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Radio 3 Live In Concert20121224

Another chance to hear one of the highlights of the 2012 Proms season.

Presented by Christopher Cook

The young American organ virtuoso Cameron Carpenter brings his extraordinary manual and pedal dexterity to bear on the mighty Royal Albert Hall organ in the first two concerts exploring the works of the greatest composer for the instrument, J S Bach, and his own extraordinary improvisations.

Famous for his prodigious abilities and performance flair, Cameron Carpenter in these concerts plays Bach both in its original form and as viewed through the prism of other composers - including himself: the concert includes his reworking of part of a Bach solo violin partita. Alongside it are a chorale prelude arranged for piano by Busoni, and Henry Wood's and Busoni's arrangements of the famous D minor Toccata and Fugue re-imagined by Camerom Carpenter.

J. S. Bach: Toccata and Fugue in F major, BWV 540

Partita No. 3 in E major for solo violin, BWV 1006 - excerpt (arr. C. Carpenter)

Prelude and Fugue in A major, BWV 536

Chorale Prelude 'Nun freut euch, lieben Christen', BWV 734 (arr. Busoni/C. Carpenter)

Carpenter: Improvisation on B-A-C-H

J. S. Bach: "Evolutionary" Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565, (arr. Wood, Busoni and Carpenter)

Cameron Carpenter (organ).

Presented by Penny Gore

Valery Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra perform the complete score to Prokofiev's ballet Cinderella which contains some of the composer's most popular and melodious music.

This is a rare opportunity to hear Prokofiev's generously melodic fairy-tale ballet score in its full glory under the baton of a conductor steeped in the Russian ballet repertoire. It tells the famous fairytale of poor Cinderella who lives with her wicked stepsisters and goes to the ball after a make-over from a fairy and falls in love with the prince. Able to stay only till midnight when the spell wears off, she loses her slipper which the prince uses to find her again.

Prokofiev: Cinderella Op. 87

London Symphony Orchestra

Valery Gergiev (conductor).

Radio 3 Live In Concert20121224

Another chance to hear one of the highlights of the 2012 Proms season.

Presented by Christopher Cook

The young American organ virtuoso Cameron Carpenter brings his extraordinary manual and pedal dexterity to bear on the mighty Royal Albert Hall organ in the first two concerts exploring the works of the greatest composer for the instrument, J S Bach, and his own extraordinary improvisations.

Famous for his prodigious abilities and performance flair, Cameron Carpenter in these concerts plays Bach both in its original form and as viewed through the prism of other composers - including himself: the concert includes his reworking of part of a Bach solo violin partita. Alongside it are a chorale prelude arranged for piano by Busoni, and Henry Wood's and Busoni's arrangements of the famous D minor Toccata and Fugue re-imagined by Camerom Carpenter.

J. S. Bach: Toccata and Fugue in F major, BWV 540

Partita No. 3 in E major for solo violin, BWV 1006 - excerpt (arr. C. Carpenter)

Prelude and Fugue in A major, BWV 536

Chorale Prelude 'Nun freut euch, lieben Christen', BWV 734 (arr. Busoni/C. Carpenter)

Carpenter: Improvisation on B-A-C-H

J. S. Bach: "Evolutionary" Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565, (arr. Wood, Busoni and Carpenter)

Cameron Carpenter (organ).

Presented by Penny Gore

Valery Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra perform the complete score to Prokofiev's ballet Cinderella which contains some of the composer's most popular and melodious music.

This is a rare opportunity to hear Prokofiev's generously melodic fairy-tale ballet score in its full glory under the baton of a conductor steeped in the Russian ballet repertoire. It tells the famous fairytale of poor Cinderella who lives with her wicked stepsisters and goes to the ball after a make-over from a fairy and falls in love with the prince. Able to stay only till midnight when the spell wears off, she loses her slipper which the prince uses to find her again.

Prokofiev: Cinderella Op. 87

London Symphony Orchestra

Valery Gergiev (conductor).

Radio 3 Live In Concert20121225

Catherine Bott presents Gilbert and Sullivan's The Yeomen of the Guard from the 2012 Proms

Another chance to hear one of the highlights of the 2012 Proms season.

