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Academy Of Ancient Music - Bach Cantatas20160324

Bach cantatas for Lent and Passiontide played by the Academy of Ancient Music directed by Pavlo Beznosiuk.

Introduced live from Milton Court Concert Hall in London by Martin Handley.

Bach: Cantata No 127 'Herr Jesu Christ, wahr' Mensch und Gott'; Cantata No 39 'Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot'

8.15 pm Interval: Glenn Gould plays Bach, from the newly remastered recordings

8.35 pm Part 2:

Bach: 'Ich lasse dich nicht' BWV Anh. 159; Cantata No 182 'Himmelskönig, sei willkommen'

Academy of Ancient Music

Choir of the AAM

Directed by Pavlo Beznosiuk

Cantatas 39 and 127 date from Bach's early years at Leipzig, when he worked feverishly for the city churches of St Thomas and St Nicholas, producing three Cantata cycles for the church year. Cantata No.127 'Lord Jesus Christ, True Man and God' is for the Sunday before Lent, recalling events as Jesus approached Jerusalem for the last time. Cantata No.39 'Break your Bread for the Hungry', first performed in 1726, quotes the prophet Isaiah's exhortation to help the needy. 'Ich lasse dich nicht' ('I will not let you go unless you bless me') is an earlier work, thought to date from Bach's Weimar period, preserved in Bach's hand but possibly not composed by him. Cantata No.182 'King of Heaven, Welcome' was composed by Bach in Weimar for a Palm Sunday performance.

Pavlo Beznosiuk, leader of the Academy of Ancient Music, replaces Canadian conductor Bernard Labadie.

Academy Of Ancient Music - Vivaldi, Biber, Manfredini, Vejvanovsky, Leclair20151123

Violinist Bojan Cicic directs the Academy of Ancient Music in an astonishing programme of concertos and sonatas inspired by visions of spiritual beings and the promise of the after-life.

Recorded at West Road Concert Hall

Presented by Martin Handley

Vivaldi: Concerto in F major "per la Solennitá di S Lorenzo"

Vejvanovsky: Sonatas "Sancti Spiritus" and "Paschalis"

Vivaldi: Sonata in E flat major "Sancto Sepolcro"

Leclair: Violin Concerto in D major

Interval - Interval music from disc

Part 2:

Manfredini: Concerti "Pastorale per il Santissimo Natale"

Biber: Passacaglia in G minor for unaccompanied violin "The Guardian Angel"

Vivaldi: Concerto in E major "Il Riposo per il S Natale"

Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in D major "S Lingua di S Antonio di Padova"

As one of the rising stars of the world of period performance, Bojan Cicic currently leads the second violin section of the AAM, and is directing several programmes with them this season. Here he directs Baroque music written for special feast days in the Christian calendar.

Academy Of Ancient Music And Jordi Savall - Handel, Lully, Rameau, Marais20170314

Jordi Savall directs the Academy of Ancient Music in Handel's Water Music, plus dance pieces by Lully, Rameau and Marin Marais. Introduced from the Barbican in London by Martin Handley.

Lully: Suite from Alceste, ou le Triomphe d'Alcide, LWV 50

Marais: Suite No.1 'Airs pour les Driades et les Bergers'; Suite No.4 'Airs pour les Matelots et les Tritons' (from Alcione)

8.20 pm:

INTERVAL: Jordi Savall talks about his latest recording, 'The Routes of Slavery'

8.40 pm:

Handel: Water Music Suites No 2 in D major and No. 3 in G major

Rameau: Suite from Les Boréades

Academy of Ancient Music

Directed by Jordi Savall

The Catalan viola da gamba player and conductor Jordi Savall is acknowledged as one of the world's most innovative and adventurous musicians, constantly exploring new pieces from medieval and oriental sources, and finding a new take on familiar works. The Academy of Ancient Music have invited him to lead them in French dance music by Lully, Rameau and viola da gamba player Marin Marais, plus Handel's classic Water Music, written for a royal performance on the River Thames in 1717.

Academy Of Ancient Music: Monteverdi, Castello20161214

Richard Egarr directs the Academy of Ancient Music and leading sopranos Carolyn Samspson and Rowan Pierce in a delightful programme of seventeenth-century Venetian sacred and secular vocal and instrumental music by Claudio Monteverdi and Dario Castello.

Recorded last week at West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, and presented by Verity Sharp

Monteverdi: 'Venite sitientes ad aquas', SV 335

Castello: Sonata duodecima

Monteverdi: 'O bone Jesu o piissimi Jesu', SV 313

Castello: Sonata sesta

Monteverdi: 'Exulta filia Sion', SV 303

Castello: Sonata undecima

Monteverdi: 'O beatae viae', SV 312

Carolyn Sampson and Rowan Pierce (sopranos)

Academy of Ancient Music

Richard Egarr (director, harpsichord and organ)

8.10pm Interval Music (from CD)

Henry Purcell: Concert Suite (arr. Leopold Stokowski)

Johannes Ockeghem: Intemerata Dei mater (arr. Richard Egarr)

Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra

Richard Egarr (conductor)

Monteverdi: 'Sancta Maria succurre miseris', SV 328

Castello: Sonata quarta

Monteverdi: 'Laudate Dominum in sanctis eius', SV 287

Castello: Sonata seconda

Monteverdi: 'Jubilet tota civitas', SV 286

Castello: Sonata Nona

Monteverdi: 'Cantate Domino', SV 292

Academy Of St Martin In The Fields20160106

Alan Gilbert conducts the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in Brahms, Beethoven and Haydn.

Recorded at Cadogan Hall, London.

Brahms: Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn Op. 56a

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor Op. 37

8.15: Interval

Haydn: Symphony No. 90 in C major Hob. 1:90

Inon Barnatan, piano

Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Alan Gilbert, conductor

A double act from the New York Philharmonic joins the Academy in their concert from Cadogan Hall. Their renowned Music Director, Alan Gilbert, makes his conducting debut with the Academy; and dynamic Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan, for whom the role of Artist in Association was specially created in New York, makes his second London appearance with the Academy following a sold out concert together at the City of London Festival in 2014.

Academy Of St Martin In The Fields - Brahms, Beethoven, Haydn20160106

Alan Gilbert conducts the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in Brahms, Beethoven and Haydn.

Recorded at Cadogan Hall, London.

Brahms: Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn Op. 56a

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor Op. 37

8.15: Interval

Haydn: Symphony No. 90 in C major Hob. 1:90

Inon Barnatan, piano

Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Alan Gilbert, conductor

A double act from the New York Philharmonic joins the Academy in their concert from Cadogan Hall. Their renowned Music Director, Alan Gilbert, makes his conducting debut with the Academy; and dynamic Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan, for whom the role of Artist in Association was specially created in New York, makes his second London appearance with the Academy following a sold out concert together at the City of London Festival in 2014.

Academy Of St Martin In The Fields Chamber Ensemble - Mozart, Rossini, Schubert20150930

Live from King's Place, London.

Presented by Ian Skelly.

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble play a Rossini String Sonata, Mozart's Horn Quintet and Schubert's Octet

Rossini: String Sonata in G

Mozart: Horn Quintet in E flat, K407

8.15: Interval

Schubert Octet in F, D803

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble was created in 1967 to perform the larger chamber works - from quintets to octets - with players who customarily work together, instead of the usual string quartet with additional guests. Drawn from the principal players of the ASMF, the Chamber Ensemble tours as a string octet, string sextet, and in other configurations including winds. Their programme features Schubert's Octet, one of the staples of the chamber repertoire, along with less familiar pieces.

An Evening With David Sedaris20161223

An evening with David Sedaris and the BBC Symphony Orchestra: Death knows no season

Recorded on 20 Dec 2016 Barbican Hall, London

David Sedaris

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Giancarlo Guerrero Conductor

David Sedaris is smart, he's biting, and he's one of the world's best storytellers. He skilfully slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness in his droll assessment of the absurdity that teems just below the surface of everyday life. And he is hilarious.

You might have heard his hit series for BBC Radio 4, or maybe you're one of the millions across the world who have read his bestselling books. Now, hear the devastatingly funny man on stage with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. This one-off evening of words and music will leave you in stitches, even if - or perhaps because - the programme is entitled 'Death knows no season'!

Angela Hewitt - Bach's French Suites20170120

Live from Wigmore Hall in London, pianist Angela Hewitt performs all six of Bach's so-called 'French Suites'

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

Bach:

French Suite No. 1 in D minor, BWV 812

French Suite No. 2 in C minor, BWV 813

French Suite No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 815

8.15: Interval

8.35

French Suite No. 6 in E major, BWV 817

French Suite No. 3 in B minor, BWV 814

French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV 816

Angela Hewitt (piano)

After tonight's concert there's a chance to hear works performed during a recent concert that surveyed music written and performed in Terezin and the Warsaw Ghetto - Music on the Brink of Destruction.

Arcangelo - Bach Ensemble Works20160629

The Baroque ensemble Arcangelo performs works by Bach with the violinist Isabelle Faust, soprano Anna Lucia Richter and flautist Rachel Brown.

Recorded at Wigmore Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

JS Bach: Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041

Johann Christoph Bach: Aria: Mein Freund ist mein, from Cantata Meine Freundin, du bist schön

JS Bach: Violin Concerto in G minor, BWV 1056R

Interval - Arcangelo's recording of Mozart's Bassoon Concerto with Peter Whelan as soloist.

Part 2:

JS Bach: Orchestral Suite No.2 in B minor

JS Bach: Cantata: Non sa che sia dolore, BWV 209

JS Bach: Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042

Isabelle Faust (violin)

Anna Lucia Richter (soprano)

Rachel Brown (flute)

Arcangelo

director Jonathan Cohen.

Aurora Orchestra - Mozart, Liszt, Mendelssohn20161003

The Aurora Orchestra, conducted by Nicholas Collon, play two Mozart piano concertos and Mendelssohn's 'Italian' Symphony, plus works by Paganini and Liszt at Kings Place in London.

Concert recorded 17/09/2016 at Kings Place in London.

Paganini: Caprice No 5

Mozart: Piano Concerto No 6 in B flat, K 238

Liszt: Le mal du pays (Homesickness) from 'Les années de pélèrinage'

Mozart: Piano Concerto No 5 in D, K 175

8.20: Interval

8.40

Mendelssohn: Symphony No 4 in A major, Op 90 (Italian)

Cédric Tiberghien (piano)

Thomas Gould (violin)

Nicholas Collon (conductor)

In 1762, Leopold Mozart took his 6-year-old son Wolfgang on a journey to the court in Munich to perform to Prince Elector Maximillian III of Bavaria. The visit marked the beginning of several years of touring for the Mozart family, during which the young Wolfgang entertained and astonished audiences and patrons in cities throughout Europe. For the great 'virtuosi' of the next century, travel was to become a way of life, giving rise to countless stories whose echoes still resound today: from Mozart's proposal to Marie Antoinette to Mendelssohn's inspirational travels in Italy, and the fainting sufferers of 'Lisztomania'.

Aurora Orchestra - Part, Adams, Tavener20151130

Minimalism Unwrapped: Visions: Tavener, Pärt and Adams played by the Aurora Orchestra

Recorded at Kings Place, London

Presented by Ian Skelly

Arvo Pärt: Spiegel im Spiegel

John Adams: Shaker Loops

8.15: Interval

8.35

Tavener: The Protecting Veil

Thomas Gould, violin

John Reid, piano

Leonard Elschenbroich, cello

Aurora Orchestra

Nicholas Collon, conductor

The Aurora Orchestra presents three great works of the minimalist canon, each inspired by a search for the divine. Cellist Leonard Elschenbroich joins them for The Protecting Veil, a journey of radiant intensity which stands as one of John Tavener's most widely-cherished pieces. John Adams' Shaker Loops echoes with the ecstatic dances of North America's Shaker colonies, whilst Arvo Pärt's Spiegel im Spiegel ('Mirror in the Mirror') hints at infinity through the slow rise and fall of a major scale.

Bach - St Matthew Passion20150914

The Three Choirs Festival celebrates its 300th anniversary in 2015 with a performance of Bach's St Matthew Passion. Artistic Director of the festival Geraint Bowen conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the Three Cathedral Choirs, with a line-up of soloists including James Oxley, Matthew Brook, Elizabeth Watts, William Towers, Anthony Gregory and Roderick Williams.

Bach's masterpiece was first performed on Good Friday in 1727, at the church of St Thomas in Leipzig. This was at a time when the Three Choirs Festival had already been in existence for over a decade. Nicola Heywood-Thomas presents this concert from Hereford Cathedral, recorded in July during the 2015 Three Choirs Festival, with interviews from three of the solo artists talking about their roles.

Johann Sebastian Bach: St Matthew Passion BWV 244

James Oxley (Evangelist), tenor

Matthew Brook (Christus), bass-baritone

Elizabeth Watts, soprano

William Towers, countertenor

Anthony Gregory, tenor

Roderick Williams, baritone

Three Cathedral Choirs

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Geraint Bowen, conductor

Produced by Luke Whitlock.

Bach And Beethoven From Mecklenburg And Bach From Pyeongchang20170219

Ian Skelly presents highlights of concerts from around the world. Tonight, Beethoven from the Mecklenburg-Verpommern Festival, and Bach from Pyeongchang.

Beethoven: Ah! Perfido!, Op. 65

Mendelssohn: Infelice, Op. 94

Christiane Karg, soprano

Bamberg Symphony Orchestra

David Afkham

Recorded at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, 17/07/2016

Bach: Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C minor, BWV 1060

Alexei Ogrintchouk, oboe

Yura Lee, violin

Pyeongchang Festival Ensemble

Britten: Lachrymae, Reflections on a Song of John Dowland, Op. 48

Maxim Rysanov, viola, Tae-Hyung Kim, piano

Beethoven: Piano Trio in D, Op. 70 No. 1, 'Ghost'

Boris Brovtsyn, violin

Myung-Wha Chung, cello

Norman Krieger, piano

Recorded at the Alpensia Concert Hall, Pyeongchang, 05/08/2016.

Bach Collegium Japan: Bach's B Minor Mass20160408

Live from the Barbican Hall

Presented by Martin Handley

Masaaki Suzuki's Bach Collegium Japan begins its first major UK residency with Bach's B Minor Mass.

Bach Mass in B minor

Rachel Nicholls soprano

Joanne Lunn soprano

Robin Blaze alto

Colin Balzer tenor

Dominik Wörner bass

Bach Collegium Japan

Masaaki Suzuki conductor

Under the direction of founder Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan has built a worldwide reputation in Baroque sacred music. Bach's B minor Mass is a suitably inspired opening to the first major UK residency by the Collegium.

Followed by: BBC Young Musician 2016

Clemency Burton-Hill introduces the fifth of the category finalists in this year's keyboard competition.

Pianist Harvey Lin plays music by Mozart, Chopin and Rachmaninov.

Bach's Goldberg Variations20160124

Ian Skelly introduces a performance of Bach's Goldberg Variations. Bach's dazzling work, an aria and thirty variations for keyboard is played in an arrangement for string trio at the cultural centre in Sion in the Valais, a former fish warehouse by the side of the river in this small town in Switzerland.

Purcell

Evening Hymn

Robert Crowe (male soprano), Michael Eberth (harpsichord)

rec. Convent of Merciful Brothers, Brno

Bach arr Sitkovetsky

Goldberg Variations BWV 988

Janine Jansen (violin), Nimrod Guez (viola), Nicolas Altstaedt (cello)

rec. Ferme-Asile Artistic and Cultural Centre, Valais, Switzerland

William Croft

A Hymn of Divine Music

Baroque Favourites And Fireworks - Barokksolistene Directed By Bjarte Eike20160711

Baroque Favourites and Fireworks performed by Barokksolistene and their director Bjarte Eike.

Recorded 10th July in Cheltenham Town Hall

Presented by Fiona Talkington

Fasch: Concerto for 2 trumpets

Corelli: Concerto Grosso in D Op. 6 No 4

Vivaldi: Mandolin Concerto in D, RV 93

Rebel: Les Caractères de la danse

8.15: Interval

8.35: Bach: Concerto in D minor for 2 violins, BWV 1043

Handel: Royal Fireworks Music (with indoor fireworks)

Avi Avital, mandolin

Davina Clarke, violin

Barokksolistene

Bjarte Eike, director/violin

It's just old pop music! say Norwegian Baroque orchestra Barokksolistene, whose fresh performances fizz with energy and bring new life to these well-known works.

Bath Mozartfest 201620161122

The English Concert perform at Bath Abbey, part of MozartFest 2016. Featuring soprano, Lucy Crowe in a selection of concert arias. Violinist, Nadja Zwiener performs Mozart's Violin Concerto No.5

Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas

Mozart: Divertimento in D major, K136

Mozart: Al destin, che la minaccia (Mitridate, Re di Ponte, K87)

Mozart: Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben (Zaide, K344)

INTERVAL

Mozart: Ah se il crudel periglio (Lucio Silla, K135)

Mozart: Et incarnatus est (Mass in C minor, K427)

Mozart: Violin Concerto No 5 in A major, K219

Mozart: Exsultate, jubilate, K165

The English Concert

Lucy Crowe, soprano

Nadja Zwiener, violin

Harry Bicket, director

The complex historical drama of King Mitridate and his dysfunctional family isn't an obvious scenario for a hit opera, but Mozart made it one - and when he was aged just 14. His scintillating music for the star soprano is performed by Lucy Crowe alongside other soprano showpieces by Mozart in this programme from Bath MozartFest, including the magnificent tour-de-force, Exsultate, jubilate. Joining Lucy in Bath Abbey are celebrated Mozart interpreters, The English Concert under the baton of Harry Bicket. Nadja Zwiener is the soloist in Mozart's 5th Violin Concerto, notable for its fashionable imitations of "Turkish" style in the finale.

Recorded on 19th November at Bath Abbey, Bath

Followed at 9.30pm by a Royal Philharmonic Society commission for BBC New Generation Artists.

Tonight the violinist, Alina Ibragimova plays Huw Watkins' Partita for solo violin written for her in 2006 when she was a BBC New Generation Artist.

Bbc Co: Easter At King's20160325

Stephen Cleobury conducts the BBC Singers and BBC Concert Orchestra live from the Easter at King's Festival in Cambridge. The programme includes music by Palestrina and Schubert, and ends with Haydn's Seven Last Words of Christ, which was composed in 1783 for the Good Friday Service at Oratorio de la Santa Cueva in Cadiz, Spain. Presented by Donald Macleod.

Palestrina: Stabat Mater

Schubert: Symphony No 4 in C minor (Tragic)

INTERVAL

Haydn: Seven Last Words of Christ (H.XX.2)

Emma Tring (soprano), Rebecca Lodge (alto),

Andrew Murgatroyd (tenor), Jimmy Holliday (bass)

BBC Singers

BBC Concert Orchestra

conductor Stephen Cleobury.

Bbc Co: The Oliviers In Concert20160125

The BBC Concert Orchestra, under the baton of Principal Conductor Keith Lockhart, celebrates the prestigious Olivier Awards' 40th anniversary in a star-studded gala concert broadcast live from the Royal Festival Hall. A glittering array of West End stars including Maria Friedman, Elaine Page, Michael Ball, Katie Brayben, John Dagleish, Daniel Evans and Clive Rowe perform songs from celebrated musicals. The Oliviers In Concert spans the decades and showcases the very best of musical theatre.

BBC Concert Orchestra

Keith Lockhart (conductor)

Maria Friedman (performer/director)

20.25 Interval.

Bbc Concert Orchestra - Malcolm Arnold Festival20151020

Martin Yates conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra, recorded on Saturday at the Royal and Derngate, Northampton, as part of the Malcolm Arnold Festival 2015. They are joined by Peter Donohoe in the Fantasy on a Theme of John Field and the concert ends with his cryptic Seventh Symphony, the three movements of which are said to be musical portraits of his children.

Arnold: Philharmonic Concerto

Arnold: Fantasy on a Theme of John Field

8.15 INTERVAL

8.35

Arnold: The Fair Field Overture

Arnold: Symphony No 7

Peter Donohoe (piano)

BBC Concert Orchestra

conductor Martin Yates.

Bbc Concert Orchestra And Thomas Trotter - Widor, Berlioz, Saint-saens20151111

Live from King's College, Cambridge, featuring the organ before it undergoes extensive refurbishment. Thomas Trotter plays Widor's Toccata, then joins conductor Stephen Cleobury and the BBC Concert Orchestra in excerpts from Berlioz's Te Deum and Saint-Saëns's Organ Symphony. Presented by Martin Handley.

Widor arr. Willcocks: Sing! (Toccata from Symphony No.5)

Berlioz: Te Deum, Op 22

8.25 INTERVAL

8.45

Saint-Saëns: Symphony No.3 in C minor, Op.78 (Organ symphony)

Thomas Trotter (organ)

John Daszak (tenor)

King's College Choir, CUMS Chorus

BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Stephen Cleobury.

Bbc Concert Orchestra At Cecil Sharp House20170331

Live from Cecil Sharp House in London, home to the English Folk Dance and Song Society. Spiro and the BBC Concert Orchestra share this concert celebrating folk music new and old, including the world premiere of a BBC Commission from Spiro's Jane Harbour, which includes members of the BBC Singers. Presented by Verity Sharp

Spiro: Solo set

INTERVAL: As He Roved Out

In the interval of this concert celebrating the relationship between the English Folk Dance and Song Society and the BBC Verity Sharp presents 'As He Roved Out', a profile of Peter Kennedy who worked for both organisations. Kennedy travelled far and wide collecting songs and tunes from traditional musicians, amassing hundreds of recordings that are now in the British Library. He was remarkably industrious and enthusiastic, revitalising local traditions, playing for village dances and working on famous radio programmes such as 'As I Roved Out'. His methods and manner, though, meant he became a controversial figure, too. Verity Sharp assesses Kennedy's achievement and probes the nature of the man, with contributions from those who knew him, including David Attenborough, Shirley Collins, Malcolm Taylor (who for three decades ran the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library) and Janet Topp Fargion - Curator of World and Traditional Music at the British Library. We also hear several of the remarkable recordings Peter Kennedy made.

Producer: Julian May

PART 2:

Jane Harbour: Kynde

Arnold Foster: Piano Concerto on Country Dance Tunes

Francis Collinson: Folk Tune Medley - Ramsey Town; The Lincolnshire Poacher; York For My Money

Vaughan Williams: Overture - The Wasps

Spiro: Jane Harbour (violin), Jon Hunt (guitar), Alex Venn (mandolin), Jason Sparkes (accordion)

Victor Sangiorgio (piano)

BBC Singers: Emma Tring, Helen Neeves, Olivia Robinson, Elizabeth Poole (sopranos); Margaret Cameron, Nancy Cole (altos)

BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Martin Yates.

Bbc Music Day: Bbc Concert Ochestra Live From Truro20160603

Petroc Trelawny continues the BBC Music Day celebrations with the BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Ben Gernon, the Cornwall Family Orchestra and Radio 3 New Generation Artist Annelien Van Wauwe, who join forces for a musical spectacular from the Hall for Cornwall in Truro. There's music inspired by dance, and live performances of some of the BBC Ten Pieces; and the Cornwall Family Orchestra give the premiere of A Cornish Solstice, based on themes from Stravinsky's Firebird.

Bizet: Carmen, Selection from Suites 1 and 2: Les Toréadors; Prelude and Aragonaise; Habanera; Chanson du toréador; Danse bohème

Weber: Clarinet Concertino in E flat, Op.26*

Stravinsky: Firebird Suite (1919)

INTERVAL

arr Patrick Bailey: A Cornish Solstice **

Bernstein: Mambo - from Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

L. Bassi: Fantasia da concerto 'Rigoletto' *

Mascagni: Intermezzo - from Cavalleria rusticana

Ginastera: Estancia - Four Dances, Op.8a

Annelien Van Wauwe (clarinet)*

Cornwall Family Orchestra**

BBC Concert Orchestra

Conductor Ben Gernon.

Bbc National Chorus And Orchestra Of Wales: Somme20160701

Adrian Partington directs the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme with music by composers who fought in the trenches and in memory of those who fell. Plus Delius's Requiem, completed in 1916 and offering a personal view of life, suffering and loss that was controversial at the time, and still is today.

Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas, live from BBC Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff

Butterworth: A Shropshire Lad - Rhapsody for full orchestra

Gordon Jacob: Symphony No. 1 (second movement)

Howells: Elegy for Viola, String Quartet and Orchestra

Roussel: Pour une fête de printemps

8.20pm Interval. Nicola Heywood Thomas explores the collections of the National Museum of Cardiff reflecting the terror of the trenches through art, poetry and writing.

8.45pm

Delius: Requiem

Philip Dukes (viola)

Elizabeth Watts (soprano)

Mark Stone (baritone)

BBC National Chorus of Wales

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Adrian Partington (conductor).

Bbc National Orchestra And Chorus Of Wales Celebrate St David's Day20160301

Live from St David's Hall, Cardiff

Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas

Grace Williams (1906-77) was one of the most important figures in Welsh twentieth century music, and her large-scale Missa Cambrensis is her most significant work, yet it was only heard once, in 1971. The premiere proved problematic, and the composer never sought another performance, despite it being held in high regard amongst classical music fans in Wales. To celebrate St. David's Day, it once again takes centre stage with the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales, with a starry cast of soloists conducted by Tecwyn Evans. Over an hour long, it mixes the text of the Latin mass with interludes in Welsh, adding a distinctive flavour to her colourful musical language. Exciting young Welsh trumpeter Huw Morgan is the soloist in her Trumpet Concerto, and her Fantasia on Welsh Nursery Tunes is a joyous medley of traditional melodies.

Grace Williams: Fantasia on Welsh Nursery Tunes

Grace Williams: Trumpet Concerto

8.10pm:

Interval music: Nicola Heywood Thomas explores Grace Williams's association with other composers, including the Hymn to St. Cecilia by Benjamin Britten

8.30pm:

Grace Williams: Missa Cambrensis

Huw Morgan (trumpet)

Fflur Wyn (soprano)

Catherine Wyn Rogers (contralto)

Andrew Rees (tenor)

Jason Howard (bass)

Dr. Rowan Williams (narrator)

Ysgol Gerdd Ceredigion (children's chorus)

BBC National Chorus of Wales

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Tecwyn Evans (conductor).

Bbc National Orchestra Of Wales - Bach's St John Passion20170412

John Butt conducts the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales in Bach's St John Passion, his intimate and dramatic setting of the Gospel story first heard in 1724.

Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas, live from St. David's Hall in Cardiff.

J.S Bach: St. John Passion (part one)

c.8.10 pm. During the interval, Nicola Heywood Thomas talks with John Butt and continuo organist Stephen Farr about the context of the music and the Lutheran liturgy, and hears organ music by J.S. Bach and a recent recording by them both of an organ duet by Kenneth Leighton - Martyrs.

c.8.30 pm

J.S Bach: St. John Passion (part two)

Gwilym Bowen, tenor - Evangelist

David Soar, bass - Christ

Elizabeth Watts, soprano

William Towers, countertenor

Nick Pritchard, tenor

Ashley Riches, bass

BBC National Chorus of Wales

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

John Butt, conductor

The St John Passion is an extravagant and emotionally charged work, often using the chorus chorales to drive the dialogue forward. It is modestly scored but with an expressive immediacy and some of the most exquisite solo flute and oboe writing of the baroque era. John Butt is one of the most respected Bach specialists of today, both as a performer and a scholar. Having recorded the St. John Passion in a liturgical context, he brings his expertise to the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales in this dramatic and intimate setting of the Gospel story.

Bbc National Orchestra Of Wales - Bruckner, Mahler20170127

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales plays Mahler's Sixth Symphony.

Recorded on 20 Jan 2017 St David's Hall, Cardiff

Bruckner: Ave Maria (1861 setting)

Christus factus est (1884 setting)

Os justi

Locus iste

8.10: Interval

Mahler: Symphony No 6 in A minor

BBC National Chorus of Wales

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Adrian Partington, Conductor

Thomas Søndergård, Conductor

In the calm before the Mahlerian storm, BBC National Chorus of Wales, conducted by Adrian Partington, perform Bruckner's serene yet intense motets - allow yourself to be swept away by the beautiful harmonies and uplifting clarity of combined voices.

In contrast Mahler's sixth symphony swings from tragedy to elation - a truly epic work full of angst and drama that strikes the soul like a hammer (quite literally).

After tonight's concert there's a chance to hear the fruits of the latest round of Adopt-a-Composer projects, which pair a composer with an amateur performing group in order to write and perform a new piece of music.

Bbc National Orchestra Of Wales - Debussy, Ravel, Ibert, Stravinsky20161018

Principal conductor Thomas Sondergard launches the new season with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, opening chapter one of a story-telling year of concerts. The intensely colourful Firebird was the first of Stravinsky's big three ballets for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. Debussy's pipe-playing faun was famously brought to life for Diaghilev's company by the dancer Nijinsky, but the original score was a ground-breaking moment for the composer, establishing his suggestive and sensuous world of musical impressionism. Flautist Emily Beynon returns to Wales as the soloist in Ibert's lively concerto, and Sarah Connolly sings of the enchanted flute in Ravel's exquisite setting of poems based on tales from One Thousand and One Nights.

Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas

Recorded last Thursday at St. David's Hall, Cardiff

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

Ravel: Shéhérazade

Ibert: Flute Concerto

8.30 During the interval, Nicola Heywood Thomas talks to tonight's soloists and listens to their recent recordings.

8.50 Stravinsky: Firebird (ballet)

Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano)

Emily Beynon (flute)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Thomas Sondergard (conductor).

Bbc National Orchestra Of Wales - Janack, Mendelssohn, Smetana, Dvorak20170316

BBC National Orchestra of Wales with Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto and music by Janacek, Smetana and Dvorak.

Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas, live from the Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Janacek: Lachian Dances

Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor

8.15: Interval

8.35

Smetana: Overture - The Bartered Bride

Dvorak: Symphony No 7 in D minor

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Simone Lamsma, violin

Otto Tausk, conductor

As well as being a master musician, Czech composer Antonin Dvořak was an enthusiastic train spotter, spending hours at railway stations in Prague most days. Rumour has it that one such visit provided the inspiration for his Seventh Symphony where the sight of troops arriving for a patriotic concert resonated with the composer's strong patriotism - leading to his greatest symphony.

Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto is firmly established as one of the most popular and best loved of all concertos, and rightly so - to perform it we welcome superb Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma.

Bbc National Orchestra Of Wales - Saint-saens, Tchaikovsky20160616

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales play Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony and are joined by cellist Natalie Clein in the Cello Concerto No 1 by Saint-Saëns.

Recorded at St Davids Cathedral on Saturday 28 May

Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas

Saint-Saëns: Danse Macabre

Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor

8.15: Interval

8.35 Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B minor (Pathétique)

Natalie Clein, cello

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Jessica Cottis, conductor.

Bbc National Orchestra Of Wales - Strauss, Mozart And Beethoven20170330

Live from Cheltenham Town Hall

Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas

Jun Markl returns to the BBC National Orchestra of Wales for a programme of Strauss, Mozart and Beethoven. 'Death and Transfiguration' depicts a great artist's journey from earthly life to everlasting bliss in a powerful and radiant tone poem. Like Jun Markl, Alice Sara Ott is also of joint German and Japanese decent. She's the soloist in Mozart's sublime C-major concerto, No. 21, which has appeared on film alongside James Bond. Beethoven's life-enhancing 6th Symphony, the Pastoral, is just as radical as its more famous sibling No. 5, celebrating nature in its awesome power and beauty.

Strauss: Death and Transfiguration

Mozart: Piano Concerto No 21 in C major, K467

8.25 During the interval, Nicola Heywood Thomas talks to tonight's soloist, Alice Sara Ott, about fame and fashion, and listens to her new recordings of Grieg - beyond the Piano Concerto.

Beethoven: Symphony No 6 In F major (Pastoral)

Alice Sara Ott (piano)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Jun Markl (conductor).

Bbc National Orchestra Of Wales - Wagner, Mahler, Stravinsky20170210

Live from Brangwyn Hall, Swansea. Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas.

Wagner: Tannhäuser Overture and Venusburg Music

Mahler: Revelge; Lob des hohen Verstands; Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt; Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen; Der Tambourg'sell (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

8.20 Interval Music

8.40

Stravinsky: Petrushka

Roderick Williams (baritone)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Mark Wigglesworth (conductor).

Bbc National Orchestra Of Wales - Walton, Elgar, John Pickard20160607

Live from BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff, Martyn Brabbins conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in Elgar's ever-popular Cello Concerto with soloist Alban Gerhardt, the composer's passionate outpouring of grief and disillusionment in the wake of the First World War. In contrast, Walton's riotous overture celebrates the 70th anniversary of the founding of Johannesburg, complete with African rhythms. John Pickard's new work is, perhaps surprisingly in the 21st century, still a traditional symphony. It features three sets of timpani spatially separated across the stage, not simply used to create a lot of noise, but to explore melodic lines between the three players.

Presented by Nicola Hewyood Thomas

Walton: Johannesburg Festival Overture

Elgar: Cello Concerto

8.15 During the interval, Nicola talks to soloist Alban Gerhardt about his close relationship to BBC NOW since his days as one of the first Radio 3 new Generation Artists, and listens to some of his most recent recordings.

8.35

John Pickard: Symphony No. 5 (world premiere)

Alban Gerhardt (cello)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Martyn Brabbins (conductor).

Bbc National Orchestra Of Wales - Weber, Beethoven And Brahms20151014

Jac van Steen conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in an overture by Weber and Brahms's Fourth Symphony. Llyr Williams is the soloist in Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto.

Live from Brangwyn Hall, Swansea

Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas

Weber: Overture - Oberon

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major

8.20 Interval Music

Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor

Llyr Williams (piano)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Jac van Steen (conductor)

Now firmly established as a leading international pianist, Llyr Williams performs Beethoven, a composer for whom he has established a particular affinity. The Fourth Piano Concerto is remarkable for its combination of outer tenderness and underlying intensity, continually shifting in mood from melancholy to heroic, anguished to whimsical. Beethoven's influence is all too evident in Brahms's last and greatest symphony, a work of tremendous power and passion, not to mention immense beauty.

Bbc National Orchestra Of Wales - Zemlinsky, Mendelssohn, Kate Whitley20170309

Recorded yesterday at BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff

Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas

Principal Guest Conductor Xian Zhang conducts her orchestra and chorus in a programme for International Women's Day. Radio 3 commissioned Kate Whitley to set the text by Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl who hit the headlines when she survived a murder attempt by the Taliban in 2012. Speak Out declaims every girl's right to an education in the struggle against oppression, sung by both adult and children's voices. Latvian sisters Baiba and Lauma Skride join forces harmoniously in Mendelssohn's concerto for piano and violin, and Zemlinsky sets Hans Christian Andersen's tale of The Little Mermaid, whose beauty entrances her handsome prince with tragic consequences. Zemlinsky's music powerfully explores the adult themes of this story, written in the wake of his own betrayal in love by Alma Schindler, who left him for Gustav Mahler.

Kate Whitley: Speak out

Cor y Cwm (children's voices)

BBC National Chorus of Wales

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Xian Zhang (conductor)

Mendelssohn: Concerto for Piano, Violin and Strings

Baiba Skride (violin)

Lauma Skride (piano)

8.20 Nicola Heywood Thomas talks to tonight's soloists, Baiba and Lauma Skride about their musical sisterhood and hears some of their latest chamber recordings of music from Nordic countries.

8.40 Zemlinsky: Die Seejungfrau (The Mermaid)

Followed by music by past recipients of the Women Make Music Fund from PRS Foundation.

Bbc National Orchestra Of Wales In Wagner, Beethoven And Schubert20160219

Live from Brangwyn Hall, Swansea

Alexandre Bloch conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in music by Wagner, Beethoven and Schubert.

Wagner: The Mastersingers of Nuremberg - overture

Beethoven: Concerto in C major for violin, cello and piano (Triple Concerto)

8.15: Interval

Weber: Der Freischütz - overture

Schubert: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Trio Apaches:

Matthew Trusler, violin

Thomas Carroll, cello

Ashley Wass, piano

Alexandre Bloch, conductor

Schubert's Symphony No. 5 is light and full of tunes, with a significantly smaller orchestra than some of his other symphonic works. The Fifth was written while Schubert was particularly absorbed in the works of Mozart, and this influence can clearly be heard in a work that speaks with a distinctly 18th-century voice.

Bbc National Orchestra Of Wales: Remembering Aberfan20161021

To commemorate 50 years since the Aberfan disaster, Sian Edwards conducts the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales in Fauré's Requiem.

From Brangwyn Hall, Swansea as part of Swansea International Festival.

Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas.

Joseph Davies: The Shortest Day

Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op.22

8.20 Interval Music - Reich: WTC 9/11, Kronos Quartet

8.40

Geraint Lewis: Souls of the Righteous

Fauré: Requiem

Louis Lortie (piano)

Fflur Wyn (soprano)

Neal Davies (baritone)

National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales

Sian Edwards (conductor).

Bbc New Generation Artists Showcase20160714

Harrogate International Festival 2016 BBC New Generation Artists Showcase Concert. Three outstanding young artists join forces at the Royal Hall, Harrogate for a programme inspired by Brahms's and Schumann's love for the music of JS Bach. Narek Hakhnazaryan, a former winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition plays Bach's original solo cello version of his third cello suite before Russian pianist, Pavel Kolesnikov joins him to play movements from Schumann's recently discovered version with piano accompaniment. And Belgian clarinettist, Annelien Van Wauwe plays Schumann's romantically wistful Fantasy Pieces and a Romance by Princess Marie Elisabeth of Saxe-Meiningen, a one-time pupil of Brahms. And the three young musicians combine forces to round off their fascinating programme with Brahms's Clarinet Trio, a work which inspired one contemporary to observe admiringly that: "It is as though the instruments were in love with each other."

Presented by Tom Redmond

Bach arr. Brahms: Chaconne for piano left hand

Bach: Cello Suite No.3 in C major BWV 1009

Schumann: Fantasiestücke for clarinet, Op.73

Interval

Bach arr. Schumann: Cello Suite No.3 in C major

Princess Marie Elisabeth of Saxe-Meiningen: Romanze in F major

Brahms: Trio in A minor for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Op.114

Annelien Van Wauwe (clarinet)

Narek Hakhnazaryan (cello)

Pavel Kolesnikov (piano)

rec. 07 July 2016.

Bbc Now - Bizet, Poulenc, Faure, Delibes, Ravel20160330

From Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas

BBC NOW and Thomas Sondergard perform Bizet, Poulenc, Fauré, Delibes and Ravel

Bizet: Carmen Suite

Poulenc, arr. Lennox Berkeley: Flute Sonata

8.10 Interval Music

Fauré: Pavane

Delibes: Flower duet from Lakmé

Ravel: Mother Goose (ballet)

Adam Walker (flute)

Matthew Featherstone (flute)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Thomas Sondergard (conductor).

Bbc Now - Britten, Shostakovich, Rimsky-korsakov20170313

Principal Guest Conductor Xian Zhang conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in Rimsky-Korsakov's Sheherazade, a vivid orchestral picture of tales from the Arabian Nights. Britten's Sea Interludes describe the salty atmosphere of a Suffolk fishing village with equal brilliance, and Peter Donohoe joins forces with Philippe Schartz, Principal Trumpet of BBC NOW, for Shostakovich's youthful First Piano Concerto, heroic, spirited and joyful.

Recorded last Saturday at the Brangwyn Hall in Swansea

Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas

Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes

Shostakovich: Concerto in C minor, Op.35, for piano, trumpet and string orchestra

8.15 During the interval Nicola Heywood Thomas talks to soloist Peter Donohoe and listens to his recent recording of Scriabin.

8.35

Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade

Peter Donohoe (piano)

Philippe Schartz (trumpet)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Xian Zhang (conductor).

Bbc Now - Gershwin, Adams, Harris, Bernstein20160415

Live from St. David's Hall, Cardiff

Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas

Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

Adams: The Dharma at Big Sur

8.20 Interval Music: BBC Young Musician 2016

Clemency Burton-Hill introduces the fifth of the finalists in this year's woodwind category.

Flautist Joanne Lee plays music by:

Telemann: Fantasia no.2 in Am

Schumann: Romance op.94 no.2

Frank Martin: Ballade

Harris: Symphony no. 3

Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

William Wolfram (piano)

Chloe Hanslip (electric violin)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Eric Stern (conductor)

The Symphonic Dances from West Side Story contain some of the most memorable tunes ever written, as Bernstein's iconic score created a whole new soundscape for the tale of the ill-fated lovers. Under the baton of celebrated American conductor Eric Stern, the Orchestra perform it, alongside Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, known the world over for its opening phrase, and John Adams' The Dharma at Big Sur for electric violin and orchestra, played here by Chloë Hanslip.

Followed by: Menuhin 100 - classic recordings from Yehudi Menuhin's discography.

