Live From St David's Hall, Cardiff

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Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas

St David's Day Concert of two popular classics from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Carl Orff's Carmina Burana is a celebration of food, drink and love, expressing humanity in all its moods - joyous, dark and tender. Opening with music devoted to the coming of spring, it makes the perfect choice for St David's Day. Rachmaninov's Rhapsody is a brilliant and sometimes nostalgically evocative tribute to the spirit of the demon fiddler, Paganini, on whose theme the work is based, played here by Wales's own Llyr Williams.

Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Llyr Williams (piano), Sarah Tynan (soprano), Allan Clayton (tenor), Christopher Maltman (baritone), BBC National Chorus of Wales and County Youth Choirs, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Andrew Litton (conductor).

01Performance on 320110301

Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas

St David's Day Concert of two popular classics from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Carl Orff's Carmina Burana is a celebration of food, drink and love, expressing humanity in all its moods - joyous, dark and tender. Opening with music devoted to the coming of spring, it makes the perfect choice for St David's Day. Rachmaninov's Rhapsody is a brilliant and sometimes nostalgically evocative tribute to the spirit of the demon fiddler, Paganini, on whose theme the work is based, played here by Wales's own Llyr Williams.

Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Llyr Williams (piano), Sarah Tynan (soprano), Allan Clayton (tenor), Christopher Maltman (baritone), BBC National Chorus of Wales and County Youth Choirs, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Andrew Litton (conductor).

01Radio 3 Live In Concert20120921

Live from St David's Hall, Cardiff

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales open their new season with a Season Taster Concert, featuring music by Sibelius, Mahler, Britten, Brahms, Rachmaninov and Verdi.

Sibelius: Finlandia

Mahler: Ich ging mit Lust durch einen grünen Wald, Ging heut Morgen über's Feld, Ablösung im Sommer, Scheiden und Meiden

Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes

Ailish Tynan, soprano

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

BBC National Chorus of Wales

Grant Llewellyn, conductor.

01Radio 3 Live In Concert20121214

Live from St David's Hall, Cardiff

Handel's Messiah, with the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales. François-Xavier Roth conducts, with a line-up of distinguished soloists.

Handel: Messiah Part 1

Susan Gritton, soprano

Delphine Galou, mezzo

Topi Lehtipuu, tenor

Bass Matthew Brook

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

BBC National Chorus of Wales

François-Xavier Roth, conductor

A Christmas performance of Handel's setting of the most special of all stories. Messiah is the most popular oratorio ever written, packed with well-known music and, like a huge baroque fresco, is crowded with characters, events, heavenly angels and ceremonial trumpets. François-Xavier Roth conducts the most warmly atmopheric of Christmas works with a line-up of distinguished soloists.

01Radio 3 Live In Concert20130125

Live from St. David's Hall in Cardiff

Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas

Beethoven: Piano Concerto no.5 in E-flat major (Emperor)

Paul Lewis (piano)

Elizabeth Atherton (soprano)

Jennifer Johnston (mezzo)

Andrew Kennedy (tenor)

Children's choirs from Brecon Cathedral, Cardiff Metropolitan cathedral, Llandaff Cathedral and St. Davids Cathedral

BBC National Chorus of Wales

Cardiff Polyphonic Choir

David Atherton, conductor

Part of Britten at the BBC. Spring Symphony is one of Britten's largest and most opulent scores. It celebrates the progress of winter into spring, culminating in a glorious May-tide festival in the sun-drenched "Suffolk of Constable and Gainsborugh". English poetry abounds, including settings of Edmund Spenser, Thomas Nashe, Henry Vaughan, Milton and others. Alongside the awakening of innocence there's also a rude earthiness, the orchestra includes a rustic cow-horn, and at the height of the finale, the massed children's voices sing the thirteenth-century song "Sumer is icumen in".

Paul Lewis is internationally recognised as one of the leading pianists of his generation. Since he became one of the very first Radio 3 New Generation Artists, his awards have included

the Royal Philharmonic Society's Instrumentalist of the Year, the South Bank Show Classical Music Award and three Gramophone awards. Paul is particularly associated with the music of Beethoven. His recordings of the complete sonatas were described by Gramophone as "one of the most highly prized recording marathons of recent years" and in 2010 he became the

first pianist to play all five concertos in a single season at the BBC Proms. The greatest of all the concertos is the Emperor, written in Vienna while Napoleon's guns thundered around. The nickname is unlikely to have been Beethoven's own, more likely it came from an admirer who considered it "an emperor among concertos". Whatever the case, this concerto is undeniably profound and thoughtful, full of nobility and grandeur.

01Radio 3 Live In Concert20130628

BBC NOW under Thomas Sondergard and Alina Ibragimova in Huw Watkins's Violin Concerto.

