Northern Lights

Five programmes capturing some of the highlights of the Edinburgh Festival on its fiftieth anniversary.

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Radio 4's

Northern Lights festival begins with six programmes about the Circumpolar Arctic.

1: The Lure of the Arctic The Arctic - a great icy "Mediterranean" ringed by land: home to a million native people, a rich source of oil, gas and gold - and the perfect place to study global warming. Presented by Daniel Snowman. Stereo 0 DOCUMENTARIES: page

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Presented By: Daniel Snowman.

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Six programmes about the Circumpolar Arctic, as part of Radio 4's Northern Lights festival.

2: Cultures on Ice

Around the Arctic Rim are native communities who five in the modern world yet still value the traditional northern ways: hunting the seal, herding reindeer, speaking the language and performing the music of their ancestors. Presented by Daniel Snowman. Stereo (Seeafso Tuesday 3.00pm FM)

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Six programmes about the Circumpolar Arctic.

3: Boom and Bust on the Last Frontier

It has always been possible to "get rich quick" above the Arctic Circle. This was classic Gold Rush territory; today the biggest earner is oil. However, rapid economic exploitation - particularly in Arctic Russia - has sometimes ruined the northern environment for those who live there.

With Daniel Snowman. Stereo

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Unknown: Daniel Snowman.

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Six programmes about the Circumpolar Arctic. 4: Cold Comforts

How far have the comforts of the south corroded the social fabric of the far north? Presented by Daniel Snowman. Stereo

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Six programmes about the Circumpolar Arctic. 5: A rctic Science and Global Change

The earth seems to be getting rapidly warmer - while in the longer run we're also probably heading for a new Ice Age. How can Arctic seals and squirrels help us to survive? Presented by Daniel Snowman. Stereo

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The last in a series of six programmes about the Circumpolar Arctic. Polar Politics

The end of the Cold War has transformed politics at the top of the world. Parts of the Arctic Rim are still ringed with weaponry, but there is now a spirit of conciliation between former enemies - and of genuine co-operation among native peoples of the far north.

Presented by Daniel Snowman. Stereo

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Presented By: Daniel Snowman.

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Three programmes about the Circumpolar Arctic. 1: Cultures on Ice

Traditional communities around the Arctic Rim.

With Daniel Snowman. Stereo

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2: Boom and Bust on the Last Frontier

It has always been possible to "get rich quick" above the Arctic Circle. However, rapid economic exploitation has sometimes ruined the northern environment for those who live there. Presented by Daniel Snowman. (Final programme tomorrow)

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3: Arctic Science and Global Change

How can Arctic seals and squirrels help the world to survive a new Ice Age? Stereo

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Colin Bell talks to those who recall the first festival.

In 1947, Bruno Walter was reunited with his beloved Vienna Philharmonic and the young Kathleen Ferrier stunned audiences with `Das Lied von der Erde'.

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Colin Bell remembers the visit of Dmitri Shostakovich in 1962.

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Colin Bell remembers the star-studded 1977 production of `Carmen'.

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Colin Bell remembers how the 1983 festival focused on the cultural explosion in Vienna.

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Colin Bell remembers how audiences were stunned when Japanese director Yukio Ninagawa brought productions of `Macbeth' and `Medea' to the 1985 and 1986 festivals.

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Ian Skelly begins a week of programmes to celebrate Northern Lights on Radio 3, with recent recordings of music from Norway, Finland and Sweden. Today the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra showcase Geirr Tveitt's 'Sun God' symphony conducted by Jurjen Hempel, which is followed by the premiere of Colin Matthews' arrangement of Sibelius' Six Songs, Op.72, commissioned by Finnish Radio earlier this year. The British pianist Nicholas Hodges joins forces with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Jukka-Pekka Saraste to give the Finnish premiere of Lindberg's 2nd Piano Concerto, and the Hannu Lintu conducts the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Stenhammar's lyrical 2nd Symphony redolent of Scandinavian landscapes and Norse heroism.

2pm

Geirr Tveitt

Solgud-symfonien

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Jurjen Hempel (conductor)

2.25pm

Sibelius, arr. C. Matthews

Excerpts from Six Songs, Op.72 (Premiere)

Soile Isokoski (soprano)

Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Hannu Lintu (conductor)

2.40pm

Ingvar Lidholm (b.1921)

(Texts by Dante Alghieri)

A riveder le stele

Swedish Radio Chorus

Peter Dijkstra (director)

2.55pm

Magnus Lindberg

Piano Concerto No.2 (Finnish premiere)

Nicholas Hodges (piano)

Jukka-Pekka Saraste (conductor)

3.40pm

Stenhammar

Symphony No.2

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Jonathan Swain continues Northern Lights on Afternoon on 3, today with the first of this week's symphonies by Nielsen and Arvo Part, performed respectively by the BBC Philharmonic with John Storgards and the Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra with Tonu Kaljuste. Plus Havard Gimse playing Tveitt's 5th Piano Concerto with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra in Rued Langgaard's radical Music of the Spheres.

Presented by Jonathan Swain.

2pm

Nielsen

Symphony No.1

BBC Philharmonic

John Storgards (conductor)

2.55pm

Rued Langgaard

Music of the Spheres

Johan Reuter (baritone)

Hetna Regitze Bruun (mezzo-soprano)

Peter Lodahl (tenor)

Inger Dam-Jensen (soprano)

Danish National Concert Choir

Danish National Vocal Ensemble

Danish National Symphony Orchestra

Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)

3.20pm

Geirr Tveitt

Piano Concerto No.5

Havard Gimse (piano)

BBC SSO

Jurjen Hempel (conductor)

3.55pm

Arvo Part

Symphony No.3

Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra

Tonu Kaljuste (conductor).

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Ian Skelly continues Northern Lights with a focus today on Finland and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Earlier this year, Susanna Malkki conducted the orchestra in a concert at the Music Centre in Helsinki that included Debussy's Gigues, Steven Isserlis performing Walton's Cello Concerto and Saariaho's Circle Map. Plus Miguel Harth-bedoya conducts the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra in Sallinen's Shadows, prelude for orchestra.

2pm

Debussy

Gigues

Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Susanna Mälkki (conductor)

2.10pm

Walton

Cello Concerto

Steven Isserlis (cello)

2.40pm

Saariaho

Circle Map

3.15pm

Aulis Sallinen

Shadows, prelude for orchestra

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra

Miguel Harth-Bedoya (conductor).

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As part of Northern Lights on Afternoon on 3, Ian Skelly focuses on Scandinavian theatre music, including Madetoja's symphonic poem Kullervo, Sibelius's Swanwhite Suite and Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite. Plus Arvo Part's 4th Symphony performed by the Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra under Tonu Kaljuste and Nielsen's 5th Symphony performed by the BBC Philharmonic and conductor John Storgards.

Presented by Ian Skelly.

2pm

Madetoja

Kullervo - symphonic poem Op.15

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Jurjen Hempel (conductor)

2.20pm

Arvo Part

Symphony No.4

Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra

Tonu Kaljuste (conductor)

2.55pm

Sibelius

Swanwhite Suite Op.54

3.30pm

Grieg

Peer Gynt Suite

BBC Philharmonic

John Storgards (conductor)

3.50pm

Nielsen

Symphony No.5