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The glory of radio is that wherever you live you can go to a concert most nights of the week.

And the aim of the everyone working on the programmes is to take you there as vividly as possible.

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Weekdays 19:30 - 21:30 (times may vary)

The excitement of live events from all over the world, every weekday.

The glory of radio is that wherever you live you can go to a concert most nights of the week.

And the aim of the everyone working on the programmes is to take you there as vividly as possible.

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An evening celebrating the RPS Awards, presented in association with BBC Radio 3 and including a special Listeners' Award.

Many of the world's finest artists gathered last night at the Dorchester Hotel, LONDON, for the ceremony.

The 13 prestigious awards honour outstanding achievements by composers, performers and arts organisations which demonstrate the RPS' key values of encouraging creativity, recognising excellence and promoting understanding.

Sir Andrew Davis and Radio 3's Stephanie Hughes present the awards with a keynote speech by Jude Kelly.

Sean Rafferty talks to the musicians and introduces performances of their music.

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Martin Handley presents a concert from The Bridgewater Hall in MANCHESTER.

Beginning with Richard Strauss' tone poem Don Juan, The Halle Orchestra under the baton of its artistic director, Mark Elder, are then joined by the Dutch violinist

Janine Jansen for a performance of Dvorak's Violin Concerto.

The concert concludes with Sibelius' Symphony No 1.

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Rumon Gamba conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a programme of music by Weill, Dean and Rachmaninov, recorded at LONDON's Barbican.

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Part 2.

Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music 2005

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra

Sarah Walker presents the concluding part of a concert of work by Corelli and Handel live from St John's in Smith Square, LONDON.

George Frideric Handel: Sinfonia in B flat, HWV339

Arcangelo Corelli: Sonata a Quattro, WoO 4

George Frideric Handel: Concerto a 5 in B flat, HWV288

Arcangelo Corelli: Concerto in D major, Op 6 no 7

Petra Müllejans (violin/director).

Part 1.

Live from St John's in Smith Square, LONDON, Sarah Walker presents a concert of work by composers who resided for part of their lives in Rome: Corelli, who's influence as a composer and violinist was unparalleled there, and Handel who's two-year stay in the city was of lifelong importance.

Arcangelo Corelli: Sinfonia in Dm, WoO 1

George Frideric Handel: Sonata in Gm, Op 2, No 6, HWV391

Arcangelo Corelli: Sonata La Follia, Op 5, No 12

Arcangelo Corelli: Concerto in D, Op 6, No 1

Continues at 8.35pm after Tweny Minutes.

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Penny Gore presents the American cellist Ralph Kirchbaum and pianist Carole Presland in a concert recorded earlier this month at the Hampstead and Highgate Festival.

Debussy: Cello Sonata

Beethoven: Sonata in A, op 69

David Matthews: Journeying Songs, world premiere

Shostakovich: Cello Sonata in Dm, Op 40

Ralph Kirchbaum (cello)

Carole Presland (piano).

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Aldeburgh Festival

From the home of the Aldeburgh Festival at Snape Maltings, Stephanie Hughes presents a programme exploring music old and new, including the world premiere of a major new vocal work by Harrison Birtwistle which sets words by the Chilean revolutionary poet Pablo Neruda to music.

Claudio Monteverdi: Zefiro Torna

Bruno Maderna: Serenata per una satellite

Igor Stravinsky: The Dove Descending Breaks the Air

Igor Stravinsky: Four RUSSIAn Peasant Songs

Carlo Gesualdo, completed Igor Stravinsky: Tres sacrae cantiones

Tansy Davies: Spine (Aldeburgh Festival commission; world premiere)

Birtwistle: Neruda Madrigales (joint commission: LONDON Sinfonietta and BBC Radio 3; world premiere)

BBC SingersLONDON Sinfonietta

Timothy Davies (speaker)

Nicholas Kok and Peter Wiegold (conductors).

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Louise Fryer presents a concert from the Snape Maltings Concert Hall given as part of this year's Aldeburgh Festival by the tenor Ian Bostridge and the festival's Artistic Director, composer and pianist Thomas Ades.

Beethoven: An die ferne Geliebte, Op 98

Wolf: Five Sacred Songs from the Spanisches Liederbuch, Nos 1, 2, 3, 9,10

Stravinsky: The Owl and the Pussycat

Prokofiev: Sarcasms, Op 17

Schubert:Heine settings from Schwanengesang, Der Atlas, Ihr Bild, Das Fischermädchen, Die Stadt, Am Meer, Der Doppelgänger.

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From the Salle Métropole, Lausanne, virtuoso baroque violinist, Fabio Biondi, directs the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, one of Europe's finest modern chamber orchestras, in a programme of contrasts and connections.

Music travels widely, says Biondi, and composers have always greatly influenced each other.

Mozart: Overture to Lucio Silla

Alessandro Scarlatti: Symphonie Pace, Amore e Provvidenza

Tartini: Violin Concerto in D

Handel: Rodrigo, suite from the opera

Purcell: Abdelazer, incidental music

Lausanne Chamber Orchestra

Fabio Biondi (violin/director).

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Handel: Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, serenata a tre

Lucie Skeaping presents a concert performance of Handel's Aci, Galatea e Polifemo.

It's a miniature opera in all but name which the composer wrote during his stay in Italy, in 1708, for the Duke of Alvito's wedding.

Ten years later Handel recast the work in the more familiar ENGLISH setting of Acis and Galatea.

The story is taken from Ovid's Metamorphosis in which the lovelorn cyclops Polyphemus jealously destroys the happiness of the sea nymph who spurns him and her shepherd lover Acis.

The concert was recorded last month at St George's BRISTOL.

Aci....Carolyn Sampson (soprano)

Galatea....Hilary Summers (contralto)

Galatea....Charbel Mattar (bass)

The ENGLISH Concert

Andrew Manze (violin/director).

PO320050630

In the first part of a live concert given at Stationers' Hall as part of the City of LONDON Festival, Fiona Talkington presents Ton Koopman and Tini Mathot performing Bach's last masterpiece, The Art of Fugue, left unfinished when he died.

JS Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080

Ton Koopman and Tini Mathot (harpsichord)PM after Twenty Minutes

Continues at 8.25.

In the second part of a live concert give

n at Stationers' Hall as part of the City of LONDON Festival, Fiona Talkington presents Ton Koopman and Tini Mathot performing Bach's last masterpiece, The Art of Fugue, left unfinished when he died.

Ton Koopman and Tini Mathot (harpsichord).

Ton Koopman and Tini Mathot (harpsichord)PM after Twenty Minutes]

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Chris de Souza visits Britain's smallest ancient cathedral, St Asaph, for a concert given at the North Wales International Music Festival.

Pascal Rogé flies the Tricolor for French music with Poulenc's flamboyant concerto, and the BBC NOW's Principle Oboe, David Cowley, plays Francaix's charming Flower Clock.

Britten: Sinfonietta for 10 instruments, Op 1

Poulenc: Concerto for piano and orchestra

Francaix: L'Horloge de Flore for oboe and orchestra

Mozart: Symphony No 40, K550, in Gm

Pascal Rogé (piano)

David Cowley (oboe)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Douglas Boyd (conductor).

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The opening programme of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra's series of concerts from the Music Hall in Aberdeen, with Chief Conductor Ilan Volkov.

Presented by Christopher Cook.

Featuring Stravinsky, Dvorák and, after the interval, Berlioz.

Stravinsky: Four Etudes

Dvorák: Cello Concerto in Bm, Op 104

Heinrich Schiff (cello)

Christopher Cook presents the second part of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra concert, with the spotlight on Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique.

(Continues at 8.45pm after Twenty Minutes)

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Rimsky-Korsakov's fairy-tale images of the Orient and a barnstorming piano concerto by Prokofiev, recorded at the Brangwyn Hall, as part of the Swansea Festival.

Prokofiev: Symphony No 1, Op 25, in D - Classical; Concerto for piano and orchestra No 5, Op 55, in G

Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade - symphonic suite, Op 35

Nicolai Demidenko (piano)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Alexander Titov (conductor).

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One of Britain's foremost composers and renowned Haydn performer, John McCabe, joins the BBC Concert Orchestra for a performance of Haydn's keyboard concerto.

He also discusses with presenter Piers Burton-Page how the music of Haydn has influenced his own compositions, specifically his 3rd Symphony, which is based on the slow movement of Haydn's Eb String Quartet.

Elgar: Serenade for Strings, Op 20

Haydn: Keyboard Concerto in D; String Quartet in Eb, Op 76, No 6

John McCabe: Symphony No 3, Hommages

BBC Concert Orchestra

Barry Wordsworth (conductor)

John McCabe (piano)

Wihan Quartet.

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Presteigne Festival 2005

Piers Burton-Page introduces an evening of chamber music from the festival, held in the picturesque town of Presteigne in Wales.

The Dante Quartet is joined by the pianist John McCabe in a programme ending with Elgar's grandiose piano quintet.

Purcell: Chaconne in Gm

Tippett: String Quartet No 2

David Matthews: Little Serenade for string quartet, Op 93

Alan Rawsthorne: Sonata for violin and piano

Robin Holloway: Lento for string quartet

Ian Wilson: Quartet No 1 Winter's Edge

Elgar: Piano Quintet in Am, Op 84.

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Live from the Lighthouse, Poole.

Principal conductor Marin Alsop and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra are joined by the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus for this first broadcast of the new season, focusing on Mahler's epic second symphony.

It's been called a symphonic cantata and the progression from tension to ultimate resolution, or redemption, has given the work the subtitle Resurrection.

Mahler: Symphony No 2, Resurrection

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Bournemouth Symphony Chorus

Sally Matthews (soprano)

Karen Cargill (alto)

Marin Alsop (conductor).

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Presented by Louise Fryer, recorded at Tramway in Glasgow.

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conductor Ilan Volkov, jazz trombonist Roswell Rudd and his band MALIcool join forces on a unique collaborative journey that fuses classical music with improvisation, jazz and traditional sounds from Mali.

Including music by Gyorgy Ligeti, Kevin Volans, and the first performance of a new work for orchestra and MALIcool composed by Roswell Rudd.

Part of Africa Lives on the BBC.

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The Creation

Sarah Walker introduces an enduringly popular oratorio, live from St David's Hall in Cardiff.

Haydn's choral masterpiece depicts the dramatic events of the six days of

Creation through to the appearance of Adam and Eve, and still startles with its fresh and vivid imagery.

Thierry Fischer takes the baton, ahead of taking over as BBC NOW's Principal Conductor next year.

Nancy Argenta (soprano)

Martha McLorinan (mezzo-soprano)

James Gilchrist (tenor)

Peter Harvey (bass)

BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales

Thierry Fischer (conductor)

The Creation: The third and final part of Haydn's The Creation, live from St David's Hall in Cardiff.

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In a concert recorded during this year's Salzburg Mozartwoche, Christine Schäfer sings a selection of Mozart concert arias, and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra perform Haydn's final symphony.

Mozart: Misera! dove son...Ah! non son io che parlo, K369; Chio mi scordi di te? Non temer, amato bene, K505; Schon lacht der holde Frühling, K580

Haydn: Symphony in D

Christine Schäfer (soprano)

Gianluca Cascioli (piano)

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Zubin Mehta (conductor).

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Warwick Thompson presents a Northern Sinfonia concert from The Sage, Gateshead.

The orchestra, under the direction of its musical director Thomas Zehetmair, kicks off

proceedings with Britten's suite of English folksongs - A Time There Was, followed by Colin Matthews' 1994 BCMG commission Through the Glass.

Northern Sinfonia is then joined by the young tenor Mark Wilde for a selection of some of Britten's English Folksongs, and the concert concludes with a performance of Schubert's 6th, or 'Little' Symphony.

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1/3.

Tetbury Music Festival 2005

Donald Macleod travels to one of the Cotswolds' most picturesque locations for the first of three concerts from this year's Tetbury Festival.

Period group The King's Consort perform vocal and instrumental works from the Baroque, plus a newly commissioned work from Michael Berkeley inspired by the ecstatic love duets found in Monteverdi, Purcell and Handel.

Pergolesi: Salve Regina in Am

Corelli: Concerto Grosso, Op 6, No 9

Michael Berkeley: Touch Light (new commission)

Domenico Scarlatti: Salve Regina

Pergolesi: Stabat Mater in Fm

Lorna Anderson (soprano)

Robin Blaze (counter-tenor)

The King's Consort

Robert King (conductor/harpsichord).

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2/3.

Tetbury Music Festival 2005

Donald Macleod presents the second in a series of concerts recently recorded in the church of St Mary the Virgin in Tetbury, Gloucestershire.

The Schubert Ensemble play a pair of contrasting piano quintets by Fauré and Dvorák.

Mahler: Quartet movement for piano and strings in A m

Fauré: Piano Quintet no.1 in D m, Op 89

Dvorák: Piano Quintet in A No 2, Op 81

The Schubert Ensemble

Simon Blendis and Jan Schmolck (violin)

Douglas Paterson (viola)

Jane Salmon (cello)

William Howard (piano).

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3/3.

Tetbury Music Festival 2005

Donald Macleod presents the last of three concerts recorded last week at the Cotswolds church of St Mary the Virgin.

Tenor Mark Padmore is joined by harpsichordist Matthew Halls, oboist Katharina Spreckelsen, and friends, for an all Bach concert.

Bach: Concerto for Harpsichord and Strings in E, BWV 1053

Bach: Trio Sonata in Dm, BWV 527

Bach: Cantata No 55, Ich arme Mensch

Bach: Concerto for oboe d'amore and strings in A, BWW 1055

Stolzel (attr.

Bach) Bist du bei mir

Bach: Cantata No 82, Ich habe genug.

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The BBC Symphony Orchestra opens its 2005-2006 Season with new Principal Guest Conductor, David Robertson.

The composers, Wagner, Schoenberg and Beethoven, are three of the great musical revolutionaries of all time.

Schoenberg's Erwartung (after the interval) is a monodrama, almost a psychoanalytic case study, sung by a woman wandering through the woods in search of her lost lover; while heroic struggle and triumph burst from the pages of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.

Presented by Martin Handley.

Wagner: Prelude from Tristan and Isolde

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Susan Bullock (soprano)

David Robertson (conductor

Part 2: Live from the Barbican, the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Robertson perform Schoenberg's Erwartung, with soprano Susan Bullock.

Plus, Beethoven's Symphony No 5.

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Bamberg Symphony Orchestra

Krzysztof Penderecki conducts the Radio 3 New Generation Artist Claudio Bohorquez and the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra in a concert recorded at this year's Easter Festival in Warsaw.

Krzysztof Penderecki (arr for cello by Boris Pergamenschikow): Viola Concerto, 1983

Sibelius: Symphony No 5 in E flat, Op 82

Claudio Bohórquez (cello)

Krzysztof Penderecki (conductor).

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The exciting young French conductor Stephane Deneve conducts the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in this, his opening season as their new musical director.

Mendelssohn: Symphony No 5, Reformation

Mahler: Symphony No 1.

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London Symphony Orchestra

Valery Gergiev launches his cycle of Shostakovich symphonies at London's Barbican Hall, in the lead-up to next year's celebrations of Shostakovich's 100th birthday.

The huge Seventh Symphony was composed in Leningrad in 1941, as the city withstood the Nazi siege: Shostakovich himself was a volunteer fireman, on the lookout for incendiary bombs.

Presented by Sandy Burnett.

Mussorgsky (orch.

Shostakovich): Prelude; Dance of the Persian Girls, Khovanshchina

Shostakovich: Symphony No 7, Leningrad

Valery Gergiev (conductor).

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Live from the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, the Halle Orchestra and Mark Elder are joined by pianist Nikolai Demidenko for a performance of Brahms' mighty Piano Concerto No 2.

After the break they perform two dark and dramatic symphonic poems from Russia by Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky.

Introduced by Louise Fryer.

Nikolai Demidenko (piano)

Halle Orchestra

Mark Elder (conductor)

Brahms: Piano Concerto No 2, in B flat, Op 83

Two dark and dramatic symphonic poems from Russia complete the concert given by the Halle Orchestra and Mark Elder live from the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.

Rachmaninov's The Isle of the Dead is inspired by a painting by Bocklin.

Tchaikovsky dates his inspiration from the episode in Dante's Inferno where the souls of the two lovers Francesca and Paolo are swept up in a tempest and condemned to eternal damnation.

Rachmaninov: The Isle of the Dead Op 29

Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini, Op 32.

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Live from Portsmouth Cathedral, in the heart of one of the country's most important maritime cities, a concert marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar and the death of Admiral Lord Nelson.

Presented by Susan Sharpe.

Philip Lane: A Maritime Overture

Miklós Rózsa (orched.

Christopher Palmer): Love theme from Lady Hamilton

Errollyn Wallen: Our English Heart (BBC commission, world premiere)

Joseph Haydn: Missa in angustiis (Nelson mass)

Catherine Bott (soprano)

Rebecca Lodge (mezzo soprano)

Robert Johnston (tenor)

Stephen Charlesworth (baritone)

BBC Singers

BBC Concert Orchestra

Stephen Cleobury (conductor)

The Trafalgar Day concert live from Portsmouth Cathedral continues, featuring Haydn's Nelson Mass.

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Young Estonian conductor Olari Elts joins the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in works that hark back to a more classical era.

Haydn: Symphony No 88

Tchaikovsky: Variations on a rococo theme

Strauss: Le Bourgeois gentilhomme.

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The BBC Symphony Orchestra marks a special day with a 75th anniversary concert, featuring a UK premiere, plus works by Beethoven, Strauss and Stravinsky.

Presented by Christopher Cook.

Carter: Réflexions (UK premiere)

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 5

Strauss: Tod und Verklärung

Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms

Emmanuel Ax (piano)

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jiri Belohlavek (conductor).

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One of the most sought-after chamber ensembles, the Skampa Quartet, collaborate live with Martin Roscoe to perform Shostakovich's captivating Piano Quintet.

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch.

Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet in F, Op 59, No 1, Razumovsky

Bohuslav Martinu: String Quartet No 5

Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Quintet in Gm, Op 57

Skampa Quartet

Martin Roscoe (piano).

PO320051026

Verity Sharp presents the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra live from the Lighthouse in Poole.

Featuring, in this his centenary year, Tippett's Ritual Dances from his opera Midsummer Marriage; Copland's enduringly popular Clarinet Concerto played by the 15-year-old superstar Julian Bliss; and, after the interval, Sibelius' Symphony No 1 - written in the same year as his landmark Finlandia - 1899.

Both these pieces helped to consolidate his reputation in Europe.

Tippett: Ritual Dances (Midsummer Marriage)

Copland: Clarinet Concerto

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Julian Bliss (clarinet)

Marin Alsop (conductor)

Verity Sharp presents the second part of the concert live from the Lighthouse in Poole.

The concert focuses on Sibelius' Symphony No 1.

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Presented by Sarah Walker.

Artur Pizarro continues his major series at St John's, Smith Square, London, in which he performs the complete works for piano solo by Debussy and Ravel.

He spotlights works composed between 1895 and 1904.

Ravel: Serenade Grotesque; Menuet Antique; Pavane

Debussy: Pour le piano; Prélude; Sarabande; Toccata

Ravel: Jeux d'eau

Debussy: Estampes; Pagodes; La soirée dans Grenade; Jardins sous la pluie

Debussy: Masques; D'un cahier d'esquisses; L'Isle joyeuse; Morceau de concours

Ravel: Sonatine; Modéré; Mouvement de menuet; Animé.

Continuing Artur Pizarro's concert, live from St John's, Smith Square, in London.

PO320051028

Petroc Trelawny presents a concert of music focusing on Vienna at the start of the 20th Century, recorded at the Bridgewater Hall.

Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier Suite

Berg: Violin Concerto

Mahler: Symphony No 10 Adagio

Ravel: La valse

Akiko Suwanai (violin)

BBC Philharmonic

Gianandrea Noseda (conductor).

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A Manchester Camerata concert exploring the connections between the music of Sir Michael Tippett and Beethoven, recorded at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester.

Two of Beethoven's great string quartets are performed in arrangements by Mahler and by Tippett's biographer, Meirion Bowen.

Introduced by Christopher Cook.

Beethoven (arr Mahler): Quartet in Fm, Op 95

Finzi: Clarinet Concerto

Tippett: Concerto for Double String Orchestra

Beethoven (arr Bowen): Grosse Fuge, Op 133

Richard Hosford (clarinet)

Manchester Camerata

Douglas Boyd (conductor).

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The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra feature in a concert recorded recently at the Music Hall in Aberdeen.

Presented by Sarah Walker.

Magnus Lindberg: Arena

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 4 in Gm, Op 40

Nikolai Lugansky (piano)

Sibelius: Symphony No 2 in D, Op 43

Robert Spano (conductor).

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Piers Burton-Page presents a concert of music by Giya Kancheli, who celebrates his 70th birthday this year.

Kancheli: A little Daneliade; Symphony No 3; Symphony No 5

David James (counter-tenor)

BBC Philharmonic

James MacMillan (conductor).

PO320051103

Chistopher Cook presents a live concert from Manchester's Bridgewater Hall.

Mark Elder conducts the Halle Orchestra, beginning with Colin Matthews' recent orchestration of Debussy's Three Preludes, followed by Finzi's Fall of the Leaf.

Then orchestra leader Lyn Fletcher is the soloist in Vaughan Williams' bucolic and verdant evocation of Fenland nature, The Lark Ascending.

After the interval, it's an all Mendelssohn affair.

Debussy, orch.

Colin Matthews: Orchestral Preludes

Finzi: Fall of the Leaf

Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending

Continuing the Halle Orchestra's concert from Manchester, focusing on Mendelssohn: Overture - Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Op 27; Symphony No 5 in D, Reformation, Op 107.

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Continuing a week of concerts to celebrate the work of The Cleveland Orchestra.

Franz Welser-Möst is the latest in a distinguished line of music directors at Cleveland.

Geoffrey Smith talks to Concert Master William Preucil, Principal Flautist Joshua Smith

and trombonist Richard Stout about what Welser-Möst brings to the orchestra.

Followed by a single work from the central European music tradition repertoire in which the orchestra specialises and excels, recorded at Severance Hall, Cleveland.

Bruckner: Symphony No 7

The Cleveland Orchestra

Franz Welser-Möst (conductor).

PO320051107

Geoffrey Smith continues his celebration of one of America's top orchestras as he tries to uncover the secret of The Cleveland Orchestra sound.

The concert was recorded at Severance Hall, Cleveland.

Haydn: Symphony No 73

Shostakovich: Symphony No 11

The Cleveland Orchestra

Franz Welser-Möst (conductor).

PO320051108

Geoffrey Smith investigates what it's like playing in one of America's top orchestras and what makes The Cleveland Orchestra in particular so special from the players' point of view.

With contributions from Concert Master William Preucil and trombonist Richard Stout.

There is a great tradition stretching back to George Szell of enjoying rehearsals, something that the players and today's Music Director Franz Welser-Möst also share.

Followed by performances recorded at Severance Hall in Cleveland.

Stravinsky: Concerto in E flat - Dumbarton Oaks

Beethoven: Symphony No 1

Debussy: Jeux

Dutilleux: Symphony No 2 (Le Double)

Ravel: Bolero

The Cleveland Orchestra

Franz Welser-Möst (conductor).

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Geoffrey Smith continues his celebration of The Cleveland Orchestra and talks to Executive Director Gary Hanson and Artistic Administrator Peter Czornyj about the financial challenges that face the orchestra in the immediate future.

Plus, former music director Pierre Boulez makes another of his regular appearances with the orchestra, recorded at Severance Hall, Cleveland.

Webern: Five Movements

Boulez: Notations 1,7,4,3,2

Stravinsky: Firebird

The Cleveland Orchestra

Pierre Boulez (conductor).

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The celebration of The Cleveland Orchestra concludes as Geoffrey Smith talks to Music Director Franz Welser-Möst about choosing repertoire for the orchestra and his thoughts on the music of Britten.

Executive Director Gary Hanson and Artistic Administrator Peter Czornyj talk about future plans.

Britten: War Requiem

Melanie Diener (soprano)

John Mark Ainsley (tenor)

Thomas Hampson (baritone)

The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and Children's Chorus

The Cleveland Orchestra

Franz Welser-Möst (conductor)

Recorded at Severance Hall, Cleveland.

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Sir Charles Mackerras at 80

Starting a series of concerts to celebrate the landmark birthday of a conductor dubbed 'the musician's musician'.

Presented by Donald Macleod in conversation with Sir Charles, this special series begins with one of his favourite operas, Idomeneo, in a BBC Promenade concert from 1991.

Mozart: Idomeneo, re di Creta, ossia Ilia ed Idamante, K366

Idomeneo....Dennis O'Neill (tenor)

Electra....Suzanne Murphy (soprano)

Ilia....Rebecca Evans (soprano)

Idamante....John Mark Ainsley (tenor)

Arbace....Anthony Roden (tenor)

High Priest of Neptune....Paul Charles Clarke (tenor)

Voice of Neptune....Ashley Thorburn (bass)

Welsh National Opera Chorus

Welsh National Opera Orchestra.

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Sir Charles Mackerras at 80

Continuing a series of concerts to celebrate the landmark birthday of a conductor dubbed 'the musician's musician'.

A concert from the 2004 BBC Proms, in which Sir Charles conducted the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in an all Dvorák programme.

As he recalls, in conversation with Donald Macleod, it was a great occasion, and a great pleasure to conduct Dvorak's 9th symphony on what would have been the composer's birthday.

Antonín Dvorák: Scherzo capriccioso; Violin Concerto; Symphony No 9

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Sarah Chang (violin)

Charles Mackerras (conductor).

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Sir Charles Mackerras at 80

Continuing a series of concerts to celebrate the landmark birthday of a conductor dubbed 'the musician's musician'.

A concert recorded at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, in 2002.

Presented by Donald Macleod - in conversation with Sir Charles, during which the conductor explains why he chose to restore the famous third hammer blow to Mahler's 6th symphony.

Richard Strauss: Don Juan, Op 20

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No 6 in Am

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

Charles Mackerras (conductor).

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Sir Charles Mackerras at 80

The final concert in a week of performances celebrating the 80th birthday of Sir Charles Mackerras is devoted entirely to Janacek.

Recorded at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.

In conversation with Donald Macleod, Sir Charles talks about Janacek - whose music he has championed throughout his conducting career.

Leos Janacek: Sinfonietta; (arr Jilek) Suite - The Cunning Little Vixen; Glagolitic Mass

Christine Brewer (soprano)

Ameral Gunson (mezzo-soprano)

Peter Bronder (tenor)

Geoffrey Moses (bass)

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus

Charles Mackerras (conductor).

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Louise Fryer is at St David's Hall in Cardiff for two absorbing Russian masterworks, performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Written alongside Romeo and Juliet, Prokofiev's second concerto shares the ballet's direct emotion.

Rachmaninov's second symphony, written 20 years earlier, is at once an intense tour de force and a seductive song for orchestra.

Prokofiev: Concerto for violin and orchestra No 2, Op 63, in Gm

Rachmaninov: Symphony No 2, Op 27, in Em

James Ehnes (violin)

Jac van Steen (conductor).

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The Musicians' Benevolent Fund Royal Concert, in the presence of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

Recorded at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall and presented by Sandy Burnett.

Thea Musgrave: Rainbow

Beethoven: Violin Concerto

Lisa Batiashvili (violin)

Elgar: Symphony No 1 in A flat

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Ilan Volkov (chief conductor).

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Artur Pizarro continues his major series live from St John's, Smith Square in London, in which he performs the complete works for piano solo by Debussy and Ravel.

The focus is on music composed between 1908 and 1911.

Presented by Sarah Walker.

Ravel: Miroirs; Noctuelles; Oiseaux tristes; Une barque sur l'ocean; Alborada del gracioso; La vallée des cloches

Debussy: Images Book 1; Reflets dans l'eau; Hommage à Rameau; Mouvement

Debussy: Images Book 2; Cloches à travers les feuilles; Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut; Poissons d'or

Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit; Ondine; Le gibet; Scarbo

The second half of Artur Pizarro's live concert of Ravel and Debussy piano solos, from St John's, Smith Square, London.

(Continues at 8.45pm after Twenty Minutes)

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Alyn Shipton presents works by saxophonist John Surman and pianist Uri Caine, from the London Jazz Festival, featuring Drew Gress (bass), Ben Perowsky (drums) and the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Robert Ziegler.

Recorded at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Surman: In All Weathers

Caine: Birdtalk; Dubya at War (BBC Commission)

Surman: Road to St Ives.

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Jez Nelson presents a round up of concerts from the London Jazz Festival, including the Grammy-winning Maria Schneider Big Band, Blue Note vocalist Kurt Elling and influential pianist McCoy Tyner.

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Chris de Souza presents a concert from Birmingham's Symphony Hall, in which Sakari Oramo conducts the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

This concert contains just two works - opening with Ravel's stunningly colourful ballet Ma Mere l'Oye and ending, after the interval, in Mahler's dramatic Symphony No 1.

The second half of the concert from Birmingham's Symphony Hall, with the focus on Mahler's Symphony No 1.

Continues at 8.20pm after Twenty Minutes.

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John Toal introduces the closing concert of this year's Belfast Festival at Queen's from the Waterfront Hall, which celebrates the music of three of America's finest composers.

It begins with John Adams' orchestral fanfare, Short Ride in a Fast Machine, and Philip Glass' Company - for string orchestra.

The concert ends with Steve Reich's monumental Desert Music, a setting for choir and orchestra of texts by William Carlos Williams.

John Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine

Philip Glass: Company

Steve Reich: Desert Music

Ulster Orchestra

Thierry Fischer (conductor)

National Chamber Choir of Ireland.

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The BBC Symphony Orchestra performs in the cultural centre Le Volcan in Le Havre, at the annual Octobre en Normandie festival.

There's music from South America by Villa-Lobos alongside Stravinsky's ballet music and a world premiere by a young French composer.

Presented by Stephanie Hughes.

Villa-lobos: Uirapuru -Tone Poem; Guitar Concerto

Thierry Pecou: Tremendum (World Premiere)

Stravinsky: Firebird Suite (1945)

Craig Ogden (guitar)

Thierry Pecou (piano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Enrique Diemecke (conductor).

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Christopher Cook presents a concert from the West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, marking the centenary of Sir Michael Tippett, and including a new homage to Tippett by John Woolrich.

During the interval, Ivan Hewett delves into Michael Tippett's recently published letters to examine the brittle relationship between himself and the other leading British composer of the 20th century, Benjamin Britten.

Purcell ed Tippett arr Woolrich: Music for a While; If Music Be the Food of Love; Sweeter than Roses (world premiere)

Tippett: Little Music

Beethoven: Grosse Fugue in B flat

Britten: Les Illuminations

John Woolrich: The Wayfarer's Night Song (world premiere)

Tippett: Fantasia Concertante on a theme by Corelli

Britten Sinfonia

Ian Bostridge (tenor)

Martyn Brabbins (conductor).

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British Music Focus

Andrew Mcgregor presents two symphonies by one of the most individual British composers of the last century, Robert Simpson, in conversation with his widow Angela Simpson.

Robert Simpson: Symphony No 5

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Reinbert de Leeuw (conductor)

Robert Simpson: Symphony No 7

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Grant Llewellyn (conductor).

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British Music Focus.

Gothic Symphony

The first (and so far only) commercial recording of what the Guinness Book of Records reckoned was the "largest symphony" ever written.

Made in 1989, it became the biggest-ever seller on the Marco Polo label.

Presented by Andrew Mcgregor.

Havergal Brian: Gothic Symphony

Eva Jenisová (soprano)

Dagmar Pecková (alto),

Vladimir Dolezal (tenor)

Peter Mikulás (bass)

Slovak Philharmonic Choir, Slovak National Opera Chorus

Slovak Folk Ensemble Chorus, Bratislava City Choir

Lucnica Choir, Bratislava Children's Choir, Youth 'Echo' Choir

Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra

Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra

Ondrej Lenard (conductor).

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British Music Focus

Andrew Mcgregor introduces the complete incidental music for The Wasps, by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Composed originally for a 1909 production of Aristophanes' play at Cambridge University, this performance is the first broadcast of a new edition featuring a translation and adaptation by David Pountney.

Vaughan-Williams: Music to The Wasps of Aristophanes

Procleon/other voices....Henry Goodman

Priest....Richard Suart (chorus leader)

Chorus of Wasps

Halle Orchestra

Mark Elder (conductor).

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British Music Focus

Andrew Mcgregor presents a concert given by the CBSO in Symphony Hall, Birmingham, of English orchestral music.

Pianist Peter Donohoe performs a rarely heard piece for piano and orchestra by John Foulds and the concert ends with the last of Ralph Vaughan Williams' symphonies.

Elgar: Overture - Cockaigne

Foulds: Dynamic Tryptych

Bridge: There is a Willow Grows Aslant a Brook

Vaughan-Williams: Symphony No 9

Peter Donohoe (piano)

CBSO

Sakari Oramo (conductor).

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British Music Focus

Nicholas Maw, who celebrates his 70th birthday this year, wrote his orchestral work Odyssey between 1973 and 1987.

It is a single, unbroken 96-minute span of symphonic music which has been unanimously praised since its initial performance by the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 1987 at a BBC Prom.

This concert at the BBC's Maida Vale Studios is presented by Andrew Mcgregor.

Nicholas Maw: Odyssey

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Andrew Litton (conductor).

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British Music Focus

Sarah Walker is at the Ironmongers' Hall in the City of London for the 2005 British Composer Awards.

The ceremony, the third of its kind, is presented by the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters in association with Radio 3, and includes excerpts from winning works in eleven categories, including the BBC Radio 3 Listeners' Award.

The BBC Singers celebrate the event with a special concert, conducted by Bob Chilcott, after the awards at around 9.00pm.

The concert will feature past and present nominees.

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Live from Symphony Hall, Birmingham, Louise Fryer introduces the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Danish conductor Thomas Dausgaard.

The orchestra treats us to Brahms' Variations on a theme of Haydn, plus Nielsen's lyrical 3rd Symphony, and the orchestra is joined by eminent soloist Gil Shaham for music by Sibelius - his Violin Concerto.

Brahms: Variations on a theme by Haydn

Sibelius: Violin Concerto

Gil Shaham (violin)

Rachel Nicholls (soprano)

Jeremy Huw-Williams (baritone)

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)

The live concert from Symphony Hall in Birmingham continues and spotlights Nielsen's Symphony No 3, Sinfonia Espansiva.

(Continues at 8.45pm after Twenty Minutes)

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Sondheim at 75 - Perfect Relationships

Julia McKenzie hosts a star-studded gala concert in celebration of Stephen Sondheim's 75th birthday, recorded at Hackney Empire.

The first part of the evening includes some of Sondheim's best-known songs on the subject of relationships, from Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Merrily We Roll Along and Into the Woods, with many of his greatest hits - including Anyone Can Whistle, There Won't Be Trumpets, In Buddy's Eyes, Losing My Mind, Not When I'm Around and Send in the Clowns.

In Part Two, there's a concert performance of Company, the Tony Award-winning musical from 1970, about a 30-something single guy who is indifferent to love and commitment, despite being surrounded by five married couples.

Robert....Julian Ovenden

Joanne....Kim Criswell

Larry....Nicholas Pound

Amy....Melanie Marshall

Paul....Christopher Dee

Susan....Sarah Ryan

Peter....Mark Meadows

Jenny....Kimberley Akester

David....Michael Robinson

Sarah....Sharon Eckman

Harry....Michael Cantwell

Marta....Alison Jiear

Kathy....Samantha Shaw

April....Emma Kershaw

Maida Vale Singers

Christopher Dee (director)

BBC Concert Orchestra

Martin Yates (conductor).

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More of Loesser

Songs from the shows of Frank Loesser - such as Guys and Dolls, Where's Charley? and The Most Happy Fella - are followed by a concert performance of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

Recorded after a run of performances at Chichester Festival Theatre earlier this year, Joe McFadden stars as J Pierrepoint Finch, the ambitious newcomer to the World Wide Wicket Company, with James Bolam as its president JB Biggley.

Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

The Voice of the Book....Alistair Mcgowan

J Pierrepoint Finch....Joe McFadden

Rosemary Pilkington....Fiona Dunn

Smitty....Sophie-Louise Dann

JB Biggley....James Bolam

Bud Frump....David Langham

Miss Jones....Beverley Klein

Mr Twimble/Wally Womper....Teddy Kempner

Hedy La Rue....Annette McLaughlin

Bratt....Trevor Jones

BBC Concert Orchestra

Richard Balcombe (conductor).

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Gregorian chant and Catholic ritual strongly influenced the music of French organists and composers Maurice Durufle (1902-1986) and Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992), although their compositional styles were very different.

Donald Runnicles makes a welcome return to the BBC Symphony Orchestra to conduct two divinely-inspired masterpieces.

Presented by Paul Guinery.

Messiaen: Trois Petites Liturgies

Durufle: Requiem

Cynthia Millar (ondes martenot)

Steven Osborne (piano)

Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano)

Christopher Maltman (baritone)

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Donald Runnicles (conductor).

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Get Carter! The Music of Elliott Carter

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Live from the Barbican, London

The BBC Symphony Orchestra's annual January Weekend turns the spotlight on the great American composer Elliott Carter at 97 years young.

Age shows no sign of wearying his creative drive or innovative powers.

The Weekend sets music by Carter alongside works by composers who are his friends or heroes.

One such friend, Oliver Knussen, conducts the opening concert, which includes the seminal Piano Concerto of 1965.

Presented by John Tusa.

Elliott Carter: Three Occasions

Copland: Connotations

Nicolas Hodges (piano)

Oliver Knussen (conductor)

Continuing the BBC Symphony Orchestra's annual January Weekend which turns the spotlight on the great American composer Elliott Carter at 97 years young.

Elliott Carter: Piano Concerto

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A live concert from the refurbished, reborn Glasgow City Halls, the new home of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Presented by Sara Mohr-pietsch.

The concert raises the curtain on a series of special Radio 3 events from Scotland's innovative centre for music in the heart of Glasgow's Merchant City.

Jonathan Harvey: Towards a Pure Land (BBC Commission, World Premiere)

Beethoven: Triple Concerto

Israel Piano Trio

Stravinsky: The Firebird (original version)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Ilan Volkov (conductor)

The live concert from the new home of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra continues, with the focus on Stravinsky's The Firebird.

(Continues at 8.45pm after Twenty Minutes)

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The Scottish Chamber Orchestra makes its debut appearance in the new City Halls concert hall in Glasgow, presenting a programme with a distinctly Parisian flavour.

Frans Bruggen conducts music by Haydn and Mozart, written to impress a Paris audience, as well as a short overture by Chevalier de Saint-George, often referred to as 'the black Mozart'.

Rameau: Suite from Nais

Haydn: Symphony No 85, La Reine

Chevalier de Saint-George: Overture, L'amant anonyme

Mozart: Symphony No 31 - Paris

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra continues its debut appearance in the new City Halls concert hall in Glasgow, with works by Mozart and Chevalier de Saint-George.

(Continues at 8.45pm after Twenty Minutes)

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2/12.

Shostakovich and His Heroes

Continuing a series of concerts featuring the BBC Philharmonic playing Shostakovich and Prokofiev.

Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

Prokofiev's cosmopolitan background must have seemed at odds with Shostakovich's - the one embracing time spent in America and Europe before returning to Moscow, the other firmly rooted in Russia.

Shostakovich thought Prokofiev an iconic figure, and the overture to the latter's epic opera is reflected in one of Shostakovich's most direct statements in his Fifth Symphony.

The private side of Shostakovich hides behind this late song cycle written at the end of his life.

Prokofiev: Overture - War and Peace

Shostakovich: Suite on Verses of Michelangelo; Symphony No 5.

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3/12.

Shostakovich and His Heroes

Continuing a series of concerts - featuring the Northern Sinfonia playing Britten, Bach and Shostakovich, live from Manchester's Bridgewater Hall.

Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

The concert begins with music by one of Shostakovich's contemporaries - Britten.

Then it's the orchestral version of Bach's organ choral prelude.

In the second half of the concert, the orchestra tackles Shostakovich's Symphony No 14.

Britten: Suite on English folk tunes, Op 90

Bach: Vor deinen Thron tret' ich - chorale prelude for organ, BWV 668

Shostakovich: Symphony No 14, Op 135

The live concert from Manchester's Bridgewater Hall continues with the Northern Sinfonia playing Shostakovich's Symphony No 14.

Continues at 8.20pm after Twenty Minutes.

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Shostakovich and His Heroes

5/12.

Continuing a series of concerts - featuring the Halle Orchestra playing Beethoven, one of Shostakovich's ultimate heroes, from Manchester's Bridgewater Hall.

The orchestra performs Beethoven's overture Egmont and his Concerto No 2.

In the second half of the concert, it's Shostakovich's mighty Symphony No 10.

Beethoven: Egmont - incidental music, Op 84; Concerto for piano and orchestra No 2, Op 19

Shostakovich: Symphony No 10, Op 93

Christian Blackshaw (piano)

Halle Orchestra

Stanislaw Skrowaczewski (conductor)

Shostakovich and His Heroes: The concert featuring the Halle Orchestra in the Shostakovich series continues, with the spotlight on his Symphony No 10.

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Radio 3's celebration of the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth continues with another live concert from London.

Presented by Andrew Mcgregor from the Barbican Hall.

The BBC Symphony Orchestra plays Mozart's final symphony, the great Jupiter in C, written in Vienna in 1788.

The full forces gather for the Mass in Cm, composed a few years earlier in Vienna at a time when Mozart had become interested in the music of Bach and Handel.

Symphony No 41, Jupiter

Laura Aikin, Emma Bell (soprano)

Jeremy Ovenden (tenor)

James Rutherford (bass)

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

David Robertson (conductor)

The live concert from the Barbican Hall marking the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth continues with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus performing the Mass in Cm.

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Sara Mohr-pietsch introduces a concert from the Sage Gateshead given by the Northern Sinfonia, under their Musical Director Thomas Zehetmair, featuring two 20th Century Eastern European masterpieces.

The brilliant Norwegian cellist Truls Mork joins the orchestra for a concerto by Shostakovich, and there's an opportunity for the back row of the orchestra to show their skills in Bartók's innovative Music for Strings Percussion and Celesta.

The concert ends with Mozart's flamboyant Haffner Symphony.

Bartók: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta

Shostakovich: Cello concerto No 1

Mozart: Symphony No 35 - Haffner

Truls Mork (cello)

Northern Sinfonia

Thomas Zehetmair (director).

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Shostakovich and His Heroes

6/12.

Surprisingly, operetta was one of Shostakovich's private passions and Lehar's Merry Widow was one of his favourites.

Shostakovich was also an avid collector of scores and recordings of Mahler's music as soon as they reached Russia; and their emotional qualities left a mark on him.

Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

Lehar: The Merry Widow - a waltz sequence

Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen

Shostakovich: Symphony No 8

Ashley Holland (baritone)

BBC Philharmonic

Vassily Sinaisky (conductor).

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The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor Marin Alsop are on home territory for a concert of music by Eastern European composers.

Live from the Lighthouse, Poole, presented by Verity Sharp.

Bartók's Dance Suite was one of three commissions written in 1923 to mark the 50th anniversary of the union of Buda and Pest as the Hungarian capital.

Sensational young American cellist Alisa Weilerstein joins the orchestra for one of the most popular of all cello concertos and, after the interval, Tchaikovsky's Second Symphony, nicknamed later Little Russian, because of its pervasive use of well-known folksongs.

Bartók: Dance Suite

Dvorak: Cello Concerto

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Alisa Weilerstein (cello)

Marin Alsop (conductor)

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra's concert in Poole continues, spotlighting Tchaikovsky's Second Symphony.

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7/12.

Shostakovich and his Heroes

Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

Shostakovich's first symphony was written while the composer was a student - a precocious, colourful and witty work.

It was so well received that Shostakovich took pleasure in commemorating the anniversary of the first performance throughout his life.

The second symphony, composed the following year, was the result of a commission to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the revolution.

Around these two works, The Halle present music which, despite differences in scale and intent, nonetheless had a profound influence on Shostakovich's symphonic writing.

Bach: Contrapunctus from The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080

Mahler: Ruckertlieder; Ich Atmet' Einem Linden Duft; Liebst Du Um Schonheit; Blicke Mir Nicht In Die Lieder; Ich Bin Der Welt Abhanden Gekommen; Um Mitternacht

Shostakovich: Symphony No 2 (To The October Revolution)

Sarah Connolly (mezzo soprano)

Halle Orchestra

Mark Elder (director)

The Halle Orchestra continues its concert, with the focus on Offenbach's Gaiete Parisienne; plus Shostakovich's Symphony No 1 in Fm, Op 1.

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Artur Pizarro continues his major series at St John's, Smith Square, London, in which he performs the complete works for piano solo by Debussy and Ravel.

The focus is on works composed between 1908 and 1911.

Presented by Sarah Walker.

Debussy: Children's Corner; Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum; Jimbo's Lullaby; Serenade for the Doll; The Snow is Dancing; The Little Shepherd; Golliwogg's Cake Walk; La Petit negre; La plus que lente; Hommage à Haydn

Ravel: Menuet sur le nom d'Haydn; Valses Nobles et Sentimentales

Debussy: Préludes Book 1; Danseuses de Delphes; Voiles; Le vent dans la plaine; Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir; Les collines d'Anacapri; Des pas sur la neige; Ce qu'a vu le vent d'Ouest; La fille aux cheveux de lin; La serenade interrompue; La Cathédrale engloutie; La danse de Puck; Minstrels.

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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Recorded at the Lighthouse, Poole, presented by Piers Burton-page.

Marin Alsop takes the orchestra on a journey through three contemporary British works.

Stephen McNeff is the BSO's newly appointed Composer in the House for the next two years and his Secret Destinations receives its premiere.

Cellist Maria Kliegel joins the orchestra in The Protecting Veil by John Tavener, followed by Jonathan Lloyd's Symphony No 4, part of Radio 3 and the Royal Philharmonic Society's joint Encore scheme.

McNeff: Secret Destinations (world premiere)

Tavener: The Protecting Veil

Lloyd: Symphony No 4

Maria Kliegel (cello)

Marin Alsop (conductor).

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The rich musical heritage of Prague and the Czech lands is celebrated in this concert, recorded at The Sage, Gateshead.

Mozart's symphonic masterpiece is paired with a symphonic rarity from Hans Krasa, whose life was brought to a tragic end in Auschwitz.

Dvorák's engaging violin concerto is preceded by one of Janacek's earliest published works.

Introduced by Chris de Sousa.

Mozart: Symphony No 38 - Prague, K504

Krasa: Symphony (1925)

Janacek: Suite, Op 3

Dvorák: Violin Concerto, Op 53

With Diana Moore (soprano)

Northern Sinfonia

Thomas Zehetmair (violin/conductor).

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Artur Pizarro continues his major series at St John's, Smith Square in London, in which he performs the complete works for piano solo by Debussy and Ravel.

He focuses on works composed between 1912 and 1915.

Presented by Sarah Walker.

Debussy: Préludes Book 2

Brouillards

Feuilles mortes

La Puerta del Vino

Les fées sont d'exquises danseuses

Bruyères

General Lavine - excentrique

La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune

Ondine

Hommage à S Pickwick Esq.

PPMPC

Canope

Les tierces alternées

Feux d'artifice

Ravel: Prélude

À la manière de...Borodine; À la manière de...Chabrier

Debussy: Six Épigraphes Antiques

pour invoquer Pan

pour un tombeau sans nom

pour que la nuit soit propice

pour la danseuse aux crotales

pour l'Égyptiénne

pour remercier la pluie au matin

Étude Retrouvée

Berceuse héroïque

Elégie

Page d'album (Pour l'oeuvre du vêtement du blessé)

Les soirs illuminés par l'ardeur du charbon

Continuing Artur Pizarro's concert in his series of the complete works for piano solo by Debussy and Ravel, focusing on the years 1912 and 1915.

From St John's, Smith Square in London.

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8/12.

Shostakovich and his Heroes

Presented by Petroc Trelawny live from the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.

Gustav Mahler was a potent influence on Shostakovich, especially in the later symphonies.

In this Halle Orchestra concert, Mahler's dark-hued songs on the death of children are set against Shostakovich's 'agit-rop' Third Symphony (1929), with its choral finale celebrating May Day, and the enigmatic 9th (1945), with its entertaining surface and darker undertones.

Stravinsky: Scherzo à la Russe

Shostakovich: Symphony No 3 in E flat, Op 20, May Day

Mahler: Kindertotenlieder

Shostakovich: Symphony No 9 in E flat, Op 70

Mark Stone (baritone)

Halle Choir

Royal Northern College of Music Chorus

Halle Orchestra

Mark Elder (conductor)

Continuing the Halle Orchestra concert celebrating Shostakovich and his Heroes, live from Manchester's Bridgewater Hall.

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Danish composer Poul Ruders' mastery of symphonic form is featured in a concert from Manchester, presented by Petroc Trelawny.

Ruders: Fairytale; Piano Concerto; Symphony No 2, Symphony and Transformation

Rolf Hind (piano)

BBC Philharmonic

James MacMillan (conductor).

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9/12.

Shostakovich and his Heroes

The public and private faces of Shostakovich are sharply contrasted in these consecutive works, from an official formalist response, to male voice settings of Yevtushenko's powerful and dangerously controversial poetry.

Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

Shostakovich: Symphony No 12, The Year 1917; Symphony No 13, Babi Yar

BBC Philharmonic

Vassily Sinaisky (conductor)

John Tomlinson (bass)

Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus

Huddersfield Choral Society

Bulava Chorus.

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A Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra concert that opens with the world premiere of Ghost Ranch, by Michael Daugherty.

The title for this BBC Radio 3 commission is taken from the name of the ranch in New Mexico belonging to artist Georgia O'Keeffe, who was the inspiration for the work.

Recorded at the Anvil in Basingstoke, presented by Piers Burton-page.

Daugherty: Ghost Ranch (world premiere)

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 4

Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Boris Berezovsky (piano)

Marin Alsop (conductor).

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British-born conductor Jonathan Nott has made a great reputation for himself in Europe, but has not often been seen at work in the UK.

He makes his debut with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a fascinating programme.

There's a Haydn symphony, a rarely-heard Schubert symphony, Schubert-inspired music by Henze, and the world premiere of an imaginative new violin concerto by Simon Holt, performed by young violinist Vivianne Hagner.

Presented by Penny Gore.

Haydn: Symphony No 44 Trauersinfonie

Simon Holt: Violin Concerto (BBC Commission)

Henze: Erlkonig

Schubert: Symphony No 6

Viviane Hagner (violin)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jonathan Nott (conductor).

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Joe Lovano joins the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for Turnage's answer to A Lark Ascending, his saxophone concerto A Man Descending.

Plus more collaborations with the jazz world in Turnage's Scorched, an orchestration of free jazz for trio and chamber orchestra based on tunes by John Scofield.

In between, a quartet made up of Joe Lovano, John Scofield, Peter Erskine and John Patitucci perform music from each other's repertoire.

Recorded at the Barbican Hall, London, presented by Sandy Burnett.

Turnage: A Man Descending

Quartet set

Turnage: Scorched

Joe Lovano (tenor saxophone)

John Scofield (electric and acoustic guitar)

Pete Erskine (drums)

John Patitucci (electric bass and acoustic bass)

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Stefan Asbury (conductor).

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11/12.

Shostakovich and his Heroes

The Halle Orchestra and Principal Guest conductor Cristian Mandeal bring together a programme of music featuring two composers whom Shostakovich especially admired.

Mahler was a guiding inspiration behind a lot of Shostakovich's symphonic thinking, while in Britten he found a kindred musical spirit.

The concert also features Shostakovich's ebullient and witty concerto for piano and trumpet, and from 1939 the 6th Symphony, which the composer said was motivated by feelings of 'spring, joy, youth and lyricism'.

Britten: Peter Grimes - Four Sea Interludes, Op 33a

Shostakovich: Concerto No 1 for Piano, Trumpet and Strings in Cm

Mahler: Blumine

Shostakovich: Symphony No 6 in Bm, Op 54

Alexander Melnikov (solo piano)

John MacMurray (solo trumpet)

Halle Orchestra

Cristian Mandeal (conductor)

The Halle Orchestra concert continues, with the spotlight on Mahler's Blumine and Shostakovich's Symphony No 6.

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12/12.

Shostakovich and His Heroes

Shostakovich admitted that his strongest hero was Mahler: the influence is subtle, but there in all of Shostakovich's symphonies from the Fourth onwards, shaping melody and emotional direction.

So it's appropriate that Shostakovich's last symphony ends this festival paired with Mahler's last work, whose music haunted many a page of Shostakovich's work for the last 40 years of his life.

Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

Shostakovich: Symphony No 15

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Katarina Karnéus (mezzo-soprano)

Jürgen Müller (tenor)

BBC Philharmonic

Vassily Sinaisky (conductor)

BBC Philharmonic's concert that concludes the festival of Shostakovich and His Heroes spotlights Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde.

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Gustav Mahler wrote his great 9th Symphony in 1909 with his marriage and his health failing, and there is little room for comfort or solace in the music.

Yet at the end of this visionary account of the symphony at the Barbican in December, there was a feeling of hope, a glimpse of heaven.

Presented by Christopher Cook.

Mahler: Symphony No 9

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jiri Belohlavek (conductor).

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Sara Mohr-pietsch introduces a concert from the Sage, Gateshead, as one of the rising stars of the British musical world, Robin Ticciati, makes his debut conducting Northern Sinfonia in a programme of Brahms, Strauss and Elgar.

Elgar: Serenade for string orchestra, Op 20, in Em

Strauss: Duett-concertino for clarinet, bassoon, string orch.

& harp, AV 147; Prelude from Capriccio

Brahms: Serenade No 1, Op 11, in D

Christopher Richards (clarinet)

Stephen Reay (bassoon)

Northern Sinfonia

Robin Ticciati (conductor).

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The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra perform in their new home, Glasgow's recently reopened and renovated City Halls.

Presented by Sara Mohr-pietsch.

Busoni: Berceuse elegiaque

Sibelius: Violin Concerto

Alina Pogostkina (violin)

Fausto Romitelli: Flowing down too slow

Beethoven: Symphony No 3 (Eroica)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Ilan Volkov (conductor).

PO320060302

Sarah Walker presents a celebration of Richard Rodney Bennett's 70th birthday live from the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.

The concert reflects the many aspects of his long and distinguished career, and the composer himself plays the piano part in his Oscar-nominated score for Murder on the Orient Express.

Partita

Country Dances (Chamber Version, World premiere)

Concerto for Stan Getz

Suite - Gormenghast: 1 Celebration; 2 Fuchsia and Lord Groan; 3 Irma's Romance; 4 The Red Room; 5 Farewell to Gormenghast

Suite - Far from the Madding Crowd

Yanks - Love Theme

Suite - Murder on the Orient Express - Overture, Waltz, Theme

Andy Scott (saxophone)

Richard Rodney Bennett (piano)

BBC Concert Orchestra

John Wilson (conductor)

The Richard Rodney Bennett 70th birthday celebration continues with suites from Gormenghast, Far from the Madding Crowd and Murder on the Orient Express.

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Christopher Cook presents a concert, given by the Northern Sinfonia and conductor David Lockington, of American classics.

Clarinettist Richard Stoltzman brings his jazz background and breathtaking technique to solo works for clarinet, including Copland's concerto which was written for jazzman Benny Goodman.

A John Adams piece inspired by the Kentucky-based Shaker community also features, alongside one of the great masterpieces from 20th Century America - Aaron Copland's portrait of rural life in the Appalachian Mountains.

John Adams: Shaker Loops

Copland: Clarinet Concerto

Bernstein: Clarinet Sonata

Copland: Appalachian Spring

Richard Stoltzman (clarinet)

Northern Sinfonia

David Lockington (conductor).

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In a concert live from the BBC Studios in Maida Vale, Stephen Cleobury directs a bird's eye view of Mozart's sacred music.

Introduced by Paul Guinery.

Regina Coeli, K276

Ave verum corpus, K618

Mass in C, K257 - Credo Mass

Olivia Robinson, Elizabeth Poole (soprano)

Siân Menna (mezzo-soprano)

Christopher Bowen (tenor)

Stuart MacIntyre (baritone)

BBC Singers

BBC Concert Orchestra

Stephen Cleobury (conductor)

The BBC Concert Orchestra's Maida Vale concert featuring sacred music by Mozart continues with his Mass in Cm, K427.

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A homage to Yehudi Menuhin, featuring the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Presented by Christopher Cook.

Yehudi Menuhin (1916-1999) has a legacy that extends well beyond his great recordings - music education was another area where he was a pioneer.

Three of the soloists in this concert studied at the Menuhin School for musically gifted children in Surrey.

Two of them - Jennifer Pike and Nicola Benedetti - are winners of the BBC's Young Musician of the Year competition.

Plus there's a world premiere of a work for string orchestra by the Irish composer Gerald Barry.

Bach, transcr Stokowski: Prelude from Partita No 3 in E

Bach: Concerto for Two Violins in Dm

Barry, Gerald: Day (BBC Commission, World Premiere)

Saint-Saëns: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso

Elgar: Violin Concerto

Tasmin Little, Jennifer Pike, Nicola Benedetti, Alina Ibragimova (violin)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

John Storgards (conductor).

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RNCM Festival of Brass

Petroc Trelawny introduces highlights from a unique event in the brass band calendar.

The festival themes of Celebrating Mozart and Landscapes and Images are featured.

Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen: Hommage a WA Mozart (Festival Commission, first performance)

Elgar Howarth: Cornet Concerto

Hakan Hardenburger (cornet)

Grimethorpe (UK Coal) Band

Allan Withington (conductor)

Peter Meechan: Snake Eyes (Festival Commission, first performance)

RNCM Brass Ensemble

James Gourlay (conductor)

Herbert Howells: Pageantry

Brighouse and Rastrick Band

Martin Ellerby: Terra Australis (UK Premiere)

YBS Band

David King (conductor)

Buxton Orr: Trombone Concerto

Arthur Bliss: Kenilworth

Ian Bousfield (trombone)

Fodens (Richardson) Band

Garry Cut (conductor)

Philip Wilby: Music for the Moving Image (UK Premiere)

Malcolm Arnold, arr Farr: Four Cornish Dances

Black Dyke Band

Nicholas Childs (conductor).

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Sara Mohr-pietsch introduces the Northern Sinfonia at the Sage in Gateshead.

Frans Bruggen is the distinguished guest conductor.

Beethoven: Egmont Overture; Symphony No 6 (Pastoral)

Haydn: Symphony No 104 (The London).

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Live from Cheltenham Town Hall, Sarah Walker presents the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

It began life as a cello concerto, but was beefed up on a much grander scale.

Prokofiev's symphony-concerto is one of the most devilishly demanding works in the cello repertoire.

Here it is joined by Beethoven's overture to the tale of an anguished Roman general and Schubert's 'Great' C symphony.

Beethoven: Coriolan - Overture, Op 62

Prokofiev: Symphony-concerto for cello and orchestra, Op 125, in Em, after Op 58

Schubert: Symphony No 9, D944, in C - Great

Li-Wei (cello)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Joseph Swensen (conductor)

The live concert from Cheltenham Town Hall concludes with Schubert's Symphony No 9.

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Shostakovich String Quartets

6/6.

Stephanie Hughes introduces the final concert in the complete centenary cycle from London's Wigmore Hall.

With the Jerusalem String Quartet.

String Quartet No 5 in B flat

String Quartet No 9 in E flat.

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The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra's Music Director Sakari Oramo pits the orchestra's wits against the epic voyage from darkness to light that is Mahler's second Resurrection Symphony.

Plus a piece the orchestra commissioned from composer Thea Musgrave in 1968, representing the rebellious attitudes of that decade.

Presented by Martin Handley.

Musgrave: Concerto for Orchestra

Mahler: Symphony No 2, Resurrection

Anu Komsi (soprano)

Jane Irwin (mezzo-soprano)

City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Sakari Oramo (conductor).

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The final programme in Artur Pizarro's major series from St John's, Smith Square, London, in which he has performed the complete works for piano solo by Debussy and Ravel.

Presented by Sarah Walker.

Final Thoughts

Debussy: 12 Études

pour les cinq doigts - d'après Monsieur Czerny; pour les Tierces; pour les Quartes; pour les Sixtes; pour les Octaves; pour les huit doigts; pour les degrees chromatiques; pour les Agréments; pour les Notes répétées; pour les Sonorités opposes; pour les Arpéges composes; pour les Accords

Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin

Prélude; Fugue; Forlane; Rigaudon; Menuet; Toccata

La Valse - Poème choreographique

Artur Pizarro concludes the last of his concerts in his cycle of the complete piano works of Debussy and Ravel, with the latter's Le Tombeau de Couperin and La Valse.

(Continues at 8.45pm after Twenty Minutes)

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Canadian violinist James Ehnes has been described as having a blistering technique, the purest intonation and a sun-ripe tone, all of which he puts to good use in a performance of Shostakovich's First Violin Concerto.

Then principal conductor Marin Alsop leads the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in Elgar's Second Symphony, which the composer himself said depicted the 'passionate pilgrimage' of a soul.

Recorded at the Lighthouse, Poole, presented by Piers Burton-page.

Beethoven: Overture - Fidelio

Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No 1

Elgar: Symphony No 2

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

James Ehnes (violin)

Marin Alsop (conductor).

PO320060326

Louise Fryer presents another in a series of programmes from the Piano 2006 Festival in Manchester, which this year features Mozart's piano concertos as part of Celebrating Mozart.

2/7.

A concert featuring three works which span Mozart's career.

Festival director Barry Douglas is the soloist in Mozart's 25th Concerto (K503); the young Belfast pianist Michael McHale plays the fifth concerto, (sometimes referred to as his first - the previous youthful four being based on music by other composers) and the two soloists join forces for Concerto for Two Pianos, written when Mozart was 23.

Concerto No 5 in D, K175

Michael McHale (piano)

Concerto No 25 in C, K503

Barry Douglas (piano)

Concerto for Two Pianos in E flat, K365

Michael McHale, Barry Douglas (piano)

Halle Orchestra

Barry Douglas (conductor).

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Celebrating Mozart

Louise Fryer presents another in a series of programmes from the Piano 2006 Festival in Manchester, which this year features Mozart's piano concertos.

4/7.

A trio of Mozart's most celebrated concertos written after his arrival in Vienna.

Concerto No 18 in B flat, K456

Michael Roll (piano)

Concerto No 21 in C, K467

Anne Queffelec (piano)

Concerto No 23 in A, K488

Martin Roscoe (piano)

BBC Philharmonic

Paul Goodwin (conductor).

PO320060330

Louise Fryer presents another in a series of programmes from the Piano 2006 Festival in Manchester, which this year features Mozart's piano concertos as part of Celebrating Mozart.

6/7.

A concert from Festival Director Barry Douglas' own Camerata Ireland, featuring three of Mozart's greatest Viennese concertos.

Piano Concerto No 17 in G, K453

Matthais Kerschnereit (piano)

Piano Concerto No 22 in E flat, K482

Barry Douglas (piano)

Piano Concerto No 24 in Cm, K491

John O'Conor (piano)

Camerata Ireland

Barry Douglas (conductor).

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2/3.

John Toal presents another in a series of concerts from Belfast marking the 150th anniversary of Schumann's death, and featuring all four of his symphonies.

Schumann: Overture - Manfred; Piano Concerto; Symphony No 2

Louis Lortie (cello)

Ulster Orchestra

Thierry Fischer (conductor).

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3/3.

John Toal presents the last in a series of concerts from Belfast marking the 150th anniversary of Schumann's death, and featuring all four of his symphonies.

Schumann: Overture, Scherzo and Finale; Violin Concerto; Symphony No 3 - Rhenish

Pekka Kuusisto (cello)

Ulster Orchestra

Thierry Fischer (conductor).

PO320060406

Donald Macleod presents a concert illustrating the range both musically and geographically of Daniel Barenboim's recent performances in Europe and the Middle East.

The event also heralds BBC Radio 4's Reith Lectures - starting on Friday - and Radio 3's The Ring in a Day, on Easter Monday.

Sibelius: Excerpts from Pelléas et Mélisande, Op 46, suite after Maeterlinck - At the Castle Gate; Melisande; At the Spinning Wheel; Death of Mélisande

Berlin Staatskapelle

Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

Recorded at the Philharmonie, Berlin

Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante for Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon and Orchestra, K297b

Mohamed Saleh (oboe)

Kinan Azmeh (clarinet)

Mor Biron (bassoon)

Sharon Polyak (horn)

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Daniel Barenboim (director)

Recorded at the Cultural Palace, Ramallah

Schoenberg: Five Orchestral Pieces, Op 16

Recorded at the Palacio de Carlos V, Granada

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 3 in Cm, Op 37

Daniel Barenboim (conductor/piano).

PO320060407

Hilary Hahn is the violin soloist who joins the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Hungarian composer/conductor Peter Eötvös for a concert at the Barbican.

Including Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra, now established as one of the great 20th Century showcases, which was given its UK premiere 60 years ago this month by the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Presented by Paul Guinery.

Wagner: Siegfried Idyll

Schoenberg: Violin Concerto

Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra

Hilary Hahn (violin)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Peter Eötvös (conductor).

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BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican

Richard Rodney Bennett - 70th Birthday Celebration

The celebrations continue with some of Bennett's concert music for orchestra.

The Third Symphony is a thoughtful and lyrical piece from 1987, written ten years after Actaeon, a tone-poem for horn and orchestra.

The BBC Symphony Chorus perform Bennett's musical seascape for unaccompanied choir, a setting of evocative texts by Marvell, Spencer and Shakespeare - including Full fathom five from The Tempest.

The concert ends suitably with Anniversaries, a brilliant orchestral showcase commissioned to celebrate the BBC's 60th anniversary in 1982, and premiered by the BBC Symphony Orchestra itself.

Introduced by Christopher Cook.

Bennett, Richard Rodney: Symphony No 3

Bennett, Richard Rodney: Actaeon (Metamorphosis 1)

Bennett, Richard Rodney: Sea-Change#

Bennett, Richard Rodney: Anniversaries

David Pyatt (Horn)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

BBC Symphony Chorus

Martyn Brabbins (Conductor)

Stephen Jackson (Chorus Director).

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One of Bach's most neglected major choral works, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus, is given an Eastertide performance.

Recorded at St David's Hall, Cardiff, and presented by Louise Fryer.

Bach: Chorus, Nun ist das Heil und die Kraft, from Cantata No 50, BWV 50; Sinfonia concerto, from Cantata No 174, BWV 174; Chorus, Der Himmel lacht, die Erde jubiliert, from Cantata No 31, BWV 31; Easter Oratorio, BWV 249

Joanne Lunn (soprano)

Alison Browner (mezzo-soprano)

James Gilchrist (tenor)

Matthew Hargreaves (baritone)

BBC National Chorus of Wales

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Nicholas Kraemer (conductor).

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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Recorded at the Lighthouse, Poole.

Presented by Verity Sharp.

Mussorgsky (arr.

Rimsky-Korsakov): A Night on Bare Mountain

Rubinstein: Piano Concerto No 4

Prokofiev: Symphony No 5

Natasha Paremski (piano)

Kees Bakels (conductor).

PO320060419

From The Sage, Gateshead, a performance of Handel's oratorio; L'Allegro, Il Penseroso Ed Il Moderato (The Cheerful, The Thoughtful and The Moderate Man) is given by the resident ensemble Northern Sinfonia with soloists Lorna Anderson, Amy Freston, Ian Paton and Roderick Williams, and conducted by baroque specialist Nicolas McGegan.

Presented by Sara Mohr-pietsch.

Handel: L'Allegro, Il Penseroso, Ed Il Moderato

Lorna Anderson (soprano)

Amy Freston (soprano)

Ian Paton (tenor)

Roderick Williams (bass)

Northern Sinfonia

Northern Sinfonia Chorus

Nicholas McGegan (conductor).

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BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

South American Tour 2006

The orchestra's first ever trip to South America reaches its climax as it arrives in Argentina and performs in the legendary acoustic of Buenos Aires' world famous opera house - the Teatro Colon.

Presented by Sarah Walker.

Stravinsky: Divertimento (The Fairy's Kiss)

Britten Les Illuminations

Barbara Hannigan (soprano)

Mahler: Symphony, No 4

Ilan Volkov (conductor)

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The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Chief Conductor Ilan Volkov perform at the world famous Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires.

Presented by Sarah Walker.

Elgar: In the South

Mozart: Clarinet Concerto

Michael Collins (clarinet)

Schumann: Symphony No 3 (Rhenish).

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Celebrating Dame Janet Baker

2/5.

Berlioz Plus

Iain Burnside continues a week of programmes celebrating the mezzo-soprano Dame Janet Baker.

Here, he explores Baker's special relationship with the music of Berlioz.

With contributions from Dame Janet Baker and some of the people she worked with.

Berlioz: D'amour l'ardente flamme

Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano)

Orchestre de Paris

Georges Pretre (conductor)

Selection of songs by Fauré

Gerald Moore (piano)

Cavalli: Ardo, sospiro e piango Amara servitu, from La Calisto

James Bowman, Hugues Cuenod

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Raymond Leppard (orchestra)

Berlioz: Va ma soeur...

Adieu, fière cite, from Les Troyens

London Symphony Orchestra

Sir Alexander Gibson (conductor)

Ravel: Trois poèmes de Stephane Mallarmé

Melos Ensemble

Handel: Dopo notte from Ariodante

English Chamber Orchestra

Raymond Leppard (conductor)

Handel: How Silently, How Slyly from Julius Caesar, in English

James Bowman

Orchestra of English National Opera

Sir Charles Mackerras (conductor)

Berlioz: Les nuits d'été

New Philharmonia Orchestra

Sir John Barbirolli (conductor).

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Celebrating Dame Janet Baker

German Lieder Plus

Iain Burnside explores Janet Baker's contribution to German Lieder.

With contributions from Dame Janet Baker and some of the people she worked with.

Brahms: Nachtigall; Von ewiger Liebe

Janet Baker (mezzo soprano)

Martin Isepp (piano)

Selection of Arie Amorose (arr Simon Preston)

Academy of St Martin in the fields,

Sir Neville Marriner (conductor)

SchubertLied der Delphine from Lacrimas D857; Wiegenlied D867

Gerald Moore (piano)

SchubertGondelfahrer D808; Die Götter Griechenlands D677

Graham Johnson (piano)

Massenet: Werther, extract from Act 3

Orchestra of English National Opera

Sir Charles Mackerras (conductor)

Liszt: Freudvoll und Leidvoll S280; Die drei Zigeuner S320

Geoffrey Parsons (piano)

Brahms: Rhapsody for Contralto, Male Chorus and Orchestra Op 53

John Alldis Choir

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Sir Adrian Boult (conductor)

Schumann: Frauenliebe und leben, Op 42

Daniel Barenboim (piano).

PO320060427

Celebrating Dame Janet Baker

Bach Plus

Dame Janet Baker was renowned for her interpretations of Bach.

Iain Burnside continues his celebration of her life and career with recordings and contributions from Dame Janet Baker and some of the people she worked with.

JS Bach: Hochgelobter Gottessohn from Cantata BWV6

Janet Baker (mezzo soprano)

Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Sir Neville Marriner (conductor)

Mozart: Ah scostati

Smanie implacabili from Cosi fan tutte

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Sir Colin Davis (conductor)

Mozart: Non piu di fiori from La Clemenza di Tito

Selection of songs by Duparc

London Symphony Orchestra

Andre Previn (conductor)

Bellini: I Capuleti ed I Montecchi (extract)

Beverly Sills

New Philharmonia Orchestra

Giuseppe Patane (conductor)

Brahms: Gestillte Sehnsucht; Geistliches Wiegenlied

Cecil Aronowitz (viola)

Andre Previn (piano)

JS Bach: Erbarme dich, from St Matthew Passion

Munich Bach Orchestra

Karl Richter (conductor)

Ravel: Chansons madécasses

Melos Ensemble

JS Bach: Cantata BWV170, Vergnügte Ruh.

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Celebrating Dame Janet Baker

Songs of Farewell

In the final programme, Iain Burnside describes Dame Janet Baker's farewell to the operatic stage and dips into some of her iconic Mahler recordings.

With contributions from Dame Janet Baker and some of the people she worked with.

Mahler: Rheinlegendchen from Des Knaben Wunderhorn

Janet Baker (mezzo soprano)

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Wyn Morris (conductor)

Gluck: Divinités du Styx, from Alceste

English Chamber Orchestra

Raymond Leppard (conductor)

Mahler: Rückertlieder

New Philharmonia Orchestra

Sir John Barbirolli (conductor)

Donizetti:Mary Stuart (in English)

Alan Opie, John Tomlinson

Orchestra of English National Opera

Sir Charles Mackerras (conductor)

Mahler: Der Einsame im Herbst, from Das Lied von der Erde

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Rudolf Kempe (conductor)

Gluck: Orfeo (extract)

Elisabeth Gale

London Philarmonic Orchestra

Mahler: Kindertotenlieder

Hallé Orchestra.

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BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican

Osmo Vänskä returns to the BBC SO and brings a fresh interpretation to Rachmaninov's glorious, romantic Second Symphony.

He also conducts the world premiere of a clarinet concerto by his fellow Finn, Kalevi Aho, played by the young Swedish soloist Martin Fröst

Presented by Christopher Cook.

Levin, Todd: Blur - Fragrance Free Mix

Aho, Kalevi: Clarinet Concerto* (BBC Commission, World Premiere)

Rachmaninov: Symphony No 2 in E m

Martin Fröst (clarinet)*

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Osmo Vänskä (Conductor).

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John Shea presents two great favourites from the CBSO under their Artistic Director, Sakari Oramo.

Rimsky-Korsakov's colourful depiction of tales from Arabian Nights alongside Elgar's autumnal Cello Concerto with the cellist Paul Watkins.

Also on the programme, another instalment from the orchestra's revealing survey of the music of John Foulds, his spring inspired April-England.

Foulds: April-England

Elgar: Cello Concerto

Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade

Paul Watkins (cello)

CBSO

Sakari Oramo (conductor).

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Mitsuko Uchida

Stephanie Hughes presents the second programme in a short series showcasing Uchida's recent recitals.

In this programme recorded at LSO St Lukes in London, Mitsuko Uchida teams up with an international group of musicians to perform one of the seminal works of the 20th century: Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire.

Berg: Lyric Suite

Schubert: Impromptus D899

Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire Op 21

Mitsuko Uchida (piano)

Barbara Sukowa (narrator)

Marina Piccnini (flute)

Anthony McGill (clarinet)

Brentano Quartet.

PO320060504

BBC Philharmonic

Petroc Trelawny presents this concert of Elgar's oratorio The Kingdom recorded in Huddersfield Town Hall a century after its first performance.

Elgar The Kingdom

Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

Susan Gritton (soprano)

Jane Irwin (mezzo- soprano)

Timothy Robinson (tenor)

Paul Whelan (baritone)

Huddersfield Choral Society.

PO320060505

Sara Mohr-pietsch presents a concert from The Sage, Gateshead, as the resident orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, performs a programme of music by Mozart and Britten.

Under its musical director Thomas Zehetmair, the orchestra begins its concert with Mozart's ebullient 10th Symphony.

They are then joined by tenor James Gilchrist and horn player John Francomb - soloists in Britten's Serenade for tenor, horn and strings.

Two more soloists in the next piece - Thomas Zehetmair himself, and his wife Ruth Killius - in a performance of Britten's Double Concerto for violin and viola.

Finally, the orchestra gives a performance of Mozart's final symphony - No 41, Jupiter.

PO320060508

The audience at Leeds Town Hall experience the city premiere of John Adams' great Harmonium - his 1981 setting of three poems of transcendental vision by Emily Dickinson and John Donne for huge orchestra and large choir.

Plus, Britten and Debussy are inspired by the sea to create some of their most imaginative and thrilling orchestral scores.

With the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Presented by Sarah Walker.

Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes

Debussy: La Mer - suite

Britten: Les Illuminations

John Adams: Harmonium

John Mark Ainsley (tenor)

Leeds Philharmonic Chorus

Leeds Festival Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

James Conlon (conductor).

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The world premiere of a 'celebration of glad noise' by Stephen Roberts puts the spotlight on the orchestra's brass section, in a concert given at Swansea's Brangwyn Hall, introduced by Piers Burton-page.

Stephen Roberts: Sinfonia for brass, percussion and strings (Radio 3 commission,world premiere)

Rachmaninov: Piano concerto No 1, Op 1, in F sharp m

Mussorgsky, orch.

Shostakovich: Prelude to Khovanshchina (Act I)

Stravinsky: Petrushka

Noriko Ogawa (piano)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

David Atherton (conductor).

PO320060510

Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards 2006

An evening celebrating the RPS Music Awards, presented in association with BBC Radio 3 and including a special Listeners' Award.

Many of the world's finest artists gathered at the Dorchester Hotel in London for the ceremony.

The 14 prestigious awards honour outstanding achievements by composers, performers and arts organisations - which demonstrate the RPS' key values of encouraging creativity, recognising excellence and promoting understanding.

Felicity Palmer and Radio 3's Sean Rafferty present the awards, with a keynote speech by Armando Iannucci, and Andrew Mcgregor talks to the musicians and introduces performances of their music.

PO320060511

Andrew Mcgregor presents Russian violinist Maxim Vengerov in a recital live from the Barbican in London, accompanied by pianist Lilya Zilberstein.

Mozart: Adagio for violin and orchestra, K261, in E

Beethoven: Sonata for violin and piano, Op 30'2, in Cm

Prokofiev: Sonata for violin and piano No 1, Op 80, in Fm

Shostakovich: 10 Preludes (Nos 2, 6, 12,13, 17-19, 21, 22, 20), transc.

Tsiganov

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Conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste and the BBC Symphony Orchestra present the live UK premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen's Wing on Wing - written in 2004 for the opening of Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

The hauntingly beautiful score is filled with echoes of water and wind, and includes two coloratura sopranos and the amplified sound of the Plainfin Midshipman, a Pacific-dwelling singing fish!

It's paired with, after the interval, Shostakovich's monumental and anguished 8th Symphony, written during the Second World War.

Presented by Martin Handley from the Barbican.The BBC Symphony Orchestra concert live from the Barbican continues, with the focus on Shostakovich's Symphony No 8.

PO320060516

The BBC Concert Orchestra joins forces with the award-winning Lebanese oud player Rabih Abou-Khalil, and a group of musical friends from around the world, for a concert including three works specially arranged for the orchestra.

Recorded last week at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Presented by Geoffrey Smith.

Debussy: Prélude à l'apres-midi d'un faune

Abou-Khalil: Pekinese Mountain

Ellington: Solitude in Transblucency; Sophisticated Lady

Abou-Khalil: Situated Presently for Best Results

Kodaly: Dances of Galanta

Abou-Khalil: Sushi for Three

Rabih Abou-Khalil (oud)

Jarrod Cagwin (drums)

Michel Godard (tuba/serpent)

Gavino Murgia (vocals)

BBC Concert Orchestra

Robert Ziegler (conductor).

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Live from the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, Mark Elder conducts Mahler's majestic Third Symphony.

This monumental work is a hymn to the world of nature from expressions of the awakening of primeval life in the vast first movement to the affirmation of life in the final exultant moments.

Through his music, Mahler hoped that "nature in its totality may ring and resound".

Presented by Martin Handley.

Mahler: Symphony No 3 in D m

Birgit Remmert (mezzo-soprano)

Ladies of the Hallé Choir

Hallé Youth Choir

Manchester Boys' Choir

Halle Orchestra

Mark Elder (conductor).

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Part 2.

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Live from the Barbican

Sir Andrew Davis, Music Director of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, conducts the orchestra.

Elgar: Symphony No 1

Leonidas Kavakos (Violin)

Sir Andrew Davis (conductor).

Part 1.

Sir Andrew Davis, Music Director of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, makes a welcome return to his friends at the BBC Symphony Orchestra, where he is Conductor Laureate.

A respected Elgarian, Davis conducts the orchestra in Sir Edward's First Symphony, and introduces his own orchestration of Bach's great organ Passacaglia and Fugue in Cm BWV582.

And the dazzling Leonidas Kavakos is the soloist in Brahms' great Violin Concerto.

Presented by Louise Fryer.

JS Bach (Orch.

Sir Andrew Davis): Passacaglia and Fugue in Cm

Brahms: Violin concerto

(Continues at 8.45pm after Twenty Minutes)

PO320060524

The BBC Symphony Orchestra's Spanish Tour has already taken in Oviedo, Zaragoza and Pamplona.

Now it reaches Valencia, in the Palau de la Musica.

It was built in 1987 and is one of the banner buildings of modern Valencia.

Sir Andrew Davis conducts his own orchestration of Bach's great organ Passacaglia and Fugue in Cm, and Stravinsky's Symphony in Three Movements, after the interval.

There's also music by the Catalan composer Roberto Gerhard - five dances from his ballet Don Quixote.

And the Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos is the soloist in Szymanowski's glorious Second Violin Concerto.

Presented live from the Palau de la Musica by Martin Handley.

JS Bach, orch Sir Andrew Davis: Passacaglia and Fugue in Cm

Szymanowski: Violin concerto No 2

Gerhard:Dances from Don Quixote

Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements

Leonidas Kavakos (violin)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Sir Andrew Davis (conductor)

The BBC Symphony Orchestra's concert live from the Palau de la Musica, Valencia, continues with Gerhard's Dances from Don Quixote and Stravinsky's Symphony in Three Movements.

(Continues at 8.25pm after Twenty Minutes)

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Sara Mohr-pietsch introduces a concert from the cathedral in Bury St Edmunds given by Britten Sinfonia, as part of this year's Bury St Edmunds Festival.

It forms part of the nationwide Encore series in which new works are given an all too rare second hearing.

George Newson's Concerto for Two Violins appears alongside more familiar masterpieces by Mozart, Stravinsky and Bach.

JS Bach:Concerto for Two Violins in Dm

Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite

George Newson: Concerto for Two Violins

Mozart: Symphony No 31 in D - Paris

Jacqueline Shave, Pekka Kuusisto (violin)

Britten Sinfonia

André de Ridder (conductor).

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Sarah Walker presents another in a series of concerts recorded at the 2006 Bath International Music Festival.

Currently touring across Europe, the Australian Chamber Orchestra makes a welcome appearance under Artistic Director Richard Tognetti.

Joining them in the historic surroundings of Bath Abbey is the much acclaimed soprano, Dawn Upshaw.

Pärt: Cantus in memory of Benjamin Britten

Britten, arr Tognetti: Corpus Christi Carol

Bartók, arr Tognetti: Five Hungarian folksongs

Takemitsu: Death and Resurrection

JS Bach: Cantata No 84, BWV 84, Aria Ich bin vergnügt; Cantata No 199, BWV 199, Recit.

& aria Ich lege mich....Wie freudig ist mein Herz

Schubert, arr Tognetti: Quartet for strings, D810, in Dm.

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A Celebration of Robert Schumann and Heinrich Heine

A programme marking the 150th anniversary of the deaths of composer Robert Schumann and the poet whose texts he set most, Heinrich Heine.

Iain Burnside delves deeper into one of the most fascinating composer-poet relationships of the 19th Century.

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Iain journeys along the Rhine visiting places associated with Schumann and Heine.

In his quest to discover more about these artists, he travels to Dusseldorf to meet Bernd Kortländer of the Heine Institute and Volker

Kalisch of the Robert Schumann Musikhochschule.

Specially-commissioned dramas by Hattie Naylor and starring Daniel Goode and Ben Crowe as composer and poet respectively tell of the one and only meeting between Schumann and Heine and what their contemporaries thought of them.

Plus there are contributions from acclaimed Schumann interpreters Brigitte Fassbaender, Olaf Bar, Thomas Allen and Christian Gerhaher, and an exploration of Heine's complex relationship with his native Germany by Heine scholar Jim Reed.

The music includes a complete performance of Schumann Liederkreis, Op 24, by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone) and Christoph Eschenbach (piano).

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Valery Gergiev leads the Rotterdam Philharmonic in a concert of French and Russian orchestral classics.

Presented by Andrew Mcgregor, in conversation with David Nice.

Stravinsky: Fireworks; Les Noces

Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet

Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No 2

Debussy: La mer

Natalia Korneva (soprano)

Olga Savova (mezzo-soprano)

Vladimir Felenchak (tenor)

Gennady Bezzubenkov (bass)

Alexander Mogilevsky, Julia Mogilevsky, Maxim Mogilevsky, Svetana Smolina (piano)

Mariinsky Chorus

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

Valery Gergiev (conductor).

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Featuring the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Barry Wordsworth.

Falla: 3 dances from The Three Cornered Hat

Rodrigo: Concerto de Aranjuez

Bizet: Carmen suite no.2

Ravel: Pavane pour une infante defunte

Falla: Nights in the Garden of Spain

Craig Ogden (guitar)

Artur Pizarro (piano)

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Martin Handley presents a live concert from Birmingham's Symphony Hall, as the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra undertake three works by Stravinsky.

In the first half, Sakari Oramo conducts the 4 Studies for Orchestra and is then joined by Daniel Hope for a performance of Stravinsky's Violin Concerto.

After the interval, a musical fairytale - The Nightingale.

Stravinsky: 4 Studies for Orchestra; Violin Concerto; The Nightingale

Anu Komsi (soprano)

Daniel Hope (violin)

City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Sakari Oramo (conductor)

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra's Stravinsky night focuses on The Nightingale.

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Imposing choral forces join together for Britten's War Requiem, in Richard Hickox's final concert in Wales as Principal Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

It's one of the 20th Century's greatest choral works, a passionate outcry of the inhumanity of war.

Recorded at St David's Hall in Cardiff, introduced by Louise Fryer.

Britten: War Requiem, Op 66

Janice Watson (soprano)

Mark Padmore (tenor)

Dietrich Henschel (baritone)

BBC National Chorus of Wales (chorus)

Cardiff Polyphonic Choir (chorus)

Boy choristers of Gloucester Cathedral Choir (chorus)

Boy choristers of Wells Cathedral Choir (chorus)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Richard Hickox (conductor).

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Sandy Burnett presents a pair of recitals recorded at the Spitalfields Festival 2006, each featuring a work newly commissioned by Radio 3.

Cellist Rohan de Saram, well-known as a champion of new music, performs at Wilton's Music Hall, including a piece specially written for him by Naresh Sohal.

Plus, from Christ's Church Spitalfields comes a recital by the young stars Alison Balsom and Colin Curry.

Joining them for the premiere of his new work is the maverick composer Django Bates.

Schubert: Sonata in Am, D821, Arpeggione

Shostakovich: Prelude and Fugue in Em, Op 87, No 4

Hindemith: Sonata, Op 25, No 3

Naresh Sohal: Foray world premiere, commissioned by BBC Radio 3

Rohan de Saram (cello)

Ananda Sukarlan (piano)

Jolivet: Heptade II

Tomasi: Nocturne

Louis Andriessen: Woodpecker

Django Bates: Alison in Space world premiere, commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society and BBC Radio 3

de Falla: 5 popular Spanish songs

Piazzolla: Otorno; Esqualo

Alison Balsom (trumpet)

Django Bates (keyboards)

Colin Currie (percussion).

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BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

A concert recorded at the City Halls in Glasgow, home of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the orchestra's recently appointed Associate Guest Conductor, Stefan Solyom.

Sibelius: En Saga

Judith Weir: Natural History

Anu Komsi (soprano)

Shostakovich: Symphony No 5.

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Sarah Walker introduces a concert at London's Barbican Hall given by pianist Mikhail Pletnev, whose technical power and expressive range have dazzled critics around the world.

Tchaikovsky: The Seasons

Schumann: Arabesque; Kreisleriana.

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Continuing the coverage from the Aldeburgh Festival 2006, Stephanie Hughes presents a concert given by the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.Berg: Adagio Webern: Six Pieces, Op 6 (arr.

Webern) Schoenberg: Ode to Napoleon, Op 41 Henze: KammermusikIan Bostridge (tenor)Craig Ogden (guitar)Birmingham Contemporary Music Group Thomas Adès (conductor).

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The live concert from the Wiltshire Music Centre in Bradford-on-Avon, featuring the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, concludes with Beethoven's Symphony No 2.

Petroc Trelawny presents a live concert from the Wiltshire Music Centre in Bradford-on-Avon, featuring the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.The luxuriantly arranged Come Sweet Death by Frank Bridge is followed by his pupil Benjamin Britten's tribute to his teacher, plus a highly charged concerto by Michael Berkeley, the orchestra's Composer in Association.JS Bach: Komm süsser Tod (Come sweet death), BWV 478, arr.

Frank Bridge for stringsBritten: Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge for string orchestra, Op 10Michael Berkeley: Concerto for cello and small orchestra (1982, rev.

1997)Beethoven: Symphony No 2, Op 36, in D Alban Gerhardt (cello)BBC National Orchestra of WalesGrant Llewellyn (conductor)[Continues at 8.50pm after Twenty Minutes]

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Andrew Mcgregor introduces a series inaugurating a complete cycle of Beethoven's Piano Sonatas, performed in London's Wigmore Hall by Paul Lewis.Sonata in G, Op 31, No 1Sonata in Dm, Op 31, No 2 (Tempest)Sonata in F sharp, Op 78Sonata in E flat, Op 31, No 3.

Andrew Mcgregor introduces a series inaugurating a complete cycle of Beethoven's Piano Sonatas, performed in London's Wigmore Hall by Paul Lewis.

Sonata in G, Op 31, No 1

Sonata in Dm, Op 31, No 2 (Tempest)

Sonata in F sharp, Op 78

Sonata in E flat, Op 31, No 3.

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3/4.

Andrew Mcgregor introduces a series inaugurating a complete cycle of Beethoven's Piano Sonatas, performed in London's Wigmore Hall by Paul Lewis.

Sonata in Cm, Op 13 (Pathetique)

Sonata in A flat, Op 26

Sonata in Em, Op 90

Sonata in A, Op 101.

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4/4.

Andrew Mcgregor introduces a series inaugurating a complete cycle of Beethoven's Piano Sonatas, performed in London's Wigmore Hall by Paul Lewis.

Sonata in G, Op 79

Sonata in D, Op 28 (Pastorale)

Sonata in B flat, Op 106 (Hammerklavier).

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A series of concerts from the Delius Inspired festival in Bradford, which celebrates Delius, his inspirations and his influences.

Introduced by Paul Guinery.

1/6.

Featuring festival Artistic Director Tasmin Little playing Delius' Violin Concerto.

Fenby: Rossini on Ilkla Moor

Delius: The Walk to the Paradise Garden; Violin Concerto

Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending

Delius: Sea Drift

Tasmin Little (violin)

James Rutherford (baritone)

Leeds Festival Chorus

Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus

BBC Philharmonic

Rumon Gamba (conductor).

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Continuing the evening's Delius Inspired festival concert in Bradford, featuring cellist Julian Lloyd Webber and pianist John Lenehan.

Continuing the Delius Inspired festival concerts in Bradford.

4/6.

Cellist Julian Lloyd Webber is accompanied by pianist John Lenehan, in a concert of works by Delius, Debussy, Fauré, William Lloyd Webber and Rachmaninov.

The concert is presented by Paul Guinery.

Debussy: Cello Sonata

Faure: Elegie

Delius: Cello Sonata

William Lloyd Webber: In the Half Light; Nocturne

Rachmaninov: Cello Sonata

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Continuing the Delius Inspired festival concerts in Bradford.

6/6.

Violinist and Festival Director Tasmin Little is joined by pianist Wayne Marshall to perform works by Delius, Grieg and Ravel.

Wayne Marshall also performs an improvisation on a theme by Delius.

Grieg: Violin Sonata in Cm

Delius: Violin Sonata No 2; Violin Sonata Op.

posth.

Wayne Marshall: Improvisation on a Theme by Delius

Ravel: Tzigane

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Sandy Burnett presents the opening concert of this year's Cheltenham Music Festival from the Town Hall in Imperial Square.

Artistic Director Martyn Brabbins takes to the podium to conduct a concert by the Hallé Orchestra, who are currently riding on a high tide of critical acclaim.

This programme includes a first taste of this year's Scottish theme, courtesy of Mendelssohn; a first airing of work by this year's composer-in-residence, Sally Beamish; and to conclude - Mahler's sublime, epic Fourth Symphony.

Mendelssohn: Overture, The Hebrides, Op 26, Fingal's Cave

Sally Beamish: Concerto for Accordion and Orchestra (world premiere)

Mahler: Symphony No 4 in G

James Crabb (accordion)

Ailish Tynan (soprano)

Hallé Orchestra

Martyn Brabbins (conductor).

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Cheltenham International Festival of Music 2006

Sandy Burnett introduces a concert of music inspired by children given by pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard at this year's Cheltenham Festival.

Featuring the UK premiere of George Benjamin's Piano Figures.

Bartók: Excerpts from Mikrokosmos

Kurtág: Excerpts from Játékok

Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op 15

Benjamin, George: Piano Figures (UK premiere)

Debussy: Children's Corner

Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano).

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Edinburgh International Festival 2006

Beethoven and Bruckner - Nine Symphonies

An opportunity to hear Sir Charles Mackerras' anticipated Beethoven cycle from the Usher Hall, presented in tandem with performances of all of Bruckner's symphonies.

Both of these opening salvos were mature works, written when the composers were respectively 30 and 42.

Introduced by Donald Macleod.

Beethoven: Symphony No 1 in C, Op 21

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Sir Charles Mackerras (conductor)

Bruckner: Symphony No 1 in Cm

Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Sakari Oramo (conductor).

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Edinburgh International Festival 2006

Sara Mohr-pietsch presents a recital given by Dutch cellist Pieter Wispelwey at the Queen's Hall.

His programme sets two of JS Bach's suites for solo cello alongside two of Benjamin Britten's cello suites.

Bach: Suite No 1 for Solo Cello in G, BWV 1007

Britten: Suite No 1 for Cello, Op 72

Bach: Suite No 2 for Solo Cello in Dm, BWV 1008

Britten: Suite No 2 for Cello, Op 80.

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Edinburgh International Festival 2006

Beethoven and Bruckner - Nine Symphonies

Sir Charles Mackerras' Beethoven cycle continues with a work written in 1802 - when Beethoven was faced with the prospect of increasing deafness.

Bruckner's 2nd Symphony also followed a period of intense mental turmoil, and heralds the beginning of his mature symphonic style.

Introduced by Donald Macleod.

Beethoven: Symphony No 2 in D, Op 36

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Sir Charles Mackerras (conductor)

Bruckner: Symphony No 2 in Cm

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Ilan Volkov (conductor).

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Edinburgh International Festival 2006

Members of the Belcea Quartet are joined by oboist Stefan Schilli to explore the repertoire for oboe and strings in the Queen's Hall Series.

They present Mozart's Oboe Quartet and Britten's Phantasy Quartet, which was originally written for oboist Leon Goossens.

The Doric Quartet will also perform Mozart's String Quartet in D, and Stefan Schilli presents Britten's work for solo oboe, Six Metamorphoses after Ovid.

Presented by Sara Mohr-pietsch.

Britten: Six Metamorphoses after Ovid, Op 49

Mozart: Oboe Quartet in F, K370

Britten: Phantasy Quartet for Oboe and Strings

Stefan Schilli (oboe)

Belcea Quartet

Mozart: String Quartet in D, K499

Doric Quartet.

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Edinburgh International Festival 2006

Beethoven and Bruckner - Nine Symphonies

Sir Charles Mackerras, 80, triggers the most famous four notes in music and supervises their development into Beethoven's iconic symphonic masterpiece.

Bruckner's 5th is also a structural miracle, a colossal tour-de-force built from a simple pizzicato scale.

Introduced by Donald Macleod.

Beethoven: Symphony No 5 in Cm, Op 67

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Sir Charles Mackerras (conductor)

Bruckner: Symphony No 5 in B-flat

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

Ingo Metzmacher (conductor).

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Leeds International Piano Competition 2006

From Leeds Town Hall, Sarah Walker introduces highlights from three days of semi-final recitals in which 12 budding concert pianists compete for up to £75,000 prize money and prestigious engagements.

Founded 43 years ago by Dame Fanny Waterman, this is the 15th competition, featuring pianists from all over the world.

Leon McCawley, a prizewinner in the 1993 event, joins Sarah to offer his expert opinion on the competitors and the music they have chosen to perform.

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The opening concert of the inaugural English Music Festival, from the historic abbey in Dorchester-upon-Thames, Oxfordshire.

Julian Lloyd Webber (cello)

BBC Concert Orchestra

David Lloyd-Jones (conductor)

Holst: Walt Whitman - overture

Vaughan Wiliams: Norfolk Rhapsody No 1

Bridge: Oration

Holst: Invocation

Sullivan: Symphony in E (Irish).

Malcolm Arnold's one act comic opera of intrigue and misunderstanding opens an all-British programme.

Ailish Tynan and Susan Gorton (sopranos)

Wendy Dawn Thompson (mezzo)

Justin Lavender and Charles Daniels (tenors)

Stephen Varcoe (baritone)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

James Holmes (conductor)

Arnold: The Dancing Master.

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A concert recorded in Manchester's Bridgewater Hall.

Orla Boylan (soprano)

Anna Burford (mezzo)

Stefan Margita (tenor)

Neal Davies (bass)

Halle Choir and Orchestra

Mark Elder (conductor)

Kodaly: Psalmus Hungaricus

Beethoven: Symphony No 9 (Choral).

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Petroc Trelawny presents a concert recorded in Cheltenham Town Hall.

Robert Plane (clarinet)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

James Judd (conductor)

Walton: Spitfire Prelude and Fugue

Finzi: Clarinet Concerto

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No 5.

A live performance by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, conducted by Stephane Deneve, with pianist Frank Brayley.

Franck: Symphonic Variations

Brahms: Symphony No 1.

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Piers Burton Page introduces a concert given in August at Hereford Cathedral as part of the Three Choirs Festival.

Including the UK premiere of a new work by James Gilchrist, conducted by the composer.

James Gilchrist (tenor)

Matthew Brooke (bass)

Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra

Gerald Finzi: God Is Gone Up (for choir and orchestra)

Vaughan Williams: Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus

James MacMillan: Sundogs (UK premiere)

Gerald Finzi: Dies Natalis

Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical Songs.

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A concert given by the BBC Singers conducted by Nicholas Kok.

Cowie: National Portraits.

Nine motets in the form of sonic portraits for chorus.

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Martin Handley introduces a concert live from the Barbican, London.