02Performance on 320110301

02Performance on 320110301

Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas

St David's Day Concert of two popular classics from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Carl Orff's Carmina Burana is a celebration of food, drink and love, expressing humanity in all its moods - joyous, dark and tender. Opening with music devoted to the coming of spring, it makes the perfect choice for St David's Day. Rachmaninov's Rhapsody is a brilliant and sometimes nostalgically evocative tribute to the spirit of the demon fiddler, Paganini, on whose theme the work is based, played here by Wales's own Llyr Williams.

Orff: Carmina Burana

Sarah Tynan (soprano), Allan Clayton (tenor), Christopher Maltman (baritone), BBC National Chorus of Wales and County Youth Choirs, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Andrew Litton (conductor).

02Performance on 320110301

Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas

St David's Day Concert of two popular classics from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Carl Orff's Carmina Burana is a celebration of food, drink and love, expressing humanity in all its moods - joyous, dark and tender. Opening with music devoted to the coming of spring, it makes the perfect choice for St David's Day. Rachmaninov's Rhapsody is a brilliant and sometimes nostalgically evocative tribute to the spirit of the demon fiddler, Paganini, on whose theme the work is based, played here by Wales's own Llyr Williams.

Orff: Carmina Burana

Sarah Tynan (soprano), Allan Clayton (tenor), Christopher Maltman (baritone), BBC National Chorus of Wales and County Youth Choirs, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Andrew Litton (conductor).

02 LASTRadio 3 Live In Concert20120921

Live from St David's Hall, Cardiff

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales open their new season with a Season Taster Concert, featuring music by Sibelius, Mahler, Britten, Brahms, Rachmaninov and Verdi.

Brahms: Song of Destiny

Rachmaninov: Vocalise

Verdi: Te Deum

Ailish Tynan, soprano

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

BBC National Chorus of Wales

Grant Llewellyn, conductor.

02 LASTRadio 3 Live In Concert20121214

Live from St David's Hall, Cardiff

Handel's Messiah, with the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales. François-Xavier Roth conducts, with a line-up of distinguished soloists.

Handel: Parts 2 and 3

Susan Gritton, soprano

Delphine Galou, mezzo

Topi Lehtipuu, tenor

Bass Matthew Brook

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

BBC National Chorus of Wales

François-Xavier Roth, conductor

A Christmas performance of Handel's setting of the most special of all stories. Messiah is the most popular oratorio ever written, packed with well-known music and, like a huge baroque fresco, is crowded with characters, events, heavenly angels and ceremonial trumpets. François-Xavier Roth conducts the most warmly atmopheric of Christmas works with a line-up of distinguished soloists.

02 LASTRadio 3 Live In Concert20130125

Live from St. David's Hall in Cardiff

Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas

Britten: Spring Symphony

Paul Lewis (piano)

Elizabeth Atherton (soprano)

Jennifer Johnston (mezzo)

Andrew Kennedy (tenor)

Children's choirs from Brecon Cathedral, Cardiff Metropolitan cathedral, Llandaff Cathedral and St. Davids Cathedral

BBC National Chorus of Wales

Cardiff Polyphonic Choir

David Atherton, conductor

Part of Britten at the BBC. Spring Symphony is one of Britten's largest and most opulent scores. It celebrates the progress of winter into spring, culminating in a glorious May-tide festival in the sun-drenched "Suffolk of Constable and Gainsborugh". English poetry abounds, including settings of Edmund Spenser, Thomas Nashe, Henry Vaughan, Milton and others. Alongside the awakening of innocence there's also a rude earthiness, the orchestra includes a rustic cow-horn, and at the height of the finale, the massed children's voices sing the thirteenth-century song "Sumer is icumen in".

Paul Lewis is internationally recognised as one of the leading pianists of his generation. Since he became one of the very first Radio 3 New Generation Artists, his awards have included

the Royal Philharmonic Society's Instrumentalist of the Year, the South Bank Show Classical Music Award and three Gramophone awards. Paul is particularly associated with the music of Beethoven. His recordings of the complete sonatas were described by Gramophone as "one of the most highly prized recording marathons of recent years" and in 2010 he became the

first pianist to play all five concertos in a single season at the BBC Proms. The greatest of all the concertos is the Emperor, written in Vienna while Napoleon's guns thundered around. The nickname is unlikely to have been Beethoven's own, more likely it came from an admirer who considered it "an emperor among concertos". Whatever the case, this concerto is undeniably profound and thoughtful, full of nobility and grandeur.

02 LASTRadio 3 Live In Concert20130628

Thomas Sondergard conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in Mahler's Fifth Symphony.