Iain Burnside



Iain Burnside presents a morning of music interspersed with intelligent comment.

This programme is on the theme of Landscapes, to coincide with the opening of a major new Renoir exhibition at the National Gallery. Guest is Alan Rusbridger, pianist and editor of The Guardian.

Music includes pieces by Messaien, Vaughan Williams, Ibert, Debussy and Haydn.


Iain Burnside presents a morning of music interspersed with intelligent comment. This programme focuses on film composers, to coincide with the 79th Academy Awards. Featured guest is award-winning director Richard Eyre.

Music includes:

Honegger: Pastorale d'ete

Czech Philhamonic Orchestra

Serge Baudo (conductor)

Handel: Concerto grosso in F, Op 3 No 6

Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra

Christopher Hogwood (conductor)

Schubert: Notturno in E flat, D 897

Beaux Arts Trio

Shostakovich: Jazz Suite No 2

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Riccardo Chailly (conductor).


Iain Burnside presents a morning of music interspersed with intelligent comment. This programme focuses on space and astral bodies with guest Heather Couper.

Music includes:

Nielsen: Helios Overture

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Jean Martinon (conductor)

Haydn: The Representation of Chaos (The Creation)

English Baroque Soloists

John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

Colin Matthews: Pluto

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Simon Rattle (conductor)

Bliss: Things to Come

London Symphony Orchestra

Arthur Bliss (conductor).


To coincide with the start of the Cricket World Cup in the West Indies, Iain explores the music of victory and defeat.

Pieces include:

Beethoven: Wellington's Victory


Antal Dorati (conductor)

Monteverdi: Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda

Red Byrd

The Parley of Instruments

Schoeck: Love duet from Penthesilea

Helga Dernesch

Theo Adam

Austrian Radio SO

Gerd Albrecht (conductor)

Mussorgsky: Field Marshall (Songs and Dances of Death)

Dmitri Hvorostovsky

St Petersburg Philharmonic

Yuri Temirkanov (conductor).


On Mother's Day, Iain features music written for the many facets of motherhood, from Earth Mother and Working Mother to the Holy Mother.

Mozart: Variations on Ah! Vous dirais-je Maman

Andras Schiff (piano)

Mahler: Wenn dein Mutterlein (Kindertotenlieder)

Janet Baker (mezzo)

Halle Orchestra

John Barbirolli (conductor)

Bach: French Suite, BWV812

Michael Behringer

Stravinsky: Non Erubeskite Reges (Oedipus Rex)

Magda Laszlo (soprano)

RAI Rome Symphony Chorus and Orchestra

Herbert von Karajan (conductor).


The United Nations' World Water Day drew attention to the scarcity and key importance of water in the 21st Century. On this week's programme Iain Burnside will be joined by George Benjamin to discuss how water has inspired and fascinated composers through the years.

Grace Williams: Sea Sketches for String Orchestra

English Chamber Orchestra

David Atherton (conductor)

Mozart: Adagio and Rondo for Glass Harmonica, Flute, Oboe, Viola and Cello

Satie: Sports et Divertissements

Pascal Roge (piano).


On this April Fool's edition of his programme, Iain Burnside takes a wry look at some of the pranks, jokes and humour in music.


Mozart: Divertimento for two horns and strings

English Concert

Andrew Manze (conductor)

Josquin: Guillaume se va chauffer

Capella Flamenca

Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel

Munich Philharmonic

Erich Kleiber (conductor).


Iain's selection of music is inspired by stormy seas and those in peril on them as this week marks the anniversary in 1912 of the sinking of the Titanic.


Mendelssohn: Overture (Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage)

London Symphony Orchestra

Claudio Abbado (conductor)

Cole Porter: Anything Goes (excerpts)

1998 London Cast

Delius: I stand as on some mighty eagle's beak (Songs of Farewell)

Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and Orchestra

Richard Hickox (conductor).


As France goes to vote in the first round of the presidential elections, Iain Burnside looks back at the French Revolution, with pieces by Gossec, Cherubini, Mozart and Beethoven.


To celebrate St George's Day and the tercentenary of the Act of Union, Iain Burnside straddles the border to look at the rival claims of St George and St Andrew.

Aberdonian soprano Mary Garden sings music by John Foulds, Chopin, FG Scott, John Clerk of Penicuik and Debussy.


In the wake of the local government elections, Iain takes politics and the nature of leadership as his theme. Music includes:

Beethoven: Coriolan Overture

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Wilhelm Furtwangler (conductor)

Shostakovich: Incidental music for King Lear (excerpts)

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Mark Elder (conductor)

Plus music by Verdi and John Adams.


