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01Radio 3 Live In Concert20121129

Live from City Halls, Glasgow

Presented by Mary Ann Kennedy

Andrew Manze and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra play Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez, with Sean Shibe, guitar, Mozart's Jupiter Symphony and Ombre by John Maxwell Geddes.

John Maxwell Geddes: Ombre

Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez

Sean Shibe,guitar

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Andrew Manze, conductor

Rodrigo's neo-classical guitar concerto should enchant anew in the hands of the remarkable young Scottish virtuoso Sean Shibe, and Manze's Mozart is a byword for energy and insight. Manze's own arrangement of Mozart's extraordinary, experimental Adagio for Glass Harmonica, and a welcome revival of the masterful Ombre by veteran Scottish composer John Maxwell Geddes, complete a programme where even the familiar promises to surprise.

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John Wilson and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra perform music by Holst, Walton and Bax and are joined by Paul Watkins in Finzi's Cello Concerto

Live from City Halls, Glasgow

Presented by Jamie MacDougall

Conductor John Wilson -well known for his interpretations of American music- this evening leads the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in an exploration of the varied work of British composers active in the first half of the 20th Century. The concert opens with music by William Walton who, in his vivacious 'Portsmouth Point: Orchestral Overture', etches a musical image of bawdy British sailors, using all the colourful sounds of the early 20th Century orchestra.

Paul Watkins, acclaimed for his performances of British Music, joins the orchestra as soloist in Gerald Finzi's Cello Concerto, a work imbued with characteristic lyricism but with darker undertones, written shortly before the composer's untimely death in 1956.

And the concert concludes with 2 works: Holst's Ballet Music from his doomed opera, 'The Perfect Fool'; and Arnold Bax's, 'The Garden of Fand', an orchestral tone poem inspired by the ancient Celtic folklore in which the composer was steeped.

Walton: Portsmouth Point, An Overture

Finzi: Cello Concerto

Paul Watkins (cello)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

John Wilson (conductor)

followed by:

BAROQUE SPRING

Music by Johann Sebastian Bach from the BBC New Generation Artists archive. Live in Concert will be featuring Baroque recordings every weekday evening for Baroque Spring this month.

01Radio 3 Live In Concert20130621

Live from City Halls, Glasgow

Presented by Jamie MacDougall

"Alive with Music" - Alexander Titov conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in an all-Tchaikovsky programme with Dmitri Alexeev as piano soloist.

Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet - Fantasy Overture

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto no 1 in B-flat minor (op 23)

Live from the City Halls in Glasgow, starting the Glasgow "Alive with Music" weekend, the BBC SSO kicks off with a night of unbridled passion in an evening of works by Tchaikovsky, The programme includes three of his greatest and most popular works, with the BBC SSO conducted by Alexander Titov, and the very highly regarded Russian pianist Dmitri Alexeev as piano soloist.

The Fantasy Overture 'Romeo and Juliet' depicts Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers in music of drama and huge energy, while the composer himself described the inexorable tread of his Fifth Symphony as "a complete resignation before fate". In between, one of the most popular concertos in the entire piano repertoire - a virtuoso showpiece famously rejected by its dedicatee, Nikolai Rubinstein, who later become one of its most passionate champions.

01Radio 3 Live In Concert20130926

Live from City Halls in Glasgow

Presented by Jamie MacDougall

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, with Chief Conductor Donald Runnicles, perform two of the favourite pieces in the repertoire: Elgar's Cello Concerto and Mozart's Requiem. They are joined by international soloists and the National Youth Choir of Scotland.

19.30

Elgar: Cello Concerto

20.00

interval

20.20

Mozart: Requiem

Alisa Weilerstein, cello

Miah Persson, soprano

Ruxandra Donose, mezzo-soprano

Jeremy Ovenden, tenor

Neal Davies, bass

National Youth Choir of Scotland

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Donald Runnicles, conductor

Mozart's unfinished Requiem is one of the best-loved masterpieces of classical choral music. But strip away the rumours, legends and the layers of alterations, and it turns out that the piece we usually hear is only half the story. Donald Runnicles directs the acclaimed National Youth Choir of Scotland and a quartet of world-class soloists in a revelatory new completion of the Requiem prepared, with a creator's insight, by the great Canadian Mozartian Robert Levin. Hear this transcendent music with new ears - and savour the intense commitment that the young American cellist Alisa Weilerstein brings to Elgar's war requiem of a cello concerto.

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The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Jun Märkl perform orchestral music by Debussy and Messiaen and are joined by soprano Gweneth-Ann Jeffers for Messiaen's Poèmes pour Mi

Live from City Halls, Glasgow

Presented by Jamie MacDougall

Two masters of music in twentieth-century France: Debussy and Messiaen. The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra is joined by Jun Märkl, a German conductor with considerable renown for performances of French repertoire.

The concert opens with Les offrandes oubliées, a work which although written in 1930, early in Messiaen's career, already displays his deep spirituality and bold musical language. This is followed by his first song cycle Poèmes pour Mi -performed by soprano Gweneth-Ann Jeffers- itself a deeply personal work dedicated to Messiaen's first wife.