Presented by Catherine Bott

Gilbert and Sullivan: The Yeomen of the Guard

Gilbert and Sullivan's richest and most emotionally engaging operetta set at the Tower of London in the 16th Century, is considered by many to be Sullivan's finest musical score.

Young Colonel Fairfax is imprisoned under the sentence of death for sorcery - in reality he's a scientist and alchemist - but a young girl, Phoebe Meryll and her father who served with Fairfax in the army plan to spring him from the Tower. Add to the story a lovelorn jailer, a young singer, a jester and the Yeomen themselves and you have the makings of a typical G&S operetta with lots of room for humour and twists of plot. The strong cast of soloists and an orchestra and conductor renowned for their G&S performances at the Proms will guarantee a memorable evening.

Elsie Maynard - Lisa Milne (soprano)

Colonel Fairfax - Andrew Kennedy (tenor)

Jack Point - Mark Stone (baritone)

Dame Carruthers - Felicity Palmer (mezzo-soprano)

Sergeant Meryll - Mark Richardson (baritone)

Wilfred Shadbolt - Toby Stafford-Allen (bass)

Phoebe Meryll - Heather Shipp (mezzo-soprano)

Lieutenant Sir Richard Cholmondeley - Leigh Melrose (bass-baritone)

Leonard Meryll - Tom Randle (tenor)

Kate - Mary Bevan (soprano)

First Yeoman - Jonathan McGovern (baritone)

Second Yeoman - Marcus Farnsworth (baritone)

Martin Duncan (director)

BBC Singers

BBC Concert Orchestra

Jane Glover (conductor).

Radio 3 Live In Concert20121225

Catherine Bott presents Gilbert and Sullivan's The Yeomen of the Guard from the 2012 Proms

Another chance to hear one of the highlights of the 2012 Proms season.

Presented by Catherine Bott

Gilbert and Sullivan: The Yeomen of the Guard

Gilbert and Sullivan's richest and most emotionally engaging operetta set at the Tower of London in the 16th Century, is considered by many to be Sullivan's finest musical score.

Young Colonel Fairfax is imprisoned under the sentence of death for sorcery - in reality he's a scientist and alchemist - but a young girl, Phoebe Meryll and her father who served with Fairfax in the army plan to spring him from the Tower. Add to the story a lovelorn jailer, a young singer, a jester and the Yeomen themselves and you have the makings of a typical G&S operetta with lots of room for humour and twists of plot. The strong cast of soloists and an orchestra and conductor renowned for their G&S performances at the Proms will guarantee a memorable evening.

Elsie Maynard - Lisa Milne (soprano)

Colonel Fairfax - Andrew Kennedy (tenor)

Jack Point - Mark Stone (baritone)

Dame Carruthers - Felicity Palmer (mezzo-soprano)

Sergeant Meryll - Mark Richardson (baritone)

Wilfred Shadbolt - Toby Stafford-Allen (bass)

Phoebe Meryll - Heather Shipp (mezzo-soprano)

Lieutenant Sir Richard Cholmondeley - Leigh Melrose (bass-baritone)

Leonard Meryll - Tom Randle (tenor)

Kate - Mary Bevan (soprano)

First Yeoman - Jonathan McGovern (baritone)

Second Yeoman - Marcus Farnsworth (baritone)

Martin Duncan (director)

BBC Singers

BBC Concert Orchestra

Jane Glover (conductor).

Radio 3 Live In Concert20121226

Prom in which organist Cameron Carpenter continues to explore the music of Bach.

The John Wilson Orchestra and a starry cast of soloists present 'The Broadway Sound'.

Radio 3 Live In Concert20121226

Prom in which organist Cameron Carpenter continues to explore the music of Bach.

The John Wilson Orchestra and a starry cast of soloists present 'The Broadway Sound'.

Radio 3 Live In Concert20121227

Another chance to hear one of the highlights of the 2012 Proms season.

Presented by Jez Nelson

Guitarist Martin Taylor joins the Britten Sinfonia and conductor Guy Barker in the London premiere of The Spirit of Django a tribute to the great jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt.

This late-night Prom is a unique collaboration between two greats of the British jazz scene: multi award-winning guitarist Martin Taylor and trumpeter and arranger Guy Barker. Based on themes created by Taylor and then arranged and orchestrated by Barker the piece is inspired by legendary Gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. The resulting homage is a suite lasting nearly an hour which suits the Proms well - as Barker remarks Reinhardt was an ideal subject: "Django was a fan of Debussy as well as Louis Armstrong",

Martin Taylor & Guy Barker: The Spirit of Django - orchestral suite (London premiere)

Martin Taylor (guitar)

Guy Barker Jazz Orchestra

Spirit of Django

Britten Sinfonia

Guy Barker (conductor).

Presented by Andrew McGregor

The Berliner Philharmoniker and Simon Rattle return to the Proms for the first of two concerts with an evening of wide-ranging sonic adventure.

In the first half they present three different approaches to the experience of calm, firstly in Ligeti's slowly shifting sound-clouds, then with Wagner's sustained stillness through to Sibelius's most formidable and bleak evocation of a frozen landscape. The French second half is, in contrast, all about movement and dance. Tennis is not the only game played in Debussy's flirtatious ballet Jeux, while Ravel's suite, drawn from his famous ballet begins with a sunrise and ends in an orgy.

Ligeti: Atmosphères

Wagner: Lohengrin - Prelude, Act 1

Sibelius: Symphony No. 4 in A minor

Debussy: Jeux

Ravel: Daphnis and Chloë - Suite No. 2

Berliner Philharmoniker

Simon Rattle (conductor).

Radio 3 Live In Concert20121227

Another chance to hear one of the highlights of the 2012 Proms season.

Presented by Jez Nelson

Guitarist Martin Taylor joins the Britten Sinfonia and conductor Guy Barker in the London premiere of The Spirit of Django a tribute to the great jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt.

This late-night Prom is a unique collaboration between two greats of the British jazz scene: multi award-winning guitarist Martin Taylor and trumpeter and arranger Guy Barker. Based on themes created by Taylor and then arranged and orchestrated by Barker the piece is inspired by legendary Gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. The resulting homage is a suite lasting nearly an hour which suits the Proms well - as Barker remarks Reinhardt was an ideal subject: "Django was a fan of Debussy as well as Louis Armstrong",

Martin Taylor & Guy Barker: The Spirit of Django - orchestral suite (London premiere)

Martin Taylor (guitar)

Guy Barker Jazz Orchestra

Spirit of Django

Britten Sinfonia

Guy Barker (conductor).

Presented by Andrew McGregor

The Berliner Philharmoniker and Simon Rattle return to the Proms for the first of two concerts with an evening of wide-ranging sonic adventure.

In the first half they present three different approaches to the experience of calm, firstly in Ligeti's slowly shifting sound-clouds, then with Wagner's sustained stillness through to Sibelius's most formidable and bleak evocation of a frozen landscape. The French second half is, in contrast, all about movement and dance. Tennis is not the only game played in Debussy's flirtatious ballet Jeux, while Ravel's suite, drawn from his famous ballet begins with a sunrise and ends in an orgy.

Ligeti: Atmosphères

Wagner: Lohengrin - Prelude, Act 1

Sibelius: Symphony No. 4 in A minor

Debussy: Jeux

Ravel: Daphnis and Chloë - Suite No. 2

Berliner Philharmoniker

Simon Rattle (conductor).

Radio 3 Live In Concert20121228

Another chance to hear one of the highlights of the 2012 Proms season.

Presented by Mary Ann Kennedy

A late night Prom with the Congolese street band Staff Benda Bilili, who perform music from their latest Album Bouger Le Monde (Make the World Move) and are also joined by the brilliant Congolese-Belgo rapper Baloji.

Staff Benda Bilili, a group of paraplegic street musicians and ex-street kids from the Democratic Republic of Congo, are one of the most inspiring success stories in the global music scene. They live around the grounds of the zoo in Kinshasa and make music rooted in Soukous (or African rumba) with elements of old-school rhythm and blues, reggae and funk. In this late night Prom they perform material from their latest release Bouger Le Monde, and also join forces with the Congolese-born and Belgian-educated rapper Baloji, who mixes old and cutting-edge sounds with bitingly modern lyrics.

Presented by Andrew McGregor

The Berliner Philharmoniker and Simon Rattle in their second Proms appearance perform music by Brahms and Lutoslawski.