Iain makes a whistle-stop tour around Europe, and discovers some neglected gems. Including Zelenka's Capriccio II in G, Sweelinck's Pavana Lachrimae and works by Wiren and Enescu.


To coincide with The Guardian Hay festival, Iain explores music and words.


Balakirev: Tamara

Philharmonia Orchestra

Evgeny Svetlanov (conductor)

Janacek: String Quartet No 1 (Kreutzer Sonata)

Guarneri Quartet

Plus, music by Liszt and Berio.


To celebrate International Children's Day, Iain explores music by, for and about children.


Britten: Walztes

Michael Dussek (piano)

Dohnanyi: Variations on a Nursery Theme

Julius Katchen (piano)

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Adrian Boult (conductor)

Plus works by Mahler and Schubert.


Iain explores the music of dreams.


Liszt: Liebestraum

Jorge Bolet (piano)

Tartini: Devil's Trill Sonata

Andrew Manze (violin)

Plus works by Schoenberg and Stravinsky.


On the eve of Refugee Week, Iain looks at the rich contributions made by displaced musicians.


Eisler: The Hollywood Songbook

Matthias Goerne (baritone)

Eric Schneider (piano)

Chopin: Sonata in B flat minor

Sergei Rachmaninov (piano)

Plus works by Dussek and Schoenberg.


Iain explores musical depictions of Midsummer's Day.


Today England joins Wales and Scotland in banning smoking in public places, so Iain explores the influence of tobacco and other addictive substances on composers and their music.


One hundred years ago, Pope Pius X tried to veto modernisation in the Catholic Church, so Iain Burnside looks at spirituality in music that ranges from Palestrina to Arvo Part.


Iain presents a sequence of music based on a topical theme.


Ian packs his bags for his holidays. Including Elgar: In the South. Britten: Holiday Diary. Plus works by Brahms and Schubert.


Mary King sits in for Iain and follows in the tracks of explorers and pioneers with works including Holst's Beni Mora, Weill's Lindbergh Flight and music from the forests of Papua New Guinea and the Amazon.


We live in an ageing society and each September, Japan, the greyest society in the world, honours the elderly with a Respect for Old Age day.

Iain explores some of the riches produced by musicians, whether composers or performers, in the Indian summer of their creativity.

Music includes Vlado Perlemuter playing Ravel, plus Balakirev's Overture to King Lear.


Iain celebrates the Autumn Equinox with a sequence of topical music. Including Tippet's Crown of the Year, Debussy's Feuilles mortes and music by Mahler, Eisler and Ligeti.


Iain ponders philosophy in music, with Steve Reich's Proverb, Bernstein's Serenade for violin, strings, harp and percussion, and works by Strauss, Mahler and Nietzsche.


Ahead of World Mental Health Day, Iain looks at different approaches to musical sanity.


Schulz: Largo

Thomas Bloch (Glass Harmonica)

Naxos 8.555295

Schumann: Piano Quintet (2nd mvt)

Menahem Pressler (piano)

Emerson Quartet

DG 4458482

Britten: Rejoice in the Lamb,

Peter Barley (organ)

Choir of King's College Cambridge

Stephen Cleobury (director)

Argo 4332152

Sun Ra: Cosmic Tones for Mental Therapy (Cluster of Galaxies)

Sun Ra and his Solar Arkestra


Johann Strauss: Schnee-Glöckchen, Op 143

Polish State Philharmonic Orchestra

Oliver Dohnanyi (conductor)

MARCO POLO 8223207

Rachmaninov: Prelude in G, Op 32 No 5

David Helfgott (piano)

RCA 74321403782

Scarlatti: Sonata in A, L483

Vladimir Horowitz (piano)

Favourite Encores

CBS CD42305

Joni Mitchell: Twisted

Asylum K253002

Ivor Gurney: When Smoke stood up from Ludlow

Andrew Kennedy (tenor)

Simon Crawford Philips (piano)

Dante Quartet


Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress (closing scene in Bedlam)

Deborah York (soprano)

Bryn Terfel, Ian Bostridge (tenors)

Monteverdi Choir


John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

DG 4596482

Smetana: String Quartet No 2

The Linsay String Quartet


Wolf: Manuel Venegas

Mitsuko Shirai (mezzo-soprano), Josef Protschka, Christoph Spath, Kor-Jan Dusseljee (tenors), Cornelius Hauptmann (bass), Oliver Widmer (baritone)

Stuttgart Chamber Choir

Hartmut Holl (conductor)

Capriccio 10362CAP

Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire (part 3)

Christine Schäfer (soprano)

Ensemble InterContemporain

Pierre Boulez (conductor)

DG 457630

Sorabji: Opus clavicembalisticum/Introito

John Ogdon (piano)

Altarus 9075.


