Rob Cowan introduces music by BBC Radio 3's Composers of the Year: Purcell, Handel, Haydn and Mendelssohn.
Including a Haydn Symphony especially for the morning, Mendelssohn's Hear my Prayer including the popular O for the Wings of a Dove, Purcell's Bell Anthem in a Radio 3 recording with Clare College, Cambridge, and the winner of Breakfast's Handelbars, where listeners requested their favourite Handel aria.
Throughout the day there are the thoughts of a huge variety of people who love the music of these four composers - including Sting and Roy Strong on Purcell, Julia Neuberger on Handel, Richard Holmes and Patricia Routledge on Haydn, plus Henry Goodman and Sue McGregor on Mendelssohn.
Rob Cowan introduces music by BBC Radio 3's Composers of the Year.
Sarah Walker presents highlights from BBC Radio 3 broadcasts of music by its four Composers of the Year in 2009.
Haydn: Symphony No 95 in C minor
Concentus Musicus Vienna
Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor)
Purcell: Sonata in 4 Parts, Z807
Harpsichord player Laurence Cummings performs Handel in the composer's London home, now the Handel House Museum, and talks to Catherine Bott about the dance suites.
Handel: Concerto grosso in B flat, Op 3 No 2
Alfredo Bernardini (oboe/director)
Recorded at the Foundling Museum in London
Haydn: Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo (Kleine Orgelmesse)
Maria Zadori (soprano)
Levente Gyongyosi (organ)
Gyorgy Vashegyi (conductor)
Recorded at the Concert Hall of the Esterhazy Castle.
Purcell: Suite (The Fairy Queen)
Academy of Ancient Music
Richard Egarr (director/harpsichord)
Royal Quartet and Psophos String Quartet (former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists)
Music Matters: Mendelssohn in Scotland
In the summer of 1829, Felix Mendelssohn visited Scotland on a walking tour with his friend Karl Klingemann.
Tom Service follows in his footsteps on a journey that would provide the inspiration for both the Hebrides Overture and the Scottish Symphony.
Accompanied by Scottish historian John Purser, he visits the ruins of Holyrood Abbey in Edinburgh, Oban, Fort William, Mull and sails to Staffa to see Fingal's Cave for himself.
Author Janice Galloway and actor Dominic West tell Michael Berkeley about their favourite Handelian moments.
Sarah Walker introduces chamber music by the Composers of the Year.
Haydn: String Quartet in D, Op 64 No 5 (Lark)
Handel: Keyboard Suite No 5 in E, HWV430
Laurence Cummings (harpsichord)
Recorded at the Handel House Museum.
Mendelssohn: Violin Sonata in F (1838)
Daniel Hope (violin)
Sebastian Knauer (piano)
Recorded at the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Sarah Walker presents Radio 3 broadcasts of music by its Composers of the Year in 2009.
Andrew McGregor introduces music by BBC Radio 3's four Composers of the Year in 2009, beginning with one of the great masterpieces of English opera in a highly acclaimed production by the Royal Opera House.
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas
Dido....Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano)
Belinda....Lucy Crowe (soprano)
Aeneas....Lucas Meacham (baritone)
Second Woman....Anita Watson (soprano)
Sorceress....Sara Fulgoni (mezzo-soprano)
First Witch....Eri Nakamura
Second Witch....Pumeza Matshikiza (soprano)
Spirit....Iestyn Davies (countertenor)
Sailor....Ji-Min Park (tenor)
Royal Opera Extra Chorus
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Christopher Hogwood (conductor)
Mendelssohn at Buckingham Palace
Sean Rafferty and Jonathan Marsden of the Royal Collection follow the trail of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's favourite composer.
Andrew McGregor introduces one of Handel's charming Italian cantatas, a cautionary tale of the dendrological results of attempted seduction.
Handel: Apollo e Dafne
Nuria Rial (soprano)
Fulvio Bettini (bass)
Alfredo Bernardini (director)
Recorded at the Foundling Museum
Richard Briers plays Haydn in a short play about the last days of the composer's life.
In May 1809, as French troops take Vienna, Napoleon arranges for one of his officers to visit Joseph Haydn.
Joseph Haydn....Richard Briers
Johann Elssler....Ben Askew
French Officer....Matt Addis
Written by Stephen Wyatt.
Directed by Jeremy Mortimer.
Last Chance to Hear...
Andrew McGregor introduces some of the best music BBC Radio 3's four Composers of the Year have to offer.
Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks
Le Concert Spirituel
Herve Niquet (director)
Haydn: Cello Concerto No 1 in C
Truls Mork (cello)
Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Iona Brown (director)
Purcell: Arise, my muse, Z320
Michael Chance, James Bowman (countertenors)
Charles Daniels (high tenor)
Robert King (director)
Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream: Overture and selection of incidental music
Orchestra of the 18th Century
Frans Bruggen (conductor).
Andrew McGregor introduces music by BBC Radio 3's four Composers of the Year in 2009.
Petroc Trelawny chairs a live studio no-holds-barred debate to find the Composer of the Year.
Each of the four composers is represented by a passionate and partisan advocate who wants to persuade listeners to vote for one particular composer.
The advocates are: Sarah Sands, deputy editor of the London Evening Standard for Handel, poet Jo Shapcott for Purcell, actor and comedian John Sessions for Mendelssohn, and Roger Scruton for Haydn.
Louise Fryer reports on who's up and who's down and what listeners think about it all.
While the votes are counted, Louise Fryer looks back at some of the Radio 3 highlights of the past year: the broadcast of all 104 Haydn symphonies, a complete survey of Handel operas, a fully staged production of A Midsummer Night's Dream with Mendelssohn's incidental music, Purcell from Westminster Abbey and choirs up and down the country joining BBC Radio 3 for the Mendelssohn Weekend's O for the Wings of a Dove and Sing Hallelujah for Handel.
Petroc Trelawny chairs a live no-holds-barred debate to find the Composer of the Year.
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Presented by Penny Gore.
The conclusion of Handel's masterpiece Agrippina, part of a complete cycle of the composer's operas.
Handel: Agrippina, Act 3
Agrippina....Della Jones (soprano)
with act 3 of handel's agrippina, part of a complete cycle of the composer's operas
Petroc Trelawny and Louise Fryer reveal who - out of Purcell, Handel, Haydn and Mendelssohn - BBC Radio 3 listeners have voted Composer of the Year.
After the result, music by the winning composer.
Petroc Trelawny and Louise Fryer reveal who listeners have voted Composer of the Year.
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A tale of magic and mystery continues Afternoon on 3's complete cycle of Handel operas.
Rinaldo was the first of almost 40 operas the composer wrote for London, and it was a stage spectacular.
This recording has an all-star cast led by Cecilia Bartoli as Almirena and David Daniels as Rinaldo.
Presented by Louise Fryer, in conversation with conductor Christopher Hogwood.
Handel: Rinaldo (Acts 1 and 2)
Louise Fryer presents a performance of handel's rinaldo, a tale of magic and mystery
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Presented by Louise Fryer.
The final act of Handel's Rinaldo, as part of a complete cycle of the composer's operas.
Handel: Rinaldo (Act 3)
Goffredo....Bernarda Fink (mezzo-soprano)
featuring the final act of handel's rinaldo