The orchestra is joined by distinguished pianist Yefim Bronfman who is soloist in Brahms's mighty Second Piano Concerto, known for its technical difficulty, length and for the fact that the pianist has to share some of the limelight with the lead cellist who has a beautiful three-minute solo at the start of the slow movement. Lutoslawski's Third Symphony was completed in the early 1980s during a troubled period in the composer's native Poland, it combines experimental techniques with craftsmanship, conviction and lyricism.

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major

Lutoslawski: Symphony No.3

Yefim Bronfman (piano)

Berliner Philharmoniker

Simon Rattle (conductor).

Radio 3 Live In Concert20121228

Another chance to hear one of the highlights of the 2012 Proms season.

Presented by Mary Ann Kennedy

A late night Prom with the Congolese street band Staff Benda Bilili, who perform music from their latest Album Bouger Le Monde (Make the World Move) and are also joined by the brilliant Congolese-Belgo rapper Baloji.

Staff Benda Bilili, a group of paraplegic street musicians and ex-street kids from the Democratic Republic of Congo, are one of the most inspiring success stories in the global music scene. They live around the grounds of the zoo in Kinshasa and make music rooted in Soukous (or African rumba) with elements of old-school rhythm and blues, reggae and funk. In this late night Prom they perform material from their latest release Bouger Le Monde, and also join forces with the Congolese-born and Belgian-educated rapper Baloji, who mixes old and cutting-edge sounds with bitingly modern lyrics.

Presented by Andrew McGregor

The Berliner Philharmoniker and Simon Rattle in their second Proms appearance perform music by Brahms and Lutoslawski.

The orchestra is joined by distinguished pianist Yefim Bronfman who is soloist in Brahms's mighty Second Piano Concerto, known for its technical difficulty, length and for the fact that the pianist has to share some of the limelight with the lead cellist who has a beautiful three-minute solo at the start of the slow movement. Lutoslawski's Third Symphony was completed in the early 1980s during a troubled period in the composer's native Poland, it combines experimental techniques with craftsmanship, conviction and lyricism.

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major

Lutoslawski: Symphony No.3

Yefim Bronfman (piano)

Berliner Philharmoniker

Simon Rattle (conductor).

Radio 3 Live In Concert20121231

Another chance to hear one of the highlights of the 2012 Proms season.

Presented by Louise Fryer

American composer Eric Whitacre has written some of the most widely sung, ravishingly scored, and greatly talked-about choral music of the last few years - especially through the pieces performed by his online Virtual Choir. Tonight his own choral group joins forces with the BBC Singers for a feast of music mainly by Whitacre himself.

The Prom includes several of the composer's best-known pieces plus two new works, and also includes music by Leonard Bernstein together with three classic spiritual arrangements by Moses Hogan - both of them fellow countrymen. With the rich acoustics of the Albert Hall, and the thrilling sound of the 48-voice combined choirs, this will be a choral feast of a concert.

Bernstein: Warm-Up

Eric Whitacre: Alleluia

Eric Whitacre: Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine

J S Bach arr. E London: Bach Again

Eric Whitacre: Higher, Faster, Stronger (BBC commission: world Premiere)

Imogen Heap arr. Eric Whitacre: The Listening Chair (world premiere)

Hogan: Three Spirituals

Eric Whitacre: Cloudburst

Eric Whitacre: Sleep

Imogen Heap (vocals)

Hila Plitmann (soprano)

ensemblebash (percussion)

Christopher Glynn (piano)

BBC Singers

Eric Whitacre Singers

Eric Whitacre (conductor).

Radio 3 Live In Concert20121231

Another chance to hear one of the highlights of the 2012 Proms season.

Presented by Louise Fryer

American composer Eric Whitacre has written some of the most widely sung, ravishingly scored, and greatly talked-about choral music of the last few years - especially through the pieces performed by his online Virtual Choir. Tonight his own choral group joins forces with the BBC Singers for a feast of music mainly by Whitacre himself.

The Prom includes several of the composer's best-known pieces plus two new works, and also includes music by Leonard Bernstein together with three classic spiritual arrangements by Moses Hogan - both of them fellow countrymen. With the rich acoustics of the Albert Hall, and the thrilling sound of the 48-voice combined choirs, this will be a choral feast of a concert.