On the 20th anniversary of the Great Storm, Iain introduces music associated with hurricanes and floods, including Schubert, Liszt and Berlioz, and Beethoven's Sonata, Op 31, No 2.


During the 19th and early 20th centuries, Britain celebrated Trafalgar Day to commemorate Nelson's victory over the French and Spanish fleets at the Battle of Trafalgar. Iain sets sail with music by Hummel, D'Indy and Vierne, as well as Haydn's Nelson Mass.


To celebrate one of the great ceremonial events in the calendar, the Queen attending the State Opening of Parliament, Major General Patrick Cordingly guides Iain through music in public life.

Including Parry's I was glad, Mozart's Coronation Concerto and music by Gibbons and Handel.


Jeremy Sams sits in for Iain and reflects on war and peace with music by Haydn, Elgar and Britten, and Frank Bridge's Piano Sonata.


As St Cecilia's Day appraoches, Iain looks at music about music.

Boyce: Symphony, Op 2 No 5; Ode to St Cecilia (See fam'd Apollo)

Academy of Ancient Music

Christopher Hogwood (conductor)

Oiseau Lyre 4367612

Britten: Hymn to St Cecilia

Monteverdi Choir

John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)


Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music

London Symphony Orchestra

Adrian Boult (conductor)

EMI CDC7472182

Janacek: Kreutzer Sonata Quartet

Medici Quartet

Nimbus NI5113

Schubert, arr. Liszt: Gretchen am Spinnrade

Yevgeny Kissin (piano)

DG 4350282

Strauss: Capriccio, Op 85 (Prelude)

Michael Cookson (viola)

Moray Welsh (cello)

Medici String Quartet

Nimbus NI 5076

Bach: Unaccompanied Bach Sonatas and Partitas

Jascha Heifetz (violin)

RCA GD87708

Glenn Gould: So you want to write a fugue?

Claron McFadden (soprano)

Marie-Therese Keller (mezzo-soprano)

Jean-Paul Fouchecourt (tenor)

Harry van der Kamp (bass)

String Quartet

Sony Classical SK47184

Strauss/Godowsky: Wine Women and Song

Shura Cherkassky (piano)

Nimbus NI 5043

Finzi: Ceremonial Ode For St Cecilia

James Gilchrist (tenor)

Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and Orchestra

David Hill (conductor)

Naxos 8.557863

Langgaard: Music of the spheres

Gitta-Maria Sjoberg (soprano)

Danish National Radio Choir and Symphony Orchestra

Gennady Rozhdestvensky (conductor)

Chandos chan9517

Handel: But bright Cecilia...As from the pow'r of sacred lays (An Ode for St Cecilia's Day)

Carolyn Samson (soprano)

King's Consort

Robert King (director)

Hyperion CDA677463.


Iain looks back on Thanksgiving.

Gottschalk: The Banjo, Grotesque Fantasie

Noel Lee (piano)

Erato 4509943572

Grofé: Cloudburst (Grand Canyon Suite)

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Antal Dorati (conductor)

Decca 4307122

Ives: A Symphony (New England Holidays 'Thanksgiving')

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

David Zinman (conductor)

Keith Jarrett: Shenendoah; The melody at night with you

Alan Hovhaness: And God Created Great Whales

Seattle Symphony

Gerard Schwarz (conductor)

Delos DE3157

Scott Joplin: The Non-Pareil

Gioncanni De Chiaro (piano)

Centaur CRC2408

Busoni: Indian Diary

Jeni Slotchiver (piano)

Centaur CRC2438

Copland: Appalachian Spring

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

DG 4273352

Arr. Boatner: Trampin'

Marian Anderson (contralto)

Lawrence Brown (piano)


Art Tatum: Hallelujah

Black Lion

BLCD 760143

Messiaen: Bryce Canyon and the red orange rocks; Des Canyons aux Etoiles

Schoenberg Ensemble

Reinbert de Leeuw (conductor)

Auvidis MO782142

Frank Underwood: Real men don't eat quiche

Richard Rodney Bennett (piano/vocals)



Iain wraps up warm with works on a theme of 'Winter'.