German composer conductor Matthias Pintscher, born in 1971, is one of the hottest properties in European music.

His beautifully crafted and expressive music has been compared with that of Alban Berg.

Truls Mork gives the UK premiere of Pintscher's new cello concerto, and the composer conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in works by some of his musical heroes.

Truls Mork (cello)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Matthias Pintscher (conductor)

Messiaen: Un sourire

Pintscher: Reflections on Narcissus

Continuing tonight's concert by the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted Matthias Pintscher.

Ravel: Sheherazade (Overture de Feerie)

Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite.

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A concert by the Takacs Quartet given at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on London's South Bank.

The concert opens with Mozart's String Quartet in D minor, a key that inspired many of the composer's most intense works.

The second half is devoted to Beethoven's expansive and profound quartet Op 132, its slow movement representing Beethoven's personal hymn of thanksgiving upon recovery from illness.

Mozart: String Quartet in Dm, K421

Bartok: String Quartet No 6

Beethoven: String Quartet in Am, Op 132.

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Verity Sharp introduces a concert by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra recorded at the Lighthouse, Poole.

The orchestra, under principal conductor Marin Alsop, is on increasingly familiar territory with Copland's jazz-inspired Dance Symphony, and is joined by young American violinist James Ehnes for Mendelssohn's celebrated concerto.

The concert concludes with Elgar's First Symphony.

Copland: Dance Symphony

Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in Em

Elgar: Symphony No 1.

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A piano recital by Angela Hewitt given last night at the Wigmore Hall, London.

Rameau: Suite No 3 in A (Pièces de clavecin en concerts)

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No 8 in Cm, Op 13 (Pathétique)

Bach: French Suite No 4 in E flat, BWV 815

Beethoven: Piano Sonata in C, Op 2 No 3.

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A live performance from King's College Chapel, Cambridge, by Christian Poltera (cello) and the BBC Singers conducted by Stephen Cleobury.

Striggio: Ecce beatum lucem

Bach: Cello Suite No 1, BWV 1007

Giles Swayne: Four Passiontide Motets

Christian Poltera (cello) and the BBC Singers conducted by Stephen Cleobury continue their live concert from King's College Chapel, Cambridge.

Bach: Lobet den Herrn, BWV230

Giles Swayne: The Silent Land

Tallis: Spem in alium.

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Highlights from the British Composer Awards ceremony at the Hayward Gallery, hosted by the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters in association with BBC Radio 3.

The programme features the winning compositions in categories ranging from pieces for one or two instruments to choirs, orchestras and operas.

Plus the Radio 3 Listeners' Award.

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Jette Parker Young Artists 5th Anniversary Summer Concert.

Stephanie Hughes presents a selection of popular operatic excerpts featuring singers and conductors from the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House in London, recorded on stage at their Gala concert last July.

Gounod: Faust (Prelude and Prologue excerpt).

Nikola Matisic (tenor, Faust)

Robert Gleadow (bass, Mephistopheles)

Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore (Act II excerpt)

Marina Poplavskaya (soprano, Adina)

Robert Murray (tenor, Nemorina)

Mozart: Idomeneo (Act II excerpt)

Nikola Matisic (tenor, Arbace)

Katie Van Kooten (soprano, Ilia)

Andrew Sritheran (tenor, Idomeneo)

Susanna Stranders (continuo)

Smetana: The Bartered Bride ? overture

Mozart: Don Giovanni (Act 1 excerpt)

Ana James (soprano, Zerlina)

Marina Poplavskaya (soprano, Donna Elvira)

Katie Van Kooten (soprano, Donna Anna)

Robert Gleadow (bass, Don Giovanni)

Robert Murray (tenor, Don Ottavio)

Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (Act III excerpt)

Ana James (soprano, Sophie)

Liora Grodnikaite (mezzo, Octavian)

Katie Van Kooten (soprano, Marschallin)

Robert Gleadow (bass, Faninal)

The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House is conducted by Rory Macdonald and Oliver Gooch (Don Giovanni only).

Concert Master Peter Manning.

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A concert recorded at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall in October.

Martin Sturfalt (piano)

Halle Orchestra

Mark Elder (conductor)

Dvorak: The Noonday Witch

Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No 2

Vaughan Williams: Norfolk Rhapsody No 1

Beethoven: Symphony No 2.

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Martin Handley presents the first part of tonight's concert, live from the Barbican.

BBC Symphony Orchestra

David Robertson (conductor)

Ivan Fedele: Scena (UK premiere)>

Martin Handley presents the second part of tonight's concert, live from the Barbican.

Majella Cullagh (soprano)

Patricia Bardon (mezzo)

Colin Lee (tenor)

Alastair Miles (bass)

BBC Symphony Chorus

Rossini: Stabat mater.

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Benjamin Britten: In Memoriam

Petroc Trelawny presents the first part of tonight's concert, live from the Wigmore Hall.

Nash Ensemble

Lisa Milne (soprano)

Catherine Wyn-Rogers (mezzo)

Mark Padmore (tenor)

Lawrence Power (viola)

Richard Watkins (horn)

Edward Gardner (conductor)

Britten: Lachrymae, Op 48a; Serenade, Op 31.

Britten: Les Illuminations, Op 18; Phaedra, Op 93.

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Mozart's Last Year

Petroc Trelawny presents the second part of tonight's concert, live from Manchester's Bridgewater Hall.

The programme consists of music composed in the final year of Mozart's life.

Sabine Meyer (clarinet)

Ronald Brautigam (piano)

Michael Escreet (double bass)

Sally Matthews (soprano)

Sarah Connolly (mezzo)

Daniel Norman (tenor)

James Rutherford (bass)

BBC Singers

BBC Philharmonic

Gianandrea Noseda (conductor)

The Magic Flute - overture

Laut verkunde unsre Freude

Ave verum corpus

(ed.

Beyer) Mass in Dm, K626 (Requiem).

Petroc Trelawny presents the first part of tonight's concert, live from Manchester's Bridgewater Hall.

La Clemenza di Tito - overture

Clarinet Concerto

Three German Dances, K605

Per questa bello mano

Piano Concerto No 27.

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Verity Sharp presents a concert recorded at the Lighthouse, Poole.

Truls Mork (cello)

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Marin Alsop (conductor)

Tchaikovsky: Hamlet

Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No 1

Beethoven: Symphony No 7.

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Aled Jones presents the BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year Grand Final from the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff.

Concluding a year of intense competition against some of the best ensembles in the UK, eight choirs have made it through to the final stage.

Judges are:

Singer and vocal coach Mary King

Composer, poet and educationalist Eugene Skeef

Singer and broadcaster Catherine Bott

Sound of Music star Connie Fisher

Composer and broadcaster Howard Goodall

Finalists are:

Tees Valley Youth Choir

Fulham Prep School Chamber Choir

Sense of Sound

Amabile

London Bulgarian Choir

Inverclyde Schools' Junior Choir

Haddo Combined Treble Voice Choir

Chantage.

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John Shea presents Thomas Zehetmair conducting the Northern Sinfonia in a series of performances given at the Sage, Gateshead, to commemorate 150 years since the death of Robert Schumann.

Schumann: Symphony No 1 (Spring)

Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn

Schumann: Symphony No 3 (Rhenish).

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John Shea presents Thomas Zehetmair conducting the Northern Sinfonia in a series of performances given at the Sage, Gateshead, to commemorate 150 years since the death of Robert Schumann.

Brahms: Tragic Overture

Schumann: Piano Concerto

Dejan Lazic (piano)

Schumann: Symphony No 2.

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John Shea presents Thomas Zehetmair conducting the Northern Sinfonia in a series of performances given at the Sage, Gateshead, to commemorate 150 years since the death of Robert Schumann.

Brahms: Hungarian Dances No 1 in G minor; No 3 in F; No 6 in D

Schumann: Symphony No 4

Brahms: Violin Concerto

Thomas Zehetmair (violin).

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Martin Handley presents a performance recorded in Manchester's Bridgewater Hall.

Louis Lortie (piano)

Halle Orchestra

Mark Elder (conductor)

Dvorak: Hussite Overture

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 5 (Emperor)

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 2 (Little Russian).

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Martin Handley presents a performance recorded in the Barbican.

Christine Brewer (soprano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Andrew Davis (conductor)

Fenelon: Gloria (UK premiere)

Poulenc: Gloria

Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique.

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Sara Mohr-pietsch presents a concert recorded at the Caird Hall, Dundee.

Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kije (suite)

Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto

Roussel: Symphony No 3

Ravel: La Valse

Nicola Benedetti (violin)

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Stephane Deneve (conductor).

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A concert by the Artemis Quartet, recorded at the Wigmore Hall.

Brahms: String Quartet No 3 in B flat, Op 67

Schoenberg: String Quartet No 1 in Dm, Op 7.

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Live from the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Martin Handley presents the first part of a concert featuring the Halle Orchestra.

Max Bruch: Violin Concerto No 1

Victoria Borisova-Ollas: Open Ground

Janine Jansen (violin)

Halle Orchestra

Mark Elder (conductor)

Live from the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, Martin Handley presents the second part of the Halle Orchestra concert.

Richard Strauss: Ein Heldenleben

PO320070119

A concert recorded in the Lighthouse, Poole.

Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man

Joan Tower: Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No 1

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 5 (Emperor)

Rachmaninov: Symphony No 2

Barry Douglas (piano)

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Marin Alsop (conductor).

PO320070122

Stephen Johnson presents a series recorded in Glasgow's City Halls.

1/4.

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Sibelius' Symphony Cycle

Sibelius: Nightride and sunrise

Ravel: Piano Concerto in G

Sibelius: Symphony No 1

Angela Hewitt (piano)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Stefan Solyom (conductor).

PO320070123

2/4.

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Sibelius Symphony Cycle

Stephen Johnson presents a series recorded in Glasgow's City Halls.

Sibelius: Symphony No 3; Kullervo

Paivi Nisula (soprano)

Raimo Laukka (baritone)

YL Helsinki Male Voice Choir

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Osmo Vanska (conductor).

PO320070124

3/4.

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Sibelius Symphony Cycle

Stephen Johnson presents a series recorded in Glasgow's City Halls.

Sibelius: Tapiola

Bartok: Violin Concerto No 2

Sibelius: Symphony No 4

Ilya Gringolts (violin)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Ilan Volkov (conductor).

PO320070125

4/4.

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Sibelius Symphony Cycle

Stephen Johnson presents a series recorded in Glasgow's City Halls.

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Leif Segerstam (conductor)

Sibelius: Symphony No 5; Symphony No 6; Symphony No 7.

PO320070126

In a concert recorded at the Wigmore Hall in London, Simon Keenlyside (baritone) is accompanied by Julius Drake (piano).

Poulenc: Le travail du peintre

Debussy: Beau soir; Voici que le printemps; Mandoline

Poulenc: Miel de Narbonne; Attributs; Montparnasse; Carte postale; Avant le cinéma; 1904

Ravel: Don Quichotte à Dulcinée

Rimsky-Korsakov: Eastern Song; Enslaved by the rose the nightingale

Rachmaninov: Christ is risen, Op 26, No 6; She is as Lovely as the Noon, Op 14, No 9; The Waterlily, Op 8, No 1; A Dream, Op 38, No 5

Brahms: Auf dem Kirchhofe, Op 105, No 4; Nachtwandler, Op 86, No 3; Es schauen die Blumen, Op 96, No 3; Ständchen, Op 106, No 1

Richard Strauss: Ständchen, Op 17, No 2; All mein Gedanken, Op 21, No 1; Das Rosenband, Op 36, No 1; Hochzeitlich Lied, Op 37, No 6; Cäcilie, Op 27, No 2.

PO320070201

A concert recorded at the University of Georgia.

Honegger: Pacific 231

Mozart: Piano Concerto No 21

Hoddinott: Welsh Dances, Suite No 2

Stravinsky: Petrouchka

Llyr Williams (piano)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Thierry Fischer (conductor).

PO320070202

First part of tonight's concert, live from Edinburgh's Usher Hall.

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Stephane Deneve (conductor)

Beethoven: Symphony No 3 (Eroica).


Second part of tonight's concert, live from Edinburgh's Usher Hall.

Irina Tchistyakova (mezzo)

Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky.

PO320070205

Stephen Isserlis (cello) and Robert Levin (piano) perform Beethoven's five cello sonatas in a recital recorded at the Wigmore Hall in London.

PO320070207

Petroc Trelawney presents highlights from the 2007 Festival of Brass held at the Royal Nothern College of Music in Manchester.

Bjarte Engeset conducts the Eikanger Bjorsvik Mussiklag.

The programme includes:

Elgar: Festival Music

Bernstein: West Side Story (suite)

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet (highlights).

PO320070208

Petroc Trelawny presents the first part of tonight's concert, live from the City Halls, Glasgow.

Stephen Kovacevich (piano)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Ilan Volkov (conductor)

Schoenberg: Chamber Symphony No 1 (original version)

Mozart: Piano Concerto No 24


Petroc Trelawny presents the second part of tonight's concert, live from the City Halls, Glasgow.

Beethoven: Symphony No 6 (Pastoral).

(Continues at 8.45pm after Twenty Minutes)

PO320070209

Christopher Cook presents the first part of tonight's concert, live from the Barbican.

Barry Douglas (piano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

David Robertson (conductor)

Simon Bainbridge: Diptych, Part 1 (world premiere)

Bartok: Piano Concerto No 3


Christopher Cook presents the second part of tonight's concert, live from the Barbican.

Simon Bainbridge: Diptych, Part 2 (world premiere)

Scriabin: Poem of Ecstasy.

PO320070219

Petroc Trelawny presents a concert given at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall in December.

Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo)

Philharmonia Orchestra

Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor)

Haydn: Symphony No 6 (Le Matin)

Mahler: Songs from Des Knaben Wonderhorn

Schoenberg: Verklarte Nacht.

PO320070220

Petroc Trelawny presents a concert given at the Barbican.

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Mariss Jansons (conductor)

Schubert: Symphony No 3

Bruckner: Symphony No 3.

PO320070221

Petroc Trelawny presents a concert given at the Wigmore Hall, London.

Christopher Maltman (baritone)

Nash Ensemble

Bax: Harp Quintet

Vaughan Williams: 5 Mystical Songs

Butterworth: Love Blows as the Wind Blows

Elgar: String Quartet in Em, Op 83.

PO320070222

Petroc Trelawny presents a concert recorded at the Barbican.

Berlioz: Roman Carnival

Debussy: La Mer

Berio: Folk Songs

Ravel: La valse

Elina Garanca (soprano)

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam

Mariss Jansons (conductor).

PO320070223

With Petroc Trelawny.

Monica Groop (mezzo)

Philharmonia Orchestra

Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor)

Haydn: Symphony No 7 (Midi)

Mahler: Kindertotenlieder

R Strauss: Metamorphosen.

PO320070226

Petroc Trelawny presents a concert recorded at the Lighthouse, Poole.

Juho Pohjonen (piano)

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Marin Alsop (conductor)

Grieg: Piano Concerto

Mahler: Symphony No 1.

PO320070227

A recording from the 2006 Schubertiade in the Austrian town of Schwarzenberg by British tenor Ian Bostridge accompanied on piano by Antonio Pappano, music director of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

They perform Schubert's last song cycle Schwanengesang and Wolf's intensely expressive Morike and Eichendorff Lieder.

PO320070228

With Petroc Trelawny.

Alina Ibragimova (violin)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Stefan Solyom (conductor)

Elgar: Introduction and Allegro

Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No 1

Beethoven: Symphony No 7.

PO320070301

Mark Elder conducts the Halle in Stravinsky's ballet Petrushka, which is based on a grotesque puppet show given at a St Petersburg Shrovetide carnival.

The orchestra is joined by a young cast of soloists for a performance of Mozart's unfinished Mass in C minor (Great).

Stravinsky: Petrushka (1947 version)

Mozart: Mass in Cm, K427 (Great)

Susan Gritton (soprano)

Tove Dahlberg (mezzo-soprano)

Andrew Kennedy (tenor)

Henry Waddington (bass)

The Halle Choir

The Halle Orchestra

Mark Elder (conductor).

PO320070302

With Petroc Trelawny.

Boris Berezovsky (piano)

Philharmonia Orchestra

Gustavo Dudamel (conductor)

Nielsen: Helios

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 3

Sibelius: Symphony No 5.

PO320070305

Geoffrey Smith presents a performance by Le Point du Jour, a new early music ensemble.

David Daniels (countertenor)

Jory Vinikour (harpsichord)

Elizabeth Blumenstock, Sharman Plesner (violins)

Nadine Davin (viola)

Phoebe Carrai (cello)

Elizabeth Kenny (lute)

Monteverdi: E pur io torno (L'incoronazione di Poppea)

Castello: Sonata Decima Quinta a 4

Frescobaldi: Cosi mi disprezzate

Marini: Passacaglie a 3 and a 4

A Scarlatti: Infirmata, Vulnerata; Concerto grosso; Perche tacete, regolati concenti?

PO320070306

Geoffrey Smith presents a performance by the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Lorin Maazel.

Ravel: L'Enfant et les Sortileges

Child....Susanne Mentzer (mezzo)

Fire/Nightingale/Princess....Patrizia Ciofi (soprano)

Shepherdess/Bat/Owl/Bergère chair....Jessica Jones (soprano)

Female Cat/Squirrel....Isabel Leonard (mezzo)

Mother/Chinese Teacup/Dragonfly/Shepherd....Kelley O'Connor (mezzo)

Teapot/ Little Old Man/Tree Frog....Philippe Castagner (tenor)

Grandfather Clock/Cat....Ian Greenlaw (baritone)

Armchair/Tree....Kevin Deas (bass)

New York Choral Artists

Brooklyn Youth Chorus

Saint-Saens: Symphony No 3

Kent Tritle (organ).

PO320070307

Geoffrey Smith presents a concert recorded in Manchester's Bridgewater Hall.

Hilliard Ensemble

City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus

City of Birmingham Symphony Youth Chorus

BBC Philharmonic

James MacMillan (conductor)

Anon: Musicalis Scientia; Stirps Iesse de gremio; Procurans odium

Rodney Sharman: Passing of the Clarinet

Anon: Oi Dex! Quam brevis

Dufay: Anima mea liquefacta set

Anon: Prima mundi

Elizabeth Liddle: Whale rant

Anon: Sophia nasci fertur

Trad, arr.

Komitas: Sarakans (Armenian sacred chants)

Macmillan: Quickening.

PO320070308

With Geoffrey Smith.

Vadim Repin (violin)

New York Philharmonic

Riccardo Muti (conductor)

Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto

Scriabin: Symphony No 3 (Divine Poem).

PO320070309

Geoffrey Smith presents a performance recorded in the Queen Elizabeth Hall on London's South Bank.

Katarina Karneus (mezzo)

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Kazushi Ono (conductor)

Faure: Dolly Suite

Ravel: Pavane pour une infante defunte

Ravel: Sheherazade

Sibelius: Symphony No 2.

PO320070312

Catherine Bott introduces a concert at the Barbican Hall, London.

A passionate choral plea for peace and an idyll by an English composer who was to die in the First World War join the symphony Jean Sibelius wrote just a year into that conflict.

Michael Nyman's new work sets texts written 80 years later by Iraqi poet Jamal Juma, conscripted to the Iraqi army during the first Gulf War.

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

John Storgards (conductor)

Butterworth: A Shropshire Lad

Michael Nyman: A Handshake in the Dark

Schoenberg: Friede auf Erden

Silbelius: Symphony No 5.

PO320070313

A recital by Werner Gura (tenor) and Christoph Berner (piano) of songs by Mozart and Schubert's Schwanengesang.

PO320070314

A concert by the Berlin Philharmonic under its music director Simon Rattle.

One of Dvorak's most romantic symphonies is preceded by the UK premiere of Thomas Ades's biblical one-movement symphony, Tevot.

Dvorak: Symphony No 7 in Dm

Ades: Tevot (UK premiere)

Janacek: Sinfonietta.

PO320070315

A piano recital by Imogen Cooper given at the Wigmore Hall, London.

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No 28 in A, Op 101

Mozart: Piano Sonata in A minor, K310

Tippett: Piano Sonata No 2

Ravel: Miroirs.

PO320070320

A song recital by soprano Christine Brewer and pianist Roger Vignoles, presented by Tom Service.

Berg: Seven Early Songs

Strauss: Gesange des Orients, Op 77

Britten: The Poet's Echo

Celius Dougherty: Four Songs.

PO320070321

With Tom Service.

Welsh operatic baritone Bryn Terfel and American mezzo-soprano Susan Graham join the BBC Symphony Orchestra and chief conductor Jiri Belohlavek for an evening of favourite extracts of Mozart and Wagner.

PO320070322

Tom Service introduces a concert given at Symphony Hall, Birmingham.

Joanna MacGregor (piano)

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Richard Seal (conductor)

Elgar: Introduction and Allegro

Hugh Wood: Piano Concerto

Walton: Symphony No 1.

PO320070326

Petroc Trelawny introduces a recital by one of the world's leading mezzo-sopranos given last night at London's Wigmore Hall.

Angelika Kirchschlager (mezzo-soprano)

Helmut Deutsch (piano)

Brahms: 8 Zigeunerlieder, Op 103

Mendelssohn: Es weiss und rät es doch keiner, Op 99 No 6; Das Waldschloss; Pagenlied; Nachtlied, Op 71 No 6; Wanderlied, Op 57 No 6

Liszt: Im Rhein im schönen Strome; Es rauschen die Winde; Es war ein König in Thule; Ein Fichtenbaum steht einsam; Die stille Wasserrose; O lieb so lang du lieben kannst

Dvorák: Love songs, Op 83.

PO320070327

Introduced by Petroc Trelawny.

Every two years, conductor William Christie hand-picks the brightest vocal talent from music colleges all over Europe and the US.

Le Jardin des Voix is a unique initiative by Christie and Les Arts Florissants, showcasing their young discoveries in leading European and American concert halls.

The concert includes madrigals, arias and duets by Monteverdi, Handel and Haydn.

Laura Smith (soprano)

Claire Meghangi (soprano)

Francesca Boncompagni (soprano)

Sonya Yoncheva (soprano)

Amaya Dominguez (mezzo-soprano)

Michal Czerniawski (counter-tenor)

Juan Sancho (tenor)

Pascal Charbonneau (tenor)

Nicholas Watts (tenor)

Jonathan Sells (bass)

Orchestra of Les Arts Florissants

William Christie (conductor).

PO320070328

Petroc Trelawny introduces a concert given at London's Barbican Hall that pairs the talents of BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Cedric Tiberghien with the interpretative insights of the BBC Symphony Orchestra's chief conductor Jiri Belohlavek.

Dvorak's Fifth Symphony is a pastoral vision of Bohemia, while Eben's Vox clamantis sees hope triumph over adversity after, as a teenager, the composer confronted death's violent world in Buchenwald concentration camp.

Cedric Tiberghien (piano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jiri Belohlavek (conductor)

Eben: Vox clamantis

Brahms: Piano Concerto No 1

Dvorak: Symphony No 5.

PO320070330

With Petroc Trelawny.

In the second of his concert series exploring works by Stravinsky, Debussy and Prokofiev, Valery Gergiev and the LSO present three seminal scores in one concert: Debussy's glittering seascape La Mer has long been admired for its descriptive precision, but no less atmospheric is his hazy evocation of the summer reveries of a faun.

Stravinsky's infamous Rite of Spring instigated riots at its Parisian world premiere, while his Symphonies of Wind Instruments is, by contrast, coolly classical.

Stravinsky: Symphonies of Wind Instruments

Debussy: La Mer

Prokofiev: Seven They are Seven

Debussy: Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

London Symphony Chorus

London Symphony Orchestra

Valery Gergiev (conductor).

PO320070402

With Petroc Trelawny.

Recorded at the Lighthouse in Poole, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is conducted by their acclaimed principal conductor Marin Alsop and play favourite and less well-known Americana, including music by Alsop's former teacher, Leonard Bernstein.

With Simon Trpceski as the soloist in Gershwin's ever-popular piano concerto.

Gershwin: An American in Paris; Rhapsody in Blue

Copland: Symphony No 2

Bernstein Suite: On the Waterfront

Simon Trpceski (piano)

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Marin Alsop (conductor).

PO320070403

With Petroc Trelawny.

A concert given by the Ulster Orchestra in January in the Waterfront Hall, Belfast, under their principal conductor, Kenneth Montgomery.

The pianist in the monumental Brahms concerto is local boy turned international soloist and conductor, Barry Douglas.

In contrast to the seriousness of the concerto, Dvorak's piece is a happy combination of Brahmsian form with the tunefulness and plangent harmonic style that Dvorak uniquely brought to the symphonic repertoire.

Beethoven: Prometheus Overture

Brahms: Piano Concerto No 1

Dvorak: Symphony No 6

Barry Douglas (piano)

Ulster Orchestra

Kenneth Montgomery (conductor).

PO320070404

Petroc Trelawny introduces a concert recorded at the Lisbon Festival.

James MacMillan conducts the BBC Singers and Britten Sinfonia in a programme which includes music for Holy Week by 16th-century composer Victoria, music which inspired MacMillan's Seven Last Words.

Britten: Prelude and Fugue for 18-part strings

Victoria: Tenebrae Responsaries for Holy Week; Tenebrae Responsories for Good Friday, second nocturn; Tamquam ad latronem; Tenebrae factae sunt; Animam meam dilectam

Britten: Hymn to the Virgin

Tippett: Dance, Clarion Air; Fantasia Concertante on a theme of Corelli

MacMillan: The Seven Last Words from the Cross

Magnus Johnston, Jacqueline Shave (violin)

Caroline Dearnley (cello)

Britten Sinfonia

BBC Singers

James MacMillan (conductor).

PO320070405

Petroc Trelawny introduces Mahler's epic symphony, which was recorded at London's Barbican Hall.

Mahler: Symphony No 3

Jane Irwin (mezzo-soprano)

BBC Symphony Chorus

The Choristers of Westminster Cathedral

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jiri Belohlavek (conductor).

PO320070406

Live from the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge, Petroc Trelawney introduces a concert for Good Friday.

Including the world premiere of British composer Michael Zev Gordon's work for choir and solo cello which tells the Exodus story, and Arvo Part's setting of the Passion.

Michael Zev Gordon: This Night (Commissioned by King's College)

Arvo Part: St John Passion

Anton Lukoszevieze (cello)

Choir of King's College

Stephen Cleobury (director)

The Hilliard Ensemble

David James (conductor).

PO320070409

With Martin Handley.

The BBC Concert Orchestra performs music for Easter time recorded at King's College Chapel, Cambridge.

Vaughan Williams' Five Mystical Songs are set to texts by George Herbert, and begin with the words 'Rise heart, thy Lord is risen'.

Elgar's early oratorio, The Light of Life, tells the story of Christ's healing of the blind beggar at the temple and culminates with a setting of the line 'I am the good shepherd and know my sheep', words traditionally associated with Easter.

Elgar: Sursum Corda

Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical Songs

Elgar: The Light of Life

Majella Cullagh (soprano)

Louise Crane (mezzo-soprano)

Justin Lavender (tenor)

Russell Smythe (bass)

Philharmonia Chorus

BBC Concert Orchestra

Stephen Cleobury (conductor).

PO320070410

With Martin Handley.

Schubert's enigmatic and 'Unfinished' 8th Symphony provides the centerpiece to this concert recorded in Belfast's Ulster Hall.

Framing it are Stravinsky's lively ballet suite based on the Commedia dell'Arte figure of Pulcinella, while British violinist, Daniel Hope, is the soloist in Brahms' mighty romantic Violin Concerto.

Stravinsky: Suite Pulcinella

Schubert: Symphony No 8 (Unfinished)

Brahms: Violin Concerto

Ulster Orchestra

Douglas Boyd (conductor).

PO320070411

With Martin Handley.

Over the next three nights, violinist Christian Tetzlaff and pianist Alexander Lonquich perform all of Beethoven's violin sonatas in a series of concerts given earlier this month at London's Wigmore Hall.

Tonight they perform four of his early works.

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No 1 in D, Op 12 No 1; Violin Sonata No 2 in A, Op 12 No 2; Violin Sonata No 3 in E flat, Op 12 No 3; Violin Sonata No 4 in A minor, Op 23.

PO320070412

With Martin Handley.

Continuing violinist Christian Tetzlaff and pianist Alexander Lonquich's series of all of Beethoven's Violin Sonatas recorded earlier this month at London's Wigmore Hall.

Included in the programme is one of Beethoven's most popular Violin Sonatas, the Spring, a work which owes its poetic name to the largely pastoral nature of the outer movements.

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No 5 in F, Op 24 (Spring); Violin Sonata No 6 in A, Op 30, No 1; Violin Sonata No 7 in Cm, Op 30, No 2.

PO320070413

With Martin Handley.

The conclusion of violinist Christian Tetzlaff and pianist Alexander Lonquich's series of all of Beethoven's violin sonatas, given at London's Wigmore Hall earlier this month.

The programme includes Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata, the work that inspired Leo Tolstoy to write a novella of the same name.

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No 8 in G, Op 30 No 3; Violin Sonata No 9 in A, Op 47 (Kreutzer); Violin Sonata No 10 in G, Op 96.

PO320070416

With Petroc Trelawny.

A typically eclectic and fascinating programme taken from the Barbican's Ades festival.

From Berlioz's exhuberant overture to Ades's own work, the composer himself conducts the music that is all very close to his heart.

Rebecca von Lipinski (soprano)

Susan Bickley (mezzo-soprano)

BBC Singers

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Thomas Ades (conductor)

Berlioz: Overture to Les Francs-Juges

Sibelius: Luonnotar

Ives: Orchestral Set No 2

Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms

Thomas Ades: America, A Prophecy.

PO320070417

Petroc Trelawny introduces a concert featuring Mahler's Fifth Symphony preceded by a world premiere inspired by both jazz and by contemplation of the rainforest.

David Pyatt (horn)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Tadaaki Otaka (conductor)

McCabe: Horn Concerto (BBC commission; world premiere)

Mahler: Symphony No 5 in C sharp minor.

PO320070418

With Petroc Trelawny.

Colourful Finnish pianist Olli Mustonen gives the UK premiere of a piano concerto written for him by an equally colourful Russian composer, then Shostakovich's huge and dramatic wartime symphony completes the programme.

Olli Mustonen (piano)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Vassily Sinaisky (conductor)

Rodion Shchedrin: Piano Concerto No 5 (UK premiere)

Shostakovich: Symphony No 8.

PO320070419

With Petroc Trelawny.

A programme of classical and neo-classical music featuring violin concertos from the 18th and 20th centuries.

Stravinsky: Concerto in E flat (Dumbarton Oaks)

Mozart: Violin Concerto No 2

Stravinsky: Violin Concerto in D

Mozart: Symphony No 36

Gil Shaham (violin)

New York Philharmonic

David Robertson (conductor).

PO320070420

With Petroc Trelawny.

A complete performance of Debussy's orchestral triptych preceded by Beethoven's high-spirited early concerto and a curtain-raiser from Sweden, where conductor Alan Gilbert is based.

Daniel Bortz: Parodos

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 1

Debussy: Images

Lars Vogt (piano)

New York Philharmonic

Alan Gilbert (conductor).

PO320070423

Martin Handley introduces the first of two concerts featuring Beethoven's 'late' string quartets, given last month at the Wigmore Hall, London.

Emerson String Quartet

Beethoven: Quartet in E flat, Op 127; Quartet in F, Op 135; Quartet in C sharp minor, Op 131.

PO320070424

With Martin Handley.

2/2.

The second of two concerts featuring Beethoven's 'late' string quartets, given last month at the Wigmore Hall, London.

Emerson String Quartet

Beethoven: Quartet in A minor, Op 132; Quartet in B flat, Op 130 (including Grosse Fugue, Op 133).

PO320070425

Martin Handley introduces a concert given last month at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall with Oliver Knussen conducting the London Sinfonietta in works by his former pupil Mark-Anthony Turnage, plus the world premiere of Anthony Payne's new commission exploring the passage of time.

Jane Irwin (mezzo-soprano)

London Sinfonietta

Oliver Knussen (conductor)

Mark-Anthony Turnage: Dark Crossing

Anthony Payne: Windows on Eternity

Elliott Carter: In the Distances of Sleep

Colin Matthews: Two Part Invention.

PO320070426

Martin Handley introduces a concert given last week at Perth Concert Hall which includes a rare performance of a work by John Blackwood McEwen, Walton's impressive orchestral work and Rachmaninov's notoriously demanding concerto performed by an exciting young Israeli pianist.

Boris Giltburg (piano)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Rumon Gamba (conductor)

John Blackwood McEwen: Grey Galloway (Border Ballad No 2)

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 3

Walton: Symphony No 1.

PO320070427

Martin Handley introduces a song recital by German soprano Dorothea Roschmann with Graham Johnson (piano) given last Monday at the Wigmore Hall, London.

Schumann: Frauenliebe und -leben, Op 42

Falla: Seven Popular Spanish Songs

Plus lieder by Beethoven, Brahms and Wolf.

PO320070430

Martin Handley introduces the final concert in the Royal Scottish National Orchestra's season at Edinburgh's Usher Hall.

Berlioz was so unhappy with his opera Les Francs Juges that he burned most of it, but kept the thrilling overture which opens tonight's concert.

The premiere of Schumann's Piano Concerto featured the composer's wife at the piano, while the various sides of Richard Strauss's personal life were put into music in his Ein Heldenleben, loosely translated as A Hero's Life.

Antti Siirala (piano)

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Stephane Deneve (conductor)

Berlioz: Les Francs-Juges

Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor

Strauss: Ein Heldenleben.

PO320070501

Martin Handley introduces a concert given last week at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall.

The programme includes Mendelssohn's delightful miniature musical picture based on the tale of a water-nymph who marries a mortal, and Sibelius's quietly radical Third Symphony which contains many Finnish folk elements.

Staying in Nordic mood, the Halle's principal clarinet offers her interpretation of Nielsen's concerto.

Finally, Strauss's tone poem is a vivid illustration of the pranks and adventures of the legendary jester who has the last laugh, mocking his enemies from the grave.

Lynsey Marsh (clarinet)

Halle Orchestra

Mark Elder (conductor)

Mendelssohn: The Fair Melusine

Sibelius: Symphony No 3 in C

Nielsen: Clarinet Concerto

Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel.

PO320070502

Martin Handley introduces a recital given at the Wigmore Hall, London, by soprano Soile Isokoski accompanied by pianist Miarita Viitasaloin of songs by Mozart, Schubert and two composers from her native Finland, Sibelius and Yrjo Kilpinen.

PO320070503

Martin Handley introduces a concert given by the Hagen Quartet.

Made up of three members of one Salzburg family, Lukas, Veronika and Clemens Hagen, plus German violinist Rainer Schmidt, the quartet has forged a reputation as one of the greatest of our time.

It performs Schubert's revolutionary final quartet and Haydn's musical depiction of Christ's last words.

Schubert: String Quartet in G

Haydn: Seven Last Words from the Cross.

PO320070504

With Martin Handley.

The theme of youthful inspiration runs through this concert, given last month in Birmingham's Symphony Hall.

Elgar's Wand of Youth Suites are based on music the composer wrote as a young child for a fantasy play he and his sister performed at their home.

Bizet composed his Symphony in C at the age of 17, while Mendelssohn wrote his Concerto for Two Pianos at just 14.

Robert Levin, Ya-Fei Chuang (pianos)

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Nicholas McGegan (conductor)

Elgar: Wand of Youth Suites Nos 1 and 2

Mendelssohn: Concerto in A flat for Two Pianos

Bizet: Symphony in C.

PO320070507

Petroc Trelawny introduces a concert from The Sage, Gateshead as Andrew Manze conducts the Northern Sinfonia for the first time.

Stravinsky's delightful Dumbarton Oaks and its 18th Century model, Bach's 3rd Brandenburg Concerto, are partnered with Bach's late and knotty contrapuntal tour de force.

Northern Sinfonia

Andrew Manze (conductor)

Bach: Musical Offering

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No 3

Stravinsky: Dumbarton Oaks.

PO320070508

Petroc Trelawny introduces a concert from the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, as Mark Elder conducts the Halle in an all-French programme, including the world premiere of the last in Colin Matthews' series of dazzling and subtle Debussy orchestrations.

Pascal Roge (piano)

Rosemary Joshua (soprano)

Halle Choir and Orchestra

Mark Elder (conductor)

Debussy orch.

Colin Matthews: Orchestral Preludes and Postlude

Poulenc: Aubade

Ravel: Piano Concerto for the left hand

Poulenc: Gloria.

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The RPS Awards

The Royal Philharmonic Society has recognised exceptional musical achievement and personal contributions to musical life since the 19th century.

Petroc Trelawny finds out which of today's outstanding musicians have won the coveted awards in a ceremony held last night at London's Dorchester Hotel.

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Petroc Trelawny introduces a concert from the 9th Manchester International Cello Festival at the Bridgewater Hall featuring an international line-up of soloists.

BBC Philharmonic

Gianandrea Noseda (conductor)

Bridge: Oration

Colin Carr (cello)

Britten: Cello Symphony

Natalia Gutman (cello)

Walton: Cello Concerto

Yo-Yo Ma (cello).

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Petroc Trelawny presents the first of two all-Bartok concerts as part of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra's Bartok month.

Bartok's ballet The Wooden Prince is closely related to his opera Duke Bluebeard's Castle and he referred to them as 'like two movements of a huge symphony'.

And if any of Bartok's works could be called a bridge between the opera and the ballet, it's his Four Orchestral Pieces.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Marin Alsop (conductor)

Bartok: Four Orchestral Pieces; The Wooden Prince.

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Petroc Trelawny presents a programme given by one of the leading British chamber orchestras and their young German guest conductor where the theme of nostalgia links several of the pieces.

Samuel Barber's evocative setting of James Agee's childhood memories is teamed with Copland's lonely urban trumpeter, and Ravel's reflections on an Infanta's death and the loss of friends in the First World War.

Ravel: Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte

Debussy: Deux Danses

Barber: Knoxville Summer of 1915

Copland: Quiet City

Falla: Psyche

Stravinsky: Trois Petites Chansons

Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin

Carolyn Sampson (soprano)

Britten Sinfonia

Andre de Ridder (conductor).

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Petroc Trelawny presents young British conductor Edward Gardner, now music director of English National Opera, conducting an all-English programme spanning 70 years of music, from Walton's magnificent First Symphony to Julian Anderson's acclaimed single-movement Symphony.

The programmes starts with Colin Matthews' orchestral arrangement of Britten's A Charm of Lullabies and Britten's late dramatic cantata Phaedra.

They offer contrasting opportunities for leading mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly.

Britten, orch.

Colin Matthews: A Charm of Lullabies

Britten: Phaedra

Julian Anderson: Symphony

Walton: Symphony No 1

Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Edward Gardner (conductor).

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Petroc Trelawny introduces a concert by the LSO and their charismatic new Principal Conductor, as they continue to explore the music of three 20th century masters.

Stravinsky's large-scale opera-oratorio retells the darkest of Greek myths and features an all-Russian line-up of soloists.

This is preceded by excerpts from Prokofiev's youthful four-act opera and Debussy's fragmentary music for Gabriele d'Annunzio's haunting mystery play.

The next concert in the series follows on Friday evening.

Prokofiev: Four Portraits from The Gambler

Debussy: Symphonic Fragments from Le Martyre de Saint Sebastien

Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex

Zlata Bulycheva (mezzo-soprano)

Oleg Balashov, Alexander Timchenko (tenor)

Evgeny Nikitin (baritone)

Mikhail Petrenko (bass)

Gentlemen of the London Symphony Chorus

London Symphony Orchestra

Valery Gergiev (conductor).

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Petroc Trelawny introduces another concert in the LSO's series, spotlighting the music of three masters from the first half of the 20th Century.

The programme opens with Stravinsky's 'classical' Symphony and ends with a suite from Prokofiev's most famous ballet-score.

In between is Debussy's Whistler-inspired sound-pictures of clouds, festivals and the alluring voices of Sirens.

Stravinsky: Symphony in C

Debussy: Nocturnes

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet Suite

Ladies of the London Symphony Chorus

London Symphony Orchestra

Valery Gergiev (conductor).

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Joanna MacGregor at Bath International Music Festival 2007

Petroc Trelawny presents the second half of pianist Joanna MacGregor's live recital.

Villa-Lobos: Prelude No 1; Choros No 1

Egberto Gismonti: Frevo

Lobo/de Moraes/Jobim: Afro Sambas

Gershwin: The Gershwin Songbook.

Petroc Trelawny introduces the first in a series of live broadcasts from the Bath Festival, which begins, direct from the Assembly Rooms, with a typically vivid and eclectic recital by the festival's artistic director, pianist Joanna MacGregor.

Bach/Shostakovich: 10 Preludes and Fugues

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Borodin Quartet at Bath International Music Festival 2007

Petroc Trelawny introduces the second half of a live recital by the Borodin Quartet.

Tchaikovsky: Quartet No 1 in D, Op 11.

For the second of Radio 3's live visits to this year's Bath Festival, Petroc Trelawny is at the Assembly Rooms to introduce a recital by the Borodin Quartet.

The programme features Myaskovsky's String Quartet No.

13 and Beethoven's quartet in F minor.

Ruben Aharonian, Andrei Abramenkov (violins)

Igor Naidin (viola)

Vladimir Balshin (cello)

Myaskovsky: String Quartet No.

13 Opus 86

Beethoven: Quartet in F minor, Op 95

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Maxim Vengerov at Bath International Music Festival 2007

Petroc Trelawny introduces the second half of tonight's live broadcast from the Bath Festival.

Prokofiev: Violin Sonata No 1 in F minor, Op 80

Shostakovich: Ten selections from 24 Preludes, Op 3.

Petroc Trelawny introduces a live recital by Russian violinist Maxim Vengerov that reflects both his Russian heritage and his debt to the great names of Mozart and Beethoven

Maxim Vengerov (violin)

Igor Levitt (piano)

Mozart: Adagio in E, K621

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No 7 in C minor, Op 30 No 2

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Dhafer Youssef: Divine Shadows.

The second half of tonight's recital by the Tunisian-born singer and oud virtuoso, live from the Assembly Rooms in Bath.

Live from the Assembly Rooms in Bath, Petroc Trelawny presents the first half of a concert by Tunisian-born singer and oud virtuoso Dhafer Youssef, whose haunting Sufi-inspired music has caught the hearts and minds of audiences across the world.

From humble beginnings when Youssef made his own oud by piecing together bits and pieces he found near his Tunisian home, he has become widely acclaimed and produced several albums along with his band, which consists of the very best of Norwegian electronic nu-jazz.

Dhafer Youssef (voice/oud)

Jatinder Thakur (tabla)

Koehne String Quartet

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Clifford Curzon

A celebration of the life and music of one England's most successful and best loved pianists, Clifford Curzon, the centenary of whose birth falls this month.

Famous for his interpretations of Mozart, the programme includes a recording of Mozart's Piano Concerto in B flat alongside works by Schubert, Schumann and Lili Boulanger, with spoken contributions from people who knew and worked with him.

Schubert: B flat Impromptu, D935 No 3 (Theme mit Variationen); Fantasie in C, D760 (Wanderer-Fantasie)

Lili Boulanger: 3 Pieces for violin and piano

Mozart: Piano Sonata in C minor, K457

Franck: Symphonic Variations for piano and orchestra

Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op 15

Schubert: Quintet in A for piano, violin, viola, cello and double bass, D667 (The Trout: 4th mvt)

Mozart: Piano Concerto No 27 in B flat, K595.

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Kate Bott introduces a performance of Bartok's one-act opera Duke Bluebeard's Castle given by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at the Lighthouse, Poole.

Against all advice, Judith marries Duke Bluebeard and joins him in his castle.

There she finds seven locked doors, which she insists he opens, revealing such things as a torture chamber, and a lake of tears.

Behind the seventh door, though, is the most gruesome discovery of all: his three previous wives.

Judith....Andrea Melath (soprano)

Bluebeard....Gustav Belacek (bass)

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Marin Alsop (conductor).

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Kate Bott introduces a concert recorded last week at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall by the Halle Orchestra conducted by Mark Elder.

Masterpieces by Mozart and Haydn frame two works that pay homage to the city of Vienna, where the composers lived and worked.

Stravinsky's Violin Concerto is brilliant instrumental theatre full of echoes of Viennese classicism, while HK Gruber's Dancing in the Dark is a dizzying car crash where Viennese tradition collides with Fred Astaire.

Leonidas Kavakos (violin)

Halle Orchestra

Mark Elder (conductor)

Mozart: Symphony No 34 in C

HK Gruber: Dancing in the Dark

Stravinsky: Violin Concerto in D

Haydn: Symphony No 90 in C.

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Kate Bott presents a concert by the Abbey Choir, given in the magnificent space of Westminster Abbey, of some of Bach's most striking and jubilant church music.

The double-chorus motet, Komm, Jesu, komm provides a stunning opening to a concert that demonstrates the depth and variety of the great composer's invention, from two of his popular Cantatas through to one of his lesser known Lutheran Masses.

Rebecca Outram (soprano)

Charles Humphries (countertenor)

Matthew Brook (bass)

Westminster Abbey Choir

James O'Donnell (conductor)

Bach: Komm, Jesu, komm, BWV 229

Cantata No 52 (Falsche Welt, dir trauich nicht)

Lutheran Mass in F, BWV 233

Sinfonia in D, BWV 1045

Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf, BWV 226

Cantata No 34 (O ewiges Feuer, O Ursprung der Liebe).

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Kate Bott introduces the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a programme of works including the world premiere of The Broken Symphony, a BBC commission from young Scottish composer Alasdair Nicolson, Brahms' Symphony No 3 and Beethoven's Violin Concerto.

Julia Fischer (violin)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

David Zinman (conductor)

Alasdair Nicolson: The Broken Symphony (Part 1: Endless Laments)

Brahms: Symphony No 3

Alasdair Nicolson: The Broken Symphony (Part 2: Ghost Dances)

Beethoven: Violin Concerto.

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Tom Service introduces a concert given last week at St David's Hall, Cardiff.

Swiss pianist Andreas Haefliger performs Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto.

Strauss' tone poem Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life) is often considered an autobiographical work, portraying the composer as the hero battling against his critics, but was Strauss's tongue set firmly in his cheek?

Andreas Haefliger (piano)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Thierry Fischer (conductor)

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 3

Strauss: Ein Heldenleben.

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Tom Service introduces a recital by French pianist Pierre-Laurant Aimard given last month at London's Barbican Hall.

Aimard worked closely with Hungarian composer Gyorgi Ligeti from the mid-1980s until the composer's death a year ago, and the result was a collection of Etudes, several of which are dedicated to Aimard.

They are widely considered to be among the great piano works of the late 20th century, and in this concert, a selection of these are interweaved with studies by other composers who influenced Ligeti.

Schumann: Etudes Symphoniques

Debussy: Etude No 1 (Pour les cinq doigts)

Ligeti: Etude No 7

Chopin: Etude in F minor, Op 25

Ligeti: Etude No 3 (Touches bloquees)

Rachmaninov: Etude No 5 in E flat minor, Op 33

Ligeti: Etude No 6

Chopin: Etude Posthume No 1 in F minor

Ligeti: Etude No 11 (En suspens)

Liszt: Etude d'apres Paganini (La chasse)

Ligeti: Etude No 4 (Fanfares)

Messiaen: Etude de Rhythme No 1 (Ile de feu)

Ligeti: Etude No 13 (L'escalier du Diable).

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Geoffrey Smith introduces the most recent instalments of the Beethoven Sonata cycle by the much-admired British pianist Paul Lewis, given at London's Wigmore Hall.

The two Op 27 sonatas show the composer at his most experimental and they're preceded by one of the shortest and least-known of Beethoven's piano works.

Paul Lewis ends his recital with the large-scale sonata that the young Beethoven dedicated to a Countess with whom he'd fallen in love.

Beethoven: Sonata No 22 in F, Op 54; Sonata No 13 in E flat, Op 27, No 1 (Quasi Una Fantasia); Sonata No 14 in C sharp minor, Op 27, No 2 (Moonlight); Sonata No 4 in E flat, Op 7.

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With Geoffrey Smith.

This week sees the long-awaited re-opening of London's Royal Festival Hall after major refurbishment that has kept it dark for two years, so the Southbank Centre's resident ensembles combine for a celebratory concert in which 250 musicians will play together for the first time.

The programme explores 300 years of classical music, including a specially commissioned work from British composer Julian Anderson.

Anderson: Alleluia

Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite

Ives: The Unanswered Question (Contemplation No 1)

Harrison Birtwistle: Cortege

Purcell: Symphony from The Fairy Queen

Ligeti: Atmospheres

Beethoven: Symphony No 9 (4th mvt)

Joan Rodgers (soprano)

Patricia Bardon (mezzo-soprano)

Philip Langridge (tenor)

Brindley Sherratt (bass)

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Philharmonia Orchestra

London Sinfonietta

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Philharmonia Chorus

Margaret Faultless (violin/director)

Vladimir Jurowski (conductor)

Christoph von Dohnanyi (conductor)

Marin Alsop (conductor).

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Geoffrey Smith introduces the most recent instalments of the Beethoven Sonata cycle by the much-admired British pianist Paul Lewis, given at London's Wigmore Hall.

This recital begins with three sonatas that the young Beethoven wrote at the same time, demonstrating wit, warmth, sadness, depth and fascinating signs of the composer's growing musical maturity.