Bbc Now - Grieg, Rachmaninov20151124

Much-loved Conductor Laureate Tadaaki Otaka returns to the BBC National Orchestra of Wales for Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances. Nelson Goerner is the soloist in Grieg's Piano Concerto.

Recorded last week at St. David's Hall, Cardiff, and presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas.

Grieg: Holberg Suite

Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor

8.30 Interval Music

8.50

Rachmaninov: 3 Symphonic Dances

Nelson Goerner (piano)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Tadaaki Otaka (conductor).

Bbc Now - Handel's Messiah20151208

Laurence Equilbey conducts the BBC National Chorus and Orchestra of Wales in Messiah by Handel.

Live from St. David's Hall, Cardiff

Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas

Handel: Messiah

Mary Bevan (soprano)

Iestyn Davies (counter tenor)

Robert Murray (tenor)

Brindley Sherratt (bass)

BBC National Chorus and Orchestra of Wales

Laurence Equilbey (conductor)

Firmly established as a Christmas tradition for audiences across the globe, Handel's Messiah is a true celebration of the nativity; exhilarating yet deeply emotional and resonant. Comprising a scriptural text compiled by Charles Jennens from the King James Bible and psalms from the Book of Common Prayer, Messiah brings some of most evocative oratorio writing in the repertoire featuring 'For unto us a child is born', 'The trumpet shall sound' and the famous 'Hallelujah' chorus.

Bbc Now - J Strauss Ii, Elgar, Brahms20161118

BBC NOW and Christoph Koenig perform Johann Strauss, Elgar and Brahms.

Live from Prichard Jones Hall, Bangor

Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas

Johann Strauss (son): Overture (Die Fledermaus)

Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor

8.10 Interval

8.30 Brahms: Symphony No 4

Leonard Elschenbroich (cello)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Christoph Koenig (conductor)

It's hard to understand the doubt that settled in Brahms's mind ahead of the first performance of his fourth symphony. Now firmly positioned as a concert hall essential; audiences across the globe remain grateful that it lived beyond its premiere.

Elgar's poetic and passionate Cello Concerto gives no indication of any such worries; soulful and passionate from the opening bars, this is music of deep emotion that has an unfailing ability to connect.

Bbc Now - Mathias, Ginastera, Britten, Watkins, Dvorak20151103

From Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Mathias: A Dance overture (Dawns agored)

Ginastera: Harp Concerto

Britten: 4 Sea Interludes

8.25 Interval Music

Watkins: 3 Welsh Songs

Dvorak: Symphony No. 7 in D minor

Catrin Finch (harp)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Grant Llewellyn (conductor).

Bbc Now - Mozart, Prokofiev And Ravel20161110

Live from St. David's Hall, Cardiff

Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas

Tadaaki Otaka conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in an overture by Mozart, Ravel's ballet Daphnis et Chloé and Thomas Zehetmair plays Prokofiev's 2nd Violin concerto

Mozart: Overture (Idomeneo)

Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No 2

8.05 Interval music

8.25 Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé

Thomas Zehetmair (violin)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Tadaaki Otaka (conductor)

Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé: a piece that embraces lush harmonies. Conductor Tadaaki Otaka paints a picture of a meadow on the outskirts of a sacred wood where sheep graze and nymphs frolic. This ancient Greek-inspired story of romance and adventure is brought to life by the Orchestra and Chorus, alongside the flowing melodies of Prokofiev's second violin concerto performed by Thomas Zehetmair.

Bbc Now - Schubert, Huw Watkins, Mozart20160323

From Prichard Jones Hall, Bangor

Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas

Thomas Sondergard conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in Schubert's 8th and Mozart's 40th Symphonies. Adam Walker is the soloist in Huw Watkins's Flute Concerto.

Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in B minor, 'Unfinished'

Huw Watkins: Flute Concerto

8.15: Interval Music

8.35

Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor

Adam Walker (flute)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Thomas Sondergard (conductor).

Bbc Now And Chorus - Elgar, Delius, Walton20161201

Live from St David's Hall, Cardiff

Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas

BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales perform Walton's Belshazzar's Feast with guest conductor Martyn Brabbins, the newly-appointed Music Director of English National Opera.

Elgar: In the South (Alassio)

Delius: Concerto for Violin and Cello

8.15: Interval: Pied Piper

During the intervals of the concerts this week, we'll be hearing a selection of programmes from the five year long series. Munrow explored a wide range of music, and these five programmes can only begin to give a taste of the topics he covered. This edition of the Pied Piper programme was first heard at 5.25pm on Monday 1st March 1976. The Radio Times described it like this: "For two centuries the string quartet has been a favourite form of music making. David Munrow traces its early history from the time when the 'demure' viol was replaced by the 'vulgar' violin."

8.35: Walton: Belshazzar's Feast

Tasmin Little, violin

Paul Watkins, cello

Neal Davies, bass

BBC National Chorus of Wales

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Martyn Brabbins, conductor

With the hauntingly dramatic bass solo telling of Belshazzar's hallucinations and ensuing death, to epic choruses depicting the fall of Babylon, this choral masterpiece is a work of epic proportions. From the striking opening brass fanfare, the delicate and intimate semi-choruses, to massed choral forces, Belshazzar's Feast is a high energy emotional rollercoaster.

Bbc Now And Rachel Podger - Handel, Bach, Vivaldi20160311

Baroque violinist Rachel Podger leads the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in some of her favourite works from the late 1600s and early 1700s in this historically informed performance. Biber's Battalia, dedicated to Bacchus, vividly conjures up images of battle using the sounds of strings alone. BBC NOW leader Lesley Hatfield duets with Rachel Podger in Bach's Double Concerto.

Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas

Live from Brangwyn Hall, Swansea

Handel: Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op.6 No.6

Bach: Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.2 in F major, BWV 1047

8.15 During the interval, Nicola Heywood Thomas talks to Rachel Podger and plays music by Podger's Brecon Baroque ensemble.

8.35 Biber: Battalia

Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in A major, Op.9 No.6

Bach: Double Violin Concerto in D minor, BWV 1043.

Bbc Philharmonic20160217

The BBC Philharmonic is conducted by its Chief Conductor Juanjo Mena in Shostakovich's powerful Leningrad Symphony. They are joined by soloist Dejan Lazic for Bartok's characterful Third Piano Concerto.

From the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Presented by Stuart Flinders

Bartok: Piano Concerto No 3

7.55 Interval Music on CD: Shostakovich String Quartet No.8 played by the Fitzwilliam String Quartet

8.15

Shostakovich: Symphony No 7 (Leningrad)

Dejan Lazic (piano)

Juanjo Mena (conductor)

BBC Philharmonic

Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony, dedicated to the city of Leningrad, was written at a time of unimaginable horror in the city. Under siege from the Nazis, hundreds of thousands of people lost their lives in inhumane conditions. Most of the work was written while Shostakovich was resident in the city, and the Leningrad Symphony continues to speak, with directness and impact, of the brutality of war as well as the importance and power of the voice of the creative artist.

The programme begins with Bartok's characterful and energetic Third Piano Concerto, performed by Croatian-born Dejan Lazic.

Bbc Philharmonic - Bernstein, Mozart, Schumann20151116

Twenty-five years after Bernstein died, the BBC Philharmonic and conductor Yutaka Sado, one of his students, perform music that was important to him; his own First Symphony and music by Mozart and Schumann.

From the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Bernstein: Symphony No 1 (Jeremiah)

Mozart: Piano Concerto No 17, K453

8.25 Music Interval

8.45

Schumann: Symphony No 2

Rebecca Evans (soprano)

Ronald Brautigam (piano)

BBC Philharmonic

Yutaka Sado (conductor)

Twenty-five years after he died, the BBC Philharmonic perform music which was important to Leonard Bernstein in a concert conducted by one of his students, Yutaka Sado. When Bernstein conducted his own 'Jeremiah' Symphony for the first time in 1944 it was an immediate success and is just as powerful today. This piano concerto by Mozart is one he referred to as his favourite and which was a constant companion throughout his career. Bernstein often directed performances from the keyboard. The programme closes with Schumann's lyrical Second Symphony, another cornerstone of Bernstein's repertoire.

Bbc Philharmonic - Bernstein's Final Concert20151009

The BBC Philharmonic recreate Bernstein's Final Concert

Live from the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Presented by Tom Redmond

Britten: Four Sea Interludes (from 'Peter Grimes')

Bernstein: Serenade after Plato's Symposium, for strings, harp, percussion and solo violin

20.20: Interval

20.40

Beethoven: Symphony No. 7

Tasmin Little, violin

BBC Philharmonic

Juanjo Mena, conductor

In the week of the 25th anniversary of his death, the BBC Philharmonic celebrate Leonard Bernstein with a concert drawing on repertoire from his final performance.

Some say that Leonard Bernstein was one of the most important classical composers of the twentieth century. Others think his music's too enjoyable for that! But there's only one man who could have written a violin concerto based on an ancient Greek drinking party and filled it with such melody and wit.

Bbc Philharmonic - Dvorak, Ades, Britten, Brahms20151204

The BBC Philharmonic, with conductor Juanjo Mena in music by Thomas Adès, Dvorak, Brahms and Britten. They are joined by violinist James Ehnes and mezzo-soprano Susan Bickley.

Live from the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Presented by Ian Skelly

Dvorak: Overture, Carnival

Thomas Adès: America - a prophecy

Britten: Violin Concerto

8.30 Interval

Sara Mohr-Pietsch discusses the way collaboration works with poet Sean O'Brien and composer Agustín Fernández, looking at their new song-cycle, Notes from Underground, which was inspired by WH Auden's love of the lead-mining landscape of the North Pennines.

Recorded in front of a Free Thinking Festival audience at Sage Gateshead last month.

8.50

Brahms: Symphony No 3

Susan Bickley (mezzo-soprano)

James Ehnes (violin)

BBC Philharmonic

Juanjo Mena

Dvorak gave the premiere of his arresting Carnival Overture in his farewell concert in Prague in the days before he moved to America. Britten's Violin Concerto, completed and and premiered in New York during the Second World War follows Thomas Adès's apocalyptic 'America - a prophecy', commissoned by the New York Philharmonic for pieces to mark the millennium. To end the concert we return to the peace of Bohemia with Brahms's Third Symphony.

Bbc Philharmonic - Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky And Chopin20161209

Live from the Victoria Hall, Hanley

Presented by Tom Redmond

The BBC Philharmonic, conducted by their Chief Conductor Juanjo Mena in Dvorak, Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky. They are joined by young virtuoso BBC New Generation Artist, Pavel Kolesnikov for Chopin's F minor Piano Concerto.

Dvorak: Slavonic Dances Op.72 - No.3 in F, No.8 in A flat, No.2 in E minor and No.7 in C

Chopin: Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor

8.25 Music Interval

8.45

Mussorgsky ed. Rimsky-Korsakov: A Night on Bare Mountain

Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker - March, Divertissement, Waltz of the Flowers

All the energy and vivacity of the dance pervade this programme which opens with four of Dvorak's most popular and tuneful Slavonic Dances and closes with a selection of some of the best known music from Tchaikovsky's colourful and entrancing ballet, The Nutcracker. Virtuosic young BBC New Generation Artist, Pavel Kolesnikov joins the orchestra for the luminous melody and Polish dance rhythms of Chopin's Second Piano Concerto and after the interval Mussorgsky's vivid portrayal of the of the Witches' Sabbath, Night on a Bare Mountain, sees revelling evil spirits dispersed by the ringing of a church bell.

Bbc Philharmonic - Gade, Norgard, Nielsen, Maxwell Davies, Sibelius20151216

The BBC Philharmonic, conducted by Michael Francis in music from the north of Europe.

Live from MediaCityUK, Salford

Presented by Andrew McGregor

Gade: Hamlet Overture

Per Norgard: Between

8.20 Interval

8.40

Nielsen: An Imaginary Journey to the Faroe Isles

Peter Maxwell Davies: Ebb of Winter

Sibelius: The Oceanides

Jakob Kullberg (cello)

BBC Philharmonic

Michael Francis (conductor)

Music inspired by the natural elements forms the second half the programme; a sea crossing to the Faroe Islands is painted by Nielsen, the nymphs in Greek mythology who inhabit the Mediterranean Sea appear in Sibelius's Oceanides, and the dynamic weather of Peter Maxwell Davies's Orkney home inspires his chilly Ebb of Winter. In an all Danish first half, Jakob Kullberg joins the orchestra for Between, Per Norgard's cello concerto and the programme opens with Gade's dark Hamlet Overture.

Bbc Philharmonic - Ginastera, Bernstein, Stravinsky20160419

The BBC Philharmonic with the CBSO Youth Chorus and Hallé Youth Choir for Stravinsky and Bernstein. Marie-Pierre Langlamet joins the orchestra for Ginastera's Harp Concerto.

Recorded 16 April at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Presented by Martin Handley

Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

Ginastera: Harp Concerto

8.10 Interval

BBC Young Musician 2016

Clemency Burton-Hill introduces the second of the finalists in this year's percussion category.

Percussionist Joe Parks plays music by:

Kopetzki and Tanaka

8.35

Bernstein Chichester Psalms

Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms

Marie-Pierre Langlamet (harp)

William Towers (countertenor)

CBSO Youth Chorus

Hallé Youth Choir

BBC Philharmonic

Juanjo Mena (conductor)

9.10 Post Concert:

Clemency Burton-Hill introduces the third of the category finalists in this year's percussion category.

Percussionist Hristiyan Hristov plays music by:

Zivkovic, Kitazume and Sammut

The concert opens with the compulsive energy of music from Bernstein's West Side Story with its eclectic and colourful battery of percussion and which includes one of the BBC Ten Pieces, "Mambo". Ginastera's Harp Concerto was commissioned in 1956 by the Philadelphia Orchestra's first female player and it took him nearly a decade to write, not receiving its premiere until 1965. He wanted to write a piece that avoided "angelic" associations and the piece reflects his ambition to explore innovative sounds from the instrument.

Psalm texts, in Ancient Hebrew and in Latin, form the basis of the second half of the concert, in which the BBC Philharmonic is joined by the CBSO Youth Chorus and Hallé Youth Choir. Bernstein's Chichester Psalms received its first performances in the same year as Ginastera's Harp Concerto and was commissioned by Dean Hussey of Chichester Cathedral who, writing to Bernstein, said they would be "very delighted if there was a hint of West Side Story about the music". William Towers sings the haunting tune in the centre of the work. Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms was commissioned by Serge Koussevitsky for the 50th Season of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and this piece inhabits a different sound world, with unusual instrumentation that dispenses with violins and violas, but which includes important parts for two pianos.

Bbc Philharmonic - Harbison, Barber, Rachmaninov20170406

From The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester

Presented by Tom Redmond

Harbison: Remembering Gatsby (Foxtrot)

Barber: Violin Concerto

8.20

Music Interval

8.40

Rachmaninov: Symphony No.2 in E minor

James Ehnes (violin)

BBC Philharmonic

James Feddeck (conductor)

James Feddeck joins the BBC Philharmonic for Rachmaninov's glowing Second Symphony, a work which moves audiences with its warm tunes, vivacious energy and rich textures. Before the interval James Ehnes is the soloist in Barber's Violin Concerto, a piece which moves from melting melody to utter virtuosity. Inspired by F Scott Fitzgerald, Harbison's 'Remembering Gatsby', a characterful foxtrot, kicks off the programme.

Bbc Philharmonic - Hindemith, Ravel, Mahler20160129

The BBC Philharmonic, conducted by distinguished Spanish conductor Jesus Lopez-Cobos in music by Mahler and Hindemith. They are joined by charismatic French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet for Ravel's Piano Concerto in G.

Live from the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Hindemith: Concert Music for brass and strings

Ravel: Piano Concerto in G

8.15 Interval

8.35

Mahler: Symphony No 4

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano)

Ruby Hughes (soprano)

BBC Philharmonic

Jesus Lopez-Cobos

Commissioned by Koussevitsky for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Hindemith's exhilarating Concert Music for brass and strings opens the programme. Charismatic French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet joins the orchestra for Ravel's Piano Concerto in G a piece Ravel described as "classical" but which has at its centre a jazz-scented oasis of calm. Mahler's sunny Fourth Symphony with its concluding "child's view of heaven" sung by soprano Ruby Hughes, brings the concert to a calm close.

Bbc Philharmonic - Mahler's Symphony No 220160518

From the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Presented by Tom Redmond

Mahler Symphony No.2 'Resurrection'

Olena Tokar (soprano)

Jennifer Johnston (mezzo-soprano)

CBSO Chorus

BBC Philharmonic

Vassily Sinaisky (conductor)

Huge performing forces assemble for Mahler's epic Second Symphony as he takes us on a journey from darkness to light. Beginning with a funeral march, Mahler draws on song (St Anthony of Padua's preaching to the fishes and their nonchalant response, as well as his heart-felt Urlicht) and off-stage brass call to a life beyond. The full forces join for Klopstock's Resurrection hymn. "Whenever I plan a large musical structure I always come to the point where I have to resort to 'the word' as a vehicle for my musical idea'', Mahler said. Soprano Olena Tokar and mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnston join the CBSO Chorus, BBC Philharmonic and Vassily Sinaisky for this performance. Mahler said "a symphony is like the world" and this one embraces that sentiment, inviting us to glimpse a world beyond earthly life.

Bbc Philharmonic - Mark Simpson, Macmillan, Gershwin, Stravinsky20160222

The BBC Philharmonic, conducted by Nicholas Collon perform music by their Composer-in-Association, Mark Simpson, as well as works by James MacMillan and Stravinsky. They are joined by pianist Jonathan Scott for Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.

From the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Presented by Tom Redmond

Mark Simpson: Sparks

James MacMillan: Viola Concerto

8.15 Interval

8.35

Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

Stravinsky: Suite, The Firebird (1945)

Lawrence Power (viola)

Jonathan Scott (piano)

BBC Philharmonic

Nicholas Collon (conductor)

The first half of tonight's programme celebrates music by composers with close links with the BBC Philharmonic. Sparks by Mark Simpson (the BBC Philharmonic's recently appointed Composer-in-Association) was written for the opening of the Last Night of the BBC Proms in 2012, and also ignites tonight's concert. The programme continues with a 2014 work by James MacMillan (a former composer/conductor of the orchestra), his Viola Concerto. Pianist Jonathan Scott joins the orchestra for Gershwin's jazzy Rhapsody in Blue and the colour and drama of music from Stravinsky's ballet The Firebird bring the concert to a glowing close.

Bbc Philharmonic - Mccabe, Stravinsky, Turnage, Ives, Antheil20151120

The BBC Philharmonic and John Storgards in music from the last hundred years. They are joined by legendary drummer Peter Erskine for the UK premiere Mark-Anthony Turnage's Concerto for Drum set.

Live from the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Presented by Martin Handley

McCabe: Joybox

Stravinsky: Ode

Mark-Anthony Turnage: Erskine - Concerto for Drum set and orchestra (UK premiere)

8.20 Music Interval

8.40

Stravinsky: Scherzo à la Russe

Stravinsky: Circus Polka

Ives: The Unanswered Question

Antheil: Symphony No 5 (Joyous)

Peter Erskine (Drum set)

BBC Philharmonic

John Storgards (conductor)

Legendary drummer Peter Erskine joins the BBC Philharmonic and John Storgards for the UK premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage's Concerto for Drum set, written for and named after its soloist. The programme opens with John McCabe's fun and colourful 'Joybox', written for the BBC Philharmonic. Dancing elephants appear in Stravinsky's Circus Polka and a brief introspective interlude in the form of Ives' 'The Unanswered Question' is followed by George Antheil's direct and powerful post-war symphony.

Bbc Philharmonic - Mozart, Saint-saens, Tchaikovsky20161125

The BBC Philharmonic, conducted by Ben Gernon, play Mozart, Saint-Saëns and Tchaikovsky.

Live from King George's Hall, Blackburn.

Presented by Ian Skelly.

Mozart: Symphony No 25 in G minor

Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor

8.15: Interval

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op 71 - Act II: Complete

Leonard Elschenbroich, cello

BBC Philharmonic

Ben Gernon, conductor

Opening a programme packed with passion and melody is Mozart's Symphony No. 25, written by the then 17-year-old in October 1773. This dramatic early symphony is characteristic of the Sturm und Drang style with its wide-leap melodic lines and syncopation.

A former BBC New Generation Artist, Leonard Elschenbroich joins to perform Saint-Saëns's ever-popular First Cello Concerto, with its dramatic opening and delightful, elegant central minuet.

Closing the programme is Act II of Tchaikovsky's wonderful, tune-laden Nutcracker - one of the best-loved ballets of all time.

Bbc Philharmonic - Mozart, Sibelius, Dvorak20161014

Live from the Victoria Hall in Hanley.

Presented by Tom Redmond.

Mozart: Symphony No 25 in G minor (K 183)

Sibelius: Violin Concerto

8.20

Music Interval

8.40

Dvorak: Symphony No 8 in G major

Jennifer Pike (violin)

BBC Philharmonic

Ben Gernon (conductor)

The arresting opening of Mozart's early G minor Symphony sets the scene for a work of almost operatic agitation and turbulance. Jennifer Pike joins the BBC Philharmonic for Sibelius's haunting Violin Concerto. Sibelius, a violinist who had dreamed of being a virtuoso himself, wrote the work while suffering particularly badly from the alcoholism which dogged his life and it is said that the second movement was sketched during a three-day hangover. The programme ends with Dvorak's Eighth Symphony with its myriad tunes, moods and dances. In this colourful piece Dvorak takes the symphony on an exploratory adventure.

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The BBC Philharmonic, conducted by John Storgards, in powerful music by Shostakovich, Nielsen and Maxwell Davies. They are joined by virtuoso trumpeter Hakan Hardenberger.

Recorded at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Presented by Tom Redmond

Nielsen: Maskarade, Overture

Maxwell Davies: Trumpet Concerto

8.10pm

Music Interval

8.30

Shostakovich: Symphony No.10

Hakan Hardenberger (trumpet)

BBC Philharmonic

John Storgards (conductor)

The Overture to Nielsen's Maskarade sets the scene for a masked ball, full of vivacious energy and playful wit. Shostakovich's hugely powerful Tenth Symphony received its first performance soon after Stalin died and its opening movement speaks bleakly of suffering while the Scherzo snarls with venom. Pioneering trumpeter Hakan Hardenberger is the soloist in Peter Maxwell Davies's Concerto, with its virtuoso solo demands and rich orchestral palette. A still, calm voice here is the plainsong quoted by the composer celebrating the feast of St Francis. The sounds of birds feature too, familiar from Max's Orkney home, rather than from Assisi.

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Yan Pascal Tortelier and the BBC Philharmonic in music by Bizet, Roussel and Anthony Payne. They are joined by Leonard Elschenbroich for Walton's Cello Concerto.

Live from the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Presented by Tom Redmond

Anthony Payne: Visions and Journeys

Walton: Cello Concerto

8.25 Music Interval

8.45

Roussel: Suite in F

Bizet: Carmen Suite

Leonard Elschenbroich (cello)

BBC Philharmonic

Yan Pascal Tortelier (conductor)

Yan Pascal Tortelier opens the programme with Anthony Payne's 'Visions and Journeys', a piece inspired by the ocean swell around the Isles of Scilly and also by the fascinating journeys he undertook to get to the islands for holidays. Written on the island of Ischia, Walton's Cello Concerto, for which Leonard Elschenbroich joins the orchestra, is full of warmth and colour. Roussel's quirky and humorous Suite in F commissioned by Serge Koussevitsky, has has an immediate appeal and the concert ends with a suite from Bizet's opera Carmen.

Bbc Philharmonic - Peter Maxwell Davies, Copland, Korngold20160316

From the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Presented by Tom Redmond

Peter Maxwell Davies: A reel of seven fishermen

Copland: Clarinet Concerto

8.20 Music Interval

8.40

Korngold: Sinfonietta

Julian Bliss (clarinet)

BBC Philharmonic

John Storgards (conductor)

Inspired by the poetry of fellow Orcadian George Mackay Brown and the land and seascapes of Hoy, Peter Maxwell Davies's Reel of seven fishermen reflects too on loss. Julian Bliss joins the orchestra for Copland's Clarinet Concerto, a piece written for Benny Goodman which blends jazz and classical, lyricism and virtuosity. Korngold started work on his Sinfonietta when he was just fourteen years old; youthful exuberance, dazzling orchestral colour and warm melody combine to create an opulent conclusion to the programme.

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New Perspectives: the BBC Phiharmonic play Ravel and Shostakovich.

Live from the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Ravel: Noctuelles (arr. Stucky

Oiseaux tristes (arr. C. Matthews

La vallée des cloches (arr. C. Matthews) World Premiere

Piano Concerto for the Left Hand

8.15: Interval

8.35: Shostakovich: Symphony No 8 in C minor

BBC Philharmonic

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano

Nicholas Collon, conductor

When Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein lost his right arm in the First World War, he asked Ravel to write him a piece he could play with his left hand alone. The remarkable result will be played tonight by Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, a BBC Philharmonic favourite and the work's most brilliant living champion. The three recent orchestrations of pieces from Ravel's piano cycle Miroirs include the world-premiere of a BBC Philharmonic commission. Alongside these, Nicholas Collon unleashes Shostakovich's Eighth Symphony, a wartime work of such immense power that the Soviet authorities ultimately banned it.

Bbc Philharmonic - Roussel, Saint-saens20170410

The charismatic Conductor Emeritus of the BBC Philharmonic, Yan Pascal Tortelier, returns to the orchestra in a programme of French music by Roussel and Saint-Saëns.

From Symphony Hall in Birmingham, recorded 7th April

Presented by Tom Redmond

Roussel: Evocations

8.15 Music Interval

Saint-Saëns: Mélodie persanes Nos 1,4,5 and 6

François Le Roux (baritone)

Graham Johnson (piano)

8.35

Saint-Saëns: Symphony No 3 (Organ)

Kathryn Rudge (mezzo-soprano)

Alessandro Fisher (tenor)

Jonathan Scott (organ)

CBSO Chorus

Yan Pascal Tortelier (conductor)

Yan Pascal Tortelier, charismatic French Conductor Emeritus of the orchestra, returns to the BBC Philharmonic for a celebration of music by his compatriots. Inspired by Roussel's travels in the East and an instant success when first performed in Paris in 1912, his luscious 'Evocations' starts with a depiction of a descent into caves at Ellora in India and the gods therein. A kaleidoscopic vision of a Rajah's procession follows, and the banks of the Sacred River provide our vantage point for the triumphant sunrise which ends the journey. Chorus and soloists enhance the ravishing, opulent sound world of Roussel's vision. Organist Jonathan Scott joins the orchestra for Saint-Saëns's magnificent Organ Symphony; a piece which, melding warm melody and visceral power, never fails to engage.

Bbc Philharmonic - Schoenberg And Mahler20170307

Rafael Payare conducts the BBC Philharmonic in two of the ground-breaking works which heralded the twentieth century: Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht and Mahler's Fifth Symphony.

From the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Presented by Tom Redmond

Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht

8.00pm Music Interval

8.20pm

Mahler: Symphony No.5

BBC Philharmonic

Rafael Payare (conductor)

Charismatic Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare makes his debut with the BBC Philharmonic in two iconic works which mark the dawn of the twentieth century. Verklärte Nacht, Schoenberg's early string sextet which he later arranged for full string orchestra, takes as its inspiration Dehmel's powerful and poignant poem of the same name. It is one of Schoenberg's most accessible works; nevertheless, it caused consternation at its first performance in 1899. Schoenberg's harmonic world, even before his steps into twelve-note composition, baffled and incensed many, and others took offence at the liberal subject matter. Mahler's epic Fifth Symphony with its famous Adagietto was written just afterwards, during the summers of 1901 and 1902, around the time he met and married Alma Schindler. Like Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht, this music takes us from sorrow to redemption, mourning to triumph.

Followed by music by past recipients of the Women Make Music Fund from PRS Foundation - in anticipation of International Women's Day tomorrow.

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From the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester

Presented by Tom Redmond

Chiu-yu Chou: The Tongue

Daniel Kidane: Sirens

Nina Whiteman: The map of days outworn

Aaron Parker: Serisu

Tom Coult: Sonnet machine

8.15

Interval

BBC Young Musician 2016

Clemency Burton-Hill introduces the third of the category finalists in this year's brass competition.

Horn player Ben Goldscheider plays music by:

Salonen, Saint-Saëns and York Bowen

8.35

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet (excerpts)

BBC Philharmonic

Andrew Gourlay (conductor)

Five pieces by young composers, specially commissioned for the BBC's Shakespeare 400 Festival feature in the first half of tonight's concert. Each takes as its inspiration one of Shakespeare's sonnets. A selection from Prokofiev's graphic and colourful ballet music for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet provides a fitting second half to the concert.

Bbc Philharmonic - Sibelius, Magnus Lindberg20151110

As we approach the 150th anniversary of Sibelius's birth, the BBC Philharmonic celebrates with a concert featuring his music. They are joined by Christian Tetzlaff for Magnus Lindberg's Violin Concerto.

Recorded at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Presented by Tom Redmond

Sibelius: Karelia Suite

Magnus Lindberg: Violin Concerto

8.15 Music Interval

8.35

Sibelius: The Swan of Tuonela

Sibelius: Symphony No 5

Christian Tetzlaff (violin)

BBC Philharmonic

John Storgards (conductor)

Finnish Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, John Storgards, presents richly varied music by two of his compatriots. As we approach the 150th anniversary of Sibelius's birth, his stirring and tuneful Karelia Suite opens the programme. The orchestra are joined by violinist Christian Tetzlaff for a performance of Magnus Lindberg's Violin Concerto from 2006 which weds classical lyricism and virtuosity. The dark and moody Swan of Tuonela is in rich contrast to the optimism and muscular energy of swans in flight in the Finale of Sibelius's Fifth Symphony which ends the concert.

Bbc Philharmonic - Smetana, Bartok, Dvorak20160226

The BBC Philharmonic, Live from Nottingham's Royal Concert Hall play music by Smetana, Bartok and Dvorak. Conducted by Chief Conductor Juanjo Mena, the programme includes Dvorak's New World Symphony.

Live from the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Smetana: Vltava

Bartok: Violin Concerto No. 2

8.20 Music Interval

8.40

Dvorak: Symphony No.9 (From the New World)

Augustin Hadelich (violin)

BBC Philharmonic

Juanjo Mena (conductor)

The influence of folk-song shines through this programme full of rich melody. The immediately recognizable tune of Smetana's Vltava, which takes us on a journey from the source of a river to the sea is followed by Bartok's Second Violin Concerto, a work whose lyricism, warmth and richly idiomatic violin writing belie the techniques used in the piece. Dvorak's final Symphony fuses folk-song idioms from old and new worlds, leaving its unforgettable tunes hanging in the air.

Bbc Philharmonic - Smetana, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak20161108

From Leeds Town Hall

Presented by Adam Tomlinson

The BBC Philharmonic, conducted by Antony Hermus, in music by Smetana and Dvorak. They are joined by BBC New Generation Artist Pavel Kolesnikov for Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto.

Smetana: The Bartered Bride - Overture, Polka, Furiant and Dance of the Comedians

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor

8.30 Music Interval

8.50

Dvorak: Symphony No.7 in D minor

Pavel Kolesnikov (piano)

BBC Philharmonic

Antony Hermus (conductor)

Leeds Town Hall hosts the BBC Philharmonic for a programme rich in Czech melody, national dance and colour. Smetana's enthusiasm for the story of Czech village life that he paints in his opera 'The Bartered Bride' bubbles over in the characterful orchestral music that starts the concert. Dvorak's Seventh Symphony abounds in lyricism and his own nationalist spirit shines through in the restless Scherzo. Written for the Philharmonic Society in London Dvorak said he intended the new piece "to be capable of stirring the world". BBC New Generation Artist Pavel Kolesnikov joins the orchestra for Tchaikovsky's iconic First Piano Concerto, a piece which looks forward to his ballet scores and blends the lyricism of popular and folk melody with sheer, startling virtuosity.

Smetana: Bartered Bride; Overture, Polka, Furiant, and Dance of the Comedians

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1

Dvorak: Symphony No.7

Bbc Philharmonic - Wagner, Grieg And Elgar20170123

From the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester

Presented by Tom Redmond

Wagner: Tristan and Isolde: Prelude to Act I

Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor

8.15 Music Interval

8.35

Elgar: Falstaff

BBC Philharmonic

Javier Perianes (piano)

Andrew Davis (conductor)

The BBC Philharmonic is joined by Sir Andrew Davis for Elgar's characterful, colourful and poignant portrait of one of the most famous comic characters in literature, Shakespeare's Falstaff. Spanish pianist Javier Perianes joins the orchestra for Grieg's effervescent Piano Concerto and the programme opens with the Prelude to Wagner's Tristan and Isolde; a direct expression of love and of yearning.

After tonight's concert there's a chance to hear the fruits of the latest round of Adopt-a-Composer projects, which pair a composer with an amateur performing group in order to write and perform a new piece of music.

Bbc Philharmonic: Tchaikovsky, Saint-saens And Debussy20170203

The BBC Philharmonic, live from the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham, conducted by Ben Gernon with pianist Benjamin Grosvenor.

Presented by Martin Handley

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 1 in G minor, Op 13 (Winter Daydreams)

8.20 Music Interval

8.40

Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No 2 in G minor, Op 22

Debussy: La Mer

BBC Philharmonic

Benjamin Grosvenor (piano)

Ben Gernon (conductor)

The BBC Philharmonic, conducted by Ben Gernon, is joined in Nottingham by Benjamin Grosvenor for Saint-Saëns's sparkling Second Piano Concerto. Tchaikovsky's tuneful and atmospheric First Symphony, 'Winter Daydreams', opens the programme which is rounded off with the energy of Debussy's La Mer; a vivid portrait of the sea in all its various moods and colours.

Followed by music for brass band written by British composers. For more brass band music listen to yesterday's Radio 3 in Concert from the Royal Northern College of Music's Brass Band Festival featuring the Cory Band.

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Live from City Halls, Glasgow

Presented by Jamie MacDougall

Ilan Volkov and the BBC SSO perform The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Unsuk Chin's Clarinet Concerto and a rarely heard work inspired by Hollywood glamour: Koechlin's Seven Stars Symphony.

Dukas: The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Unsuk Chin: Clarinet Concerto

8.10 Music Interval

8.30

Koechlin: The Seven Stars Symphony

Kari Kriikku (clarinet)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Ilan Volkov (conductor)

Evocative musical colours from City Halls, Glasgow. Ilan Volkov conducts Dukas' tone-poem, The Sorcerer's Apprentice; a work of such skilful orchestral imagination its storytelling went on to inspire the eponymous short film, staring Mickey Mouse.

Spellbinding colours are also at the centre of Unsuk Chin's recent Clarinet Concerto, performed this evening by the work's dedicatee: Finnish clarinet virtuoso Kari Kriikku.

And the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conclude by presenting a rarely heard, but very intriguing, 20th century French work, dedicated to the golden age of Hollywood glamour. Koechlin's Seven Stars Symphony (the stars in question including Greta Garbo and Douglas Fairbanks) depicts these heroes and heroines of cinema in swooping and melodic orchestral music, vividly coloured with Harpsichord, Saxophones and Ondes Martenot.

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The BBC SSO and Ilan Volkov perform Kurt Weill's Seven Deadly Sins with Measha Brueggergosman, alongside orchestral works by Busoni.

Recorded at City Halls, Glasgow

Presented by Jamie MacDougall

Busoni: Berceuse élégiaque, Op 42

Busoni: Sarabande and Cortege, Op. 51, (2 Studies for Doktor Faust)

8.05 Interval

8.25

Weill: The Seven Deadly Sins

Kurt Weill's Seven Deadly Sins was written to a libretto by Bertolt Brecht as a "sung ballet", and recounts the allegorical adventures of the title character Anna, as she explores life and all its temptations. Written in an evocative and recognizably Berlin-esque style, it evokes the heady turmoil of the interwar years with its jazz inflected banjo and close-harmony vocal group. The concert opens with two orchestral pieces by Italian composer Busoni, written at the turn of the century. Perhaps most famous for his epic piano works, this pair of orchestral scores demonstrates his melodic invention and contrapuntal detail with a wider instrumental palette.

Measha Brueggergosman (soprano)

Synergy Vocals

Ilan Volkov (conductor)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Bbc Scottish Symphony Orchestra - By Butterworth, Macmillan, Elgar20170310

Richard Farnes and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra perform Elgar's 2nd Symphony and are joined by Lawrence Power for James MacMillan's Viola Concerto.

Live from Perth Concert Hall

Presented by Jamie MacDougall

Butterworth: A Shropshire Lad:

James MacMillan: Viola Concerto

8.05 Interval

8.25

Elgar: Symphony No. 2 in E flat

James MacMillan wrote his viola concerto for tonight's soloist Lawrence Power, and it explores all the expressive range of the instrument - from the tranquil and hymn-like to the passionately melodic and ultimately joyful.

On either side of this 21st-century work sits British music from the early 20th century; Butterworth's AE Housman-inspired rhapsody 'A Shropshire Lad' and the concert culminates with Elgar's 2nd Symphony. First performed in 1911 and dedicated to King Edward VII, the symphony is nevertheless a deeply personal essay and for many a quintessential expression of the Romantic English pastoral.

Followed by music by past recipients of the Women Make Music Fund from PRS Foundation.

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Live from City Halls, Glasgow, Presented by Jamie MacDougall

Steven Isserlis and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra play Dvořák and Elgar

Dvorak: Cello Concerto in B minor

8.10: Interval

8.30: Elgar: Symphony No 1 in A flat major

Steven Isserlis, cello

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Thomas Dausgaard, conductor

"Great charity (love) and a massive hope in the future" was how Elgar described the message of his First Symphony, and when it was premiered in Manchester in 1908, the audience simply rose to its feet and cheered. This season, the BBC SSO plays all three of Elgar's symphonies, beginning with a performance from Thomas Dausgaard of the work that heralded a new dawn for British music and launched one of Elgar's most unforgettable melodies along the way. To match it, Steven Isserlis brings all his peerless insight to a cello concerto that ends with one of the loveliest sunsets in all music; Dvořák's impassioned, nostalgia-drenched hymn to new worlds and absent friends.

After tonight's concert there's a chance to hear the fruits of the latest round of Adopt-a-Composer projects, which pair a composer with an amateur performing group in order to write and perform a new piece of music.

Bbc Scottish Symphony Orchestra - Geddes, Finzi, Macmillan20170404

From City Halls, Glasgow

Presented by Jamie MacDougall

James MacMillan conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in his own 4th Symphony; and they are joined by Annelien Van Wauwe to perform Finzi's Clarinet Concerto.

John Maxwell Geddes: Voyager

Finzi: Clarinet Concerto

8.10 Interval

8.30

James MacMillan: Symphony No 4

Annelien Van Wauwe (clarinet)

Sir James MacMillan (conductor)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Sir James MacMillan's Symphony No 4 is amongst the most ambitious large-scale orchestral works to emerge in the first quarter of the 21st century: a philosophical journey exploring everything of which an orchestra is capable. First performed at the BBC Proms in 2015, and dedicated to the BBC SSO's then chief conductor Donald Runnicles, this concert features the composer himself at the helm.

The concert opens with music by a fellow Scottish composer, John Maxwell Geddes, whose work 'Voyager' is performed to mark the composer's 75th birthday. And between these 2 Scottish works clarinettist and New Generation Artist Annelien Van Wauwe joins the orchestra to perform Finzi's English-Folksong-inspired Clarinet Concerto.

Bbc Scottish Symphony Orchestra - Haydn, Ravel, Tippett20161124

Martyn Brabbins and the BBC SSO perform Tippett's Symphony No 1, Haydn's Symphony No 6, and are joined by Jean-Efflam Bavouzet for Ravel's G major Piano Concerto.

Live from City Halls, Glasgow

Presented by Andrew McGregor

Haydn: Symphony No 6 'Le Matin'

Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major

8.20 Interval:

8.40

Tippett: Symphony No 1

Michael Tippett - a unique voice in 20th-century music - wrote four symphonies, and this evening the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra begins a performance cycle of them all, under the baton of Martyn Brabbins, a leading interpreter of British and 20th-century composers. Tippett's First Symphony launches the cycle with what will become trademarks: uncompromising invention, rhythmic momentum and bold, clear colours. And the elegance of this composition is reflected in the earlier music of Josef Haydn, in his svelte 6th Symphony which opens the concert.

These two works sandwich an altogether different palette of ravishing orchestral colours, although with the same precise ear for crafting musical textures. For Ravel's G major Piano Concerto, with its shimmering surfaces and jazz-inflected rhythms, the orchestra is joined by French virtuoso Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.

Bbc Scottish Symphony Orchestra - Haydn, Ravel, Tippett20170214

Martyn Brabbins and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra perform Tippett's Second Symphony alongside Haydn's 'Le Soir' Symphony, and Ravel's Concerto for Piano Left Hand.

