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01Radio 3 Live In Concert20120515

Episode 01 of 02

Live from the Barbican Centre, London

Valery Gergiev conducts the London Symphony Orchestra in an all Stravinsky programme.

The premiere of Stravinsky's seminal ballet score The Rite of Spring famously caused a riot at its 1913 premiere in Paris thanks to its innovative and dissonant harmonies. The great impresario Sergei Diaghilev who had commissioned the score is reported to have said that the scandal was 'exactly what I wanted', and the work has remained one of the composers most often performed scores ever since. Fourteen years later Paris also saw the premiere of the opera-oratorio Oedipus Rex, based on Sophocles' tragedy in which Oedipus inadvertently kills his father and marries his mother. When he realises his mistake he is so distraught that he gouges out his own eyes. With a libretto by Jean Cocteau, the work also features a narration - tonight performed by Simon Callow.

Stravinsky: Rite of Spring

Jocasta....Zlata Bulycheva (mezzo soprano)

Oedipus....Sergei Semishkur (tenor)

Creon....Evgeny Nikitin (baritone)

Tiresias....Alexei Tanovitsky (bass)

Shepherd....Alexander Timchenko (tenor)

Simon Callow (narrator)

Gentlemen of the London Symphony Chorus

London Symphony Orchestra

Valery Gergiev (conductor).

01Radio 3 Live In Concert20120524

Live from The Barbican Centre, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Jiri Belohlavek and the BBC Symphony Orchestra are joined by Isabelle Faust for Brahms's Violin Concerto and by the BBC Symphony Chorus in Suk's The Ripening.

The final concert of the BBC Symphony Orchestra's season sees their outgoing Chief Conductor Jiri Belohlavek in a wonderful programme of romantic music. Brahms's virtuosic violin concerto comes to life in the hands of German violinist Isabelle Faust. Josef Suk's The Ripening portrays 'the joys and tragic shadows of life' and at the end brings in a wordless female chorus to sing a 'hymn of affirmation'.

Brahms: Violin Concerto

Isabelle Faust (violin)

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jiri Belohlavek (conductor).

01Radio 3 Live In Concert20130111

Live from the Barbican Hall, London

Benjamin Grosvenor and the BBC SO play Britten's Piano Concerto, Elgar's First Symphony and a new work by Anna Clyne.

Anna Clyne: Night Ferry (UK Premiere)

Britten: Piano Concerto

Benjamin Grosvenor, piano

Andrew Litton, conductor

Two leading lights in a new generation of British artists grace this evening: Benjamin Grosvenor, in 2011 the youngest soloist ever to open the Proms, performs Britten's brilliant, youthful Piano Concerto, while composer Anna Clyne, whose dazzlingly inventive Rewind was such a hit for the BBC SO, returns with a major new work commissioned by the Chicago SO, Night Ferry. The transatlantic theme continues when well-loved American champion of British music, Andrew Litton takes on Elgar's monumental First Symphony. Widely hailed as 'the first great English symphony', this rich and poetic work is a complex weave of nobility, aching sadness and, in the composer's words, 'massive hope'.

01Radio 3 Live In Concert20130116

01Radio 3 Live In Concert20130118

01Radio 3 Live In Concert20130215

Live from the Barbican Centre, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Ilan Volkov conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in two new works by Dieter Schnebel and David Sawer, alongside Schubert's 9th Symphony.

Dieter Schnebel: Schubert Fantasia (UK Premiere)

David Sawer: Flesh and Blood (BBC Commission, World Premiere)

Christine Rice (mezzo)

Marcus Farnsworth (baritone)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Ilan Volkov (conductor)

Theatre is at the heart of David Sawer's incisive and original music, and his new commission Flesh and Blood is a dramatic scena featuring star British singers Christine Rice and Marcus Farnsworth. Dieter Schnebel's Schubert Fantasia, which opens the concert, recalls dreamlike fragments from Schubert's G major Piano Sonata refracted through a shimmering haze of dissonant harmonies. 150 years earlier, Schubert wrote his 'Great' Ninth Symphony, a powerful feat of sustained momentum, driven by buoyant rhythms, explosive emotions and vast, inexorable climaxes, conducted by the visionary Ilan Volkov.

01Radio 3 Live In Concert20130222

Live from the Barbican Centre, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Thomas Dausgaard conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in music by Prokofiev and Bloch, alongside Nielsen's Symphony No 4, known as 'The Inextinguishable'

Prokofiev: Scythian Suite

Bloch: Schelomo

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jian Wang (cello)

Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)

Thomas Dausgaard conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in music by Prokofiev and Bloch's Schelomo for cello and orchestra, alongside Nielsen's Symphony No 4, known as 'The Inextinguishable'.

An invigorating programme explodes into life with Prokofiev's wild Scythian Suite. Ernest Bloch's heart-rending appeal to peace, Schelomo, given voice here by the distinguished Chinese-born cellist Jian Wang, is answered by Carl Nielsen's thrilling Fourth Symphony, 'The Inextinguishable', in which the human spirit battles for a future. As he wrote after the outbreak of the First World War, 'I have an idea for a duel between two sets of timpani, it has to do with war.' It is one of the riveting moments in the symphony, bursting into the finale and developing into a reckless tour de force that resolves into radiant optimism. Danish conductor Thomas Dausgaard returns to the helm of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

02 LASTRadio 3 Live In Concert20120515

Episode 02 of 02

Live from the Barbican Centre, London

Valery Gergiev conducts the London Symphony Orchestra in an all Stravinsky programme.

The premiere of Stravinsky's seminal ballet score The Rite of Spring famously caused a riot at its 1913 premiere in Paris thanks to its innovative and dissonant harmonies. The great impresario Sergei Diaghilev who had commissioned the score is reported to have said that the scandal was 'exactly what I wanted', and the work has remained one of the composers most often performed scores ever since. Fourteen years later Paris also saw the premiere of the opera-oratorio Oedipus Rex, based on Sophocles' tragedy in which Oedipus inadvertently kills his father and marries his mother. When he realises his mistake he is so distraught that he gouges out his own eyes. With a libretto by Jean Cocteau, the work also features a narration - tonight performed by Simon Callow.

Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex

Jocasta....Zlata Bulycheva (mezzo soprano)

Oedipus....Sergei Semishkur (tenor)

Creon....Evgeny Nikitin (baritone)

Tiresias....Alexei Tanovitsky (bass)

Shepherd....Alexander Timchenko (tenor)

Simon Callow (narrator)

Gentlemen of the London Symphony Chorus

London Symphony Orchestra

Valery Gergiev (conductor).

02 LASTRadio 3 Live In Concert20120524

Live from The Barbican Centre, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Jiri Belohlavek and the BBC Symphony Orchestra are joined by Isabelle Faust for Brahms's Violin Concerto and by the BBC Symphony Chorus in Suk's The Ripening.

The final concert of the BBC Symphony Orchestra's season sees their outgoing Chief Conductor Jiri Belohlavek in a wonderful programme of romantic music. Brahms's virtuosic violin concerto comes to life in the hands of German violinist Isabelle Faust. Josef Suk's The Ripening portrays 'the joys and tragic shadows of life' and at the end brings in a wordless female chorus to sing a 'hymn of affirmation'.

Suk: The Ripening Op. 34

Isabelle Faust (violin)

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jiri Belohlavek (conductor).

02 LASTRadio 3 Live In Concert20130111

Live from the Barbican Hall, London

Benjamin Grosvenor and the BBC SO play Britten's Piano Concerto, Elgar's First Symphony & a new work by Anna Clyne.

Anna Clyne: Night Ferry UK Premiere

Britten: Piano Concerto

Elgar: Symphony No. 1 in A flat major

Benjamin Grosvenor, piano

Andrew Litton, conductor

Two leading lights in a new generation of British artists grace this evening: Benjamin Grosvenor, the youngest soloist ever to open the Proms in 2011, performs Britten's brilliant, youthful piano concerto, while composer Anna Clyne, whose dazzlingly inventive rewind was such a hit for the BBC SO, returns with a major new work commissioned by the Chicago SO, Night Ferry. The Transatlantic theme continues when well-loved American champion of British music, Andrew Litton takes on Elgar's monumental First Symphony. Widely hailed as 'the first great English symphony', this rich and poetic work is a complex weave of nobility, aching sadness and, in the composer's words.

02 LASTRadio 3 Live In Concert20130116

02 LASTRadio 3 Live In Concert20130118

02 LASTRadio 3 Live In Concert20130215

Live from the Barbican Centre, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Ilan Volkov conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in two new works by Dieter Schnebel and David Sawer, alongside Schubert's 9th Symphony.

Schubert: Symphony No 9 in C major

Christine Rice (mezzo)

Marcus Farnsworth (baritone)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Ilan Volkov (conductor)

Theatre is at the heart of David Sawer's incisive and original music, and his new commission Flesh and Blood is a dramatic scena featuring star British singers Christine Rice and Marcus Farnsworth. Dieter Schnebel's Schubert Fantasia, which opens the concert, recalls dreamlike fragments from Schubert's G major Piano Sonata refracted through a shimmering haze of dissonant harmonies. 150 years earlier, Schubert wrote his 'Great' Ninth Symphony, a powerful feat of sustained momentum, driven by buoyant rhythms, explosive emotions and vast, inexorable climaxes, conducted by the visionary Ilan Volkov.

02 LASTRadio 3 Live In Concert20130222

Live from the Barbican Centre, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Thomas Dausgaard conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in music by Prokofiev and Bloch, alongside Nielsen's Symphony No 4, known as 'The Inextinguishable'

Nielsen: Symphony No 4, 'The Inextinguishable'

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jian Wang (cello)

Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)

Thomas Dausgaard conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in music by Prokofiev and Bloch's Schelomo for cello and orchestra, alongside Nielsen's Symphony No 4, known as 'The Inextinguishable'.

An invigorating programme explodes into life with Prokofiev's wild Scythian Suite. Ernest Bloch's heart-rending appeal to peace, Schelomo, given voice here by the distinguished Chinese-born cellist Jian Wang, is answered by Carl Nielsen's thrilling Fourth Symphony, 'The Inextinguishable', in which the human spirit battles for a future. As he wrote after the outbreak of the First World War, 'I have an idea for a duel between two sets of timpani, it has to do with war.' It is one of the riveting moments in the symphony, bursting into the finale and developing into a reckless tour de force that resolves into radiant optimism. Danish conductor Thomas Dausgaard returns to the helm of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.