The final sonata in the recital is one of Beethoven's most personal, and is intimately associated with the French occupation of his native Vienna and his feelings regarding the absence, and eventual return, of his patron and pupil Archduke Rudolph.

Beethoven: Sonata in F, Op 10 No 2; Sonata in D, Op 10 No 3; Sonata in C minor, Op 10 No 1; Sonata No 26 in E flat, Op 81a (Les Adieux).

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Geoffrey Smith introduces the most recent instalments of the Beethoven Sonata cycle by the much-admired British pianist Paul Lewis, given at London's Wigmore Hall.

By the time he wrote these final works, Beethoven was stretching the boundaries of what the piano sonata could do.

The gentle musings that begin the E major, the two huge fugues that dominate the A flat and the profound slow variations that conclude the C minor all show a great composer at his very greatest.

Beethoven: Sonata No 30 in E, Op 109; Sonata No 31 in A flat, Op 110; Sonata No 32 in C minor, Op 111.

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Martin Handley introduces another concert in Valery Gergiev's acclaimed LSO Stravinsky-Debussy-Prokofiev series.

The Symphony in Three Movements was Stravinsky's first major American work, swiftly followed by revisions of his great ballets, of which Petrushka was the most radical.

Siberian-born violinist Vadim Repin, who plays the Prokofiev Concerto in this concert, was once described by Yehudi Menuhin as 'simply the best', while Colin Matthews' Debussy orchestrations have been enthusiastically greeted by critics and audiences alike.

Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements

Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No 1

Debussy, orch.

Matthews: Preludes

Stravinsky: Petrushka.

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Martin Handley introduces a concert featuring the world premiere of John Tavener's The Beautiful Names, given at Westminster Cathedral, London.

Commissioned by Prince Charles, the work is an epic setting of the 99 names for Allah found in the Qu'ran and is sung in Arabic.

Victoria: Popule Meus

Tavener: Hymn to the Mother of God; The Beautiful Names

John Mark Ainsley (tenor)

Westminster Cathedral Choir

BBC Symphony Chorus and Orchestra

Jiri Belohlavek (conductor).

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Martin Handley introduces a concert given by the BBC Singers at the Tampere Festival, their first visit to Finland for over 15 years.

As well as exploring choral folk music from the four corners of the British Isles, the concert features the first performance of a specially-commissioned work by the BBC Singers' Associate Composer, Judith Bingham.

The Hired Hand leaves the rural idyll to explore the 19th century repertoire of traditional songs and poems from the industrial workplace.

Vaughan Williams: Three Shakespeare Songs

Trad, arr.

Grainger: Brigg Fair

Holst: I love my love

Britten: Five Flower Songs

Judith Bingham: The Hired Hand (first performance of the BBC Radio 3 commission)

Giles Swayne: Magnificat

Tippett: Over the Sea to Skye

Peter Maxwell Davies: A Hoy Calendar

Edward Cowie: Lyre-Bird Motet

Tippett: Four Songs from the British Isles

BBC Singers

Stephen Cleobury (conductor).

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Martin Handley introduces an all-Rachmaninov concert recorded at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall, comprising of his lusciously Romantic Third Symphony, and the rarely heard one act opera Francesca da Rimini.

Based on Dante, it begins with a magnificent orchestral prologue and culminates in the longest kiss in opera.

Francesca....Svetla Vassileva (soprano)

Paolo....Misha Didyk (tenor)

Lanceotto....Sergey Murzaev (baritone)

Virgil....Gennadi Bezzubenkov (bass)

Dante....Evgheny Akimov (tenor)

BBC Singers

BBC Philharmonic

Gianandrea Noseda (conductor)

Rachmaninov: Symphony No 3; Francesca da Rimini.

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Martin Handley introduces the last of Valery Gergiev's LSO Stravinsky-Debussy-Prokofiev concerts.

Stravinsky's sophisticated, folkloric Les Noces is paired with Prokofiev's October Cantata, a rambunctious Soviet tub-thumper celebrating the Revolution.

In between, the LSO's principal clarinet is put through his paces by Debussy, in what was originally a test piece for students at the Paris Conservatoire.

Stravinsky: Les Noces

Debussy: First Rhapsody for Clarinet

Prokofiev: October Cantata

Andrew Marriner (clarinet)

Irina Vasilieva (soprano)

Olga Savova (mezzo-soprano)

Andrei Ilyushnikov (tenor)

Gennady Bezzubenkov (bass)

Members of the Mariinksy Chorus

London Symphony Chorus and Orchestra

Valery Gergiev (conductor).

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Martin Handley introduces two concerts from the Snape Maltings, directed by the composer and conductor Thomas Ades.

1/2.

The programme centres around Ades's own suite from his opera Powder Her Face, which tells the story of the Duchess of Argyll, the Dirty Duchess, whose sexual exploits caused a scandal in Britain during her divorce proceedings.

Surrounding it are grand orchestral waltzes and Respighi's sumptuous score, which celebrates the riotous colour and spectacle of the festivals of his adopted city.

Philharmonia Orchestra

Thomas Ades (conductor)

Liszt: Mephisto Waltz No 1

Busoni: Gesang vom Reigen der Geister

Thomas Ades: Powder her Face Suite

Busoni: Tanzwalzer

Respighi: Feste Romane.

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Martin Handley introduces two concerts from the Snape Maltings, directed by the composer and conductor Thomas Ades.

2/2.

The programme has an air of nostalgia as Stravinsky's affectionate pastiche of 18th century music sits comfortably alongside two homages to Francois Couperin, including Ades's own re-clothing of the French composer's keyboard music in startling new orchestral colours.

Claire Wild (soprano)

Christopher Lemmings (tenor)

Thomas Guthrie (baritone)

Northern Sinfonia

Thomas Ades (conductor)

Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin

Dallapiccola: Commiato

Thomas Ades: Three Studies from Couperin

Stravinsky: Pulcinella.

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Martin Handley introduces American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato with pianist Julian Drakein a recital of songs with a Latin flavour given at London's Wigmore Hall.

Bizet: Ouvre ton coeur; Douce mer; Pastorale; Chanson d'avril; Adieux de l'hotesse arabe

Rossini: Giovanna d'Arco

Granados: Elegia eterna; Three Songs from Tonadillas en un estilo antiguo; No lloreis ojuelos

Falla: Siete canciones populares espanolas

Montsalvatge: Three songs from Cinco canciones negras.

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Martin Handley introduces a concert given in Christ Church, Spitalfields, as part of the Spitalfields Festival.

The figure of the Virgin Mary has inspired composers to write some of their most heartfelt and joyous music, and in this concert Paul McCreesh directs the Gabrieli Consort in a programme of choral music that leads us through the various stages of her life, in music written over more than 600 years.

Procession (trad Basque): Birjina gaztettobat zegoen

Jean Mouton: Nesciens mater

Giles Swayne: Magnificat I

Anon (15th century): There is no rose of swych vertu

Howells: A spotless rose

Thomas Ades: The Fayrfax carol

Palestrina: Stabat mater

Casals: O vos omnes

Tallis: Gaude gloriosa Dei Mater

Josquin Des Prez: Ave Maria...virgo serena

Bax: Mater ora filium.

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Martin Handley introduces a concert recorded at Kirkwall's Pickaquoy Centre as part of Orkney's St Magnus Festival.

Stefan Solyom conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in a programme that opens with a recent work by Korean composer Si-Hyun Yi, and ends with Sibelius's first symphonic outpouring.

In between these, the orchestra is joined by cellist Alban Gerhardt for a performance of Shostakovich's searing and virtuosic Cello Concerto.

Si-Hyun Yi: Invisible Dance

Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No 1

Sibelius: Symphony No 1.

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Petroc Trelawny introduces an all-Schubert concert recorded at the Musikverein in Vienna.

The first set of songs were inspired by Goethe's Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre, and fall into two categories following the novel's two characters, the Harper and Mignon.

These are followed by six more Goethe settings.

Dorothea Roschmann (soprano)

Ian Bostridge (tenor)

Thomas Quasthoff (baritone)

Julius Drake (piano)

Schubert: Songs from Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre

Wer sich der Einsamkeit ergibt, D478 No 1

Wer nie sein Brot mit Tranen ass, D478 No 2

An die Turen will ich schleichen, D478 No 3

An Mignon, D161; Mignon und der Harfer, D877 No 1

Heiss mich nicht reden, D877 No 2

So lasst mich scheinen, D877 No 3

Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt, D877 No 4

Kennst Du das Land, D321

Cronnan (Ossian), D282

Kantate zum Geburtstag des Sangers Johann Michael Vogl, D666

Der Konig in Thule, D367

Gretchen am Spinnrad, D118

Gretchens Bitte, D564

Szene im Dom aus Faust, D126

Licht und Liebe, D352

Der Hochtzeitsbraten, D930.

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Petroc Trelawny introduces a celebratory concert at the Royal Festival Hall as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment is 21 years old.

With a starry cast of guest musicians and no fewer than four conductors, the orchestra plays classical and baroque masterpieces.

The programme includes Roger Norrington conducting Rameau's Suite from Dardanus, a work which the orchestra performed at its very first concert at the South Bank Centre 21 years ago.

Richard Egarr (piano)

Robert Levin (piano)

John Mark Ainsley (tenor)

Clive Bayley (bass)

Philip Langridge (tenor)

David Wilson-Johnson (bass)

Peter Sidhom (speaker)

Choir of the Enlightenment

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Mark Elder, Vladimir Jurowski, Charles Mackerras, Roger Norrington (conductors)

Purcell: Welcome to all the Pleasures (Suite); Now does the Glorious Day Appear (Suite)

Rameau: Dardanus (Suite)

Mozart: Concerto in E flat for 2 pianos, K365

Haydn: Symphony No 63

Weber: Der Freischutz (Act 2, finale)

Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks.

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Petroc Trelawny introduces a concert given by Les Siecles at the Middle Temple Hall as part of the 2007 City of London Festival, which features French music and celebrates the abolition of the slave trade 200 years ago.

Le Chevalier de Saint Georges was a strong campaigner for the liberation of slaves, as he was the son of a black slave and a white plantation worker.

He became a successful 18th century violinist and composer, as well as the French revolutionary army's first black colonel.

Stephanie-Marie Degand (violinist)

Les Siecles

Francois-Xavier Roth (conductor)

Lully: Dances from Alceste

Rameau: Dances from Dardanus

Saint-Georges: Concerto No 2 for Violin

Mantovani: Streets (UK premiere)

Rameau: Dances from Les Indes Galantes

Lully: Dances from Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme.

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Petroc Trelawny introduces a concert taken from the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, featuring favourites of the piano trio repertoire, including the impressionism of Ravel and the romanticism of Schubert.

Mozart: Piano Trio in B flat, K502

Ravel: Piano Trio in A minor

Schubert: Piano Trio No 1 in B flat, D898

Julia Fischer (violin)

Daniel Muller-Schott (cello)

Milana Chernyavska (piano).

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Petroc Trelawny introduces a specially-recorded invitation concert celebrating important orchestral works premiered at the BBC Proms.

Oliver Knussen, who will be at the helm of two Proms this year, conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a programme that also highlights two teacher-pupil relationships, those between Frank Bridge and Benjamin Britten, and between Alexander Goehr and Julian Anderson.

Schoenberg: 5 Orchestral Pieces, Op 16

Bridge: Here is a willow grows aslant a brook

Anderson: The Stations of the Sun

Goehr: Colossos or panic

Britten: Sinfonia da requiem, Op 20.

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Proms Preview Evening

Petroc Trelawny presents the essential guide to the 2007 BBC Proms.

Mark Padmore presents his personal highlights of the season, while cellist Paul Watkins plays music by Elgar and Britten.

In his final year as Proms Controller, Nicholas Kenyon will be speaking of the landmarks in his ten years at the helm, and there will be postcards from some of the visiting orchestras from around the world.

Including:

Mozart: Overture (The Marriage of Figaro)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jiri Belohlavek (conductor)

Elgar: Sospiri; Salut d'amour

Paul Watkins (cello)

Huw Watkins (piano).

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Ian Skelly introduces a recital from the 2007 Schwetzingen Festival.

American pianist Richard Goode contrasts the classicism of Haydn and Beethoven with the romanticism of Grieg and impressionism of Debussy.

Haydn: Sonata in D, H XVI 24

Grieg: Lyric Pieces (excerpts)

Beethoven: Sonata in A flat, Op 110

Debussy: Preludes, Book II.

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Edinburgh International Festival

Petroc Trelawny introduces a typically eclectic programme from one of Europe's leading chamber orchestras and Thomas Ades.

Tributes from one composer to another are threaded through the programme, with Berlioz's predominantly gentle song-cycle (unusually performed by a male singer) at its heart.

The concert ends with the teenage Bizet's remarkable symphony which pays tribute to Mozart and anticipates some of his own later scores.

Rameau: Overture (Les Indes Galantes)

Ades: Three Studies after Couperin

Berlioz: Les nuits d'ete

Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin

Bizet: Symphony in C

Toby Spence (tenor)

Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Thomas Ades (conductor).

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Edinburgh International Festival

Petroc Trelawny introduces an eagerly anticipated concert by one of Europe's leading early music ensembles and choirs.

Under the direction of their charismatic founder they perform Monteverdi's masterpiece, which pulls together psalms, meditations and virtuosic vocal and instrumental solos.

Monteverdi: Vespers of 1610

Hesperion XXI

Le Capella Reial de Catalunya

Jordi Savall (conductor).

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Edinburgh International Festival

Petroc Trelawny introduces a performance of two of Stravinsky's classically inspired masterpieces, rarely heard together.

The ballet music for Orpheus written 'with Ovid and a classical dictionary in hand' is partnered by the opera-oratorio Oedipus Rex, which tells the famous story with a combination of English narration and dramatic Latin choruses and arias.

Stravinsky: Orpheus; Oedipus Rex

Oedipus....Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts (tenor)

Jocaste....Natascha Petrinsky (mezzo-soprano)

Creon....Terje Stensvold (baritone)

Tiresias....Matthew Rose (bass)

Shepherd....Andrew Kennedy (tenor)

Messenger....Neal Davies (bass)

Simon Russell Beale (Narrator)

Edinburgh Festival Chorus

David Jones (chorus master)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Susanna Malkki (conductor).

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Edinburgh International Festival

With Petroc Trelawny.

Two international stars join forces with the local orchestra for a concert of Italian baroque music.

Chiara Banchini directs concertos including a rarely heard work by Alessandro Scarlatti and she's joined by leading German countertenor Andreas Scholl for sacred and secular music by Vivaldi.

Andreas Scholl (countertenor)

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Chiara Banchini (conductor)

Corelli: Concerto grosso in D, Op 6 No 4

Geminiani: Concerto grosso in D minor, Op 7 No 2

Vivaldi: Concerto in C, RV114; Cessate Omai Cessate (Cantata)

Scarlatti: Concerto grosso in F minor

Vivaldi: Stabat mater.

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Edinburgh International Festival

Petroc Trelawny introduces a celebration of the music of Francis Poulenc, including one of his most famous and colourful concertos, a deeply felt choral work and excerpts from his opera that tells the tragic story of a group of nuns condemned to death during the French Revolution.

Dame Gillian Weir (organ)

Christine Brewer (soprano)

Edinburgh Festival Chorus

David Jones (chorus master)

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Stephane Deneve (conductor)

Poulenc: Stabat mater; Organ Concerto; Les Dialogues des Carmelites (excerpts).

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Geoffrey Smith introduces a concert recorded at Liverpool's Philharmonic Hall.

Dynamic young Russian Vasily Petrenko opens his second season as the RLPO's Principal Conductor with a wide-ranging programme including two world premieres.

Soprano Kate Royal, winner of the 2004 Kathleen Ferrier Award, is the soloist in Ravel's ravishing Arabian Nights-inspired song-cycle, Sheherazade.

Kate Royal (soprano)

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Vasily Petrenko (conductor)

Kenneth Hesketh: A Rhyme for the Season (world premiere)

John McCabe: Symphony Labyrinth (world premiere; BBC commission)

Ravel: Sheherazade

Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances.

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Presented by Geoffrey Smith, from London's Wigmore Hall.

Former Radio 3 New Generation Artists the Jerusalem Quartet play one of Schubert's late masterpieces and are joined by another rising star, Vienna-born pianist Stefan Vladar, for Brahms's powerful Quintet.

Schubert: Quartet in D minor, D810 (Death and the Maiden)

Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor, Op 34.

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Geoffrey Smith introduces a concert recorded at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall.

The Halle, Britain's longest established professional symphony orchestra, begins its 150th anniversary season, under Music Director Mark Elder.

Lars Vogt (piano)

Halle Orchestra

Mark Elder (conductor)

Weber: Jubel Overture

Mozart: Piano Concerto No 27 in B flat

Mahler: Symphony No 1 in D.

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Presented by Geoffrey Smith.

From their home at the Royal Festival Hall, the London Philharmonic begin their 75th anniversary season with Vladimir Jurowski's first concert as their Principal Conductor.

German Romanticism weighs heavily in a programme ending with Mahler's epic cantata Das klagende Lied.

Marisol Montalvo (soprano)

Hedwig Fassbender (mezzo-soprano)

Michael Hendrick (tenor)

Anthony Michaels-Moore (baritone)

London Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra

Vladimir Jurowski (conductor)

Wagner: Prelude (Parsifal)

Berg: Three Pieces for Orchestra, Op 6

Mahler: Das klagende Lied.

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With Tom Service.

Radio 3 celebrates Sir Colin Davis's 80th birthday with recordings from the archive.

These concerts span the majority of his career, covering signature composers from his repertoire, performed by the orchestras and opera companies with whom he has built up a close relationship.

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Tonight's concert includes a 1965 New Philharmonia Orchestra recording of excerpts from Berlioz's Les Francs-juges.

Stravinsky: Petrushka

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Colin Davis (conductor)

Berlioz: Les Francs-juges

April Cantelo (soprano)

Helen Watts (mezzo-soprano)

Emile Belcourt (tenor)

Raimund Herincx (baritone)

The Ambrosian Singers

New Philharmonia Orchestra

Gerhard: Symphony No 4 (New York).

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With Tom Service.

2/5.

Radio 3 continues its celebration of Colin Davis's birthday with an example of his work as music director at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Mozart is a composer close to his heart, and we hear Act 2 from a 1971 performance of The Marriage of Figaro.

This is followed by another of Davis's signature composers, Tippet, and we hear the world premiere of his Triple Concerto from the 1980 Proms season.

Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (Act 2)

Countess Almaviva....Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano)

Count Almaviva....Victor Braun (baritone)

Figaro....Geraint Evans (baritone)

Susanna....Reri Grist (soprano)

Cherubino....Patricia Kern (mezzo-soprano)

Marcellina....Heather Begg (mezzo-soprano)

Bartolo....Noel Mangin (bass)

Royal Opera House Orchestra

Colin Davis (conductor)

Tippett: Concerto for violin, viola, cello and orchestra

Gyorgy Pauk (violin)

Nobuko Imai (viola)

Ralph Kirshbaum (cello)

London Symphony Orchestra.

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With Tom Service.

Radio 3 continues its celebration of Colin Davis's birthday.

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A concert given by the Dresden Staatskapelle, with whom Colin Davis is honorary conductor, including an orchestral work by Berlioz, whom Davis has championed throughout his career.

Dresden Staatskapelle

Colin Davis (conductor)

Weber: Overture (Euryanthe)

Dvorak: The Wild Dove

Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique.

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With Tom Service.

4/5.

Radio 3 continues its celebration of Colin Davis's 80th birthday with a concert from his time as principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra.

Tippett is a signature composer for him, and this concert includes the Ritual Dances from The Midsummer Marriage and the world premiere performance of The Rose Lake.

Gerhard Oppitz (piano)

London Symphony Orchestra

Colin Davis (conductor)

Tippett: Ritual Dances (The Midsummer Marriage)

Ravel: Concerto in G for piano and orchestra

Tippett: The Rose Lake

Debussy: La mer.

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With Tom Service.

5/5.

Radio 3 concludes its celebration of the eightieth birthday of Sir Colin Davis by coming right up-to-date with a Prom concert recorded this year with the European Union Youth Orchestra.

Davis is an authoritative interpreter of the music of Sibelius and this performance includes his Fifth Symphony.

European Union Youth Orchestra

Colin Davis (conductor)

Brahms: Tragic Overture; Symphony No 3

Sibelius: Symphony No 5.

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With Petroc Trelawny.

As he prepares to give up music directorship of the CBSO, conductor Sakari Oramo leads the orchestra in three masterpieces by his compatriot Jean Sibelius.

Also included is the UK premiere of Sibelius's Three Symphonic Pieces for cello and orchestra.

Martti Rousi (cello)

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Sakari Oramo (conductor)

Sibelius: The Swan of Tuonela; Symphony No 4; Three Symphonic Pieces for cello and orchestra; Symphony No 1.

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As part of Radio 3's 40th birthday celebrations, Petroc Trelawny presents another chance to hear the Purcell anniversary concert from 1995's Fairest Isle festival featuring vocal and orchestral music by Purcell and Britten at Westminster Abbey and premieres from Jonathan Dove and Michael Tippett.

James Bowman (countertenor)

Catherine Bott (soprano)

David Wilson-Johnson (baritone)

Robin Leggate (tenor)

Martin Baker (organ)

Westminster Abbey Choir

New London Consort

Martin Neary (conductor)

BBC Symphony Chorus and Orchestra

Andrew Davis (conductor)

Dove: Fairest Isle Fanfare

Purcell: Incidental Music from Abdelazer (The Moor's Revenge)

Gibbons: Hosanna to the Son of David

Byrd: O Lord, Make thy Servant Elizabeth

Purcell: Hear My Prayer, O Lord; If Music Be The Food of Love; Fairest Isle (King Arthur); Hosanna to the Highest; Hark the Ech'ing Air (The Fairy Queen); My Heart is Inditing

Handel: Zadok the Priest

Purcell: Jehova, Quam Multi Sunt Hostes (arr.

Elgar for Chorus and Orchestra)

Tippett: The Tempest (excerpt)

Britten: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

Purcell: Now That the Sun Hath Veiled His Light.

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With Petroc Trelawny.

The London Philharmonic Orchestra, which celebrates its 75th birthday this month, is joined by its former principal conductor Kurt Masur and pianist Maurizio Pollini for a sell-out concert given at the Royal Festival Hall.

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 5 (Emperor)

Shostakovich: Symphony No 5.

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In her final season as Principal Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop conducts the orchestra in Mahler's epic Third Symphony, recorded at The Lighthouse, Poole.

Mahler: Symphony No 3

Ekaterina Semenchuk (mezzo-soprano)

Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and Orchestra

Marin Alsop (conductor).

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Catherine Bott introduces a concert recorded at London's Barbican Hall.

Jiri Belohlavek opens his second season as Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra with a new trumpet concerto by German composer Jorg Widmann, a vehicle for its dedicatee, Sergei Nakariakov, deliberately designed to stretch its soloist's virtuosity to extremes.

Paired with this is Bruckner's monumental 7th Symphony, the work with which the 60-year-old composer first achieved international fame.

Jorg Widmann: ad absurdum (UK premiere)

Bruckner: Symphony No 7

Sergei Nakariakov (trumpet)

BBC SO

Jiri Belohlavek (conductor).

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With Catherine Bott.

On 7 October 1932, the newly formed London Philharmonic Orchestra made their first public appearance performing Mozart's Prague Symphony.

The orchestra celebrates the occasion as part of a 75th birthday season from their newly refurbished home at London's Royal Festival Hall, with pianist Maurizio Pollini and their vibrant young conductor Vladimir Jurowski.

Richard Bissill: Fanfare for a 75th Anniversary

Mozart: Symphony No 38 in D (Prague)

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 4 in G

Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances.

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40 years of Radio 3 are celebrated with the second of six recordings from the archives.

Stephen Plaistow joins Catherine Bott to introduce a Royal Festival Hall recital given by the great Russian pianist Emil Gilels in 1984, the year before his death.

Scriabin: Sonata No 3 in F sharp minor; 5 Preludes

Prokofiev: Sonata No 3 in A minor (From old notebooks)

Beethoven: Sonata No 29 in B flat (Hammerklavier).

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With Catherine Bott.

Elgar's late, great reflective choral ode, The Music Makers, was first performed in Birmingham's Town Hall in 1912.

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chorus celebrate the re-opening of the newly refurbished Town Hall in Elgar's 150th anniversary year with a performance of the work with mezzo-soprano Jane Irwin.

This is preceded by another work premiered in 1912, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's Violin Concerto.

Coleridge-Taylor: Violin Concerto

Elgar: The Music Makers

Anthony Marwood (violin)

Jane Irwin (mezzo-soprano)

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Simon Halsey, Michael Seal (conductors).

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With Catherine Bott.

Thierry Fischer leads the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in two works that tell stories through music.

Richard Strauss' tone poem tells the story of 13th century prankster Till Eulenspiegel, who is eventually hanged by the authorities for blasphemy, while Prokofiev recounts Shakespeare's tale of star-crossed lovers caught in the cross-fire of family feuding.

Between these, Latvian violinist Baiba Skride brings youthful vigour to Stravinsky's angular, yet romantic, neo-classical Violin Concerto.

Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel

Stravinsky: Violin Concerto

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet.

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Christopher Cook introduces a concert by the BBC Symphony Orchestra under its principal conductor Jiri Belohlavek given at the Barbican Hall, London.

The programme begins with a late, sparkling Haydn symphony, before Swedish soprano Camilla Tilling joins in for a rare performance of Zemlinsky's luridly lush late-Romantic, almost operatic depiction of a forest meeting between a traveller and a witch.

The concert ends with the charming child's view of heaven in the vocal finale of Mahler's Fourth Symphony.

Haydn: Symphony No 96 in D (Miracle)

Zemlinsky: Waldgesprach

Mahler: Symphony No 4 in G

Camilla Tilling (soprano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jiri Belohlavek (conductor).

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From the Lighthouse, Poole, two great staples of the repertoire: young Czech pianist Lukas Vondracek is the soloist in Rachmaninov's ever-popular Second Piano Concerto, and there are more memorable melodies in Holst's orchestral showpiece The Planets, which has been a popular hit since its premiere nearly a century ago.

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2

Holst: The Planets

Lukas Vondracek (piano)

Ladies of the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Marin Alsop (conductor).

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Third of six recordings from the archive looking back over 40 years of Radio 3.

Live broadcasts in 1991 of Mozart's music from around Europe to mark the bicentenary of his death included this performance from Westminster Cathedral of the Vespers 'as it may have been celebrated in Salzburg in Mozart's time'.

Mozart: Vesperae de Dominica in C, K321; Misericordias Domini, K222; Litaniae Lauretanae, K109

Chant from Salzburg Cathedral Archives

Gillian Fisher (soprano)

Robert Harre-Jones (countertenor)

Andrew King (tenor)

Michael George (bass)

Westminster Cathedral Choir

Hanover Band

James O'Donnell (director).

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Riccardo Muti conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for the first time in more than 30 years in one of the most keenly anticipated concerts of the season at London's Royal Festival Hall.

The programme, with a mixture of the well-known and less familiar, is the perfect vehicle both for the great virtuosity, versatility and expressive style of one of America's great orchestras and Muti's intense conviction and exacting standards.

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 6 (Pathetique)

Hindemith: Nobilissima Visione

Scriabin: The Poem of Ecstasy, Op 54

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Riccardo Muti (conductor).

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Introduced by Christopher Cook.

John Lubbock conducts the Ulster Orchestra in a concert given at the Clonard Monastery, Belfast.

The programme includes Bax's rarely heard Yeats-inspired tone poem Cathaleen-ni-Hoolihan and Vaughan Williams' poignant Fifth Symphony.

In between, Emma Johnson joins the orchestra for Mozart's late, great Clarinet Concerto.

Bax: Cathaleen-ni-Hoolihan

Mozart: Clarinet Concerto

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No 5

Emma Johnson (clarinet)

Ulster Orchestra

John Lubbock (conductor).

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Petroc Trelawny presents a performance from London's Hackney Empire of The Gospel According to Broadway, an exciting new anthology of the greatest hits of African-American sacred music.

The BBC Concert Orchestra is joined by choirs and soloists from both sides of the Atlantic for the show which includes tributes to Paul Robeson, Marian Anderson and Mahalia Jackson.

London Community Gospel Choir

Bazil Meade (director)

Michael Terry Singers

Michael Terry (director)

Harlem Gospel Ensemble and Hackney Empire Gospel Singers

Chapman Roberts (director)

BBC Concert Orchestra

Richard Balcombe (conductor).

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Petroc Trelawny presents a concert from The Anvil in Basingstoke, as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment performs music by native and adoptive English composers.

Purcell's Dido and Aeneas was the first English opera, and is given a concert performance starring Sarah Connolly and Giles Underwood as Purcell's doomed lovers.

This is accompanied by two of Handel's Concerti Grossi, including Alexander's Feast.

Handel: Concerto Grosso No 5 in D; Concerto Grosso No 7 in C (Alexander's Feast)

Purcell: Dido and Aeneas

Dido....Sarah Connelly (soprano)

Aeneas....Giles Underwood (tenor)

Choir of the Enlightenment

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Margaret Faultless (conductor).

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Petroc Trelawny presents the fourth of six programmes celebrating 40 years of Radio 3.

In 1984, four years after his appointment as the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra's Principal Conductor, Simon Rattle brought the CBSO to the Proms and stunned the audience and critics with this concert which is still remembered as one of the highlights of his extraordinary two decades with the orchestra.

Tippett: Concerto for Double String Orchestra

Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No 1 in E flat

Nielsen: Symphony No 4 (The Inextinguishable); Pan and Syrinx

Yo Yo Ma (cello)

CBSO

Simon Rattle (conductor).

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Petroc Trelawny presents concerts from New York's Avery Fisher Hall.

The New York Philharmonic Orchestra under Lorin Maazel explore their Tchaikovsky Experience.

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This concert includes Berio's take on Boccherini, Tchaikovsky's early Second Symphony (Little Russian), and the orchestra is joined by Lisa Batiashvili for Beethoven's mighty Violin Concerto.

Berio: Four Original Versions of Boccherini's La ritirata notturna di Madrid

Beethoven: Violin Concerto

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 2 (Little Russian)

Lisa Batiashvili (violin)

New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Lorin Maazel (conductor).

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With Tom Service.

The BBC Symphony Orchestra celebrates John Adams' 60th birthday with a programme in which he conducts his own music and a new work by Colin Matthews, described as 'four different ways of looking at the same thing'.

Plus former New Generation Artist Alban Gerhardt brings a tribute to the late Mstislav Rostropovich through the powerful work written especially for him by Benjamin Britten.

Britten: Symphony for Cello and Orchestra

Matthews: Reflected Images (London premiere)

Adams: Choruses from The Death of Klinghoffer

Alban Gerhardt (cello)

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

John Adams (conductor).

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Tom Service introduces the fifth of six concerts celebrating 40 years of Radio 3.

Recorded in December 1972, star of song, stage and screen Eartha Kitt thrilled a capacity audience at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall.

The legendary chanteuse was joined by the Nash Ensemble for songs by Kurt Weill, and then pianist-composer Richard Rodney Bennett accompanied her in a sequence of his own arrangements of American classics from the 20s and 30s.

The programme also included Nash Ensemble party pieces by Stravinsky and Martinu.

Stravinsky Suite: The Soldier's Tale

Weill: Overture; Mack the Knife; Barbara Song (The Threepenny Opera); Bilbao Song; Matrosen Tango; Surabaya Jonny; Hard Nut (Happy End)

Martinu: La revue de cuisine

Cole Porter: Anything goes; My heart belongs to Daddy

Gershwin: My man's gone now

Cole Porter: Love for sale

Harold Arlen: I wonder what became of me

Rodgers and Hart: Ten cents a dance

Cole Porter: Let's misbehave

Eartha Kitt (voice)

Richard Rodney Bennett (piano)

Nash Ensemble

Marcus Dods (conductor).

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With Tom Service.

The BBC Singers welcome their new Chief Conductor David Hill with a concert that they've called 'Out of This World', especially designed for Halloween.

The programme includes new 'ghostly' works by Andrew Simpson and Judith Bingham, medieval plainsong via the sacred music of William Byrd, partsongs and folk-song arrangements by Ravel and Vaughan Williams, and rarely heard music (in the UK at least) from leading Swedish composer Arne Mellnas.

Hymn: Salutis aeternae dator

Mundy: In aeternum

Arne Mellnas: L'infinito

Simpson: Ghost Stories

Vaughan-Williams: Five English Folksongs

Ravel: Trois Chansonns

Bingham: Ghost Towns of the American West (UK premiere)

Byrd: 3 Songs

Hymn: Placare Christie.

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Tom Service introduces one of the leading singers of his generation in one of the high-points of German song.

Baritone Thomas Quasthoff travels the winter road that Schubert mapped out at the end of his tragically short life, with pianist Charles Spencer as his musical journeyman.

Schubert: Winterreise, D911.

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With Tom Service.

The RPS Award-winning Britten Sinfonia is joined by former BBC New Generation Artist violinist Alina Ibragimova for this showcase concert.

She takes the solo role in concertos by Bach and Hartmann, and directs a performance of Schoenberg's early string orchestral masterpiece.

Bach: Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041; (arr.

Tansy Davies) Prelude and Fugue No 20 in A minor

Hartmann: Concerto Funebre

Schoenberg: Verklarte Nacht.

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With Tom Service.

All of the works in this programme were written for the church of Santa Maria de La Pieta in Venice, where Vivaldi taught, and with specific performers in mind, the foundling girls of the Pieta.

During Vivaldi's lifetime, these famous girls were celebrated as one of Europe's finest collections of musicians.

In this concert at St John's Smith Square, the perfect location in which to recreate the musical space of the old Pieta, one of Britain's finest period orchestras replaces the girls.

Vivaldi: Lauda Jerusalem, RV 609; Violin Concerto in D, RV 617; Salve Regina, RV 212; Concerto for 2 violins and 2 organs, RV 584; Gloria, RV 589

Joanne Lunn (soprano)

Kati Debretzeni (violin)

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Schola Pietatis Antonio Vivaldi

Pavlo Beznosiuk (director/violin).

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Tom Service presents a concert recorded at London's Royal Festival Hall, in which Vladimir Ashkenazy leads the Philharmonia Orchestra in three works from the heart of 19th century German Romanticism.

Wagner's overture to Die Meistersinger lifts the curtain on his human love story set against the background of a song competition in Nuremburg.

Starry soloist Vadim Repin joins the orchestra to perform one of the most romantic and popular violin concertos in the repertoire, while Schumann's Second Symphony was written at a time when the composer was teetering on the edge of physical and mental breakdown.

Wagner: Overture (Die Meistersinger)

Bruch: Violin Concerto No 1

Schumann: Symphony No 2.

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Tom Service presents the last of six recordings from the BBC Archives celebrating 40 years of Radio 3.

Pierre Boulez's tenure as the BBC Symphony Orchestra's Chief Conductor from 1971-1975 is widely thought of as a high point in the orchestra's history.

One of Boulez's last concerts at the helm was recorded in Yokohama in 1975 as part of a Japanese tour and is a telling showcase of their partnership.

Webern: Passacaglia

Birtwistle: Nenia on the Death of Orpheus

Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe

Jan DeGaetani (mezzo-soprano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Pierre Boulez (conductor).

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Tom Service introduces a recital by German bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff, who is recognised as one of the finest singers of his generation.

He continues his residency at London's Wigmore Hall with this concert of lieder by Gustav Mahler.

Mahler: Five Ruckert Lieder; Kindertotenlieder; Five Lieder from Des Knaben Wunderhorn

Thomas Quasthoff (bass-baritone)

Charles Spencer (piano).

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With Tom Service.

The BBC Symphony Orchestra continues its season at London's Barbican Hall with a concert of music from England and Poland.

Benjamin Britten and his teacher Frank Bridge both wrote pieces influenced by the sea - Bridge composed his suite of orchestra seascapes in 1910, three years before the birth of his star pupil.

Britten's own Violin Concerto was completed in 1939, shortly after Germany's invasion of Poland and the work exudes a sense of the gathering storm.

Lutoslawski was taken prisoner by the Nazis, but miraculously escaped to become Poland's leading postwar composer and his 1954 Concerto for Orchestra was the work which first brought him to Western ears.

Bridge: The Sea

Britten: Violin Concerto

Lutoslawski: Concerto for Orchestra

Daniel Hope (violin)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Yan Pascal Tortelier (conductor).

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Petroc Trelawny introduces the first of several broadcasts of the music of Edward Elgar.

This concert was recorded at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall in June as part of Elgar in His Kingdom, the Halle's celebration of the composer's 150th anniversary.

Truls Mork (cello)

Halle Orchestra

Mark Elder (conductor)

Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor; Symphony No 2 in E flat.

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Petroc Trelawny presents an all-Elgar concert recorded at London's Royal Festival Hall.

The first half presents the patriotic side to the composer, as the Nursery Suite was dedicated to members of the Royal Family, while the achingly moving Spirit of England is a meditation written after the First World War.

The remainder of the concert features two of Elgar's best-loved orchestral works, including the famous Enigma Variations.

Elgar: Civic Fanfare; National Anthem arrangement; Nursery Suite; The Spirit of England; Introduction and Allegro for strings; Variations on an original theme (Enigma Variations)

Emily Magee (soprano)

London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir

Mark Elder (conductor).

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Petroc Trelawny presents a specially-recorded concert performance of Elgar's delightful incidental music for the play The Starlight Express.

Written during the horrors of the First World War, the drama follows a group of children whose magical 'starlight' quality has been lost by the adults around them.

Elgar: The Starlight Express

Elizabeth Atherton (soprano)

Mark Stone (baritone)

Simon Callow (narrator)

BBC Concert Orchestra

Barry Wordsworth (conductor)

Kenneth Richardson (director).

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Petroc Trelawny presents another chance to hear this performance of Elgar's magnificent oratorio, recorded at the 2005 BBC Proms.

Elgar set texts by Cardinal John Henry Newman in a work that was to become eloquent testimony to the composer's Catholic faith.

Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius

Angel....Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano)

Gerontius....Paul Groves (tenor)

Priest/Angel of the Agony....Matthew Best (bass-baritone)

Hallé Youth Choir

Hallé Choir

London Philharmonic Choir

Hallé Orchestra

Mark Elder (conductor).

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The London Philharmonic Orchestra's principal conductor contrasts a pair of works by two Romantically-inclined Austrian composers with Shostakovich's striking Sixth Symphony.

Playing Korngold's lushly Romantic concerto is the dazzling young Danish virtuoso Nikolaj Znaider.

Zemlinsky: Sinfonietta, Op 23

Korngold: Violin Concerto in D, Op 35

Shostakovich: Symphony No 6 in B minor

Nikolaj Znaider (violin)

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Vladimir Jurowski (conductor).

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Petroc Trelawny presents a concert by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra given at the Lighthouse, Poole.

Dvorak's New World Symphony, with its stream of memorable tunes, is preceded by Beethoven's Emperor Concerto, which is played by one of Britain's brightest young pianists.

The concert begins with James MacMillan's wacky and iconoclastic Stomp, where the worlds of Tchaikovsky and Mozart collide.

Paul Lewis (piano)

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Marin Alsop (conductor)

MacMillan: Stomp (With Fate and Elvira)

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 5 (Emperor)

Dvorak: Symphony No 9 (From the New World).

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Petroc Trelawny introduces a concert recorded at the Glasgow City Halls.

The Tirol Tourist Board commissioned the fashionable Estonian composer Erkki-Sven Tuur's Oxymoron, where the majesty of the Tirolean mountain landscape is to be heard.

An imaginary Chaplin film was the inspiration for Milhaud's Le boeuf sur le toit, while Copland's Music for the Theatre is, misleadingly, a work commissioned for the concert hall.

Bassist John Patitucci has inspired Mark-Anthony Turnage in the past, and this concertante work for double bass, A Prayer out of Stillness, is the latest fruit of their collaboration.

Copland: Music for the Theatre

Milhaud: Le boeuf sur le toit

Turnage: A Prayer out of Stillness (UK premiere)

Tuur: Oxymoron (Music for Tirol)

John Patitucci (double bass/six string guitar)

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Olari Etts (conductor).

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We All Love Ella

Petroc Trelawny introduces a tribute to one of the greatest singers of the 20th century, recorded as part of the London Jazz Festival at the Royal Festival Hall.

For millions, Ella Fitzgerald was the peerless interpreter of American popular song.

In what would have been her 90th birthday year, the BBC Concert Orchestra and some of London's top jazz players are joined by a host of contemporary stars from both sides of the Atlantic, including Jamelia, Lea DeLaria, Claire Martin, Juliet Roberts, Ian Shaw, Terri Walker and Lizz Wright, to pay tribute.

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Petroc Trelawny introduces a concert given at The Sage, Gateshead.

The Northern Sinfonia is directed from the keyboard by the distinguished pianist Imogen Cooper in two contrasting Mozart concertos.

Debussy's sinuous but concise masterpiece Syrinx is performed by the orchestra's principal flute Juliette Bausor, and Ravel's famous Introduction and Allegro and Debussy's Danses sacree et profane complete this intriguing programme.

Juliette Bausor (flute)

Imogen Cooper (piano)

Northern Sinfonia

Bradley Creswick (director)

Debussy: Syrinx

Mozart: Piano Concerto No 24 in C minor

Debussy: Danses sacree et profane

Ravel: Introduction and Allegro

Mozart: Piano Concerto No 25 in C.

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Petroc Trelawny introduces a concert given at St David's Hall, Cardiff.

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales and principal guest conductor Jac van Steen are joined by award-winning Swedish pianist Peter Jablonski for the 18-year-old Prokofiev's defiant First Piano Concerto.

This is followed by the world premiere of Giles Swayne's Symphony No 1.

The concert ends with the Nordic grandeur of Sibelius's majestic Fifth Symphony.

Peter Jablonski (piano)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Jac van Steen (conductor)

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No 1

Swayne: Symphony No 1 (A Small World)

Sibelius: Symphony No 5.

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With Martin Handley.

The Halle pays tribute to Sibelius in the 50th anniversary year of the composer's death in a programme that includes three of his finest tone-poems.

As well as taking the fearsomely difficult solo vocal part in Luonnatar, leading Swedish soprano Hillevi Martinpelto also contributes some of Sibelius's orchestral songs.

The concert also includes his final symphony, a single movement to sum up his life's work.

Hillevi Martinpelto (soprano)

Halle

Mark Elder (conductor)

Sibelius: Night Ride and Sunrise; Orchestral Songs; Luonnotar; Symphony No 7 in C; Tapiola.

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With Martin Handley.

One of Britain's leading chamber orchestras morphs into a big band for a jazz-inspired programme performed last Saturday as part of the London Jazz Festival.

And one of Brazil's most celebrated vocalists, Luciana Souza, adds her brilliantly elastic vocals to the Miles Davis sound, with Radio 3's first New Generation jazz artist, Gwilym Simcock, contributing a new piece of his own.

Luciana Souza (vocals)

Romero Lubambo (guitar)

Alex Acuna (percussion)

Britten Sinfonia

Gil Goldstein (conductor)

Villa Lobos, arr.

Goldstein: Bachianais Brasilerias Nos 5 and 6

Bach, orch.

Goldstein: Ricercare a 3 (The Musical Offering)

Federico Mompou: Cancion y danza No 6

Luciana Souza/Pablo Neruda: Memory

Egberto Gismonti, arr.

Souza/Goldstein: Memoria e Fado

Miles Davis/Gil Evans, orch.

Goldstein: Miles Ahead

Hermeto Pascoal, arr.

Goldstein: Chorinho Pra Ele; Nem Um Talvez (Live-Evil/Miles Davis)

Joaquin Rodrigo, arr.

Evans, orch.

Goldstein: Adagio (Concierto de Aranjuez for guitar and orchestra)

Kurt Weill, arr.

Gil Evans My Ship (Lady in the Dark)

Antonio Carlos Jobim, arr.

Evans/Souza, orch.

Goldstein: Corcorvado (Quiet Nights)

Pintos/Goncalves, arr.

Goldstein: Aos Pez Daz Cruz (Quiet Nights)

Gismonti: Frevo

Gwilym Simcock: New work

MacGregor/Mercer/Evans, arr.

Goldstein: Boplicity (Birth of the Cool)

Lennon and McCartney, orch.

Goldstein: Hello Goodbye.

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Martin Handley presents a concert by the BBC Philharmonic conducted by Thomas Dausgaard, whose programme includes an early orchestral work by Messiaen as well as a symphony by Carl Nielsen that ranks among the greatest of the 20th century.

Russian pianist Alexander Melnikov is the soloist in one of Prokofiev's early triumphs, a dazzling concerto written when he was still in his early twenties.

Messiaen: Hymne au Saint-Sacrement

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No 2

Nielsen: Symphony No 5.

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With Martin Handley.

American pianist Richard Goode is partnered by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Christoph Eschenbach in Beethoven's darkest piano concerto, the Third.

Mahler's Fourth Symphony, by contrast, is his sunniest, ending with a gentle song about a child's view of heaven, and the young American soprano Marisol Montalvo takes the solo role.

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 3

Mahler: Symphony No 4.

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Recorded at the Lighthouse, Poole, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is led by conductor David Hill in a concert of works by British composers.

They are joined by the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus for the world premiere of a new work by the orchestra's composer in residence; cellist Raphael Wallfisch is the soloist in Gerard Finzi's Cello Concerto and Vaughan Williams' homage to the capital city rounds off the programme.

Stephen McNeff: Weathers

Finzi: Cello Concerto

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No 2 (London).

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After 52 years as the pianist and co-founder of the Beaux Arts Trio, Menahem Pressler is retiring, so this programme is a recording of one of two farewell recitals that the Beaux Arts Trio gave recently at London's Wigmore Hall.

Beaux Arts Trio:

Menahem Pressler (piano)

Daniel Hope (violin)

Antonio Meneses (cello)

Schubert: Piano Trio No 1 in B flat; Piano Trio No 2 in E flat.

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The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra performs works by Russian composers for the ballet and opera stage in a concert given at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall.

The music of Prokofiev's Scythian Suite was extracted from ballet music composed for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes as was Stravinsky's more famous Rite of Spring.

Kristine Opolais (soprano)

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

Andris Nelsons (conductor)

Prokofiev: Scythian Suite

Rachmaninov: Sing Not to Me, Beautiful Maiden

Tchaikovsky: Polanaise; Tatyana's Letter Scene (Eugene Onegin)

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring.

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The Wiltshire Music Centre in Bradford-on-Avon is one of the country's quiet success stories and this concert, celebrating its 10th anniversary, begins in typically bold style.

It features the world premiere of Wreathe, a piece specially commissioned for the occasion, by Luke Bedford.

Story telling is the common theme linking the rest of the music, as Vaughan Williams' Songs of Travel journeys through the heartache of lost love and solitude, and Ravel's Mother Goose evokes the magical and nostalgic world of fairytale and childhood.

Christopher Maltman (baritone)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Thierry Fischer (conductor).

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The Romantic, the Revolutionary, and the Rebel

A mini-series of concerts from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra featuring the music of Brahms, Bartok and Ligeti.

1/4.

Ilan Volkov conducts Ligeti's teasingly beautiful masterpiece Lontano and the ever-popular Concerto for Orchestra by Bartok.

Plus between the two, one of Europe's most exciting young pianists performs Beethoven's majestic Emperor Concerto.

Ligeti: Lontano

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 5 (Emperor)

Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra

Till Fellner (piano)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Ilan Volkov (conductor).

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The Romantic, the Revolutionary, and the Rebel

A mini-series of concerts from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra featuring the music of Brahms, Bartok and Ligeti.

3/4.

In a concert recorded at the City Halls, Glasgow, John Lill tackles Brahms' massive Second Piano Concerto, while a virtuoso conductor is also needed for Bartok's Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, a compositional tour de force featuring contrasting lyrical and energetic movements.

Benjamin Staern: Cross Draught (UK premiere)

Bartok: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta

Brahms: Piano Concerto No 2 in B flat

John Lill (piano)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Stefan Solyom (conductor).

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The Romantic, the Revolutionary, and the Rebel

A mini-series of concerts from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra featuring the music of Brahms, Bartok and Ligeti.

4/4.

Pianist Nelson Freire appears in a favourite of the Romantic repertoire, Schumann's Piano Concerto.

Surrounding this are Ligeti's evocative Apparitions and Bartok's luridly graphic ballet that leaves very little to the imagination.

Nelson Freire (piano)

Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama Chamber Choir

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Ilan Volkov (conductor)

Ligeti: Apparitions

Schumann: Piano Concerto

Bartok: The Miraculous Mandarin.

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Petroc Trelawny introduces a concert by Colin Currie (percussion) and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Marin Alsop, given at the Royal Festival Hall in London.

With the composition of The Rite of Spring, Stravinsky shocked the world with his innovative use of rhythm and orchestration, and his music still makes an impact nearly 100 years later.

Also on the programme is a work by a composer who looked backwards rather than forwards for inspiration, Vaughan Williams, and his Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis.

And we come right up to date with the European premiere of American composer Jennifer Higdon's Percussion Concerto, with Colin Currie as soloist.

Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

Higdon: Percussion Concerto (European premiÃre)

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring.

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Petroc Trelawny introduces a concert given at the Barbican, London, with Ivan Zenaty (violin) and the BBC Symphony Orchestra under its chief conductor Jiri Belohlavek performing music from his native Czechoslovakia.