The concert concludes with Debussy's colourful orchestral masterpiece, Images. Consisting of three atmospheric sections Debussy draws on folk music from England, France and Spain amidst shimmering and exotic orchestral textures to create musical portraits infused with dance, ranging from 'The Streets and By-ways' of Ibéria to the 'Dances of Spring.'

Messiaen: Les offrandes oubliées

Messiaen: Poèmes pour Mi

8.10 Interval (Discovering Music, see separate billing)

8.35

Debussy: Images (complete)

Gweneth-Ann Jeffers (soprano)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Jun Märkl (conductor).

01Radio 3 Live In Concert20131107

Live from City Halls, Glasgow

Presented by Andrew McGregor

Conductor Andrew Manze brings his passion and insight to the work of composers at the heart of his musical personality: continuing his complete cycle of Vaughan Williams Symphonies, with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. To perform that composer's evocation of a frozen wilderness, his Symphony No. 7 (Sinfonia Antartica), the orchestra are joined by award-winning soprano Katherine Broderick and the Ladies of the Glasgow Chamber Choir.

Music composed by a fellow Briton from a slightly later generation, Michael Tippett, begins the concert. His Divertimento on 'Sellinger's Round' takes as its starting point a tune from Elizabethan England. And the pianist and former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Shai Wosner takes to the concert platform to perform one of Mozart's most enduring Piano Concertos.

Tippett: Divertimento on 'Sellinger's Round'

Mozart: Piano Concerto No 20 in D minor, K466

Interval 8.20

Discovering Music

8.40

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No 7 (Sinfonia Antartica)

Shai Wosner (piano)

Katherine Broderick (soprano)

Ladies of the Glasgow Chamber Choir

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Andrew Manze (conductor).

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The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Chief Conductor Donald Runnicles and violinist James Ehnes bring us three masterworks from three centuries.

Live from City Halls, Glasgow

Presented by Jamie MacDougall

19.30

Beethoven: Symphony No 4 in B flat

Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No 1

20.45

Interval

21.05

John Adams; City Noir

James Ehnes (violin)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Donald Runnicles

Written in 2009, this masterpiece by John Adams was first suggested by reading the "dream" books by Kevin Starr, painting a picture of 1940s Los Angeles as possessing "a certain sassy, savvy energy. It was, among other things, a Front Page kind of town where life was lived by many on the edge, and that made for good copy and good film noir". His piece doesn't refer to the soundtracks of those films - but evokes the mood and feeling of the era. You'll hear Jazz, Symphonic and American music, jumping from high to low energy - and the city can be imagined "as a source of inexhaustible sensual experience".

Paired with Beethoven's dazzlingly bright Fourth Symphony written in 1806, and the ominous twilight of Shostakovich's tormented First Violin Concerto, started in 1947, played by the quite simply brilliant James Ehnes, this is an evening not to miss.

After the concert: Llyr Williams plays Wagner's piano music.

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In a special Monday-night concert to mark Commonwealth Day, Glasgow -the home of this summer's Commonwealth Games, and formerly 'second city of the Empire'- hosts a concert of music which has its origins in the west of Scotland.

Live from City Halls in Glasgow

Presented by Jamie MacDougall

MacCunn: The Ship o' the Fiend

Chisholm: Piano Concerto No.2 (Hindustani)

8.20 Interval

8.40

Alasdair Spratt: Obsess

James MacMillan: The Confession of Isobel Gowdie

Danny Driver (piano)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

James MacMillan (conductor)

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra opens with a work by Hamish MacCunn. Born in 1868 in the town of Greenock, a significant Scottish port at the time, his dramatic overture "The Ship o' the Fiend" has sea-faring in mind, though not from a Scottish source, and concerning a vessel of a ghostly nature.

In the early Twentieth-Century composer Eric Chisholm was known as 'McBartok'. Although of Scottish origin he exercised a keen interest in a wide range of international folk music idioms. He spent much time living and researching in Cape Town South Africa, and his Piano Concerto No. 2 draws material from Hindustani themes and the concepts of raga. It is performed by Danny Driver.

Alasdair Spratt is a young composer who was born in Glasgow and his work "Obsess" for mixed ensemble -first heard in Manchester in 2003- is inspired by the idea of obsessive negative introspection.

As a composer and a conductor James MacMillan is one of the most significant international musicians to emerge from Scotland in recent years. This evening he concludes the programme with his own "The Confession of Isobel Gowdie", a work of passion and immediacy it draws inspiration from 'witchcraft' executions in Scotland during the Reformation, including the hysterical and sadistic burning-at-the-stake of the titular 'witch'. It is a dramatic and programmatic work: setting out to explore ideas of good and evil, persecution and cultural insecurity, and ultimately attempting to "capture the soul of Scotland in music.".

02 LASTRadio 3 Live In Concert20121129

Live from City Halls, Glasgow

Presented by Mary Ann Kennedy

Andrew Manze and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra play Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez, with Sean Shibe, guitar, Mozart's Jupiter Symphony and Ombre by John Maxwell Geddes.

