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01Radio 3 Live In Concert20121205

Live from the Barbican Hall in London.

Presented by Martin Handley

The Queen's Medal for Music has been presented annually since 2005. The 2012 award will be announced at this LSO concert, conducted by Robin Ticciati. An LSO commission opens the programme, a Fanfare by Peter Maxwell Davies, in its world premiere performance. The orchestra is joined by Maxim Vengerov for Tchaikovsky's virtuosic masterpiece for the violin.

The award will be presented after the interval, followed by one of the best-known and well-loved works in the English repertoire: Elgar's Enigma Variations.

Peter Maxwell Davies: Fanfare: Her Majesty's Welcome (LSO commission)

Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto

Maxim Vengerov (violin)

London Symphony Orchestra

conductor Robin Ticciati.

01Radio 3 Live In Concert20130322

Live from the Barbican Centre, London

Presented by Martin Handley

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and conductor Alexander Vedernikov in music by John Adams and Shostakovich, with Steven Osborne as the soloist in Tippett's Piano Concerto

John Adams: The Chairman Dances

Tippett: Piano Concerto

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Steven Osborne (piano)

Alexander Vedernikov (conductor)

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and conductor Alexander Vedernikov perform music by John Adams and Shostakovich, with Steven Osborne as the soloist in Tippett's Piano Concerto.

Steven Osborne has won awards for his masterly recordings of Tippett's piano music, noted for the intoxicating freshness, detail and illumination he brings to each work. The Piano Concerto of 1955 was written in the wake of Tippett's opera The Midsummer Marriage, and shares its sense of melodious ecstasy, with a dazzling virtuosic finale. The streak of menace in John Adams's charming foxtrot from his opera Nixon in China darkens into fear in Shostakovich's bitter, intense 8th Symphony, written in the depths of wartime Russia. Alexander Vedernikov, formerly of the Bolshoi Theatre, conducts.

01Radio 3 Live In Concert20131204

Live from the Barbican Hall

Presented by Martin Handley

Glittering orchestral masterpieces by Schoenberg and Schreker with the BBCSO conducted by Josep Pons. French soprano Nora Grubisch sings Ravel's ravishing Shéhérazade.

7.30pm

Schreker: Die Gezeichneten - Overture

Busoni: Berceuse élégiaque

Ravel: Shéhérazade

8.15pm

Interval

8.35

Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte

Schoenberg: Chamber Symphony No. 1

French soprano Nora Gubisch can trace her ancestry right back to Ravel's close friend Ricardo Viñes, and her lustrous voice and idiomatic style make her the ideal soloist for his orchestral songs, Shéhérazade. We are treated to Schreker's iridescent overture for large orchestra and two poignant elegies by Busoni and Ravel before being plunged into the seething creative whirl of Schoenberg's masterpiece, the Chamber Symphony No. 1, in the version for large orchestra.

02Radio 3 Live In Concert20131204
02 LASTRadio 3 Live In Concert20121205

Live from the Barbican Hall in London.

Presented by Martin Handley

The Queen's Medal for Music has been presented annually since 2005. The 2012 award will be announced at this LSO concert, conducted by Robin Ticciati. An LSO commission opens the programme, a Fanfare by Peter Maxwell Davies, in its world premiere performance. The orchestra is joined by Maxim Vengerov for Tchaikovsky's virtuosic masterpiece for the violin.

The award will be presented after the interval, followed by one of the best-known and well-loved works in the English repertoire: Elgar's Enigma Variations.

Elgar: Enigma Variations

Maxim Vengerov (violin)

London Symphony Orchestra

conductor Robin Ticciati.

02 LASTRadio 3 Live In Concert20130322

Live from the Barbican Centre, London

Presented by Martin Handley

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and conductor Alexander Vedernikov in music by John Adams and Shostakovich, with Steven Osborne as the soloist in Tippett's Piano Concerto

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Steven Osborne (piano)

Alexander Vedernikov (conductor)

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and conductor Alexander Vedernikov perform music by John Adams and Shostakovich, with Steven Osborne as the soloist in Tippett's Piano Concerto.

Steven Osborne has won awards for his masterly recordings of Tippett's piano music, noted for the intoxicating freshness, detail and illumination he brings to each work. The Piano Concerto of 1955 was written in the wake of Tippett's opera The Midsummer Marriage, and shares its sense of melodious ecstasy, with a dazzling virtuosic finale. The streak of menace in John Adams's charming foxtrot from his opera Nixon in China darkens into fear in Shostakovich's bitter, intense 8th Symphony, written in the depths of wartime Russia. Alexander Vedernikov, formerly of the Bolshoi Theatre, conducts.