Recorded 9th February and presented by Andrew McGregor from City Halls, Glasgow.

Haydn: Symphony No 8 'Le Soir'

Ravel: Concerto for Piano (Left Hand)

8.10pm Interval

8.30pm

Tippett: Symphony No 2

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Martyn Brabbins, conductor

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra with conductor Martyn Brabbins continue to explore the symphonic output of 20th-century English composer Michael Tippett.

Tippett's Second Symphony - completed in 1957- expands on an increasingly bold and idiosyncratic palette: from its urgent, angular opening full of rhythmic drive, through a glistening slow movement, to an ambiguous, austere fanfare. It is a work which looks forward even as it peers backwards to classical models from the past.

Tonight it is preceded by Ravel's ravishing 1929 Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, music of delicate clockwork, its exquisite colours brought to life by the hand of French virtuoso Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.

And the concert opens with music by Haydn, his 'Le Soir' Symphony, No 8, whose clean lines and structure pre-echo those of Michael Tippett's much later work.

Bbc Scottish Symphony Orchestra - Mozart, Mahler20161103

Live from City Halls, Glasgow

Presented by Jamie MacDougall

Donald Runnicles and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra are joined by Carolyn Sampson to perform Mozart's Exsultate jubilate, and Mahler's Fourth Symphony.

Mozart: Exsultate jubilate

Mozart: Symphony in D major 'La finta giardiniera'

Mozart: Voi avete un cor fedele

8.05 Interval

8.25

Mahler: Symphony No. 4

Carolyn Sampson (soprano)

Donald Runnicles (conductor)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Donald Runnicles, Conductor Emeritus of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, presents works by Mozart and Mahler through which symphonic music and song are woven. In the first half, Mozart's enduring vocal works "Exsultate jubilate" and "Voi avete un cor fedele" sandwich his Symphony In D Major, music from the opera 'La Finta Giardiniere'.

Mozart was a hero to Mahler -it is reported that he uttered Mozart's name on his deathbed- and after the interval the orchestra perform Mahler's Symphony No. 4, incorporating a childlike vision of heaven, sung, as with the Mozart, by soprano Carolyn Sampson. "There is just no music on earth that can compare to ours" are words from Des Knaben Wunderhorn which Mahler sets in the final movement of his intimate and emotionally far-reaching orchestral statement.

Bbc Scottish Symphony Orchestra - Rachmaninov, Mozart And Tchaikovsky20161202

From City Halls, Glasgow

Presented by Kate Molleson

Matthias Pintscher and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra are joined by Cédric Tiberghien for Mozart's Piano Concerto K414 and the orchestra perform Tchaikovsky Symphony No 5

Rachmaninov: The Isle of the Dead

Mozart: Piano Concerto No 12 in A, K414

8.20pm Interval: Pied Piper

During the intervals of the concerts this week, we'll be hearing a selection of programmes from the five year long series. Munrow explored a wide range of music, and these five programmes can only begin to give a taste of the topics he covered. This edition of Pied Piper presented by David Munrow and first broadcast on 2nd April 1976 completed a week of programmes looking at music inspired by the stars. As well as introducing music connected with the figure of Neptune, David Munrow interviews Patrick Moore. A fascinating opportunity to hear Munrow and Moore discussing astronomy and Music in the mid 1970s.

8.40pm

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 5 in E minor

Cédric Tiberghien (piano)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Matthias Pintscher (conductor)

Composer-conductor Matthias Pintscher rejoins the orchestra of which he is Artist-in-Association to explore Russian classics: Rachmaninov's dark-hued symphonic poem The Isle of the Dead; and Tchaikovsky's romantically melodious Symphony No 5. And the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra are joined by French virtuoso Cédric Tiberghien to explore the lighter and more classical melodies of Mozart's youthful Piano Concerto No 12.

Bbc Scottish Symphony Orchestra - Shaun Davey, Bela Fleck20160128

Concert recorded last week at the City Halls, Glasgow

Presented by Kate Molleson

The BBC SSO at Celtic Connections 2016 with two instrumental legends: Béla Fleck, banjo, and Liam O'Flynn, uilleann pipes.

Trad. Arr. A. O'Callaghan - Alborada

Liam O'Flynn - The Bridge

Shaun Davey - The Winter's End

Trad Arr. Liam O'Flynn - Port na bPucaí (The Music of the Spirits)

Liam O'Flynn - Knockaulin/The March of the Clans

Phil Cunningham - Farewell to Govan

Shaun Davey - Newfoundland

8.10: Interval

Béla Fleck - The Impostor (Banjo Concerto)

Conductor, Fergus Macleod

Liam O'Flynn, uillean pipes

Arty McGlynn, guitar

Rod McVey, keyboards

Bela Fleck, banjo

As part of the infamous Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Fergus Macleod, perform a piece first commissioned by the Nashville Symphony and premiered in 2011. Béla Fleck's Banjo Concerto "The Impostor" now has its European Premiere in City Halls, played by the 15-time Grammy-winner himself. It is his first solo-composed work.

Before the interval, the BBC SSO strings accompany Ireland's most revered uilleann piper, Liam O'Flynn, and his legendary colleagues Arty McGlynn, guitar, and Rod McVey, keyboard, in a selection of his previously orchestrated repertoire, including excerpts from Shaun Davey's "The Brendan Voyage".

An evening not to be missed.

Bbc Scottish Symphony Orchestra - Sibelius Symphonies20151008

Thomas Dausgaard conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Sibelius Symphonies.

Live from City Halls, Glasgow

Presented by Jamie MacDougall

Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, Op 82

8.15: Interval

8.35

Symphony No. 6 in D minor

Symphony No. 7 in C major

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Thomas Dausgaard, conductor

"Other composers mix brightly coloured cocktails" said Jean Sibelius. "I offer pure, cool water". From the radiant sunrise that opens the Fifth to the deep tranquillity of the Sixth and the windswept peaks of the Seventh, Sibelius's last three symphonies are like a force of nature. For BBC SSO Chief Conductor-Designate, Thomas Dausgaard, this is music that can transform the very way you hear the world; "at once monumental and intimately personal" is how one critic described his approach to Sibelius. Under Dausgaard's direction, this single-evening Sibelius trilogy will be an exhilarating journey through one of the 20th century's greatest - and most inspiring - musical minds.

Bbc Scottish Symphony Orchestra - Wagner, Strauss, Langgaard20170323

Thomas Dausgaard and the BBC SSO perform Rued Langgaard's rarely heard Symphony No 6 and are joined by Erin Wall in Strauss's Four Last Songs.

Live from City Halls, Glasgow. Presented by Ian Skelly

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde (Prelude und Liebestod)

Strauss: Four Last Songs

8.10 Interval

8.40

Wagner: Parsifal (Prelude to Act 1)

Langgaard: Symphony No 6 'The Heaven-Rending'

Erin Wall (soprano)

Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

A chance to hear the romantic music of Rued Langgaard performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and their chief conductor Thomas Dausgaard: a passionate advocate for this Danish composer's work. Alongside his 6th Symphony, some much more familiar German fare: two operatic openings from Richard Wagner and the emotional lyricism of Richard Strauss's Four Last Songs, for which the orchestra is joined by Canadian soprano Erin Wall.

Bbc Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Payare, Alisa Weilerstein - Dvorak And Shostakovich20151022

Rafael Payare conducts the BBC SSO in Dvorak's Seventh Symphony and they are joined by Alisa Weilerstein for Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No 2.

Live from City Halls, Glasgow

Presented by Jamie MacDougall

Gareth Patrick Williams: Fields of Light

Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No 2

8.15 Music interval

8.35

Dvorak: Symphony No 7

Rafael Payare (conductor)

Ailsa Weilerstein (cello)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra is joined by the energetic young conductor Rafael Payare for a concert of light and shade which concludes with one of Dvorak's most enduring and melodic orchestral works, his Seventh Symphony. The orchestra begins with a premiere performance of a piece commissioned by BBC Radio 3 by the Scottish composer Gareth Patrick Williams. His new work, Fields of Light, journeys from uttermost clarity to music of dance-like intensity, and back to shimmering simplicity.

And the orchestra is joined by the celebrated American cellist Alisa Weilerstein to perform Shostakovich's dark and brooding Second Cello Concerto.

Bbc Singers20160112

Recorded in St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Music for the season of Epiphany by German composers of the early Baroque period

Michael Praetorius: Puer natus in Bethlehem; Quem pastores laudavere

Johann Hermann Schein: O Jesulein, mein Jesulein

Dietrich Buxtehude: 2 organ chorale preludes: Puer natus in Bethlehem (BuxWV 217); In dulci jubilo (BuxWV 197)

Samuel Scheidt: Das alte Jahr vergangen ist; Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern

Dietrich Buxtehude: organ chorale fantasia: Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern (BuxWV 223)

8.15pm:

Interval music: bass-player Peter McCarthy and conductor James O'Donnell talk about the immense, attractive, but seldom-heard repertoire of sacred music from 17th-century Germany; in between, some of the secular dance music of the period dance music composers such as Michael Praetorius and William Brade

8.35pm:

Samuel Scheidt: In dulci jubilo

Johann Christoph Pez: Concerto Pastorale (first movement)

Heinrich Schütz: Historia der Geburt Jesu Christi

BBC Singers

St James's Baroque

Stephen Farr (organ)

James O'Donnell (conductor)

Heinrich Schütz's "The Christmas Story" traces the whole arc of the nativity narrative, from the shepherds and angels on the Bethlehem hillside to the Epiphany - the arrival of the Three Kings. Schütz's score is by turns, charming, dramatic, and beautifully pictorial. Performed here with period instruments - from leading ensemble St James's Baroque - the BBC Singers and James O'Donnell pair Schütz's masterpiece with other choral works from 17th-century Germany for the Feast of the Epiphany (which fell six days ago) by Johann Schein, Samuel Scheidt and Michael Praetorius. Stephen Farr plays solo organ music by the great German-Danish organist and teacher of J S Bach: Dietrich Buxtehude.

Bbc Singers - Bach B Minor Mass20161101

Fiona Talkington presents a concert recorded at Milton Court, London. Joined by a distinguished quartet of soloists and St James' Baroque, conductor Paul Brough directs the BBC Singers in one of the towering masterpieces of Western Civilisation, Johann Sebastian Bach's Mass in B minor. Finally completed in the last year of his life, the composer never heard the work in its entirety, but it stands as perhaps his greatest musical monument.

Concert recorded on 21/10/2016 at Milton Court, London.

Bbc Singers - Handel's Saul20160530

The BBC Singers and St James's Baroque perform Handel's dramatic oratorio Saul, recorded in April at Milton Court in London.

Presented by Ian Skelly

Handel: Saul HWV 53

David Soar, bass

Robert Murray, tenor

Fflur Wyn, soprano

Iestyn Davies, countertenor

Elizabeth Atherton, soprano

BBC Singers

St. James's Baroque

James O'Donnell, conductor

Composed at white-heat in the summer of 1739, and a triumphant comeback for Handel after months of poor health, Saul was the longest, largest, most powerfully theatrical English stage work to date. The story of the Israelites' quest for a king includes the tales of Goliath, the Witch of Endor, and the passionate relationship of David and Jonathan, leavened with murderous jealousy, terrible pathos and tragic greatness - all illuminated by Handel's finest music.

Bbc Singers - Haydn's The Creation20161121

The BBC Singers join forces with Rambert Dance Company in Haydn's The Creation

Recorded on 10th November at Sadler's Wells Theatre, London

Presented by Christopher Cook

Haydn: The Creation

BBC Singers

Sarah Tynan, soprano

James Gilchrist, tenor

Neil Davies, bass

Rambert Orchestra

Paul Hoskins, conductor

This epic production is one of the largest in the history of Rambert: a dance about the creation of Earth.

Joseph Haydn's The Creation is his masterpiece, with its lyrical arias and monumental choruses showing off one of the greatest classical composers at the peak of his powers. Rambert's new staging marries dance with Pablo Bronstein's spectacular set to artfully complement Haydn's score.

This ambitious interpretation sees over 50 dancers join the 70 musicians for a performance on a truly grand scale, with Mark Baldwin's choreography revelling in the ambition, emotional resonance and subtle humour of a work for all the ages.

The soloists are Sarah Tynan (soprano), James Gilchrist (tenor) and Neil Davies (bass), and the Rambert Orchestra and BBC Singers are conducted by Rambert Music Director Paul Hoskins.

Bbc Singers - Jam On The Marsh20160713

As part of the John Armitage Memorial 'JAM on the Marsh' festival on Kent's Romney Marsh, Nicholas Cleobury conducts the BBC Singers in a concert of literature; from Shakespeare to Tagore and Rossetti to Manley Hopkins. 400 years after Shakespeare's death and with the Bard at its heart, this programme includes music by Vaughan Williams, Holst, Finzi and Leighton, as well as Festival Commissions by Paul Mealor and Thomas LaVoy. Dame Janet Suzman, renowned for her performances of Shakespeare, intersperses readings between the music.

Programme

Vaughan Williams: Three Shakespeare Songs

Holst: The Evening Watch (Henry Vaughan)

Finzi: All this Night (William Austin)

Paul Mealor: To Seek Where Shadows Are (Christina Rossetti) (festival commission)

Martin: Songs of Ariel, from Shakespeare's 'The Tempest'

Jaako Mantyjarvi: Four Shakespeare Songs

Leighton: God's grandeur (Gerard Manley Hopkins)

Thomas LaVoy: O Great Beyond (Rabindranath Tagore) (world premiere)

BBC Singers

Nicholas Cleobury, conductor

Dame Janet Suzman, reader.

Bbc Singers - Monteverdi's Vespers20151019

The BBC Singers and I Fagiolini join forces with period-instrument ensemble St James's Baroque for a performance of one of the most important pieces in the choral repertoire.

Recorded at Milton Court, London

Monteverdi: Vespers (1610)

I Fagiolini

BBC Singers

St James's Baroque

David Hill (conductor)

Monteverdi's ground-breaking Vespers of of the Blessed Virgin Mary, compiled to impress the basilica authorities at St Mark's Venice, is an astonishing display of its composer's musical powers. Immediately acknowledged as a masterwork of the sacred choral repertoire, and including everything from intimate solos to the grandest choral and instrumental writing, the Vespers exploits every musical device known at the time to thrilling effect.

Joining the BBC Singers and St James's Baroque, virtuoso vocal ensemble I Fagiolini bring their acclaimed brand of Monteverdian excitement to a performance directed by David Hill and recorded last week at Milton Court in London.

Bbc Singers - Music For Epiphany20170110

Swedish-born Sofi Jeannin, Music Director of the choirs of Radio France, makes her debut with the BBC Singers in a programme of music for Epiphany. Recorded in St Paul's Knightsbridge, Jeannin explores choral music predominantly from Scandinavia, including works by Jan Sandström, Hugo Alfvén and Oskar Lindberg.

Bbc Singers - Nordic Choral Music20151023

Live from St Giles' Church, Cripplegate, London

Presented by Martin Handley

The BBC Singers, directed by the Norwegian conductor Grete Pedersen, are joined by organist James McVinnie for a night of Nordic music.

Knut Nystedt: Immortal Bach

Knut Nystedt: O Crux

Knut Nystedt: Variations on 'Med Jesus vil eg fara' (op 4) for organ

Edvard Grieg: Four Psalms

8.15pm: Interval music: Norwegian folk-tunes played on the hardanger fiddle, and Grete Pedersen talks to Martin Handley about the Norwegian choral scene and her work with the Norwegian Soloists' Choir.

8.35pm:

Bo Holten: Rain and Rush and Rosebush

Hilding Rosenberg: Fantasia and Fugue for organ

Alfred Janson: Sonnet 76

Cecilie Ore: Toil and Trouble (London premiere)

James McVinnie (organ)

BBC Singers

Grete Pedersen (conductor)

Making her debut with the BBC Singers, Norwegian conductor Grete Pedersen directs a Nordic programme including sacred works by the founding father of Norwegian music, Edvard Grieg, and by a latterday composer - Knut Nystedt -, who died last year aged almost 100. In the second half of the concert, Bo Holten's choral retelling of a fairy story by Hans Christian Anderson, and the London premiere of Cecilie Ore's setting of the Witches' Scene from Shakespeare's Macbeth, alongside another Shakespeare setting by Alfred Janson. Completing the programme, James McVinnie plays two 20th-century Nordic works for organ.

Bbc Singers At Raf Museum20150922

Marking the the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, the BBC Singers visit the Royal Air Force Museum London for a concert which marks not just that famous aerial combat, but also celebrates man's long fascination with powered flight - from Icarus to the Space Age.

Recorded at the RAF Museum, Hendon, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Parry: A Hymn for Aviators

Edward Cowie: Three Spitfire Motets (world premiere)

Walton: Spitfire Prelude and Fugue (pianola solo)

Paul Crabtree: O Icarus (world premiere)

Bob Chilcott: High Flight

c 8.15pm: Interval

Petroc Trelawny hears more from Rex Lawson and his pianola, and looks at some of the extraordinary early and vintage aircraft housed in the RAF Museum.

c 8.35pm:

Kirke Mechem: Island in Space

Antheil: Airplane Sonata (pianola solo)

Eric Whitacre: Leonardo dreams of his flying-machine

Gabriel Jackson: Airplane Cantata

BBC Singers

The Spitfires (The Royal Air Force Voluntary Choir)

Rex Lawson (pianola)

Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

In this concert marking the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, the BBC Singers perform in the RAF Museum's Historic Hangars. The programme includes the world premieres of Three Spitfire Motets by Edward Cowie and of Paul Crabtree's new piece celebrating an Ancient Greek foray into the air. Also in the programme, Eric Whitacre's musical depiction of the flying-machine invented by Leonardo da Vinci, and Airplane Cantata - Gabriel Jackson's extraordinary musical history of the aeronautical age, in which the BBC Singers are accompanied by virtuoso pianola-player Rex Lawson.

Bbc Singers At St Bartholomew The Great20160627

BBC Singers and their Chief Conductor David Hill explore two choral masterpieces in London's oldest surviving church. Victoria's Requiem, awash with mystical tension and expressive power, is rightly known as one of the greatest examples of renaissance polyphony.

Parry's Songs of Farewell were written 100 years ago, and reflect the mood of a composer towards the end of his own life and devastated by the horrors of The First World War.

That's followed by highlights from the Hesse Lecture given last week at the Aldeburgh Festival by Julian Anderson

The composer, teacher and music programmer reflects on why there is still apparently a widespread prejudice against modern composition and offers some solutions for the future.

Bbc Singers: Mozart20170221

BBC Singers and their Chief Conductor, David Hill, celebrate one of the greatest of all composers, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with two choral works from either end of his short life. The Litaniae was composed in Salzburg when he was 20, and the Requiem, a work that seems to look far into the future, was left unfinished. Recorded in Milton Court in London, the BBC Singers are joined by St James' Baroque and soloists Lauren Fagan, Catherine Hopper, Ben Johnson and David Stout.

Mozart: The Magic Flute (Overture); Litaniae de venerabili altaris sacramento, K.243

8.10 pm Interval

8.30 pm

Mozart: Requiem in D minor, K.626

Lauren Fagan (soprano)

Catherine Hopper (mezzo)

Ben Johnson (tenor)

David Stout (baritone)

BBC Singers

St James's Baroque

conductor David Hill.

Bbc So - Janacek, Eotvos, Smetana, Szymanowski20170109

From the Barbican, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and conductor Edward Gardner perform Janacek, Smetana, and Eötvös. Tasmin Little joins for Szymanowski's Violin Concerto No. 2.

Recorded Saturday 7 Jan 2017 Barbican, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Janacek: Jealousy

Smetana: Vltava and Sarka

Szymanowski: Violin Concerto No. 2 in D major

8.20: Interval

8.40 Péter Eötvös: The Gliding of the Eagle in the Skies

(UK premiere)

Janacek: Taras Bulba

Tasmin Little, violin

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Edward Gardner, Conductor

Tonight's programme evokes the soundworld of Central Europe with works by Janácek, Smetana, Szymanowski and a UK premiere by Peter Eötvös, all conducted by Edward Gardner.

The centerpiece of the concert is Polish composer Szymanowski's joyous Second Violin Concerto with the charismatic Tasmin Little as the soloist. Janacek's powerful Jealousy and Taras Bulba suite frame two of Smetana's most popular tone-poems and the first UK performance of composer Peter Eötvös's 2012 work, inspired by the stillness of an eagle in flight.

Bbc Sso - Beethoven's Missa Solemnis20160310

Beethoven's Missa Solemnis is the supreme spiritual vision of one of the greatest creative artists who ever lived: an intimate self-portrait of a human soul, profoundly beautiful and almost unbearably moving. Beethoven's complex attitude to God is far from straightforward, and for the Missa Solemnis he immersed himself in an intensive study of religious music of the past, from monastic chants to Handel's Messiah and Mozart's Requiem, and the result is some of the most stirring, audacious and touchingly humane religious music ever written. Completed in 1823 after four years' work, he inscribed it 'From the heart - let it go to the heart' perhaps as a personal message to its dedicatee, or perhaps as a message to greater humanity.

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and their Chief Conductor Donald Runnicles are joined by four international soloists and the Edinburgh Festival Chorus.

Presented by Jamie MacDougall, live from the City Halls in Glasgow.

Beethoven: Missa Solemnis

(no interval)

Kim-Lillian Strebel (soprano)

Stephanie Lauricella (mezzo-soprano)

Dimitri Pittas (tenor)

Nathan Berg (bass-baritone)

Edinburgh Festival Chorus (chorus master Christopher Bell)

Donald Runnicles (conductor)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Bbc Sso - Brahms, Beethoven20160512

Presented by Jamie MacDougall

Live from the Grand Hall, City Halls, Glasgow.

Denis Kozhukhin plays Brahms's Piano Concerto No 1 with the BBC SSO.

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor

8.10: Interval. In anticipation of this weekend's BBC Young Musician Final, a chance to hear a recording by former winner Nicola Benedetti.

8.30

Beethoven: Symphony No 7 in A major

Denis Kozhukhin, piano

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Thomas Dausgaard, conductor

The torrent roars, and the full orchestra hurls down a furious challenge. The opening of Brahms's youthful First Piano Concerto is a long way from the image of the gruff old genius in baggy trousers and beard. But for pianist Denis Kozhukhin - so electrifying in Russian repertoire - it's the starting point of an entirely new musical chapter, and an overwhelming way to launch his Brahms concerto cycle. Thomas Dausgaard conducts: The Scotsman found "something elemental" in his performance when he conducted the BBC SSO on Orkney last summer. His freshness and energy will make Beethoven's headlong Seventh Symphony both a bracing contrast and a perfect counterpart to Brahms's volcanic concerto.

Bbc Sso - Brahms, Mahler20160523

Donald Runnicles and the BBC SSO perform Mahler's First Symphony and are joined by Denis Kozhukin for Brahms's Second Piano Concerto.

Recorded at City Halls Glasgow and presented by Jamie MacDougall

Brahms: Piano Concerto No 2 in B flat

8.20 Interval

8.40

Mahler: Symphony No 1

Denis Kozhukin (piano)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Donald Runnicles (conductor)

There's never been a first symphony to match Mahler's, and from the glistening stillness of its visionary opening to its final, epic ascent from the inferno to paradise. It's a suitably joyous ending to the orchestra's 80th anniversary season - and to a concert that begins with the poetry and warmth of Brahms's expansive Second Piano Concerto: a Romantic master at his big-hearted best, and a glowing conclusion to Denis Kozhukhin's BBC SSO Brahms cycle.

Bbc Sso - Butterworth, Walton, Coles, Elgar20151119

Live from City Halls, Glasgow

Presented by Andrew McGregor

Martyn Brabbins and the BBC SSO explore music associated with WW1 including Elgar's Enigma Variations and Walton's Cello Concerto with soloist Nicolas Altstaedt.

Butterworth (completed Russman): Orchestral Fantasia

Walton: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra

8.15 Interval

8.35

Coles (orch Brabbins): Behind the Lines; Sorrowful Dance

Elgar: Enigma Variations

Nicolas Altstaedt (cello)

Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra welcomes back Martyn Brabbins to its home at City Halls for a concert dedicated to exploring British memories and experiences of World War 1. The concert includes 2 of the most enduring and popular English works: Elgar's Enigma Variations and Walton's Cello Concerto, for which the orchestra is joined by Nicolas Altstaedt.

These are performed alongside several more recent discoveries from composers whose creative endeavours were tragically cut short by the events of The Great War: George Butterworth and Cecil Coles. Butterworth is best known for his song-settings of A E Housman's 'A Shropshire Lad', and his Orchestral Fantasia was left unfinished at the time of his death. This evening's opening work has been reconstructed and expanded, from an initial sketch, by composer Kriss Russman. And Cecil Coles -who died near the Somme in 1918- left behind shrapnel-indented manuscripts which have been orchestrated by Martyn Brabbins, and make a poignant tribute to such lost talent.

Bbc Sso - Edmund Finnis, Rachmaninov, Rimsky-korsakov20170223

Ilan Volkov and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra perform a new work by Edmund Finnis, Rachmaninov's 2nd Piano Concerto and Rimsky-Korsakov's Sheherazade.

Live from City Halls, Glasgow

Presented by Kate Molleson

Edmund Finnis: The Air, Turning

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2

8.20 Interval

8.40

Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade

Yevgeny Sudbin (piano)

Ilan Volkov (Conductor)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

From their home at the City Halls in Glasgow the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and their Principal Guest Conductor Ilan Volkov, explore two familiar Russian works of ostentatious virtuosity, and a new work by composer Edmund Finnis. His piece The Air, Turning receives its world premiere performance at this concert.

Then Rachmaninov's oft-quoted Second Piano Concerto. One of the most commonly heard pieces on the concert platform, despite its ferocious technical difficulties. These are tackled this evening by young Russian pianist Yevgeny Sudbin.

And the evening concludes with Rimsky-Korsakov's opulent Sheherazade, a work which in 1888 pushed the very limits of creative orchestration. A tuneful masterclass in orchestral sound-painting and tale-telling, taking as it does inspiration from stories of One Thousand and One Nights.

Bbc Sso - Glazunov, Mahler20150929

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Donald Runnicles, play Glazunov and Mahler's Tenth Symphony.

Live from City Halls, Glasgow

Glazunov: Violin Concerto in A minor, Op 82

8.00: INTERVAL

8.20

Mahler: Symphony No. 10 in F sharp minor

(performing version by Deryck Cooke)

James Ehnes, violin

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Donald Runnicles, conductor

It was the artistic equivalent of the raising of the Titanic. When musicologist Deryck Cooke completed Mahler's unfinished final symphony, he uncovered a lost masterpiece filled with puzzles and allusions; a work where cries of love and cries of pain finally resolve in music of shattering honesty and heart-breaking beauty. This is music that explores the great questions of life; and as Donald Runnicles guides us to the heart of Mahler's final musical testament, there's no more powerful way to open our new season. The songful violin concerto by "Russian Mendelssohn" Alexander Glazunov forms the brightest of contrasts, and with the glorious tone of James Ehnes, it'll sparkle like new.

Bbc Sso - Glinka, Shostakovich, Mussorgsky20160212

Vassily Sinaisky and the BBC SSO perform Mussorgsky's Pictures from an Exhibition and are joined by Boris Brovtsyn for Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No 1.

Live from the Music Hall, Aberdeen.

Presented by Jamie MacDougall

Glinka: Valse-fantasie

Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No 1

8.15 Interval

8.35

Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures from an Exhibition

An all Russian concert live from the historic Music Hall, in Aberdeen. Vassily Sinaisky, one of Russian music's most renowned interpreters, joins the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in a concert which opens with Glinka's balletic Valse-fantasie: his short piano piece which went on, in orchestral form, to inspire choreography by George Balanchine.

The virtuoso Russian violinist Boris Brovtsyn is the soloist in Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No 1, that composer's 1948 work which became a victim of Soviet censorship. A wide-ranging musical narrative: from its mysterious 'Nocturne' opening, to its boisterous finale.

And the concert concludes with a piece by another unorthodox Russian, Modest Mussorgsky. His 'Pictures from an Exhibition' began life as a piano work, and went on to be better known in these seductively colourful orchestrations by Ravel. First written in 1874 the boldly original musical movements - echoing, at times, Russian folk melodies - depict the works of Russian painter Viktor Hartmann, including the 'Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks in their Shells' and the famous 'Great Gate of Kiev.'

Followed by a glimpse into Adopt a Composer - Making Music's scheme pairing composers with performing groups from around the country.

Tonight, the Strathaven Choral Society works on Mark Carroll's Shame, Shame, he Dies for his Country.

Bbc Sso - Pintscher, Mozart, Mahler20151203

In its 80th birthday concert the BBC SSO and Matthias Pintscher perform Pintscher, Mozart and Mahler

Live from City Halls, Glasgow

Presented by Ian Skelly

Matthias Pintscher: Idyll (UK Premiere)

Mozart: Oboe Concerto

8.20

Music Interval

8.40

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Francois Leleux (oboe)

Sarah Connolly (contralto)

Andrew Staples (tenor)

Matthias Pintscher (conductor)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra marks its 80th birthday with three different views of, and about, life.

Matthias Pintscher brings a composer's empathy and conducts the UK premiere of his own beautiful Idyll: a musical journey towards the light, written in memory of a friend.

Mozart's Oboe Concerto spreads the joy of youth and life-affirming sunshine and is performed by one of the greats of the oboe.

Often considered Mahler's last symphony, his "Song of the Earth" was written in 1909 just a little after he was forced to resign from the Vienna Court Opera. His eldest daughter had died and he himself was diagnosed with a heart defect - "With one stroke I have lost everything". His vision of earthly beauty and transience was completed just two years before his own death.

Bbc Sso - Strauss, Unsuk Chin, Schumann20151105

Live from City Halls, Glasgow

Presented by Jamie MacDougall

The BBC SSO and Markus Stenz perform Strauss' Till Eulenspiegel and Schumann's Symphony No 2, and are joined by Wu Wei for Unsuk Chin's Sheng concerto, Su.

Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op 28

Unsuk Chin: Su

8.20 Music Interval

Jonathan Cross joins Jamie to discuss the music of Unsuk Chin

8.40

Schumann: Symphony No 2, Op 61

Wu Wei (sheng)

Markus Stenz (conductor)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

A concert of merry pranks; an uplifting symphony; and a yearning concerto for a 3000 year old Chinese instrument.

Strauss's tone poem Till Eulenspiegel depicts the exploits of the boisterous titular folk hero in music of incredible verve and invention, and Schumann's Symphony No 2 is a melodic and ultimately joyous work which stands as one of the most enduring symphonies of the 19th century.

And the orchestra and Markus Stenz are joined by Sheng virtuoso Wu Wei to perform a boundary breaking concerto by Unsuk Chin. Her piece, Su -an Egyptian symbol representing air- is a haunting work which combines Chin's formal invention with the melodious sound of the 3000 year-old Chinese mouth organ to create a unique sonic experience.

Bbc Sso - Tom Harrold, Unsuk Chin, Tchaikovsky20160407

Live from the City Halls in Glasgow

Presented by Jamie MacDougall

The BBC SSO and Ilan Volkov play a world premiere by Tom Harrold, Unsuk Chin's Violin Concerto and Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony.

Tom Harrold: Night Fires (BBC Commission, World Premiere)

Unsuk Chin: Violin Concerto

8.15: Interval: BBC Young Musician 2016

Clemency Burton-Hill introduces the fourth of the category finalists in this year's keyboard competition.

Pianist Julian Trevelyan plays music by Chopin, Ravel, Schumann and Kapustin.

8.35

Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony

Viviane Hagner (violin)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Ilan Volkov, conductor

A journey of Discovery by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra's Principal Guest conductor, Ilan Volkov.

A BBC commission and world premiere from young Scottish composer Tom Harrold starts the concert, showing his own interpretation of the dark, brooding, ominous imagery conjured in his mind by Nightfires.

Well known for his interpretations of Unsuk Chin's music, Ilan Volkov takes us on takes an enchanted journey through different periods in musical history with her classically structured violin concerto. The extremely demanding solo part is tonight played by the person it was written for in 2002 - Viviane Hagner.

After the Interval, Tchaikovsky's rarely performed, programmatic Manfred Symphony. Written in 1885 and based on Lord Byron's Poem Manfred. Containing some of the rawest, most personal and most passionate music he ever wrote, it tells us of the outcast Manfred's battle with his demons.

c.9.15 - IT'S ALL ABOUT PIANO!

Just before Easter the French Institute in London held its fourth annual festival entitled It's All About Piano! As well as established pianists from around the world the festival aims to give a platform to the pianists of tomorrow and tonight there's a chance to hear highlights from a concert called Young Hands which brought together four students of the piano from the Paris Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Music in London.

This evening we will hear music played by the 26-year-old Julien Blanc from the Paris Conservatoire who played Cesar Franck's Prelude, Choral et Fugue, Faure's Barcarolle No.3 Op.42 and Murail's Cloches d'adieu, et un sourire in the concert.

Bbc Symphony Barbican Season 2015-16: Mozart, Schoenberg, Strauss20151021

Live from the Barbican. The BBC Symphony Orchestra with Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo in music from Vienna by Mozart, Schoenberg and Richard Strauss - his Rosenkavalier Suite No 1.

Presented by Martin Handley

Mozart: Serenade in B flat major, K366, 'Gran Partita'

8.25 Interval music chosen by Sakari Oramo including Schoenberg's 5 Piano Pieces, Op 23 and Mozart's Masonic Funeral Music.

8.45

Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht

Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier - Suite No. 1

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Sakari Oramo (conductor)

Revel in the virtuosity of the BBC Symphony Orchestra soloists in this sumptuous Viennese programme.

Opening with Mozart's most sublime wind serenade, the Gran Partita, and ending with the wistful sophistication of Strauss's first suite from Der Rosenkavalier, the heart of the evening belongs to the strings for a performance of Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht. In his setting of Dehmel's passionate love story, Schoenberg's saturated, chromatic harmonies reached an expressive, even operatic, intensity.

Bbc Symphony Orchestra - Bach, Butteworth, Carpenter, Carter, Bray, Berg20160617

The BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Oliver Knussen live from Snape Maltings Concert Hall in the Aldeburgh Festival. With world premieres of works by Charlotte Bray and Gary Carpenter. Baritone Benjamin Appl joins for the UK premiere of Elliott Carter's An American Sublime, plus works by Bach, Berg and Butterworth.

Presented by Christopher Cook

Bach (orch. Elgar): Fantasia and Fugue in C minor (BWV.537)

Butterworth: A Shropshire Lad

Gary Carpenter: Willie Stock (world premiere)

c. 8.20pm

Interval: Suffolk-inspired folksong with works by Moeran, Elizabeth Poston and Thomas Vautor, plus folk music from the singing pubs along Aldeburgh's coastline, and fiddle player Harkie Nesling.

c. 8.40pm

Carter: An American Sublime (UK premiere)

Charlotte Bray: Stone Dancer (world premiere)

Berg: Three Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 6

Benjamin Appl (baritone)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Oliver Knussen (conductor)

It's almost impossible to listen to Butterworth and Berg without our knowledge of things to come. Is the Englishman's dreamily alluring orchestral rhapsody of 1912 an eerie foreboding of his own death in World War I? Is the shrill, titanic tussle of of the march which concludes Berg's Three pieces for Orchestra, written 1913-15, a premonition of the impending cataclysm? There are other influences - the poignancy of A.E. Housman's elegiac poems, the unmistakable imprint of Mahler on Berg's giant canvas. And the imaginative use of the orchestra - as shared by Elgar orchestrating Bach, Charlotte Bray, and Gary Carpenter. Elliott Carter's settings of five poems by Wallace Stevens complete the programme.

Bbc Symphony Orchestra - Bax, Brett Dean, Elgar20160413

Live from the Barbican, Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Elgar's 1st Symphony and music by Bax. Artist in Association Brett Dean performs his own Viola Concerto.

Presented by Martin Handley

Bax: The Garden of Fand

Brett Dean: Viola Concerto

8.15: Interval: BBC Young Musician 2016

Clemency Burton-Hill introduces the third of the finalists in this year's woodwind category.

Flautist Marie Sato plays music by CPE Bach and Sancan.

Elgar: Symphony No 1 in A flat major

Brett Dean, viola

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Sakari Oramo Conductor

Sakari Oramo continues his exploration of great British orchestral music with Elgar's ground-breaking first symphony and Bax's luminous tone-poem The Garden of Fand. While Bax's work evokes the Irish legend of the siren Fand in her watery world, Elgar wrote of his masterful symphony: 'There is no programme beyond a wide experience of human life with a great charity and a massive hope in the future.' We welcome back Australian composer and violist Brett Dean to play his concerto for his 'curiously beautiful, somewhat enigmatic instrument'.

Followed by: Menuhin 100 - classic recordings from Yehudi Menuhin's discography.

Bbc Symphony Orchestra - Butterworth, Clyne, Elgar20160115

Live from the Barbican, Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Elgar's 2nd Symphony and the UK premiere of Anna Clyne's violin concerto The Seamstress with Jennifer Koh.

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

Butterworth: A Shropshire Lad

Clyne: The Seamstress - Violin Concerto (UK Premiere)

c. 8.10pm - Interval - Butterworth's song-cycle Bredon Hill and Other songs

Elgar: Symphony no. 2 in E flat major Op.63

Jennifer Koh (violin)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Sakari Oramo (conductor)

A yearning melancholy binds the music of Elgar and Butterworth that features in tonight's concert, and the sentiment is echoed in a beguiling new violin concerto from London-born composer Anna Clyne, written for dynamic violinist Jennifer Koh. George Butterworth, who died at the Somme in 1916, will forever be defined by his Housman settings, A Shropshire Lad, from which he derived this bittersweet orchestral rhapsody. 'A passionate pilgrimage of the soul' was how Elgar described his mighty, restless Second Symphony. Sakari Oramo, who has a strong affinity for English music, conducts.

Bbc Symphony Orchestra - Debussy, Anders Hillborg, Ravel20160205

Live from the Barbican. Soprano Renée Fleming joins the BBC Symphony Orchestra and conductor Sakari Oramo. Works by Debussy, Anders Hillborg and Ravel.

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch.

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

Debussy, Arr. Robin Holloway: C'est l'extase - 10 settings of Paul Verlaine (UK Premiere)

Interval: Germaine Tailleferre's Partita (Hommage a Rameau)

Anders Hillborg: The Strand Settings (UK Premiere)

Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé - suite no. 2

Renée Fleming soprano

BBC Singers

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Sakari Oramo conductor

An evening of intoxicating sonorities starring one of the world's most celebrated sopranos, Renée Fleming. Two ballets; Debussy's sensual sylvan evocation and Ravel's Daphnis and Chloe, frame two works for soprano and orchestra. Robin Holloway's luminous arrangement of the composer's Verlaine settings, C'est l'extase, was hailed as 'a revelatory exploration of Debussy's musical style' at its premiere. Anders Hillborg's bewitching Strand Settings, expressly composed for Fleming in 2013, delve into the nocturnal world of the sea and secret desire: 'At once atmospheric, elegiac and unsettling' (New York Times).

Bbc Symphony Orchestra - Diana Burrell, Haydn, Stravinsky20161207

Live from the Barbican The BBC SO performs Stravinsky's The Firebird, premieres Diana Burrell's Concerto for Brass and Orchestra, and welcomes back conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste.

Presented by Martin Handley

Diana Burrell: Concerto for Brass and Orchestra

BBC commission; world premiere

Haydn: Symphony No. 83 in G minor La poule

8.15: Interval

Stravinsky: The Firebird

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jukka-Pekka Saraste, conductor

The BBC SO welcomes back conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste for a concert in which the orchestra's brass section shines as soloists in this world premiere of Diana Burrell's new concerto which is followed by Haydn and his clucking hen. Stravinsky's The Firebird - the work that seized the ears of Paris's elite with its urgent rhythms and evocative Russian folk melodies - offers a splendid ending to a colourful concert.

Bbc Symphony Orchestra - Franck, Ravel, Berlioz20151118

Live from the Barbican, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and conductor Pascal Rophé. Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique and Ravel's Left Hand Piano Concerto with Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.

Presented by Sara Mohr-pietsch

Franck: Le chasseur maudit

Ravel: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand

Interval - French music including 'Quels doux concerts' from Rameau's Hippolyte et Aricie, Ravel's Don Quichotte a Dulcinée, and a performance, by two viols, of the Concerto No. 12 from Couperin's Les gouts-réunis.

Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Pascal Rophé (conductor)

An evening of dazzling Gallic genius, led by Pascal Rophé. The supernatural comes to the fore: in César Franck's symphonic poem a count dares to go hunting on a Sunday morning, in violation of the Sabbath. Cursed, he is condemned to be pursued by demons for eternity. Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique ends with a witches' Sabbath as the febrile imagination of the talented lovesick young artist plumbs the heights and depths - under the influence of opium.