Bernstein: Warm-Up

Eric Whitacre: Alleluia

Eric Whitacre: Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine

J S Bach arr. E London: Bach Again

Eric Whitacre: Higher, Faster, Stronger (BBC commission: world Premiere)

Imogen Heap arr. Eric Whitacre: The Listening Chair (world premiere)

Hogan: Three Spirituals

Eric Whitacre: Cloudburst

Eric Whitacre: Sleep

Imogen Heap (vocals)

Hila Plitmann (soprano)

ensemblebash (percussion)

Christopher Glynn (piano)

BBC Singers

Eric Whitacre Singers

Eric Whitacre (conductor).

Radio 3 Live In Concert20130101

Another chance to hear one of the highlights of the 2012 Proms season.

Louise Fryer and Kirsty Young present this Prom celebrating 70 years of the popular Radio 4 programme Desert Island Discs. Some castaways make guest appearances explaining their choices, which will be performed by a star-studded line-up of soloists. Music includes excerpts from Beethoven's Emperor Concerto played by Peter Donohoe, Elgar's Cello Concerto with soloist Nicholas Alstaedt, and Eric Coates's Sleepy Lagoon and the Dambusters March.

Ailish Tynan (soprano)

Nicholas Alstaedt (cello)

Peter Donohoe (piano)

Wayne Marshall (organ)

Willard White (bass-baritone)

Huddersfield Choral Society

BBC Concert Orchestra

Conductor Keith Lockhart.

Radio 3 Live In Concert20130101

Another chance to hear one of the highlights of the 2012 Proms season.

Louise Fryer and Kirsty Young present this Prom celebrating 70 years of the popular Radio 4 programme Desert Island Discs. Some castaways make guest appearances explaining their choices, which will be performed by a star-studded line-up of soloists. Music includes excerpts from Beethoven's Emperor Concerto played by Peter Donohoe, Elgar's Cello Concerto with soloist Nicholas Alstaedt, and Eric Coates's Sleepy Lagoon and the Dambusters March.

Ailish Tynan (soprano)

Nicholas Alstaedt (cello)

Peter Donohoe (piano)

Wayne Marshall (organ)

Willard White (bass-baritone)

Huddersfield Choral Society

BBC Concert Orchestra

Conductor Keith Lockhart.

Radio 3 Live In Concert20130102

Another chance to hear one of the highlights of the 2012 Proms season.

Presented by Tom Service

Six classics of post-war music are featured in this Late Night Prom, reflecting Radio 3's Fifty Modern Classics. London Sinfonietta, London Sinfonietta Academy Ensemble and Andre de Ridder play Ligeti, Berio, Xenakis, Harvey, Andriessen and Cage

The concert starts with Ligeti's playful Poeme with its 100 ticking metronomes; followed by Berio's iconoclastic Sequenza V for solo trombone; Xenakis's lively Phlegra; Jonathan Harvey's electronic mixture of bell and treble voice, Mortuos plango, vivos voco; Luis Andriessen's Minimalist musical clock, De snelheid; and ending with John Cage's infamous 4 minutes and thirty-three seconds of pure silence.

Ligeti: Poème symphonique

Berio: Sequenza V

Xenakis: Phlegra

Jonathan Harvey: Mortuos plango, vivos voco

Louis Andriessen: De snelheid

John Cage: 4'33

Byron Fulcher (trombone)

Sound Intermedia (sound projection)

London Sinfonietta

London Sinfonietta Academy Ensemble

André de Ridder (conductor).

Presented by Donald Macleod

In the first of their two Proms the dynamic Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly perform four works by Mendelssohn: the well-known overture Ruy Blas based on Victor Hugo's blood-and-thunder play, and the lesser known overture about the mermaid The Fair Melusine which Mendelssohn referred to as "the most intimate thing" he produced. The Danish violinist Nicolaj Znaider is the soloist in the ever-popular Violin Concerto. The Prom ends with the UK premiere of the original version of the Fifth Symphony, a work written in celebration of the Lutheran Reformation..

The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra is one of the oldest symphony orchestras in the world. Mendelssohn became their music director in 1835 and held the position until his death in 1847. Riccardo Chailly has been its conductor since 2005.

