Celebrating Herbert Blomstedt's 85th Birthday and featuring some recent performances with the distinguished orchestras with which he is associated, including the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, whose principal conductor he was for 7 years till 2005. This week focuses on that memorable partnership and also on Herbert Blomstedt's relationship with the San Francisco SO (where he was also Principal Conductor), the Dresden Staatskapelle and the orchestras of Danish and Swedish Radio.
Across the week we'll also hear the fabled middle European sound of the Leipzig Gewandhaus with some other conductors.
Blomstedt is entirely open about his Christian faith and also his especial regard for the music of Anton Bruckner with its bedrock in the composer's own deeply held faith. Blomstedt will be heard conducting a Bruckner symphony each day.
And Afternoon on 3 continues its survey of piano concertos as part of the Piano Season on the BBC. This week Bartok's gentle and folktune inspired 3rd concerto and Rachmaninov's tour de force - also his 3rd concerto.
Presented by Louise Fryer
Bruckner: Symphony No. 2 in C minor
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Herbert Blomstedt (conductor)
Bartok: Piano Concerto No. 3, Sz. 119
Olli Mustonen (piano)
Strauss: Don Juan
Andris Nelsons (conductor)
Mozart: Symphony No. 36 in C, K. 425 ('Linz')
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra