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Stockhausen: Hymnen20160101

A very rare complete performance of one of the great works of the late twentieth century avant garde: Karlheinz Stockhausen's iconic electroacoustic masterpiece Hymnen.

Taking as the starting point a December live performance by the London Sinfonietta of Hymnen's 3rd Region (originally composed to a commission by Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic), Radio 3 has also acquired copies of the original four-channel tapes of the remaining Regions 1,2 and 4 of Hymnen from The Stockhausen Foundation for Music in Germany. This will be the first time that the whole piece has been broadcast in 4.0 surround sound - a world premiere and seismic broadcasting event in the history of modern music.

The German title "Hymnen" means "(national) anthems", and the work has a utopian theme, blending and transforming recordings of national anthems from around the world with many other sounds and atmospheres to create a powerfully immersive experience.

Presented by Robert Worby.

01Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20160105

In the first of four concerts this week from the archive, featuring works co-commissioned by Radio 3 and the Royal Philharmonic Society for members of the Radio 3 New Generation Artist scheme, the Pavel Haas Quartet are joined by percussionist Colin Currie in Alexander Goehr's Since Brass, nor Stone, plus works by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and Pavel Haas.

Recorded as part of the 2008 City of London Festival.

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies: A Sad Paven for These Distracted Tymes

Alexander Goehr: Since Brass, nor Stone

Pavel Haas: String Quartet No 2 (From the Monkey Mountains)

Pavel Haas Quartet

Colin Currie (percussion).

02Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20160106

02Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20160106

In the second of this week's concerts featuring new works co-commissioned by Radio 3 and the Royal Philharmonic Society for members of the Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme, oboist Alexei Ogrintchouk and the Psophos Quartet perform Eleanor Alberga's Succubus Moon, plus works by Britten and Debussy.

Recorded at the 2007 City of London Festival.

Britten: Phantasy

Debussy: String Quartet

Eleanor Alberga: Succubus Moon

Alexei Ogrintchouk (oboe)

Psophos Quartet.

02Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20160106

In the second of this week's concerts featuring new works co-commissioned by Radio 3 and the Royal Philharmonic Society for members of the Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme, oboist Alexei Ogrintchouk and the Psophos Quartet perform Eleanor Alberga's Succubus Moon, plus works by Britten and Debussy.

Recorded at the 2007 City of London Festival.

Britten: Phantasy

Debussy: String Quartet

Eleanor Alberga: Succubus Moon

Alexei Ogrintchouk (oboe)

Psophos Quartet.

02Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20160106

In the second of this week's concerts featuring new works co-commissioned by Radio 3 and the Royal Philharmonic Society for members of the Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme, oboist Alexei Ogrintchouk and the Psophos Quartet perform Eleanor Alberga's Succubus Moon, plus works by Britten and Debussy.

Recorded at the 2007 City of London Festival.

Britten: Phantasy

Debussy: String Quartet

Eleanor Alberga: Succubus Moon

Alexei Ogrintchouk (oboe)

Psophos Quartet.

03Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20160107

In the third programme of new works co-commissioned by Radio 3 and the Royal Philharmonic Society for members of the Radio 3 New Generation Artist scheme, cellist Danjulo Ishizaka and pianist Martin Helmchen perform Stuart MacRae's Unity, plus works by Messiaen and Franck.

Recorded live at the 2007 City of London Festival.

Stuart MacRae: Unity

Messiaen: From Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jesus: Regard des anges; La parole toute-puissante; Regard de la Vierge; Regard des hauteurs

Franck: Sonata for cello and piano, Op 47

Danjulo Ishizaka (cello)

Martin Helmchen (piano).

AO30120160104

Jonathan Swain turns the spotlight of New Year New Music on music from the late 20th century as well as the early years of the 21st century. Recent recordings from BBC and European orchestras include Huw Watkins' London Concerto for violin, harp and bassoon from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Messiaen's Trois Petites Liturgies from Lausanne. Martinu was influenced by Roussel and the former's 6th Symphony, performed by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, is paired by Roussel's Le Festin de l'araignée, performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Adam's iconic orchestral work, Harmonielehre, is also performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Thierry Fischer.

2pm

Huw Watkins

London Concerto for violin, harp, bassoon and orchestra (original)

Malin Bromam (violin)

Hannah Stone (harp)

Rachel Gough (bassoon)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Thomas Sondergard (conductor)

2.20pm

Messiaen

Trois Petites Liturgies de la Présence divine

Claire Desert (piano)

Valérie Hartmann-Claverie (ondes martenot)

Radio France Children's Choir

Lausanne Chamber Orchestra

Bertrand de Billy (conductor)

2.55pm

Roussel

Le Festin de l'araignée - symphonic fragments

Francois-Xavier Roth (conductor)

3.15pm

Martinu

Symphony No.6

Danish National Symphony Orchestra

Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)

3.45pm

Adams

Harmonielehre

Thierry Fischer (conductor).

AO30220160105

Jonathan Swain continues New Year New Music with new recordings from the BBC Philharmonic of MacMillan's 4th Symphony and Capperauld's Inappropriate emotional incontinence conducted by James MacMillan himself. Edward Gardner conducts the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra in Lutoslawski's Variations on a Theme by Paganini with solo piano by Kirill Gerstein.

Dutilleux was influenced by Debussy, and his Tout un monde lointain, performed by cellist Truls Mork with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, follows the BBC Philharmonic performing Debussy's Ibéria. The programme ends with Rota's The Godfather Suite from the Basel Sinfonietta under Lavard Skou Larsen.

Jonathan Swain (presenter)

2pm

MacMillan

Symphony No.4

BBC Philharmonic

James MacMillan (conductor)

2.40pm

Capperauld

Inappropriate emotional incontinence (Inertia of a bona fide psychopath)

2.50pm

Lutoslawski

Variations on a Theme by Paganini

Kirill Gerstein (piano)

Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra

Edward Gardner (conductor)

3pm

Debussy

Ibéria (Images)

Juanjo Mena (conductor)

3.25pm

Dutilleux

Tout un monde lointain

Truls Mork (cello)

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Jonathan Nott (conductor)

4pm

Rota

The Godfather Suite

Basel Sinfonietta

Lavard Skou Larsen (conductor).

AO30320160106

AO30320160106

Jonathan Swain continues New Year New Music with recent recordings by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales of Thierry Escaich's Motet and Richard Ayres' Noncerto for oboe and chamber orchestra, with oboist David Cowley. Plus two classics of the twentieth century as the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra perform Penderecki's haunting work, Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima and Neue Vocalisten Stuttgart joins forces with the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra to perform Berio's Sinfonia for orchestra and eight amplified voices.

Jonathan Swain (conductor)

2pm

Thierry Escaich

Motet

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

BBC National Chorus of Wales

Jonathan Hope (organ)

Chris Williams (piano)

Adrian Partington (conductor)

2.15pm

Richard Ayres

Noncerto for oboe and chamber orchestra (no.40)

David Cowley (oboe)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Clark Rundell (conductor)

2.40pm

Penderecki

Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Krzysztof Urbánski (conductor)

2.55pm

Berio

Sinfonia for orchestra and eight amplified voices

Ensemble Neue Vocalisten Stuttgart

Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra

Racla Rophe (conductor).

AO30320160106

Jonathan Swain continues New Year New Music with recent recordings by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales of Thierry Escaich's Motet and Richard Ayres' Noncerto for oboe and chamber orchestra, with oboist David Cowley. Plus two classics of the twentieth century as the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra perform Penderecki's haunting work, Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima and Neue Vocalisten Stuttgart joins forces with the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra to perform Berio's Sinfonia for orchestra and eight amplified voices.

Jonathan Swain (conductor)

2pm

Thierry Escaich

Motet

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

BBC National Chorus of Wales

Jonathan Hope (organ)

Chris Williams (piano)

Adrian Partington (conductor)

2.15pm

Richard Ayres

Noncerto for oboe and chamber orchestra (no.40)

David Cowley (oboe)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Clark Rundell (conductor)

2.40pm

Penderecki

Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Krzysztof Urbánski (conductor)

2.55pm

Berio

Sinfonia for orchestra and eight amplified voices

Ensemble Neue Vocalisten Stuttgart

Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra

Racla Rophe (conductor).

AO30320160106

Jonathan Swain continues New Year New Music with recent recordings by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales of Thierry Escaich's Motet and Richard Ayres' Noncerto for oboe and chamber orchestra, with oboist David Cowley. Plus two classics of the twentieth century as the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra perform Penderecki's haunting work, Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima and Neue Vocalisten Stuttgart joins forces with the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra to perform Berio's Sinfonia for orchestra and eight amplified voices.

Jonathan Swain (conductor)

2pm

Thierry Escaich

Motet

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

BBC National Chorus of Wales

Jonathan Hope (organ)

Chris Williams (piano)

Adrian Partington (conductor)

2.15pm

Richard Ayres

Noncerto for oboe and chamber orchestra (no.40)

David Cowley (oboe)

Clark Rundell (conductor)

2.40pm

Penderecki

Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Krzysztof Urbánski (conductor)

2.55pm

Berio

Sinfonia for orchestra and eight amplified voices

Ensemble Neue Vocalisten Stuttgart

Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra

Racla Rophe (conductor).

AO304Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20160108

Jonathan Swain rounds off a week of 20th and 21st century music with a concert given by the BBC Symphony Orchestra in December last year that featured Knussen's The Way to Castle Yonder, Louis Schwizgebel-Wang in Beethoven's 4th Piano Concerto and Tippett's masterpiece, A Child of Our Time. Plus Judith Weir's orchestral work, The Welcome Arrival of Rain, performed by BBC Concert Orchestra and Simon Holt's St Vitus in the Kettle performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

2pm

Weir

The Welcome Arrival of Rain

BBC Concert Orchestra

Michael Seal (conductor)

2.20pm

Knussen

The Way to Castle Yonder

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Edward Gardner (conductor)

2.30pm

Beethoven

Piano Concerto No.4 in G major

Louis Schwizgebel-Wang (piano)

3.10pm

Tippett

A Child of Our Time

Sarah Tynan (Soprano)

Alice Coote (Mezzo-soprano)

Robert Murray (Tenor)

Brindley Sherratt (Bass)

BBC Symphony Chorus

4.15pm

Holt

St Vitus in the Kettle

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Thierry Fischer (conductor).

In the final programme this week of new works co-commissioned by Radio 3 and the Royal Philharmonic Society for members of the Radio 3 New Generation Artist scheme, the Ebène Quartet perform Deirdre Gribbin's Calum's Light, plus works by Webern and Ravel.

Recorded live at the 2007 City of London Festival.

Webern: Langsamer Satz

Webern: 6 Bagatelles, Op 9

Deirdre Gribbin: Calum's Light

Ravel: String Quartet

Ebène Quartet.