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AO30120140310

Katie Derham presents a week of performances from orchestras from Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

In November 2013 Vladimir Ashkenazy stood down as Principal Conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and throughout the week we feature performances from his last 12 months in charge, including Shostakovich's 10th Symphony today, Sibelius's Lemminkainen Suite tomorrow (Tuesday) and Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony on Friday.

Meanwhile, Sir Andrew Davis took over as Principal Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in January 2013, and we can hear them too across the week.

From Canada, the period instruments of Les Violons du Roi and Marc-André Hamelin come together to perform the last 3 Piano Concertos by Beethoven in a concert from last summer.

2pm

Grainger

Marching Song of Democracy

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

Sir Andrew Davis (conductor)

Beethoven

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G, op. 58

Marc-André Hamelin (piano)

Les Violons du Roy, Bernard Labadie (conductor)

2.45

Dvorak

Cello Concerto in B minor, op. 104

Jian Wang (cello)

Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy (conductor)

3.25

Shostakovich

Symphony No. 10 in E minor, op. 93

AO30220140311

Katie Derham presents a week of performances from Commonwealth countries - Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

Vladimir Ashkenazy conducts the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in Sibelius Lemminkainen Suite and young American mezzo, Sasha Cooke, joins the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Pietari Inkinen in Mahler's Songs of a Wayfarer. Andrew Davis and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra take on two versions of "Brigg Fair" by friends Percy Grainger and Frederick Delius.

2pm

Sibelius The Oceanides, op. 73

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Pietari Inkinen (conductor)

02.10

Grainger Brigg Fair and

Delius Brigg Fair

Benjamin Namdarian (tenor)

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

Sir Andrew Davis (conductor)

2.30

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, op. 37

Marc-André Hamelin (piano)

Les Violons du Roy, Bernard Labadie (conductor)

3.05

Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer)

Sasha Cooke (mezzo soparano)

3.25

Sibelius Lemminkäinen Suite, op. 22

Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy (conductor).

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Katie Derham presents a concert from Melbourne Town Hall with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra - of which he has recently become Principal Conductor. The concert begins with an arrangement by Davis of Bach's Passacaglia and Fugue and ends with Brahms 2nd Symphony. Between the two, Cameron Carpenter is the soloist in Poulenc's Organ Concerto.

The programme ends with a nod towards tomorrow's Strauss 150 Opera Matinee - Feuersnot - Fire Famine. Strauss's one-act comedy upbraiding the residents of Munich for their indifference and hostility towards one of Strauss's heroes - Wagner.

2pm

Bach arranged Andrew Davis

Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582

2.10

Poulenc

Organ Concerto in G minor

Cameron Carpenter (soloist)

2.30

Brahms

Symphony No. 2 in D, op. 73

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis

(conductor)

3.15

Wagner

Overture to Die Meistersinger

Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Ludovic Morlot (conductor).

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Orchestras from Australia and New Zealand, including the Sydney SO with outgoing Principal Conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Melbourne SO and new Principal Sir Andrew Davis.

With Katie Derham.

Gounod Petite Symphonie, for nine wind instruments

Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Dene Olding (cond)

2.20

Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor, op. 16

Piers Lane (piano)

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra,

Sir Andrew Davis (conductor)

3.00

Berlioz Rêverie et Caprice, op. 8

Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Dene Olding (violin and conductor)

Chausson Poème de l'amour et de la mer

Sasha Cooke (mezzo)

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Pietari Inkinen (conductor)

3.40

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 in F minor, op. 36

Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy (conductor).