Ravel's transparent Piano Concerto for the Left Hand is performed by the award-winning Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, whose eloquence and artistry have won him fans across the globe.

Bbc Symphony Orchestra - Haydn, Schnittke, Shostakovich20160203

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and conductor Alexander Vedernikov with Russian music: Shostakovich's 6th Symphony and Schnittke's Viola Concerto with Lawrence Power. Recorded at the Barbican.

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Haydn: Symphony No. 103 in E flat major H.1.103 (Drum roll)

Schnittke: Viola Concerto

Interval: Featuring Mahler's Piano Quartet in A minor and celebrated bass singer Boris Christoff with Mussorgsky's Cradle Song.

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 6 in B minor Op.54

Lawrence Power (viola)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Alexander Vedernikov (conductor)

Alexander Vedernikov promises to ignite this Russian programme, featuring virtuoso Lawrence Power in Schnittke's powerful Viola Concerto. Shostakovich's unusual Sixth Symphony (1939) with its vast, brooding Adagio followed by two ferociously fast movements, shows the twin influences of Mahler and Mussorgsky, while Schnittke's epic concerto, mixing popular song with spiritual profundity, reveals him as heir to the same traditions. Continuing this season's Haydn theme, tonight's concert open with the dramatic 'Drumroll' Symphony, with its dark inflections of the Dies Irae.

Bbc Symphony Orchestra - Hovhaness, Andrew Norman, Strauss20151211

Live from the Barbican, Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Richard Strauss's An Alpine Symphony. Plus Colin Currie in a new percussion concerto by Andrew Norman.

Presented by Fiona Talkington

Hovhaness: Symphony No. 2 (Mysterious Mountain)

Andrew Norman: Switch for solo percussion and orchestra UK premiere

c. 8.20pm - Interval - Swedish Choral Music with Jan Sandstrom's Song to the Mountain Wind. Plus Peter Sculthorpe's ode to the mountainous terrain of his native Tasmania, and an evocation of the voice that Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodaly maintained all mountains have.

Strauss: An Alpine Symphony

Colin Currie (percussion)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Sakari Oramo (conductor)

Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo leads the ascent of two great orchestral mountains by Hovhaness and Strauss. Mysterious Mountain is one of Alan Hovhaness's best-loved works, a symphony of spiritual transcendence and the perfect foil to Strauss's grandly ambitious alpine adventure.

Dubbed 'the world's finest and most daring percussionist' Colin Currie is the dedicatee of Switch, a new work from the exciting young American composer Andrew Norman.

Bbc Symphony Orchestra - Joanna Marsh, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Elgar20170327

The BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Edward Gardner at the BBC Proms Dubai, performs Elgar, Joanna Marsh, and Mozart with pianist Ben Grosvenor, at the Dubai Opera House.

Recorded on 23rd March. Presented by Petroc Trelawny

19.30

Joanna Marsh: Flare (World premiere)

Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K466

20.00 Interval

20.20

Felix Mendelssohn: Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage

Elgar: Enigma Variations

Benjamin Grosvenor (piano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Edward Gardner (conductor)

The first-ever BBC Proms Dubai sees the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the in-house band of the summer season at the Royal Albert Hall, London, on its first tour to the United Arab Emirates. In a classic Proms mix of traditional repertoire and the new they pair up with two Proms favourites, conductor Edward Gardner and pianist Benjamin Grosvenor. To the desert city's brand-new Opera House they bring Elgar's portrait of his friends in the Enigma Variations, Mendelssohn's concert overture Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, and Mozart's operatic Piano Concerto in D minor. At the very top of the evening comes the world premiere of Dubai-based British composer Joanna Marsh's Flare.

Bbc Symphony Orchestra - Joseph Phibbs, Bartok, Vaughan Williams20160525

Sakari Oramo conducts BBC Symphony Orchestra. Bartok's 2nd Violin Concerto with Alina Abragimova, and the Symphony Chorus join for Vaughan Williams's cantata Dona Nobis Pacem. Plus a new work by Joseph Phibbs.

Recorded at the Barbican on 21st May.

Presented by Ian Skelly

Joseph Phibbs: Partita for Orchestra (BBC co-commission: World Premiere)

Béla Bartók: Violin Concerto No. 2

8.15: Interval

Vaughan Williams: Dona nobis pacem

Alina Ibragimova, violin

Sarah Fox, soprano

Duncan Rock, baritone

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Sakari Oramo Conductor

Sakari Oramo conducts two masterpieces from 1936, composed under the looming threat of war: Vaughan Williams's plea for peace features Sarah Fox, Australian baritone Duncan Rock and the BBC Symphony Chorus, while Bartók's fabulous, folk-inflected violin concerto is performed by the eloquent Alina Ibragimova. The concert opens with a premiere from the formidable Joseph Phibbs. 'Phibbs's sheer accomplishment as a composer is unmistakable. Every idea is telling, every phrase beautiful.' Sunday Times.

Bbc Symphony Orchestra - Kabalevsky, Michael Zev Gordon, Shostakovich20170206

Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican in an evening of Kabalevsky, Shostakovich's Tenth Symphony and the premiere of Michael Zev Gordon's Violin Concerto, with soloist Carolin Widmann.

Recorded on 3 February 2017.

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

19.30

Dmitri Kabalevsky: Colas Breugnon (Overture)

Michael Zev Gordon: Violin Concerto (BBC commission: world premiere)

20.00 Interval

20.20

Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No 10 in E minor

Thrills and high drama are guaranteed with Kabalevsky's rip-roaring overture and Shostakovich's powerful Tenth Symphony, all conducted by the BBC Symphony Orchestra's Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo. Kabalevsky's piece, full of fizz and pop, is followed by a very different work, Michael Zev Gordon's new violin concerto - a work of rich lyrical power with bold contrasts of colour and expression - and performed here with the acclaimed German violinist Carolin Widmann.

Shostakovich's Tenth Symphony, a heartfelt cry for freedom written under the looming presence of Joseph Stalin, is one of the 20th century's most shattering symphonic experiences.

Bbc Symphony Orchestra - Nielsen, Glanert, Sibelius20170303

Live from the Barbican, Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Sibelius' Lemminkainen Suite. The BBC Singers join for the UK premiere of Detlev Glanert's Megaris.

Presented by Ian Skelly

Carl Nielsen: An Imaginary Journey to the Faroe Islands

Detlev Glanert: Megaris (BBC Co-commission) UK premiere

20.00

Interval

20.20

Jean Sibelius: Lemminkäinen Suite Op.22

BBC Singers

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Sakari Oramo (conductor)

Experience the music of Scandinavian contemporaries Nielsen and Sibelius, whose music is close to the heart of the BBC Symphony Orchestra's Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo.

Nielsen's rhapsody overture portrays a sea-borne journey while Sibelius' thrilling portrait of the fabled Finnish hero Lemminkäinen, which includes the poignant The Swan of Tuonela, is rarely encountered complete and contains some of his most atmospheric music. Detlev Glanert's Megaris evokes the siren Parthenope, who drowned herself in sorrow at her rejection by Odysseus.

Followed by music by past recipients of the Women Make Music Fund from PRS for Music - in anticipation of International Women's Day next Wednesday.

Bbc Symphony Orchestra - Rihm And Bruckner20170228

The BBC Symphony Orchestra with conductor Lothar Koenigs at the Barbican. Bruckner's Seventh Symphony, and pianist Nicolas Hodges is soloist in Wolfgang Rihm's Piano Concerto No.2.

Recorded at the Barbican on 22nd February

Presented by Sara Mohr-pietsch

Wolfgang Rihm: Piano Concerto No.2 (UK premiere)

19.55

Interval

20.15

Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 in E

Nicolas Hodges (piano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Lothar Koenigs (conductor)

The heartrending slow movement of Bruckner's Seventh Symphony became a tribute to the composer's idol, Wagner. Learning of Wagner's death as he was completing the movement, Bruckner dedicated it 'to the memory of the late, deeply beloved and immortal Master'. Wolfgang Rihm's Piano Concerto No 2 (2014), already performed in Salzburg and Washington, creates not only witty interplay between soloist and orchestra, but beautifully detailed scoring of often ravishing delicacy.

Bbc Symphony Orchestra - Rouse, Ravel, Dessner, Bernstein20160426

The BBC Symphony Orchestra with conductor Joshua Weilerstein in American music by Bernstein, Rouse and Dessner. Francesco Piemontese joins for Ravel's G major Piano Concerto. Recorded at the Barbican.

Presented by Christopher Cook

Rouse: Rapture

Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major

Interval:

BBC Young Musician 2016

Clemency Burton-Hill introduces the second of the category finalists in this year's brass competition.

Trumpeter Zak Eastop plays music by:

John Williams, Ewazen and Ibert

Dessner: Quilting (BBC co-commission) (UK Premiere)

Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from 'West Side Story'

Francesco Piemontesi (piano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Joshua Weilerstein (conductor)

An intoxicating blend of Ravel's sensuous G major concerto and Bernstein's roof-raising dances from West Side Story, spliced with high-octane new American works. Gifted young conductor Joshua Weilerstein brings us Christopher Rouse's Rapture, a journey towards 'an ever more blinding ecstasy' in the composer's words, and quilting by Bryce Dessner, founder-member of rock band The National. Relish an opportunity to experience the immaculate artistry of former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Francesco Piemontesi in Ravel's spellbinding Piano Concerto.

Bbc Symphony Orchestra - Schreker, Nicola Lefanu And Rachmaninov20170217

Live from the Barbican. The BBC Symphony Orchestra, conductor Ilan Volkov, in Rachmaninov and Schrecker. Soprano Rachel Nicholls joins to premiere Nicola Lefanu's The Crimson Bird.

Presented by Martin Handley

Franz Schreker: Nachtstück - Interlude from Der ferne Klang (Act III)

Nicola Lefanu: The Crimson Bird (World Premiere)

8.00 pm Interval

8.20 pm

Rachmaninov: Symphony No.3

Rachel Nicholls (soprano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Ilan Volkov (conductor)

Rachmaninov's final symphony concludes a concert that includes Franz Schreker's interlude from his opera Der ferne Klang (The Distant Sound) and a brand new work, The Crimson Bird, by Nicola LeFanu.

Nicola LeFanu unveils her new Royal Philharmonic Society commission, a work for soprano and orchestra, with Ilan Volkov, a passionate champion of the new, on the podium. It is a setting of four specially written poems by John Fuller linked to Euripides' play the Trojan Women.

A child of fin-de-siècle Vienna, opera composer Schreker's ravishingly beautiful Nachtstück forms the lush opener. Rachmaninov's last symphony, though written in America, far from the composer's homeland, is deeply entrenched in his Russian heritage. Dark, brooding sonorities give way to a triumphant, celebratory conclusion.

Bbc Symphony Orchestra - Schuller, Debussy, Benjamin, Stravinsky.20160321

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers conducted by Oliver Knussen. Music by Debussy, Stravinsky and George Benjamin - a new work Dream of the Song with countertenor Lestyn Davies. Recorded at the Barbican.

Presented by Martin Handley

Schuller: Dreamscape (UK premiere)

Debussy: Nocturnes

Interval: Manuel de Falla's Homenaje pour le Tombeau de Claude Debussy and Olivier Messiaen performs his own work Le Banquet Celeste

George Benjamin: Dream of the Song (BBC Co-commission, UK Premiere)

Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements

Iestyn Davies (countertenor)

BBC Singers

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Oliver Knussen (conductor)

Night music and mysterious voices infuse both Debussy's evocative Nocturnes and George Benjamin's new work for star countertenor Iestyn Davies, Dream of the Song. Gunter Schuller's Dreamscape, apparently dictated to the composer in a dream, opens the concert. Schuller's father was a violinist in the New York Philharmonic at the time Stravinsky wrote his turbulent, chromatic war-time masterpiece for that orchestra: the Symphony in Three Movements. Expect dynamism and detail from Schuller's disciple, conductor Oliver Knussen.

Bbc Symphony Orchestra - Schumann, Glanert, Beethoven20160223

The BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Markus Stenz: Beethoven's iconic 5th Symphony, Detlev Glanert's energetic Frenesia, and soloist Hong Xu performs Schumann's Piano Concerto. Recorded at the Barbican.

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Schumann: Concerto for piano in A minor, Op. 54

Interval: Richard Strauss's Introduction, Theme and Variation for horn and piano.

Detlev Glanert: Frenesia (UK Premiere)

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Hong Xu (piano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Markus Stenz (conductor)

Conductor Markus Stenz makes a welcome return to the Barbican for this all-German programme, which takes in Beethoven's revolutionary Fifth Symphony and Schumann's graceful Piano Concerto, to be performed by Honens International Piano Competition winner Hong Xu. Frenesia was written by Detlev Glanert as a tribute to Richard Strauss's 150th Anniversary, taking inspiration from the tremendous upsurge of kinetic energy at the start of Ein Heldenleben.

Bbc Symphony Orchestra - Tchaikovsky20161019

Live from the Barbican, the BBC Symphony Orchestra begin their three-concert Beloved Friend Tchaikovsky Project with Russian conductor Semyon Bychkov in the epic Manfred Symphony, and the curious Piano Concerto No.2 in G, Op.44.

Semyon Bychkov's earliest musical love as a child in St Petersburg was Tchaikovsky, a composer whose scores are for him endlessly rewarding, as pure and transparent as a beautiful lake. Tonight, as the curator of the Beloved Friend series, he and the BBC SO offer a rare chance to hear Manfred, one of Tchaikovsky's most dramatic creations. The Symphony explores the tormented Byronic hero of the title, his forlorn wanderings in the Alps, his death and redemption. "It seems to me the best of my symphonic compositions" Tchaikovsky explained in a letter to his patroness Nadezhda von Meck.

First, orchestra and conductor share the stage with fellow Russian, distinguished pianist Kirill Gerstein for Tchaikovsky's Second Piano Concerto. Less well known than the First Piano Concerto this is music charged with stirring melodies, and passages of great virtuosity for the soloist in the outer movements; but things really turn an unusual corner in the slow middle movement. Here the pianist is joined by solo violin and cello in a sort of triple-concerto, hushed with some of Tchaikovsky's most tender sounds.

Presented by Martin Handley

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No 2 in G major, Op.44

8.10pm Interval

8.30pm

Tchaikovsky: "Manfred" Symphony in B minor, Op.58

Kirill Gerstein (piano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Semyon Bychkov (conductor).

Bbc Symphony Orchestra - Tchaikovsky, Saariaho, Prokofiev20161215

Live from the Barbican the BBC Symphony Orchestra with conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali in Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev. Baritone Gerald Finley joins for Kaija Saariaho's True Fire.

Presented by Martin Handley

Tchaikovsky: Fantasy Overture 'Romeo and Juliet'

Kaija Saariaho: True Fire

BBC co-commission; UK premiere

8.25: Interval

8.45: Prokofiev: Symphony No 5 in B flat major

Gerald Finley, baritone

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Santtu-Matias Rouvali, conductor

Young Finnish conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali directs the BBC Symphony Orchestra in two Russian masterworks, Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Overture, and Prokofiev's Symphony No 5. Prokofiev said that his Fifth Symphony depicted 'the greatness of the human spirit'. It's a gripping climax to a concert that begins with Tchaikovsky's star-crossed romance, and features Kaija Saariaho's ravishing True Fire, performed by its dedicatee, Gerald Finley.

Saariaho's music combines intense emotion with a shimmering, visionary sonic beauty, and this setting of poetry by Emerson and Seamus Heaney was created with the intelligence and burnished tone of Finley's singing very much in mind. The results are both surprising, and exquisitely lovely: 'This is a profound, important work', declared the LA Times at last year's world premiere.

Bbc Symphony Orchestra - Total Immersion: Dutilleux20160502

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and conductor Pascal Rophé explore music by the great French composer Henri Dutilleux. With cellist Alban Gerhardt. Recorded at the Barbican.

Presented by Martin Handley

Dutilleux: Symphony No. 1

Dutilleux: Tout un monde lointain...

8.30: Interval: BBC Young Musician 2016 - Clemency Burton-Hill introduces the first of the finalists in this year's strings category with violinist Charlie Lovell-Jones performing music by Prokofiev and Waxman

c. 9pm

Dutilleux: The shadows of Time (Cinq episodes pour orchestre)

Dutilleux: Métaboles

Alban Gerhardt (cello)

Boys soloists from the Trinity School Choir

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Pascal Rophe (conductor)

Dutilleux described his taut, cogent and deply satisfying First Symphony as 'a little like the birth and the unfolding of a dream'. Special guest Pascal Rophé directs this and the exquisite 'concerto for orchestra' Métaboles, inspired by the luminous timbres of the Cleveland Orchestra. We return to a Baudelairean world of dreams for 'Tout un monde lointain...' performed by virtuoso cellist Alban Gerhardt, while The Shadows of Time is a devastating response to the diaries of Anne Frank, in which three boy soloists intone 'Why us?'.

Bbc Symphony Orchestra - Weilerstein, Piemontesi20160424

Ian Skelly presents an international edition of In Concert with a Shakespearean theme.

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream, op. 61 (incidental music)

Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana

Markus Poschner, conductor

Prokofiev, arr. Babayan:

The Ghost of Hamlet's Father, from 'Hamlet, op. 77'

Polka, from 'Eugene Onegin, op. 71'

Polonaise, from 'The Queen of Spades, op. 70'

Pushkin Waltzes, op. 120

Natasha and Andrei's Waltz, from 'War and Peace, op. 91'

Idée fixe, from 'The Queen of Spades, op. 70'

Martha Argerich and Sergei Babayan, pianos

Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, op. 64

Ilya Gringolts, violin

Bbc Symphony Orchestra And Chorus - Dvorak's Requiem20170413

Live from the Barbican. Jiří Bělohlávek conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, with a stunning line up of vocal soloists, in Dvořák's Requiem Op.89.

Presented by Martin Handley

Antonín Dvořák: Requiem Op.89 - Part 1

8.20pm

Interval

8.50pm

Antonín Dvořák: Requiem Op.89 - Part 2

Kateřina Kněžíková (soprano)

Jennifer Johnston (mezzo-soprano)

Richard Samek (tenor)

James Platt (bass)

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jiří Bělohlávek (conductor)

Jiří Bělohlávek, magnificent interpreter of music from his native Czech Republic, directs Dvořák's epic and rarely-heard Requiem.

Tonight the highly acclaimed BBC Symphony Chorus is placed centre-stage in a work that was first heard in Birmingham in 1891 and is scored for quartet of vocal soloists, large orchestra - including bells - and organ. Feted in England at the time, Dvořák had considered setting Cardinal Newman's Dream of Gerontius text but in the end turned to the words of the Requiem Mass. Though the work was not a response to a personal loss it contains some of Dvořák's most powerful as well as most tender music, and is notable for a striking five-note musical theme that weaves its way throughout.

Bbc Symphony Orchestra And Chorus - Mahler20150924

Live from the Barbican Hall, London.

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus open their 2015-16 Barbican season with Mahler's vast Symphony No. 3, conducted by Sakari Oramo. Plus Mezzo Karen Cargill and Trinity Boys Choir.

Presented by Martin Handley

Mahler: Symphony No 3

Karen Cargill (mezzo-soprano)

Trinity Boys Choir

BBC Symphony Chorus Women's Voices

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Sakari Oramo (conductor)

In Mahler's own words, this epic, unorthodox six-movement masterpiece is a 'gigantic musical poem... It begins at the heart of inanimate nature and progresses to the love of God.' Pagan gods and Christian saints, flower meadows and silent forests, song and symphony are inextricably mixed. Internationally renowned mezzo Karen Cargill performs the magical 'midnight song', and the Trinity Boys Choir sing the angels' celestial chorus with the women of the BBC Symphony Chorus.

Bbc Symphony Orchestra And Chorus - Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky20161028

Semyon Bychkov concludes the 'Beloved Friend' Tchaikovsky project with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a performance of the great Symphony No. 6 'Pathétique'. In part one of the concert they are joined by the BBC Symphony Chorus and superb soloists in Tchaikovsky disciple Rachmaninov's The Bells, a colourful choral symphony to texts by Edgar Allan Poe.

'All my life I have taken pleasure in the differing moods and music of gladly chiming and mournfully tolling bells', declared Rachmaninov. As he wrote The Bells he combined this obsession with his love of church chant, and his admiration for Tchaikovsky - he even booked rooms in Rome in the very same apartment that Tchaikovsky had taken thirty years before him.

Presented by Ian Skelly

Rachmaninov: The Bells, Op.35

8.15 Interval

8.35

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.6 in B minor, Op. 74, (Pathétique)

Emily Magee (soprano)

Vsevolod Grivnov (tenor)

Anatoli Sivko (bass)

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Semyon Bychkov (conductor).

Bbc Symphony Orchestra And Chorus At The Barbican20160126

Sir Andrew Davis conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in Berlioz's large-scale setting of Shakespeare's tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. Recorded at the Barbican.

Presented by Martin Handley

Berlioz: Romeo and Juliet

Michèle Losier (mezzo-soprano)

Samuel Boden (tenor)

David Soar (bass)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

BBC Symphony Chorus

Sir Andrew Davis (conductor)

Conductor Laureate Sir Andrew Davis takes on Berlioz's retelling of Shakespeare's indelible tragedy with soloists, chorus and orchestra. Made possible by a gift of 20,000 francs from the violinist Nicolò Paganini, Berlioz's epic Romeo and Juliet turned out to be one of his enduring masterpieces, and he came to view the Love Scene as one of his favourite compositions. He warned, though, that this choral symphony was hugely demanding, and required 'long, patient rehearsal, impeccably directed', just what you can expect from Davis and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.

Bbc Symphony Orchestra: Total Immersion - Henryk Gorecki20151006

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Antoni Wit, celebrate the music of Henryk Gorecki at the Barbican. Including the powerful Symphony No. 2 'Copernican' and 'Kyrie'.

Recorded 3rd October at the Barbican, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny with guest Adrian Thomas

Gorecki: Old Polish Music Op.24

Gorecki: Kyrie Op. 83 (UK Premiere)

8.15

INTERVAL: Gorecki's String Quartet No 1, 'Already it is Dusk' performed by the Silesian String Quartet during the BBC Symphony Orchestra's Total Immersion: Henryk Gorecki - Polish Pioneer.

8.35

Gorecki: Harpsichord Concerto

Gorecki: Symphony No. 2 'Copernican'

Marie Arnet (soprano)

Marcus Farnsworth (baritone)

Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Antoni Wit (conductor)

The late Henryk Gorecki came to universal fame in the early 1990s with his extraordinary Third Symphony, Symphony of Sorrowful Songs. The BBC Symphony Orchestra turned the spotlight on him on Saturday 3rd October in a day of concerts at the Barbican, London, in Total Immersion: Henryk Gorecki - Polish Pioneer.

This concert features the UK premiere of the Kyrie (2005), evocatively scored for strings, piano and percussion with chorus - the BBC Symphony Chorus - and Mahan Esfahani is the soloist in the Harpsichord Concerto. In this unusual work the harpsichord lends ferocious dynamism to its granitic textures in contrast to the monumental stillness of the Symphony No. 2 'Copernican', in which the full BBC Symphony Orchestra is joined by Marie Arnet, Marcus Farnsworth and, again, the BBC Symphony Chorus.

Beethoven Diabelli Variations And Haydn Piano Trio20151025

Ian Skelly introduces chamber music performances recorded earlier this year at the Mecklenberg Festival in North Germany. And an early Mozart symphony from the period instruments of Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin

Haydn

Piano Trio in C, Hob. XV:27

Erika Geldsetzer (violin), Marie-Elisabeth Hecker (cello), Martin Helmchen (piano)

Beethoven

33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli in C major, Op. 120

Martin Helmchen (piano)

Mozart

Porgi amor from 'Le nozze di Figaro'

Alex Penda (soprano)

Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin

Vaclav Luks (director)

Symphony No. 11 in D, K. 84

Beethoven, Ligeti And Mussorgsky20170319

Ian Skelly presents his weekly round-up of some of the most interesting concerts which have taken place in Europe recently.

Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 1, Op. 138

Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Jukka-Pekka Saraste, conductor

Ligeti: Violin Concerto

Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin

Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A, Op. 92

Recorded at Musiikkitalo, Helsinki

Mussorgsky ed. Rimsky-Korsakov: Night on the Bare Mountain

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

Markus Stenz, conductor

Recorded at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.

Belcea Quartet: Schubert And Shostakovich20170215

The Belcea Quartet plays Schubert and Shostakovich.

Recorded on Sunday 12 February 2017 at Wigmore Hall, London.

Schubert: String Quartet in G major, D887

8.15: Interval

8.35

Shostakovich: String Quartet No 15

Belcea Quartet

Shostakovich's final and longest string quartet, supremely introspective and fully reconciled to the inevitability of death, offers an intimate portrait of the Soviet composer during his last years.

The Belcea Quartet has programmed it together with another fifteenth and final string quartet, Schubert's profound reflection on impermanence and everchanging reality.

Berlioz - Grande Messe Des Morts20161114

Berlioz's spectacular Grande messe de morts (Requiem) performed at the Royal Albert Hall by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and massed choral forces conducted by François-Xavier Roth.

Presented by Martin Handley.

Berlioz: Requiem - Grande messe des morts

Toby Spence (tenor)

BBC Symphony Chorus

Crouch End Festival Chorus

London Philharmonic Choir

BBC Symphony Orchestra

François-Xavier Roth (conductor)

Of all the Requiems, Berlioz's epic Grande messe des morts is among the largest. It involves a gargantuan ensemble, including huge choir, 10 timpanists and 4 offstage brass bands, and unleashes an incredible range of expression with masterful theatricality.

This breathtaking, roof-raising masterwork was written to commemorate the fallen of the 1830 French Revolution and was a great success at its 1837 premiere. It was performed in the similarly epic Royal Albert Hall with the massed choral forces of the BBC Symphony and Crouch End Festival Choruses, the London Philharmonic Choir, tenor Toby Spence and conductor François-Xavier Roth on Remembrance Sunday.

Recorded on 13th November at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra And Chorus - Verdi, Verlaak20160628

Barry Wordsworth conducts the Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in Verdi's Verdi Messa di Requiem and Maya Verlaak's Carrier.

After 30 years, the Adrian Boult Hall in Birmingham closes its doors for the last time as the Birmingham Conservatoire begins its gradual move to a new site on the city's East Side. This month the hall, affectionately known by locals as the ABH, is demolished - all part of Birmingham's new massive central development. Tom Redmond introduces the final gala concert from the hall, a performance by the Conservatoire's students and alumni of Verdi's great Requiem, prefaced with a specially composed piece for the occasion.

Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham

Presented by Tom Redmond

Maya Verlaak: Carrier (world premiere)

Members of Birmingham Conservatoire conducted by Christopher Holding

Verdi: Messa di Requiem

Caroline Modiba, soprano

Victoria Simmonds, mezzo-soprano

David Butt Philip, tenor

Barnaby Rea, bass

Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

Barry Wordsworth, conductor.

Birtwistle's Gawain20140715

Sir Harrison Birtwistle's epic Gawain. Sir John Tomlinson is the Green Knight and Leigh Melrose, Gawain. The BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers are conducted by Martyn Brabbins. Presented by Tom Service with Birtwistle expert Professor Jonathan Cross.

Gawain - Leigh Melrose (baritone)

The Green Knight - John Tomlinson (bass)

Morgan Le Fay - Laura Aikin (soprano)

Lady de Hautdesert - Jennifer Johnston (mezzo)

King Arthur - Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts (tenor)

A Fool - John Graham-Hall (tenor)

Guinevere - Rachel Nicholls (soprano)

Bishop Baldwin - William Towers (countertenor)

Agravain - Ivan Ludlow (baritone)

Ywain - Robert Anthony Gardiner (tenor)

BBC Singers

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Martyn Brabbins conductor

Andrew Griffiths conductor

Birtwistle's iconic opera of the 1990s dramatizes the mysterious Arthurian legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight with sombre, often shattering, power. He and librettist David Harsent cast the story in two cyclical acts, emphasising the ritual aspects of the epic saga, and lending it hieratic force. The part of the Green Knight was modelled on the range of Wotan, and is pitted against the baritone Gawain. But is it Morgan Le Fay who is really controlling events? A rare opportunity to hear this striking modern classic, from an orchestra, chorus and conductor steeped in Birtwistle's music. And Sir John Tomlinson reprises the role he created, and he alone has sung.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Bach, Britten, Mozart20160406

Live from the Lighthouse, Poole

Presented by Martin Handley

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Kirill Karabits play Bach, Britten and Mozart.

J.S.Bach: Suite No.3

Britten: Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings

8.15: Interval: BBC Young Musician 2016

Clemency Burton-Hill introduces the third of the category finalists in this year's keyboard competition.

Pianist Jackie Campbell plays music Ligeti, Debussy, Scriabin and Rachmaninov.

8.35

Mozart: Symphony No.39

Robert Murray, tenor

Nicolas Fleury, horn

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Kirill Karabits, conductor

Britten's hauntingly beautiful Serenade sets poems spanning five centuries of English verse, united under a loosely connecting theme of evening, the night-time and sleep. The music is immediately gripping, the tenor's penetrating vocal lines matched in spades by the wonderful horn calls.

Mozart's Symphony No.39 opens with a darkly dramatic introduction in which orchestral texture and harmonic dissonance increase to near breaking point. This gives way to superlatively crafted work of contrasting melodic invention and rhythmic and contrapuntal exploration. Bach's orchestral suite in the French style opens with a majestic overture, a curtain raiser to a series of exquisite dances which include the famous 'Air on the G string' as well as a jubilant gavotte and final festive gigue.

Tenor Robert Murray replaces John Mark Ainsley, who is not well.

c.9.15 - IT'S ALL ABOUT PIANO!

Just before Easter the French Institute in London held its fourth annual festival entitled It's All About Piano! As well as established pianists from around the world the festival aims to give a platform to the pianists of tomorrow and over the next two evenings at around this time there's a chance to hear highlights from a concert called Young Hands which brought together four students of the piano from the Paris Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Music in London.

This evening we will hear music played by the twenty three year old Jiarui Li from the Royal Academy of Music who played Chopin's Three Mazurka's Op.59 and El Puerto and Fete-Dieu a Seville from Albeniz's Iberia Book 1 in the concert.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Beethoven, Elgar20151125

Vassily Sinaisky conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in Elgar's Second Symphony. Kirill Gerstein joins them in Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto.

Live from the Lighthouse, Poole

Presented by Ian Skelly

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 4 in G

8.15: Interval

8.35

Elgar: Symphony No 2 in E flat

Kirill Gerstein, piano

Vassily Sinaisky, conductor

With references to the brilliant warmth and light of Italy and the rugged grandeur of the Cornish coast, Elgar's Second Symphony is far more complex and deeply personal than his First. Riddled with doubts, questioning and conflict it reflects not only the true spirit of the age but also the personality of the composer as it meanders from extrovert exuberance to melancholy introversion. Elgar himself stated that "I have written out my soul".

Beethoven imbues his Fourth Piano Concerto with a genuinely romantic voice. It is ardent and melancholy, heroic and ethereal, anguished and whimsical.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Chausson, De Falla, Debussy And Stravinsky20160302

Live from the Lighthouse, Poole

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra play Chausson, de Falla, Debussy and Stravinsky.

Presented by Martin Handley. A programme which moves from thwe twilight world of Debussy's Pelleas and Falla's evocations in sound of the perfumed nights in his native Andalusia to the fevered world of Stravinsky's Firebird, the magical, glowing bird of Russian fairy talewho can be both a blessing and a curse.

Chausson: Soir de fête

De Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain

Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande Suite

8.15: Interval Music

Frank Braley, tonight's piano soloist and the cellist, Gautier Capucon, himself no stranger to the Poole Lighthouse audiences, play an aria from Saint-Saens' Samson et Dalila and join up with a group of musical friends for his joyful Septet.

Stravinsky: The Firebird

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Frank Braley, piano

Fabien Gabel, conductor

Stravinsky's Firebird mixes the orchestral mastery of his Russian mentors with the rhythmic vitality of the revolutionary about to burst out of his shell. The musical language shifts between exotic, chromatic gestures to illustrate the supernatural dimension and the sing-song simplicity of folk song for the mortals creating a dazzling, evocative atmosphere.

A Moorish exoticism is also present in de Falla's set of symphonic impressions of the great gardens of Granada and Cordoba, incorporating dance rhythms of Andalusia, whilst Chausson's more personal orchestral picture postcard of nocturnal revelries is altogether more dreamlike and ethereal.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Prokofiev, Shostakovich20170125

Live from the Lighthouse, Poole

Presented by Martin Handley

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kirill Karabits, play Prokofiev and Shostakovich.

Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No.2

8.00: Interval

8.20: Shostakovich: Symphony No.8

Valeriy Sokolov, violin

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Kirill Karabits, conductor

Prokofiev worked on his Second Violin Concerto at the same time as Romeo and Juliet and the two works have much in common, particularly an ardent and voluptuous lyricism.

The second of Shostakovich's wartime symphonies, the Eighth was criticized as being too pessimistic at a time when Stalin was insisting that Soviet victory was in sight. It does contain possibly the most terrifying music Shostakovich ever wrote, yet he tried to persuade listeners otherwise, describing it as "an optimistic, life-asserting work... all that is dark and evil will rot away, and beauty will triumph." Perhaps the final flute solo does at least suggest that the lone hero has survived.

After tonight's concert there's a chance to hear the fruits of the latest round of Adopt-a-Composer projects, which pair a composer with an amateur performing group in order to write and perform a new piece of music.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Schubert, Mozart, Beethoven20161102

Live from the Lighthouse, Poole

Presented by Martin Handley

Nicholas McGegan conducts the BSO in music by Schubert, Mozart and Beethoven.

Schubert: Symphony No.5

Mozart: Horn Concerto No.3

8.15: Interval

8.35: Beethoven: Mass in C

Nicolas Fleury, horn

Kate Royal, soprano

Jennifer Johnston, mezzo-soprano

Toby Spence, tenor

Alastair Miles, bass

Bournemouth Symphony Chorus

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Nicholas McGegan, conductor

Schubert's Fifth Symphony provides a delightful opening to tonight's concert: everything about it suggests a contented spirit of its youthful creator. Mozart's Horn Concerto No.3 inhabits the same Viennese world, while Beethoven's Mass in C has echoes of the Renaissance in its use of the choir.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn20170405

Live from the Lighthouse, Poole: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in Schubert, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky.

Presented by Ian Skelly

Schubert: Symphony No.8 'Unfinished'

Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme

INTERVAL

Mendelssohn: Symphony No.5 'Reformation'

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Johannes Moser, cello

Kirill Karabits, conductor

Kirill Karabits conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in Romantic symphonies by Schubert and Mendelssohn and are joined by cellist Johannes Moser in Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony20160120

Dutilleux 100

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kirill Karabits, play Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony and are joined by Jean-Guihen Queyras in Dutilleux's cello concerto.

Dutilleux: Tout un monde lointain...

8.10: Interval

Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony

Jean-Guihen Queyras, cello

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Kirill Karabits, conductor

Tchaikovsky saw himself as the victim of a cold, cruel fate. So he identified closely with Manfred, the lonely, heartbroken wanderer at the centre of Byron's epic poem. His Manfred Symphony is technically challenging, yet full of bountiful drama, colour and a memorable series of melodies.

Dutilleux's concerto for cello and orchestra is an intense meditation on the poet Charles Baudelaire; each of the five movements begins with a fragment of verse. Introspective, luminous timbres and delicate textures collide with mighty climaxes in the orchestra whilst the demanding cello writing involves heart-rending melodies at the top of the instrument's range.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Walton, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky20161012

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Kirill Karabits play music by Tchaikovsky and Walton, and are joined by pianist Simon Trpceski in Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.

Martin Handley presents, live from the Lighthouse, Poole.

Walton: Symphony No.2

8.05 Interval

8.25

Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Simon Trpceski, piano

Kirill Karabits, conductor

The concert begins with Walton's Second Symphony - a work full of elegance, rhythmic drive and orchestral brilliance. After the interval, pianist Simon Trpceski joins for Rachmaninov's ever-popular Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, and the concert comes to a colourful conclusion with Tchaikovsky's Capriccio Italien, full of songs and dances that Tchaikovsky heard while in Italy. Presented live from the Lighthouse, Poole by Martin Handley

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Weber, Brahms, Saint-saens20151007

Yan Pascal Tortelier conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in Saint-Saëns' Organ Symphony.

Live from the Lighthouse, Poole

Weber: Euryanthe Overture

Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor

8.20: Interval

8.40

Saint-Saëns : Symphony No.3 in C minor, 'Organ'

Louis Lortie, piano

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Yan Pascal Tortelier, conductor

Recognised at once as a landmark, Saint-Saëns's Third Symphony had a powerful impact on later symphonists with its unconventional form and extended thematic development from a few simple opening ideas. It reveals a genuine flair for sumptuous orchestral colour, suave and unforgettable melody and brilliant craftsmanship - the zenith of his symphonic output.

Brahms spent the greater part of the 1850s building his first orchestral masterpiece, the D minor Piano Concerto, out of material meant for other works.It is a bold and daring work, stormy and dramatic, tender and lyrical, and filled with youthful passion and surging power written at a time of intense personal experiences for Brahms, most of which revolved around his complicated relationship with Robert and Clara Schumann.

Schumann himself appraised Weber's operatic gem as "a chain of sparkling jewels from beginning to end - all brilliant and flawless.".

Brahms And Messiaen For Two Pianos20170124

As part of Southbank Centre's International Piano Series, Pierre Laurent-Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich play music for two pianos by Brahms and Messiaen, live from St John's Smith Square. Introduced by Martin Handley.

Brahms: Sonata in F minor for 2 pianos, Op 34b

8.15 Interval

8.35

Messiaen: Visions de l'amen

The brilliant pairing of pianists Pierre Laurent-Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich tonight present two masterworks written for two pianos. They begin with Brahms's sumptuous Sonata in F minor, which he re-wrote on the advice of Clara Schumann, and is better known now as the Piano Quintet.

After the interval, they play Messiaen's mystical Visions de l'amen. Written soon after his release from a German prison camp, the work is richly spiritual, incorporating bells and Messiaen's characteristic birdsong.

After tonight's concert there's a chance to hear the fruits of the latest round of Adopt-a-Composer projects, which pair a composer with an amateur performing group in order to write and perform a new piece of music.

Brahms, Wagner, Schumann And Schutz20160313

Ian Skelly introduces performances from Vienna, Prague, Berlin and Madrid. Tonight the leading Finnish soprano, Karita Mattila sings the Liebestod from Wagner's Tristan und Isolde and Leonid Kavakos continues his Sunday evening traversal of Brahms's Violin Sonatas.

Heinrich Schütz

An den Wassern zu Babel, SWV 37

Berlin Radio Chorus, Gijs Leenaars (director)

rec. Passionskirche, Berlin

Brahms

Violin Sonata No.2 in A, op.100

Leonidas Kavakos (violin), Yuja Wang (piano)

rec. Musikverein, Vienna

Wagner

Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde

Karita Mattila (soprano),

Czech Philharmonic, Jirí Belohlávek (conductor)

rec. Dvorák Hall, Rudolfinum, Prague

Robert Schumann

Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, op. 63

Ex Aequo Trio

rec. Fundación Juan March, Madrid

Schutz

German Magnificat, SWV 494

Photo of Fundación Juan March (c) Luis García.

Ian Skelly introduces performances from Vienna, Prague, Berlin and Madrid. Tonight the leading Finnish soprano, Karita Mattila sings the Liebestod from Wagner's Tristan und Isolde and Leonidas Kavakos continues his Sunday evening traversal of Brahms's Violin Sonatas.

Brahms, Wagner, Schutz, Fanny Mendelssohn20160306

Ian Skelly introduces performances recorded in concert halls on the Continent. Katarina Karnéus sings Wagner in Prague and Leonidas Kavakos tonight begins his traversal of all three of Brahms's violin sonatas. And, looking ahead to International Women's Day on Tuesday, there's a performance from Madrid of Fanny Mendelssohn's Piano Trio, a beautiful, mid-Romantic work completed in the last years of her short life.

Brahms

Violin Sonata No. 1 in G, Op. 78

Leonidas Kavakos (violin), Yuja Wang (piano)

rec. Musikverein, Vienna

Wagner

Wesendonck Lieder

Katarina Karnéus (mezzo-soprano),

Czech Philharmonic, Jirí Belohlávek (conductor)

rec. Dvorák Hall, Rudolfinum, Prague

Heinrich Schütz

Ist nicht Ephraim mein teurer Sohn, SWV 40

Berlin Radio Chorus, Gijs Leenaars (director)

rec. Passionskirche, Berlin

Fanny Mendelssohn

Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 11

Ex Aequo Trio

rec. Fundación Juan March, Madrid.