Liszt: Chasse-neige

Evgeny Kissin (piano)

RCA 09026682622

Vivaldi: Winter (Four Seasons)

Christian Lindberg (trombone)

New Stockholm Chamber Orchestra

Okkko Kamu (conductor)


Judith Bingham: The Snows Descend

Fine Arts Brass

NAXOS 8.570346

Robert Frost: 'Stopping by Woods on a snowy Evening' Poem

British Library NSACD13

Debussy: Des pas sur la neige

Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (piano)


Purcell: Frost Scene (King Arthur)

ERATO 2292459192

Glazunov: Winter (Seasons)

Minnesota Orchestra

Edo de Waart (conductor)

Telarc CD80347

Britten: Winter Words (At Day Close in November)

Anthony Rolfe Johnson (tenor)

Graham Johnson (piano)

Trad: Ding dong merrily on high

EMI CDP7954632

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 1 in G minor (Winter daydreams)

Russian National Orchestra

Michael Pletnev (conductor)

DG 4534452

Henze: Sir Andrew Aguecheek; Royal Winter Music

Franz Halasz (guitar)

Naxos 8557344

Poulenc: Un soir de neige

Joyful Company of Singers

Peter Broadbent (director)


Brett Dean: If in beginning; Winter Songs

Daniel Norman (tenor)

Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet

Hermann Baumer (director)


YsaÃe: Chant d'hiver, Op 15

Albrecht Breuninger (violin)

North West German Philharmonic Orchestra

Welisar Gentscheff (conductor)

CPO 7770512.


In a New Year edition of the programme, Iain celebrates the past 12 months in music.

A selection of guests, including Mitusko Uchida and Fiona Shaw, raise their glasses and look back over the year, discussing their musical choices.


Dear Diary: Iain leafs through diaries of great composers, in words and music, including Schumann's Davidsbundlertanze and Janacek's Diary of One Who Disappeared.


Iain Burnside explores the legacy of Robert Burns.

Vaughan Williams: Ca' the yowes


Michael Brewer (conductor)

Ravel: Chanson ecossaise; Ye Banks and Braes

Inva Mula (soprano)

David Abramovitz (piano)

Shostakovich: O wert thou in the cauld blast; McPherson's Farewell; Dzhenni

Sergej Leiferkus (bass)

Semjon Skigin (piano)

Macmillan: From Ayrshire

Nicola Benedetti (violin)

St Martin in the Fields

James MacMillan (conductor)

Lamond: Overture on the Scottish Highlands


Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

Beach: Dearie

Katherine Kelton (mezzo-soprano)

Catherine Bringerud (piano)

Schumann: John Anderson; Der Rekrut; Der Bankelsanger Willi

SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart

Rupert Huber (conductor)

Trad: Willie Brew'd A Peck O' Maut

Haydn: My loves but a lassie yet

Jamie MacDougall (tenor)


Trad: There'll never be peace till Jamie comes hame

Christine Cairns (soprano)

John Kitchen (piano)

Arnold: Tam O'Shanter

Scottish National Orchestra

Alexander Gibson (conductor)

Trad: Ay Waukin O

Lorna Anderson (soprano)

FG Scott: Ay Waukin O

Lisa Milne (soprano)

Iain Burnside (piano)

Stevenson: Keening Sang for a Makar; Heroic Song for Hugh Macdiarmid

Joseph Banowetz (piano)

Britten: Wee Willie Grey

Peter Pears (voice)

Osian Ellis (harp)

Britten: Afton Water

Trad: There was a lad was born in Kyle

Kenneth McKellar (voice)

Trad: Mary Morrison

Sarasate: Scottish Airs

Rachel Barton Pine (violin)

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Alexander Platt (conductor).


Holocaust Memorial Day provides the theme of the programme and Iain is joined by musicologist Erik Levi. They look at some of the music the Nazis banned, some they appropriated to their cause and some that emerged in opposition to the fascist regime.


Iain Burnside plays music on the theme of carnivals, including Schumann's Faschingswank aus Wien and Berlioz's Le carnaval romain.


With February 14th looming, Iain Burnside attempts to summon the spirit of St Valentine with a programme of lovelorn music, accompanied by his guest John Hegley.

Wagner: Siegfried Idyll

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2.


Iain Burnside and professor of mathematics Marcus Du Sautoy explore the connections between music and mathematics, focusing on Bartok's 5th string quartet and a Leonel Power Mass.