Mendelssohn: Overture 'Ruy Blas'

Violin Concerto in E minor

Overture - 'The Fair Melusine'

Symphony No. 5 in D major, 'Reformation' (UK premiere of original version)

Nikolaj Znaider (violin)

Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

Riccardo Chailly (conductor.

Radio 3 Live In Concert20130102

Radio 3 Live In Concert20130102

Another chance to hear one of the highlights of the 2012 Proms season.

Presented by Tom Service

Six classics of post-war music are featured in this Late Night Prom, reflecting Radio 3's Fifty Modern Classics. London Sinfonietta, London Sinfonietta Academy Ensemble and Andre de Ridder play Ligeti, Berio, Xenakis, Harvey, Andriessen and Cage

The concert starts with Ligeti's playful Poeme with its 100 ticking metronomes; followed by Berio's iconoclastic Sequenza V for solo trombone; Xenakis's lively Phlegra; Jonathan Harvey's electronic mixture of bell and treble voice, Mortuos plango, vivos voco; Luis Andriessen's Minimalist musical clock, De snelheid; and ending with John Cage's infamous 4 minutes and thirty-three seconds of pure silence.

Ligeti: Poème symphonique

Berio: Sequenza V

Xenakis: Phlegra

Jonathan Harvey: Mortuos plango, vivos voco

Louis Andriessen: De snelheid

John Cage: 4'33

Byron Fulcher (trombone)

Sound Intermedia (sound projection)

London Sinfonietta

London Sinfonietta Academy Ensemble

André de Ridder (conductor).

Presented by Donald Macleod

In the first of their two Proms the dynamic Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly perform four works by Mendelssohn: the well-known overture Ruy Blas based on Victor Hugo's blood-and-thunder play, and the lesser known overture about the mermaid The Fair Melusine which Mendelssohn referred to as "the most intimate thing" he produced. The Danish violinist Nicolaj Znaider is the soloist in the ever-popular Violin Concerto. The Prom ends with the UK premiere of the original version of the Fifth Symphony, a work written in celebration of the Lutheran Reformation..

The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra is one of the oldest symphony orchestras in the world. Mendelssohn became their music director in 1835 and held the position until his death in 1847. Riccardo Chailly has been its conductor since 2005.

Mendelssohn: Overture 'Ruy Blas'

Violin Concerto in E minor

Overture - 'The Fair Melusine'

Symphony No. 5 in D major, 'Reformation' (UK premiere of original version)

Nikolaj Znaider (violin)

Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

Riccardo Chailly (conductor.

Radio 3 Live In Concert20130102

Radio 3 Live In Concert20130103

Another chance to hear one of the highlights of the 2012 Proms season.

Presented by Andrew McGregor

The Kronos Quartet makes its Proms debut with a typically eclectic Late Night programme which ranges from from Syrian folk-pop via Sofia Gubaidulina's Fourth Quartet to one based on 'Amazing Grace.'

For almost 40 years, the Kronos Quartet has been reinventing the string quartet, regularly turning it into a multimedia experience. The group's first Proms appearance begins with high-octance Syrian folk-pop and ends with a Kronos commission blending classical strings with ethnic Balkan instruments, shouts, foot-stomping, bells and electronic overdubs.

In between, varied fare from the group's eclectic repertoire plus a BBC commission inspired by the work of Delia Derbyshire of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop (responsible for the realisation of Ron Grainer's Doctor Who theme). Listen out, too, for the otherworldly Kronos arrangement of a Scandinavian folk lament.

Omar Souleyman, arr. Jacob Garchik: I'll Prevent the Hunters from Hunting You (La sidounak sayyada) (UK premiere)

Sofia Gubaidulina: String Quartet No. 4

Ben Johnston: String Quartet No. 4 'Amazing Grace'

Nicole Lizée: The Golden Age of the Radiophonic Workshop (Fibre-Optic Flowers) (BBC commission: world premiere)

Trad., transcr. Ljova, arr. Kronos Quartet: Tusen tankar (A Thousand Thoughts)

Aleksandra Vrebalov:... hold me, neighbour, in this storm...

Kronos Quartet.