Brahms's German Requiem20151108

Ian Skelly introduces a performance of Brahms German Requiem given at the end of June in the Hercules Hall situated in the Royal Palace complex in the centre of Munich.

Brahms

Der Gang zum Liebchen, op. 48/1

Versunken, op. 86/5

Therese, op. 86/1

Von ewiger Liebe, op. 43/1

Angelika Kirschlager (mezzo soprano), Julius Drake (piano)

(Recorded at the 2015 Richard Strauss Festival in Garmisch)

Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45

Christiane Karg (soprano),

Matthias Goerne (baritone),

Bavarian Radio Chorus and Symphony Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin (conductor).

Brass Band Festival At The Royal Northern College Of Music20170202

Tom Redmond presents a concert from the Brass Band Festival at the Royal Northern College of Music.

Leonard Bernstein (arr Snell) Candide Overture 4.44

Martin Ellerby Cabaret Concerto 22'11

Hubert Bath Freedom (Brass Band Symphony No 1) 12'35

INTERVAL 17'50

Gustav Holst (arr Hindmarsh) Capriccio (world première of new arrangement) 6.21

Philip Harper Cantabile (UK première) 17'22

Philip Sparke Raveling, Unraveling 7'40

encore: Sousa The Thunderer 2'29

Followed by music for brass band written by British composers as a postlude to tonight's concert.

Britten Sinfonia - Bach, Corelli, Tippett, Watkins, Britten20160624

Ian Bostridge directs Britten Sinfonia in a programme of Bach, Corelli, Tippett and Britten.

Presented by Martin Handley, live from West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge.

Bach arr. Hogwood: Fugue in B minor on a Theme of Corelli BWV579

Corelli: Concerto Grosso in F major Op. 6 No. 2

Tippett: Fantasia Concertante on a Theme by Corelli

Huw Watkins: Three Welsh Songs

Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn and strings

8.10 Interval

8.30

Martin Owen, horn

Jacqueline Shave, violin/director

Ian Bostridge, tenor/director

Britten Sinfonia once again joins forces with acclaimed tenor Ian Bostridge in a performance which includes one of Benjamin Britten's seminal works, the Serenade for tenor, horn and strings.

Britten Sinfonia - Martland, Reich, Andriessen20160209

Britten Sinfonia, conducted by Clark Rundell, performs works by Steve Martland, Steve Reich and Louis Andriessen at the Barbican Hall in London, as part of the Barbican Centre's 'Andriessen: M is for Man, Music and Mystery' series celebrating the work of the influential Dutch composer. Presented by Martin Handley.

Colourful textures, vivid sonorities and propulsive energy ignite in a concert that focuses Andriessen and two further 'minimalist' composers: Steve Reich and Andriessen's former pupil Steve Martland.

Expect pulsating, playful rhythms and melodic sequences, grand sensuous sound and impassioned expressiveness in a programme that includes Andriessen's song cycle, La Passione, written in 2002 for featured soloists and close collaborators mezzo-soprano Cristina Zavalloni and violinist Frederieke Saeijs.

Martland: Tiger Dancing

Steve Reich: The Desert Music

Interval

Louis Andriessen: La Passione

Cristina Zavalloni (mezzo-soprano)

Frederieke Saeijs (violin)

Britten Sinfonia Voices

Britten Sinfonia

Clark Rundell (conductor)

Followed by a glimpse into Adopt a Composer - Making Music's scheme pairing composers with performing groups from around the country.

Tonight, the Arden Recorder Orchestra works on Kirsty Devaney's As if on a Pivot.

Britten Sinfonia - Mozart, Knussen, Berg20151026

Live from Milton Court Concert Hall, London

The Britten Sinfonia, conducted by Oliver Knussen, play Mozart, Knussen and Berg.

Mozart: Serenade in C minor, K388

Knussen: Songs for Sue

8.15 Interval

8.35

Berg: Chamber Concerto for Piano and Violin

Claire Booth, soprano

Alexandra Wood, violin

Huw Watkins, piano

Britten Sinfonia

Oliver Knussen, conductor

Composer and conductor Oliver Knussen makes his debut conducting Britten Sinfonia in this concert from Milton Court, in the City of London. The acclaimed wind section of the orchestra feature in works by Mozart, Berg, and Knussen's poignant song setting: Songs for Sue, written in memory of his wife and based on poetry by Emily Dickinson, Antonio Machado and W H Auden.

Britten Sinfonia - Soler, Scarlatti, Coll And Falla2017011820170209 (R3)

Harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani plays Scarlatti sonatas and concertos by De Falla and Francisco Coll with the Britten Sinfonia.

Recorded 3 February at Milton Court, London

Presented by Ian Skelly

Soler: Overture from Villancico al Santissimo 'Alentad armonias'

Domenico Scarlatti, arr. John Woolrich: 3 Harpsichord Sonatas

Francisco Coll: Harpsichord Concerto (world premiere)

8.10: interval

De Falla: Harpsichord Concerto

Scarlatti: 4 Harpsichord Sonatas

De Falla: El amor brujo

Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)

Claudia Huckle (contralto)

Britten Sinfonia

Thomas Gould (violin/director)

No one has done more to enhance the image of the harpsichord in recent years than virtuoso Mahan Esfahani, who has captivated audiences with his fiery and engaging performances. Tonight he joins the Britten Sinfonia in works by Italian and Spanish composers, including a world premiere by Francisco Coll.

Britten, Schulhoff And Mendelssohn20161106

Ian Skelly introduces highlights from concerts around Europe including the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival in North Germany, and the International Chamber Music Festival, Utrecht.

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 15

Vilde Frang, violin

NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra

Sakari Oramo, conductor

Erwin Schulhoff (1894-1942)

Sextet

Boris Brovtsyn, violin

Julia-Maria Kretz, violin

Amihai Grosz, viola

Lawrence Power, viola

Jens Peter Maintz, cello

Torleif Thedéen, cello

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49

Janine Jansen, violin

Steven Isserlis, cello

Eldar Nebolsin, piano.

Cavalli's La Calisto20161128

Live from Wigmore Hall, London: La Nuova Musica perform Cavalli's La Calisto.

Cavalli: La Calisto (part 1)

8.10pm Interval: Pied Piper

A radio programme that's aimed at children and teenagers, but draws in an audience of all ages. That's exactly what Pied Piper was - a twenty-minute programme that ran on BBC Radio 3 from 1971 until the untimely death of its presenter, early music specialist David Munrow in May 1976. It was broadcast at tea time and was initially billed as 'tales and music for younger listeners', yet many now cite it as the programme that gave them a way into classical music. As part of the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the Third Programme, BBC Radio 3 has dug out some of the programmes from the archive to give us a chance to listen again to how Munrow enthused his audiences with his passion for music of all types.

During the intervals of the concerts this week, we'll be hearing a selection of programmes from the five-year-long series. Munrow explored a wide range of music, and these five programmes can only begin to give a taste of the topics he covered.

In this edition of Pied Piper from 13th September 1971, David Munrow discusses the music of Handel, sings 'jolly good, jolly good' along to a Bach Brandenburg concerto and gives a brief history of electronic and pipe organs.

8.30pm Cavalli: La Calisto (part 2)

Calisto - Lucy Crowe, soprano

Giove - James Platt, bass

Diana - Jurgita Adamonyté, mezzo-soprano

Endimione - Tim Mead, countertenor

Giunone - Rachel Kelly, mezzo-soprano

Mercurio - James Newby, baritone

Pane - Andrew Tortise, tenor

Linfea - Sam Furness, tenor

Satirino - Jake Arditti, countertenor

Silvano - Edward Grint, bass-baritone

La Nuova Musica

David Bates director

Francesco Cavalli's La Calisto, first performed in Venice in 1651, blends comedy and tragedy with music of sensuous beauty and irresistible charm. The opera's libretto is based on the ancient Greek myth of the nymph Callisto as related by Ovid in his Metamorphoses.

Its modern revival at the 1970 Glyndebourne Festival created a wave of interest in Baroque opera that continues to grow today, driven by the energy and artistic vision of groups such as La Nuova Musica and its director David Bates, who made his critically acclaimed US debut in 2014 conducting La Calisto with Cincinnati Opera.

Cbso - Debussy, Hans Abrahamsen, Mahler20160428

Live from Symphony Hall, Birmingham.

Presented by Tom Redmond

Ilan Volkov - Conductor

Alexandre Tharaud - Piano

Sarah Tynan - Soprano

Debussy (orch. Abrahamsen): Children's Corner

Hans Abrahamsen: Concerto for the Left Hand (CBSO co-commission, UK premiere)

Interval:

BBC Young Musician 2016

Clemency Burton-Hill introduces the fourth of the category finalists in this year's brass competition.

Trumpeter Zoe Perkins plays music by:

Barat, Enescu and Hovhaness

Mahler: Symphony No. 4

Gustav Mahler never wrote anything happier than his Fourth Symphony. Jangling sleighbells, Mozart-like melodies, and a child's vision of heaven... if it almost sounds too sweet, trust Ilan Volkov to find the black comedy beneath the playful surface. First, though, we've a charming new version of Debussy's Children's Corner - and the first UK performance of a new piano concerto, specially written for tonight's soloist by the Danish sonic magician Hans Abrahamsen.

Cbso - Raminta Serksnyte, Haydn, Mahler20161116

Live from Symphony Hall Birmingham, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, under Music Director Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla, perform Haydn's Symphony No 6 ('Le Matin') and Mahler's Symphony No 1, plus the UK premiere of Fires, a new work by Lithuanian composer Raminta Šerkšnyte.

Presented by Tom Redmond

Raminta Šerkšnyte: Fires (UK premiere)

Haydn: Symphony No 6 in D (Le Matin)

c8.05pm - Interval

c.8.25pm

Mahler: Symphony No 1 in D

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla (conductor)

Three masterpieces from three centuries in one gloriously colourful concert, as CBSO Music Director Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla sweeps from Haydn's cheerful salute to the dawn to Gustav Mahler's heaven-storming evocation of a whole universe awakening into life. The concert opens with the UK premiere of the atmospheric, explosive Fires, by Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla's fellow Lithuanian, Raminta Šerkšnyte.

Cbso - Rimsky-korsakov, Scriabin, Beethoven20151202

Live from Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Presented by Martin Handley

Michael Seal conducts Beethoven's 3rd Symphony, and Yevgeny Sudbin performs Scriabin's Piano Concerto.

Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio espagnol

Scriabin: Piano Concerto

8.15

Interval

8.35

Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 (Eroica)

Yevgeny Sudbin, piano

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Michael Seal, conductor

CBSO associate conductor Michael Seal conducts Beethoven's revolutionary Eroica symphony; an explosive contrast to Scriabin's Piano Concerto, an romantic early masterpiece performed tonight by Russian pianist Yevgeny Sudbin. The concert concludes with Rimsky Korsakov's lively Capriccio espagnol.

Cbso - Sibelius, Mozart, Mendelssohn20151001

Live from Symphony Hall, Birmingham, the CBSO plays Sibelius's Fifth Symphony and music by Mozart and Mendelssohn. Presented by Adam Tomlinson.

Mendelssohn: Overture, The Hebrides

Mozart: Piano Concerto No.9 in E flat, K271

8.15: Interval

Adam Tomlinson in discussion with Principal Guest Conductor of the CBSO, Edward Gardner, and with their newly appointed Assistant Conductor Alpesh Chauhan.

8.35

Sibelius: Symphony No.5

Lars Vogt, piano

CBSO

Edward Gardner, conductor

Sibelius's Fifth Symphony begins with a glowing sunrise and ends with a vision of a flight of swans - and one of the simplest but noblest melodies ever written. A real CBSO speciality, there's no finer way to salute Sibelius in his anniversary year. First, though, Edward Gardner takes us to sea with Felix Mendelssohn, and joins the masterly Lars Vogt in Mozart's little jewel of a piano concerto.

Cbso - Webern, Brahms, Mahler20160331

Live from Symphony Hall, Birmingham.

Presented by Tom Redmond

Nicholas Collon - Conductor

CBSO Youth Chorus

Webern: Six Pieces Op. 6 (chamber version)

Brahms: Four Songs for Women's Voices, Op. 17

8.00 Interval

8.20

Mahler: Symphony No. 10 (completed by Deryck Cooke)

Mahler never quite finished his Tenth Symphony, but when musicologist Deryck Cooke finally pieced together the sketches, he revealed a lost masterpiece - in which cries of love and cries of pain finally resolve in music of shattering honesty and piercing beauty. Nicholas Collon uncovers its secrets tonight, and sets it alongside miniatures from Brahms and Webern - each one a tiny, concentrated world of poetry and emotion.

Cbso Under Edward Gardner In Music Inspired By Shakespeare20160111

Recorded at Symphony Hall, Birmingham

The CBSO conducted by Edward Gardner play music inspired by Shakespeare

Strauss: Macbeth

Vaughan Williams: Three Shakespeare Songs

Verdi: Macbeth - ballet music

8.15: Interval

Walton: Henry V: A Shakespeare Scenario (arr. Christopher Palmer)

Narrated by Samuel West

CBSO Chorus

CBSO

Samuel West, narrator

Edward Gardner, conductor

"O for a Muse of fire..." Shakespeare's Henry V crammed the Battle of Agincourt into a tiny wooden theatre. Four centuries later, William Walton matched that vision with music that redefined British cinema, and this lavish concert version weaves all the play's greatest speeches and Walton's score into a compelling musical drama. Edward Gardner launches the CBSO's year of Shakespeare celebrations with passionate Shakespearean masterpieces by Verdi and Richard Strauss

Choir Of The Year 201620161206

After months of competition, just six of the UK's best amateur choirs remain as Choir of the Year 2016 reaches its thrilling finale. The stakes are high, the tension is building as they take to the stage at Cardiff's Wales Millennium Centre, each determined to win over a judging panel that includes The Sixteen's Harry Christophers and Only Men Aloud's Tim Rhys Evans. Sara Mohr-Pietsch is joined by the conductor, composer and singer Ben Parry for expert commentary on all the action; at the end of the evening only one choir can scoop up the title "Choir of the Year".

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

Choirs taking part:

Musical Originals Training Choir

Imogen Nicholls, director

The Rainbow Connection Singers

Paul Mellors, director

Côr y Cwm

Elin Llywellyn-Williams, director

Voices of Hope

Simon Fidler, director

The White Rosettes

Sally McLean, director

John's Boys

Aled Phillips, director

Further coverage of the Choir of the Year Grand Final on BBC FOUR, Friday 9th December at 19.30.

Chopin, Boccherini And Rachmaninov20151129

Ian Skelly presents chamber music recordings from around Europe. Tonight's selection ranges from Boccherini in Madrid to Rachmaninov recorded at the Kreuth Festival in Bavaria. Also tonight, arrangements of Chopin piano music by his friend, the singer-composer, Pauline Viardot.

Chopin arr Pauline Viardot

La jeune fille (Mazurka in C, op. 24/2)

Olga Pasiecznik (soprano), Natalia Pasiecznik (piano)

Erwin Schulhoff

Five Pieces, for string quartet

Variace Chamber Ensemble

rec. Old Synagogue, Pilsen

Seize ans (Mazurka in A flat, p. 50/2)

Plainte d'amour (Mazurka in F sharp minor, op. 6/1)

Berceuse (Mazurka in C, op. 33/2)

Coquette (Mazurka in B flat, op. 7/1)

rec. Chopin Manor, Duszniki Zdrój International Chopin Piano Festival, Duszniki

Boccherini

String Quintet in G minor, op. 46/4

Fundación Mutua Madrileña Ensemble

rec. Sony Auditorium, Madrid

Rachmaninov

Cello Sonata in G minor, op.19

Johannes Moser (cello), Denis Kozhukhin (piano)

rec. Festsaal, Wildbad Kreuth, Kreuth International Music Festival.

Christian Gerhaher And Gerold Huber Song Recital20151109

Baritone Christian Gerhaher and pianist Gerold Huber perform Beethoven, Haydn, Berg and Schoenberg. Recorded at Wigmore Hall in London.

Beethoven: An die ferne Geliebte Op. 98

Schoenberg: Das Buch der hängenden Gärten Op. 15

8.15: Interval

8.35

Haydn:

The Spirit's Song HXXVIa:41

Content HXXVIa:36

The Wanderer HXXVIa:32

Sailor's Song HXXVIa:31

She never told her love HXXVIa:34

Berg: Altenberg Lieder Op. 4

Beethoven: Adelaide Op. 46

Christian Gerhaher, baritone

Gerold Huber, piano

Christian Gerhaher is regarded as one of the world's finest Lieder singers. The German baritone presents the inspired coupling of Beethoven's An die ferne Geliebte, among the first ever song-cycles, and Das Buch der hängenden Gärten, Schoenberg's ground-breaking setting of Stefan George's expressionist poems about a doomed adolescent love affair.

Christian Lindberg And Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra In Nielsen's Fifth Symphony20160304

From the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Lindberg conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in Nielsen

Bernstein: 'On the Waterfront', Suite

Christian Lindberg: Robot Gardens (World Premiere Liverpool Philharmonic 175th Anniversary Commission)

8.15: Interval

Nielsen: Symphony No.5

Christian Lindberg conductor

Those twentieth century blues... For Carl Nielsen, music was life. So, confronted with the aftermath of the Great War, he met the challenge head on. His Fifth Symphony is nothing less than a struggle for existence itself, told in music of volcanic power - one of those pieces that everyone should hear before they die. It's a gripping finish to a concert that begins with Leonard Bernstein's musical portrayal of one man's battle for justice on the mean streets of 50s New York - and which features a brand new work, written specially for the wind, brass and percussion of the Orchestra by tonight's conductor, Christian Lindberg.

Christmas With The Bbc Singers20161213

Live from Milton Court, London

Presented by Fiona Talkington

Britten: A Boy was Born

A Ceremony of Carols, Op 28

A Hymn to the Virgin

Rutter: Angels' Carol

Chilcott: My Perfect Stranger

Howard: Romance Of The Epiphany

Britten: A New Year Carol

Chilcott: On Christmas Night

James Lord Pierpont: Jingle Bells arr. Chilcott

Tanya Houghton, harp

Richard Pearce, piano

Finchley Childrens Music Group

BBC Singers

Bob Chilcott, conductor

A celebration of Christmas by three masters of writing for the voice from three different generations: Benjamin Britten, John Rutter and Bob Chilcott, who also conducts the BBC Singers.

Chilcott unveils a new work, as well as providing a catchy new arrangement of Jingle Bells. Joined by a small ensemble of instrumentalists and the Finchley Children's Music Group, here's a perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit.

City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Grainger, Vaughan Williams And Weir20160121

Live from Symphony Hall, Birmingham, the CBSO, with their Children's and Youth Choruses in Judith Weir's Storm and Vaughan Williams's Serenade to Music, plus music by Percy Grainger.

Presented by Tom Redmond

Grainger: In a Nutshell

Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music

8.15: Interval

Edgard Varese: Ionisation

Judith Weir: Storm

Grainger: The Warriors

CBSO Youth Chorus

CBSO Children's Chorus

CBSO

16 Soloists from UK Conservatoires

Michael Seal - Conductor

Simon Halsey - Conductor

Warriors of all times and all lands, gathering in one place to drink and dance, along with jazz breaks, three pianos, and a super-sized orchestra... such are the sounds of Percy Grainger's jaw-dropping The Warriors. The concert also includes Vaughan Williams' ravishing, Shakespeare-inspired Serenade with 16 brilliant young soloists, a spirited showcase for the CBSO's world-beating young choruses.

City Of London Festival - The Fateful Voyage20140624

Recorded at Drapers' Hall, London, for Radio 3's WWI season Music in the Great War.

Presented by Martin Handley

The Fateful Voyage pays homage to composers who enlisted and were killed in the First World War. This concert focuses on the friendship between composers FS Kelly and William Denis Browne and the poet Rupert Brooke, who sailed together to the Dardanelles and died soon after. Their friendship generated poems and music which endure as a poignant reminder of their extraordinary lives.

Programme devised by Dr Kate Kenndy and Mark Seow

Part 1

F S Kelly: When the lamp is shattered (P B Shelley); Eton and Winchester song (R T Warner)

James Gilchrist (tenor); Iain Burnside (piano)

F S Kelly: Idyll

Iain Burnside (piano)

Poem: The Old Vicarage, Grantchester by Rupert Brooke

F S Kelly: The Isle (P B Shelley)

W D Browne: Intermezzo

Poem: The Dead by Rupert Brooke

F S Kelly: Choler

W D Browne: Diaphenia (H Constable)

Poem: Peace by Rupert Brooke

F S Kelly: Harvest Eve

W D Browne: To Gratiana dancing and singing (R Lovelace)

Wagner: Tannhauser - prelude to act I arr. for piano

Poem: Wagner by Rupert Brooke

F S Kelly: Jig from Serenade Op.7

Mark Seow (violin); Iain Burnside (piano)

F S Kelly: Waltz Pageant for piano duet Op.2a no.1

Iain Burnside and Frederick Brown (piano)

L Broadwood and J A Fuller Maitland: The Golden Vanity

James Gilchrist and Matthew Cammelle (tenors); Mark Seow (violin); Frederick Brown (piano)

--INTERVAL--

F S Kelly: Serenade for flute with accompaniment of harp, horn and string orchestra Op.7 in E minor

Rebecca Hall (flute); Jose Garcia Gutierrez (horn); Malta Philharmonic Orchestra; Michael Laus (conductor)

Cameo Classics CC9032CD

Part 2

F S Kelly: Weep you no more sad fountains (Anon.)

W D Browne: Arabia (W de la Mare)

Poem: Safety by Rupert Brooke

W D Browne: Dream-Tryst (F Thompson)

Poem: I strayed about the deck by Rupert Brooke

F S Kelly: Mirrors (L Pearsall Smith); Away! The moor is dark beneath the moon (P B Shelley)

Poem: The Funeral of Youth by Rupert Brooke

W D Browne: To Gratiana dancing and singing

F S Kelly: A Dirge (P B Shelley)

F S Kelly: Lament

Poem: William Denis Browne by Wilfrid Wilson Gibson

W D Browne: The Isle of Lost Dreams

W D Browne: To Gratiana dancing and singing (R Lovelace)James Gilchrist (tenor); Iain Burnside (piano)

Concertgebouw - Elgar, Grieg And Szymanowski20170326

Ian Skelly introduces music recorded in concerts at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam by Elgar, Grieg and Szymanowksi

Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85

Truls Mørk, cello

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Edward Gardner, conductor

Grieg: Excerpts from 'Peer Gynt'

Ann-Helen Moen, soprano

Szymanowski: Stabat Mater, Op. 53

Chen Reiss, soprano

Gerhild Romberger, mezzo-soprano

Mark Stone, baritone

Netherlands Radio Chorus

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

Markus Stenz, conductor.

Concertgebouw Sunday Morning Concert Series20170312

Ian Skelly introduces highlights from the Sunday Morning Concert Series, which take place at the Royal Concertgebouw concert hall in Amsterdam.

The concerts were recorded last autumn and earlier this year, and include music by Mozart and Brahms.

Mozart

Piano Concerto No. 22 in E flat, K482

Serenade for Orchestra No. 9 in D, K320 ('Posthorn')

Ronald Brautigam (fortepiano)

Die Kölner Akademie (The Cologne Academy)

Michael A. Willens (director)

Brahms

String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 51 No. 2

Signum Quartet.

Cpe Bach Magnificat, Mozart, Haydn, Liadov20160925

Ian Skelly introduces chamber music by Mozart and Haydn from West Cork and and Brussels along with a performance of CPE Bach's Magnificat, recorded in the Gothic church of St Nicholas in Jüterbog during the Brandenburg Summer Concerts.

Mozart: Violin Sonata No. 18 in G, K301

Tobias Feldmann (violin), Anne Quéffelec (piano)

rec. Wallonie Festival, Brussels

CPE Bach: Magnificat, Wq. 215

Christina Landshamer (soprano)

Anke Vondung (contralto)

Sebastian Kohlhepp (tenor)

Arttu Katja (bass)

Gächinger Kantorei, Bach Collegium Stuttgart, Hans-Christoph Rademann

rec. St Nicholas' Church, Jüterbog during the Brandenburg Summer Concerts

Haydn: String Quartet in C, Hob. III:32

Chiaroscuro Quartet

rec. St Brendan's Church, Bantry during the West Cork Chamber Music Festival

Liadov: The Enchanted Lake, Op. 62

Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev (conductor)

rec. Martti Talvela Hall, Mikaeli at the Mikkeli Music Festival, Finland.

Cuarteto Casals - Mozart's Haydn Quartets20170112

In the first of two concerts at London's Wigmore Hall featuring the six String Quartets Mozart dedicated to his friend Haydn, the Cuarteto Casals play the Quartets in G K387, D minor K421 and E flat K428.

Presented by Fiona Talkington

Mozart: String Quartet in G, K387

Mozart: String Quartet in D minor, K421

8.15: Interval.

8.35: Mozart: String Quartet in E flat, K428

Recorded at Wigmore Hall on 7 January 2016

The six string quartets that Mozart composed in the first half of the 1780s and dedicated to his friend Haydn were his reaction to the new and sophisticated musical environment he had encountered after moving from Salzburg to Vienna in 1781, and to his growing acquaintance with, and admiration for, the quartet masterpieces of Haydn himself. The Cuarteto Casals, from Spain, perform all six works over two concerts at Wigmore Hall starting tonight with the G major (K387) with its brilliant contrapuntal finale, the tragically brooding D minor (K421), and the confident E flat, K428.

The second concert, featuring the quartets K458, K464 and K466, will be broadcast on Tuesday 17 January.

Cuarteto Casals - Mozart's Haydn Quartets20170116

In the second of two concerts at London's Wigmore Hall featuring the six String Quartets Mozart dedicated to his friend Haydn, the Cuarteto Casals play the Quartets in B flat major K458, A major K464 and C major K465.

Presented by Fiona Talkington

Mozart: String Quartet in B flat, K458 (Hunt)

Mozart: String Quartet in A, K464

8.15: Interval.

8.35: Mozart: String Quartet in C, K465 (Dissonance)

Recorded at Wigmore Hall on 8 January 2016

The six string quartets that Mozart composed in the first half of the 1780s and dedicated to his friend Haydn were his reaction to the new and sophisticated musical environment he had encountered after moving from Salzburg to Vienna in 1781, and to his growing acquaintance with, and admiration for, the quartet masterpieces of Haydn himself. The Cuarteto Casals, from Spain, have been performing all six works over two concerts at Wigmore Hall and end tonight with the sunny B flat major K458 (sometimes known as the Hunt), the A major K464 (later to be a model for Beethoven's own A major Quartet), and the C major K465 (whose strange, harmonically searching introduction has brought it the nickname 'Dissonance').

After tonight's concert there's a chance to hear works performed during a recent concert that surveyed music written and performed in Terezin and the Warsaw Ghetto - Music on the Brink of Destruction.

Danish National Symphony Orchestra - Ravel, Abrahamsen, Franck20170122

Ian Skelly with his regular showcase of concerts from around Europe. Tonight, a concert recorded in Copenhagen from the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Thomas Dausgaard of music by Ravel, Abrahamsen and Franck.

Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin

Danish National Symphony Orchestra

Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)

Abrahamsen: Piano Concerto for Left Hand ('Left, alone')

Alexandre Tharaud (piano)

Franck: Symphony in D minor

Recorded at the DR Concert House, Copenhagen.

Danish String Quartet At The Edinburgh International Festival20160921

Recorded at Queen's Hall, Edinburgh on 27th August. Kate Molleson presents the Danish String Quartet and horn player Alec Frank-Gemmill in a programme of chamber music at the Edinburgh International Festival.

Per Nørgård: Quarteto breve

Mozart: Horn Quintet K407

20.15: Interval

Thomas Ades: Arcadiana Op 12 - from The Danish String Quartet's latest CD release.

20.35

Rolf Wallin: New work (World premiere)

Beethoven: String Quartet Op 59 No 2 'Rasumovsky'

Alec Frank-Gemmill: horn

Danish String Quartet

The hugely characterful Danish String Quartet have played music together since childhood; comprising of three Danes and one Norwegian cellist. The group joke that they are modern Vikings, noting that 'playing string quartets is our job, and yes it is hard work, but we mostly do it for pleasure, like we always did'. They bring their trademark energy to a performance of Beethoven's second 'Rasumovsky' Quartet, one of his most heroic chamber works, and a World premiere written by acclaimed Norwegian composer Rolf Wallin, commissioned by BBC Radio 3 and the Royal Philharmonic Society. Before that a lyrical, Sibelius-inspired miniature by their compatriot Per Nørgård. They are joined by the outstanding horn player Alec Frank-Gemmill, principal at the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, for Mozart's good-natured but highly virtuosic Horn Quintet.

David Willcocks Memorial Concert20151201

The Memorial Concert for Sir David Willcocks CBE MC, given on Saint Cecilia's Day in King's College Chapel, Cambridge, with the King's College Choir, directed by Stephen Cleobury.

Presented by Sara Mohr-pietsch

Parry: Blest Pair of Sirens

Byrd: Sing joyfully

Purcell: Jehovah, quam multi sunt

JS Bach: Fugue in Eb ('St Anne')

Britten: A Hymn to the Virgin

8.15: Interval

Vaughan Williams: Valiant for Truth

Faur�: Requiem

Gerald Finley, baritone

King's College Choir and Orchestra

Stephen Cleobury, director

The Choir of King's College pays tribute to one of its great choral directors, Sir David Willcocks, who died in September this year at the age of 95.

Donald Runnicles And The Bbc Sso In Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony20160303

Live from City Halls, Glasgow

Presented by Jamie MacDougall

Runnicles conducts the BBC SSO in Beethoven's 'Pastoral' Symphony.

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

James MacMillan: Violin Concerto (Scottish Premiere)

8.15: Interval

Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F major 'Pastoral'

Vadim Repin, violin

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Donald Runnicles, conductor

James MacMillan dedicated his Violin Concerto to the memory of his mother. But as last season's acclaimed BBC SSO cycle of MacMillan's piano concertos showed, there's more to anything by MacMillan than meets the ear: as one critic put it, this is a work "so full of ideas that you might wonder if he couldn't have written two concertos". In the hands of its dedicatee, the great Vadim Repin, it's an arresting companion-piece for Beethoven's much-loved (and deceptively relaxed) 'Pastoral' symphony, and the quiet revolution of Debussy's sensuous Prélude; works chosen by Donald Runnicles both to complement, and to strike sparks off, each other.

Dunedin Consort - Handel's Messiah20160517

The Dunedin Consort perform Handel's Messiah at the London Festival of Baroque Music

Joanne Lunn, soprano

Meg Bragle, alto 1

Esther Brazil, alto 2

Joshua Ellicott, tenor

Robert Davies, bass 1

Edward Grint, bass 2

Dunedin Consort

John Butt, harpsichord and director

Handel - Messiah (original version, Dublin 1742)

Handel was greatly inspired by the Scriptural text of his famous oratorio exploring the nature of divinity: 'I did think I did see all Heaven before me, and the great God himself.' John Butt and the Dunedin Consort, admired for their fresh and revealing approaches to Baroque masterworks, present this most uplifting and familiar of choral works in the rarely performed version heard at its premiere.

Recorded at St John's Smith Square, London

Presented by Martin Handley.

Dutilleux 100: Bbc Now - Dutilleux, Debussy, Mozart20160122

Dutilleux 100

On the centenary of the composer's birth, Principal Conductor Thomas Sondergard joins the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in two contrasting pieces by Dutilleux. Metabloes, a tightly organised exploration of musical metamorphosis, and his lyrical poem for violin and orchestra. Akiko Suwanai is also the soloist in a new completion of Debussy's sketches for a Nocturne for violin and orchestra. Finally another another musical completion - Mozart's Requiem.

Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas

Dutilleux: Métaboles

Dutilleux: Sur le même accord, for violin and orchestra

Debussy real. Orledge: Nocturne, for violin and orchestra

8.10 Interval Music

Mozart compl. Sussmayr: Requiem

Akiko Suwanai (violin)

Susan Gritton (soprano)

Jennifer Johnston (mezzo)

Timothy Robinson (tenor)

Alastair Miles (bass)

BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales

Thomas Sondergard (conductor)

Henri Dutilleux (1916-2013) struck a bold path in the music of twentieth century France. When those around him were ripping up the rule book to make a break with the past, he found a way to develop music, in particular form, colour and harmony, whilst remaining connected to the sound world of Debussy and Ravel. Thomas Sondergard and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales commemorate his centenary with Metaboles, an explosive exploration of musical structure, and Sur le meme accord, a lyrical nocturne for violin and orchestra. Dutilleux's love of Debussy is reflected in a new completion by Robert Orledge of the sketches for a Nocturne written for the great violin virtuoso Ysaye. Another musical completion closes the programme, Mozart's much-loved Requiem, left unfinished when the composer died in 1791.

Dvorak And Enescu Chamber Music20151101

Ian Skelly introduces a performance of Dvorak's lyrical Piano Quartet recorded in the atmospheric setting of the Cloister Church, Olsberg to the south of Germany's Black Forest. That's followed by Enescu from this year's Salzburg Festival.

Dvorak

Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat, op.87

Vilde Frang (violin), Veronika Hagen (viola), Sol Gabetta (cello), Nicholas Angelich (piano)

Enescu

Octet in C major Op.7 for strings

Vilde Frang, Christoph Koncz, Sarah Nemtanu and Deborah Nemtanu (violins), Lawrence Power and James Boyd (violas), Nicolas Altstaedt and Jan-Erik Gustafsson (cellos).

Easter At King's20170414

Donald Macleod presents a concert live from the Easter at King's Festival in Cambridge, conducted by Director of Music Stephen Cleobury. Brahms's German Requiem is the main work in the programme, which the composer described as a 'human' requiem, written not for the dead, but for the living who seek to transcend the human condition.

Mozart: Ave Verum Corpus

Bruckner: Christus factus est

Mendelssohn: Hör mein Bitten (Hear My Prayer)

Brahms: Warum ist das Licht gegeben

8.05 INTERVAL

8.25

Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op 45

King's College Choir

Philharmonia Chorus

Sarah-Jane Brandon (soprano)

Simon Keenlyside (baritone)

Richard Gowers (King's Organ Scholar)

BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Stephen Cleobury.

Easter At King's: Bach's St John Passion20150407

Bach's St John Passion from King's College, Cambridge. Recorded on Saturday

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

Ben Johnson, Evangelist

Christopher Purves, Christus

Mary Bevan, soprano

Robin Blaze, countertenor

Ed Lyon, tenor

Ashley Riches, bass

King's College Choir

Academy of Ancient Music

Stephen Cleobury, conductor

While the St Matthew Passion is widely admired for what might be called its epic proportions, the John, in contrast, presents the dramatic narrative with a more concentrated sense of urgency. Many of the arias are, nevertheless, deeply reflective and expressive, none more so than Es ist vollbracht!, in which the countertenor and the viola da gamba weave their melodies together in the most beguiling way.

Easter At King's: Handel's Brockes Passion20160328

Easter at King's: in a concert from King's College Chapel Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury conducts the King's College Choir and the Hanover Band in Handel's rarely-performed Brockes Passion.

Recorded at King's College on Holy Saturday, introduced by Donald Macleod.

Handel: Brockes Passion

Ailish Tynan (soprano)

Helen Jane Howells (soprano)

Benjamin Williamson (countertenor)

Ben Johnson (tenor)

Roderick Williams (baritone)

Morgan Pearse (baritone)

Ed Lyon (tenor - Evangelist)

Choir of King's College Cambridge

The Hanover Band (leader Theresa Caudle)

Stephen Cleobury conductor

In contrast with the traditional Passion oratorios, the text by the German poet Barthold Heinrich Brockes weaves together all four gospel narratives, and adds his own reflective and emotional poetry. Handel's composition of the Brockes Passion is shrouded in mystery: it's not known where, when or why he composed the work - the first known performance was in Hamburg in 1719, by which time Handel had been living in London for seven years. Handel's oratorio was hugely popular throughout contemporary Germany, and one particular fan was J.S. Bach, who copied it out by hand, conducted it twice and used it as a model for his own Passion settings. This performance is part of 'Easter at King's', a festival of services and concerts across the Easter weekend.

Ebu - Bruch, Brahms, Elgar20161113

Ian Skelly introduces highlights from the International Chamber Music Festival in Utrecht and the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival in North Germany.

Max Bruch (1838-1920)

Excerpts from Eight Pieces, Op. 83:

No. 2 in B minor. Allegro con moto

No. 6 in G minor. Nachtgesang

No. 7 in B. Allegro vivace, ma non troppo

Lawrence Power, viola

Itamar Golan, piano

Martin Fröst, clarinet

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Excerpts from Six Lieder, Op. 85' and 'Four Lieder, Op. 96:

Sommerabend, Op. 85/1

Mondschein, Op. 85/2

Meerfahrt, Op. 96/4

Der Tod das ist die kühle Nacht, Op. 96/1

Ian Bostridge, tenor

Saskia Giorgini, piano

Edward Elgar (1857-1934)

Symphony No. 1 in A flat, Op. 55

NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra

Sakari Oramo, conductor.

Ebu - Haydn, Tchaikovsky And Mozart20161204

Ian Skelly presents highlights from concerts in Esterházy and Bad Kissingen with performances of string quartets by Haydn and Mozart and Tchaikovsky's mighty B flat minor Piano Concerto

Haydn: String Quartet in G, Op 17 No 5

Kodály String Quartet

recorded in the Haydn Hall, Castle Esterházy

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op 23

Daniil Trifonov (piano)

Bamberg Symphony

David Afkham (conductor)

recorded in the Regentenbau, Bad Kissingen

Mozart: String Quartet No. 19 in C, K. 465 ('Dissonance')

Ebu - Mozart, Mahler, Schumann And Haydn20161211

Ian Skelly presents his regular Sunday evening programme exploring the international concert scene. Tonight there's Mozart and Haydn from Minnesota and Schumann and Mahler from Augsburg.

Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K.218

Veronika Eberle (violin),

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

Mahler: Piano Quartet movement

Wu Han (piano), Daniel Hope (violin), Paul Neubauer (viola), David Finckel (cello)

Schumann: Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op.47

rec. Small Golden Hall, Town Hall, Augsburg 15.09.2016

Haydn: Symphony No. 85 in B flat major, H.1.85 (La Reine)

rec. Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul, Minnesota 23.01.2016.

Ebu - Rossini, Mozart And Brahms20161120

Ian Skelly presents a concert by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra of Rossini, Mozart and Brahms under the baton of the young Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare, with a concerto performance by Piotr Anderszewski.

Rossini: Overture to 'Il barbiere di Siviglia'

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 17 in G, K. 453

Piotr Anderszewski, piano

Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, op. 98

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Rafael Payare (conductor)

Recorded at the Herkulessaal der Residenz, Munich.

Elias Quartet - Haydn, Britten And Beethoven20161129

Recorded on 25th November at the Royal pump Rooms, Leamington Spa.

The Elias Quartet play Haydn, Britten and Beethoven.

Haydn: String Quartet in E flat major, Op 64 No 6

Britten: String Quartet No 3 in G major, Op 94

8.15: Interval: Pied Piper

During the intervals of the concerts this week, we'll be hearing a selection of programmes from the five year long series. Munrow explored a wide range of music, and these five programmes can only begin to give a taste of the topics he covered. In this edition of Pied Piper from 10th March 1975, David Munrow looks at the early days of the life of Sir Thomas Beecham, the impression the success of his grandfather's laxative business had on the family and how the young Thomas learned the repertoire from his father's huge collection of music boxes.

8.35

Beethoven: String Quartet in B flat major, Op 130, and Grosse Fuge, Op 133

Elias Quartet:

Sara Bitlloch and Donald Grant, violins

Martin Saving, viola

Marie Bitlloch, cello

The Elias Quartet visit Leamington Spa, having toured

extensively throughout Europe and the USA and completed

their ground-breaking Beethoven Project: performing

and recording the composer's complete string quartets. Tonight they couple one of the greatest of those with works by Haydn and Britten.

Eliasson And Rachmaninov20160626

Ian Skelly presents concerto recordings from recent European concerts

Anders Eliasson: Einsame Fahrt, violin concerto

Janine Jansen, violin

Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

Daniel Blendulf, conductor

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30

Nikolai Lugansky, piano

NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

Andrew Manze, conductor.

English Chamber Orchestra - Mozart, Tchaikovsky20151117

Live from the 2015 Bath Mozartfest, renowned clarinettist Paul Meyer joins the English Chamber Orchestra to perform Mozart and Tchaikovsky

From the Assembly Rooms, Bath

Presented by Martin Handley

Mozart: Symphony No.21 K134

Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A K622

8.25pm

Music Interval

8.45pm

Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings

Paul Meyer, clarinet

English Chamber Orchestra

Stephanie Gonley, director, violin

The MozartFest is Bath's annual celebration of the the music of W. A. Mozart, those who influenced him, and those who were inspired by his work.