Smetana's popular opera The Bartered Bride is represented by the Overture and three folk dances.

Dvorak played the viola in the first performance of the opera, and 20 years later composed his Eighth Symphony, brimful of Bohemian flavour.

There's the UK premiere of a concerto from a generation later - Foerster's Violin Concerto No 1 - which is performed by Czech violinist Ivan Zenaty.

Smetana: Overture; Three Dances (The Bartered Bride)

Foerster: Violin Concerto No 1 (UK premiere)

Dvorak: Symphony No 8 in G.

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Petroc Trelawny introduces a programme of Christmas choral music composed by two composers who were good friends and great admirers of each other's music: Benjamin Britten and Francis Poulenc.

The concert, given at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, includes Poulenc's Little Prayers of St Francis of Assisi and Britten's Ceremony of Carols.

Plus music by Maurice Durufle - four motets based on plainsong chants.

Sioned Williams (harp)

The Sixteen

Harry Christophers (conductor).

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Petroc Trelawny introduces The Cardinall's Musick conducted by Andrew Carwood in their annual Christmas concert.

The baroque splendour of St John's, Smith Square, is complemented by the programme of baroque Christmas choral music, including settings of Singet dem Herren by both Bach and Praetorius, along with music by Bach's predecessors Schutz and Scheidt.

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Petroc Trelawny introduces a concert from Merton College, Oxford, in which the BBC Singers conducted by Peter Philips perform A Tudor Christmas.

There's music from all the big names of English music of the time, including Tallis, Taverner, Byrd and Gibbons, plus the first modern performances of some Christmas motets by the little-known Tudor composer Derrick Gerarde.

The grand finale is arguably the most impressive and expansive piece of the era, the 40-part motet Spem in Alium by Thomas Tallis.

Iain Farrington (organ)

BBC Singers

Peter Philips (conductor).

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Emerson String Quartet

Petroc Trelawny presents a series of three concerts recorded at London's Wigmore Hall by one of the world's most distinguished string quartets.

Each concert is based around the three Beethoven 'Rasumovsky' Quartets and also includes music by Bach and a recent work by a composer closely associated with the group.

1/3.

A quartet from the 1980s by leading German composer Wolfgang Rihm.

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Emerson String Quartet

Petroc Trelawny presents a series of concerts recorded at London's Wigmore Hall by one of the world's most distinguished quartets.

3/3.

The Emerson Quartet perform a programme that includes a work specially composed for them by the leading Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho

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Martin Handley introduces two concerts given at London's Royal Festival Hall in 2007.

1/2.

The beginning of a series devised by John Eliot Gardiner illustrating Brahms's sometimes surprising knowledge of, and admiration for, earlier composers.

Monteverdi Choir

Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique

John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

Brahms: Begrabnisgesang

Schutz: Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen

Bach: Cantata No 60 (O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort)

Brahms: German Requiem.

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Martin Handley introduces two concerts given at London's Royal Festival Hall in 2007.

2/2.

A second concert demonstrating Brahms's interest in earlier composers.

Brahms: Haydn Variations

Schubert: Gesang der Geister uber den Wassern; Gruppe aus dem Tartarus

Brahms: Alto Rhapsody; Symphony No 1

Monteverdi Choir

Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique

John Eliot Gardiner (conductor).

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Judith Weir: Telling the Tale.

Natural History: This evening's BBC SO concert concludes with the London premiere of Weir's Winter Song, and her The welcome arrival of rain.

Natural History

Live from the Barbican Hall, London, Tom Service presents the first concert in a weekend dedicated to leading British composer Judith Weir.

Weir's Forest grows from a tiny 'seed' of melody into a dense, flourishing work for large orchestra, while her song-cycle Natural History draws on Taoist poetry.

After the interval, The welcome arrival of rain vividly evokes sensations associated with the Indian monsoon.

Weir's music is interspersed with folk music from concertina maestro Simon Thoumire and his band, and the English Acoustic Collective.

Weir: Forest; Natural History; Winter Song; The welcome arrival of rain

Ailish Tynan (soprano)

Simon Thoumire Band

English Acoustic Collective

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Andre de Ridder (conductor)

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Jonathan Swain introduces a concert given by Manchester's Halle Orchestra under Mark Elder.

John McCabe is a composer who has had a long association with the Halle, and the concert includes the world premiere of his Cello Concerto, specially written for the soloist.

McCabe is a modern-day romantic, and his concerto is complimented by two true romantic works: Strauss's opulent Don Juan, written when the composer was still in his mid-20s, and Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances, written

while he was in exile in America.

R Strauss: Don Juan

McCabe: Cello Concerto (World premiere)

Rachmaninov: Symphony Dances

Truls Mork (cello)

The Halle Orchestra

Mark Elder (conductor).

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Jonathan Swain presents a performance given at Glasgow's City Halls featuring the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Leif Segerstam, who conducts the UK premiere of his latest symphony.

It was written at the time when bird flu paranoia was at its height and is full of literary jokes and puns.

Also on the programme is more conventional Scandinavian music from Sibelius and Nielsen.

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Leif Segerstam (conductor)

Segerstam: Symphony No 151

Sibelius: Pohjola's Daughter

Nielsen: Symphony No 5.

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Jonathan Swain introduces a concert given in the Dublin National Concert Hall where the Ulster Orchestra under Gareth Jones are joined by baritone Bryn Terfel showing off his versatility with a selection of popular opera arias and songs from the shows.

Bryn Terfel (baritone)

Ulster Orchestra

Gareth Jones (conductor)

Rossini: Overture (The Barber of Seville)

Mozart: Non piu andrai (Le nozze di Figaro)

Mozart: Io ti lascio, K245/621a

Wagner: Overture (Der Fliegende Hollander)

Wagner: Wie Todesahnung...

O du mein holden Abendstern (Tannhauser)

Borodin: Prince Igor's Aria (Prince Igor)

Tchaikovsky: Polonaise (Eugene Onegin)

Gounod: Vous qui faites l'endormie (Faust)

Verdi: Ehi! Paggio! L'onore! Ladri! (Falstaff)

Mendelssohn: Lord God of Abraham (Elijah)

Elgar: Chanson du matin

Rodgers: Waltz (Carousel)

Rodgers: Some Enchanted Evening (South Pacific)

Schoenberg: Stars (Les miserables).

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Halle Orchestra 150th Birthday Concert

Petroc Trelawny presents a concert from Manchester's Bridgwater Hall celebrating 150 years since the first of Mr Charles Halle's Grand Orchestral Concerts.

The programme includes a work that Halle himself played on that auspicious occasion - Weber's Konzertstuck for piano and orchestra - as well as works by Lambert, Elgar and Ades that the orchestra premiered.

Joining the orchestra are two great singers: Dmitry Hvorostovsky, who performs operatic arias, and Dame Janet Baker, who introduces the concert.

John Tomlinson (bass-baritone)

Anna Stephany (mezzo-soprano)

Polina Leschenko (piano)

Halle Choir

Halle Youth Choir

Halle Orchestra

Mark Elder (conductor)

James Burton (conductor)

Matthews: A Quick Start

Berlioz: Overture (Le Corsaire), Op 21

Verdi: Ella giammai m'amo! (Don Carlos)

Ades: These Premises Are Alarmed

Debussy: Fetes

Vaughan Williams: Toward the Unknown Region

Lambert: The Rio Grande (conducted by James Burton)

Weber: Konzertstuck in F minor for piano and orchestra

Wagner: Was duftet doch der Flieder (Der Meistersinger)

Gounod: Serenade (Vous qui faites l'endormie)

Elgar: In the South, Op 50 (Alassio).

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With Petroc Trelawny.

A concert given at the Brighton Dome as part of the annual conference of the Association of British Orchestras.

The local orchestra is joined by pianist Artur Pizarro for Gershwin's popular Piano Concerto in F, and the concert includes the world premiere of a new work written for the occasion by Martin Butler.

Artur Pizarro (piano)

Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra

Barry Wordsworth (conductor)

Butler: From the Fairground of Dreams (world premiere)

Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F

Stravinsky: Petrushka.

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With Petroc Trelawny.

The London Philharmonic Orchestra's Composer-in-Residence, Mark-Anthony Turnage, composed Lullaby for Hans as a tribute to one of his former teachers, Hans Werner Henze, and this concert includes its London premiere alongside a work by its dedicatee.

The programme also includes the leading German violinist Christian Tetzlaff in Brahms' lyrical concerto and ends with Tchaikovsky's final, deeply personal symphony.

Turnage: Lullaby for Hans

Henze: Sonata per Archi

Brahms: Violin Concerto in D, Op 77

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 6 in B Minor (Pathetique), Op 74

Christian Tetzlaff (violin)

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Vladimir Jurowski (conductor).

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Petroc Trelawny introduces highlights from the BBC Symphony Orchestra's recent South American Week, featuring orchestral music from Brazil and Argentina, including Astor Piazzolla's tango-influenced Bandoneon Concerto.

Per Arne Glorvigen (bandoneon)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Enrique Diemecke (conductor)

Ginastera: Panambi Suite, Op 1a

Piazzolla: Bandoneon Concerto (Aconcagua)

Villa-Lobos: Amazonas

Plus tangos played by Tango for 3, bossa nova sung by Monica Vasconcelos and samba drumming.

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With Petroc Trelawny.

Two premieres feature in this concert given in Liverpool as part of the city's European Capital of Culture programme.

Italian conductor Marcello Bufalini has reconstructed Mendelssohn's 3rd Piano Concerto, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic's Composer in the House and former chorister at Liverpool Cathedral, Kenneth Hesketh, contributes his first major commission for the orchestra.

Roberto Prosseda (piano)

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Harry Bicket (conductor)

Bach: Orchestral Suite No 3 in D, BWV 1068

Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No 3 in E minor

Hesketh: Like the Sea, Like Time (world premiere).

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Catherine Bott introduces a concert given in January at Dundee's Caird Hall by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under music director Stephane Deneve featuring three orchestral showpieces that were each groundbreaking in their time.

Hilary Hahn (violin)

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Stephane Deneve (conductor)

Strauss: Don Juan

Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto

Debussy: Prelude a l'apres-midi d'une faune

Debussy: La mer.

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Presented by Catherine Bott.

A recital given by the Polish pianist Piotr Anderszewski in his home town of Warsaw in 2006.

The performance includes music by Mozart and Bach plus Szymanowkski's Homer-inspired cycle of miniature tone-poems and Chopin's rendering of traditional Polish dances.

Piotr Anderszewski (piano)

Mozart: Fantasy in C minor, K475

Mozart: Sonata in C minor, K457

Szymanowski: M㩴pes, Op 29

Chopin: Mazurkas, Op 59

Bach: English Suite in D minor, BWV 811.

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Catherine Bott presents a performance of Strauss's opera Salome, featuring Gianandrea Noseda conducting the BBC Philharmonic and a cast from the Italian production.

Herod....Peter Bronder (tenor)

Herodias....Dagmar Peckova (mezzo-soprano)

Salome....Nicola Beller Carbone (soprano)

Jokanaan....Peteris Eglitis (bass-baritone)

Narraboth....Jorg Durmuller (tenor)

A Page....Manuela Custer

1st Jew....Nicola Pamio

2nd Jew....Karl Michael Ebner

3rd Jew....Fulvio Oberto

4th Jew....Ulfried Haselsteiner

5th Jew....Nicolai Karnolsky

1st Nazarene....Roberto Abbondanza

2nd Nazarene....Thomas Ghazeli

1st Soldier....Vladimir Baykov

2nd Soldier....Robert Holzer

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

Gianandrea Noseda (conductor).

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Catherine Bott introduces a performance by the Dresden Staatskapelle, featuring Edgar Varese's interpretation of a dream he had of the music of an angel, and followed by works from Beethoven and Strauss.

Helene Grimaud (piano)

Dresden Staatskapelle

Fabio Luisi (conductor)

Varese: Arcana

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 4

Strauss: Alpine Symphony.

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Tom Service presents another chance to hear a concert given at the Royal Festival Hall in 2001, featuring pianist Murray Perahia performing works by Mozart, Schubert and Chopin.

Mozart: Fantasia in C minor for piano, K475

Schubert: Sonata in B flat for piano, D960

Chopin: Ballade No 3 in A flat for piano, Op 47; 12 Studies for piano, Op 25; Scherzo No 2 in B flat minor, Op 31.

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With Tom Service.

A concert given at the Wigmore Hall, London, with celebrated American mezzo-soprano Susan Graham performing a varied programme of 19th and 20th century French songs, accompanied by pianist Malcolm Martineau.

Bizet: Chanson d'avril

Franck: Nocturne

Faure: Dans les ruines d'une abbaye

Gounod: Ou voulez-vous aller?

Lalo: Guitare

Saint-Saens: Danse macabre

Chabrier: Les cigales

Paladilhe: Psyche

Debussy: Harmonie du soir

Chausson: Les papillons

Bachelet: Chere nuit

Duparc: Au pays ou se fait la guerre

Ravel: Le paon

Caplet: Le corbeau et le renard

Roussel: Reponse d'une epouse sage

Messiaen: La fiancee perdue

Debussy: Colloque sentimental

Faure: Vocalise

Hahn: Tyndaris

Satie: Le chapelier

Honegger: 3 Chansons de la petite Sirene

Canteloube: Brezairola

Rosenthal: La souris d'Angleterre

Poulenc: La dame de Monte Carlo

Susan Graham (mezzo-soprano)

Malcolm Martineau (piano).

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Petroc Trelawny introduces a concert given by the BBC Concert Orchestra to celebrate the 60th birthday of Barry Wordsworth, their principal conductor for 17 years, and now conductor laureate.

In Job, called a masque for dancing, Vaughan Williams draws together Elizabethan courtly dances and traditional country music in a powerfully dramatic score still rarely heard in concert; and in Astor Piazzolla's The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, the rhythms of the nuevo tango meet the Italian Baroque of Vivaldi.

Chris Garrick (violin)

BBC Concert Orchestra

Barry Wordsworth (conductor)

Vaughan Williams: Job

Piazzolla: The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires

Ravel: La valse.

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Introduced by Petroc Trelawny.

James MacMillan, the BBC Philharmonic's Composer/Conductor, conducts the world premiere of three interludes from his new opera The Sacrifice, a work based on a medieval Welsh tale and focusing on issues of love and conflict.

The programme also includes a work by Messiaen celebrating the Resurrection and evoking the landscapes of the Alps, and Kancheli's Fifth Symphony, written 30 years ago.

It features a child-like theme on the harpsichord, representing youthful optimism, which is graphically overpowered by orchestral forces.

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

James MacMillan (conductor)

Messiaen: Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum

MacMillan: Three Interludes (The Sacrifice) (world premiere)

Kancheli: Symphony No 5.

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Petroc Trelawny introduces a concert given as part of the CBSO's IgorFest project to perform Stravinsky's complete works.

The programme includes Capriccio, the most extrovert of his three works for piano and orchestra, and Persephone, a story of the Greek Underworld that is regarded as among the most beautiful of the composer's pieces and features writing for adult and children's choruses.

Peter Donohoe (piano)

Peter Wedd (tenor)

City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus

City of Birmingham Symphony Youth Chorus

Sakari Oramo (conductor)

Chopin, orch.

Stravinsky: Nocturne and Grande valse brillante

Stravinsky: Capriccio for piano and orchestra; Persephone.

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BBC Symphony Orchestra: Penderecki Celebration

Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

The 75th birthday of Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki is celebrated with the first UK performance of his latest symphony.

Titled Songs of Transcience, it is a large-scale setting of German poems by Goethe and others on the theme of man's destruction of nature.

Brahms's Bach-inspired final symphony completes the programme.

Heidi Grant Murphy (soprano)

Agnieska Rehlis (mezzo-soprano)

Roderick Williams (baritone)

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jiri Belohlavek (conductor)

Brahms: Symphony No 4 in E minor

Penderecki: Symphony No 8 (Lieder der Verganglichkeit) (UK premiere).

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Petroc Trelawny presents a concert featuring conductor, composer and chansonnier HK Gruber, in which he explores the world of cabaret.

The line-up includes songs by Kurt Weill, theatrical works by Stravinsky, an eclectic John Adams piece as well as Gruber's own darkly comic composition.

Stravinsky: Suite No 1

Weill: Berlin im Licht

Adams: Gnarly Buttons

Weill: The Threepenny Opera (excerpts)

Stravinsky: Suite No 2

Gruber: Frankenstein!! A pan-demonium for orchestra

Christopher Richards (clarinet)

Northern Sinfonia

HK Gruber (conductor/chansonnier).

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City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Petroc Trelawny introduces a performance by the Birmingham orchestra conducted by the young Latvian, Andris Nelsons, who will take over as Music Director of the CBSO in the Autumn.

Strauss's opera is a love letter to the Viennese waltz, while a new concerto by Austrian Olga Neuwirth - written for tonight's soloist Hakan Hardenberger - offers a kaleidoscope of Handel, jazz and other musical memories.

Strauss: Suite (Der Rosenkavalier)

Neuwirth: miramondo multiplo (UK premiere)

Part: Fratres

Shostakovich: Symphony No 6, Op 53

Hakan Hardenberger (trumpet)

Andris Nelsons (conductor).

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Pagan Rites, Sacred Rituals

Martin Handley introduces a concert given earlier this month at St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge, combining percussion with the voices of the BBC Singers.

Including the BBC Singers' principal guest conductor Bob Chilcott in conversation.

Simone Rebello, Damien Harron (percussion)

BBC Singers

Bob Chilcott (conductor)

Tormis: Curse upon iron

Miki: Marimba Spiritual

Dove: Who killed Cock Robin

Chilcott: The Making of the Drum

Martland: Jenny Jones (Street Songs)

Kernis: I cannot dance, O Lord

Albright: Chichester Mass

Harron: Brightlines; Bala

Arrangements of various spirituals.

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Suzy Klein presents a concert recorded last week at the Barbican Hall, London, featuring two pieces the BBC Symphony Orchestra premiered in the UK - George Benjamin's Dance Figures and Berg's Violin Concerto as well as Oliver Knussen's reworking of part of his one-act opera Higglety Pigglety Pop!

Knussen: The Way to Castle Yonder

Berg: Violin Concerto

Benjamin: Dance Figures

Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem

Leila Josefowicz (violin)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Oliver Knussen (conductor).

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Suzy Klein presents a concert given at New York's Avery Fisher Hall last month, in which Music Director-designate Alan Gilbert conducted the New York Philharmonic in two key works in the classical repertoire, with soprano Dawn Upshaw joining them in Berio's Folk Songs.

Haydn: Symphony No 48 (Maria Theresia)

Berio: Folk Songs

Beethoven: Symphony No 4

Dawn Upshaw (soprano)

New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Alan Gilbert (conductor).

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BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music 2008

Presented by Suzy Klein.

Mary Ann Kennedy hosts an evening at Dingwall's in London's Camden Town to announce the winners of this year's awards.

With performances from a previous winner, Indian classical singer Kaushiki Chakrabarty, and from one of this year's nominees, Algerian rai-rocker Rachid Taha.

It also marks the launch of the Audience Award, a public vote from all the 30 nominated artists, the winner of which will be invited to appear at the Winners' Concert in July.

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Tom Service introduces a concert given last week by the BBC Symphony Orchestra at London's Barbican Hall with clarinettist Michael Collins as the soloist in the first UK performance of Ariel's Music, a concerto by Australian Brett Dean.

The programme also includes Sibelius's two orchestral suites of music for The Tempest performed together with scenes from Shakespeare's original play.

Michael Collins (clarinet)

Richard Goulding, Sasha Higgins, Benedict Hopper, Geoff Breton, Phillip Langhorne (actors)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

John Storgards (conductor)

Dean: Ariel's Music (UK premiere)

Sibelius: The Tempest Suite.

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Tom Service introduces the second of two performances given by the New York Philharmonic at the Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center, where they are joined by veteran British conductor Colin Davis and American pianist Richard Goode in a programme of works by Beethoven and Vaughan Williams.

Richard Goode (piano)

New York Philharmonic

Colin Davis (conductor)

Beethoven: Leonore Overture No 2

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 4 in G, Op 58

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No 4 in F minor.

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Petroc Trelawny introduces the first of two concerts given by the Halle Orchestra to mark their 150th anniversary season.

The programme features two early 20th century works: Hamilton Harty's The Mystic Trumpeter is a setting of a Whitman poem which, since its world premiere by the Halle in 1913, has all but disappeared from the concert hall.

Elgar's Violin Concerto, a near-contemporary, has never been out of the repertoire and has attracted many of the world's leading violinists, including Thomas Zehetmair, who features in this concert.

James Rutherford (baritone)

Thomas Zehetmair (violin)

Halle Choir and Orchestra

Mark Elder (conductor)

Vaughan Williams: Overture (The Wasps)

Harty: The Mystic Trumpeter

Elgar: Violin Concerto in B minor.

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Petroc Trelawny presents a concert given last week at King's College Chapel, Cambridge, featuring the King's Singers together with the King's College Choir performing a programme for Ascension Day of music encompassing five centuries.

The King's Singers

Choir of King's College, Cambridge

Stephen Cleobury (conductor)

Kreek: Onnis on inimene

Palestrina: Viri galilaei; Ascendit Deus

Poole: Ave rex angelorum

Ley: Prayer of King Henry VI

Peebles: Si quis diligit me

Poole: Tutivillus

Tormis: Piispa ja Pakana

Sweelinck: Mon Dieu, j'ai en toi esperance

Britten: Hymn to the Virgin

Poole: Mary Modyr

Lassus: Ad te levavi

Reger: Das Agnus Dei

Lassus: In Pace

Poole: Blessed Jesu

Chilcott: High Flight (world premiere).

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Petroc Trelawny presents a concert given yesterday at the Lighthouse, Poole, by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under Marin Alsop.

Alongside Mahler's Ninth symphony - the penultimate work in their Mahler cycle - is a Wagnerian-themed percussion concerto by American composer Christopher Rouse, whom Alsop has championed.

Colin Currie (percussion)

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Marin Alsop (conductor)

Christopher Rouse: Der Gerettete Alberich

Mahler: Symphony No 9.

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Young Musician of the Year Concerto Final

Petroc Trelawny introduces full concerto performances from each of the five finalists in the 2008 Young Musician of the Year competition, which this year celebrates its 30th birthday.

The finalists perform pieces with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Thierry Fischer as well as giving interviews about their choice of concerto.

Their performances are discussed live in the studio with British pianist Lucy Parham, winner of the Young Musician of the Year Keyboard Final in 1984 and member of the judging panel for the Keyboard Final this year.

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Petroc Trelawny presents a concert given by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, with the world premiere of Tsunami by Dominic Muldowney as well as a work for baritone and orchestra setting the poetry of James Fenton.

Muldowney's piece incorporates television footage of the Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004, with Olivier award-winning music theatre actor and singer Philip Quast as the soloist.

This is prefaced by two pieces by Vaughan Williams - the war-time Symphony No 6, and an early choral work whose text is derived from a metaphysical text by Walt Whitman.

Holst's choral work that follows is based on another mystical text, the Apochrypha, which uses the theme of dance as a divine path to enlightenment.

Philip Quast (baritone)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Andrew Davis (conductor)

Vaughan Williams: Toward the Unknown Region; Symphony No 6 in E minor

Dominic Muldowney: Tsunami (RPS commission: world premiere)

Ives: General William Booth enters into Heaven

Holst: The Hymn of Jesus Op 37.

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Vaughan Williams Anniversary Concert

Petroc Trelawny introduces a concert given during the Brighton Festival by the City of London Sinfonia under Richard Hickox to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Ralph Vaughan Williams.

The programme includes the Songs of Travel, in their less well-known orchestral arrangement, and culminates with a performance of the rarely heard music drama Riders to the Sea.

The text is based on a tragic one-act play by JM Synge, which centres on a grief-stricken Irish fishing community.

Vaughan Williams: Overture (The Wasps); Toward the Unknown Region; Songs of Travel; Riders to the Sea

Gerald Finley (baritone)

Maurya....Catherine Wyn-Rogers (mezzo-soprano)

Bartley....Matthew Brooke (bass)

Cathleen....Sarah Fox (soprano)

Nora....Gillian Keith (soprano)

Brighton Festival Chorus

City of London Sinfonia

Richard Hickox (conductor).

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The RPS Awards

Petroc Trelawny presents coverage from the Dorchester Hotel, London of the 2008 Royal Philharmonic Society Awards, the principal live classical music awards in the UK.

With interviews and music as well as the winner of the Radio 3 Listeners' Award.

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Martin Handley presents the final concert in the season at St David's Hall, Cardiff, featuring Thierry Fischer and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in two major works of the 20th century.

There is Bartok's pantomime-ballet The Miraculous Mandarin, which mixes violence with desire as a band of thieves use a beautiful girl to lure in their victims, as well as Shostakovich's Symphony No 5.

Bartok: The Miraculous Mandarin

Shostakovich: Symphony No 5

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Thierry Fischer (conductor).

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Discover Brahms and Schumann

Martin Handley presents the second concert in the series given by the BBC Philharmonic, featuring Schumann's technically demanding Konzertstuck alongside Brahms's similarly upbeat Symphony No 2.

Schumann: Overture (Manfred); Konzertstuck for four horns

Brahms: Symphony No 2.

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Martin Handley presents a concert given earlier this month by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, with their outgoing director Sakari Oramo.

Lisa Milne (soprano)

Jane Irwin (mezzo-soprano)

Gordon Gietz (tenor)

Matthew Rose (bass)

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Sakari Oramo (conductor)

Janacek: Sinfonietta

Beethoven: Symphony No 9.

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Martin Handley introduces a concert performed by the China Philharmonic Orchestra in the run-up to the start of the Olympic Games in Beijing, with an opening piece which, it is claimed, is one of the first pieces of classical music about the world of business.

Zhao Jiping's six-movement work traces the history of a man who takes over his family business, making a fortune through principles of sincerity and trust.

This is followed by Mahler's symphonic song-cycle Das Lied von der Erde, which sets words by ancient Chinese poets.

Zhao Jiping: Courtyard of Family Qiau - Symphonic Suite

Tan Jing (soprano)

Deng Jiandong (er hu)

Li Baoquing (jinghu)

You Jianming (erguxian)

China Philharmonic Orchestra

Yu Long (conductor)

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Zheng Cao (mezzo-soprano)

Warren Mok (tenor)

Part of Radio 3's Focus on China season.

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Martin Handley introduces a concert given last week at the Wigmore Hall, London, with Paul Lewis performing a varied programme of piano music that features works by Mozart, Ligeti and Schubert.

Mozart: Fantasia in C minor, K475

Ligeti: Musica Ricercata

Mozart: Rondo in A minor, K511

Schubert: Sonata in G, D894.

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Tom Service presents a concert given last week in Christ Church, Spitalfields as part of the Spitalfields festival, with Tony Haynes directing the multi-cultural Grand Union Orchestra in his international music drama Now Comes the Dragon's Hour.

The story centres on a pregnant woman in a church, who imagines the future of her unborn baby and ponders the history of East End immigration.

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Suzy Klein introduces a concert given by harpsichordist Richard Egarr and the Academy of Ancient Music at London's Wigmore Hall, featuring a rare performance of the entire set of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos.

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Petroc Trelawny presents a concert from the City of London Festival featuring sarod player Amjad Ali Khan collaborating with fellow Indian musicians and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

The programme combines works by Bach and Vivaldi with a work based on traditional Indian ragas, which explores the common traits of both eastern and western music.

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No 3, BWV 1048

North Classical Indian Raga

Vivaldi: Cello Concerto, RV 413

Amjad Ali Khan: Samaagam

Amjad Ali Khan (sarod)

Satyajit Talwalkar (tabla)

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

David Murphy (conductor)

David Watkin (cello/director).

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Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

A concert given in the Usher Hall as part of this year's Edinburgh International Festival by baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, accompanied by pianist Ivari Ilja.

A committed ambassador for Russian music, Hvorostovsky's programme includes romantic songs by Tchaikovsky, Medtner and Rachmaninov.

Tchaikovsky songs including:

On the Golden Cornfields, Op 57, No 2

Pimpinella, Op 38

Don Juan's Serenade, Op 38, No 1

Medtner songs including:

I have outlived my aspirations, Op 3, No 2

To a Dreamer, Op 32, No 6

Bon Voyage, Op 15, No 8

Wandrers Nachtlied, Op 6, No 6

Rachmaninov songs including:

'Tis time, Op 14, No 12

Let us rest, Op 26, No 3

Spring Waters, Op 14, No 11

Dmitri Hvorostovsky (baritone)

Ivari Ilja (piano)

Followed by a look into the BBC archives for highlights from past Edinburgh Festivals: From 1980 -

Beethoven: Quartet in E minor, Op 59, No 2

Amadeus String Quartet.

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Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

A performance of Handel's dramatic oratorio Israel in Egypt, given in the Usher Hall as part of this year's Edinburgh International Festival.

Handel gave the lion's share of the Biblical story of Moses leading the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt to the chorus, who recreate the world of fire and brimstone, plagues and war in some of the most descriptive music Handel ever wrote.

Lucy Crowe, Claire Debono (soprano)

Robin Blaze (countertenor)

Mark Tucker (tenor)

Matthew Brook, Henry Waddington (bass)

Edinburgh Festival Chorus

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Emmanuelle Haim (conductor)

Handel: Israel in Egypt

Followed by a look into the BBC Archives for highlights from past Edinburgh Festivals, including from 1979:

Ravel: Scheherazade

Jessye Norman (soprano)

Dalton Baldwin (piano)

James Galway (flute)

John Harrington (viola).

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Petroc Trelawny introduces a performance given by Les Arts Florissants in the Usher Hall as part of the Edinburgh International Festival.

The programme features French arias and orchestral music from the French Baroque, including works by Rameau, Lambert and Charpentier.

William Christie's ensemble is considered to be at the forefront of baroque music groups worldwide and they are joined in this concert by leading soprano Anne Sofie von Otter.

Charpentier: Ouverture de Medee

Lambert: Ma bergere est tendre et fidele; Ombre de mon Amant

Charpentier: Concert pour quatre parties de violes; Ruisseau qui nourris dans ce bois; Aupres du feu l'on fait l'amour; Celle qui fait mon tourment; Medee (excerpts from Act 3)

Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie and Les fetes d'Hebe (excerpts)

Anne Sofie von Otter

Les Arts Florissants

William Christie (conductor)

Followed by a look into the BBC Archives for highlights of past Edinburgh Festivals, including, from 1978:

Falla: Cuatro Piezas Espanolas

Alicia de Larrocha (piano).

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Live at Seven

This concert by the BBC Singers concludes with a performance of Durufle's Requiem, a highly popular classic of the 20th century choral repertoire that mixes plainsong with the harmonic palette of French organ music.

Olivia Robinson (soprano)

Krysia Osostowicz (violin)

Richard Benjafield, Chris Brannick (percussion)

Iain Farrington (organ)

BBC Singers

David Hill (conductor)

Maurice Durufle: Requiem, Op 9

Direct from St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge, London, Petroc Trelawny presents the BBC Singers under David Hill performing music drawn from the penitential rites of the Catholic church.

The concert opens with Marcel Dupre's Laudate Dominum, this key 20th-century French organ composer's setting of words from the psalms.

It is followed by Poulenc's Litanies, which were inspired by the Black Virgin of Rocamadour, a miracle-working image frequently worshipped and venerated by kings, cardinals, knights and millions of pilgrims on its hilltop site.

Judith Bingham's Irish Tenebrae, dating from 1990, takes words from the liturgy for Maundy Thursday and juxtaposes them with Irish folksong and poetry to create an emotional piece exploring some of the complicated themes of 20th-century Irish history.

Marcel Dupre: Laudate Dominum

Poulenc: Litanies a la vierge noire

Judith Bingham: Irish Tenebrae.

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Live at 7

Petroc Trelawny presents the conclusion of a concert from St David's Hall, Cardiff, with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Thierry Fischer performing two key German Romantic works.

Mendelssohn: Overture (The Hebrides)

Beethoven: Symphony No 5

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Thierry Fischer (conductor)

Live from St David's Hall, Cardiff, Petroc Trelawny presents the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under chief conductor Thierry Fischer in a programme of classical favourites.

They perform a youthful evocation of fireworks by Stravinsky and are joined by virtuoso flautist Emmanuel Pahud for Ibert's Flute Concerto.

Stravinsky: Scherzo Fantastique

Ibert: Flute Concerto

Emmanuel Pahud (flute).

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Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

Gypsy fire and middle-European folk music feature in a concert given at the Edinburgh International Festival last month by the Budapest Festival Orchestra under their founder Ivan Fischer.

Josef Lendvay Jr, Josef Lendvay Sr (violin)

Oszkar Okros (cimbalom)

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Ivan Fischer (conductor)

Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No 3

Brahms: Hungarian Dance No 15

Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen

Brahms: Hungarian Dance No 1

Brahms/Schoenberg: Piano Quartet in G minor

Followed by a look into the BBC Archive for the best of the Edinburgh Festival, including, from 1983:

Bach, trans.

Busoni: Chaconne in D minor

Shura Cherkassky (piano).

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Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

The second of two concerts given last month at the Edinburgh International Festival by the Budapest Festival Orchestra under founder and conductor Ivan Fischer.

The programme includes folk-influenced music from middle-Europe as well as a Dvorak Symphony.

Dutch National Youth Choir

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Ivan Fischer (conductor)

Dvorak, arr.

Gatay: Four Moravian duets

Bartok: Romanian Folk Dances; Seven Pieces for choir and chamber orchestra; Three Village Scenes

Dvorak: Symphony No 7

Followed by a look into the BBC Archives for highlights from past Edinburgh Festivals, including, from 1968:

Beethoven: Piano Trio in C minor Op 1, No 3

Isaac Stern (violin)

Leonard Rose (cello)

Eugene Istomin (piano).

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Petroc Trelawny presents a concert given by the venerable Dresden Staatskapelle last month at the Edinburgh Festival, featuring music by two past principal conductors, directed by the current incumbent, Fabio Luisi.

Although famous for its performances of classic Teutonic repertoire, the orchestra also has a long history of performing new music and in this programme gives UK premiere of a piece by its composer-in-residence, Bernhard Lang.

Helene Grimaud (piano)

Dresden Staatskapelle

Fabio Luisi (conductor)

Weber: Overture (Oberon)

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 4

Strauss: Ein Heldenleben

Bernhard Lang: Monadology II

Followed by a look into the BBC Archives for highlights from past Edinburgh Festivals, including, from 1982:

Granados: Valses poeticos

Julian Bream (guitar)q.

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Live at Seven

Live from the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.

The first concert of the BBC Philharmonic's new season concludes with Beethoven's monumental and radical Ninth Symphony, a work whose influence was felt by many succeeding generations of composers.

Hillevi Martinpelto (soprano)

Jane Irwin (mezzo)

Paul Nilon (tenor)

Iain Paterson (bass)

City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus

BBC Philharmonic

Gianandrea Noseda (conductor)

Beethoven: Symphony No 9 (Choral)

Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

For the first concert of the BBC Philharmonic's new season, chief conductor Gianandrea Noseda conducts Berio's iconic and inventive Formazioni.

Jane Irwin (mezzo-soprano)

Berio: Formazioni.

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Martin Handley presents a performance of Michael Tippett's profoundly moving oratorio A Child of our Time, an eloquent expression of man's inhumanity to man during the Second World War, given last month at the Edinburgh International Festival.

Nicole Cabell (soprano)

Jane Irwin (mezzo)

John Mark Ainsley (tenor)

John Tomlinson (bass)

Edinburgh Festival Chorus

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Gennadi Rozhdestvensky (conductor)

Followed by a look into the BBC Edinburgh Festival archives from 1968.

Schubert: Trio in E flat, D929.

Isaac Stern (violin)

Leonard Rose (cello)

Eugene Istomin (piano).

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Petroc Trelawny introduces the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in a peformance given at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall, featuring Berlioz's energetic Roman Carnival Overture, followed by Brahms's brooding Second Piano Concerto.

The concert concludes with a rare opportunity to hear the impressionistic First Symphony by Albert Roussel, a composer the RSNO have done much to publicise.

Steven Osborne (piano)

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Stephane Deneve (conductor)

Berlioz: Carnival Overture

Brahms: Piano Concerto No 2

Roussel: Symphony No 1 (Poem of the Forest)

Followed by music from Radio 3's Pianothon and Play to the Nation, a celebration of amateur orchestras across the UK.

Including:

Mahler: Symphony No 3 (excerpts)

Cheltenham Symphony Orchestra.

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Tom Service presents one of the great pianist Alfred Brendel's final recitals recorded at the Aldeburgh Festival, with a programme of music linking four of the composers closest to him over his 60-year career.

Haydn: Andante and Variations in F minor

Mozart: Sonata in F, K533/494

Beethoven: Sonata in E flat, Op 27 No 1 (Quasi una fantasia)

Schubert: Sonata in B flat, D960

Followed by the second of this week's Schumann Focus:

Schumann: Five Lieder, Op 40

Christianne Stotijn (mezzo-soprano)

Joseph Breinl (piano).

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Tom Service presents a concert given last month at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall, featuring the Takacs Quartet, currently in their fourth season as Southbank Centre Associate Artists, in works from three of the composers for which they are best known.

Bartok's Second Quartet, 90 years old this year, is a relative rarity on the concert platform, and is influenced by the music of Debussy.

Takacs Quartet

Mozart: String Quartet in D, K575

Bartok: String Quartet No 2

Schumann: String Quartet in A, Op 41 No 3

Followed by the third of this week's Schumann Focus:

Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op 16

Evgenia Rubinova (piano).

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Live from City Halls, Glasgow.

Petroc Trelawny presents the conclusion of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra's first 'Russian Winter' concert.

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Ilan Volkov (conductor)

Stravinsky: The Fairy's Kiss

Live from City Halls, Glasgow, Petroc Trelawny presents the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in the launch of their Russian Winter series with their chief conductor Ilan Volkov.

The programme focuses on Stravinsky and Rachmaninov, both greats of 20th century music, but with very different perspectives.

Louis Lortie (piano)

Stravinsky: Scenes de Ballet

Rachmaninov: Piano concerto No 2.

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Petroc Trelawny presents a recital given at London's Wigmore Hall by German pianist Lars Vogt, a musician described as 'extraordinary' by his mentor, conductor Simon Rattle.

In a residency series at the Wigmore, Vogt performs some of the cornerstones of the 19th and early 20th century piano repertoire, including Berg's Sonata, Op 1, composed while he was still a pupil of Schoenberg, as well as works by Schubert and Liszt.

Berg: Piano Sonata, Op 1

Schubert: Drei Klavierstucke, D946

Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor

Followed by part of a recital from Wigmore Hall by one of this year's Young Musician concerto finalists:

Sommerfeldt: Norwegian Landscape

Jadran Duncumb (guitar).

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Martin Handley introduces a concert with Marin Alsop conducting the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in her new role as conductor emeritus in a programme of 20th-century Russian and American music.

Two jazz-influenced pieces open the concert: Shostakovich's miniature Tahiti Trot based on the jazz-standard Tea for Two and Gershwin's Piano Concerto.

The programme concludes with Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony, composed towards the end of the Second World War and premiered in January 1945.

Known for its combination of razor-sharp wit and flowing melodic lines, it is one of Prokofiev's most popular works.

Jean-Yves Thibaudet (piano)

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Marin Alsop (conductor)

Shostakovich: Tahiti Trot

Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F

Prokofiev: Symphony No 5

Followed by a part of a recital from Wigmore Hall by one of this year's BBC Young Musician of the Year Concerto Finalists:

Christian Lindberg: Los bandidos

Peter Moore (trombone).

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Martin Handley presents the celebrated New York-based Emerson Quartet returning to London's Wigmore Hall for a concert featuring works by two masters of string quartet writing.

Including Schubert's C minor Quartettsatz, written in 1820 as the proposed first movement of a string quartet he never completed.

It is followed by Shostakovich's penultimate quartet, dedicated to the cellist of the quartet which premiered the work.

The cello plays a prominent role throughout the piece, from the dancing solo at the opening of the first movement through to the long high melancholic melody at the end of the finale.

The performance concludes with Schubert's D minor Death and the Maiden quartet, one of three late masterpieces and which takes its name from a song which the composer quotes in the work.

Emerson String Quartet

Schubert: Quartettsatz in C minor, D703

Shostakovich: String Quartet No 14

Schubert: Quartet in D minor, D810 (Death and the Maiden)

Followed by a part of a recital from Wigmore Hall by one of this year's BBC Young Musician of the Year Concerto Finalists:

Chopin: Ballades

Erdem Misirlioglu (piano).

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With Martin Handley.

The Emerson Quartet and Ralph Kirshbaum in Shostakovich and Schubert.

Martin Handley presents a concert given at London's Wigmore Hall by the Emerson Quartet with cellist Ralph Kirshbaum, featuring chamber works both written at the end of their composers' lives.

Shostakovich's final string quartet was written in 1974 and is a meditation on his own mortality, complete with funeral march.

Schubert's Quintet in C was written two months before his untimely death at the age of 31, and is unusual in using two cellos instead of two violas.

Emerson Quartet

Ralph Kirshbaum (cello)

Shostakovich: String Quartet No 15

Schubert: String Quintet in C, D956

Followed by Composing Today: nominations from the British Composer Awards in the liturgical and choral catagories.

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Martin Handley presents soprano Dorothea Roschmann in Schumann, Wolf, Mahler and Brahms.

Martin Handley presents a concert given at London's Wigmore Hall.

Soprano Dorothea Roschmann sings songs from her native Germany, including Mahler's collection of songs based on German folk poetry, Des Knaben Wunderhorn, as well as Brahms's gypsy songs, Zigeunerlieder.

Schumann: Gedichte der Konigin Maria Stuart, Op 135

Wolf: Nimmersatte Liebe; An eine Aolsharfe; Erstes Liebeslied eines Madchens; Denk' es, o Seele!; Im Fruhling; Gesang Weylas; Begegnung

Mahler: Rheinlegendchen, Wo die schonen Trompeten blasen, Wer hat dies Liedlein erdacht, Lob des hohen Verstandes and Verlorne Muh (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Brahms: 8 Zigeunerlieder, Op 103

Dorothea Roschmann (soprano)

Graham Johnson (piano)

Followed by Composing Today: nominations from the British Composer Awards in the stage works categories.

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Martin Handley introduces Mitsuko Uchida in Mozart's Piano Concertos Nos 23 and 24.

Martin Handley introduces a performance given at London's Southbank Centre, with one of the great Mozart interpreters, Mitsuko Uchida, directing the Chamber Orchestra of Europe from the piano.

With two of the three Mozart piano concertos which were written between December 1785 and March 1786, distinctive for being the only ones to feature the clarinet in the orchestration.

Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Mitsuko Uchida (piano/director)

Alexander Janiczek (director)

Stravinsky: Apollon Musagete

Mozart: Piano Concerto No 23 in A, K488

Mozart: Piano Concerto No 24 in C minor, K491

Followed by Composing Today: nominations from the British Composer Awards in the Brass and Wind catagories.

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Petroc Trelawny presents the Bournemouth SO in Beethoven and Shostakovich.

Petroc Trelawny introduces the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in a concert given at the Poole Arts Centre.

The programme features Beethoven's Violin Concerto, a work premiered in 1806 and, with its first movement longer than most contemporary symphonies, one that took half a century to become established in the repertory.

This is followed by Shostakovich's Eleventh Symphony, an agitprop piece which drew its inspiration from a massacre of unarmed civilians during a peaceful demonstration in St Petersburg.

James Ehnes (violin)

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Kirill Karabits (conductor)

Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D, Op 61

Shostakovich: Symphony No 11 (The Year 1905)

Plus Composing Today: Nominations from the 2008 British Composer Awards in the instrumental and chamber music categories by Judith Bingham, Joe Cutler, Jonathan Harvey, Patrick Nunn, Dave Price and Jonathan Pitkin.

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Halle Orchestra conducted by Mark Elder in Vaughan Williams, Mozart, Strauss.

Petroc Trelawny introduces a concert given by the Halle Orchestra under conductor Mark Elder in Manchester's Bridgewater Hall.

They perform Vaughan Williams's A Pastoral Symphony, an elegy for the dead of the First World War, Mozart's late Piano Concerto No 22, followed by another war-themed piece, Strauss's Metamorphosen, a work for 23 solo strings mourning the destruction of Germany in the Second World War.

Nadine Livingston (soprano)

Cedric Tiberghien (piano)

Halle Orchestra

Mark Elder (conductor)

Vaughan Williams: A Pastoral Symphony

Mozart: Piano Concerto No 22 in E flat, K482

Strauss: Metamorphosen

Plus Composing Today: Nominations from the 2008 British Composer Awards in the sonic art category by Ed Hughes, Terry Mann and Janek Schaefer.

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Petroc Trelwany introduces highlights and the results from the 2008 British Composer Awards, hosted by the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters and held at the Law Society in London.

The 12 categories judged include chamber, vocal, choral, orchestral, liturgical and sonic art.

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Suzy Klein introduces young Ukranian conductor Kirill Karabits in charge of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in a programme of popular romantic favourites.

Including an excerpt from Rimsky-Korsakov's opera Christmas Eve, Ilya Gringolts joining the orchestra for Tchaikovsky's evergreen Violin Concerto and Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique, another tale of complications in love.

Ilya Gringolts (violin)

  • berlioz: symphonie fantastique

    followed by seasonal music for advent from the bbc singers, including naylor's vox dicentis

  • bournemouth symphony orchestra
  • kirill karabits (conductor)

    rimsky-korsakov: polonaise (christmas eve)

  • tchaikovsky: violin concerto

  • PO320090113

    The Scottish Chamber Orchestra perform music by Handel, Musgrave, Lindberg and Mozart.

    Presented by Martin Handley.

    A concert with Edinburgh-born conductor Nicholas Kraemer conducting the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in the first of Handel's 12 Op 6 Grand Concertos.

    This is followed by two Scottish premieres - Thea Musgrave's Points of View, which explores musical elements including tonality, rhythm and melody, and Magnus Lindberg's Violin Concerto, written for the 2008 Mostly Mozart Festival in New York with violinist Jack Liebeck.

    The concert concludes with Mozart's Symphony No 35, written for the ennoblement of Sigismund Haffner, son of a prominent Salzburg family

    Jack Liebeck (violin)

  • magnus lindberg: violin concerto
  • mozart: symphony no 35

    followed by a nielsen chamber music focus, including recordings from the bbc archives

  • nicholas kraemer (conductor)

    handel: concerto grosso in g, op 6 no 1

  • scottish chamber orchestra
  • thea musgrave: points of view

  • PO320090114

    Presented by Martin Handley.

    Well-known for her sensitive and lyrical playing, pianist Imogen Cooper performs an all-Schubert recital as part of the 2008-2009 International Piano Series at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall.

    Her programme begins with two lieder, followed by two sonatas, both written in 1825.

    The A minor Sonata was one of the few to be published in Schubert's lifetime and was dedicated to Beethoven's staunch patron Archduke Rudolph; the D reflects an idyllic summer where Schubert was transfixed by the beauty of the Austrian countryside.

    Imogen Cooper (piano)

    Schubert: Drei Klavierstucke, D946; Sonata in A minor, D845; Sonata in D, D850.

    Followed by a Nielsen chamber music focus, including recordings from the BBC archives.

    Pianist Imogen Cooper performs an all-Schubert recital at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall.

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    Beethoven songs from the 2008 Kings Place Beethoven Unwrapped season with mezzo Ann Murray, baritone Roderick Williams and pianist Iain Burnside.

    Plus a Nielsen chamber music focus.

    A recital of Beethoven songs given by Ann Murray, Roderick Williams and Iain Burnside

    PO320090120

    Petroc Trelwany presents a performance given at Glasgow's City Halls, the first of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra's Mendelssohn bicentenary celebrations which puts the composer in the company of others who inspired him and those he himself influenced.

    Two youthful works bookend this concert: Mendelssohn's Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of the most celebrated pieces by a teenager; Saint-Saens' Symphony in A was a 15-year-old's ambitious attempt at a serious Teutonic-style symphony.

    In between, soprano Kate Royal sings Berlioz's song-cycle.

    Kate Royal (soprano)

  • berlioz: les nuits d'ete
  • olari elts (conductor)

    mendelssohn: overture (a midsummer night's dream)

  • orion string quartet

    bliss: quintet.

    the scottish chamber orchestra in glasgow, plus british chamber music from new york

  • ravel: pavane pour une infante defunte
  • saint-saens: symphony in a

    followed by british chamber music performed at new york's alice tully hall:

    stephen taylor (oboe)

  • scottish chamber orchestra

  • PO320090121

    Petroc Trelawny presents a concert given at London's Barbican Centre with a starry cast supported by Mark Minkowski and his period instrument ensemble performing three works dedicated to music's patron saint St Cecilia.

    Lucy Crowe (soprano)

  • anders j dahlin, richard croft (tenor)
  • haydn: st cecilia mass.

    music celebrating st cecilia by purcell, handel and haydn, conducted by mark minkowski

  • konstantin wolff, sydney fiero (bass-baritone)
  • les musiciens du louvre-grenoble
  • marc minkowski (conductor)

    handel: ode for st cecilia's day

  • nathalie stutzmann (mezzo-soprano)
  • purcell: ode for st cecilia's day
  • the choir of les musiciens du louvre-grenoble

  • PO320090122

    Petroc Trelawny presents a concert given at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall, featuring a work in the BBC Philharmonic's Neglected Genius series by 20th-century Italian composer Luigi Dallapiccola.

    His rarely heard Partita, scored for a massive orchestra, draws on the forms and traditions of Italian Baroque and Renaissance music.

    This is juxtaposed with works of more modest scoring: orchestral music from Mozart's first major opera Idomeneo and his last symphony - the Jupiter.

    Gillian Keith (soprano)

  • Gianandrea Noseda (conductor)

    mozart: overture; dance music (idomeneo)

  • bbc philharmonic
  • dallapiccola: partita
  • mozart: symphony no 41 (jupiter)

    followed by british chamber music performed at new york's alice tully hall:

    vermeer string quartet

    britten: string quartet no 3, op 94.

    mozart and dallapiccola from manchester, plus british chamber music from new york

  • PO320090127

    Petroc Trelawny presents a recital given at London's Royal Festival Hall by celebrated pianist Stephen Hough.

    Noted for his virtuosic yet thoughtful approach to performance, he combines works from different ages and continents.

    Hough opens with his own take on Alfred Cortot's transcription of the Bach D minor Toccata and Fugue, which is followed by a selection of works by Faure, Franck and Copland, ending with Chopin's epic Sonata.

    Stephen Hough (piano)

    Bach/Cortot/Hough: Toccata and Fugue in D minor

  • chopin: nocturne in b, op 62, no 1; sonata in b minor, op 58

    followed by a series featuring artists associated with the orchestra of the age of enlightenment, including:

    haydn: string quartet in a, op 9, no 6

  • copland: piano variations
  • faure: nocturne no 6, op 63; impromptu no 5, op 102; barcarolle no 5, op 66
  • franck: prelude, chorale and fugue
  • london haydn quartet.

    pianist stephen hough performs bach, faure, franck, copland and chopin

  • PO320090129

    Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

    Baroque music from Germany forms the focus of this concert given by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, with violinist Rachel Podger at the helm.

    A Bach cantata is the centrepiece of the programme, which concludes with his Concerto in D for three violins.

    The companion works are by Telemann and Jan Dismas Zelenka, a composer who worked at the court in Dresden, and who was greatly admired by Bach.

    Vivaldi also features - in an arrangement by another Dresden-based composer, Pisendel.

    Rachel Nicholls (soprano)

  • bach: cantata no 51 (jauchzet gott in allen landen)
  • bach: concerto in d for three violins (concerto in c for three harpsichords, bwv 1064)

    followed by a series featuring artists associated with the orchestra of the age of enlightenment, including:

    marin marais: les folies d'espagne

  • orchestra of the age of enlightenment
  • purcell quartet.

    the oae and rachel podger (violin) perform music by bach, telemann, vivaldi and zelenka

  • rachel podger (director/violin)

    telemann: overture in e minor (tafelmusik)

  • telemann: cantata, ertrage nur joch der mangel (harmonische gottesdienst)
  • vivaldi, attrib.

    pisendel: concerto in d for two violins, two oboes and bassoon, rv 564a

  • zelenka: hypocondrie

  • PO320090130

    Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

    The Artemis Quartet are joined by composer and clarinettist Jorg Widmann in one of a series of concerts given at Wigmore Hall, London, featuring his own music.

    Widmann the composer is featured first, with one of his works for string quartet, after which he appears as performer in the E flat Quintet by Mozart.

    The concert concludes with a performance of Schubert's sombre Death and the Maiden.

    Jorg Widmann (clarinet)

  • artemis quartet

    widmann: string quartet no 1

  • lisa beznosiuk (flute)
  • mozart: clarinet quintet in e flat, k407
  • paul nicholson (harpsichord).

    the artemis quartet and clarinettist jorg widmann perform mozart, schubert and widmann

  • richard tunnicliffe (cello)
  • schubert: quartet in d minor, d810 (death and the maiden)

    followed by a series featuring artists associated with the orchestra of the age of enlightenment, including:

    handel: flute sonata in b minor, op 1, no 9

  • PO320090713

    From the 2009 Cheltenham Festival, a programme of music featuring the talented young professionals of today and of the future.

    Orchestra Europa is a fledgling orchestra, set up by its young conductor Scott Ellaway to bring together the best conservatoire graduates before they find permanent positions in established orchestras across Europe.

    They perform Schubert's final Symphony, and music by Mendelssohn, a composer who was always interested in his musical forbears, and who conducted the first performance of Schubert's Ninth Symphony ten years after his death.

    They are joined by Nicola Benedetti, who is soloist in one of the favourites of the violin repertoire, Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto.

    Orchestra Europa

    Scott Ellaway (conductor)

    Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night's Dream Overture

    Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto

    Schubert: Symphony No 9

    Followed by highlights from a BBC Proms concert given by the Berlin Academy of Ancient Music in 2005.

    Nicola Benedetti (violin) and Orchestra Europa in Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky and Schubert.

    PO3*20070319

    Ilan Volkov conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Mahler's Symphony No 9 at Glasgow's City Halls.

    Preceded by the world premiere of Jonathan Harvey's Body Mandala.

    PO3A Concert At London's Wigmore Hall Featuring The Vienna Sextet. Presented By Stepanie Hughes.20041116

    Brahms: String Sextet in G, Op 36

    Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht, Op 4.

    PO3A Concert Given Last Month By The Nash Ensemble At London's Wigmore Hall That Included The London Pr20041202

    emiere of Seven Skies of Winter by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, alongside Mozart's Quintet for Piano and Wind, K452, and Schubert's masterly Octet.

    Maxwell Davies: Seven Skies of Winter

    Mozart: Quintet in E flat for piano and wind, K452

    Schubert: Octet in F, D803.

    PO3A Farewell To Arms20061116

    Fiona Talkington introduces music and readings connected with war and reconciliation, forming part of BBC Radio 3's Wilfred Owen season.

    Alongside music by Maurice Ravel and Ivor Gurney from the period of the First World War, and Richard Rodney Bennett's A Farewell to Arms, the concert features two new BBC Radio 3 commissions by Will Todd and Paul Ayres.

    Richard Rodney Bennett: A Farewell to Arms

    Will Todd: Before Action (BBC Radio 3 commission; first performance)

    Paul Ayres: When you see millions of the mouthless dead (BBC Radio 3 commission; first performance)

    Ravel: Trois Chansons

    BBC Singers

    Endymion

    Simon Day (reader)

    Andrew Carwood (conductor)

    The concert continues, including the first performance of a new Radio 3 commission by Judith Bingham - An Ancient Music - which sets the letters of Owen alongside war poems by Apollinaire.

    Judith Bingham: An Ancient Music (BBC Radio 3 commission; first performance)

    Ivor Gurney: Sleep; Spring; Under the Greenwood Tree

    Michael Tippett: Five Spirituals from A Child of Our Time

    PO3A Leipzig Soiree20050208

    In the 1830s Mendelssohn started a celebrated series of chamber concerts in Leipzig.

    Soloists from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment recreate the programme from one of these soirees ending with Mendelssohn's own Octet.

    Sandy Burnett presents this concert recorded at LONDON's Queen Elizabeth Hall.

    Niels W Gade: Sextet in E flat

    Ludwig Van Beethoven: Cello Sonata No 3 in A, Op 69

    Felix Mendelssohn: Octet in E flat, Op 20

    Soloists of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

    David Watkin (cello)

    Howard Moody (fortepiano)

    Elizabeth Wallfisch (director/violin).

    PO3A Performance By The Bbc Philharmonic Recorded At The Bridgewater Hall In Manchester.20041212

    James Macmillan: A Scotch Bestiary for organ and orchestra

    Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet (selection)

    BBC Philharmonic

    Wayne Marshall (organ)

    James MacMillan and Gianandrea Noseda (conductors).

    PO3A Piano Recital Exploring The Viennese Connections Which Link Beethoven, Brahms And Schoenberg. Give20041118

    n by the young French pianist, Cédric Tiberghien at LONDON's Wigmore Hall last month.

    Presented by Piers Burton-Page.

    Schoenberg: Drei Klavierstücke, Op 11

    Brahms: 4 Ballades Op 10

    Beethoven: Piano Variations in F, Op 34 and Op 35 in E flat "The Eroica Variations".

    PO3A Taste Of Africa20050529

    In March, the members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra spent a week exploring music inspired by AFRICA and its cultures.

    A Taste of AFRICA culminated in a thrilling concert when the BBCSO was joined by the BBC Symphony Chorus, the Macusi Players, and young LONDON musicians for performances of Western classical and traditional AFRICAn music.

    Presented by Fiona Talkington.

    Walton: Johannesberg Festival Overture

    BBC Symphony Orchestra

    Grant Llewellyn (conductor)

    Traditional, arr Rattray: Eeshe Olwa

    BBC Symphony Chorus

    Hammersmith Youth Choir

    Brenda Rattray (director)

    Saint-Saens: AFRICA

    Ashley Wass (piano)

    Traditional: See Jolly

    Macusi Players

    Samuel Coleridge Taylor: Variations on an AFRICAn Air, Op.

    53

    David Charles Abell (conductor)

    Derek Bermel: Dust Dances

    Jo Jo Yates: Ase Fua.

    PO3Aldeburgh Festival 200520050623

    Stephanie Hughes introduces the first of two festival appearances by the Belcea Quartet featuring the string quartets of the Polish composer Karol Szymanowski.

    His first quartet and the Piano Quintet by Elgar were both composed during the dark days towards the end of the First World War.

    Mozart: Quartet in A, K464

    Szymanowski: Quartet No 1, Op 37

    Belcea Quartet

    With Kathryn Stott (piano)PM after Twenty Minutes]

    Continued at 8.40.

    Aldeburgh Festival 2005

    Stephanie Hughes presents the second part of the Belcea Quartet's festival appearance.

    Elgar: Piano Quintet in Am, Op 84.

    PO3Aldeburgh Festival 200620060621

    Stephanie Hughes continues the coverage from Aldeburgh, with a concert given by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Oliver Knussen.Mahler/Britten: What the Wild Flowers tell me John Woolrich: Cello Concerto Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem Karen Cargill (mezzo)Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello).

    PO3Aldeburgh Festival 200620060626

    The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Ades, perform works by Britten, Prokofiev, Berg and Ades.

    Presented by Stephanie Hughes from Snape Maltings Concert Hall in Suffolk.

    Ades: Violin Concerto

    Britten: Our Hunting Fathers

    Prokofiev: Autumn

    Berg: Lulu Suite

    Anthony Marwood (violin)

    Lisa Milne (soprano).

    PO3Archive Week20041213

    Stephen Johnson presents concerts from the BBC Archives voted for by Radio 3 listeners, featuring some of the great moments of musical broadcasting.

    Joining Stephen in the studio is Anthony Payne to introduce Elgar's captivating fantasy for children of all ages, The Starlight Express, first broadcast in 1965.

    Elgar: The Starlight Express

    The Organ Grinder....Denis Dowling

    Laughter....Audrey Attwood

    Henry Rogers....Patrick Barr

    Daddy....Noel Howlett

    Mother....Noel Hood

    Madame Jequier....Cecile Chevreau

    Jane Anne....Jane Wenham

    Monkey....Elizabeth Proud

    Jimb....Danny Rambler

    A Gardener....Wilfrid Carter

    A Dustman....Bruce Beeby

    A Lamplighter....Brian Hewlett

    A Tramp....John Dearth

    A Sweep....Hector Ross

    The Guard....Patricia Gallimore.

    PO3Archive Week20041214

    Stephen Johnson presents concerts from the BBC Archives voted for by Radio 3 listeners, featuring some of the great moments of musical broadcasting.

    Britten was an outstanding Mozart conductor, and in Mozart's last piano concerto he is a superb partner for the great Sviatoslav Richter.

    Before this is a Haydn performance in which lightness of touch masks deep seriousness and penetrating musical intelligence.

    Haydn: Symphony in Cm, No 95

    Mozart: Piano Concerto in B flat, K595ENGLISH Chamber Orchestra

    Benjamin Britten (conductor)

    Recorded at the Aldeburgh Festival, 16 June 1965.

    PO3Archive Week20041215

    Stephen Johnson presents concerts from the BBC Archives voted for by Radio 3 listeners, featuring some of the great moments of musical broadcasting.

    Fine though Clifford Curzon's studio legacy is, his concert performances often had the edge when it came to intensity and creative fire.

    These performances with the Amadeus Quartet are models of chamber intimacy and subtlety, but with drama and a wonderful breadth of expression and colour.

    Schubert: Quintet in A, D667, The Trout

    Brahms: Quintet in Fm, Op 34

    Amadeus Quartet

    Clifford Curzon (piano)

    Recorded at the Royal Festival Hall, LONDON on 17 July 1971 (Schubert) and 17 November 1974 (Brahms).

    PO3Archive Week20041216

    Stephen Johnson presents concerts from the BBC Archives voted for by Radio 3 listeners, featuring some of the great moments of musical broadcasting.

    This towering, blisteringly impassioned performance of Mahler's Symphony of a Thousand from 1959 was a turning point in the great post-war Mahler revival.

    It also confirms Horenstein's reputation as one of the noblest and most sensitive of all Mahler interpreters.

    Mahler: Symphony No 8 in E flatLONDON Symphony Orchestra

    Jascha Horenstein (conductor)

    Recorded at the Royal Albert Hall, LONDON, 20 March 1959.

    PO3Archive Week20041217

    Stephen Johnson presents concerts from the BBC Archives voted for by Radio 3 listeners, featuring some of the great moments of musical broadcasting.

    Joining Stephen in the studio is Geoffrey Smith to introduce Duke Ellington's legendary Third Sacred Concert, recorded at Westminster Abbey in 1973.

    Works performed include

    My Love

    Is God a Three Letter Word for Love?

    Everyman Prays in His Own Language

    The Beauty Of God

    Ain't Nobody Nowhere Nothin' Without God

    Praise God and Dance

    Duke Ellington Orchestra

    Duke Ellington (piano)

    Alice Babs (vocalist)

    Toney Watkins (vocalist)

    Anita Moore (vocalist)

    The John Alldis Choir

    Roscoe Gill (conductor).

    PO3Bach Cello Suites20050524

    Petroc Trelawny introduces a concert recorded earlier this month at LONDON's Wigmore Hall of the complete Bach cello suites played by the acclaimed Dutch cellist Pieter Wispelwey.

    A pupil of both William Pleeth and Anner Bylsma, Wispelwey is as comfortable on the Baroque cello as on the modern instrument.

    This is a unique opportunity to hear him undertake something of a marathon, performing the works that are considered by many to be the pinnacle of the cello repertoire.

    Bach: Cello Suite No 1 in G, BWV1007; Cello Suite No 2 in Dm, BWV1008; Cello Suite No 3 in C, BWV1009; Cello Suite No 4 in E flat BWV1010; Cello Suite No 5 in Cm BWV1011; Cello Suite No 6 in D BWV1012.

    PO3Bartok, Tchaikovsky, Ligeti, Fri, 13th March 2009 - Part 120090313

    Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

    Alina Ibragimova (violin)

  • Edward Gardner (conductor)

    bartok: four orchestral pieces

  • bbc symphony orchestra
  • ligeti: violin concerto.

    bbc symphony orchestra/Edward Gardner in bartok and ligeti

  • PO3Bartok, Tchaikovsky, Ligeti, Fri, 13th March 2009 - Part 220090313

    Petroc Trelawny presents the BBC Symphony Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony, a work which the composer likened to 'the musical confession of a soul in which many things have welled up'.

    Alina Ibragimova (violin)

  • Edward Gardner (conductor)

    tchaikovsky: symphony no 4 in f minor

    followed by music from alumni of chetham's school of music, in celebration of its 40th anniversary.

    presented by Petroc Trelawny.

    bbc so/Edward Gardner in tchaikovsky: symphony no 4

  • bbc symphony orchestra

  • PO3Bath International Music Festival - Macgregor And Brian Eno20060601

    Sarah Walker sets the scene in Bath Abbey for this audacious collaboration between Joanna MacGregor, newly-appointed Artistic Director of the Bath International Music Festival, and innovative musical mastermind Brian Eno.

    In this BBC commission, the exquisite acoustic of Bath Abbey becomes a laboratory for one of Eno's typically adventurous musical experiments.

    Bath Camerata sing 16th century English polyphony, 1930s Californian gospel music, and contemporary choral music from Arvo Pärt and James MacMillan, while MacGregor and Eno give four first performances, including two world premieres.

    Eno samples and synthesises MacGregor's piano, and the result - a unique fusion of music and sound-art.

    Brian Eno

    Joanna MacGregor

    Bath Camerata

    Organ Peter King

    Nigel Perrin (Director)

    William Byrd: Ne Irascaris

    John Dowland: Forlorn Hope Fancy, Melancholy Galliard

    Arvo Pärt: The Beatitudes

    Brian Eno/Rick Holland: The Airman, World premiere

    Golden Gate Quartet: Listen to the Lambs

    John Dowland: Lachrymae, A Piece Without Title

    Brian Eno: Music for Airports 1/2, First live performance

    Somei Satoh: Incarnation II

    Brian Eno: Music for Airports 2/2, First live performance

    James MacMillan: O Bone Jesu

    Brian Eno/Isaac Rosenberg: August 1914, World premiere

    Thomas Tallis: Spem in alium.

    PO3Bbc Choir Of The Year Competition Final 200820081208

    Petroc Trelawny introduces the four category finalists in the Choir of the Year 2008 final

    Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

    In an event recorded at London's Royal Festival Hall in December, Aled Jones hosts the final of the BBC Choir of the Year Competition, the culmination of the competition in 2008, which has attracted more than 5,000 singers from communities all over the country.

    Featuring the four category finalists plus two wildcard choirs battling it out to be crowned BBC Choir of the Year 2008.

    PO3Bbc Co - Trading Roots20110308

    Presented by Martin Handley.

    Recorded at the Hackney Empire in London, the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Grand Union Orchestra join forces to bring a timeless journey across shifting sands and turbulent seas as Trading Roots explores a tapestry of sounds drawn from China to Africa, tracing the path of traders and travellers along the ancient Spice Route.

    This concert features well known jazz soloists, singers and leading musicians from all over the world - but it also includes a special performance from the BBC CO Fusion Group, an extraordinary multicultural collection of young musicians from London.

    Tony Haynes' new work The Golden Road, The Unforgiving Sea, commissioned by Radio 3, ties the concert together.

    Trading Roots

    BBC Concert Orchestra

    Grand Union Orchestra

    BBC CO Fusion Group

    Followed by another instalment of a recital given by soprano Amanda Roocroft, accompanied by pianist Malcolm Martineau, as we reach the 1860-70 decade in the Wigmore Hall's 100 Years of German Song series.

    Liszt, Cornelius, Jensen, Bruch and Brahms are the composers featured throughout the week.

    Martin Handley presents a concert from London's Hackney Empire, entitled Trading Roots.

    PO3Bbc Co/hazlewood20090507

    Petroc Trelawny presents a concert given in the Queen Elizabeth hall in which BBC Concert Orchestra and Charles Hazlewood explore issues of chance in music.

    The programme includes a new piece by 12 composers who have had an association with the BBC Concert Orchestra, where each composer writes one minute of music.

    The order of composers is determined by the roll of a die and each composer sees the last 12 bars of the previous composer's section and then continues the piece at their will.

    Also featuring:

    Mozart: A Musical Dice Game

    Schnittke: Moz-Art a la Haydn

    Matthews: To Compose Without the Least Knowledge of Music

    Ives: The Unanswered Question

    Stravinsky: Jeu de cartes

    Followed by music by past winners of the RPS awards, which celebrates its twentieth anniversary in 2009.

    The BBC Concert Orchestra and Charles Hazlewood explore issues of chance in music.

    Mozart: A Musical Dice Game

  • ives: the unanswered question
  • matthews: to compose without the least knowledge of music
  • schnittke: moz-art a la haydn
  • stravinsky: jeu de cartes

  • PO3Bbc Concert Orchestra - Jule Styne Gala20041227

    Singers Kim Criswell, Anna-Jane Casey and Ron Raines join the BBC Concert Orchestra and conductor Kevin Farrell in an evening's celebration of music by Jule Styne, whose centenary falls next year.

    There are some familiar favourites such as Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and songs from popular hit shows such as Gypsy, Funny Girl and Peter Pan, as well assome new discoveries lesser known gems.

    Edward Seckerson presents this concert which was recorded at the Hackney Empire in LONDON in September.

    PO3Bbc Concert Orchestra And The Julian Joseph Quartet20050124

    An evening of great jazz and jazz-influenced music, recorded last Thursday at the Chichester Festival Theatre.

    Milhaud: La Creation du Monde

    Ellington: The River (excerpts)

    Stravinsky: Dumbarton Oaks

    Turnage (arr Rundell): An Invention on Solitude

    Joseph: Symphonic Story Part 3 - Jacqueline; Symphonic Story Part 5 - New Work

    BBC Concert Orchestra

    Julian Joseph Quartet -

    Julian Joseph (piano)

    Mark Mondesir (drums)

    Mark Hodgeson (bass)

    Adam Salkeld (guitar)

    Clark Rundell (conductor).

    PO3Bbc Now - Mathias, Schumann, Mahler20101014

    Presented by Petroc Trelawny

    The BBC National Orchestra of Wales and its esteemed Conductor Laureate, Tadaaki Otaka, perform a diverse programme at the Swansea Festival.

    William Mathias's overture demonstrates his rhythmic, highly-engaging style, and marks the end of celebrations of the 75th anniversary year for this important Welsh composer.

    The acclaimed pianist Llyr Williams performs Schumann's Piano Concerto, and the concert is completed with Mahler's highly innovative first Symphony, introducing external elements like peasant dance music, 'Frere Jacques', and references to his own songs, culminating in a rousing, triumphant finale.

    Mathias: Dance Overture

    Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor

    Mahler: Symphony No.

    1 in D

    Llyr Williams (piano)

    BBC National Orchestra of Wales

    conductor Tadaaki Otaka

    Followed by a focus on amateur music-making, with a performance from Making Music's 'Adopt-a-Composer' scheme, which pairs up composers and amateur music organisations across the country, and additionally, recordings from some of the UK's best amateur choruses and chamber choirs.

    Tadaaki Otaka conducts the BBC NOW in music by Mathias, Schumann and Mahler.

    PO3Bbc Now - Roussel, Holt, Sibelius20101116

    Presented by Catherine Bott

    The BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by François-Xavier Roth, play Roussel, Holt and Sibelius.

    Sibelius' Second Symphony is both powerful and eloquent, culminating in one of his greatest melodies, blazing with optimism and serenity.

    The elemental dance rhythms of Roussel's Bacchus et Ariane Suite spring to life under François-Xavier Roth, Associate Guest Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, whose performances have been earning critical plaudits.

    Composer in Association to the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Simon Holt's Centauromachy is a double concerto and takes the two opposing personalities of the mythical centaur as its starting point.

    Roussel: Bacchus et Ariane, Suite No 2

    Simon Holt: Centauromachy (world premiere)

    Sibelius: Symphony No 2

    Clarinet Robert Plane

    Flugelhorn Philippe Schartz

    BBC National Orchestra of Wales

    Conductor François-Xavier Roth

    Followed by highlights from the 2010 Innsbruck Early Music Festival.

    Francois-Xavier Roth conducts the BBC NOW in music by Roussel, Simon Holt and Sibelius.

    PO3Bbc Philharmonic20050118

    A concert celebrating the music of the great Romanian composer George Enescu, recorded last Friday at The Bridgewater Hall, MANCHESTER.

    Enescu: Romanian Rhapsody No 1

    Brahms: Piano Concerto No 2

    Enescu: Symphony No 2

    Barry Douglas (piano)

    BBC Philharmonic

    Laurence Foster (conductor).

    PO3Bbc Philharmonic Prokofiev Tribute, Fri, 20th Feb 2009 - Part 120090220

    Presented by Catherine Bott.

    The BBC Philharmonic continues its Great Russians series with a tribute to Prokofiev conducted by Yutaka Sado, who makes his debut at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall.

    Prokofiev wrote his Fifth Symphony after his return to Moscow, declaring it a 'symphony of the greatness of the human spirit' and conducting its first performance in January 1945 amid great patriotic stirring over the Red Army's impending victory over Germany in the Second World War.

    BBC Philharmonic

  • yutaka sado (conductor)

    prokofiev: symphony no 5.

    bbc philharmonic conducted by yutaka sado perform prokofiev: symphony no 5

    presented by Louise Fryer

  • PO3Bbc Philharmonic/reinbert De Leeuw20081209

    As part of Radio 3's celebration of the centenary of Olivier Messiaen in 2008, the BBC Philharmonic perform an-all Messiaen programme conducted by Reinbert de Leeuw, a committed advocate of the French composer's music.

    Featuring Poemes pour Mi, the composer's love-letter to his first wife Claire Delbos, followed by Un sourire, written only a few months before Messiaen died to mark the bicentenary of Mozart's death.

    The concert ends with his Chronochromie, which merges the Greek words cronos and croma - time and colour - and plays on the interaction between these two in musical terms.

    Messiaen: Le tombeau resplendissant; Poemes pour Mi; Un sourire; Chronochromie

  • bbc philharmonic
  • reinbert de leeuw (conductor)

    schumann: davidsbundlertanze, op 6

  • rosemary hardy (soprano)
  • yvonne loriod (piano)

    in messiaen: le tombeau resplendant and poemes pour mi

  • PO3Bbc Proms 2010, Prom 55 - Jamie Cullum20101231

    From BBC PROMS 2010

    Presented by John Shea.

    Another chance to hear Jazz singer, songwriter and pianist Jamie Cullum from the Albert Hall in August.

    He's joined by the Heritage Orchestra to perform a set of classic numbers in this Late Night Prom.

    Cullum has spent the last 10 years forging his own unique brand of music, influenced by pop, rock and electronica, but always with jazz at its core.

    He is joined by the Heritage Orchestra - a 40-piece line-up originally formed to play at London's Cargo club, and always found at the cutting edge of boundary-crossing musical projects.

    Introduced from the stage by Suzy Klein.

    Jazz singer and pianist Jamie Cullum peforms classic numbers with the Heritage Orchestra.

    PO3Bbc So/belohlavek In Martinu: Julietta20090331

    In a concert given at London's Barbican Centre, Jiri Belohlavek conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a rare UK performance of Martinu's psychological opera Julietta.

    It features a star cast including Rosalind Plowright, Magdalena Kozena and William Burden.

    Martinu: Julietta

    Cast includes:

    Rosalind Plowright (soprano)

  • andreas jaggi (tenor)
  • bbc singers
  • bbc symphony orchestra
  • frederic goncalves (baritone)
  • jiri belohlavek (conductor)

    followed by a focus on czech music, composers and performers, including josef myslivicek's wind octect no 3 in b flat, with the ensemble harmoniemusik of london.

    jiri belohlavek conducts the bbc symphony orchestra in martinu's opera julietta

  • magdalena kozena (mezzo-soprano)
  • william burden (tenor)

  • PO3Bbc Symphony Orchestra At The Barbican20041220

    Literature and travel inspired the works in tonight's programme.

    There are journeys by two British composers: Elgar to Italy, and Payne to the Scilly Isles.

    Visions and Journeys won the Radio 3 Listeners Awards in the 2003 British Composer Awards.

    Words by Leon Leclerc and Baudelaire are set by their compatriots - and sung by the great American mezzo, Susan Graham.

    Presented by Paul Guinery

    Anthony Payne: Visions and Journeys

    Ravel: Shéhérazade

    Debussy (arr Adams): Le Livre de Baudelaire

    Elgar: In the South (Alassio)

    Susan Graham (mezzo-soprano)

    BBC Symphony Orchestra

    Yan Pascal Tortelier (conductor).

    PO3Bbc Symphony Orchestra At The Barbican20060320

    As the Barbican Centre celebrates the centenary of Samuel Beckett's birth, Martin Robertson joins the BBC SO for Mark-Anthony Turnage's saxophone concerto, based around Beckett's monologue Rockaby.

    Plus Joseph Swensen conducts two great works by Sibelius and Nielsen's life-affirming Fourth Symphony.

    Sibelius: En Saga

    Turnage: Your Rockaby

    Nielsen: Symphony No 4, The Inextinguishable

    Martin Robertson (saxophone)

    BBC Symphony Orchestra

    Joseph Swensen (conductor).

    PO3Bbc Symphony Orchestra At The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester20041203

    Some of the great paintings by Turner were the inspiration for Thea Musgrave's new work, a concerto for orchestra - 'Sunrise with Sea Monsters', 'The Shipwreck' and 'Snow Storm: Hannibal and his Army Crossing the Alps' among them.

    And the walk around the gallery continues with Mussorgsky's 1874 promenade around the paintings of Viktor Hartmann.

    Presented by Chris de Souza.

    Thea Musgrave: Turbulent Landscapes

    Ravel: Piano Concerto in G

    Jean-Yves Thibaudet (piano)

    Mussorgsky (orch Ravel): Pictures at an Exhibition

    BBC Symphony Orchestra

    David Zinman (conductor).

    PO3Bbc Symphony Orchestra Live From The Barbican, Presented By andrew Mcgregor. Emanuel Ax (piano) Bbc20040512

    Symphony Orchestra Leonard Slatkin (conductor) Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor Tonight's performance continues after Twenty Minutes.

    Concluding tonight's performance live from the Barbican.

    Shostakovich's monumental Symphony No.

    11 reflects on the failed 1905 RUSSIAn Revolution - and was written in the aftermath of the 1956 Soviet invasion of Hungary.

    BBC Symphony Orchestra Leonard Slatkin (conductor) Shostakovich: Symphony no.11 "The Year 1905".

    BBC Symphony Orchestra Live from the Barbican, presented by Andrew Mcgregor.

    Emanuel Ax (piano) BBC Symphony Orchestra Leonard Slatkin (conductor) Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor Tonight's performance continues after Twenty Minutes.

    PO3Bbc Symphony Orchestra/ali Tufekci Traditional Ensemble20081215

    Suzy Klein presents a concert given by the BBC Symphony Orchestra with Ali Tufekci's traditional ensemble featuring music inspired by Turkish culture.

    The concert includes works by the grand old man of Turkish music, Ahmed Adnan Saygun, who was to his country what Jean Sibelius is to Finland, and his contemporary Ulvi Cemal Erkin.

    Plus a new work by Michael Ellison for symphony orchestra, Turkish ensemble and solo cello, along with music by Mozart.

    Gemma Rosefield (cello)

  • ali tufekci ensemble
  • bbc symphony orchestra
  • pascal rophé (conductor)

  • PO3Bbcsso/john Storgards20090206

    In a concert given at City Halls in Glasgow, Finnish conductor John Storgards and his countryman Olli Mustonen join the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra for a programme that begins and ends with music inspired by mythology.

    The concert opens with Nielsen's Helios Overture, which depicts the sun over the Aegean Sea, followed by the idiosyncratic piano playing of Olli Mustonen in Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No 3.

    To celebrate her 80th birthday, there is a short piece that Scots composer Thea Musgrave wrote especially for Sibelius' 125th Anniversary.

    The programme concludes with Sibelius' four Lemminkainen tone poems, based on legends from the Finnish national epic the Kalevala, originally intended as an opera on Wagnerian lines.

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

  • Olli Mustonen (piano)

    nielsen: helios

  • john storgards (conductor)
  • musgrave: song of the enchanter
  • prokofiev: piano concerto no 3
  • sibelius: lemminkainen legends

    followed by part of a recital by yevgeny sudbin, featuring scarlatti's sonata in b minor.

    john storgards conducts the bbc sso in music by nielsen, prokofiev, sibelius and musgrave

  • PO3Bbcsso/stefan Solyom20090219

    Ian Skelly presents a concert given at City Halls, Glasgow, with Stefan Solyom conducting the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in a work by Bax, as well as by Mozart's bright, yet dramatic A major Piano Concerto, with distinguished French pianist Jean-Philippe Collard.

    The programme also features Delius' On Hearing The First Cuckoo in Spring, composed in France, yet considered a perfect evocation of a spring morning in England, and concludes with Sibelius' Fifth Symphony, one of the most popular of all great symphonies.

    Jean-Philippe Collard (piano)

  • Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano)
  • bbc scottish symphony orchestra
  • delius: on hearing the first cuckoo in spring; summer night on the river
  • melos ensemble.

    the bbcsso conducted by stefan solyom perform bax, mozart, delius and sibelius

  • mozart: piano concerto no 23
  • sibelius: symphony no 5

    followed by a focus on the melos ensemble:

    ravel: trois poemes de stephane mallarme

  • stefan solyom (conductor)

    bax: tintagel

  • PO3Beethovens Piano Sonatas - 220060628

    Andrew Mcgregor introduces a series inaugurating a complete cycle of Beethoven's Piano Sonatas, performed in London's Wigmore Hall by Paul Lewis.

    Sonata in G, Op 14, No 1

    Sonata in B flat, Op 22

    Sonata in E, Op 14, No 2

    Sonata in C, Op 53 (Waldstein).

    PO3Bournemouth So/litton20090216

    Ian Skelly presents a concert given at the Lighthouse, Poole, with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Conductor Laureate Andrew Litton returning to Poole to conduct the orchestra where he was music director from 1988 to 1994.

    The programme includes Mendelssohn's ever-popular Violin Concerto, with soloist Leila Josefowicz, and a work for which the conductor is a passionate advocate - Walton's First Symphony.

    Leila Josefowicz (violin)

  • andrew litton (conductor)

    grieg: symphonic dances, op 64

  • bournemouth symphony orchestra
  • john shirley-quirk (bass-baritone)
  • melos ensemble.

    bournemouth so/andrew litton in grieg: symphonic dances, plus mendelssohn and walton

  • mendelssohn: violin concerto in e minor, op 64
  • walton: symphony no 1 in b flat minor

    followed by a focus on the melos ensemble, including recordings from the bbc archive:

    bliss: a knot of riddles

  • PO3Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra20041210

    Verity Sharp presents a concert recorded at The Lighthouse, Poole, in which the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra are directed by the Chinese-born conductor Lu Jia in two classical symphonies.

    Alban Gerhardt joins them in Schumann's anguished cello concerto, one of the last works he wrote before mental illness took hold.

    Mozart: Symphony No 31 (Paris)

    Schumann: Cello Concerto

    Bargiel: Adagio for Cello and Orchestra

    Schubert: Symphony No 4 (Tragic)

    Lu Jia (conductor)

    Alban Gerhardt (cello).

    PO3British Composer Awards20041221

    The British Composer Awards ceremony took place in LONDON last Friday, hosted by the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters in association with BBC Radio 3.

    Ivan Hewett presents your chance to hear the ceremony and the winning compositions: everything from pieces for one or two instruments to choirs, orchestras and operas, via community and education projects - and featuring the Radio 3 Listeners' Award.

    PO3British Composer Awards 201020101201

    Presented by Martin Handley

    British Composer Awards 2010

    This evening's Performance on 3 celebrates the wealth of contemporary music in the UK, with the British Composer Awards of 2010, recorded at Stationer's Hall yesterday evening.

    The awards feature new works receiving their first UK performance between 1 April 2009 and 31 March 2010

    With three nominees in each of 13 categories ranging from Chamber, Orchestral and Stage Work through to Contemporary Jazz Composition and Sonic Art the whole scope of new composition in the UK is represented.

    Martin Handley presents highlights of the British Composer Awards 2010.

    PO3British Music Focus20051207

    Like Verdi, Vaughan Williams and Richard Strauss, Michael Tippett continued to explore new worlds in his music well into his seventies and eighties.

    Andrew Mcgregor presents two major 'late' works.

    Tippett: Byzantium

    Faye Robinson (soprano)

    Tippett: The Mask of Time

    Sarah Walker (mezzo)

    Robert Tear (tenor)

    John Cheek (bass)

    BBC Singers

    BBC Symphony Chorus

    BBC Symphony Orchestra

    Andrew Davis (conductor).

    PO3Britten Sinfonia/kuusisto/padmore *20100217

    Presented by Petroc Trelawny

    Tenor Mark Padmore joins the Britten Sinfonia, directed by Pekka Kuusisto, in Britten's Les Illuminations, with works by Purcell and Tippett, and a new work by Nico Muhly.

    A protégé of Philip Glass, and collaborator of Björk and Rufus Wainwright amongst others, Nico Muhly is gaining a reputation as being one of the most impressive innovators of new music, effortlessly crossing the boundaries between classical and pop.

    Purcell: Fantasia VII in C minor

    Purcell: arr.

    Muhly Let the Night Perish (Job's Curse)

    Purcell: Fantasia XIII in F 'Upon one Note'

    Tippett: A Lament, from Divertimento on 'Sellinger's Round'

    Britten: Les Illuminations, Op.

    18

    Steve Reich: Duet

    Nico Muhly: New work (World première tour)

    John Adams: Shaker Loops

    Britten Sinfonia

    Mark Padmore tenor

    Pekka Kuusisto violin/director

    Followed by recent performances by the students of the Sibelius Academy, Finland, including music for piano trio by Turina.

    The Britten Sinfonia under Pekka Kuusisto in Britten, Purcell, Tippett and Nico Muhly.

    PO3Carlo Collodi's Pinocchio20080324

    Catherine Bott introduces a new operatic version of Carlo Collodi's Pinocchio, written by composer Jonathan Dove and librettist Alasdair Middleton and produced by Opera North.

    Dove: Pinocchio

    Pinocchio....Victoria Simmonds

    Geppetto....Jonathan Summers

    The Blue Fairy....Mary Plazas

    Cricket/Parrot....Rebecca Bottone

    Puppeteer/Ape-Judge/Ringmaster....Graeme Broadbent

    Lampwick....Allan Clayton

    Cat....Mark Wilde

    Fox/Coachman....James Laing

    Pigeon/Snail....Carole Wilson

    Chorus of Opera North

    Orchestra of Opera North

    David Parry (conductor).

    PO3Cbso/mackerras20090326

    Presented by Catherine Bott.

    The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra perform works by three of the great composers of Viennese classicism with two of today's most celebrated figures of this repertoire - conductor Charles Mackerras, known for his understanding and passion for these composers, and pianist Imogen Cooper, whose refined style is considered to be especially suited to that era.

    Imogen Cooper (piano)

  • beethoven: symphony no 7

    followed a focus on the london mozart players:

    london mozart players

  • charles mackerras (conductor)

    haydn: symphony no 85 (la reine)

  • city of birmingham symphony orchestra
  • matthias bamert (conductor)

    vanhal: symphony in g minor, g2.

    the cbso and charles mackerras perform haydn, mozart and beethoven's symphony no 7

  • mozart: piano concerto no 22, k482

  • PO3Celebrating Dame Janet Baker - 1 - Britten And English Music20060424

    Iain Burnside presents a week of programmes celebrating one of England's best loved musicians, the mezzo-soprano Dame Janet Baker.

    In the first programme, he explores Baker's relationship with English music and the works of Benjamin Britten in particular.

    With contributions from Dame Janet Baker and some of the people she worked with.

    Elgar: Sabbath Morning at Sea from Sea Pictures

    Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano)

    LSO

    Sir John Barbirolli (conductor)

    Britten: Canticle II Abraham and Isaac

    Peter Pears (tenor)

    Graham Johnson (piano)

    Selection of songs by Peter Warlock and Herbert Howells

    Martin Isepp (piano)

    Purcell: Dido's lament from Dido and Aeneas

    English Chamber Orchestra

    Anthony Lewis (conductor)

    Britten: Lucretia!...Last Night Tarquinius Ravished Me, from The Rape of Lucretia

    John Shirley-Quirk

    Benjamin Britten (conductor)

    Selection of songs by Ivor Gurney and Gerald Finzi

    Walton: Slowly it All Comes Back, from Troilus and Cressida

    Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

    Lawrence Foster (conductor)

    Selection of songs by Vaughan-Williams, Benjamin Britten, Roger Quilter

    Gerald Moore (piano)

    Elgar: The Angel's Farewell, from The Dream of Gerontius

    Hallé Choir and Orchestra

    Britten: Phaedra

    Janet Baker (conductor)

    Steuart Bedford (conductor).

    PO3Chamber Performance On 320041207

    In a concert given at Wigmore Hall on Friday, Steven Osborne performs Messiaen's monumental piano cycle depicting comtemplations of the baby Jesus through the eyes of different people, and the standpoint of different situations throughout his life.

    Messiaen: Vingt Regards sur l'enfant Jesus

    Steven Osborne (piano).

    PO3Cheltenham International Festival Of Music 2005 - Virtuous Women And Fallen Wives20050712

    Tommy Pearson introduces a gala celebration of Felicity Lott's 30th anniversary of her recital debut in a collection of songs about women in all their guises.

    Weill: Prologue, Nanna's Lied

    Haydn: Die zu späte Ankunft der Mutter

    Mozart: Die Alte

    Schumann: Lied der Braut II

    Brahms: Mädchenlied

    Wolf: Ich hab in Penna

    Richard Strauss: Drei Lieder der Ophelia

    Trad.

    arr.

    Herbert Hughes: I Know Where I'm Going

    Walton: Wapping Old Stairs

    Bliss: The Return from Town

    Benjamin Britten: Sweet Polly Oliver

    Weill: Und was bekam des Soldaten Weib? Here I'll stay

    Albert Roussel: Réponse d'une épouse sage

    Fauré: Une sainte en son auréole

    Duparc: Au pays où se fait la guerre

    Noël Coward: Spinning Song, Alice is at it Again, A bar on the Piccola Marina

    Poulenc: La Dame de Monte Carlo

    Reynaldo Hahn: C'est très vilain d'être infidèle

    Oscar Strauss: Warum soll eine Frau kein Verhältnis haben?

    Murray Grand: What's a Lady Like Me?

    Felicity Lott (soprano)

    Graham Johnson (piano).

    PO3Cheltenham Music Festival 200620060712

    Sandy Burnett introduces a concert given by one of the world's foremost chamber orchestras, including the world premiere of a composite work inspired by paintings from the Fleming Collection of artworks by many of Scotland's most prominent artists.

    Recorded at Cheltenham Town Hall.

    Natalie Clein (cello)

    Scottish Chamber Orchestra

    Joseph Swensen (conductor).

    PO3Chetham's 40th Anniversary Concert20090311

    Petroc Trelawny presents a concert given at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester marking the 40th anniversary of Chetham's School of Music, featuring its Symphony Orchestra and some famous alumni.

    A specialist music school in Manchester, it was established in 1969 on the site of Chetham's Hospital, an orphanage founded by Humphrey Chetham in 1653.

    Gwilym Simcock (piano)

  • Grant Llewellyn, paul mann, stephen threlfall (conductors)

    gwilym simcock: symphonic construction on chetham's (new work)

  • Timothy West (narrator)
  • beethoven: triple concerto
  • britten: young person's guide to the orchestra.

    a concert given to mark the 40th anniversary of chetham's school of music in manchester

  • chetham's symphony orchestra
  • guy johnston (cello)
  • jennifer pike (violin)
  • leon mccawley (piano)
  • ravel: daphnis and chloe suite no 2; bolero

  • PO3Choir Of The Year 201020101129

    Presented by Martin Handley

    The final of the 2010 Choir of the Year from London's Royal Festival Hall introduced by Aled Jones and Josie d'Arby.

    Since the spring 160 choirs and 6000 singers have been battling it out up and down the country in the competition which attracts entrants from age 6 to age 80.

    In last night's Final the winners of the four categories - Children, Youth, Adult and Open - plus two wild cards battled it out to be crowned 'Choir of the Year 2010' singing music from madrigals to Motown.

    Martin Handley presents the final of the 2010 Choir of the Year competition.

    PO3City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra20050123

    Tommy Pearson presents a concert from Symphony Hall in BIRMINGHAM in which Sian Edwards conducts the CBSO in a programme of ENGLISH music by Holst and Colin Matthews.

    Colin Matthews's Fourth Sonata dates from 1976, and was inspired by the composer's interest in minimalism.

    It is being performed as part of 'Encore' - a project led by Radio 3 and the Royal Philharmonic Society highlighting outstanding British works from the last three decades.

    Walton: Spitfire Prelude and Fugue

    C Matthews: Sonata for Orchestra No 4

    Holst: The Planets

    C Matthews: Pluto

    City of BIRMINGHAM Symphony Youth Chorus (Seniors)

    City of BIRMINGHAM Symphony Orchestra

    Sian Edwards (conductor).

    PO3City Of London Festival20040627

    Fiona Talkington introduces a concert, recorded last week in St Paul's Cathedral, which gives a cross-section of some of John Tavener's choral music across thirty years, from his tiny miniature The Lamb, loved by choirs the world over, to the gargantuan Ultimos Ritos, a piece which thrillingly exploits the vast spaces of St Paul's.

    John Tavener: Hymn to the Mother of God

    John Tavener: Hymn for the Dormition of the Mother of God

    John Tavener: The Lamb

    John Tavener: Song for Athene

    John Tavener: Ultimos ritos

    BBC Singers

    City of LONDON Sinfonia

    Patricia Rosario (soprano)

    Richard Hickox (conductor).

    PO3Concluding Tonight's Performance Live From The Barbican. Shostakovich's Monumental Symphony No. 11 R20040512
    PO3Darkness Into Light: The Music Of James Macmillan20050114

    Live from the Barbican.

    The BBC Symphony Orchestra's annual January Weekend turns the spotlight on the Scottish composer James MacMillan.

    Over eight concerts this weekend you can experience orchestral, chamber and choral music of breathtaking power and spiritual intensity.

    The weekend begins with music for orchestra: an early work bristling with energy, Tryst, followed by a commentary for cor anglais and orchestra on the Easter story in The World's Ransoming.

    Then massive forces gather for Quickening, celebrating birth and renewal, and complete with celestial off-stage choristers.

    Presented by John Tusa.

    Continues at 8.30pm, after Twenty Minutes.

    MacMillan: Tryst; The World's Ransoming

    Celia Craig (Cor Anglais)

    BBC Symphony Orchestra

    Sir Andrew Davis.

    Darkness into Light: The Music of James MacMillan.

    The Hilliard Ensemble, Westminster Cathedral Choristers, BBC Symphony Chorus and Orchestra/Andrew Davis perform MacMillan's Quickening.

    PO3Darkness Into Light: The Music Of James Macmillan20050115

    An opportunity to hear some of MacMillan's chamber music, often inspired by Gaelic or Scottish folk culture.

    Hebridean psalm-singing underlies Memento; keening Celtic laments and Highland fiddle music fuse with modernism in Visions of a November Spring; while lamentation and loss are central to the clarinet quintet Tuireadh, written in response to the catastrophic 1988 explosion on the North Sea oil-rig Piper Alpha.

    BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists perform in the historic church of St.

    Giles, Cripplegate in the Barbican Centre, LONDON.

    Presented by John Tusa.

    MacMillan: Visions of a November Spring

    Gubaidulina: String Quartet No 3

    MacMillan: Memento

    MacMillan: Tuireadh - Clarinet Quintet

    Ronald van Spaendonck (clarinet)

    Royal String Quartet.

    Darkness into Light: The Music of James MacMillan

    Live from the Barbican Hall.

    Tonight the BBC Philharmonic is conducted by its resident Composer/Conductor, James MacMillan.

    MacMillan burst onto the international music scene in 1990 with The Confession of Isobel Gowdie, inspired by the persecution of 'witches' following the Scottish Reformation.

    Rising star Daniel Hope is the soloist in the Violin Concerto by MacMillan's teacher John Casken, and the BBC Singers join for orchestral settings of the liturgy.

    The concert opens with a celebration of Britain's orchestras - full of well-known tunes and high-jinks!

    Continues at 9.10pm, after Twenty Minutes.

    MacMillan: Britannia

    Casken: Violin Concerto*

    Daniel Hope (violin)*

    BBC Philharmonic

    James MacMillan (conductor).

    MacMillanMagnificat and Nunc Dimittis#

    MacMillanThe Confession of Isobel Gowdie

    BBC Singers#.

    PO3Darkness Into Light: The Music Of James Macmillan20050116

    Live from the Barbican.

    The final event in the BBC Symphony Orchestra's Composer Weekend, with MacMillan himself at the helm.

    There's a powerful work by Birtwistle, one of his musical heroes, contrasting with MacMillan's own evocation of the calm spiritual atmosphere of the island of Iona, where St Columba began his mission to CHRISTIANise SCOTLAND.

    Presented by John Tusa.

    Continues at 9.10pm, after Twenty Minutes.

    MacMillan: I (A Meditation on Iona)

    Birtwistle: Exody

    BBC Symphony Orchestra

    James MacMillan (conductor).

    Darkness into Light: The Music of James MacMillan

    The BBC Symphony Orchestra's Composer Weekend ends with James MacMillan's high-octane percussion concerto, Veni, Veni, Emmanuel, which has received well over 300 performances worldwide since its Proms premiere in 1992.

    MacMillan: Veni, Veni, Emmanuel

    Colin Currie (percussion)

    James MacMillan.

    PO3Darkness Into Light: The Music Of James Macmillan. The Hilliard Ensemble, Westminster Cathedral Chor20050114
    PO3Edinburgh International Festival 2005 - Curlew River20050911

    Britten's church parable based on Japanese Noh theatre is performed in a new EIF production by Olivier Py.

    Introduced by Donald Macleod.

    Madwoman....Toby Spence (tenor)

    Ferryman....William Dazeley (bass-baritone)

    Traveller....Neal Davies (bass-baritone)

    Abbot....Tim Mirfin (bass)

    Garry Walker (director).

    PO3Edinburgh International Festival 2006 - Beethoven And Bruckner - Nine Symphonies20060915

    Two monumental musical structures - Beethoven's Eroica was originally dedicated to Napoleon while Bruckner's third, a massive homage to Wagner, inflamed the pro-Brahms critics and was deemed unplayable by the Vienna Philharmonic.

    Introduced by Donald Macleod.

    Beethoven: Symphony No 3 in E flat, Op 55, Eroica

    Scottish Chamber Orchestra

    Sir Charles Mackerras (conductor)

    Bruckner: Symphony No 3 in Dm

    Royal Scottish National Orchestra

    Günther Herbig (conductor).

    PO3Edinburgh International Festival 2006 - Beethoven And Bruckner - Nine Symphonies - 620060920

    If Bruckner wrote a lightweight symphony, the Sixth is it: a lyrical but elusive work - the only one of the canon which Bruckner never felt the need to revise.

    Beethoven's Pastoral is full of the sounds of nature, a matter more of feeling than of painting according to the composer.

    Introduced by Donald Macleod.

    Beethoven: Symphony No 6 in F, Op 68 - Pastoral

    Scottish Chamber Orchestra

    Sir Charles Mackerras (conductor)

    Bruckner: Symphony No 6 in A

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

    Donald Runnicles (conductor).

    PO3Edinburgh International Festival 2006 - Beethoven And Bruckner - Nine Symphonies - 720060925

    Rhythm and energy pervade this pairing of symphonies from the Usher Hall.

    Wagner described Beethoven's Seventh as the 'apotheosis of the dance'.

    Wagner's death in 1883 inspired Bruckner to write one of his most intense adagio movements.

    The new work's triumphant premiere finally established Bruckner's celebrity thanks to a 15-minute ovation.

    Introduced by Donald Macleod.

    Beethoven: Symphony No 7 in A, Op 92

    Scottish Chamber Orchestra

    Sir Charles Mackerras (conductor)

    Bruckner: Symphony No 7 in E

    Royal Scottish National Orchestra

    Claus Peter Flor (conductor).

    PO3Edinburgh International Festival 2006 - Beethoven And Bruckner - Nine Symphonies - 820060926

    Featuring the shortest and most paradoxical of Beethoven's symphonies alongside Bruckner's massive 8th.

    Sir Charles Mackerras draws towards the climax of his Usher Hall cycle with Beethoven's elegant homage to the very Classical style which his symphonies had done so much to shatter.

    Introduced by Donald Macleod.

    Beethoven: Symphony No 8 in F, Op 93

    Scottish Chamber Orchestra

    Sir Charles Mackerras (conductor)

    Bruckner: Symphony No 8 in Cm

    Philharmonia Orchestra

    Herbert Blomstedt.

    PO3Edinburgh International Festival 2006- Beethoven And Bruckner - Nine Symphonies- 920060927

    Bruckner was the first composer to take up the artistic challenges of Beethoven's 9th.

    From it, he got his own symphonic trademarks - the habit of starting each musical journey mysteriously out of silence, the violent scherzos, transforming adagios and vast cumulative finales.

    Unlike Beethoven's symphony with its elemental setting of Schiller's Ode to Joy, Bruckner's 9th never got its finale - but ends magnificently unfinished on a note of profound and sublimely moving tragedy.

    Introduced by Donald Macleod.

    Beethoven: Symphony No 9 in Dm, Op 125

    Janice Watson (soprano)

    Catherine Wyn-Rogers (mezzo)

    Stuart Skelton (tenor)

    Detlef Roth (bass)

    Edinburgh Festival Chorus

    David Jones (chorusmaster)

    Philharmonia Orchestra

    Sir Charles Mackerras (conductor)

    Bruckner: Symphony No 9 in Dm

    BBC Symphony Orchestra

    Jirí Belohlávek (conductor).

    PO3Edinburgh International Festival 2006 -beethoven And Bruckner: Nine Symphonies20060918

    Sir Charles Mackerras continues his Usher Hall Beethoven cycle with the work which Schumann described as a slender Greek maiden between two Norse gods.

    Bruckner's lyrical Fourth was immediately acclaimed at its premiere, though the composer's insecurity had led to seven years of tinkering before it was ready.

    Introduced by Donald Macleod.

    Beethoven: Symphony No 4 in B flat, Op 60

    Scottish Chamber Orchestra

    Sir Charles Mackerras (conductor)

    Bruckner: Symphony No 4 in E-flat, Romantic

    Royal Scottish National Orchestra

    Stephane Deneve (conductor).

    PO3Eleventh International String Quartet Competition Final20090407

    From Wigmore Hall, London, Petroc Trelawny introduces the final of the Eleventh International String Quartet Competition, in which three quartets out of the original 12 compete for the award and play their choice of Romantic work.

    Followed by a selection of Easter music from around the world.

    The final of the Eleventh International String Quartet Competition, from the Wigmore Hall.

    PO3Elliott Carter Centenary Concert20081219

    Suzy Klein introduces a concert by the BBC SO to mark Elliott Carter's 100th birthday.

    Suzy Klein introduces Oliver Knussen conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a concert given to mark the 100th birthday of Elliott Carter, who was born on 11 December 1908.

    Carter was initially encouraged to become a composer by Charles Ives, who had sold insurance to his parents, and since the 1940s his influence as composer, writer and teacher has spanned the globe.

    He is still writing now and has enjoyed a fruitful partnership with Knussen and with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

    Anssi Karttunen (cello)

  • Oliver Knussen (conductor)

    carter: sound fields (uk premiere); cello concerto; wind rose (bbc commission; world premiere); mad regales (uk premiere); horn concerto; boston concerto

    followed by seasonal music for advent from the bbc singers.

    including praetorius: magnificat

  • bbc symphony orchestra
  • martin owen (french horn)
  • oliver knussen (conductor)

    including praetorius: magnificat

    anssi karttunen (cello)

  • PO3Gershwin, Gould, Grofe, Anderson, Copland, Bernstein, Wed, 4th February 2009 - Part 120090204

    Presented by Martin Handley from the Colosseum, Watford.

    Keith Lockhart, conductor of the Boston Pops, conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra in a programme of American light music, including popular songs.

    Claire Martin (vocals)

  • bbc concert orchestra
  • ferde grofe: mississippi (a tone journey).

    bbc co in american light music and popular songs.

    includes gershwin, gould and grofe

  • keith lockhart (conductor)

    gershwin: cuban overture

  • morton gould: american symphonette no 2

  • PO3Gershwin, Gould, Grofe, Anderson, Copland, Bernstein, Wed, 4th February 2009 - Part 220090204

    Presented by Martin Handley, from the Colosseum, Watford.

    The concert concludes with Keith Lockhart conducting the BBC Concert Orchestra in American light music including favourite orchestral pieces by Leroy Anderson, Copland and Bernstein.

    Claire Martin (vocals)

  • bbc concert orchestra
  • bernstein: suite - fancy free.

    the concert concludes with music by leroy anderson, copland and bernstein

  • copland: cuban dance
  • keith lockhart (conductor)

    anderson: bugler's holiday; clarinet candy

  • PO3Gunther Herbig/bbc Philharmonic20090218

    Presented by Ian Skelly.

    In a concert given at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall, German conductor Gunther Herbig celebrates a 30-year association with the BBC Philharmonic with a performance of an acknowledged masterpiece by Bruckner - a composer he has championed throughout his career.

    BBC Philharmonic

  • gunther herbig (conductor)

    bruckner: symphony no 8

    followed by a focus on the melos ensemble:

    copland: sextet for clarinet, piano and string quartet

  • melos ensemble.

    gunther herbig conducts bruckner's symphony no 8

  • PO3Hagen Quartet And Mitsuko Uchida20090325

    Catherine Bott presents a concert given at Wigmore Hall, London, by the Hagen String Quartet who, in the 20 years they have been together, have built a reputation for refined and spirited performances.

    The programme includes works ranging from Mozart's Viennese classicism through to Bartok's folk-inspired modernism.

    The group is joined by Mitsuko Uchida, considered one of the most engaging and collaborative pianists of our time, for Brahms's Piano Quintet.

    Hagen Quartet

  • Mitsuko Uchida (piano)

    mozart: string quartet in e flat, k428

  • bartok: string quartet no 3
  • brahms: piano quintet in f minor, op 34

    followed by a focus on the london mozart players:

    anthony rolfe-johnson (tenor)

  • jane glover (conductor)

    britten: les illuminations.

    the hagen quartet and pianist Mitsuko Uchida perform mozart, bartok and brahms

  • london mozart players

  • PO3Halle - British Music20101019

    Presented by Martin Handley.

    Sir Mark Elder conducts the Hallé in a programme including two pieces at the very heart of British 20th-Century music: Vaughan Williams's 'A London Symphony' - his own personal view of the English capital and its inhabitants, and Elgar's Violin Concerto - performed almost exactly a hundred years after its premiere by Danish virtuoso Nikolaj Znaider who plays the very violin, a 1741 Guarnieri del Gesu, used on that occasion by Fritz Kreisler.

    Recorded at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester,

    ELGAR: Violin Concerto in B minor, Op.

    61

    VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No.2, 'A London Symphony'

    Nikolaj Znaider, violin

    Hallé Orchestra

    Sir Mark Elder, conductor

    Followed by a continuing week long focus on classical music as seen through the eyes of Venezuelan performers.

    Today the early music ensemble Camerata Renacentista de Caracas, conducted by its founder and director Isabel Palacios, with the Baroque legacy of Latin America, including music collected by Bishop Baltasar Martínez Compañón y Bujanda in 18th-Century Peru.

    Martin Handley presents Mark Elder leading the Halle in Elgar and Vaughan Williams.

    PO3Halle - Mahler, Prokofiev20101005

    Petroc Trelawny introduces the concert which opened the Halle's Thursday night Autumn Season.

    Sir Mark Elder continues his traversal of Mahler's music with the seldom heard Totenfeier: the heroic dialogue of life and death he later revised as the first movement of his 'Resurrection' Symphony.

    Then comes another echo: songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn, or 'The Youth's Magic Horn', a fascinating collection of German folk poems which inspired Mahler not just in these songs but also in several symphonies.

    The singer is one of the world's most sought-after mezzo-sopranos, the Austrian Angelika Kirchschlager, who combines deep experience of this music with intuitive immediacy.

    Prokofiev's popular Fifth Symphony is his plushest and grandest, a work of affirmation and abounding melody composed in 1944, when victory in the war against Nazism was in sight.

    Mahler: Totenfeier

    Mahler: Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn

    Prokofiev: Symphony no 5

    Angelika Kirchschlager (mezzo-soprano)

    Halle

    Sir Mark Elder (conductor)

    Followed by...

    A focus on the Royal Northern College of Music, with specially recorded music and interviews.

    Mark Elder conducts the Halle Orchestra in works by Mahler and Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony.

    PO3Halle Orchestra20050112

    Live from the Bridgewater Hall, MANCHESTER, the orchestra is joined by guest conductor Yakov Kreizberg and pianist Alfredo Perl for an evening of popular classics, beginning with Dvorak's ebullient Carnival Overture, then Beethoven's exuberant Piano Concerto No 1.

    Alfredo Perl (piano)

    Halle Orchestra

    Yakov Kreizberg (conductor)

    Dvorak: Carnival Overture, Op 92

    Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 1 in C, Op 15.

    Tonight's performance live from the Bridgewater Hall, MANCHESTER continues with the Halle Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 4 in Fm, Op 36.

    PO3Halle, Elder20100924

    Sir Mark Elder opens the Hallé's 2010-11 season with Classical Brit winning violinist, Alina Ibragimova, and the distinguished Scandinavian cellist Torleif Thedéen in Brahms' Double Concerto. 'My new work must be capable of stirring the world - God grant me that it will!' said Dvorák and his astonishingly rich Seventh Symphony, overlaid with tragic overtones, is considered by many to be his finest. The concert opens with Smetana's portrayal of the river Vltava as it flows through Bohemia's countryside to Prague.

    Smetana Má Vlast: Vltava

    Brahms Double Concerto

    Dvorák Symphony No.7

    Sir Mark Elder conductor

    Alina Ibragimova violin

    Torleif Thedéen cello

    Followed by highlights of the Utrecht Early Music Festival - including Capriccio Stravagante directed by Skip Skempe.

    The Hallé's 2010-11 season opens with a programme of Smetana, Brahms and Dvorák.

    PO3Halle/mark Elder20090316

    Presented by Martin Handley.

    Mark Elder conducts the Halle Orchestra in symphonies by Haydn and Mendelssohn - composers whose birth and death overlapped by just a few months in 1809 - and a cantata by Berlioz.

    Berlioz's account of Cleopatra's final hours was one of his infamous public failures - written as a competition entry for the Prix de Rome, his third of four attempts to gain recognition from the musical establishment.

    Haydn's Symphony No 48, with its pomp and splendour, was a fitting piece to be performed in Esterhazy on the occasion of a visit from the Empress Maria Theresia, while Mendelssohn's Third Symphony, evoking the spirit of Scottish folk melodies, was inspired by the composer's visit to Scotland.

    Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano)

  • Mark Elder (conductor)

    haydn: symphony no 48 in c (maria theresia)

  • berlioz: la mort de cleopatre
  • halle orchestra
  • mendelssohn: symphony no 3 in a minor (scottish)

    followed by a look at the composers who prefigured Henry Purcell, one of bbc radio 3's composers of the year.

    Mark Elder conducts the halle in music by haydn, berlioz and mendelssohn

  • PO3Halle/mark Elder20090330

    In a concert given at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall, Mark Elder conducts the Halle Orchestra.

    The programme includes Janacek's Schluck und Jau - an unfinished incidental piece for the theatre, which was the composer's last orchestral work - as well as music by Prokofiev and Holst.

    Garrick Ohlson (piano)

  • Mark Elder (conductor)

    janacek: schluck und jau

  • halle orchestra
  • halle youth choir
  • holst: the planets

    followed by a focus on czech music, composers and performers, including janacek's string quartets nos 1 and 2.

    halle orchestra under Mark Elder perform music by janacek, prokofiev and holst

  • ladies of the halle choir
  • prokofiev: piano concerto no 5

  • PO3Handel Week - Handel Arias And Concerti Grossi20090413

    Catherine Bott presents a concert given by the London Handel Orchestra directed by Adrian Butterfield, as part of the 2009 London Handel Festival, marking the 250th anniversary of the composer's death.

    An annual fixture since 1978, the festival continues to lead the way in the revival of Handel's music in the UK.

    Countertenor Daniel Taylor sings some of the best Italian arias written by Handel to showcase the exceptional talents of the castrato, Senesino, who was a big star in his day.

    Handel helped negotiate his appearances in London, which drew in excited audiences.

    The programme also features two of Handel's concerti grossi, and a concerto by his friend Telemann.

    Handel: Concerto grosso in D, Op 6, No 5; Concerto grosso in C minor, Op 6, No 8

  • adrian butterfield (violin/director)

    plus a visit to the handel house at halle with Sarah Walker and excerpts from handel's keyboard suites, specially recorded by harpsichordist laurence cummings.

    the london handel orchestra with arias and concertos by handel 250 years after his death

  • handel: arias - dove sei (rodelinda); Cara Sposa (rinaldo); l'empio (giulio cesare); un zeffiro (rodelinda); domero la tua fierezza (giulio cesare)

    daniel taylor (countertenor)

  • london handel orchestra
  • rachel brown (flute)
  • telemann: flute concerto in d

  • PO3Handel's Messiah, The Messiah Parts 2 And 320090414

    The conclusion of a special concert from Westminster Abbey to mark the 250th anniversary of Handel's death.

    St James Baroque join the Choir of Westminster Abbey and soloists for a performance of his most celebrated oratorio, the Messiah.

    Handel: Messiah

    Ailish Tynan (soprano)

  • james o'donnell (conductor).

    james o'donnell conducts parts 2 and 3 of handel's oratorio the messiah

  • jonathan lemalu (bass-baritone)
  • paul agnew (tenor)
  • sarah connolly (mezzo-soprano)
  • st james' baroque
  • the choir of westminster abbey

  • PO3He Who Gets Slapped20080201

    Introduced by Petroc Trelawny.

    A 1924 classic of the silent screen gets an aural makeover from Will Gregory of iconic pop duo Goldfrapp, along with guests saxophonist Andy Sheppard and Adrian Utley of the band Portishead.

    The full-length score, specially written by Gregory to accompany the film, was performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in December 2007.

    Will Gregory (keyboards/saxophone)

    Andy Sheppard (saxophones)

    Adrian Utley (guitar)

    Tony Orrell (drums/chaos pad)

    Dudley Phillips (electric bass)

    BBC Concert Orchestra

    Charles Hazlewood (conductor).

    PO3Hoddinott, Varese, Holt, Beethoven, Sibelius, Ravel, Fri, 23 January 2009 - Part 120090123

    Petroc Trelawny presents the BBC National Orchestra of Wales' inaugural concert from the purpose-built BBC Hoddinott Hall at Cardiff's Wales Millennium Centre, the UK's newest concert venue and the new home for the orchestra.

    Under the baton of principal conductor Thierry Fischer, the orchestra performs a varied and challenging programme of music.

    Llyr Williams (piano)

  • Thierry Fischer (conductor)

    hoddinott: badger in the bag

  • baiba skride (violin)
  • bbc national chorus of wales
  • bbc national orchestra of wales
  • beethoven: choral fantasy.

    the bbcnow perform hoddinott, varese, holt and beethoven at bbc hoddinott hall, cardiff

  • simon holt: st vitus in the kettle (world premiere)
  • varese: ionisation

  • PO3Hoddinott, Varese, Holt, Beethoven, Sibelius, Ravel, Fri, 23 January 2009 - Part 220090123

    Petroc Trelawny presents the conclusion of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales's inaugural concert at BBC Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff.

    Llyr Williams (piano)

  • Thierry Fischer (conductor)

    sibelius: violin concerto

  • baiba skride (violin)
  • bbc national chorus of wales
  • bbc national orchestra of wales
  • ravel: daphnis et chloe suite no 2.

    bbcnow perform sibelius: violin concerto.

    ravel: daphnis et chloe suite no 2

  • PO3Hoyland, Strauss, Wed, 28 Jan 2009 - Part 120090128

    Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

    American conductor Andrew Litton returns to London to direct the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a performance from the Barbican.

    Soprano Soile Isokowski sings a selection of Strauss songs with orchestral accompaniment, following the premiere of a BBC commission, Phoenix, by Yorkshire-born composer Vic Hoyland.

    Soile Isokowski (soprano)

  • andrew litton (conductor)

    vic hoyland: phoenix (bbc commission: world premiere)

  • bbc symphony orchestra
  • strauss: hymne an die liebe; das rosenband; die heiligen drei konige; morgen; cacilie.

    with Petroc Trelawny.

    bbc so/andrew litton in strauss: hymne an die liebe and other songs

  • PO3Hoyland, Strauss, Wed, 28 Jan 2009 - Part 220090128

    Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

    The BBC Symphony Orchestra's concert from London's Barbican concludes with Strauss' portrait of a hero - Ein Heldenleben.

    Soile Isokowski (soprano)

  • andrew litton (conductor)

    strauss: ein heldenleben.

    the bbc symphony orchestra's barbican concert concludes with strauss' ein heldenleben

  • bbc symphony orchestra

  • PO3Imogen Cooper/britten Sinfonia20090211

    Presented by Catherine Bott.

    Known for her subtle and unflashy playing, driven by a strong technique and a sense of artistry, pianist Imogen Cooper continues her ongoing relationship with the Britten Sinfonia as she directs them as well being soloist in Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 3.

    Britten Sinfonia leader Jacqueline Shave directs the orchestra in the other works on the programme: Webern's Five Movements for string orchestra, which was written in 1909, and Haydn's exuberant 88th Symphony.

    Britten Sinfonia

  • Michael Collins (clarinet)
  • Richard Hickox (conductor).

    the britten sinfonia perform beethoven, with pianist imogen cooper, plus webern and haydn

  • beethoven: piano concerto no 3 in c minor

    followed by a celebration of the work of the late conductor Richard Hickox:

    finzi: clarinet concerto

  • city of london sinfonia
  • haydn: symphony no 88 in g
  • imogen cooper (piano/director)
  • jacqueline shave (leader/director)

    webern: five movements

  • PO3Jacqueline Du Pré Anniversary Concert20050125

    Raphael Wallfisch and John YORK perform the complete works for cello and piano by Beethoven in a concert celebrating the great cellist Jacqueline du Pré, who would have celebrated her 60th birthday tomorrow.

    Presented live from LONDON's Queen Elizabeth Hall by Piers Burton-Page.

    Raphael Wallfisch (cello)

    John YORK (piano)

    12 Variations on "See the conqu'ring hero comes", WoO 45, from Handel's Judas Maccabeus

    Sonata in Gm, Op 5, No 2

    Sonata in Cm, Op 102, No 1

    Sonata in A, Op 69

    Continues at 9.00pm, after the documentary, 'The Bombing of Dresden'.

    Raphael Wallfisch and John YORK continue their performance of Beethoven's works for cello and piano in a concert celebrating the great cellist Jacqueline du Pré.

    PO3Jazz Voice20101115

    Presented by Catherine Bott

    Jazz Voice - a dazzling celebration of song recorded at the Barbican in London, to mark the opening of the London Jazz Festival.

    Under the direction of conductor/arranger/trumpeter Guy Barker, Jazz Voice brings together a stunning range of vocal stars from the worlds of jazz, rock and soul, whose interpretations of songwriting milestones are set to a grand orchestral score.

    The concert is billed as the ultimate celebration of the art of jazz singing and songwriting.

    Featured singers range from rising stars like Gretchen Parlato to living legend Georgie Fame.

    A concert celebrating song, marking the start of the 2010 London Jazz Festival.

    PO3John Toal Presents The Final Instalment Of The Ulster Orchestra's Brahmsfest Concert Series, Live Fr20050121

    om the Ulster Hall in Belfast.

    The programme features Brahms' first and last symphonies, two undisputed masterpieces of the orchestral repertoire.

    Brahms: Symphony No 1; Symphony No 4

    Continues at 8.55pm, after Twenty Minutes.

    John Toal presents the Ulster Orchestra, conducted by Thierry Fischer, in a performance of Brahms' Symphony No 4, live from Ulster Hall in Belfast.

    John Toal presents the final instalment of the Ulster Orchestra's BrahmsFest concert series, live from the Ulster Hall in Belfast.

    PO3John Toal Presents The Ulster Orchestra, Conducted By Thierry Fischer, In A Performance Of Brahms' S20050121
    PO3Judith Weir: Telling The Tale 1 - The Vanishing Bridegroom20080121

    Tom Service presents the first of two BBC Symphony Orchestra performances given at the Barbican, continuing Radio 3's celebration of the music of Judith Weir.

    This concert features one of her most popular works, the compelling opera The Vanishing Bridegroom, which tells three interlinked stories inspired by tales from the Scottish Highlands.

    Weir: The Vanishing Bridegroom

    Ailish Tynan (soprano)

    Anna Stephany (mezzo-soprano)

    Andrew Tortise (tenor)

    Owen Gilhooly (baritone)

    Jonathan Lemalu (bass)

    BBC Singers

    BBC Symphony Orchestra

    Martyn Brabbins (conductor).

    PO3Judith Weir: Telling The Tale 2 - Earth And Sky20080122

    Tom Service presents the world premiere performance of Judith Weir's Concrete, commissioned by the BBC for the occasion.

    Taking the Barbican itself as its inspiration, this is a large-scale work for chorus, narrator and orchestra, subtitled 'a motet about London'.

    Also on the programme is Weir's Moon and Star and a performance of a piece by a composer who Weir cites as a big influence on her own work - Michael Finnissy.

    Weir: Moon and Star

    Finnissy: Red Earth

    Weir: Concrete (world premiere)

    Samuel West (narrator)

    BBC Singers

    BBC Symphony Chorus

    BBC Symphony Orchestra

    Martyn Brabbins (conductor).

    PO3King Arthur20090520

    Presented by Catherine Bott.

    A concert given at the Barbican, London, as part of the commemoration of the 350th anniversary of Purcell's birth, with French period ensemble Le Concert Spirituel under its founder, Herve Niquet, performing the composer's semi-opera King Arthur.

    Purcell: King Arthur

    Philadell/Nereide/She....Susan Gritton (soprano)

    Anders Dahlin (tenor)

    Comus....James Gilchrist (tenor)

    Grimbald/Genius/Aeolus/Pan/He....Andrew Foster-Williams (bass)

    Cupid/Venus....Deborah York (soprano)

    Le Concert Spirituel

    Herve Niquet (conductor)

    Followed by a focus on music inspired by verse as part of Radio 3's Poetry Season.

    With a selection taken from Neruda Songs, a cycle written by American composer Peter Lieberson, based on poetry by the Chilean Nobel-prize winner Pablo Neruda.

    The music is performed by Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, accompanied by the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Levine.

    Catherine Bott presents Purcell's semi-opera King Arthur performed by Le Concert Spirituel.

    PO3King's Easter Festival, Fri, 10th April 2009 - Part 120090410

    Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

    From the chapel of King's College, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury conducts the BBC Singers in a special concert for Good Friday.

    This most solemn day of the church year is marked with Poulenc's four motets for penitential seasons, composed on the eve of the Second World War, followed by three dances for solo organ, depicting life's joys, sadnesses and struggles, by the young organ virtuoso Jehan Alain, who was killed in action in 1940.

    There is also the first performance of a new work by Judith Bingham which explores ideas about betrayal and loyalty to the faith, placing Biblical texts alongside words by the Elizabethan diplomat, explorer and spy-master Sir Francis Walsingham - a former student at King's College.

    Guy Johnston (cello)

  • bbc singers
  • daniel hyde (organ)
  • jehan alain: trois danses
  • judith bingham: see and keep silent (bbc commission; world premiere).

    from king's cambridge, choral and organ music for good friday from the bbc singers

  • stephen cleobury (conductor)

    francis poulenc: quatre motets pour un temps de penitence

  • PO3King's Easter Festival, Fri, 10th April 2009 - Part 220090410

    Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

    From the chapel of King's College, Cambridge.

    The BBC Singers's special Good Friday concert concludes with Stephen Cleobury conducting a performance of Marcel Landowski's setting for choir, organ and cello of the scriptural lessons for Tenebrae, the ancient monastic service sung in Holy Week as a symbol of the gathering darkness of Christ's Passion and Crucifixion.

    Guy Johnston (cello)

  • bbc singers
  • daniel hyde (organ)
  • stephen cleobury (conductor)

    marcel landowski: lecons des tenebres.

    the bbc singers's good friday concert concludes with marcel landowski: lecons des tenebres

  • PO3Leeds International Piano Competition 2006 - 120060922

    Sarah Walker introduces coverage of the first three concerto finalists, live from Leeds Town Hall, as they battle for a prize of £14,000 and the promise of several high-profile professional engagements.

    Mark Elder conducts the Hallé, and there's expert analysis on hand from past prizewinner, Leon McCawley.

    The second half of the final and the results will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 on Saturday evening, from 6.30pm.

    PO3Leeds International Piano Competition 2006 - 2a20060923

    Past prizewinner Leon McCawley offers his expert opinion.

    Rachmaninov: Concerto No 2 in Cm, Op 18

    Denis Kozhukhin (piano)

    The jury's decision will be broadcast at 10.45pm.

    PO3Leeds International Piano Competition 2006 - 2b20060923

    Past prizewinner Leon McCawley offers his expert opinion.

    Mozart: Concerto in Cm, K491

    Sung-Hoon Kim (piano)

    Prokofiev: Concerto No 3, Op 26

    Andrew Brownell (piano)

    The jury's decision will be broadcast at 10.45pm.

    PO3Live From The Barbican. The Bbc Symphony Orchestra/jukka-pekka Saraste Conclude Tonight's Concert Wi20041028

    th Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 4.

    PO3Live From The Sage Gateshead. The Much Heralded Arts Centre For The North East Opens Its Doors To Th20041223

    e public with a week long programme of events, including The Creation, Haydn's joyful choral and orchestral masterpiece celebrating new beginnings.

    This performance, introduced by Martin Handley, comes from the larger of its two concert halls, the new home of the North east's residence orchestra, the Northern Sinfonia.

    Continues at 8.40pm, after Twenty Minutes.

    Haydn: The Creation

    Rosemary Joshua (soprano)

    Thomas Walker (tenor)

    Michael George (bass-baritone)

    Sinfonia Chorus

    Alan Fearon (chorus master)

    Northern Sinfonia

    Thomas Zehetmair (conductor).

    Thomas Zehetmair conducts the Northern Sinfonia in the concluding part of tonight's live performance of Haydn's Creation at the Sage Gateshead.

    Presented by Martin Handley.

    Live from the Sage Gateshead.

    The much heralded arts centre for the North East opens its doors to the public with a week long programme of events, including The Creation, Haydn's joyful choral and orchestral masterpiece celebrating new beginnings.

    PO3Live From The Ulster Hall In Belfast John Toal Presents The First Of The Ulster Orchestra's Brahmsfe20050119

    st concert series, which will include all four of Brahms symphonies conducted by Thierry Fischer.

    Brahms: Hungarian Dances 1, 3, 10

    Brahms: Double Concerto

    Brahms: Symphony No 2

    Paul Barritt (violin)

    Emma-Jane Murphy (cello)

    Thierry Fischer (conductor).

    PO3Live8 At The Eden Project20050704

    Highlights from Saturday's Africa Calling event in Cornwall.

    Peter Gabriel and Youssou N'Dour invited leading musicians from across the African continent to perform at this Live8 concert.

    Artists include one of Africa's most popular women singers, Angelique Kidjo from Benin; Algerian violinist, Akim El Sikameya; Senegalese percussionist, Modou Diouf; Malian superstar, Salif Keita; and Youssou N'Dour himself.

    PO3London Jazz Festival - Jazz Voice20081118

    In a performance given last Friday, Martin Handley presents the opening concert of the London Jazz Festival 2008.

    The evening celebrates the jazz voice and marks a series of anniversaries from the world of jazz, with vocal stars and trailblazers reinterpreting classic songs accompanied by the specially created London Jazz Festival Orchestra directed by Guy Barker.

    With music from Irving Berlin (born 1888), George Gershwin (born 1898), Lionel Hampton and Louis Jordan (both born in 1908) as well as a celebration of the birthdays of Burt Bacharach and Quincy Jones.

    Vocal contributions are from Carleen Anderson, Christine Tobin, Cleveland Watkiss, Liane Carroll, Madeleine Bell, Nigel Kennedy, Melody Gardot and Nate James.

    PO3London Mozart Players Gala Extravaganza20090327

    Presented by Catherine Bott.

    The London Mozart Players celebrate their sixtieth birthday with their Gala Extravaganza, held at Fairfield, Croydon.

    Founded in 1949 by violinist and conductor Harry Blech, the group has established a reputation for high quality performances not only of Mozart and his contemporaries but also the music of today.

    The concert features works by Mozart as well as later romantic composers - Mendelssohn and Rossini - and also includes a Shostakovich symphony.

    The orchestra is joined by soloists who have had long associations with it - soprano Felicity Lott sings Mozart, violinist Isabelle van Keulen and pianist/conductor Howard Shelley.

    Felicity Lott (soprano)

  • howard shelley (piano/conductor)

    rossini: barber of seville overture

  • isabelle van keulen (violin)
  • james galway (flute/conductor)

    devienne: flute concerto no 8 in g.

    the london mozart players celebrate their 60th birthday with their gala extravaganza

  • london mozart players
  • mendelssohn: piano concerto no 1
  • mozart: aria: ch'io mi scordi di te, k505
  • mozart: violin concerto no 3, k216
  • shostakovich: symphony no 9

    followed by a focus on the london mozart players:

    london mozart players

  • PO3London Symphony Orchestra20041222

    The LONDON Symphony Orchestra perform a contrasting pairing of 8th symphonies; the surviving movements of Schubert's Unfinished, and the much revised, expansive 8th symphony of Bruckner.

    They're conducted by one of today's most distinguished maestros, Lorin Maazel.

    Presented by Sandy Burnett.

    Schubert: Symphony No 8 (Unfinished)

    Bruckner: Symphony No 8.

    PO3Lufthansa Festival Of Baroque Music 200620060530

    La Senna festeggiante is Vivaldi's grandest vocal work.

    With rich orchestral invention and powerful vocal lines Vivaldi depicts three allegorical characters representing the Golden Age, Virtue, and the river god of the Seine who make a triumphant progress to the palace of Versailles where they sing the praises of King Louis XV and predict a glorious future.

    From St John's Smith Square, London.

    Presented by Simon Heighes.

    Vivaldi: La Senna festeggiante

    Freiburg Baroque Orchestra

    Ivor Bolton (conductor)

    Roberta Invernizzi (soprano)

    Barbara Di Castri (mezzo-soprano)

    Antonio Abete (bass).

    PO3Macmillanmagnificat & Nunc Dimittis#20050115
    PO3Matthew Barley: On The Road20061110

    A cello recital by Matthew Barley, live from St George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol.

    Improvisation:

    Gabrielli: Ricercar 6 in G

    Bach: Suite for solo cello No 3 in C, BWV1009

    Kodaly: Solo Sonata, Op 8 (1st mvt)

    Matthew Barley: On the Road

    Matthew Barley concludes his live cello recital from St George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol.

    Britten: Suite for Solo Cello No 3

    John Metcalfe: Constant Filter

    DJ Bee/Barley: Vanishing Tracks.

    PO3Miah Persson20110309

    Presented by Martin Handley.

    From the Wigmore Hall in London the celebrated Swedish soprano Miah Persson offers a recital with music by Schubert, Grieg and Sibelius.

    After some of Schubert's best loved songs including Gretchen am Spinnrade, the repertoire shifts to Scandinavian territory with Grieg's Six Songs, stormy pieces inspired by the poetry of Heine and Goethe, among others, and then with Sibelius's local settings addressing the eternal themes of nature and love.

    Mia Person is accompanied by Roger Vignoles on the piano and also by clarinettist Richard Hosford in Schubert's 'Shepherd on the Rock'.

    F.

    Schubert

    Suleika

    Ganymed

    Lied der Mignon, Rastlose Liebe

    Auf dem Wasser zu singen

    Du bist die Ruh

    Gretchen am Spinnrade

    Der Hirt aus dem Felsen

    E.

    Grieg

    6 Songs Op.

    48

    J.

    Sibelius

    Varen flyktar hastigt

    Den forsta kyssen

    Var det en drom?

    Sav, sav, susa

    Flickan kom

    Miah Persson, soprano

    Richard Hosford, clarinet

    Roger Vignoles, piano.

    Swedish soprano Miah Persson in a recital featuring music by Schubert, Grieg and Sibelius.

    PO3Murray Perahia20090212

    Presented by Catherine Bott.

    In a concert given at the Barbican Hall, London, Murray Perahia, considered one of the world's finest pianists, performs works by four of the great masters of the piano repertoire.

    The programme opens with a work by Bach, followed by Beethoven's Appassionata sonata from 1803, which clearly reflects the emotional turmoil from his deafness that he felt during its composition.

    The evening ends with Brahms' much-celebrated Handel Variations.

    Murray Perahia (piano)

    Bach: Partita No 1 in B flat

  • Richard Hickox (conductor).

    Murray Perahia (piano) peforms bach: partita no 1, plus mozart, beethoven and brahms

  • bbc symphony orchestra
  • beethoven: appassionata sonata, op 57
  • brahms: handel variations

    followed by a celebration of the work of the late conductor Richard Hickox:

    dyson: woodland suite

  • mozart: sonata in f, k332

  • PO3Northern Sinfonia/thomas Zehetmair20090210

    Catherine Bott presents a concert given at The Sage, Gateshead, in which Northern Sinfonia artistic director Thomas Zehetmair conducts the ensemble in two strong examples of the classical choral repertoire, Mozart's Ave verum corpus and one of Haydn's last choral works, the Harmoniemesse.

    Between these pieces, Zehetmair appears as violin soloist in the Concerto Funebre by German composer Karl Amadeus Hartmann.

    Written in the late 1930s against the backdrop of his opposition to the Nazi regime, it was inspired by his feelings about the annexation of Czechoslovakia.

    It quotes Czech chorales in the music and had to be smuggled out of Germany for its premiere.

    Sandrine Piau (soprano)

  • Richard Hickox (conductor).

    the northern sinfonia and Thomas Zehetmair perform mozart, hartmann and haydn

  • Thomas Zehetmair (conductor/violin)

    mozart: ave verum corpus

  • bbc philharmonic
  • harriet williams (mezzo-soprano)
  • hartmann: concerto funebre
  • haydn: mass in b flat (harmoniemesse)

    followed by a celebration of the work of the late Richard Hickox:

    sullivan: symphony in e (irish)

  • michael colvin (tenor)
  • northern sinfonia
  • northern sinfonia chorus
  • stephan loges (baritone)

  • PO3Nyo, Daniel20100621

    Varese 360: The National Youth Orchestra plays music by Edgar Varese.

    The orchestra is conducted by Paul Daniel in a concert recorded at the Royal Festival Hall which includes:

    Varese: Tuning Up arr.

    Chou Wen-Chung

    Varese: Arcana

    Varese: Nocturnal for soprano, male chorus and small orchestra - with Elizabeth Watts (soprano) and Laudibus

    Varese: Ameriques

    Followed by recordings featuring the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.

    The National Youth Orchestra under Paul Daniel performs music by Edgard Varese.

    PO3Ondine20090115

    Martin Handley introduces a Royal Ballet anniversary revival of Ondine, Frederick Ashton's ballet choreographed for the great Margot Fonteyn and scored by Hans Werner Henze.

    The work tells the tragic tale of Palemon, a mortal who falls in love with the water nymph, Ondine, but betrays her and dies in their last embrace.

    The scoring reveals Henze's fascination with human gesture and movement as an inspiration for his own composition as well as evoking Ondine's beautiful watery underworld.

    With the Royal Ballet's music director, Barry Wordsworth, discussing Henze's specially-commissioned music.

    Henze: Ondine

    Orchestra of the Royal Ballet

  • barry wordsworth (conductor)

    followed by a nielsen chamber music focus, including recordings from the bbc archives.

    royal ballet anniversary revival of Frederick Ashton's ballet scored by Hans Werner Henze

  • PO3Orchestra Of St John's20050113

    Tommy Pearson presents a concert in the Encore series, a partnership between BBC Radio 3 and the Royal Philharmonic Society dedicated to re-discovering significant orchestral works by contemporary composers in the UK.

    Diana Burrell's first major orchestral work receives only its second performance.

    Landscape describes a primitive urban vista with through an exciting array of traditional and unusual instruments.

    The programme also includes the LONDON Première of James Macmillan's second symphony and favourite works by Schumann and Ravel.

    Diana Burrell: Landscape

    Robert Schumann: Piano Concerto in Am

    James Macmillan: Symphony No 2

    Maurice Ravel: Suite - Mother Goose (Ma Mere l'Oye)

    Orchestra of St John's

    John Lill (piano)

    John Lubbock (conductor).

    PO3Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment - Cpe Bach20110307

    Presented by Martin Handley.

    From the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London a veritable feast of music by Rococo master Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, one of J.S.

    Bach's most talented sons.

    The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under the baton of Sir Roger Norrington, a period instrument expert, feature a wide and rich palette of the German composer's music mixing symphonies and concerti, highlighting the significant role he played in bridging the earlier Baroque period and the later Classicism of Mozart and Haydn.

    The soloists are Richard Lester in the Cello Concerto in A, and Steven Devine in the Harpsichord Concerto in C.

    C.P.E.

    Bach: Symphony in G, Wq.182/1

    Bach: Harpsichord Concerto in C, Wq.20

    Bach: Symphony in G, Wq.173

    Bach: Symphony in E, Wq.182/6

    Bach: Cello Concerto in A, Wq.172

    Bach: Symphony in E flat, Wq.179

    Richard Lester, cello

    Steven Devine, harpsichord

    Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

    Sir Roger Norrington, conductor

    Followed all this week by a recital given by soprano Amanda Roocroft, accompanied by pianist Malcolm Martineau, as we reach the 1860-70 decade in the Wigmore Hall's 100 Years of German Song series.

    Liszt, Cornelius, Jensen, Bruch and Brahms are the composers featured.

    Roger Norrington conducts the OAE in symphonies and concertos by CPE Bach.

    PO3Pierre Boulez's 80th Birthday Concert20051104

    Live from the Barbican, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, which turned a mere 75 recently, celebrates the 80th birthday of its former Chief Conductor.

    The programme is Boulez's own choice, and sets his music alongside that of his French predecessors.

    Presented by Stephanie Hughes.

    Debussy: Jeux; Trois ballades de Villon

    Boulez: Soleil des eaux

    Elizabeth Atherton (soprano)

    BBC Singers

    BBC Symphony Chorus

    BBC Symphony Orchestra

    Pierre Boulez (conductor)

    Second part of the special concert given by the BBC Symphony Orchestra celebrating Pierre Boulez's 80th birthday, focusing on Ravel's Daphnis and Chloe.

    PO3Presented By Tommy Pearson. London Mozart Players/andrew Parrott Conclude Tonight's Performance With20041026

    Schubert's Grand Duo in C, D812.

    PO3Proms Preview Evening20080717

    Petroc Trelawny and guests present an essential guide to the 2008 BBC Proms season on Radio 3.

    With music, news and views.

    PO3Purcell/handel20090522

    Radio 3 at the Summer Festivals.

    Ian Skelly presents a concert given at Westminster Abbey in London for the Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music 2009, and as part of Radio 3's 2009 anniversary celebrations of Purcell and Handel.

    James O'Donnell conducts the ensemble St James' Baroque in a selection of odes, hymns and coronation anthems by the two composers.

    The Choir of Westminster Abbey

    St James's Baroque

    James O'Donnell (conductor)

    Purcell: I was glad; Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem; Funeral sentences; My heart is inditing

    Handel: Coronation Anthems

    Followed by a focus on music inspired by verse, as part of Radio 3's Poetry Season.

    Featuring an English theme, with a selection of songs by Vaughan Williams, Delius, Charles V Standford, Finzi and Peter Warlock, as well as some traditional folksongs, performed by tenor Ian Bostridge, accompanied at the piano by Julius Drake.

    Ian Skelly presents pieces by Purcell and Handel performed at Westminster Abbey.

    PO3Raga Mela20090519

    Catherine Bott presents a concert given at the Royal Festival Hall in London by the BBC Concert Orchestra, featuring Raga Mela, a multi-cultural programme blending sounds of India with the spirit of the West.

    Raga Mela is a celebration of the ancient tradition of raga as seen through the eyes of a Western symphonic orchestra, with the help of Indian instruments including the tabla and the sitar.

    The event features classic Bollywood songs alongside newly-composed pieces by Kuljit Bhamra, Richard Glover, Matthew Sergeant, Charlie Usher and Graham Ross.

    Followed by a focus on music inspired by verse as part of Radio 3's Poetry Season.

    Including a selection of choral pieces using Shakespeare's poetry, performed by an American group, the Phoenix Bach Choir, conducted by Charles Bruffy.

    Catherine Bott presents the BBC CO in Raga Mela, combining Indian sounds with Western ones.

    PO3Ravel20061106

    Christopher Cook introduces a concert from the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, featuring music by Ravel as both orchestrator and composer.

    The evocative programme takes the audience on a promenade past the paintings of Viktor Hartmann - the inspiration for Mussorgsky's piano suite that Ravel transformed - and to the Greek island of Lesbos, with its nymphs and pirates, the setting for Ravel's ballet Daphnis and Chloé.

    Mussorgsky orch.

    Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition

    Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé

    Halle Choir

    BBC Philharmonic

    Gianandrea Noseda (conductor).

    PO3Richard Hickox Brings Musicians, Cast And Chorus Before A Live Jury At St David's Hall, Cardiff, For20041209

    Gilbert and Sullivan's uproarious courtroom drama.

    Sarah Walker introduces an evocative evening of music, including Debussy's mysterious Nocturnes and Vaughan Williams's seasonal Fantasia on CHRISTMAS Carols.

    Contnues at 8.10pm, after Twenty minutes.

    Humperdinck: Overture to Hansel and Gretel

    BBC National Orchestra of Wales

    Richard Hickox (conductor)

    Debussy: Nocturnes for orchestra

    Chamber Chorus of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

    Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on CHRISTMAS Carols for Baritone, Chorus and Orchestra

    Donald Maxwell

    Tonight's performance concludess with Gilbert and Sullivan's uproarious courtroom drama.

    Gilbert and Sullivan: Trial by Jury - a comic opera in 1 act

    Plaintiff....Rebecca Evans

    Defendent....James Gilchrist

    Counsel....Matthew Brook

    Usher....Neal Davies

    Judge....Donald Maxwell

    BBC National Orchestra of Walesa

    Richard Hickox brings musicians, cast and chorus before a live jury at St David's Hall, Cardiff, for Gilbert and Sullivan's uproarious courtroom drama.

    PO3Richard Hickox Tribute20090209

    Catherine Bott presents a concert given at St David's Hall, Cardiff, dedicated to the memory of conductor Richard Hickox who died in December 2008.

    Hickox worked with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales for a quarter of a century, first as a guest conductor, then as principal conductor from 2000 until 2006, when he took the title of conductor emeritus.

    The concert is directed by another distinguished British conductor with a long and close relationship with the orchestra, David Atherton.

    Celebrated Canadian violinist James Ehnes returns to the orchestra to perform Elgar's emotional Violin Concerto.

    James Ehnes (violin)

  • bbc national orchestra of wales
  • david atherton

  • PO3Rlpo - Americans Abroad20090601

    Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

    The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, under chief conductor Vasily Petrenko, perform a concert entitled Americans Abroad, which features Gershwin's orchestral work An American in Paris.

    That is followed by the UK premiere of Jennifer Higdon's Violin Concerto, played by Grammy award-winning young American violinist Hilary Hahn.

    The final work is Elgar's Symphony No 1, described at the time of its premiere in Manchester by conductor Hans Richter as 'the greatest symphony of modern times'.

    Hilary Hahn (violin)

    Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

    Vasily Petrenko (conductor)

    Gershwin: An American in Paris.

    PO3Rncm Festival Of Brass20050209

    Petroc Trelawny introduces an evening of music for brass band live from MANCHESTER.

    The performances were recorded last month at the Royal Northern College of Music Festival of Brass, which celebrated the Tippett Centenary and the forthcoming birthdays of two leading figures in banding, Edward Gregson (60) and Elgar Howarth (70).

    The music includes the premieres of a suite of Birthday Variations composed to mark the Tippett Centenary by Tovey, Gregson, Howarth, Michael Ball and Philip Wilby; and of Howarth's new Tenor Horn Concerto.

    There are also performances of

    Gregson: Dances and Arias; An Age of Kings

    Howarth: In Memoriam RK

    Five folk songs with Susan Bickley (mezzo soprano)

    Henze: Ragtimes and Habaneras

    Tippett: Festal Brass with Blues

    Elgar: A Severn Suite

    McCabe: Cloudcatcher Fells

    The bands are

    The Black Dyke Band

    Brighouse and Rastrick Band

    Buy As You View Band

    Fodens [Richardson] Band

    Grimethorpe [UK Coal] Band

    International Staff Band of the Salvation Army

    RNCM Brass Band.

    PO3Roh Orchestra - Mahler, Wagner20110310

    Presented by Martin Handley.

    From the Cadogan Hall in London, the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House under its Music Director, Antonio Pappano, in a concert offering rare insights into the music of Mahler and Wagner.

    But it's Pappano the pianist who opens the concert when he directs Mahler's Piano Quartet in A minor - the composer's only chamber work - which was written when the composer was just 16.

    Wagner's Siegfried Idyll was an intimate and passionate gift to his wife Cosima after the birth of their son with the musicians famously standing on the stairs of the Wagner House to serenade Cosima and her baby.

    The programme ends with Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde - but as seen through the eyes of Schoenberg, who made a delightful chamber version of this monumental cycle of songs.

    It is performed tonight by soloists tenor Klaus Florian Vogt and baritone Thomas Hampson.

    Mahler - Piano Quartet Movement in A minor

    Wagner - Siegfried Idyll

    Mahler - Das Lied von der Erde (chamber version, arranged by Schoenberg, completed by Rainer Riehn)

    Klaus Florian Vogt, tenor

    Thomas Hampson, baritone

    Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

    Antonio Pappano, conductor/piano

    Followed by another instalment of a recital given by soprano Amanda Roocroft, accompanied by pianist Malcolm Martineau, all part of the Wigmore Hall's 100 Years of German Song series.

    Liszt, Cornelius, Jensen, Bruch and Brahms are the composers featured throughout the week as the cycle reaches the 1860-1870 decade.

    The Royal Opera House orchestra under Antonio Pappano in music by Mahler and Wagner.

    PO3Royal Liverpool Philharmomic - Fairytale Music20101210

    Presented by Petroc Trelawny

    Once upon a time...composers Ravel, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky all set enchanting fairy-tale stories to music.

    Originally a set of piano pieces for children - Ravel's Mother Goose was re-worked as a ballet where we meet everyone from Sleeping Beauty and Tom Thumb through to Beauty and the Beast.

    Two Russian ballets complete the programme with Prokofiev's witty take on the Cinderella story followed by music from perhaps the most famous ballet of all - Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker where the magic happens around the Christmas Tree on Christmas Eve.