Presented by Penny Gore

The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly in their second Prom perform Messiaen's dramatic 1964 memorial to the dead of two world wars, Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum, and Mahler's 6th Symphony which is a similarly wide-ranging soundscape moving from death-portending hammer-blows to alpine cow-bells. It also contains one of Mahler's most glorious slow movements.

Together with the Turangalila Symphony, Messiaen's Et Expecto is one of his most often performed orchestral works. It is on a vast canvas with a wide dynamic range, full of orchestral effects and apocalyptic gongs. The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra is one of the oldest symphony orchestras in the world. Riccardo Chailly has been their conductor since 2005.

Messiaen: Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum

Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A minor

Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.

Radio 3 Live In Concert20130103

Radio 3 Live In Concert20130103

Another chance to hear one of the highlights of the 2012 Proms season.

Presented by Andrew McGregor

The Kronos Quartet makes its Proms debut with a typically eclectic Late Night programme which ranges from from Syrian folk-pop via Sofia Gubaidulina's Fourth Quartet to one based on 'Amazing Grace.'

For almost 40 years, the Kronos Quartet has been reinventing the string quartet, regularly turning it into a multimedia experience. The group's first Proms appearance begins with high-octance Syrian folk-pop and ends with a Kronos commission blending classical strings with ethnic Balkan instruments, shouts, foot-stomping, bells and electronic overdubs.

In between, varied fare from the group's eclectic repertoire plus a BBC commission inspired by the work of Delia Derbyshire of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop (responsible for the realisation of Ron Grainer's Doctor Who theme). Listen out, too, for the otherworldly Kronos arrangement of a Scandinavian folk lament.

Omar Souleyman, arr. Jacob Garchik: I'll Prevent the Hunters from Hunting You (La sidounak sayyada) (UK premiere)

Sofia Gubaidulina: String Quartet No. 4

Ben Johnston: String Quartet No. 4 'Amazing Grace'

Nicole Lizée: The Golden Age of the Radiophonic Workshop (Fibre-Optic Flowers) (BBC commission: world premiere)

Trad., transcr. Ljova, arr. Kronos Quartet: Tusen tankar (A Thousand Thoughts)

Aleksandra Vrebalov:... hold me, neighbour, in this storm...

Kronos Quartet.

Presented by Penny Gore

The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly in their second Prom perform Messiaen's dramatic 1964 memorial to the dead of two world wars, Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum, and Mahler's 6th Symphony which is a similarly wide-ranging soundscape moving from death-portending hammer-blows to alpine cow-bells. It also contains one of Mahler's most glorious slow movements.

Together with the Turangalila Symphony, Messiaen's Et Expecto is one of his most often performed orchestral works. It is on a vast canvas with a wide dynamic range, full of orchestral effects and apocalyptic gongs. The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra is one of the oldest symphony orchestras in the world. Riccardo Chailly has been their conductor since 2005.

Messiaen: Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum

Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A minor

Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.

Radio 3 Live In Concert20130103

Radio 3 Live In Concert20130104

Another chance to hear one of the highlights of the 2012 Proms season.

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

The youthful members of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra conducted by Mark Armstrong perform a wide-ranging set, from Jazz classics through to a new work by Tim Garland.

Founded in the mid-1960s the NYJO is world-famous as a glittering showcase for the country's best young jazz musicians with many of the current generation of top British jazz players having risen through its ranks. Known for their unique swinging big band sound they have always played a mix of classics and new works. In tonight's late-night Prom they perform compositions by Ellington and Monk through to contemporary pieces including the premiere of a new work by Tim Garland called 'Agro Alegria' described by its composer as 'almost a ballad' based on a dance rhythm from the flamenco tradition, with the word 'Agro' having the double meaning of planting and growing, but also a reference to the youthful rowdiness of the NYJO members.

Ellington: Rockin' in Rhythm

Nikki Iles: Hush

Kenny Wheeler: Sweet Time Suite - Know Where You Are

Monk (arr. Mark Armstrong): 'Round Midnight

Richardson: Groove Merchant

Chris Whiter: The Change

Tom Stone: Return Flight

Ellington (arr. Callum Au): Caravan

Ellington: Sunset and the Mocking Bird (The Queen's Suite)

Tim Garland: Agro Alegria

Tim Garland (saxophone)

Mark Mondesir (drums)

National Youth Jazz Orchestra

Mark Armstrong (conductor).