In this live broadcast from this year's 25th anniversary season, we hear one of Mozart's last completed works, his heavenly Clarinet Concerto, alongside the spirited symphony he composed, aged just 15, between tours of Italy. The programme is rounded off by Tchaikovsky's ever-popular tribute to Mozart's musical world, a work he composed purely for his own pleasure.

English Concert At Christ Church, Spitalfields20151209

Live from Christ Church, Spitalfields, London. The English Concert performs Christmas music by Dandrieu, Charpentier and Stradella as part of the Spitalfields Music Winter Festival.

Presented by Martin Handley

Dandrieu: Trio Sonata No 2 in D, Op.1

Charpentier: Magnificat, H73

Charpentier: In nativitatem Domini nostri Jesu Christi canticum, H 414

8.45: Interval

Stradella: Cantata per il Santissimo Natale, 'Ah! troppo è ver'

Choir of The English Concert

The English Concert

Harry Bicket (organ/director)

Internationally acclaimed baroque ensemble The English Concert explore present vivid retellings of the Christmas story from 17th-century France and Italy. At the heart of the programme are two stunning cantatas: Charpentier's In nativitatem Domini, a delicate retelling of the Christmas story, full of his characteristic delicacy and restrained passion, and Stradella's Ah! troppo è ver - a sublime and melodious lyrical outpouring.

Escher String Quartet - Mendelssohn, Janacek, Brahms20151013

The Escher String Quartet perform music by Mendelssohn, Janacek and Brahms from the Town Hall in Skipton.

Live from Skipton Town Hall

Presented by Tom Redmond

Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 4 in E minor, Op. 44 No. 2

Janacek: String Quartet No. 1, "Kreutzer Sonata"

8.20 Interval

8.40

Brahms: String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 51 No. 2

Escher Quartet.

European Festivals - Dvorak, Telemann, Weber, Falconiero20160417

Ian Skelly presents highlights from European music festivals, including Dvorak's New World Symphony played by the Czech Philharmonic.

Dvorak: Othello, op. 93, concert overture

Czech Philharmonic, Jirí Belohlávek

Dvorák Hall, Rudolfinum, Prague

Telemann: Concerto in E minor, TWV 52:e4

Daniel Hope (violin), Berlin Barock Soloists

Weber: Overture to 'Der Freischütz, op. 77'

Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Markus Poschner

Falconiero: Ciaconna

Falconiero: Passacalle

Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, op. 95 ('From the New World')

European Union Baroque Orchestra - Bach And Handel20170321

In a concert celebrating the 2017 European Day of Early Music, Lars Ulrik Mortensen directs the European Union Baroque Orchestra live from the National Centre for Early Music in York. The orchestra, now in its 32nd year, supports young baroque performers as they transition from study to professional careers, and is midway though a European tour with dates in Valletta, Antwerp and Darmstadt.

The programme tonight explores the theme of Betrayal and Betrothal with works including Bach's Wedding Cantata and 'Ah! Ruggiero crudel' from Handel's Alcina.

Presented by Tom Redmond.

Handel: Concerto Grosso in D minor, Op 6 No 10 (HWV328)

Handel: Cantata 'Tu fedel? Tu costante?' HWV171a

Handel: Passacaglia from Trio Sonata in G, HWV399

Handel: Recitative and Aria 'Ah! Ruggiero... Ombre pallide' from Alcina

JS Bach: Harpsichord Concerto in A, BWV1055

JS Bach: Wedding Cantata 'Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten', BWV202

Maria Keohane (soprano)

Neven Lesage (oboe)

European Union Baroque Orchestra

Lars Ulrik Mortensen (director/harpsichord).

Faure, Duparc, Debussy And Ravel20160228

Ian Skelly introduces an all-French programme, including piano, chamber music and song by Fauré, Duparc, Debussy and Ravel recorded last year in Vienna and Berlin.

Gabriel Fauré: Cinq mélodies de Venise, Op.58

Marie-Nicole Lemieux (contralto)

Roger Vignoles (piano)

Debussy: Preludes, Book 2

Alexander Melnikov, piano

Henri Duparc: L'invitation au voyage; La vie antérieure; Sérénade florentine ('Etoile dont la beauté luit'); Phidylé

Ravel (arr Tamestit after Salzedo): Sonatine

Soloists of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra: Emmanuel Pahud (flute), Antoine Tamestit (viola), Marie-Pierre Langlamet (harp).

Fazil Say Plays Mozart And Chopin20151115

The brilliant young Turkish-born pianist Fazil Say performs at the Montepellier International Piano Festival and the Bavarian RSO plays a sombre symphony by Haydn in the Hercules Hall, Munich.

Presented by Ian Skelly

Mozart

Piano Sonata No. 12 in F, K332

Fazil Say (piano)

Chopin

Nocturne No. 11 in G minor, op. 37/1

Nocturne in C sharp minor KK Iva, No. 16 (20a)

Nocturne No. 14 in F sharp minor, op. 48/2

Haydn

Symphony No. 44 in E minor 'Trauersinfonie'

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin (conductor)

Janacek

Piano Sonata in E flat minor ('1.X.1905')

Fazil Say

Ses

Folk Connections: Transatlantic Sessions20160131

Transatlantic Sessions, the Celtic Connections Festival's iconic annual concert, ends Radio 3's Folk Connections weekend. Verity Sharp introduces the event from Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall, which brings together Celtic styles with American old-time and bluegrass. The concert is again led by American dobro virtuoso Jerry Douglas and Shetland fiddle icon Aly Bain, and features a line-up of star musicians from both sides of the Atlantic, including Cara Dillon, Rhiannon Giddens and Karen Matheson.

Free Thinking: Royal Northern Sinfonia At Sage Gateshead20170317

Live from the Free Thinking festival at Sage Gateshead: Royal Northern Sinfonia plays Prokofiev, Haydn and Beethoven with pianist Lars Vogt, who also conducts.

Presented by Tom Redmond

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat, Op.19

Prokofiev: Symphony No.1 in D, Op.25 'Classical'

8.20: Interval

8.40

Haydn: Symphony No.11 in E flat

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37

Royal Northern Sinfonia

Lars Vogt: conductor/piano

The extraordinary German pianist Lars Vogt acts as both conductor and soloist for tonight's concert. In a major feat for any musician: he performs two of the great landmark concertos of the piano repertoire: Beethoven's Second and Third concertos.

The two concertos illustrate Beethoven's musical and life journeys, from youthful inventiveness much influenced by Mozart and Haydn, to the more dramatic "universal" voice of his maturity. This development took place in the musical ferment of classical Vienna, which still provided inspiration for Prokofiev's symphony over one hundred years later. Since 2015 Lars Vogt has been Music Director of Royal Northern Sinfonia at Sage Gateshead.

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra - Haydn, Cpe And Jc Bach, Mozart20160922

Live from Wigmore Hall the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, one of the world's leading period instrument groups, is joined by one of the finest fortepiano players of our times, Kristian Bezuidenhout in an attractive programme of classical and pre-classical symphonies and concertos from Haydn, Mozart and two Bach brothers, Carl Philipp Emanuel and Johann Christian.

Ian Skelly presents.

Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 47 in G major HI: 47

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Harpsichord Concerto in D minor Wq. 17

Johann Christian Bach: Symphony in G minor Op. 6 No. 6

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 14 in E flat major K.449

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra

Kristian Bezuidenhout, fortepiano and director.

From Heaven To Hell At The Movies20170324

Recorded at the Royal Festival Hall on 19 March

The BBC Concert Orchestra and their Principal Conductor Keith Lockhart are joined by the Crouch End Festival Chorus for a celebration of great choral moments from the silver screen. Presented by Matthew Sweet.

Orff: O Fortuna (from Carmina Burana)

Barry: The Lion in Winter Suite

Barry (arr. Raine): Theme from Somewhere in Time

Vangelis: 1492: Conquest of Paradise

Prokofiev: Song about Alexander Nevsky; The Battle on the Ice; Alexander's Entry into Pskov (from Alexander Nevsky)

INTERVAL

Patrick Doyle: Finale - Cry No More (from Much Ado About Nothing)

Jerry Goldsmith: Music from The Omen

Ennio Morricone: Gabriel's Oboe (from The Mission)

John Williams: Hymn to the Fallen (from Saving Private Ryan)

John Williams: Main Theme from Schindler's List

John Williams: Duel of the Fates (from Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace); Princess Leia's Theme (from Star Wars IV: A New Hope)

Walton: Epilogue from Henry V

Matthew Sweet, presenter

Crouch End Festival Chorus

BBC Concert Orchestra

Keith Lockhart, conductor

You know the moment in a film when it finally gets to the point? Redemption and joy, or perhaps damnation and pain?

There of course is the acting, the sweeping camera shots and a big orchestral score up on the big screen. But when the future ahead could be heavenly or hellish, there has to be the power of massed human voices to complete the emotional detail. Those moments - this is our concert.

Let the 'Sound of Cinema' fill your ears as Radio 3's Matthew Sweet presents a concert of classic movie moments. Join the Crouch End Festival Chorus, conductor Keith Lockhart and the BBC Concert Orchestra - and a host of famous cinema composers - on a voyage that takes you all the way to Omaha beach with John Williams's Hymn to the Fallen (Saving Private Ryan), before transporting you to another universe with the epic score Duel of the Fates (Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace). It isn't all plain sailing though: expect some turbulence with Prokofiev's The Battle on the Ice and the ultimate O, Fortuna from Carmina Burana.

George Enescu International Festival 201520160207

Ian Skelly introduces recordings made at the George Enescu International Festival held each year in Bucharest and which attracts leading musicians from around the world.

Brahms: Rhapsody in B flat minor, Op. 79 No. 1, and in G minor, Op. 79 No. 2

Christian Zacharias (piano)

Enescu: Suite No. 3 in D, Op. 27 'Villageoise'

Monte Carlo Philharmonic, Cristian Mandeal (conductor)

Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op. 16

Hall - Elgar's The Dream Of Gerontius20170320

Sir Mark Elder conducts the Hallé Orchestra, Choir and Youth Choir with soloists Sasha Cooke, David Butt Philip and Iain Paterson in a British choral masterpiece from the turn of the last century. Composed in 1900 to text from the poem by John Henry Newman, "The Dream of Gerontius" relates the journey of a pious man's soul from his deathbed to his judgment before God and settling into Purgatory.

Recorded on 12th March at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, and presented by Stuart Flinders.

Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, Op.38

Sasha Cooke (mezzo-soprano)

David Butt Philip (tenor)

Iain Paterson (bass-baritone)

Hallé Orchestra

Hallé Choir

Hallé Youth Choir

Sir Mark Elder (conductor).

Halle20160215

Roderick Williams performs Mahler's Kindertotenlieder with the Hallé Orchestra conducted by Sir Mark Elder at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall

Rachmaninov: Isle of the Dead

Mahler: Kindertotenlieder

Shostakovich: Symphony No.15

This concert opens with Rachmaninov's Isle of the Dead, his great, mystical tone poem depicting Charon, the ferryman of Greek mythology.

The composition of Mahler's Kindertotenlieder coincided with that of his Sixth Symphony, a work Sir Mark conducted here in October. Featuring tonight, the renowned Roderick Williams, these gentle and intimate songs express sorrow, tenderness, wistfulness and finally, resignation to fate.

Shostakovich likened the first movement of his fifteenth and last symphony to a 'toy shop'. Laden with quotations from his own works, it also includes most famously a bizarre reference to the galop from Rossini's William Tell Overture. As with other works from the last years of his life the music treads a fine line between vitality and disillusion.

Followed by a glimpse into Adopt a Composer - Making Music's scheme pairing composers with performing groups from around the country.

Tonight, the Jubilate Ladies Choir works on Aillie Robertson's Phenomenal Woman.

Halle - Berlioz, Tchaikovsky20151027

The Hallé and Ryan Wigglesworth perform Berlioz's Byron inspired "Harold In Italy" with viola soloist Lawrence Power, alongside music by Tchaikovsky, live from Nottingham's Royal Concert Hall.

Berlioz: Harold in Italy

8.15 INTERVAL

8.35

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 4 in F minor

Lawrence Power - viola

Hallé Orchestra

conducted by Ryan Wigglesworth.

Halle - Henze, Ravel, Liszt, Beethoven20160317

Markus Stenz and the Hallé perform Beethoven's Symphony No.5, and are joined by Kirill Gerstein to perform Ravel's Piano Concerto for the Left Hand.

Live from the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.

Presented by Stuart Flinders.

Hallé

Markus Stenz conductor

Kirill Gerstein piano

Henze: The Enchanted Forest

Ravel: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand

Liszt: Totentanz

8.20 Interval

8.40

Beethoven: Symphony No.5 in C minor

Markus Stenz and the Hallé begin with Henze's The Enchanted Forest, an atmospheric orchestral medley adapted from the composer's opera König Hirsch (The Stag King).

Kirill Gerstein, hailed by the New York Times as 'one of the most respected pianists of his generation', is then the soloist in Ravel's pulsating Concerto for the Left Hand, a work influenced by Spanish music and jazz. Remarkably, throughout the piece Ravel makes one hand sound like two! Liszt's Totentanz is another extraordinary work for piano and orchestra. Years ahead of its time when first performed, it is a set of virtuosic variations that paraphrases the ancient plainchant, the ominous Dies Irae.

In the second half the fate theme reaches its glorious apotheosis in Beethoven's legendary Fifth Symphony, with its iconic four-note 'fate' motif.

Halle - Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms20151207

The Hallé play Mendelssohn and Brahms. Lars Vogt joins them in Schumann's Piano Concerto.

Recorded at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Mendelssohn: Overture: The Hebrides (Fingal's Cave)

Schumann: Piano Concerto

8.15: Interval

Brahms: Symphony No.2

Lars Vogt, piano

The Hallé

Louis Langrée, conductor

Inspired by a trip to Fingal's Cave on the island of Staffa, Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture is one of the great musical seascapes.

Lars Vogt then joins Louis Langrée and the Hallé for Schumann's poetic Piano Concerto. Written for Schumann's beloved wife Clara, it is a work of both glorious lyricism and virtuoso display.

'Melodies flow so freely', wrote Brahms as he composed what is one of his most sunlit and serene creations - his Second Symphony.

Halle - Stravinsky, Bach, Schumann20160425

From the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Presented by Adam Tomlinson

The Hallé with a programme of Bach, Stravinsky and Schumann.

Stravinsky: Chorale Variations on Vom Himmel Hoch

Bach: Magnificat in D, BWV243

8.15: Interval

BBC Young Musician 2016

Clemency Burton-Hill introduces the first of the finalists in this year's brass category.

Trombonist Gemma Riley plays music by:

Cesare and Castérède

Schumann: Symphony No.3, 'Rhenish'

Sophie Bevan, soprano

Christopher Ainslie, counter tenor

Andrew Staples, tenor

Christopher Purves, bass-baritone

Hallé Choir and Orchestra

Ryan Wigglesworth, conductor

In 1956 Stravinsky adapted and orchestrated a set of variations Bach made on his Christmas hymn 'Vom Himmel Hoch'. The result is an ingenious and delightful work, at once both Bach and Stravinsky. The Hallé Choir then joins the orchestra for Bach's Magnificat, one of the composer's greatest choral works. After the interval comes the 'Rhenish' Symphony, Schumann's great musical evocation of the beauties of Germany's Rhineland. Each of its five richly contrasted movements portrays various elements of local scenery, history and folklore. Appropriately for this concert, the fourth of these - an evocation of Cologne's magnificent cathedral - pays tribute to Johann Sebastian Bach.

Halle - Verdi, Beethoven20161010

The Hallé and Sir Mark Elder in music from Verdi's Macbeth and Beethoven's Symphony No 9, 'Choral'.

Presented by Adam Tomlinson and recorded at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.

Verdi: Macbeth: scenes

Interval

Beethoven: Symphony No.9, 'Choral'

Béatrice Uria-Monzon, Mezzo-Soprano

Scott Hendricks, Baritone

Natalya Romaniw, Soprano

Madeleine Shaw, Mezzo-Soprano

Allan Clayton, Tenor

The Hallé

Hallé Choir

Sir Mark Elder

The Hallé and Sir Mark Elder begin their autumn season with a dramatic concert: the first half features music from Verdi's Macbeth, a graphic portrayal of Shakespeare's play, including Lady Macbeth's descent into madness. The concert concludes with Beethoven's Ninth symphony, the Choral, full of drama itself and culminating in the final 'Ode to Joy'.

Halle - Wagner, Beethoven, Sibelius20161117

Live from the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

The Hallé is conducted by Andrew Manze in a programme which begins on the storm-tossed oceans of Wagner's Flying Dutchman and ends in a work which became an emblem for the Finnish people.

Presented by Stuart Flinders

Wagner: Overture - The Flying Dutchman

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major, Op.73 (Emperor)

8.10pm

Interval music - Bach's Actus Tragicus BWV 106

8.30pm

Sibelius: Symphony No.2 in D major, Op.43

Martin Helmchen (piano)

The Hallé, Andrew Manze (conductor).

Handel - Israel In Egypt20160520

Handel's monumental Israel in Egypt is a gripping account of the Jews's slavery-to-triumph journey from Egypt to Israel. The drama of the Old Testament narrative, with its avenging God, plagues, betrayal, setbacks and celebration inspired Handel to reach a peak of choral writing and ambitious orchestration which even he himself rarely equalled and never surpassed.

Martin Handley presents this period instrument performance from Westminster Abbey led by Organist and Master of the Choristers of Westminster Abbey, James O'Donnell.

Handel: Overture to the Occasional Oratorio; Israel in Egypt

The Choir of Westminster Abbey

St James's Baroque

James O'Donnell (conductor).

Handel, Jc Bach, Prokofiev, Haydn20160911

Ian Skelly launches the new season showcasing the very best performances from concerts around Europe and the pick of the summer festivals. This week we've JC Bach and Haydn from Camerata Salzburg and Prokofiev from the stellar lineup of Denis Matsuev, the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra and Valery Gergiev.

Handel orch Mozart: Excerpts from 'Acis and Galatea'

Camerata Salzburg

Andrew Manze

Recorded at the Mozart Festival, Würzburg

JC Bach: Symphony in G minor, Op. 6 No. 6

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16

Denis Matsuev, piano

Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra

Valery Gergiev

Recorded at the Mikkeli Music Festival

Haydn: Symphony No. 98 in B flat, Hob. I:98 ('London')

Handel's Messiah20161219

BBC National Chorus of Wales with the Welsh National Opera Orchestra in Handel's Messiah. Recorded last week at St David's Hall in Cardiff and presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas.

Handel: Messiah, HWV 56

Soraya Mafi, soprano

Patricia Bardon, mezzo

Ben Johnson, tenor

James Platt, bass

BBC National Chorus of Wales

Welsh National Opera Orchestra

Adrian Partington, conductor

BBC National Chorus of Wales and WNO Orchestra come together for the first time to collaborate on a work firmly established as a Christmas tradition for audiences across the globe, Handel's Messiah. One of the best-known and most-loved choral works in Western music; it is a true celebration of the nativity; exhilarating, yet deeply emotional and resonant.

Comprising a scriptural text compiled by Charles Jennens from the King James Bible and psalms from the Book of Common Prayer, Messiah brings some of the most evocative oratorio writing in the repertoire, featuring 'For unto us a child is born', 'The trumpet shall sound' and the famous 'Hallelujah' chorus.

Haydn - The Seasons20160620

The Seasons was Haydn's last major work, a response to the phenomenal success of his previous choral hit, The Creation. The sixty-nine-year-old composer threw everything he had at it, combining choral forces and soloists with the biggest orchestra he had ever used. A bit like an early nineteenth-century Austrian The Archers, The Seasons is concerned with rural daily life including vivid musical depictions of jolly peasants going about their country activities from sowing seed and ploughing to hunting and drinking, with noises off from rustic fauna including cattle, swarming bees, quail, a cricket and a frog.

Paul McCreesh conducts this period instrument performance with a combined choir and orchestra of over 170 performers and a line-up of leading British soloists.

Recorded at St John's Smith Square and presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch.

Sung in Paul McCreesh's new English translation.

Carolyn Sampson (soprano)

Jeremy Ovenden (tenor)

Andrew Foster-Williams (bass-baritone)

Gabrieli Consort and Players

Paul McCreesh (conductor).

Haydn, Telemann And Brahms20170226

Ian Skelly presents highlights of concerts from around Europe. Tonight, Haydn and Telemann from the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and Brahms from the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival.

Haydn: String Quartet in C, Op. 20 No. 2 ('Sun')

Signum Quartet

Recorded at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam on 11/09/2016

Telemann: Oboe Concerto in F minor, TWV 51:f1

Bach: Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV 1043

Combattimento Consort, Amsterdam

Recorded at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam on 25/12/2016

Brahms Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 73

Bamberg Symphony Orchestra

David Afkham, conductor

Recorded at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, 17/07/2016.

Haydn's The Creation20170213

Sara Mohr-pietsch presents the London Philharmonic's performance of Haydn's Creation, conducted by Sir Roger Norrington.

Recorded at the Royal Festival Hall, London.

Haydn: The Creation

Lucy Crowe (soprano)

Thomas Hobbs (tenor)

Christopher Maltman (baritone)

London Philharmonic Choir

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Roger Norrington (conductor)

As part of the 'Belief and Beyond Belief' season at London's Southbank, Sir Roger Norrington brings all his experience and energy to Joseph Haydn's choral masterpiece. Haydn once said that when he thought of God he could write only cheerful music. So imagine the exuberance, the freshness and the pure joy that he brings to the story of the Creation. With its roof-raising choruses, bubbling melodies and glowing colours, The Creation is one of the most life-affirming and generous two hours of music ever written.

Hellensmusic Festival 201620160601

Two favourite quintets, recorded at the Hellensmusic festival, which takes place every spring at Hellens Manor in Herefordshire. Festival director and pianist, Christian Blackshaw is joined by an international line-up of musicians for music by Shostakovich and Schubert.

Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas

Shostakovich: Piano Quintet in G minor, Op 57

Schubert: Piano Quintet in A major, 'The Trout'

Christian Blackshaw, piano

Maya Iwabuchi, violin

Markus Däunert, violin

Máté Szücs, viola

Bruno Delepelaire, cello

Waldemar Schwiertz, double bass

Hellens manor is one of the oldest residences in the the UK; it has stood in the village of Much Marcle in Herefordshire since at least the 12th century. Today, Hellens welcomes Radio 3 to the intimate surroundings of its Great Barn for a concert from its annual spring music festival. Festival director and pianist Christian Blackshaw leads a starry line-up of performers including: Markus Däunert, Concertmaster of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra; Maya Iwabuchi, Leader of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Máté Szücs, Principal Viola of the Berlin Philharmonic; Bruno Delepelaire, first solo cellist of the Berlin Philharmonic and Waldemar Schwiertz, Co-principal double bass of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.

Both quintets in today's programme became instantly popular with audiences and performers. Here, the emotional power of Shostakovich's music is balanced with the irresistible good humour of Schubert's most famous chamber work.

Igor Levit - Beethoven Piano Sonatas20161107

Live from Wigmore Hall, Igor Levit plays Beethoven piano sonatas.

The widely acclaimed pianist, still in his late 20s continues his Beethoven Piano Sonatas in this sold-out series at London's Wigmore Hall. A former BBC New Generation Artist, and more recently winner of the Gramophone Recording of the Year prize, Igor Levit is one of today's leading interpreters of Beethoven's music.

Presented by Martin Handley.

Igor Levit (piano)

Beethoven

Piano Sonata No.5 in C minor, Op.10 No.1

Piano Sonata No.19 in G minor, Op. 49 No.1

Piano sonata No.20 in G major, Op.49 No.2

8.05pm

INTERVAL

8.25pm

Piano Sonata No.22 in F major, Op.54

Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor, Op.57 (Appassionata).

Indian Classical Music From Leicester20161115

As part of Radio 3's 70th season, Leicester's Asian community celebrates the pioneering work by the Third Programme in promoting Indian classical music in the 1950s and 60s, long before The Beatles and Ravi Shankar made it fashionable. At that time, the performers had to come from India: this concert celebrates the UK's home-grown talent, with musicians born or based in this country.

Live from Leicester's Peepul Centre in Leicester, Lopa Kothari introduces a recital by sarod virtuoso Soumik Datta, with Roopa Panesar playing sitar and Shahbaz Hussain on tabla. In the interval, Viram Jasani, director of the Asian Music Circuit, recalls those early broadcasts on the Third Programme. Radio 3's 70th season celebrates seven decades of pioneering music and culture since the founding of the Third Programme.

Soumik Datta was born in Bombay, and brought up in the UK, attending Harrow School - but he learned the sarod during extended stays with his guru, Calcutta-based Pandit Buddhadev Das Gupta. Soumik describes the sarod as 'a 19-stringed fretless instrument with a nomadic history spanning ancient Afghanistan, colonial India and modern day global downloads' - and his performing life frequently takes him beyond Indian classical styles, with collaborations with Jay-Z, Beyoncé and others.

Leicester-based Roopa Panesar is one of Europe's finest young sitar players. She started learning the instrument at the age of seven, and has performed throughout Europe and America, appeared with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and recorded music for the film 'West is West'.

Shahbaz Hussain was born in Rochdale, into a musical family with strong roots in Pakistan. He travelled to the Indian subcontinent to study and was a pupil of the legendary Alla Rakha Khan, Ravi Shankar's regular accompanist. His talent has been acclaimed worldwide, and in 2008 Pakistan gave him the 'Son of Lahore' award.

International Women's Day: Bbc Symphony Orchestra And Bbc Singers20160308

Live from the BBC's Maida Vale Studios. Music by contemporary women composers: Jessica Cottis conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and Grace Rossiter conducts the BBC Singers.

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch.

Helen Grime: Virga

Libby Larsen: Deep Summer Music

Thea Musgrave: Helios - Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra

INTERVAL: Sara Mohr-Pietsch in conversation with guests.

Sally Beamish: Gaudent in Coelis +#

Alissa Firsova: Paradisi Gloria, Op. 28 +#

Sally Beamish: Bird Year +#

Joanna Marsh: Fading +#

Roxanna Panufnik: Two Poems by Wendy +#

Victoria Borisova-Ollas: Open Ground

Judith Weir: Moon and Star #

Jessica Cottis (conductor)

Grace Rossiter (conductor) +

Emily Pailthorpe (oboe)

BBC Singers #

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers celebrate International Women's Day 2016 with several works inspired by natural phenomena. Oboist Emily Pailthorpe is the soloist in Thea Musgrave's virtuosic Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra, Helios, depicting the circular movements around the world of the ancient Greek sun god. And the BBC Singers and BBC Symphony Orchestra join forces in Judith Weir's delicate piece for orchestra and chorus Moon and Star - a portrayal of the vastness of space, with words by nineteenth century poet Emily Dickinson. Plus works by another Scot, Helen Grime, American Libby Larsen and Russian-born Swedish resident Victoria Borisova-Ollas. Jessica Cottis conducts.

Grace Rossiter conducts the BBC Singers in a cappella works both religious and nature-inspired.

International Women's Day: Open Ear20170308

Sara Mohr-Pietsch presents Open Ear, a concert of new music by women for International Women's Day, recorded in the round at St John-at-Hackney in London.

Part 1

Nicola LeFanu: A Birthday Card (UK premiere)

Arlene Sierra: Painted Bunting from Birds and Insects, Book 2

Xenia Pestova (piano)

Carola Bauckholt: Geräuschtöne

Plus-Minus Ensemble

Aisha Orazbayeva (violin) with Tim Etchells (spoken word): Seeping Through

Kaffe Matthews: In Locking

Kaffe Matthews (live electronics)

8.30 pm: Interval: Innocent Ear - a selection of new music chosen by tonight's concert artists

8.50 pm Part 2

Carola Bauckholt: Hirn and Ei

Ailís Ní Ríain: Soberado (premiere)

Egidija Medeksaite: Chaandanee (premiere)

Xenia Pestova (toy piano)

Joanna Bailie: Artificial Environments

Irish Culture In Britain: A Centenary Celebration20160421

Live from Wigmore Hall in London, Sean Rafferty introduces a concert celebrating 100 years of Irish culture, marking the anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising.

Part One is all-Schubert, Part Two is an Irish cultural gala, featuring celebrated Irish mezzo Ann Murray, with soprano Ailish Tynan, mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught, tenor Robin Tritschler, and baritone Gavan Ring, and Lucy Wakeford (harp), Jonathan Ware and Finghin Collins (piano), Michael Collins (clarinet), the RTÉ Contempo String Quartet, plus choirs from the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin.

God Save the Queen - British National Anthem (arranged Benjamin Britten)

Amhrán na bhFiann - Irish National Anthem (composed by Peadar Kearney and Patrick Heeney)

Schubert: Impromptu in C minor D899 No. 1

An die Musik D547; Nacht und Träume D827; Die Forelle D550; Die Sterne D939;

Licht und Liebe D352; Erlkönig D328; Ellens Gesang III (Ave Maria) D839;

Der Hirt auf dem Felsen (The Shepherd on the Rock) D965; Ständchen D920

8.40 Interval: Sean Rafferty talks to Ann Murray, who is being presented with The Wigmore Medal

9.00 Part 2

Gerald Barry: String Quartet No. 1 (revised)

John Field: Andante inédit

Michael William Balfe: I dreamt that I dwelt in Marble Halls

Trad Irish: Galway Bay; She moved thro' the fair

Britten: The Salley Gardens

James Lynam Molloy: The Kerry Dance

Michael Head: The ships of Arcady; A Blackbird Singing

Trad Irish: Phil the Fluter's Ball; I have a bonnet trimmed with blue

Presentation of The Wigmore Medal to Ann Murray

Trad Irish: Danny Boy

This month marks the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising, seen as the start of the movement that led to the creation of the Irish Republic. This gala event, complementing the centenary events in Dublin, marks the anniversary in a celebration of Irish culture, including a special tribute to Ann Murray, one of the great Irish musicians of our time. The event also acknowledges the strong bond of friendship between Ireland and the UK, achieved through a continuing process of reconciliation. It also honours those who died at Easter 1918, Irish and British, as well as all the soldiers who lost their lives in the Great War.

Isabelle Demers Celebrates Max Reger20160412

From the Royal Festival Hall

Isabelle Demers celebrates the organ music music of Max Reger.

Bach: Chromatic fantasia and fugue in D minor, BWV.903 transc. Reger

2-Part Invention No.1 in C, BWV.772 transc. Reger

2-Part Invention No.5 in E flat, BWV.776 transc. Reger

2-Part Invention No.6 in E, BWV.777 transc. Reger

2-Part Invention No.8 in F, BWV.779 transc. Reger

Reger: Chorale fantasia, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, Op.52 No.2

8.10: Interval: BBC Young Musician 2016

Clemency Burton-Hill introduces the second of the finalists in this year's woodwind category.

Saxophonist Jess Gillam plays music by Itturalde. Andy Scott and Phil Woods.

Reger: Introduction, passacaglia and fugue in E minor, Op.127

Isabelle Demers, organ

2016 is the centenary of the death of Max Reger, who contributed some of the most impressive and monumental works to the organ repertoire. Isabelle Demers, who took the organ world by storm at the Royal Festival Hall organ's gala concert in 2014, returns to champion Reger's music in a selection of works by this giant of the organ repertoire.

Followed by: Menuhin 100 - classic recordings from Yehudi Menuhin's discography.

James Gilchrist, Anna Tilbrook - Schumann, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Beamish20160622

Tenor James Gilchrist and pianist Anna Tilbrook perform music by Schumann, Mendelssohn, Liszt and the world premiere of a new work by Sally Beamish.

Presented by Ian Skelly, live from Wigmore Hall, London

Felix Mendelssohn:

Auf Flügeln des Gesanges Op. 34 No. 2

Schlafloser Augen Leuchte WoO. 4 No. 2

Keine von der Erde Schönen WoO. 4 No. 1

Nachtlied Op. 71 No. 6

Neue Liebe Op. 19a No. 4

Sally Beamish: West Wind (world première)

8.15: Interval

8.35: Franz Liszt:

Im Rhein, im schönen Strome S272/2

Du bist wie eine Blume S287

Die Loreley S273/2

Ein Fichtenbaum steht einsam S309

Es war ein König in Thule S278/2

Robert Schumann: Liederkreis Op. 39.

James Macmillan Celebration20170328

Harry Christophers and The Sixteen join the Scottish Chamber Orchestra as part of a month-long celebration of recent works by Sir James MacMillan in Scotland, featuring his Stabat Mater - originally commissioned for them by the Genesis Foundation. Sir James MacMillan and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra open the programme with a performance of one of his most popular concert pieces, Tryst, one of the first works he wrote for the SCO, inspired by his folksong Tryst.

James MacMillan: Tryst

Interval at 8.05pm

Kate Molleson introduces a performance of Weber's Horn Concertino played by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and their star French horn player, Alec Frank-Gemmill who was a Radio 3 New Generation Artists from 2014 -2016

James MacMillan: Stabat Mater

The Sixteen

Harry Christophers, conductor

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Sir James MacMillan, conductor.

Jan Lisiecki - Mozart, Liszt, Mendelssohn And Chopin20151030

Live from Wigmore Hall, London

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

Jan Lisiecki plays piano music by Mozart, Liszt, Mendelssohn and Chopin.

Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major K331

Liszt: Trois études de concert S144

Mendelssohn: Variations sérieuses in D minor Op. 54

8.15: INTERVAL - interval music from disc

8.35

Chopin: 12 Etudes Op. 25

Jan Lisiecki, piano

Born in Canada in 1995 to Polish parents, Jan Lisiecki has been described by The New York Times as 'a pianist who makes every note count'. He was Gramophone Magazine's Young Artist of the Year in 2013, the same year in which he made his BBC Proms debut. He returns to Wigmore Hall now aged 20 to perform Mozart's famous Piano Sonata in A K331, best known for its concluding Rondo 'Alla Turca'. He crowns his programme with Chopin's Études Op. 25 - repertoire that draws on his Polish roots.

Janacek's Jenufa20160418

Jirí Belohlávek conducts the Czech Philharmonic and a fine cast including Karita Mattila, one of the leading dramatic sopranos of her generation, in this tragedy about village life, with heartbreak, jealousy and child murder at its heart.

Live from the Royal Festival Hall

Presented by Sara Mohr Pietsch

Leos Janácek: Jenufa - opera in 3 acts

(concert performance in Czech with English surtitles)

Adriana Kohútková, soprano: Jenufa

Karita Mattila, soprano: Kostelnicka Buryjovka

Jaroslav Brezina, tenor: Steva Buryja

Ales Briscein, tenor: Laca Klemen

Svatopluk Sem, baritone: Stárek (foreman)

Yvona Skvárová, mezzo-soprano: Starenka Buryjovka (grandmother)

Lucie Silkenová, mezzo-soprano: Karolka

Ludek Vele, bass: Rychtár (mayor)

Jana Hrochová, mezzo-soprano: Rychtárka (mayor's wife)

Marta Reichelová: soprano, Jano

Katerina Jalovcová, mezzo-soprano: Pastuchyna (herdswoman)

Katerina Kneziková, soprano: Barena (servant girl)

Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno

Czech Philharmonic

Jirí Bélohlávek, conductor

INTERVAL BBC Young Musician 2016

Clemency Burton-Hill introduces the first of the finalists in this year's percussion category.

Percussionist Tom Pritchard plays music by:

Psathas, Arlen and Bradley.

Jazz Voice20161111

Andrew McGregor introduces the EFG London Jazz Festival's opening night gala, live from the Royal Festival Hall in London. Guy Barker conducts the London Jazz Festival Orchestra in Jazz Voice 2016 - a celebration of some of the great songs of the past ten decades, sung by some of the finest voices of today.

Among this year's line-up are Brooklyn-born, Harlem-based baritone Allan Harris; Londoner Jacob Collier, one of the jazz world's newest voices who was 'discovered' by Quincy Jones in 2014; Nashville-based singer Kandace Springs; American singer and guitarist John Pizzarelli; Polly Gibbons, British singer-songwriter now signed to a major USA jazz label; and American jazz and R&B artist with roots in folk and gospel, Lizz Wright.

The event is hosted by Jay Rayner, and the programme of songs, all specially arranged by Guy Barker, draws on major anniversaries, birthdays and milestones that link the decades stretching back from 2016.

Andrew McGregor introduces the EFG London Jazz Festival's opening night gala, live from the Royal Festival Hall in London. Guy Barker conducts the London Jazz Festival Orchestra in Jazz Voice 2016 - a celebration of some of the great songs of the past ten decades, sung by some of the great voices of today.

Jazz Voice - London Jazz Festival Opening Night20151113

Sara Mohr Pietsch introduces the EFG London Jazz Festival's opening night gala, live from the Barbican in London. Guy Barker conducts the London Jazz Festival Orchestra in Jazz Voice 2015 - a celebration of some of the great songs of the past ten decades, sung by some of the great voices of today.

Among this year's line-up are Illinois-born R&B singer Liv Warfield; emerging Californian singer-songwriter Jarrod Lawson; New York-based singer and guitarist Becca Stevens; UK veteran Elaine Delmar, who made her broadcast debut in 1952; and younger Brits Joe Stilgoe, Rebecca Ferguson and Nicki Wells with British Indian composer Nitin Sawhney.

The programme of songs, all specially arranged by Guy Barker, draws on major anniversaries, birthdays and milestones that link the decades stretching back from 2015.

In the interval, Ian McMillan presents 'A Jazzy Verb' - reflections on discovering jazz as a young man, and an exploration of the connections between jazz, voice and language (produced by Sharon Sephton).

Jerusalem Quartet - Beethoven, Bartok, Brahms20160623

The Jerusalem Quartet begins its 20th anniversary series at Wigmore Hall with quartets by Beethoven and Bartók before being joined after the interval by Sharon Kam for Brahms's autumnal Clarinet Quintet.

Presented by Fiona Talkington

Beethoven: String Quartet in B flat, Op 18 No 6

Bartók: String Quartet No 3

Interval at approx 8.15

Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op 115

Jerusalem String Quartet

with Sharon Kam (clarinet)

Concert recorded at Wigmore Hall, London, on 17 June 2016

Having been taken up at the beginning of their career as BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists, the Jerusalem Quartet now ranks as one of the world's leading chamber music ensembles. In this sold-out concert they play music which has been at the heart of their repertoire now for twenty years.

John Adams At 7020170227

Andrew McGregor introduces a concert given by the Britten Sinfonia from the Barbican, as part of the John Adams at 70 celebrations.

John Adams: Chamber Symphony

Timo Andres: Steady Hand for two pianos and orchestra (world premiere)

Philip Glass: Music in Similar Motion*

John Adams: Grand Pianola Music

Timo Andres and David Kaplan pianos

Britten Sinfonia

*Britten Sinfonia Academy

Synergy Vocals

Benjamin Shwartz conductor.

Joshua Bell & Sam Haywood20170329

Joshua Bell and Sam Haywood play music by Beethoven, Brahms and Sarasate. One of the world's leading violinists returns to the Barbican Hall for this recital of some of the greatest music written for the violin.

Recorded Tuesday 28 March at Barbican Hall, London

Introduced by Martin Handley

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No.1 in D major, Op.12 No.1

Brahms: Scherzo in C minor from F-A-E Sonata

Brahms: Violin Sonata No.3 in D minor, Op.108

8:20

Interval Music: Joshua Bell plays Bach with The Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

8:40

Ysaÿe: Sonata in D minor, Op.27 No.3, (Ballade), for solo violin

Rachmaninov: Vocalise

Sarasate: Concert Fantasy on Carmen, Op.25

plus encores by Chopin and Wienawski.

Joshua Bell And Sam Haywood At Wigmore Hall20160615

The American violinist Joshua Bell makes a welcome return to Wigmore Hall. He is joined by the British pianist Sam Haywood for a recital which opens with a pastiche Chaconne once attributed to the Baroque composer Vitali and which was in the repertoire of most of the leading violin virtuosi of the twentieth century. That's followed by Beethoven's masterful Kreutzer Sonata before the main part of Joshua Bell's recital ends with the ground-breaking sonata by Gabriel Fauré, a work which Joshua Bell describes as one of his Desert Island Discs.

Presented by Fiona Talkington

Tomaso Vitali: Chaconne in G minor

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major Op. 47 'Kreutzer'

at approx 8.30pm

Interval: vocal and choral music by Haydn and Fauré

Fauré: Violin Sonata No. 1 in A major Op. 13

Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor

Fritz Kreisler: Liebesleid from Old Viennese Dances

Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen Op. 20

Joshua Bell (violin) Sam Haywood (piano)

rec. Wigmore Hall 10.05.2016.