Mozart (orch. Manze): Adagio for Glass Harmonica

Mozart Symphony No.41 (Jupiter)

Sean Shibe,guitar

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Andrew Manze, conductor

Rodrigo's neo-classical guitar concerto should enchant anew in the hands of the remarkable young Scottish virtuoso Sean Shibe, and Manze's Mozart is a byword for energy and insight. Manze's own arrangement of Mozart's extraordinary, experimental Adagio for Glass Harmonica, and a welcome revival of the masterful Ombre by veteran Scottish composer John Maxwell Geddes, complete a programme where even the familiar promises to surprise.

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02 LASTRadio 3 Live In Concert20130131

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John Wilson and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra perform music by Holst, Walton and Bax and are joined by Paul Watkins in Finzi's Cello Concerto

Live from City Halls, Glasgow

Presented by Jamie MacDougall

Conductor John Wilson -well known for his interpretations of American music- this evening leads the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in an exploration of the varied work of British composers active in the first half of the 20th Century. The concert opens with music by William Walton who, in his vivacious 'Portsmouth Point: Orchestral Overture', etches a musical image of bawdy British sailors, using all the colourful sounds of the early 20th Century orchestra.

Paul Watkins, acclaimed for his performances of British Music, joins the orchestra as soloist in Gerald Finzi's Cello Concerto, a work imbued with characteristic lyricism but with darker undertones, written shortly before the composer's untimely death in 1956.

And the concert concludes with 2 works: Holst's Ballet Music from his doomed opera, 'The Perfect Fool'; and Arnold Bax's, 'The Garden of Fand', an orchestral tone poem inspired by the ancient Celtic folklore in which the composer was steeped.

Holst: The Perfect Fool, Ballet Music

Bax: Garden of Fand

Paul Watkins (cello)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

John Wilson (conductor)

followed by:

BAROQUE SPRING

Music by Johann Sebastian Bach from the BBC New Generation Artists archive. Live in Concert will be featuring Baroque recordings every weekday evening for Baroque Spring this month.

02 LASTRadio 3 Live In Concert20130621

Live from City Halls, Glasgow

Presented by Jamie MacDougall

"Alive with Music" - Alexander Titov conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in an all-Tchaikovsky programme

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 5 in E minor (op 64)

Live from the City Halls in Glasgow, starting the Glasgow "Alive with Music" weekend, the BBC SSO kicks off with a night of unbridled passion in an evening of works by Tchaikovsky, The programme includes three of his greatest and most popular works, with the BBC SSO conducted by Alexander Titov, and the very highly regarded Russian pianist Dmitri Alexeev as piano soloist.

The Fantasy Overture 'Romeo and Juliet' depicts Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers in music of drama and huge energy, while the composer himself described the inexorable tread of his Fifth Symphony as "a complete resignation before fate". In between, one of the most popular concertos in the entire piano repertoire - a virtuoso showpiece famously rejected by its dedicatee, Nikolai Rubinstein, who later become one of its most passionate champions.

02 LASTRadio 3 Live In Concert20130926
02 LASTRadio 3 Live In Concert20131010
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02 LASTRadio 3 Live In Concert20131107
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02 LASTRadio 3 Live In Concert20140310

In a special Monday-night concert to mark Commonwealth Day, Glasgow -the home of this summer's Commonwealth Games, and formerly 'second city of the Empire'- hosts a concert of music which has its origins in the west of Scotland.

Live from City Halls in Glasgow

Presented by Jamie MacDougall

MacCunn: The Ship o' the Fiend

Chisholm: Piano Concerto No.2 (Hindustani)

8.20 Interval

8.40

Alasdair Spratt: Obsess

James MacMillan: The Confession of Isobel Gowdie

Danny Driver (piano)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

James MacMillan (conductor)

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra opens with a work by Hamish MacCunn. Born in 1868 in the town of Greenock, a significant Scottish port at the time, his dramatic overture "The Ship o' the Fiend" has sea-faring in mind, though not from a Scottish source, and concerning a vessel of a ghostly nature.

In the early Twentieth-Century composer Eric Chisholm was known as 'McBartok'. Although of Scottish origin he exercised a keen interest in a wide range of international folk music idioms. He spent much time living and researching in Cape Town South Africa, and his Piano Concerto No. 2 draws material from Hindustani themes and the concepts of raga. It is performed by Danny Driver.

Alasdair Spratt is a young composer who was born in Glasgow and his work "Obsess" for mixed ensemble -first heard in Manchester in 2003- is inspired by the idea of obsessive negative introspection.

As a composer and a conductor James MacMillan is one of the most significant international musicians to emerge from Scotland in recent years. This evening he concludes the programme with his own "The Confession of Isobel Gowdie", a work of passion and immediacy it draws inspiration from 'witchcraft' executions in Scotland during the Reformation, including the hysterical and sadistic burning-at-the-stake of the titular 'witch'. It is a dramatic and programmatic work: setting out to explore ideas of good and evil, persecution and cultural insecurity, and ultimately attempting to "capture the soul of Scotland in music.".