    The handsome young prince from a far off land - Vassily Petrenko - conducts.

    Recorded at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on Wednesday.

    Ravel - Mother Goose Suite

    Prokofiev - Cinderella

    Tchaikovsky - Act II of The Nutcracker

    Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

    Vassily Petrenko (conductor).

    Vassily Petrenko conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic in fairytale ballet music.

    PO3Satie And Friends *20080605

    Petroc Trelawny presents a concert given in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London earlier this week, with Charles Hazlewood conducting the BBC Concert Orchestra in music by Satie and his friends.

    BBC Concert Orchestra

    Charles Hazlewood (conductor).

    PO3Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Mussorgsky, Schumann, Debussy20110426

    Presented by Petroc Trelawny

    Composer and conductor Oliver Knussen returns to the Scottish Chamber Orchestra to lead a typically eclectic programme from Glasgow City Halls.

    It opens with Knussen's own arrangement of Mussorgsky's vignette 'The Seamstress' before they are joined by Finnish cellist Anssi Karttunen in Schumann's Cello Concerto - one of the composer's more daring and adventurous works.

    The concert ends with Debussy's score for his ballet about a box of toys which come to life

    Mussorgsky arr.Knussen - La Couturière

    Schumann - Cello Concerto in A minor, Op 129

    Debussy - La Boîte à Joujoux

    Anssi Karttunen (cello)

    Scottish Chamber Orchestra

    Oliver Knussen (conductor).

    The Scottish Chamber Orchestra under Oliver Knussen in Mussorgsky, Schumann and Debussy.

    PO3Scottish Ensemble20090203

    Presented by Martin Handley.

    In a concert given at Glasgow's City Halls, the Scottish Ensemble, directed by Jonathan Morton, celebrates the 80th birthday of composer Thea Musgrave with Green, a newly-commissioned work, which, the composer says, is about conflict, expressed by the clash of opposing musical forces.

    Along with classic American works by Adams and Copland, the programme includes Steve Reich's Clapping Music, a minimalist piece dating from 1972.

    It is written for two performers and, as the title implies, is performed entirely by clapping.

    The Scottish Ensemble

  • copland: appalachian spring

    followed by piano music played by alexander melnikov in a recital at city halls, glasgow, including scriabin's fantasy in b minor, op 28.

    the scottish ensemble perform thea musgrave's green

  • jonathon morton (director)

    adams: shaker loops

  • musgrave: green (world premiere)
  • reich: clapping music

  • PO3Scottish Ensemble - Britten, Albinoni, Vivaldi, Macmillan20110302

    The Scottish Ensemble are joined by virtuoso trumpeter, Alison Balsom at London's Wigmore Hall for a programme of Vivaldi, Britten, Tippett and a new work from James MacMillan

    Britten

    Prelude and Fugue Op.

    29

    Albinoni

    Oboe Concerto in Bb Op.

    7 No.

    3 (transcr.

    Balsom)

    Britten, Berkeley, Oldham, Searle, Tippett, Walton

    Variations on 'Sellenger's Round'

    MacMillan

    Seraph for trumpet and strings (world premiere)

    Vivaldi

    Concerto in D Op.

    3 No.

    9 (transcr.

    Balsom for trumpet, violin and continuo)

    Tippett

    Fantasia concertante on a Theme of Corelli

    Alison Balsom (trumpet), Scottish Ensemble, Royal Academy Soloists

    About this concert

    This programme includes works from Alison Balsom's latest CD of Italian concertos, recorded with the Scottish Ensemble, as well as the world première of a new commission for Balsom and the Ensemble by James MacMillan.

    The new work is framed by the rarely performed Variations on 'Sellenger's Round' (also known as the Aldeburgh Variations) and Tippett's homage to Corelli.

    PART 2 Twentieth Century Choral Masterworks.

    Scottish Ensemble and Alison Balsom (trumpet) in Vivaldi, Britten, Tippett and MacMillan.

    PO3Shostakovich String Quartets - 220060313

    Stephanie Hughes introduces a series of concerts marking the centenary of Shostakovich's birth.

    Featuring the Aviv String Quartet at London's Wigmore Hall.

    String Quartet No 6 in G

    String Quartet No 13 in B flat m

    String Quartet No 3 in F.

    PO3Shostakovich String Quartets - 320060314

    Stephanie Hughes introduces another in a complete cycle of concerts marking the centenary of Shostakovich's birth.

    Featuring the Aviv String Quartet at London's Wigmore Hall, with Eva Ostrovsky on piano.

    String Quartet No 15 in E flat m

    Piano Quintet in Gm.

    PO3Shostakovich String Quartets - 420060315

    Stephanie Hughes introduces another in a series of concerts marking the centenary of Shostakovich's birth.

    Featuring the Jerusalem String Quartet at London's Wigmore Hall.

    String Quartet No 1 in C

    String Quartet No 12 in D flat

    String Quartet No 8 in Cm.

    PO3Shostakovich String Quartets - 520060316

    Stephanie Hughes introduces the penultimate concert in this cycle from London's Wigmore Hall.

    Featuring the Jerusalem String Quartet.

    String Quartet No 11 in Fm

    String Quartet No 4 in D

    String Quartet No 10 in A flat.

    PO3Sir Charles Mackerras At 8020051115

    Continuing a series of concerts to celebrate the landmark birthday of a conductor dubbed 'the musician's musician'.

    This programme starts with one of Sir Charles' favourite tone poems and ends with his own selection from an opera which has become one of his specialities - Der Rosenkavalier.

    In conversation with Donald Macleod, he recalls the first time he conducted the opera, in East Berlin just after the Wall had been erected, and with very little rehearsal.

    Recorded at the Barbican Concert Hall.

    Richard Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op 30; Symphonic fantasy from Die Frau ohne Schatten; arr Mackerras - Suite - Der Rosenkavalier

    Marschallin....Yvonne Kenny (soprano)

    Sophie....Rebecca Evans (soprano)

    Oktavian....Randi Stene (mezzo)

    BBC Symphony Orchestra

    Charles Mackerras (conductor).

    PO3Something Rich And Strange20090310

    Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

    A concert given at the Barbican, London, featuring the music of Iannis Xenakis, described by Olivier Messiaen as 'a hero unlike any other'.

    Xenakis's very original music has many complex rhythmic patterns, polyphonic melodies and distinct instrumental and vocal textures and draws on his training as an architect and his work as assistant to Le Corbusier.

    In his piece Nuits, voices explore the phonetic sounds of Sumerian and ancient Persian.

    Christian Lindberg (trombone)

  • Rolf Hind (piano)
  • bbc singers
  • bbc symphony orchestra
  • martyn brabbins (conductor)
  • stephen betteridge (conductor)

    xenakis: tracees; anastenaria; sea-nymphs; mists; nuits; troorkh; antikhthon

    followed by music from alumni of chetham's school of music to celebrate its fortieth anniversary, including the overture from strauss's die fledermaus, played on the organ by Wayne Marshall.

    Petroc Trelawny presents the bbc symphony orchestra performing music by iannis xenakis

  • PO3Tchaikovsky - Part 120081205

    With Petroc Trelawny.

    BBC Philharmonic/Vassily Sinaisky in Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 5.

    From Manchester's Bridgewater Hall.

    Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

    The BBC Philharmonic and their Russian-born and trained conductor Vassily Sinaisky perform Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 5, a work described as a symphonic journey from darkness into light and one of his most popular compositions.

    PO3Tchaikovsky - Part 220081205

    The BBC Philharmonic under Vassily Sinaisky in excerpts from Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty

    From Manchester's Bridgewater Hall.

    Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

    The concert concludes with Vassily Sinaisky conducting the BBC Philharmonic in excerpts from Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty, a work considered one of the greatest ballet scores of all time.

    BBC Philharmonic

  • vassily sinaisky (conductor)

    tchaikovsky: sleeping beauty (prologue; act 1)

  • PO3Teresa Carreno Youth Orchestra20101018

    Presented by Martin Handley.

    Latin forces are unleashed in the UK debut of another brilliant Venezuelan youth orchestra from the hugely successful El Sistema programme.

    Follows in the footsteps of its celebrated sister orchestra, the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra the young players of the Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra of Venezuela bring a contrasting programme never short of fire and passion under the baton of their exciting youthful conductor, Christian Vásquez.

    From the dazzling rhythms of Bernstein Candide Overture, Copland's El Salon Mexico and Carlos Chavez's Sinfonía India, to the veritable tour de force of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No.

    5 this programme underlines their universal credentials.

    Recorded at the Royal Festival Hall in London,

    BERNSTEIN: Candide - Overture

    CARLOS CHAVEZ: Symphony No.2 (Sinfonía India)

    COPLAND: El Salón México

    TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No.5 in E minor, Op.

    64

    Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra of Venezuela

    Christian Vásquez, conductor

    Followed by the start of a week-long focus on classical music as seen through the eyes of Venezuelan performers.

    Today, pianist Clara Rodríguez introduces some of her own recordings of music by Teresa Carreño, including her waltz Le Printemps, Op.

    25.

    Venezuela's Teresa Carreno Youth Orchestra in Bernstein, Chavez, Copland and Tchaikovsky.

    PO3The 2005 Mozart Birthday Concert20050131

    Sarah Walker introduces a concert given yesterday afternoon at LONDON's Queen Elizabeth Hall to mark Mozart's

    birthday, and the 21st year of the Young Concert Artists Trust.

    Founded in 1984, YCAT's role has been to identify,

    nurture and promote outstanding young soloists and chamber ensembles trained in the UK.

    Mozart: Piano Sonata in Am, K310; Das Veilchen, K476; Als Luise die Briefe, K520; Abendempfindung, K523; Piano Quartet in Gm, K478; Flute Quartet in D, K285; String Quintet in C, K515

    Llyr Williams (piano)

    Elizabeth Watts (soprano)

    Andrew West (piano)

    Emily Beynon (flute)

    Kungsbacka Piano Trio

    Krzysztof Chorkelski (viola)

    Belcea Quartet

    Malin Broman (viola).

    PO3The Academy Of Ancient Music Conclude Tonight's Performance With Bach's Harpsichord Concerto In D, B20041021

    Founded over thirty years ago the Academy of Ancient Music is one of this country's leading exponents of historically informed performance practice.

    Louise Fryer presents this all Bach concert, directed from the harpsichord

    by the distinguished Japanese musician and Bach expert Masaaki Suzuki, founder of the Bach Collegium in Japan,

    and here making his UK debut.

    Live from St John's Smith Square, LONDON.

    Continues at 8.30pm, after Tweny Minnutes.

    Bach: Suite No 1 in C, BWV1066; Cantata No 54: Widerstehe doch der Sunde, BWV54

    Pascal Bertin (countertenor)

    Masaaki Suzuki (director and harpsichord).

    The Academy of Ancient Music conclude tonight's performance with Bach's Harpsichord Concerto in D, BWV1054, and Cantata No 35 'Geist und Seele wird verwirret'.

    Academy of Ancient Music.

    PO3The Big Red Nose Show20110318

    The culminating event of Radio 3's Red Nose Day is this spectacular concert from the Royal Albert Hall, hosted by Katie Derham and Basil Brush, with stars from the worlds of classical music and comedy joining together with the BBC Concert Orchestra, for one night of camaraderie to raise money for Comic Relief.

    The concert includes Ravel's Tzigane, Eric Coates' Dambusters March, Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries, The Swan from Carnival of the Animals, Handel's Let The Bright Seraphim and the Finale from Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto; plus stand-up comedy from Tim Vine and Marcus Brigstocke; Sue Perkins takes a turn at conducting; and the official Guinness World Record attempt to create the largest kazoo orchestra on the planet.

    Nicola Benedetti (violin)

    Julian Lloyd Webber (cello)

    Shuna Scott Sendall (soprano)

    BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Johannes Wildner

    As well as popular classics played by world-class soloists Nicola Benedetti (violin) and Julian Lloyd Webber (cello), and arias sung by rising star Shuna Scott Sendall (winner of the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Kiri Prize), Sue Perkins, winner of BBC Two series Maestro, will be raising her baton to conduct the orchestra; and fellow-comedians Tim Vine and Marcus Brigstocke will be providing comic interludes.

    The evening will be hosted by Radio 3's Katie Derham with help from her mischievous fox sidekick, Basil Brush, who also takes a solo spot singing Gilbert and Sullivan.

    The concert culminates with a celebrity kazoo group joining the Masters Of The Kazooniverse to 'buzz' their way through some classics.

    Comedienne Miranda Hart says: "It's going to be a real spectacle.

    I just need to work out what a kazoo actually is, and then work out how to play it.

    It's fun even saying 'kazoo' so I can't wait.".

    A BBC Concert Orchestra Red Nose Day concert combining classical music and comedy.

    PO3The Emerson String Quartet20050330

    The first in a series of two concerts from LONDON's Queen Elizabeth Hall, featuring the Emerson String Quartet performing works by Mendelssohn.

    Presented by Piers Burton Page.

    Mendelssohn

    Quartet No 1 in E flat, Op 12

    Quartet No 2 in A minor, Op 13

    Quartet No 3 in D, Op 44, No 1.

    PO3The English Concert In Mozart

    PO3The Genius Of Mozart, Aurora Orchestra, Colin Davis20110106

    Live from Kings Place in London, Petroc Trelawny introduces a concert by the Aurora Orchestra, who are conducted by one of the greatest living interpreters of Mozart's music, Sir Colin Davis.

    Overture: La Clemenza di Tito, K621

    Vorrei spiegarvi, oh Dio, K418

    Violin Concerto No 5 in A, K219

    8.15pm INTERVAL - Petroc Trelawny hosts a debate asking the question: what is a genius?

    8.50pm

    Nehmt meinen Dank, K383

    Symphony No 36 in C, K425 "Linz"

    Fflur Wyn (soprano), Thomas Gould (violin), Aurora Orchestra, conductor Colin Davis.

    Aurora Orchestra/Davis in Mozart: Overture (La clemenza di Tito); Violin Concerto No 5.

    PO3The Genius Of Mozart, Great Composer-conductors20110111

    Petroc Trelawny presents performances of Mozart written between 1787 and 1788 by some great composer-conductors.

    And he is joined by Colin Lawson, clarinettist and Director of the Royal College of Music, as he explores Mozart's love affair with the clarinet.

    There's also the chance to hear a few of the many types of keyboard instruments which Mozart would have known in Vienna in the mid 1780s.

    Mozart arr Vent Overture to Le Nozze di Figaro

    The English Concert Winds

    Mozart Das Traumbild, K530

    Roberta Alexander (soprano), Glen Wilson (fortepiano)

    Mozart Piano Concerto no 26 in D K.537 'Coronation'

    Sir Clifford Curzon (piano), BBC Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Boulez (conductor)

    Mozart Divertimento no.

    4 for Three Basset horns, KVAnh229 (439b)

    Colin Lawson, Michael Harris, Timothy Lines (basset horns)

    Mozart Symphony no.

    40 in g minor K 550

    Vienna Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein (conductor)

    Mozart Overture to Die Zauberflote

    Berlin State Opera Orchestra, Richard Strauss (conductor)

    41 in C major K.551 'Jupiter'

    English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten (conductor)

    Mozart Mozart Adagio in b minor K.

    540

    Wim Winters (clavichord)

    Mozart Cassation K.100

    Camerata Academica Mozart of Salzburg.

    Great composers conduct Mozart including Adagio in B minor and Symphony No 40.

    PO3The Genius Of Mozart, Mozart - Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail20110107

    Petroc Trelawny introduces a complete performance of Mozart's "Turkish" opera, Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail, K384, conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

    Mozart wrote the Abduction from the Seraglio in 1781 just after he had moved to Vienna, a city that had been besieged by the Turkish armies less than 100 years before.

    Now with the threat from the Ottoman Empire a receding memory, Turkish settings and the spicy exotic sounds of Turkish military bands became all the rage for composers in Vienna and it was against this background that Mozart wrote his German language 'singspiel' for the city's Burgtheater.

    It tells the story of a young nobleman Belmonte and his attempts to rescue his betrothed Konstanze and their servants Pedrillo and Blonde from the Palace of Pasha Selim and the clutches of the Pasha's henchman Osmin.

    However at the moment when Belmonte's plans go awry and the quartet are at the mercy of the Pasha the ruler's humanity and enlightenment shine through and the prisoners are set free.

    Belmonte - Peter Schreier (tenor)

    Konstanze - Yvonne Kenny (soprano)

    Osmin - Matti Salminen (bass)

    Blonde - Lillian Watson (soprano)

    Pedrillo - Wilfried Gamlich (tenor)

    Pasha Selim - Wolfgang Reichmann (speaking role)

    Zurich Opera Chorus

    Mozart Orchestra of Zurich Opera

    Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor).

    Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts Mozart's 'Turkish' opera, Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail.

    PO3The Genius Of Mozart, Mozart - Die Zauberflote20110110

    Presented by Petroc Trelawny

    Claudio Abbado's celebrated recording of The Magic Flute K.

    620, with René Pape as Sarastro, Christoph Strehl as Tamino, Dorothea Röschmann as Pamina and Hanno Müller-Brachmann as Papageno.

    The queen of the night is interpreted by Erika Mikósa.

    When Tamino, a young prince, finds himself lost and pursued by a snake, he invokes the mercy of the gods, and faints.

    Three veiled maidens appear, and quickly notice how sweet and handsome the young man is.

    They compete amongst themselves for the pleasure of looking after him - and so begins Mozart's final opera, a mix of both philosophical parable and music-hall comedy.

    Sarastro - René Pape

    The Queen of Night - Erika Miklósa

    Pamina - Dorothea Röschmann

    Tamino - Christoph Strehl

    Papageno - Hanno Müller-Brachmann

    Papagena - Julia Kleiter

    Speaker - Georg Zeppenfeld

    Monostatos - Kurt Azesberger

    First Lady - Caroline Stein

    Second Lady - Heidi Zehnder

    Third lady - Anne-Caroline Schlüter

    Three boys - Alexander Lischke, Frederic Jost, Niklas Mallmann

    First Man in Armour - Danilo Formaggia

    Second Man in Armour - Sascha Borris

    First Priest - Andreas Bauer

    Second Priest - Third Priest - Tobias Beyer

    Three slaves - Matthias Bernhold

    Arnold Schönberg Chor

    (Chorus Master: Erwin Ortner)

    Mahler Chamber Orchestra

    Claudio Abbado.

    Petroc Trelawny presents Claudio Abbado's famous recording of Mozart's Die Zauberflote.

    PO3The Genius Of Mozart, Mozart Piano Archive Recordings20110105

    Presented by Suzy Klein.

    An evening of Mozart recordings from live performances, especially for Piano Day.

    The writer, broadcaster and former BBC Producer Stephen Plaistow joins Suzy Klein to discuss some of the finest Mozart pianists of recent generations, with some recordings from the BBC archives.

    Performances include:

    Mozart: Piano Sonata in B flat, K.570

    Mieczyslaw Horszowski (piano)

    Mozart: Sonata for 2 pianos in D, K.448

    Benjamin Britten and Sviatoslav Richter (pianos)

    Mozart: Piano concerto no.14 in E flat, K.449

    Rudolf Serkin (piano).

    Mozart recordings from live concerts, including pianists Serkin, Richter and Horszowski.

    PO3The Genius Of Mozart, Music From Mozart's Last Years20110112

    Suzy Klein and Petroc Trelawny introduce music from Mozart's last years

    Mozart 4 German Dances, K602

    Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

    Mozart Piano Concerto in B flat, K595

    Mitsuko Uchida (piano) English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate (conductor)

    Mozart Masonic Cantata: Laut verkünde unsre Freude, K623

    Peter Schreier and Hans-Peter Blochwitz (tenors), Andreas Schmidt (bass), Men's Chorus of Leipzig Radio, Staatskapelle Dresden, Peter Schreier (conductor)

    Mozart Requiem in D minor, K626

    Katie Van Kooten (soprano).

    Wendy Dawn Thompson (mezzo-soprano), Andrew Kennedy (tenor),

    James Rutherford (bass)

    City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus, BBC Philharmonic, Daniele Rustioni (conductor).

    Music from Mozart's last years including Four German Dances, Masonic Cantata and Requiem.

    PO3The Genius Of Mozart, Neville Marriner Night20110104

    Sir Neville Marriner Night

    Presented by Suzy Klein.

    Conductor Sir Neville Marriner, one of the greatest and most prolific of Mozart interpreters, talks about his relationship with Mozart, featuring some of his recordings alongside those by other performers which have particularly interested him.

    Neville Marriner Night: The great conductor chooses his favourite Mozart recordings.

    PO3The Genius Of Mozart, Philharmonia Baroque All-mozart Programme20110103

    Petroc Trelawny introduces an all-Mozart concert recorded at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco featuring the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, one of America's finest period instrument ensembles.

    The concert opens with incidental music written for the play Thamos, King of Egypt, one of the composer's early forays into music for the theatre.

    The fortepiano supremo Robert Levin joins the orchestra for the innovative Piano Concerto in D minor and also plays the concerto movement only recently attributed to a seven-year old-Mozart.

    The programme concludes with Mozart's majestic final symphony, the 'Jupiter'.

    Nicholas McGegan conducts.

    Mozart: Incidental music to Thamos, Konig in Aegypten, K.345

    Mozart: Piano concerto no.20 in D minor, K.466

    Mozart: Concerto movement in G (Nannerl's Music Book)

    Mozart: Symphony no.41 in C, K.551 'Jupiter'

    Robert Levin (fortepiano)

    Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra

    conductor Nicholas McGegan.

    The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra perform Mozart at the Herbst Theater, San Francisco.

    PO3The Passion Of Jesus Of Nazareth (uk Premiere)20060414

    Composer Francis Grier joins forces with poet Elizabeth Cook for a piece in which both words and music have been newly created.

    Cook's libretto is based on the Gospel accounts of the Passion, but also includes some incidents and individuals that don't appear in the Bible, and Grier's virtuoso score draws on the conventions of the traditional Passion-settings, but uses the musical language of today (a Radio 3 commission).

    Presented by Louise Fryer live from King's College Chapel, Cambridge.

    Jesus....Stuart MacIntyre (baritone)

    Pilate....Graham Titus (baritone)

    Malchus, Herod, Joseph of Arimathea, 2nd Thief....Robin Tyson (counter-tenor)

    Procula....Olivia Robinson (soprano)

    Judas, Barabbas....Edward Price (bass)

    Peter....Robert Johnston (tenor)

    Man in linen cloth....Christopher Bowen (tenor)

    Caiaphas....Simon Birchall (bass)

    Centurion....Sam Evans (bass)

    Soldier....John Bowley (tenor)

    Mary of Bethany....Lynette Alcántara (mezzo soprano)

    Veronica....Siân Menna (mezzo-soprano)

    BBC Singers

    The Choristers of King's College, Cambridge

    Endymion

    Stephen Cleobury (conductor).

    PO3The Tchaikovsky Symphonies - 1, 520060531

    Continuing the series of concerts from Manchester's Bridgewater Hall, Gianandrea Noseda conducts the BBC Philharmonic in two Tchaikovsky Symphonies - No 1 - of which he said "I have a soft spot for it, for it is the sin of my sweet youth, and No 5, with its triumph over Fate."

    Introduced by Petroc Trelawny.

    Tchaikovsky: Symphony Nos 1 and 5

    BBC Philharmonic

    Gianandrea Noseda (conductor).

    PO3The Tchaikovsky Symphonies - 2, 620060602

    Conductor Gianandrea Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic conclude the series from the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.

    Introduced by Petroc Trelawny.

    Tchaikovsky's No 2 incorporates Ukrainian Folk Song and the Pathétique, while No 6 was his last major work.

    Nine days after conducting the premiere, Tchaikovsky was dead.

    PO3The Tchaikovsky Symphonies - 3, 420060529

    Gianandrea Noseda conducts the six Tchaikovsky Symphonies in concerts from the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.

    He begins by joining the celebrated Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, for No 3 (The Polish) and No 4, the fateful product of Tchaikovsky's year of turmoil in 1877.

    Introduced by Petroc Trelawny

    PO3The Tenth London International String Quartet Competition20060412

    From Wigmore Hall in London, Stephanie Hughes introduces the final round of this prestigious event, a chance to hear some of the world's finest young string quartets in action, and to see who will follow in the footsteps of such distinguished previous winners as the Takacs, Hagen and Vanbrugh quartets.

    PO3Thierry Fischer Conducts The Ulster Orchestra In The Second Of Three Concerts Devoted To The Music O20050120

    f Brahms.

    Presented by John Toal.

    Brahms: Symphony No 3; Piano Concerto No 1

    Peter Donohoe (piano)

    Thierry Fischer (conductor).

    PO3Till Fellner20090525

    Presented by Catherine Bott.

    As part of his two-year exploration of the entire cycle of Beethoven piano sonatas, incorporating recitals in Europe and America, celebrated Austrian pianist Till Fellner gives a performance at the Vienna Konzerthaus.

    The programme comprises the set of three sonatas, Op 31, which are strikingly original, and were written in the middle of Beethoven's lifetime, at the crucial time in his life when he was coming to terms with his deafness.

    These are matched with one of his later works, the sonata in A, Op 101, which has an air of introspection.

    Beethoven described it as a 'series of impressions and reveries'.

    Till Fellner (piano)

    Beethoven: Piano sonata in G, Op 31, No 1; Piano sonata in D minor, Op 31, No 2 (Tempest); Piano sonata in E flat, Op 31, No 3; Piano sonata in A, Op 101.

    Catherine Bott presents Till Fellner (piano) in Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Op 31 and Op 101.

    PO3Tonight's Performance Concludess With Gilbert And Sullivan's Uproarious Courtroom Drama.20041209

    Gilbert and Sullivan's uproarious courtroom drama.

    Sarah Walker introduces an evocative evening of music, including Debussy's mysterious Nocturnes and Vaughan Williams's seasonal Fantasia on CHRISTMAS Carols.

    Contnues at 8.10pm, after Twenty minutes.

    Humperdinck: Overture to Hansel and Gretel

    BBC National Orchestra of Wales

    Richard Hickox (conductor)

    Debussy: Nocturnes for orchestra

    Chamber Chorus of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

    Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on CHRISTMAS Carols for Baritone, Chorus and Orchestra

    Donald Maxwell

    Tonight's performance concludess with Gilbert and Sullivan's uproarious courtroom drama.

    Gilbert and Sullivan: Trial by Jury - a comic opera in 1 act

    Plaintiff....Rebecca Evans

    Defendent....James Gilchrist

    Counsel....Matthew Brook

    Usher....Neal Davies

    Judge....Donald Maxwell

    BBC National Orchestra of Walesa

    Richard Hickox brings musicians, cast and chorus before a live jury at St David's Hall, Cardiff, for Gilbert and Sullivan's uproarious courtroom drama.

    PO3Tonight's Performance Live From The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester Continues With The Halle Orchestra20050112
    PO3Vienna: City Of Dreams (berg, Mahler)20090602

    Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

    Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra continue their Vienna: City of Dreams series with a performance of Mahler's monumental 6th Symphony, which the composer appropriately considered renaming the Tragic.

    It is paired with Berg's lament on the death of Manon Gropius, the 18-year-old daughter of Mahler's wife, Alma.

    Christian Tetzlaff (violin)

    Philharmonia Orchestra

    Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor)

    Berg: Violin Concerto

    Mahler: Symphony No 6

    Plus part of a series of recordings celebrating the Bath International Music Festival.

    Tippett: Piano Sonata No 3

    Paul Crossley (piano).

    Petroc Trelawny presents the Philharmonia/Esa-Pekka Salonen in music by Mahler and Berg.

    PO3William Primrose Centenary Viola Festival20041205

    Born in GLASGOW in 1904, Primrose was one of the world's greatest viola holders and commissioners of new music for his instrument.

    Tonight, Performance on 3 marks the start of a festival from GLASGOW which celebrates Primrose's art and legacy.

    Presented by Sandy Burnett and recorded in Studio One, BBC SCOTLAND.

    Walton: Viola Concerto

    Lars Anders Tomter (viola)

    Dvorak: Symphonic Variations

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

    Martyn Brabbins (conductor).

    PO3William Primrose Centenary Viola Festival20041206

    From Academy Hall at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in GLASGOW.

    Presented by Sandy Burnett.

    David Dorward: Viola Concerto (First performance)

    Philip Dukes (viola)

    Vaughan Williams: Flos Campi

    Scott Dickinson (viola)

    RSAMD Chamber Choir

    Bartok: Viola Concerto (Op posth)

    Nobuko Imai (viola)

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

    Martyn Brabbins (conductor).

    PO301Bach At Christmas20081222

    John Eliot Gardiner conducts a cantata from Bach's Christmas Oratorio.

    And Suite No 1 in G

    A programme recorded at Hawksmoor's Christ Church as part of the 2008 Spitalfields Winter Festival.

    John Eliot Gardiner conducts The Monteverdi Choir and The English Baroque Soloists in an all-Bach programme, featuring one of the cantatas that make up the Christmas Oratorio, as well as one of the Motets and a Brandenburg Concerto.

    Bach: Motet - Komm, Jesu, Komm, BWV 229; Brandenburg Concerto No 6 in B flat, BWV 1051; Cantata No 1: Jauchzet, frohlocket, auf preiset die Tage (Christmas Oratorio)

    Evangelist....Nicholas Mulroy (tenor)

  • Simon Preston (organ)
  • jian wang (cello)

    bach: vater unser im himmelreich, bwv 682

  • john eliot gardiner (conductor)

    plus highlights from the 2008 bbc proms:

    bach: suite no 1 in g, bwv 1007

  • the english baroque soloists
  • the monteverdi choir

  • PO301Bbc Philharmonic Live In Manchester, Martinu, Hummel20090227
    PO301Beethoven/barenboim20060705

    Continuing the Delius Inspired festival concerts in Bradford.

    3/6.

    Soprano Yvonne Kenny is joined by Piers Lane for a soirée of songs by Delius, Ravel, Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Satie.

    PO301Edinburgh International Festival 2010, Eif: Bbc Scottish Symphony Orchestra20100913

    Petroc Trelawny presents John Adams's oratorio retelling the Nativity story, recorded at the opening night of the 2010 Edinburgh International Festival.

    John Adams revisits the subject most famously rendered in music by Handel in Messiah, giving the story a 21st century treatment with a female perspective, and adding texts from medieval mystery plays and Spanish poetry.

    Adams writes: "as beautiful as the telling is in the New Testament, it is nevertheless an imagined secondhand experience, written by men." Adams chooses to set poetry by Spanish women alongside the gospel account: "the intensity of their imagery and feeling imparts a special authenticity to the work".

    Mary's experience of pregnancy in El Niño represents the pregnancy of women throughout the ages, much as the birth of Jesus epitomises the birth of all children.

    El Niño was written to celebrate the new millennium in 2000, and it is a radiantly joyful large-scale work in two parts, with a vocal cast of three soloists, a countertenor trio, adult and children's choruses and orchestra, plus an electronic "sound-environment".

    John Adams: El Niño

    Jessica Rivera (soprano)

    Kelley O'Connor (mezzo soprano)

    Willard White (baritone)

    Edinburgh Festival Chorus

    NYCoS National Girls Choir

    Theatre of Voices

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

    James Conlon (conductor).

    John Adams's oratorio El Nino, performed at the 2010 Edinburgh International Festival.

    PO301Great Russians: Shostakovich, Fri, 15th May 2009 - Part 120090515

    From the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, Martin Handley presents a concert from the BBC Philharmonic's Great Russians series.

    The orchestra's Russian chief guest conductor Vassily Sinaisky appears with one of Britain's operatic stars, John Tomlinson, for the Suite on Verses of Michelangelo, which are settings of verses by the great Italian artist and poet.

    One of Shostakovich's last works, written in 1974, it is symphonic in scope, and consists of 11 orchestral songs in which every text has to do with the life and work of the artist, including his achievements, his setbacks, his loves and his sense of destiny.

    John Tomlinson (bass)

    BBC Philharmonic

    Vassily Sinaisky (conductor)

    Shostakovich: Suite on Verses of Michelangelo.

    With Martin Handley.

    The BBC Philharmonic in Shostakovich: Suite on Verses of Michelangelo.

    PO301Howells, Britten, Thu, 18 December 2008 - Part 120081218

    Suzy Klein presents the BBC CO and BBC Singers in Christmas music by Britten and Howells.

    From Lancing College Chapel, Sussex.

    Presented by Suzy Klein.

    The BBC Concert Orchestra and the BBC Singers perform a concert of Christmas music, featuring works by two 20th-century British composers.

    The programme includes some of Herbert Howells's much-loved carol-anthems, include the lyrical A Spotless Rose and Here is the little door, as well as Britten's A Ceremony of Carols, a showpiece for treble voices, written during the Second World World War as the composer returned from America by sea.

    Listeners who have satellite or digital TV can press their TV red button to watch this specially recorded performance for seven days from 19 December.

    Choristers of St Paul's Cathedral

  • andrew carwood (conductor)

    britten: a ceremony of carols

  • bbc concert orchestra
  • bbc singers
  • daniel norman (tenor)
  • howells: three carol-anthems
  • sioned williams (harp)

  • PO301Live From St David's Hall, Cardiff, Rachmaninov20110301

    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).

    Llyr Williams (piano) and the BBC NOW in Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini.

    PO301Live From The Barbican Hall, London, Mozart20041020
    PO301Lufthansa Festival 201020060606

    Sarah Walker presents another in a series of concerts recorded at the 2006 Bath International Music Festival.

    A lively concert given by pianist Joanna MacGregor, saxophonist Andy Sheppard and the Britten Sinfonia.

    JS Bach: The Art of Fugue (arr.

    MacGregor); Concerto for keyboard and string orchestra No 5

    Stravinsky: Concerto in D for String Orchestra; Dumbarton Oaks; Ragtime

    Egberto Gismonti: Forrobodo and Frevo for Piano

    Andy Sheppard: View from the Pyramids part 3.

    PO301Mahler Symphony Cycle20061117

    Christopher Cook introduces a concert recorded at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, featuring Schoenberg and two composers who influenced him.

    There's music from Wagner's final opera and Schoenberg's chilling account of the Nazi's persecution of the Jews.

    Wagner: Prelude and Good Friday Music (Parsifal)

    Schoenberg: A Survivor from Warsaw

    John Shirley-Quirk (narrator)

    Hallé Choir (male voices)

    BBC Philharmonic

    Gianandrea Noseda (conductor)

    Conclusion of a concert recorded at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.

    Richard Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra

    PO301Nielsen Symphony Cycle20090112

    CBSO/Dmitri Slobodeniouk perform Nielsen's Symphony No 4 - The Inextinguishable.

    Presented by Martin Handley.

    Part of a cycle of Danish composer Carl Nielsen's six symphonies performed by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Manchester's Halle.

    Guest conductor Dmitri Slobodeniouk, making his UK debut, takes the baton in the Fourth Symphony, known as The Inextinguishable, because, dating from the early years of World War One, it reflects Nielsen's own belief in life and music's capacity to triumph over adversity.

    The symphony is preceded by Nielsen's rhapsodic overture, A Fantasy Trip to the Faroes as well as a performance of Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto with Russian pianist Nikolai Lugansky.

    Nikolai Lugansky (piano)

  • city of birmingham symphony orchestra
  • dmitri slobodeniouk (conductor)

    nielsen: a fantasy trip to the faroes

  • nielsen: symphony no 4 (the inextinguishable)

    followed by a nielsen chamber music focus, including recordings from the bbc archives

  • rachmaninov: piano concerto no 2

  • PO301Scottish Ensembles20060320
    PO301Spitalfields Festival 201020081212

    Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

    As part of the 2008 celebration of the centenary of the birth of French composer Olivier Messiaen, George Benjamin - a former Messiaen pupil - conducts one of the composer's seminal works Des canyons aux etoiles - his musical image of Utah's Bryce Canyon.

    Yvonne Loriod (piano)

  • albeniz: almeria (iberia, book 2)
  • bbc scottish symphony orchestra
  • george benjamin (conductor)

    messiaen: des canyons aux etoiles

  • PO301The Belcea Quartet20050406
    PO301Widmann, Rachmaninov, Shostakovich20041213
    PO302Bach At Christmas20081223

    John Eliot Gardiner conducts Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No 4.

    Plus Proms 2008 highlights.

    An all-Bach programme recorded at Hawksmoor's Christ Church as part of the 2008 Spitalfields Winter Festival, with John Eliot Gardiner conducting the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists.

    Evangelist....Nicholas Mulroy (tenor)

  • Simon Preston (organ).

  • jian wang (cello)

    bach: toccata and fugue in d minor, bwv 565

  • john eliot gardiner (conductor)

    bach: motet - lobet den herrn, alle heiden, bwv 230; brandenburg concerto no 4 in g, bwv 1049; cantata no 2: und es waren hirten in derselben gegend (christmas oratorio)

    plus highlights from the 2008 bbc proms:

    bach: suite no 2 in d minor, bwv 1008

  • the english baroque soloists
  • the monteverdi choir

  • PO302Lufthansa Festival 201020060613

    Orchestra, chorus and audience are involved in a recorded concert from The Sage in Gateshead, introduced by Christopher Cook.

    Benjamin Britten's cantata St Nicholas includes hymns for the audience to sing.

    There is also a seasonal connection in Gerald Finzi's masterly settings of Thomas Traherne for solo tenor and strings, Dies Natalis.

    Handel: Zadok the priest

    Finzi: Dies Natalis

    Britten: Saint Nicolas

    Christopher Gillett (tenor)

    Northern Sinfonia

    Northern Sinfonia Chorus

    Choristers from St Nicholas' Cathedral

    Simon Halsey (conductor).

    PO302Mahler Symphony Cycle20061124
    PO302Nielsen Symphony Cycle20090119

    Petroc Trelawny presents a concert given at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall, as the CBSO welcome back previous principal guest conductor Okko Kamu to direct another concert in the Nielsen Symphony Cycle.

    The concert also includes his evocation of the rise and fall of the sun over the Aegean and Prokofiev's concerto which combines innocence and sophistication with fairy-tale unreality.

    Nielsen: Helios Overture; Symphony No 6 (Sinfonia semplice)

  • anne-marie mcdermott (piano).

    nielsen and prokofiev from manchester's bridgewater hall, plus chamber music from new york

  • city of birmingham symphony orchestra
  • efe baltacigil (cello)
  • nielsen: symphony no 2 (the four temperaments)

    akiko suwanai (violin)

  • okko kamu (conductor)

    followed by british chamber music performed at new york's alice tully hall.

    bridge: phantasy trio in c minor

    ani kavafian (violin)

  • prokofiev: violin concerto no 1

  • PO302Scottish Ensembles20060327

    Louise Fryer presents another in a series of programmes from the Piano 2006 Festival in Manchester, which this year features Mozart's piano concertos as part of Celebrating Mozart.

    3/7.

    A trio of young pianists play three of Mozart's most celebrated Viennese concertos.

    RNCM student Alexandra Dariescu and Irishman Finghin Collins perform two of the concertos which Mozart wrote for his subscription series in 1784, when he was the toast of the city.

    Englishman Freddy Kempf is the soloist in the later 'Coronation' concerto of 1788.

    Concerto No 15 in B flat, K450

    Alexandra Dariescu (piano)

    Concerto No 19 in F, K459

    Finghin Collins (piano/director)

    Concerto No 26 in D, K537

    Freddy Kempf (piano)

    Royal Northern College of Music Chamber Orchestra

    Andre de Ridder (conductor).

    PO302Spitalfields Festival 201020081219
    PO302 LASTHindemith, Debussy, Ravel, Mussorgsky, Part 220101105

    Live from the Barbican in London, the BBC Symphony Orchestra are conducted by Yan Pascal Tortelier in a Russian show stopper, Ravel's exquisite Pavane and a rarity by Debussy.

    Hindemith: Concert Music for Strings and Brass

    Debussy: Fantasie for Piano and Orchestra

    Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano)

    Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte

    Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (orch.

    Ravel)

    French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet joins condcutor Yan Pascal Tortelier for Debussy's rarely-heard Fantasie, an early work rich in romantic lyricism and reverie.

    Hindemith's majestic Concert Music, introduced to British audiences by the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 1931, raises the curtain on a gloriously melodious programme featuring Mussorgsky's mighty Pictures at an Exhibition and Ravel's haunting Pavane pour une infante défunte.

    Yan Pascal Tortelier conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Ravel and Mussorgsky.

    PO302 LASTHowells, Britten, Thu, 18 December 2008 - Part 220081218

    Presented by Suzy Klein.

    The concert concludes with Benjamin Britten's cantata St Nicolas.

    From the Chapel of Lancing College, Sussex.

    This concert of Christmas music performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra and the BBC Singers concludes with Benjamin Britten's cantata St Nicolas.

    It presents a series of important incidents in the life of of the saint, and of the children, sailors and travellers who come into contact with him.

    The part of Nicolas is taken by a solo tenor, with the choirs transforming themselves into the various other characters of the drama and relating the events with the conviction of eye-witnesses, tying the story together with their prayers and praise.

    Choristers of St Paul's Cathedral

  • bbc concert orchestra
  • bbc singers
  • daniel norman (tenor)
  • paul brough (conductor)

    britten: st nicolas

  • sioned williams (harp)

  • PO302 LASTLive From St David's Hall, Cardiff, Orff20110301

    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).

    BBC National Orchestra of Wales in Orff's Carmina Burana at St David's Hall, Cardiff.

    PO302 LASTLive From St David's Hall, Cardiff, Part 2

    PO302 LASTLive From The Barbican Hall, London, Mahler20041027
    PO302 LASTLive From The Barbican, Prokofiev20041111
    PO302 LASTWagner: Gotterdammerung, Wagner: Gotterdammerung - Acts 2 And 320090609

    Presented by Martin Handley.

    Mark Elder conducts the Halle Orchestra, with Lars Cleveman as Siegfried and Katarina Dalayman as Brunnhilde in a celebrated production of the second and third acts of Wagner's Gotterdammerung.

    The love between Siegfried and Brunnhilde is doomed and, as the Norns predicted, the final catastrophe is impending.

    In the darkness of night, Hagen's sleep is interrupted by Alberich appearing through the moonlight, urging him to murder Siegfried and to seize the ring from his finger.

    The drama threads its way through love potions, fatal deceptions, the Rhine's bursting of its banks and the fiery destruction of Valhalla with its gods and heroes.

    Wagner: Gotterdammerung (Acts 2 and 3)

    Brunnhilde....Katarina Dalayman

    Hagen....Attila Jun

    Gunther....Peter Coleman-Wright

    Waltraute....Susan Bickley

    Second Norn....Yvonne Howard

    Woglinde....Katherine Broderick

    Flosshilde....Leah-Marian Jones

    Siegfried....Lars Cleveman

    Alberich....Andrew Shore

    Gutrune....Nancy Gustafson

    First Norn....Ceri Williams

    Third Norn....Miranda Keys

    Wellgunde....Madeleine Shaw

    BBC Symphony Chorus

    London Symphony Chorus

    Chorus of the Royal Opera

    Halle Choir and Orchestra

    Mark Elder (conductor).

    Martin Handley presents Acts 2 and 3 of Wagner's Gotterdammerung.

    PO303Bach At Christmas20081224

    John Eliot Gardiner conducts Bach's Brandeburg Concerto No 5 and Suite No 3 in C.

    Presented by Martin Handley.

    John Eliot Gardiner conducts The Monteverdi Choir and The English Baroque Soloists in an all-Bach programme, recorded at Christ Church as part of the Spitalfields Winter Festival 2008.

    Evangelist....Nicholas Mulroy (tenor)

  • Simon Preston (organ)
  • jian wang (cello)

    bach: canonic variations on vom himmel hoch, bwv 769

  • john eliot gardiner (conductor)

    bach: motet - der geist hilft unser schwachheit auf, bwv 226; brandenburg concerto no 5 in d, bwv 1050; cantata no 3 - herrscher des himmels, erhore das lallen (christmas oratorio)

    plus highlights from bbc proms 2008:

    bach: suite no 3 in c, bwv 1009

  • the english baroque soloists
  • the monteverdi choir

  • PO303Mahler Symphony Cycle20061201

    Sara Mohr-pietsch presents a concert recorded in September at the City Halls, Glasgow.

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

    Ilan Volkov (conductor)

    Knussen: Flourish with Fireworks

    Benjamin: Viola, viola (Scott Dickinson and Andrew Berridge, soloists)

    Benjamin: Dance figures

    Walton: Viola Concerto (Lawrence Power, soloist)

    Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique.

    PO303Nielsen Symphony Cycle20090126

    Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

    Part of a cycle of concerts featuring music by Danish composer Carl Nielsen, shared jointly by the Halle and the CBSO, with the Halle and music director Mark Elder performing the vigorous and optimistic First Symphony and the mighty Symphony No 5, seen as humanity's struggle for order over chaos, including a notable moment for the side drum.

    Alongside these are works by Nielsen's hero, Beethoven.

    Halle Orchestra

  • Mark Elder (conductor)

    beethoven: egmont overture, op 84

  • beethoven: ah! perfido, op 65
  • city of birmingham symphony orchestra
  • nielsen: symphony no 1 in g minor, op 7
  • nielsen: symphony no 5, op 50

    followed by a series featuring artists associated with the orchestra of the age of enlightenment, including:

    albinoni: trio sonata in c minor, op 6 no 10

  • the locatelli trio.

    the halle and Mark Elder perform nielsen: symphonies 1 and 5, plus music by beethoven

  • PO304Edinburgh International Festival 2010, Eif: Cleveland Orchestra/welser-most20100920

    Presented by Petroc Trelawny

    The Cleveland Orchestra at the Edinburgh Festival. Once viewed as iconoclastic, Ives is now seen as the father of American music. From the Steeples and Mountains paints a picture of a quiet Sunday morning and ends having ascended the highest of craggy peaks. The magnificence of the Usher Hall's organ can be heard in Joela Jones's performance of two of Ives's works for organ.

    Bruckner's Eighth Symphony is one of his grandest. Hugo Wolf, who attended the Vienna premiere, wrote that it was 'the work of a giant'. Here it receives what one critic described as "an epic account, with an impressive combination of power and delicacy".

    Ives: Variations on America (original version for organ)

    From the Steeples and Mountains

    Postlude in F

    Bruckner: Symphony No 8

    Joela Jones Organ

    The Cleveland Orchestra

    Franz Welser-Most Conductor

    Followed by the first in a series of concerts from the European early music festivals - tonight highlights from the Handel Festival in Halle.

    The Cleveland Orchestra play Ives and Bruckner at the Edinburgh Festival.

    PO305Edinburgh International Festival 2010, Eif: Christine Brewer/malcolm Martineau20100921

    Presented by Petroc Trelawny

    American Soprano Christine Brewer's appearances in opera, concert and recital are marked by her own unique timbre, a vibrant personality and an emotional honesty. Here she appears at the Edinburgh Festival with a transatlantic programme from both Europe and America featuring works by Gluck and Richard Strauss as well as songs from St. Louis Woman by Harold Arlen, who composed the score for The Wizard of Oz.

    Christine Brewer, soprano

    Malcolm Martineau, piano

    Followed by highlights of the Flanders Festival of early music, including Les Arts Florissants, directed by Paul Agnew.

    Christine Brewer sings songs by Gluck and Richard Strauss at the Edinburgh Festival.

    PO306Edinburgh International Festival 2010, Eif: Royal Concertgebouw, Jansons20100922

    Presented by Petroc Trelawny

    The Concertgebouw, conducted by Mariss Jansons, at the Edinburgh Festival.

    Dedicated to the memory of Claude Debussy, Stravinsky's single movement Symphonies of Wind Instruments draws on Russian folk elements. Folksong lies at the heart of Bartok's Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta too, though the work has made its way into the popular psyche after featuring in the films Being John Malkovich and The Shining.

    4 Dadicaces is an umbrella title that Pierre Boulez gave to four of Berio's magical miniatures that were grouped together in the late 1980s. The Firebird is possibly Stravinsky's best known work, the suite from it is performed here in the arrangement that Stravinsky made in 1945.

    Stravinsky Symphonies of Wind Instruments

    Bartok Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta

    Berio 4 Dadicaces

    Stravinsky Firebird Suite (1945)

    Concertgebouw Orchestra

    Mariss Jansons, conductor

    Followed by highlights of the Leipzig Bach Festival, including the Collegium Vocale Ghent, conducted by Philippe Herreweghe.

    The Concertgebouw, with Mariss Jansons, in Stravinsky and Bartok at the Edinburgh Festival.

    PO307 LASTEdinburgh International Festival 201020100923

    Presented by Petroc Trelawny

    The Dutchman in Wagner's Flying Dutchman has become a signature role for Finnish baritone Juha Uusitalo. He has performed it at many of the world's great opera houses. Here he sings the Dutchman's Monologue alongside Wotan's emotive Farewell from Die Walküre.

    Carl Nielsen's Fifth Symphony depicts an immense struggle for supremacy between good and evil.

    Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture

    Dutchman's Der fliegende Holländer: Monologue

    Die Walküre: Wotan's Farewell

    Nielsen: Symphony No 5

    Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra

    Sakari Oramo Conductor

    Juha Uusitalo Bass baritone

    Followed by highlights of the Saintes Festival, including Les Cris de Paris, directed by Geoffroy Jourdain.

    Bass baritone Juha Uusitalo and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Wagner and Nielsen.