Iain admires a range of musical portraits with painter Tom Phillips, whose choices include Messiaen's Vingt regards sur l'enfant Jesus and Mozart's Die Zauberflote.


On the day Russia goes to the polls, Iain explores music inspired by that nation's turbulent history, including Lyadov's The Enchanted Lake and part of Rachmaninov's Vespers.


As St Patrick's Day approaches, Iain presents Irish-themed music, with works by Harty, Berlioz, Handel and Stanford, plus Irish musicians including Barry Douglas and John McCormack.


To coincide with the 22nd London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, Iain ponders the relationship between music and sexuality. His guest is cultural commentator David Benedict and the music includes pieces by Szymanowski, Saint-Saens, Britten and Tippett.


Iain and architecture critic Jonathan Glancey consider the question that if architecture is frozen music, how does it sound? Including an excerpt from Berlioz's Requiem and music by Monteverdi, JC Bach and John Cage


Iain considers the notion of musical recycling, uncovering music that began life as something else, including Britten's Lachrymae, Webern's Musical Offering and works by Bach.


Iain explores the ancient concept of music as science, asking:'When did it become one of the arts and how do we really know it is one?' Including Borodin's String Quartet No 2 in D, Elgar's Prelude to the Kingdom and Hindemith's Die Harmonie der Welt.


With his guest, actor Simon Russell Beale, Iain reflects on death and bereavement and their influence on composers. His musical selection ranges from Schubert's Death and the Maiden to Hindemith's Trauermusik and Janacek's Piano Sonata.


Prompted by the increasing cost of energy, Iain focuses on ideas of light and dark, and how composers have responded to these two fundamental components of our lives.

He is joined by guest Tony Palmer, director of several films about composers including O Thou Transcendent, his recent film about Vaughan Williams which was shown at the Proms last weekend, to consider the complex relationship between music, film and light.

With music by a wide range of composers including Mozart, Purcell and Sibelius.


Iain focuses on the music of Bohemia, introducing pieces by Dvorak, Smetana, Martinu, Zelenka, Suk, Janacek, Balakirev, Mendelssohn, Biber and Mahler.


With the US elections barely two months away, Iain looks inside the melting pot of musical America with his guest, New York-based British composer Tarik O'Regan. The music includes works by Edgar Varese, Roy Harris and Steve Reich.


With schools and colleges back in session, Iain Burnside contemplates some great musicians as teachers and pupils. He is joined by guest Jeremy Summerly, Sterndale Bennett Lecturer in Music at the Royal Academy of Music, and there are performances by Nadia Boulanger, Georges Enescu, Edwin Fischer and Artur Schnabel



Iain tries to discover the reasons why the Russian city of Odessa has produced some of the finest musicians of the past century, including violinists David Oistrakh and Nathan Milstein, as well as pianists Sviatoslav Richter, Shura Cherkassky and Emil Gilels.


Iain considers how ancient mythology has inspired artistic masterpieces, considering music such as Debussy's Syrinx, Britten's Young Apollo and Barber's Andromache.



Iain is joined by Poet Laureate Andrew Motion to dip into a selection of pieces about war, reflecting on the power of music to evoke it. With works by Stravinsky, Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Milhaud.



Iain explores Australian music. From ancient songlines to Percy Grainger, the country has created its own musical sound, as well as giving us some of today's leading musicians including Joan Sutherland, Charles Mackerras and Yvonne Kenny.

Baltic Christmas20081221

Iain takes a musical tour of the Baltic, with stops in Estonia, Lithuania and Finland.


Iain is joined by guests including Nicholas Hytner and Douglas Boyd.

Classical Music In Film Soundtracks20090301

Iain explores the use of classical music in film soundtracks.


Mary King sits in for Iain Burnside and considers how composers have depicted craft.


Iain considers how composers have responded to the Creation. Music by Haydn and Milhaud.

Love And Loss20081214

Iain explores love and loss, with musical examples from Brahms, Britten and Alma Mahler.

Religion In Music20081207

Iain explores the point where heaven and earth meet in works by Beethoven and Stravinsky.

Iain and his guest composer Jonathan Harvey explore the point at which heaven and earth meet in works by Beethoven, Stravinsky and Vaughan Williams.

The Power Of 220090111

Iain and Marcus Du Sautoy to focus on musical partnerships, duos and double concertos.


Jeremy sits in for Iain Burnside with a musical tour of Venice, helped by Donald Macleod