young Spanish harpsichordist Diego Ares in the fifth of the International Festival’s six-concert survey…

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Edinburgh International Festival – Bach’s Multiple Concertos

August 22 @ 11:00 am
The Queen’s Hall, 85 - 89 Clerk Street
Edinburgh, EH8 9JG United Kingdom
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£11 – £35

The International Festival’s six-concert survey of J S Bach’s complete keyboard concertos comes to a spectacular conclusion in The Queen’s Hall. The International Festival’s six-concert survey of J S Bach’s complete keyboard concertos moves from St Cecilia’s Hall to a spectacular conclusion in The Queen’s Hall. Four of today's most exciting, renowned harpsichordists make a rare appearance together alongside musicians from Scotland’s magnificent Dunedin Consort, in Bach’s remarkable concertos for three and four keyboards – from the virtuosic brilliance of…

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Edinburgh International Festival – Bach’s Secular Cantatas

August 24 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Queen’s Hall, 85 - 89 Clerk Street
Edinburgh, EH8 9JG United Kingdom
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£11 – £35

Performances that entertain, amuse, provoke and surprise: Scotland’s Dunedin Consort is one of the world’s finest early music ensembles, its fleet, fresh music-making directed with exceptional vigour by harpsichordist and scholar John Butt. Bringing the Queen’s Hall series to a gloriously theatrical close, the Dunedin players and Butt offer a rare chance to experience the closest J S Bach ever came to opera, in two larger-than-life cantatas. Geschwinde, ihr wirbelnden Winde depicts a bitterly fought song contest between Apollo and Pan…

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September 2019

Lammermuir Festival: Brandenburg Concertos I

September 13 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
St Mary’s Church, Haddington, Sidegate
Haddington, East Lothian EH41 4BZ United Kingdom
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£15.75 – £26.25

Bach and the Dunedin Consort have been at the heart of every one of the Lammermuir Festival's programmes. This year this world-renowned ensemble celebrate their association with the Festival with four concerts including all six of the Brandenburg Concertos, as well as Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Their residency opens with a veritable feast of Bach centred on two Brandenburgs and paired with the always exciting music of Vivaldi, whose music Bach admired so much. '... a sensational recording – perhaps the…

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Lammermuir Festival: Brandenburg Concertos II

September 17 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Crichton Collegiate Church, Crichton
Crichton, Midlothian EH37 5XA United Kingdom
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£15.75 – £21

The Dunedin Consort end the second of our Brandenburg Concerto programmes with the extraordinary 6th concerto, in which the violins take some time off and the string sound is darkened by viola, cello and viol. Crichton’s lovely acoustic will make this an experience to treasure, as will Vivaldi (with another of his Four Seasons concertos) and Handel at his most brilliant in two of his Op 6 concerti grossi. 'For all the debates on historically informed performance, the most persuasive aspect…

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