Presented by Martin Handley.

One of the great musical partnerships is celebrated tonight, as the pianist Murray Perahia joins conductor Bernard Haitink and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra to perform Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto, undoubtedly the most personal - and radical - of the five. Bruckner's monumental last symphony also promises to be a highlight of this year's Proms. Bernard Haitink is one of the great interpreters of this profoundly spiritual music, and Bruckner himself described the Vienna Philharmonic as "the most superior" orchestra.

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G

Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in D minor

Murray Perahia (piano)

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Bernard Haitink (conductor).

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Another chance to hear one of the highlights of the 2012 Proms season.

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

The youthful members of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra conducted by Mark Armstrong perform a wide-ranging set, from Jazz classics through to a new work by Tim Garland.

Founded in the mid-1960s the NYJO is world-famous as a glittering showcase for the country's best young jazz musicians with many of the current generation of top British jazz players having risen through its ranks. Known for their unique swinging big band sound they have always played a mix of classics and new works. In tonight's late-night Prom they perform compositions by Ellington and Monk through to contemporary pieces including the premiere of a new work by Tim Garland called 'Agro Alegria' described by its composer as 'almost a ballad' based on a dance rhythm from the flamenco tradition, with the word 'Agro' having the double meaning of planting and growing, but also a reference to the youthful rowdiness of the NYJO members.

Ellington: Rockin' in Rhythm

Nikki Iles: Hush

Kenny Wheeler: Sweet Time Suite - Know Where You Are

Monk (arr. Mark Armstrong): 'Round Midnight

Richardson: Groove Merchant

Chris Whiter: The Change

Tom Stone: Return Flight

Ellington (arr. Callum Au): Caravan

Ellington: Sunset and the Mocking Bird (The Queen's Suite)

Tim Garland: Agro Alegria

Tim Garland (saxophone)

Mark Mondesir (drums)

National Youth Jazz Orchestra

Mark Armstrong (conductor).

Presented by Martin Handley.

One of the great musical partnerships is celebrated tonight, as the pianist Murray Perahia joins conductor Bernard Haitink and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra to perform Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto, undoubtedly the most personal - and radical - of the five. Bruckner's monumental last symphony also promises to be a highlight of this year's Proms. Bernard Haitink is one of the great interpreters of this profoundly spiritual music, and Bruckner himself described the Vienna Philharmonic as "the most superior" orchestra.

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G

Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in D minor

Murray Perahia (piano)

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Bernard Haitink (conductor).

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The Escher Quartet in Hugh Wood's String Quartet No 4 and Debussy's String Quartet.

Live from Cadogan Hall, London

Presented by Clemency Burton-Hill

BBC New Generation Artists the Escher Quartet play two innovative string quartets by Hugh Wood and Debussy.

Written as a young man by one of this season's featured composers, Debussy's early string quartet is a forward-looking work with its sensual colours and improvisatory feel. It's paired with the 4th String Quartet by Hugh Wood, a work recently selected for 'Encore' - a partneship scheme between the Royal Philharmonic Society and BBC Radio 3 - designed to give repeat performances of notable contemporary chamber compositions.

Hugh Wood: String Quartet No 4

Debussy: String Quartet

Escher Quartet

This concert will be repeated on Saturday 25th August at 2pm.

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The Escher Quartet in Hugh Wood's String Quartet No 4 and Debussy's String Quartet.

Live from Cadogan Hall, London

Presented by Clemency Burton-Hill

BBC New Generation Artists the Escher Quartet play two innovative string quartets by Hugh Wood and Debussy.

Written as a young man by one of this season's featured composers, Debussy's early string quartet is a forward-looking work with its sensual colours and improvisatory feel. It's paired with the 4th String Quartet by Hugh Wood, a work recently selected for 'Encore' - a partneship scheme between the Royal Philharmonic Society and BBC Radio 3 - designed to give repeat performances of notable contemporary chamber compositions.

Hugh Wood: String Quartet No 4

Debussy: String Quartet

Escher Quartet

This concert will be repeated on Saturday 25th August at 2pm.