Julia Fischer, Igor Levit - Beethoven Violin Sonatas20160704

Live from Wigmore Hall, Martin Handley introduces a recital of Beethoven violin sonatas played by Julia Fischer with pianist Igor Levit.

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No.1 in D major Op.12 No.1; Violin Sonata No 2 in A major, Op.12 No.2

8.10 pm Interval: music by Antonio Salieri, the dedicatee of Beethoven's Opus 12 violin sonatas

8.30 pm part two:

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No.3 in E flat major Op.12 No.3; Violin Sonata No.4 in A minor Op.23

Julia Fischer (violin)

Igor Levit (piano)

Julia Fischer is one of Germany's most gifted young violinists, and she combines her playing and recording with running her own Festival, performing with her own string quartet, and also playing the odd piano concerto. She hasn't mastered the art of playing both at the same time however, so Russian-German pianist Igor Levit - recently acclaimed as 'the leaner, meaner piano machine' - joins her in these violin sonatas which date from soon after Beethoven arrived in Vienna, determined to make his name as a composer to be reckoned with.

King's College Organ Gala20161109

Ian Skelly presents a concert at King's College, Cambridge, featuring the Chapel's famous organ in the first concert since its recent restoration. Thomas Trotter puts the newly restored instrument through its paces in music by Bach, Karg-Elert, Duruflé and Poulenc, with the Choir of King's College and Britten Sinfonia, conducted by Stephen Cleobury, Director of Music at King's.

Live from the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge.

Bach: Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV542

Duruflé: Requiem, Op 9

Interval - Including music and an interview about the organ restoration.

Karg-Elert: Fuge, Kanzone und Epilog, Op.85 No.3

Poulenc: Organ Concerto

Thomas Trotter (organ)

Thomas Gould (violin)

Jennifer Johnston (mezzo-soprano)

Britten Sinfonia

Choir of King's College, Cambridge

Stephen Cleobury (conductor).

Kuss Quartet And Piotr Anderszewski20160529

Ian Skelly presents recent concert performances from around Europe, with a performance of Schubert's Death and the Maiden Quartet from the Kuss Quartet and Piotr Anderszewski playing Mozart's Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor K.491.

Ravel

Le Tombeau de Couperin

SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra, Stéphane Denève (conductor)

rec. 15.01.16 Beethovensaal Stuttgart

Schubert

String Quartet No.14 in D minor D.810 'Death and the Maiden'

The Kuss Quartet

rec. 18.03.16 Royal Conservatory, Brussels during the KlaraFestival

Mozart

Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K.491

Piotr Anderszewski (piano),

La Serenissima - Durante, Scarlatti, Porpora, Leo, A Scarlatti20170118

Live from St John's Smith Square in London

Presented by Martin Handley

La Serenissima with music from the Grand Tour: Naples to London

Durante: Concerto No 2 in G minor

D Scarlatti: Sinfonia in A

Porpora: Cello Concerto in G

8.15: Interval

Leo: Concerto in D for 4 violins and continuo

Durante: Concerto No 8 in A, 'La Pazzia'

A Scarlatti: Sinfonia di Concerto Grosso No 2 in D for recorder, trumpet, strings and continuo

Tabea Debus, recorder

Simon Munday, trumpet

Vladimir Waltham, cello

Adrian Chandler, violin and director

Alessandro Scarlatti was one of the most ground-breaking composers of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries whose style went on to influence a younger generation of composers who, with the application of the bel canto style, would change the musical world for ever.

In stark contrast to northern Italy, the role of instrumental music was not deemed as important in Naples, yet many composers still produced some extremely fine examples. The eight concertos of Durante are staggering in their range of affect and compositional techniques, whilst Porpora and Leo produced some fine solo concertos. Alessandro's son, Domenico, is represented by a fine Sinfonia in A.

After tonight's concert there's a chance to hear works performed during a recent concert that surveyed music written and performed in Terezin and the Warsaw Ghetto - Music on the Brink of Destruction.

Lennox Berkeley's Stabat Mater At The Spitalfields Festival20160614

The Marian Consort and the Berkeley Ensemble combine to perform 20th- and 21st-century works inspired by the Virgin Mary in Shoreditch Church, as part of the 2016 Spitalfields Festival. The concert culminates with a rare performance of Lennox Berkeley's Stabat Mater of 1947.

Introduced by Petroc Trelawny

Judith Weir: Ave Regina Caelorum

Matthew Martin: Ave Virgo Sanctissima

Michael Berkeley: Catch Me If You Can

Hilary Campbell: Ave Maria

8.00pm Interval

Michael Berkeley: Touch Light

Lennox Berkeley: Stabat Mater

The Marian Consort

The Berkeley Ensemble

David Wordsworth (conductor).

Les Arts Florissants - Music From The French Baroque20160404

Live from Wigmore Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Les Arts Florissants directed by William Christie director with music from the French Baroque.

Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Petite pastorale H479 (Overture; Téméraire Alcidon/Audacieux Lysandre)

Etienne Moulinié: Amis enivrons nous du vin d'Espagne en France

Michel Lambert: Amour, je me suis plaint cent fois

Charpentier: Amor vince ogni cosa H492 (Prelude; All'armi, all'armi)

Lambert: Vos yeux adorables

Moulinié: Enfin la beauté que j'adore

Sébastien Le Camus: Ah! Que vous êtes heureux

Charpentier: Charmantes fleurs naissez H449b; Amor vince ogni cosa H492 (Godero mi dice amore)

8.15: Interval: BBC Young Musician 2016

Clemency Burton-Hill introduces the first in a series of programmes spanning five weeks, featuring the complete performances of all 25 category finalists in this year's BBC Young Musician. This week the keyboard takes centre stage, and to kick things off pianist Yuanfan Yang plays music by Liszt, Beethoven and Prokofiev.

Charpentier: Tristes déserts, sombre retraite H469

Lambert: J'aimerais mieux souffrir la mort

Charpentier: Amor vince ogni cosa H492 (Andante; cercate la vostra ventura)

Lambert: Sans murmurer

Le Camus; Laissez durer la nuit, impatiente Aurore

Lambert: Laissez-moi soupirer importune raison; Vous avez trop d'appas

Moulinié: Guillot est mon ami

Lambert: Vos mespris chaque jour me causent milles alarmes

Charpentier: Amor vince ogni cosa H492 (Soccorso, o dei, soccorso; Finale: Viva Linco, Silvio viva)

Emmanuelle de Negri, soprano

Anna Reinhold, mezzo-soprano

Reinoud Van Mechelen, high-tenor

Cyril Auvity, tenor

Lisandro Abadie, bass

Les Arts Florissants

William Christie director, harpsichord

Founded in Paris in 1979 by William Christie, Les Arts Florissants revived interest in music of the French Baroque, some of them overshadowed by centuries of neglect.

This programme features a selection of Michel Lambert's sublime airs for the court of Louis XIV together with dramatic and pastoral scenes, including Marc-Antoine Charpentier's cantata-like 'Pastorelette', an innovative blend of Italian and French musical influences.

c.9.15 IT'S ALL ABOUT PIANO!

Just before Easter the French Institute in London held its fourth annual festival entitled It's All About Piano! As well as established pianists from around the world the festival aims to give a platform to the pianists of tomorrow and over the next four evenings at around this time there's a chance to hear highlights from a concert called Young Hands which brought together four students of the piano from the Paris Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Music in London.

This evening we will hear music played by the eighteen year old Marie-Ange Nguci from the Paris Conservatoire who played Cesar Franck's Prelude, Aria et Final, Thierry Escaich's Les Litanies de l'ombre and Saint-Saen's Tocatta op.111 in the concert.

Les Siecles - Rameau And Ravel20160613

Les Siècles perform Rameau and Ravel at the Aldeburgh Festival.

This leading French orchestra performs the music of two French master colourists on the sorts of instruments that the composers themselves would have known. Rameau's Daphne is celebrated in a vibrant score with twenty or so dance movements whilst Ravel's 'choreographed symphony' contrasts languid eroticism with a startling brutality. The famous sunrise promises to be a truly magical experience.

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch at the Snape Maltings Concert Hall.

Rameau: Daphnis et Eglé (extracts)

appox 8.00pm

Interval Music

Paolo Giacometti plays Ravel's le Tombeau de Couperin on a straight-strung Erard 'Extra Grand de Concert' piano made in 1888.

Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé

Les Siècles, François-Xavier Roth (conductor).

Llyr Williams - Beethoven At Wigmore Hall20161011

Llyr Williams plays piano music by Beethoven at Wigmore Hall.

Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10 No. 1

Piano Sonata No. 6 in F major, Op. 10 No. 2

Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10 No. 3

8.30: Interval music

Schoenberg - Chamber Symphony no 2, op 38

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

8.50: 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120

Llyr Williams piano

Two seasons ago, Llyr Williams embarked on a monumental survey of Beethoven's complete piano works at Wigmore Hall.

His latest recital encompasses the vivid stylistic contrasts and fruitful thematic ideas of the three Op. 10 piano sonatas and the elemental Diabelli Variations, remarkable even by Beethoven's standards for their invention and blend of disciplined craft and individual spontaneity.

8.20: Interval

8.40: 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120

London Handel Orchestra - Handel And His Contemporaries20160405

Live from Wigmore Hall, London

Presented by Ian Skelly

The London Handel Orchestra plays music by Handel and his contemporaries.

Corelli: Concerto Grosso in F major, Op. 6 No. 9

Purcell; The Married Beau - Suite

Quantz: Flute Concerto No. 5 in B minor

8.15: Interval: BBC Young Musician 2016

Clemency Burton-Hill introduces the second of the category finalists in this year's keyboard competition.

Pianist Tomoka Kan plays music by Chopin, Liszt and Michael Zev Gordon.

8.35

Wassenaer: Concerto Armonico No. 5 in F minor

Leclair: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 7 No. 1

Handel: Concerto Grosso in A major, Op. 6 No. 11

Rachel Brown, flute

London Handel Orchestra

Adrian Butterfield, director

To celebrate 35 years devoted to the performance of Handel's music, the London Handel Orchestra - led by its director Adrian Butterfield - crowns its programme with the composer's glorious Concerto Grosso in A Op. 6 No. 11.

The programme also features a selection of pieces by several illustrious European composers with whom Handel was closely associated.

c.9.15 IT'S ALL ABOUT PIANO!

Just before Easter the French Institute in London held its fourth annual festival entitled It's All About Piano! As well as established pianists from around the world the festival aims to give a platform to the pianists of tomorrow and over the next three evenings at around this time there's a chance to hear highlights from a concert called Young Hands which brought together four students of the piano from the Paris Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Music in London.

This evening we will hear music played by the 21-year-old Joseph Havlat from the Royal Academy of Music who played Poulenc's Promenades, Stravinsky's Tango and Piano Rag and Ligeti's Etudes nos. 4,5 and 8 in the concert.

London Philharmonic Orchestra - Dukas, Saint-saens, Honegger, Debussy20160420

Vladimir Jurowski conducts the LPO in an evening of French music.

Dukas: La péri

Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No.5 (Egyptian)

8.10: Interval:

BBC Young Musician 2016

Clemency Burton-Hill introduces the fourth of the finalists in this year's percussion category.

Percussionist Matthew Brett plays music by:

Psathas, Bradley and Gerassimez

Honegger: Pacific 231

Debussy: Images for orchestra

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Javier Perianes, piano

Vladimir Jurowski, conductor

It features Debussy's Images, Saint-Saëns' Fifth Piano Concerto, filled with the spice and exoticism of Egypt, and Honegger's orchestral depiction of a chugging steam train, Pacific 231.

After the success of his so-called 'Impressionistic' depictions of oceans and woodland animals, Claude Debussy set out to achieve 'something new - a new reality'. This new reality he talked of was the world of Images, where the free brushstrokes of Impressionism were replaced by something altogether more precise and pointillist.

Images contains some of Debussy's most delicate and luminous music, as well as his heady visions of life south of the French border in Spain.

Post Concert:

Clemency Burton-Hill introduces the fifth of the finalists in this year's percussion category.

Percussionist Andrew Woolcock plays music by:

Gerassimez and Muramatsu.

London Philharmonic Orchestra - Edison Denisov, Berg, Shostakovich20170222

Live from the Royal Festival Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

The London Philharmonic Orchestra perform Berg, Denisov and Shostakovich.

Edison Denisov: Symphony No.2

Berg: Violin Concerto

8.20: Interval

Shostakovich: Symphony No.15

Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Vladimir Jurowski, conductor

Berg dedicated his Violin Concerto 'to the memory of an angel', and a bottomless depth of personal loss lies beneath its gorgeous colours. Patricia Kopatchinskaja performs it between two final symphonies by two Soviet composers. Shostakovich's Fifteenth Symphony cloaks its sorrows in jokes, enigmas and pitch-black humour; two decades later, his friend Edison Denisov said farewell in a poignant, fantastical Second Symphony of his own. This is a rare British performance of a work that is close to Vladimir Jurowski's heart.

London Philharmonic Orchestra - Kancheli, Martinu, Vaughan Williams20170208

Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra in Vaughan Williams's Ninth Symphony.

Recorded at the Royal Festival Hall on 25th January.

Presented by Tom Redmond.

Giya Kancheli: Mourned by the Wind (Liturgy for solo viola and orchestra)

8.00: Interval

8.20

Martinů: Memorial to Lidice

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 9

Isabelle van Keulen, viola

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Vladimir Jurowski, conductor

From the darkest depths of the Second World War, Bohuslav Martinů cries out in anguish and rage. In Soviet Georgia, Giya Kancheli mourns a friend with a searingly beautiful musical liturgy; music stained with tears, performed tonight by one of the world's finest viola players. And the 85-year-old Vaughan Williams rages against the dying of the light in a Ninth Symphony of breathtaking ambition and imaginative fire. Three great composers, three extraordinary testimonies.

London Philharmonic Orchestra - Liadov, Prokofiev, Sibelius20151127

Live from the Royal Festival Hall. Susanna Mälkki makes her conducting debut with the London Philharmonic and she's joined by the brilliant 22-year-old pianist Beatrice Rana. A silver medallist in the 2013 Van Cliburn competition, Beatrice Rana already has a major recording contract and is a current BBC New Generation Artist. She tackles Prokofiev's modernistic Second Concerto, one of the most technically demanding concertos in the entire repertoire. The concert opens with a fragment from the composer who famously opened a door for the young Stravinsky when he failed to deliver a score to Diaghilev and his fledgling Ballets russes.

Liadov

From the Apocalypse Op 66

Prokofiev

Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op. 16

Beatrice Rana (piano)

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Susanna Mälkki (conductor)

approx. 8.20pm Interval

8.40

Sibelius: Symphony No.1 in E minor, Op. 3

London Philharmonic Orchestra - Rachmaninov, Zemlinsky20160309

Live from the Royal Festival Hall, the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Jurowski performs two seductive, late-Romantic works from the beginning of the twentieth century: Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 3 with Marc-André Hamelin, and Zemlinsky's The Mermaid.

"It's a monster! Tame it, or it will swallow you whole!" cries a fruity-voiced John Gielgud to Geoffrey Rush in the 1996 film Shine, as professor urges troubled piano prodigy David Helfgott to scale the heights of Sergei Rachmaninov's Third Piano Concerto. "No one's ever been mad enough to attempt The Rach Three!" Histrionics aside, the concerto is indeed a daunting technical challenge, written by Rachmaninov, among the all-time great pianists, for himself to play. Marc-André Hamelin is himself a pianist-composer whose formidable technique is allied to an extraordinary musicality and this promises to be a memorable performance.

Perhaps Hans Christian Andersen's tragic tale of The Little Mermaid with its theme of doomed love struck a painfully familiar chord with Alexander von Zemlinsky. Rejected by Alma Schindler for Gustav Mahler, Andersen's story was the inspiration for Die Seejungfrau which Zemlinsky tellingly began shortly before their wedding. It's a three-movement, sumptuously orchestrated symphonic poem evoking a stormy seascape, festivities and, finally, heartbreak and loss.

Martin Handley presents.

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3

8.20 Interval

8.40

Zemlinsky: Die Seejungfrau (The Mermaid)

Marc-André Hamelin (piano)

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Vladimir Jurowski (conductor).

London Philharmonic Orchestra - Schnittke, Shostakovich, Bruckner20160127

Vladimir Jurowski conducts the LPO in Bruckner's 3rd Symphony. Natalia Gutman joins them in Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No.2.

Live from the Royal Festival Hall

Presented by Martin Handley

Schnittke: Pianissimo

Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No.2

8.15: Interval

Bruckner: Symphony No.3

Natalia Gutman, cello

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Vladimir Jurowski, conductor

As Bruckner's Third Symphony creeps into life through an awed hush, it reveals the composer's regard for his two great musical heroes: Ludwig van Beethoven and Richard Wagner.

But this was also the symphony with which Bruckner properly revealed to this world his own voice, in all its grandeur and individuality. From the majestic lone trumpet of its opening to the huge, overarching structure those chiselled notes engender, Bruckner's Third heralded a sense of breadth and awe that symphonic music hadn't visited before.

London Philharmonic Orchestra - Weber, Mozart And Rachmaninov20161130

Live from the Royal Festival Hall

Presented by Martin Handley

The LPO play Weber and Rachmaninov. Julian Bliss joins them in Mozart's Clarinet Concerto.

Weber: Overture, Der Freischütz

Mozart: Clarinet Concerto

8.15: Interval: Pied Piper

During the intervals of the concerts this week, we'll be hearing a selection of programmes from the five year long series. Munrow explored a wide range of music, and these five programmes can only begin to give a taste of the topics he covered. In the middle of February in 1976, David Munrow spent a week of his series of Pied Piper programmes looking at brass bands, military bands and wind bands of many different periods. At 5.25 on the afternoon of Thursday 26th February 1976, he spent 20 minutes introducing members of the brass band, including the euphonium, cornet and post horn. He also found time to continue looking into the life story of the inventor of the sousaphone.

8.35

Rachmaninov: Symphony No.2 in E minor

Julian Bliss, clarinet

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor

Mozart's Clarinet Concerto is one of the best-loved concertos in the repertoire and one rarely performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Used in the iconic film Out of Africa, the concerto showcases Mozart's compositional poise and melodic skill. Rachmaninov's Symphony No.2 is similarly enjoyed as one of the most beautiful symphonies in the repertoire, complete with a sublime clarinet solo line from within the orchestra.

London Philharmonic Orchestra Under Markus Stenz - Stravinsky's The Rite Of Spring20151028

Live from the Royal Festival Hall

The LPO conducted by Markus Stenz play Stravinsky's ground-breaking ballet The Rite of Spring, along with Beethoven's Symphony No 1 and Thomas Larcher's Violin Concerto.

Beethoven: Symphony No. 1

Thomas Larcher: Violin Concerto

8.20: Interval

8.40

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Markus Stenz, conductor

'I saw in my imagination a solemn pagan rite; sage elders, seated in a circle, watching a young girl dance herself to death... sacrificing her to propitiate the god of spring.' When Stravinsky set his vision to music for the Ballets Russes three years later, the result was one of the most controversial and consistently electrifying pieces of music in history - a piece in which rhythm suddenly took priority over melody in a terrifying and unprecedented example of musical energy. Markus Stenz conducts The Rite of Spring following Beethoven's arresting First Symphony and the Violin Concerto written in 2008 with 'cinematic logic' by Thomas Larcher, and performed by the 2014 Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist of the Year, Patricia Kopatchinskaja.

London Symphony Orchestra - Bartok And Stravinsky20151015

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

Recorded earlier this week at the Barbican Hall, London

In one of his final concerts as Principal Conductor, Valery Gergiev leads the LSO in Bartok and Stravinsky, including his Rite of Spring. Yefim Bronfman joins them for Bartok's Third Piano Concerto.

Stravinsky: Symphony in C Major

Bartók: Piano Concerto No 3

Interval - An interview with Valery Gergiev, plus more from Yefim Bronfman on CD.

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

Yefim Bronfman (piano)

London Symphony Orchestra

conductor Valery Gergiev

In one of a series of concerts this October marking the end of his tenure as Principal Conductor of the LSO, Valery Gergiev draws on his theatrical roots, placing the spotlight on Stravinsky's iconic ballet The Rite of Spring.

In exploring Bartók and Stravinsky side-by-side in this concert, Gergiev brings together some of the repertoire he excels in. These three works have diverse inspirations: folk music and chirruping birds in Bartók's Third Piano Concerto, the Classical period in Stravinsky's Symphony in C, and a depiction of a pagan rite in The Rite of Spring.

Long Desc

In one of his final concerts as Principal Conductor, Valery Gergiev leads the LSO in Bartok and Stravinsky, including his Rite of Spring. Yefin Bronfman joins them for Bartok's Third Piano Concerto.

London Symphony Orchestra - Beethoven, Strauss20151112

Live from the Barbican Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

The London Symphony Orchestra and conductor Nikolaj Znaider perform Beethoven's Fifth Symphony and works by Richard Strauss, including the closing scene from Capriccio, with soprano Anne Schwanewilms.

Beethoven: Symphony No.5 in C minor

8.00 Interval

8.20

Strauss: Tod und Verklärung

Strauss: Closing scene from Capriccio

Anne Schwanewilms (soprano)

London Symphony Orchestra

conductor Nikolaj Znaider

The violinist and conductor Nikolaj Znaider returns to the LSO to continue his exploration of Strauss from last season. The second half opens with Strauss's tone poem Death and Transfiguration, where a dying man sees his life pass before him, ending in his death and redemption. Strauss described Capriccio, his last opera, as his "testament". Anne Schwanewilms sings the closing scene where the Countess Madeleine, unable to choose between two lovers, sings of the inseparability of words and music.

Znaider describes studying the Beethoven symphonies as one of the key moments in his decision to take up conducting, and so he has chosen to begin the concert with one of Beethoven's most frequently performed works, the Fifth Symphony.

London Symphony Orchestra - Brahms, Strauss20170315

Susanna Mälkki conducts the London Symphony Orchestra in two epics of late nineteenth-century repertoire. Janine Jansen is the soloist in the Brahms Violin Concerto, a work which embraces drama, lyricism and gypsy fire within its symphonic-scale span. Strauss's Also sprach Zarathustra, with its opening sunrise beloved of film fans (2001: A Space Odyssey) and audio equipment demonstrators alike, has long had a life beyond the concert hall. But the spectacular symphonic poem, which calls for demanding solos in all departments and a conductor with an acute ear for both chamber music delicacy and massive orchestral sonority, remains a formidable challenge, even for the world's great orchestras.

Recorded on Sunday at the Barbican Hall, London, and presented by Martin Handley.

Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

8.15 pm Interval

8.35 pm

Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30

Janine Jansen (violin)

London Symphony Orchestra

Susanna Mälkki (conductor).

London Symphony Orchestra - Bruckner, Messiaen20160414

Live from the Barbican Hall, London.

Presented by Martin Handley

Sir Simon Rattle conducts the London Symphony Orchestra in Bruckner's Symphony No 8 and Messiaen's Couleurs de la cité céleste.

Messiaen: Couleurs de la cité céleste

8.05pm: Interval: BBC Young Musician 2016

Clemency Burton-Hill introduces the fourth of the finalists in this year's woodwind category.

Recorder player Polly Bartlett plays music by Frescobaldi, Barsanti, Ziegenmeyer and Le Thière.

8.25pm: Part 2

Bruckner: Symphony No 8

Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano)

London Symphony Orchestra

Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)

Sir Simon Rattle conducts Messiaen and Bruckner, two composers as united in their devotion to the Catholic faith as they are divergent in their approaches to writing music. Messiaen's Couleurs de la cité céleste is a microcosm of his numerous preoccupations - from birdsong to the book of Revelations - set in a sequence of lively episodes performed by a reduced orchestra centred on the piano. This short piece sets the stage for Bruckner's monumental Eighth Symphony, a complete contrast with its grand scale and dramatic writing. It is performed here in the 1939 edition prepared by Austrian musicologist Robert Haas.

Followed by: Menuhin 100 - classic recordings from Yehudi Menuhin's discography.

London Symphony Orchestra - Mahler, Turnage20170119

Live from the Barbican Hall, the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle perform Mahler's Sixth Symphony and a world premiere by Mark-Anthony Turnage.

Since his '60s Liverpool childhood when the Mahler revival was getting under way, Simon Rattle has been obsessed with his music and has become one of the world's leading Mahler conductors.

Rattle has paired this darkest of Mahler's symphonies with another of his passions, new music. Ever since Mark-Anthony Turnage was the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra's Composer in Association in the early 1990s, Rattle has championed his music and premiered many of his most important works.

Tonight's world premiere is 'Remembering', a memorial for Evan Scofield, the 25-year-old son of Turnage's long-time musical collaborator and close friend, John Scofield. It's a substantial and deeply felt work in which, says Turnage, he has at once tried to reflect Evan Scofield as an original and positive person and to 'reconcile something very personal and private with a statement experienced in a public space'.

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch.

Mark-Anthony Turnage: Remembering

7.55pm Interval

Mahler: Symphony No 6 in A minor

London Symphony Orchestra

Sir Simon Rattle, conductor

After tonight's concert there's a chance to hear works performed during a recent concert that surveyed music written and performed in Terezin and the Warsaw Ghetto - Music on the Brink of Destruction.

London Symphony Orchestra - Purcell, Beethoven, Brahms20150923

Live from the Barbican Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

The renowned conductor Bernard Haitink returns to the London Symphony Orchestra to perform Brahms's First Symphony. The pianist Imogen Cooper, also a regular collaborator with the LSO, joins them for Beethoven's First Piano Concerto.

Purcell arr Stucky: Funeral Music for Queen Mary

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 1 in C major, Op 15

8.15pm: Interval - interval music from disc including Imogen Cooper performing Brahms.

8.35pm: Part 2

Brahms: Symphony No 1 in C minor, Op 68

Imogen Cooper (piano)

London Symphony Orchestra

conductor Bernard Haitink

This programme opens with the moving funeral music by Purcell, recreated for a modern orchestra by the American composer Steven Stucky,and it concludes with Brahms's milestone First Symphony, 20 years in the making, in the hands of one of the foremost interpreters of Brahms today.

Now in his seventh decade of conducting, Bernard Haitink has been a great friend of the LSO for many years, with collaborations encompassing regular residencies at the Barbican, international tours, and numerous award-winning recordings.

The central work is Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 1, featuring the pianist Imogen Cooper, also a long-standing collaborator of the LSO.

London Symphony Orchestra And Leonidas Kavakos In French Music20160113

Live from the Barbican Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Sir Simon Rattle conducts the London Symphony Orchestra and Leonidas Kavakos in a programme of French music.

Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin

Dutilleux: L'arbre des songes

Delage: Four Hindu Poems

8.20: Interval

Dutilleux: Métaboles

Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe - Suite No 2

Julia Bullock, soprano

Leonidas Kavakos, violin

London Symphony Orchestra

Sir Simon Rattle, conductor

Sir Simon Rattle conducts an evocative programme featuring masterful works by three pre-eminent French composers of the 20th century.

Delage's rarely heard Four Hindu Poems is a set of sparse, jewel-like miniatures for small ensemble and soprano. It is set alongside masterpieces by Ravel and Dutilleux, including Dutilleux's violin concerto L'arbre des songes (Tree of Dreams), performed by Leonidas Kavakos, and Ravel's Daphnis and Chloe Suite No 2, which the composer described as a 'symphonie choreographique'.

Lso - Ligeti, Ogonek, Berio20160315

Recorded at the Barbican Hall last Sunday.

The LSO perform's Berio's Sinfonia with Synergy Vocals, conducted by Francois-Xavier Roth. Plus another 20th century masterpiece by Ligeti, and a new commission.

Ligeti: Atmosphères

Elizabeth Ogonek: Sleep and Unremembrance (world premiere, Panufnik commission)

Berio: Sinfonia

London Symphony Orchestra

Synergy Vocals

François-Xavier Roth (conductor)

LSO Futures, the LSO's biennial festival of contemporary music, returns with two 20th-century masterpieces and a world premiere for the 21st.

François-Xavier Roth opens with Ligeti's Atmosphères, a swirling sound mass that rebelled as much against traditional forms as it did against the prevailing dogma of serialism. And Berio's Sinfonia, a monumental work from the Italian master, famous for its haunting ode to the late Martin Luther King and a middle movement that weaves three centuries of musical fragments into a rich tapestry of familiar quotations. 50 years on from their premieres, these two works provide a fitting frame for a new work by former LSO Panufnik composer Elizabeth Ogonek.

Followed by a performance of Mahler's Fourth Symphony recorded at last year's Lucerne Festival.

Mahler: Symphony No.4

Anna Lucia Richter (soprano)

Lucerne Festival Orchestra

Bernard Haitink (conductor).

Lso - Shostakovich, Mahler20160519

Sir Antonio Pappano conducts Mahler's 6th Symphony with the LSO.

Live from the Barbican, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No 1

8.15: Interval

8.35

Mahler: Symphony No 6

Viktoria Mullova, violin

London Symphony Orchestra

Sir Antonio Pappano, conductor

Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No 1, composed during a time of personal and political unrest, it is widely considered to be one of the most significant contributions to the violin repertoire of the twentieth century. Mahler's Symphony No 6 is popularly known as the composer's 'Tragic' symphony, its final movement is punctuated by three devastating 'hammer-blows' that represent the inescapable force of fate.

Lso And John Eliot Gardiner - Mendelssohn20161020

Posterity has delivered two contrasting verdicts on Mendelssohn's last orchestral work, the Violin Concerto, and the last of his five symphonies (confusingly, No.2). The concerto, staple of the repertoire, is widely regarded as being on a par with the fresh and miraculous music of Mendelssohn's teenage years. But from the very beginning, opinion was divided on the Lobgesang (or Hymn of Praise). For Schumann its choral finale provided 'a glimpse of heaven'; for Wagner it was an unconscionable attempt to ape Beethoven's final symphony, and the Lobgesang's reputation as a mediocre slab of religiose, tub-thumping Victoriana was sealed.

Tonight, live from the Barbican Hall, John Eliot Gardiner gives us a rare chance to hear the two works together and to reassess the Lobgesang as he and the London Symphony Orchestra reach the end of their acclaimed Mendelssohn Symphony series. They're joined by Alina Ibragimova for the concerto and, in the Hymn of Praise, by Gardiner's Monteverdi Choir.

Presented by Sara Mohr-pietsch

Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto

8.05: Interval Music (from CD)

Fanny Mendelssohn: String Quartet in E flat major

Quatuor Ebène

8.25: Mendelssohn: Symphony No 2 ('Lobgesang')

Alina Ibragimova, violin

Lucy Crowe, soprano

Jurgita Adamontyé, soprano

Michael Spyres, tenor

Monteverdi Choir

London Symphony Orchestra

Sir John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

Photo of LSO (c) Ranald Mackechnie 2015.

Lso And John Eliot Gardiner In Mendelssohn20160216

Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts the London Symphony Orchestra in Mendelssohn, including the complete incidental music to Midsummer Night's Dream, marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, with actors from the Guildhall School.

Mendelssohn: Symphony No 1 (London version)

8pm: Interval - Interval music from disc.

8.20pm: Part 2

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream

London Symphony Orchestra

Monteverdi Choir

Actors from the Guildhall School

John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

The evening begins with the youthful exuberance of Mendelssohn's Symphony No 1, composed in 1824 when Mendelssohn was just 15 years old. Two years later, Mendelssohn, who adored Shakespeare's writings, composed his concert overture based on A Midsummer Night's Dream. The overture was immediately acclaimed as a masterpiece and, many years later, he was made an offer he couldn't refuse by the King of Prussia to provide a score for an entire production of the Shakespeare play in 1843.

Followed by a glimpse into Adopt a Composer - Making Music's scheme pairing composers with performing groups from around the country.

Tonight, the Cobweb Orchestra works on Michael Betteridge's Against the Clock.

Mahler Symphony No 920170108

Ian Skelly introduces Mahler's Symphony No 9 performed by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mariss Jansons, in a concert recorded in Munich in October. Mahler's last symphony was written at a challenging time in the composer's life when his daughter had recently died and his own health was beginning to fail. The act of writing it, according to Mahler, gave him a new thirst for life.

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911): Symphony No. 9

Bavrarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Mariss Jansons (conductor).

Mahler's Symphony No 8 - 2016 Lucerne Festival20161023

Ian Skelly introduces a performance of one of Mahler's largest scale symphonies, in a concert recorded earlier this year at the Lucerne Festival.

Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 8 in E flat ('Symphony of a Thousand')

Ricarda Merbeth, soprano

Juliane Banse, soprano

Anna Lucia Richter, soprano

Sara Mingardo, contralto

Mihoko Fujimura, mezzo-soprano

Andreas Schager, tenor

Peter Mattei, baritone

Samuel Youn, bass-baritone

Bavarian Radio Chorus

Latvian Radio Chorus

Orfeón Donostiarra

Tölz Boys' Chorus

Lucerne Festival Orchestra

Riccardo Chailly (conductor)

Photo (c) Priska Ketterer/Lucerne Festival.

Martha Argerich - Schumann Piano Concerto20160410

Ian Skelly presents a performance of Schumann's Piano Concerto given in Warsaw by the legendary Martha Argerich. Also tonight, music making by the cellist Truls Mørk from the Verbier Festival.

Beethoven

Cello Sonata in C major Op.102'1

Truls Mørk (cello), Jan Lisiecki (piano)

Schumann

Piano Concerto in A minor, op. 54

Martha Argerich (piano),

Warsaw Philharmonic Orcyestra, Jacek Kaspszyk (conductor)

Chopin

Cello Sonata in G minor Op.65

Maurizio Pollini And Leonidas Kavakos - Schumann, Brahms, Chopin20160327

Ian Skelly tonight introduces performances from two of the world's leading soloists. The legendary pianist, Maurizio Pollini plays a Chopin piano concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic and Leonidas Kavakos concludes his Sunday evening traversal of the Brahms violin sonatas in Vienna. Also on the bill, a performance of Bach's magisterial 'Dorian' Toccata and Fugue on a renowned Romantic organ in Mersenburg, Saxony-Anhalt.

Schumann

Overture to Genoveva, Op. 81

Berlin Philharmonic, Christian Thielemann (conductor)

rec. Berlin Philharmonie

Brahms

Violin Sonata No.3 in D minor, Op. 108

Leonidas Kavakos (violin), Yuja Wang (piano)

rec. Musikverein, Vienna

Chopin

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11

Maurizio Pollini (piano), Berlin Philharmonic, Christian Thielemann (conductor)

Maxim Vengerov20160224

in recital live from the Barbican.

One of the world's leading violinists makes a welcome return to London's Barbican Hall with a programme which evokes the spirit of the legendary Romantic virtuosi. Maxim Vengerov is a violinist steeped in the great Russian tradition of violin playing and, since his debut as a child prodigy he has been at the forefront of world music making as a player, mentor, teacher and cultural ambassador. Tonight's programme begins in the lyrical Viennese world of Beethoven and Schubert and ends with the fireworks of Paganini's variations on Rossini. And there are sure to be plenty of encores.

Presented by Martin Handley

Schubert: Sonata in A major 'Grand Duo,' D.574

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

8.10pm Interval Music

Maxim Vengerov plays the Passacaglia last movement of Britten's Violin Concerto in a recroding he made in 2002 the London Symphony Orchestra and his friend and mentor, Mstislav Rostropovich.

8.30pm

Ravel: Violin Sonata in G major

Eugene Ysaÿe: Sonata No.6 in E major, Op.27 No.6

Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst: Introduction, Theme and Variations on the Irish Folksong 'The Last Rose of Summer'

Paganini: I Palpiti - Introduction and variations Op.13 on Rossini's 'Di tanti palpiti' (from 'Tancredi')

Maxim Vengerov (violin)

Roustem Saitkoulov (piano).

Mdr Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra - Gershwin, Tchaikovsky20170212

Ian Skelly introduces performances recorded at a concert in the RadiRo Festival in Bucharest's. With Kristjan Järvi, principal conductor of the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, as its honorary director, this is billed as the only international musical event dedicated exclusively to radio ensembles.

Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

Stefano Bollani (piano),

MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, Kristjan Järvi (conductor)

Tchaikovsky: Suite from 'Swan Lake'

Mecklenburg-vorpommern Festival - Mozart, Soler, Bloch And Brahms20160117

Ian Skelly presents performances from the 2015 Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, including Mozart's Divertimento K136, Soler's Fandango, Bloch's From Jewish Life and Brahms's Serenade No 1

Mozart: Divertimento in D major, K136

Ebène Quartet

Soler: Fandango

Nils Mönkemeyer (viola)

Klaus-Dieter Brandt (cello)

Helmut Branny (double bass)

Andreas Arend (theorbo)

Sabine Erdmann (harpsichord)

Anja Hermann (percussion)

Bloch: From Jewish Life

Daniel Müller-Schott (cello)

Württemberg Chamber Orchestra, Heilbronn

Ruben Gazarian (conductor)

Brahms: Serenade No. 1 in D major, Op. 11

Matthias Schorn (clarinet)

Philipp Bohnen (violin)

Gabriel le Magadure (violin)

Krsysztof Chorzelski (viola)

Raphaël Merlin (cello)

Laurène Durantel (double bass)

Aquilon Reed Quintet

Anon (Spanish): Jacaras

Picture of Ulrichshusen (c) Geert Maciejewski.

Melvyn Tan At Wigmore Hall - Beethoven, Czerny, Liszt20161013

Live from Wigmore Hall.

Melvyn Tan celebrates his 60th birthday with a programme which includes some of the great pillars of the pianistic repertoire. The first half reflects Melvyn Tan's life-long love of Beethoven whilst in the second half, he prefaces Liszt's monumental Sonata with a heartfelt tribute to Beethoven by his former pupil and friend, Carl Czerny.

Beethoven: 6 Bagatelles Op. 126

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major Op. 109

Czerny: Variations on a Theme of Rode, 'La Ricordanza', Op. 33

8.10pm Interval music

Schoenberg: Chamber Symphony no 1, op 9

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly (conductor)

8.30

Czerny: Marcia funebre sulla morte di Luigi van Beethoven, Op. 146

Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor.

Michael Collins And Friends - Schubert, Mozart20160531

Michael Collins is joined at London's Wigmore Hall by friends and colleagues in a programme of three indisputable masterworks. The concert opens with 'Der Hirt auf dem Felsen' (The Shepherd on the Rock) for soprano, clarinet and piano, before continuing with Mozart's sublime Clarinet Quintet and Schubert's spacious and richly tuneful Octet for winds and strings.

Introduced by Ian Skelly.

Recorded 28 May 2016

Schubert: Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D965

Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A, K581

8.15: Interval

8.35

Schubert: Octet in F, D803

Michael Collins (clarinet)

Lucy Crowe (soprano)

Michael McHale (piano)

Alexander Sitkovetsky (violin)

Laura Samuel (violin)

Krzysztof Chorzelski (viola)

Leonard Elschenbroich (cello)

Lynda Houghton (double bass

Robin O'Neill (bassoon)

Richard Watkins (horn).

Midori, Ozgur Aydin - Liszt, Elgar, Schoenberg, Strauss20160314

From Wigmore Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Violinist Midori and pianist Özgür Aydin play music by Liszt, Elgar, Schoenberg and Strauss.

Liszt: Valse caprice No. 6 (transc. David Oistrakh)

from Soirées de Vienne: Valses caprices d'après Schubert S427

Elgar: Violin Sonata in E minor Op. 82

INTERVAL

Schoenberg: Phantasy Op. 47

Strauss: Violin Sonata in E flat major Op. 18

Midori, violin

Özgür Aydin, piano

Midori, one of the world's finest violinists, brings a collection of wonderful but nevertheless rather neglected late-romantic works to the Wigmore Hall.

Mozart 250 - Music Of 176720170117

Live from Wigmore Hall, Classical Opera presents MOZART 250 - Music of 1767.

Spanning 27 years - from the 250th anniversary of Mozart's childhood visit to London to the 250th anniversary of his death - Classical Opera tonight reach the third year in a journey in which they re-tread the steps of musical history, examining, contextualising and celebrating the life of Mozart.

Ian Page's period instrument ensemble are joined by three outstanding young soloists, including the BBC New Generation Artist, Ashley Riches as they explore the music of the young Mozart and the composers who influenced him.

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

Mozart: Symphony no.6 in F major

K.43

Gassmann: Bella in un vago viso from Amore e Psiche

Gluck: No, crudel, non posso vivere from Alceste

JC Bach: Sopra quell capo indegno from Carataco

Abel: Frene le belle lagrime from Sifari

INTERVAL

Mozart: Grabmusik K.42

Haydn: Vidit suum and Flammis orci from Stabat Mater HXXbis

Arne: Symphony no.1 in C major

Mozart: Natus cadit atque Deus from Apollo et Hyacinthus K.38

Gemma Summerfield (soprano); Stuart Jackson (tenor); Ashley Riches (bass-baritone)

Classical Opera Orchestra

Ian Page (conductor).

Mozart And Brahms From The Augsburg Mozart Festival20151011

Ian Skelly introduces performances of Mozart and Brahms recorded at the Augsburg Mozartfest

Mozart: Overture to 'Così fan tutte'

Mozart: Come scoglio, from 'Così fan tutte'

Mozart: Sinfonia concertante in E flat, K. 297b

Alex Penda (soprano), Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin, Vaclav Luks (director)

Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B flat minor, Op. 115

Jörg Widmann (clarinet), Sarah Christian (violin), Antje Weithaas (violin), Jano Lisboa (viola), Maximilian Hornung (cello).

Alex Penda (soprano), Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin

Mozart And The Bach Family20160119

The Bach family and Mozart: John Butt directs a programme exploring the foundations of Mozart's artistry in the music of the Bach family. In this first concert of the Aurora orchestra's five year project to stage the complete Mozart keyboard concertos we hear tonight from CPE Bach, who Mozart referred to as his 'musical father.' There's also music by Johann Christian 'the London' Bach who awakened the boy Mozart's interest in the keyboard concerto and from 'Old Sebastian' whose music left the mature Mozart awe-struck.

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch and recorded at King's Place, London

J C Bach

Symphony No.6 in G Minor Op.6

Mozart

Keyboard Concerto No.1 in F K.37

CPE Bach

Sinfonia in D WQ 183/1

Interval

JS Bach

Brandenburg Concerto No.1 in F BWV 1046

Adagio and Fugue in C Minor K.546

Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G BWV 1048

Aurora Orchestra

John Butt (harpsichord/director).

Mozart Flute Quartets, A Bach Cello Suite And Reger Motets20151018

Ian Skelly introduces performances of Mozart's airy flute quartets given by Emanuel Pahud and his colleagues in the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and the cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras and the SWR Vocal Ensemble present a moving sequence of Bach and Reger in the spacious acoustics of the cathedral in Koblenz. Reger himself said of his O Tod that: "It will be a shockingly sad work with a transfiguring conclusion."

Mozart

Flute Quartet No. 2 in G, K285a

Emmanuel Pahud (flute), Strings of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Reger

Mein Odem ist schwach, from Motets, Op. 110/1

Bach

Cello Suite No. 6 in D, BWV 1012

Prelude, Allemande, Courante

Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello)

Nachtlied, from Acht geistlichen Gesängen, Op. 138

SWR Vocal Ensemble, Stuttgart, Frieder Bernius (director)

Sarabande, Gavotte, Gigue

O Tod, wie bitter bist du, from Motets, Op. 110/3

rec. St Castor's Basilica, Koblenz at the Rheinvokal Festival

Flute Quartet No. 1 in D, K285

Emmanuel Pahud (flute), Strings of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra - Daishin Kashimoto (violin), Joaquin Riquelme Garcia (viola), Stephan Koncz (cello)

rec. Auditorium, Cantonal School, Glarus

Reger's Mein Odem is schwach ('My spirit is weak') (1909) sets words from the Book of Job.

O Tod, wie bitter bist du ('O death, how bitter you are') (1912) sets words from the Book of Ecclesiasticus and begins in the depths of grief but ends in sublime resignation.

Mozart, Boccherini20161016

Ian Skelly presents his regular Sunday evening round-up of some concerts given recently at some of continental Europe's music festivals with music by Mozart and Boccherini.

Bach: Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227

Gabrieli Consort and Players

Paul McCreesh, conductor

Boccherini: Cello Concerto No. 6 in D major, G. 479

Truls Mørk, cello

Trondheim Soloists

Øyvind Gimse, director

Mozart: Symphony No. 33 in B flat, K. 319

Britten: Hymn to St Cecilia

Mozart, Debussy And Prokofiev20160918

Ian Skelly presents European Festival performances by the Mariinsky Orchestra and Camerata Salzburg of music by Mozart and Prokofiev plus Anne Quéffelec plays Debussy and Hahn.

Mozart: Adagio and Fugue in C minor, K546

Camerata Salzburg

Andrew Manze

Recorded at the Mozart Festival, Würzburg

Prokofiev: Russian Overture, Op.72

Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra

Valery Gergiev

Recorded at the Mikkeli Music Festival

Debussy: Cloches à travers les feuilles; Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut; Danse (from Khamma); Pour l'Egyptienne; Pour la danseuse aux crotales

Hahn: Narghilé; L'oasis; La rose de Blida

Anne Quéffelec, piano

Recorded at the Ars Musica Festial, Brussels

Khachaturian: Sabre Dance (from Gayaneh)

Tobias Feldmann, violin

Recorded at the Musiq'3 Festival (Wallonie Festival), Brussels

Fazil Say: Cleopatra, Op. 34

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 3 Op. 44

Mozart, Paganini And Beethoven20160501

Ian Skelly introduces performances recorded in concert halls around Europe. Tonight we have Mozart from Lugano, Beethoven from Gentofte and Ilya Gringolts playing Paganini's First Violin concerto in Helsinki.

Mozart

Overture to 'The Marriage of Figaro'

Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana

Markus Poschner (conductor)

recorded at the LAC Arts Centre on the shores of Lake Lugano

Paganini

Violin Concerto No. 1 in E flat (original version)

Ilya Gringolts (violin)

Finnish Baroque Orchestra

recorded at Musiikkitalo (Helsinki Music Centre)

Beethoven

String Quartet in E minor, Op. 59 No. 2 (Razumovsky)

Cuarteto Casals

recorded at Helleruplund Church, Gentofte, Denmark.

Mozart, Schubert, Haydn And Beethoven20160110

Ian Skelly introduces quartets by Mozart and Beethoven from a concert given by Cuarteto Casals at the 2015 Augsburg Mozart Festival, and performances of Schubert and Haydn from the 54th Cuenca Sacred Music Week.

Mozart: String Quartet in C major, K465 'Dissonance'

Cuarteto Casals

Haydn: Violin Concerto in G major, Hob.VIIa:4

Fabio Biondi (violin/director)

Stavanger Symphony Orchestra

Schubert: Allegretto in C minor, D915

Javier Peranes (piano)

Beethoven: String Quartet in E flat major, Op. 74 'Harp'

Mozart, Schubert, Haydn And Beethoven20160221

Ian Skelly introduces quartets by Mozart and Beethoven from a concert given by Cuarteto Casals at the 2015 Augsburg Mozart Festival, and performances of Schubert and Haydn from the 54th Cuenca Sacred Music Week.

Mozart: String Quartet in C major, K465 'Dissonance'

Cuarteto Casals

Schubert: Allegretto in C minor, D915

Javier Peranes (piano)

Haydn: Violin Concerto in G major, Hob.VIIa:4

Fabio Biondi (violin/director)

Stavanger Symphony Orchestra

Beethoven: String Quartet in E flat major, Op. 74 'Harp'

Mozart, Shostakovich And Debussy20161009

Ian Skelly presents his regular Sunday evening round-up of some concerts given recently at some of continental Europe's music festivals including a short work for string quartet in honour of Shakespeare and choral music spanning five centuries.

Josquin Desprez: Kyrie from Missa Pange Lingua

Ars Nova Copenhagen, Paul Hillier (conductor)

Debussy: Violin Sonata in G minor

Tobias Feldmann (violin), Anne Quéffelec (piano)

Mozart: Symphony No. 39 in E flat, K543

Basel Chamber Orchestra, Giovanni Antonini (conductor)

Lubica Cekovská: A Midsummer Quartet

Pavel Haas Quartet

Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110

rec. Concentus Moraviae Festival - Castle, Zdar nad Sazavou

Trent Codices: Pange Lingua

Arvo Pärt: Drei Hirtenkinder aus Fatima

Mozart, Webern, Schubert20160612

Ian Skelly presents highlights of concerts from around Europe.

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466

András Schiff, piano,

Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Mozart: Piano Sonata in D, K. 576

Webern: Six Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 6

Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

Daniel Blendulf, conductor

Schubert: Symphony No. 4 in C minor, D. 417 ('Tragic')

Music Inspired By Birds20160619

In keeping with the theme of the day, music inspired by birds from concerts around Europe

Stravinsky: The Song of the nightingale

Danish National Symphony Orchestra

Alain Altinoglu, conductor

Rimsky-Korsakov: Fantasy on Themes from 'The Golden Cockerel'

Anne-Liisa Bezrodny, violin

Vikingur Ólafsson, piano.

Music To Die For20170306

From the Royal Festival Hall in London, presented by Simon Callow. The BBC Concert Orchestra and Principal Conductor Keith Lockhart shine a spotlight on some of the murkier corners of death and mortality, featuring music from stage and screen, and with help of singers Anna-Jane Casey and Adrian Der Gregorian from music theatre.

Rogers: Carousel Waltz

Wagner: Liebestod (Tristan und Isolde)

Patrick Doyle:'The Creation' from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

W.Kilar: 'Love Remembered' from Bram Stoker's Dracula

John Williams: 'Night Journeys' from Dracula: A Love Story

Janacek: Suite from The Cunning Little Vixen

INTERVAL

Alan Silvestri: End Credits from Death Becomes Her

Nick Laird-Clowes: Theme from About Time

Rodney Bennett: 'Love Theme' from Four Weddings and a Funeral

Morley: 'Venturing Forth'; 'Final Struggle and Triumph' from Watership Down

Sondheim: 'A Little Priest' from Sweeney Todd

William Finn: 'Anytime (I Am There)' from Elegies

Rogers and Hammerstein:'You'll Never Walk Alone' from Carousel

Andrew Lippa: 'How It Ends' from Big Fish*

Anna-Jane Casey and Adrian Der Gregorian (singers)

BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Keith Lockhart

Followed by music by past recipients of the Women Make Music Fund from PRS for Music - in anticipation of International Women's Day on Wednesday.

Nash Ensemble - Boccherini, Wolf, Mendelssohn, Mozart20160118

Recorded at Wigmore Hall, London

Presented by Ian Skelly

The Nash Ensemble with Roderick Williams, baritone, perform Boccherini, Mendelssohn and Mozart.

Roderick Williams, baritone

Nash Ensemble

Boccherini: String Quintet in C major Op. 28 No. 4

Wolf: Italian Serenade in G major for string quartet

Mendelssohn: Im Frühling, Op. 9 No. 4, Im Herbst, Op. 9 No. 5, Neue Liebe, Op. 19a No. 4, Bei der Wiege, Op. 47 No. 6, Nachtlied, Op. 71 No. 6, Frühlingslied, Op. 71, No. 2

8.15: Interval

Interval music (from CD)

Debussy: Sonate en trio (for flute, viola and harp)

Nash Ensemble: Philippa Davies (flute), Roger Chase (viola), Marisa Robles (harp)

Mozart: String Quintet in G minor K516

Ian Brown (piano)

Stephanie Gonley and Laura Samuel (violins)

Lawrence Power and Scott Dickinson (violas)

Adrian Brendel and Alice Neary(cellos)

One of the graceful quintets with two cellos by the Italian-born, Spanish-based Luigi Boccherini opens this programme; the most dramatic and intense of Mozart's quintets with two violas closes it. In between come a quartet movement by Hugo Wolf drenched in Italian sunshine, and a group of Mendelssohn songs sung by baritone Roderick Williams.

Nash Ensemble - Mahler, Schoenberg, Schubert20161027

Ian Skelly introduces a concert given by the Nash Ensemble at Wigmore Hall, London, in music by Mahler, Schoenberg and Schubert.

Mahler: Piano Quartet Movement in A minor

Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4

8.15 Interval

8.35 Schubert: Piano Quintet in A major, D667, 'Trout'

The Nash Ensemble play a programme of music by composers closely associated with the city of Vienna. The concert opens with Mahler's only chamber work, his Piano Quartet Movement, followed by Schoenberg's emotionally charged 'Transfigured Night'. The second half of the concert features one work: Schubert's ever-popular 'Trout' quintet, a work full of sunny and exuberant charm.

Nash Ensemble - Mozart, Ravel, Schubert20160401

The Nash Ensemble play Mozart, Ravel and Schubert in a concert recorded earlier this week at the Town Hall, Reading.

Mozart: Piano Trio in C, K548

Ravel: Piano Trio in A minor

8.15: Interval

8.35

Schubert: Piano Trio in B flat Major D.898

The Nash Ensemble:

Ian Brown, piano

Benjamin Nabarro, violin

Adrian Brendel, cello

The Nash Ensemble has built up a remarkable reputation as one of Britain's finest chamber groups. It has premiered around 300 new works, and has won two Royal Philharmonic Society awards in the chamber music category 'for the breadth of its taste and its immaculate performance of a wide range of music'. In tonight's concert from Reading, they feature three of the greatest works in the Piano Trio repertory.

National Youth Orchestra - Larry Groves, Mahler20140113

The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain play Mahler's Symphony No 5 and a new work by Larry Groves at the Barbican Hall, London.

Presented by Ian Skelly.

Larry Goves: The Rules (new commission)

Mahler: Symphony No 5

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

Paul Daniel, conductor

Some of the finest young musicians of our time tackle the emotional breadth of Mahler's heart-wrenching fifth symphony, while The Rules, a new piece by Larry Groves, harnesses the NYO's electric energy to stunning effect.

Concert recorded on 5th January.

National Youth Orchestra Of Great Britain - Dean, Szymanowski, Rachmaninov20170106

Live from Symphony Hall, Birmingham

The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, conducted by John Wilson, plays Rachmaninov's Second Symphony.

Brett Dean: Komarvo's Fall

Szymanowski: Symphony No 4 (Sinfonia Concertante)

8.15: Interval

8.35: Rachmaninov: Symphony No 2

Tamara Stefanovich, piano

John Wilson, conductor

The NYO's Winter journey begins in the chilly isolation of outer space, lands in the middle of a lively Polish party and ends in the radiant warmth of a show-stopping Russian symphony.

Brett Dean's Komarov's Fall begins with sparse, icy strings and woodwind glistening in the silence of space. As the tragic drama unfolds, jagged percussion and urgent brass take over the story of the Russian cosmonaut who became a hapless victim of the ruthless 1960s space race.

The finale of the evening is Rachmaninov's Symphony No. 2, the ultimate Russian Romantic symphony. With big, bold melodies and lush, glowing harmonies, this music will blaze in a performance of irresistible sparkle and flamboyance by this orchestra of young musicians.

National Youth Orchestra Of Great Britain - Shostakovich And Revueltas20170411

The National Youth Orchestra performs Shostakovich and Revueltas, with winner of BBC Young Musician of the year 2016 Sheku Kanneh-Mason.

Recorded at the Barbican Hall, London, on 9th April.

Presented by Martin Handley

Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No 1

Revueltas: Night of the Mayas

8.15: Interval

8.35

Shostakovich: Symphony No 5

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cello

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor.

National Youth Orchestra Of Great Britain - Stravinsky, Michael Daugherty20160411

From the Royal Festival Hall

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain plays Stravinsky's Firebird

Stravinsky: Fireworks (Feu d'artifice)

Michael Daugherty: Fire and Blood for violin and orchestra

8.00: Interval: BBC Young Musician 2016

Clemency Burton-Hill introduces the first of the finalists in this year's woodwind category.

Flautist Lucy Driver plays music by Godard and Dutilleux.

Stravinsky: The Firebird, complete ballet (1910)

Chad Hoopes, violin

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

Kristjan Järvi, conductor

The NYO is joined by virtuosic young violinist Chad Hoopes for Fire and Blood - a concerto by Michael Daugherty, one of America's most significant living composers. Its highly charged music describes the fiery furnaces of 1930s America's car assembly lines, with colourful orchestration and pulsing rhythms.

In contrast, Stravinsky's masterpiece The Firebird is a romantic fairy-tale ballet based on the Russian legend, weaving human and supernatural worlds and brilliantly showcasing every instrument in the orchestra.

Followed by: Menuhin 100 - classic recordings from Yehudi Menuhin's discography.

National Youth Orchestra Under Nicholas Collon - Tchaikovsky, Korngold, Prokofiev20160104

Recorded at the Barbican Hall, London

Nicholas Collon conducts the National Youth Orchestra in Tchaikovsky, Korngold and Prokofiev.

Tchaikovsky: Hamlet, Fantasy-Overture Op 67

Korngold: Violin Concerto

8.15: Interval

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5

Tai Murray, violin

National Youth Orchestra

Nicolas Collon, conductor.

Nelson Goerner - Handel, Schumann, Chopin, Scriabin20150928

Live from Wigmore Hall, London

Nelson Goerner plays piano music by Handel, Schumann, Chopin and Scriabin.

Handel: Chaconne in G major HWV435

Schumann: Fantasie in C major Op. 17

8.15: INTERVAL

8.35

Chopin: Ballade No. 3 in A flat major Op. 47

Nocturne in F minor Op. 55 No. 1

Nocturne in E flat major Op. 55 No. 2

Scherzo No. 3 in C sharp minor Op. 39

Scriabin: Deux poèmes Op. 32

Piano Sonata No. 5 Op. 53

Nelson Goerner, piano

Since making his debut as a prodigiously talented youngster thirty-five years ago, Nelson Goerner has developed to become one of the most gifted all-round pianists of his generation.

The Argentine artist's tonal richness and expressive invention are sure to reveal fresh perspectives on the works in this programme, complete with Schumann's monumental Fantasie in C and Chopin's ravishing Ballade in A flat.

Netherlands Radio Chorus20170115

Ian Skelly introduces French sacred music performed by the Netherlands Radio Chorus with organist Jan Hage, conducted by Ed Spanjaard. The concert was recorded last October in Utrecht. The main work of the evening is Duruflé's Requiem, one of the greatest and most influential sacred works of the 20th century, which at the same time harks back to earlier composition techniques in which the liturgical plainsong Requiem melodies form the backbone of the music.

Gabriel Fauré: Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11

Robert Heppener: Del iubilo del core che esce in voce

Maurice Duruflé: Scherzo, Op. 2

Francis Poulenc: Salve Regina

Maurice Duruflé: Requiem, Op. 9

Virginie Verrez (mezzo-soprano)

Benjamin Appl (baritone)

Michael Müller (cello)

Netherlands Radio Chorus

Jan Hage (organ)

Ed Spanjaard (conductor).

New Year New Music: Helmut Lachenmann20160103

New Year New Music celebrates the 80th birthday of the leading German composer Helmut Lachenmann with music from a festival held in his honour in Stuttgart last November.

Lachenmann: Trio Fluido (1967)

ensemble recherche

Lachenmann: Schreiben for orchestra (2003/2004)

SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra, Michel Tabachnik (conductor)

Lachenmann: Les Consolations (1978)

SWR Vokalensemble, SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra,

Peter Rundel (conductor).

New Year New Music: London Contemporary Orchestra20160108

A New Year New Music concert featuring some of the most interesting developments in contemporary music.

The London Contemporary Orchestra offers a snapshot of where things are at in 2016, playing pieces by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood, Catherine Lamb, Laurence Crane, Caroline Haines and Edmund Finnis.

Plus, solo performances from electronic artist Leafcutter John, composer/performer Jennifer Walshe, and soprano Juliet Fraser with pianist Mark Knoop.

Presented by Sara Mohr-pietsch, live from St John-at-Hackney in East London.

New Year New Music: Psappha20160107

Stuart Maconie introduces a concert by the Manchester-based contemporary music ensemble Psappha of characteristically inventive music from America by Steve Reich, Elliott Carter and George Crumb. Live from St Michael's in Ancoats in Manchester.

In a programme of conflicts and reconciliations Reich's "Double Sextet" fuses a live performance with a recorded double of itself; Elliott Carter's "Triple Duo" explores the potential for small ensembles within an ensemble; and George Crumb's "Quest", an atmospheric journey for solo guitar and a diverse group of instruments, juxtaposes the colourful and varied with the familiar.

George Crumb: Quest

(solo guitar: Tom McKinney)

Interval

Elliott Carter: Triple Duo

(conductor: Jamie Phillips)

Steve Reich: Double Sextet.

Nielsen, Lindberg And Sibelius20170416

Ian Skelly presents a concert by the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, featuring Christian Lindberg as composer, soloist and conductor, recorded in the Dvorák Hall of the Rudolfinum in Prague in November last year.

Nielsen: Helios Overture

Leopold Mozart: Trombone Concerto in D

Lindberg: The Tale of Kundraan

Sibelius: Symphony No.2 in D Op.43

Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra

Christian Lindberg (trombone and conductor).

Nikolaus Harnoncourt Conducts Haydn And Beethoven20160522

Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts Concentus Musicus in two Viennese masterpieces.

The Austrian conductor is heard here in two of his last concerts where his typically inspirational performances with his own period instrument orchestra are a reminder of why he is seen as one of the most influential musicians of the past half century.

Presented by Ian Skelly

Haydn

Mass No. 10 in C, Hob. XXII:9 ('Missa in Tempore Belli') ('Paukenmesse')

Sylvia Schwartz (soprano), Elisabeth von Magnus (mezzo-soprano),

Daniel Johannsen (tenor), Ruben Drole (bass),

Arnold Schoenberg Choir

Concentus Musicus, Vienna, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor)

rec. Parish Church, Stainz - Styriarte Festival - 12.07.15

Beethoven

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, op. 67

rec. Musikverein, Vienna - 10.05.15.

Northern Lights - Performances From Finland And Iceland20151213

Northern Lights: Ian Skelly presents performances by artists from Finland, Sweden and Iceland.

JS Bach: Inventions, BWV 772-786

Pekka Kuusisto (violin), Nicolas Altstaedt (cello)

One of Finland's leading violinists, recorded by Bavarian Radio

Bernhard Henrik Crusell (1775-1838): Flute Quartet, Op. 7

Emily Beynon (flute), Paula Sundqvist (violin), Riitta-Liisa Ristiluoma (viola), Mikko Ivars (cello)

Finland's best-known composer before Sibelius, recorded in his home town of Uusikaupunki

Michael Kirsten (1682-1742): Partie a tre for Viola, Cello and Double Bass

Johanna Persson (viola), Kati Raitinen (cello), Ediscon Ruiz (double bass)

A rarely-heard composer recorded at the Grünewaldsalen, Stockholm

Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 6 in F minor Op. 80

Sigrún Edvaldsdóttir (violin), Pascal La Rosa (violin), Thórunn Ósk Marinósdóttir (viola), Sigurgeir Agnarsson (cello)

Some of Iceland's leading string players come together for this performance at the Northern Lights Hall in Reykjavík.

Northern Lights: Bbc National Orchestra Of Wales20151215

As part of Radio 3's Northern Lights season, BBC NOW plays music from latitude 60 degrees north and above.

Live from BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff

Presented by Fiona Talkington

Nystroem: The Tempest - Prelude

Stenhammar: Piano Concerto No.2 in D minor

8.15: Interval

Rautavaara: Cantus Articus

Leifs: Geysir

Sibelius: Tapiola

Christian Ihle Hadland (piano)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

B Tommy Andersson (conductor)

As part of BBC Radio 3's Northern Lights season, exploring artistic responses to the very far north, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales performs music from latitude 60 degrees north and above.

Northern Lights: Helsinki Philharmonic20151210

The Helsinki Philharmonic and John Storgards play Sibelius live from Birmingham with the 2015 International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition winner.

Programme

Sibelius: En Saga Op 9

Sibelius: Violin Concerto

INTERVAL

Sibelius: Karelia Suite Op 11

Sibelius: Symphony No 7 Op 105.

Northern Lights: Nordic Christmas20151218

Northern Lights: Music for a Nordic Christmas, sung by the Temple Church Choir.

Live from the Temple Church, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Mathias: A Babe Is Born

Leighton: Coventry Carol

Dove: The Three Kings

Rautavaara: Rubáiyát

Rautavaara: Our Joyful'st Feast

Rautavaara: Christmas Carol

arr Darbourne: Silent Night

Mendelssohn: Three movements from Christus

8.15: Interval

Arvo Pärt: The Deer Cry

Arvo Pärt: The Woman with the Alabaster Box

Arvo Pärt: De profundis

Arvo Pärt: Morning Star

Duruflé: Four Motets, Op. 10

Grieg: Ave Maria

Rheinberger: Abendlied

Whitacre: Sleep

Tavener: God Is with Us.

Northern Lights: Sibelius's Kullervo20151206

Northern Lights: Sibelius Kullervo.

Ian Skelly introduces a performance of Sibelius's epic musical hybrid given at the BBC Proms as part of this year's celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of the composer's birth. That's preceded by some recently discovered fragments which probably belong to the composer's Eighth Symphony, the 'holy grail' of Finnish classical music, plus songs by the Swedish early 20th century composer Ture Rangström.

Rangström: 3 Songs - Melody, Wings in the Night, The Shield Maiden

Malin Byström (soprano), Matti Hirvonen (piano)

Sibelius: Fragments from the Eighth Symphony

BBC Philharmonic, John Storgårds (conductor)

Sibelius: Kullervo

Johanna Rusanen-Kartano (soprano)

Waltteri Torikka (baritone)

Polytech Choir

BBC Symphony Chorus (men's voices)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Sakari Oramo (conductor)

The folk hero Kullervo was the inspiration behind a powerful national statement for a country struggling to overthrow Russian rule. This massive musical hybrid - part cantata, part symphony, part suite - is a vivid and thrilling work, richly melodic but looking ahead to modernism.

Open Ear - London Contemporary Orchestra, Sarah Nicolls, Neil Luck, Shiva Feshareki20160630

Open Ear - a concert of contemporary music with the London Contemporary Orchestra playing pieces by Meredith Monk, Andrew Hamilton and Shiva Feshareki, plus solo performances from composer/performer Neil Luck, pianist Sarah Nicolls and electronic artist Shiva Feshareki.

Hosted by Sara Mohr-Pietsch and broadcast live from St John-at-Hackney in London.

Sarah Nicholls will be performing on her specially designed Inside Out Piano, the strings of which can be strummed and plucked while the keyboard is also played.

Shiva Feshareki will be performing on turntables, in duet with Kit Downes playing the massive pipe organ of St John.

Neil Luck performs provocative performance-art spoken word pieces that play with fragmentation and interruption.

London Contemporary Orchestra bring two UK premieres, one by the veteran American minimalist Meredith Monk, and one by the Irish maverick Andrew Hamilton;

plus a piece for two separate string ensembles by Shiva Feshareki.

Open Ear: Apartment House, Juice, Joby Burgess20161104

Sara Mohr-Pietsch presents Open Ear, a concert of New Music live from St John-at-Hackney in East London. Apartment House plays ensemble pieces by Christopher Fox, Martin Arnold, Laszlo Vidovszky and Aldo Clementi. Juice vocal trio sings pieces by Sarah Dacey, James Lindsay and Ben Oliver. Joby Burgess plays percussion pieces by Linda Buckley and Nicol Lizee. Plus Richard Birkin demonstrates a computerised music box.

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment20160208

As part of their series 'Marin, Madness and Music', Marin Alsop conducts the period instrument Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in Brahms and Schumann. The personal tragedy of Robert Schumann's life-long mental illness drove him to attempt suicide, after which he spent the final years of his life in a mental asylum, unable even to recognise his wife, Clara. But despite, or perhaps because of his condition he wrote wrote some of the greatest music of the 19th century including the heroic 3rd symphony. Inspired by a trip with his wife to the Rhineland, the 'Rhenish' symphony portrays some of the sights they saw including the surging Rhine and the glowing stained glass of Cologne Cathedral.

Schumann's violin concerto languished in a library with the stipulation that it should not be performed until his centenary in 1937, when it was championed by Yehudi Menuhin, among others; tonight's soloist is the versatile, intense and compelling Patricia Kopatchinskaja. And it was while Schumann was writing this work that he was first introduced to Brahms, who became such an important figure in Clara's life, and the concert begins with Brahms's St Anthony Variations.

Presented by Petroc Trelawny and recorded last Saturday.

Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn 'Saint Anthony Variations,' Op. 56a

Schumann: Violin Concerto in D Minor, WoO 23

Schumann: Symphony No. 3 In E Flat Op.97 'Rhenish'

Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin)

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Marin Alsop (conductor)

Followed by a glimpse into Adopt a Composer - Making Music's scheme pairing composers with performing groups from around the country.

Tonight, the Kensington Symphony Orchestra works on Seán Doherty's Hive Mind.

Orchestre De La Suisse Romande - Debussy, Saint-saens, Ravel, Brahms20160605

Ian Skelly presents Philippe Herreweghe conducting Haydn, and Renaud Capuçon with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande conducted by Osmo Vänskä, in highlights from recent European concerts:

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

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Osmo Vänskä, conductor

From the Victoria Hall, Geneva

Saint Saëns: Introduction and Rondo capriccioso in A minor, op. 28

Renaud Capuçon, violin

Haydn: The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross, Hob. XX/2

Sarah Wegener, soprano

Maria-Henriette Reinhold, contralto

Robin Tritschler, tenor

David Soar, bass

Collegium Vocale Gent

Orchestre des Champs-Elysées

Philippe Herreweghe

From the KlaraFestival at the Bozar, Brussels

Ravel: Tzigane, concert rhapsody

Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 20 in E minor

Organ Gala - King's College, Cambridge20161109

Ian Skelly presents a concert at Kings College Cambridge featuring the restored organ. Thomas Trotter performs on the newly restored instrument, with the Britten Sinfonia, conducted by Stephen Cleobury, in works by Durufle, Bach and Poulenc.

Live from King's College Chapel, Cambridge

Bach: Fantasia and Fugue in G minor BWV542

Duruflé: Requiem

Interval - Interval music and an interview about the organ restoration.

Karg Elert: Fuge, Kanzone and Epilog Op.85 No.3

Poulenc: Organ Concerto

Thomas Trotter (organ)

Thomas Gould (violin)

Jennifer Johnston (mezzo-soprano)

Britten Sinfonia

Choir of King's College Cambridge

Stephen Cleobury (conductor).

Oxford Lieder Festival's Schumann Project20161031

Christopher Cook presents a recital of Schumann partsongs at the Oxford Lieder Festival. The pianist and festival director Sholto Kynoch brings together a distinguished line up of soloists for an ensemble evening of Schumann song.

Including:

Schumann: Minnespiel

Schumann: Spanische Liebeslieder

Ailish Tynan (soprano)

Kitty Whately (mezzo-soprano)

James Gilchrist (tenor)

Jacques Imbrailo (baritone)

Sholto Kynoch (piano)

The culmination of the Oxford Lieder Festival's Schumann Project, this concert features a star cast in two of Schumann's cycles for four singers and piano. In Minnespiel, Op. 101, Schumann sets poems of Friedrich Rückert in a series of eight solos, duets and quartets. The Spanische Liebeslieder, Op. 138, follows a similar pattern, but with the ensemble including four hands at the piano; an inspiration for Brahms's later Liebeslieder Walzer. Together with other songs and duets, they form a fitting and uplifting send-off to the Festival.

Paul Lewis - Schubert, Brahms, Liszt20160707

Martin Handley introduces a Royal Festival Hall recital by pianist Paul Lewis, with music by Schubert, Brahms and Liszt, culminating in Liszt's epic Dante Sonata

Schubert: Piano Sonata in B major, D575

Brahms: Four Ballades Op.10

Brahms: Three Intermezzi Op.117

Liszt: Dante Sonata

Paul Lewis (piano)

A musical ride through Hell is how Paul Lewis describes Liszt's Dante Sonata - it's Liszt at his most wild and eccentric, a virtuosic dazzler. It's also the piece with which Paul Lewis first made his reputation 25 years ago as a teenager - he has since become known more for his interpretations of the great piano works of Beethoven and Schubert, but now he is taking a more mature look at Liszt's nightmare epic. He contrasts this with some less well-known early Schubert, some early Brahms and Brahms's well-loved Intermezzi.

Philharmonia Orchestra - Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Torsten Rasch20140919

From this year's Three Choirs Festival, the Philharmonia Orchestra, with Baldur Brönnimann perform the world premiere of Torsten Rasch's new choral work "A Foreign Field", for soprano and baritone soloists, boys' choir and large chorus, preceded by Vaughan Williams' poignant "The Lark Ascending" and Elgar's rarely heard setting of three poems by Laurence Binyon, "The Spirit of England" in a programme marking the outbreak of the first World War.

Recorded at Worcester Cathedral on 31st July

Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas

Elgar: The Spirit of England

Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending

Torsten Rasch: A Foreign Field

Yeree Suh, soprano

Peter Hoare, tenor

Roderick Williams, baritone

Three Choirs Festival Chorus

Chorus of the Three Cathedral Choirs

Singers from Die Kantorei der Kreuzkirche, Chemnitz

Matthew Trusler, violin

Philharmonia Orchestra

Baldur Brönnimann, conductor

A Three Choirs Festival commission, Torsten Rasch's new choral work for soprano and baritone soloists, boys' choir, chorus and orchestra sets poetry in English and German. The title, "A Foreign Field" is borrowed from Rupert Brooke's poem, "The Soldier" while the texts are drawn from poetry of the first world war, biblical texts and part of the Latin Requiem Mass. At its heart lie extracts from the writings of Edward Thomas to his wife Helen. Thomas was killed on the Western Front in 1917. Vaughan Williams' evocation of an English idyll, "The Lark Ascending" was written on the very day that Britain entered the First World War and to begin this concert marking the outbreak of the Great War, a rarely heard choral work by Edward Elgar, a composer with a close association to Worcester and Three Choirs Festival, settings of three war poems by Laurence Binyon.

Philharmonia Orchestra - Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms20170302

The Philharmonia Orchestra at the De Montfort Hall in Leicester in a programme of Mendelssohn and Brahms, with pianist David Fray in Schumann's Piano Concerto.

Presented by Martin Handley

Recorded 15th February 2016

Mendelssohn: Overture, Ruy Blas Op 95

Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 54

8.15 INTERVAL

8.35

Brahms: Symphony No 3 in F major, Op 90

Philharmonia Orchestra

David Fray, piano

Karl-Heinz Steffens, conductor

Pianist David Fray joins the Philharmonia Orchestra in Schumann's evergreen Piano Concerto. After the interval, Karl-Heinz Steffans conducts Brahms's glorious Third Symphony, his most personal of the four symphonies. The concert opens with Mendelssohn's ebullient 'Ruy Blas' Overture.

Followed by music by past recipients of the Women Make Music Fund from PRS for Music - in anticipation of International Women's Day next Wednesday.

Philharmonia Orchestra - Mozart, Debussy, Ravel20160218

Alain Altinoglu conducts the Philharmonia in music by Debussy and Ravel. David Frayjoins them for Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 24, K491.

Live from the Royal Festival Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Ravel: Suite, Ma Mère l'Oye

Debussy: La Mer

8.15pm

Interval Music: Bach's French Suite in d minor played on a CD recording by tonight's soloist, David Fray.

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K491

Ravel: La Valse

David Fray, piano

Alain Altinoglu, conductor

French conductor Alain Altinoglu, a regular with the Metropolitan Opera, New York and Wiener Staatsoper, makes his Philharmonia début conducting favourite impressionist works along with one of Mozart's finest concertos.

Philharmonia Orchestra - Stravinsky20160516

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Philharmonia in an all-Stravinsky programme recorded at the Royal Festival Hall, London, including The Rite of Spring.

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

Stravinsky: Symphonies of Wind Instruments, 1947 revision

Stravinsky: Agon

8pm: Interval music

8.20 pm

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

Philharmonia Orchestra

Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

The Philharmonia's Principal Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen takes the baton in tonight's concert as part of the orchestra's Myths and Rituals series. The concert opens with a work dedicated to the memory of Claude Debussy who died in 1918, the Symphonies of Wind Instruments, a one-movement work scored for wind and brass ensemble. Stravinsky wrote his ballet Agon for twelve dancers, with choreography by George Balanchine. Tonight's performance includes choreography by Karole Armitage. After the interval, the concert concludes with another ballet score - The Rite of Spring, written for the 1913 Paris season of Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes company, with choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky. The first performance of the ballet famously caused a near-riot in the audience, but is now regarded as one of the most influential and most recorded and popular works of the 20th century.

Philharmonia Orchestra: Stravinsky Myths And Rituals20160602

'Music,' said Stravinsky 'is essentially powerless to express anything at all'. But for all his deliberately misleading protestations Stravinsky, long-exiled from his homeland, often tapped a deep and deeply personal vein of nostalgia in his music, never more so than as he entered his old age and lived furthest away from Russia itself.

The third of Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra's all-Stravinsky Series 'Myths and Rituals' is a chance to hear a sequence of rarely performed late, great religious and memorial works whose austere sound-world nevertheless conveys their composer's longings and faith, both of which which he was loath to express in any other medium.

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch from St John's Smith Square, London.

Stravinsky:

Requiem Canticles

Introitus (TS Eliot in Memoriam)

In Memoriam Dylan Thomas

Mass

Elegy for JFK

Cantata

Hélène Hébrard (mezzo soprano)

Allan Clayton (tenor)

David Soar (bass)

Philharmonia Voices

Philharmonia Orchestra

Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor).

Philharmonia: Inspirations - Ligeti And Ravel20170224

Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra give the UK premiere of Funeral Song, an orchestral work by the young Igor Stravinsky, assumed lost in the Russian Revolution but recently discovered at the St Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory. The orchestra is then joined by the pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard for Gyorgy Ligeti's Piano Concerto, a late tour de force by the ever engaging Ligeti and one of the late 20th century's musical masterpieces. In the second half, Esa-Pekka Salonen brings to life Ravel's beautifully orchestrated love story of Daphnis and Chloé set among a magical Grecian world of nymphs, pirates and intervening gods.

Presented by Martin Handley

Stravinsky Funeral Song (UK Premier)

Ligeti Piano Concerto

Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano)

at approx 8pm

Interval music

at approx 8.25pm

Ravel Daphnis et Chloé (complete)

Philharmonia Voices, Rodolfus Choir

Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor)

concert recorded live at RFH 19 February 2017

Igor Stravinsky composed his Pogrebal'naya Pesnya (Funeral Song) in memory of his teacher, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. This 12-minute work was performed only once, in 1909, just before Stravinsky found international success with his Firebird. The score of Funeral Song was presumed to have been destroyed in the 1917 revolutions or the civil war that followed. Although Stravinsky remembered the work as one of his best early works, he could not later recall the music itself. Although searches for the lost score had been made over the years, it was only last year that an alert librarian spotted piles of previously hidden manuscripts in a backroom of the labyrinthine St Petersburg Conservatoire during a major refurbishment of the building. Stravinsky's orchestral parts were saved from the builder's skip and the orchestral score reconstructed.

Pianist Daniil Trifonov At Wigmore Hall20160609

Live from Wigmore Hall, London

Daniil Trifonov performs Brahms's take on Bach's great Chaconne, alongside his Paganini Variations, and sonatas by Schubert and Rachmaninov. Brahms deliberately wrote his piano transcription for the left hand alone in order to better duplicate the restrictions of the violin.

Bach/Brahms: Chaconne (Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV1004)

Schubert: Sonata in G major D894 'Fantasie'

Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Paganini (Book I) Op. 35

Interval

Rachmaninov: Sonata No. 1 in D minor Op. 28

The phenomenal young Russian pianist, recently described by the Guardian as 'a marvel', closes his Wigmore Hall Residency with a programme that spans a universe of contrasting emotions and moods.

Poulenc And Ravel20170129

Ian Skelly introduces a concert of Poulenc's Gloria and Ravel's ballet Daphnis et Chloé from the Orchestre National de France conducted by Bernard Haitink

Poulenc: Gloria

Patricia Petibon (soprano)

Radio France Chorus

Orchestre National de France

Bernard Haitink (conductor)

Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé, complete ballet

Recorded at the Maison de la Radio, Paris.

Radio 3 Big Chamber Weekend: Messiaen At Wells Cathedral20161017

Pungent harmonies and scintillating colour in two of Messiaen's most popular works, performed on Saturday evening at Wells Cathedral for Radio 3's Big Chamber Weekend.

Presented by Fiona Talkington

Messiaen: Trois petites liturgies de la présence divine

Wells Cathedral School Choralia

Simon Smith, piano

Cynthia Millar, ondes martenot

Percussionists from Wells Cathedral School

London Contemporary Orchestra

Conducted by Christopher Finch

8.15pm

Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time

Atos Piano Trio

Mark Simpson, clarinet

Fiona Talkington presents the first in a series of concerts, curated by Radio 3 in partnership with Cedars Hall at Wells Cathedral School, together with the Atos Trio of Berlin. Across this evening and the rest of the week's Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts, they take us on a musical journey around four European cities.

Tonight's concert comes from Wells Cathedral and the focus is on Paris, where Oliver Messiaen lived and worked for over seventy years. Both works on the programme were composed during the Second World War, and reflect Messiaen's profound Roman Catholic faith. Trois petites liturgies is an ecstatic three-part hymn to the divine presence in all things, whilst his Quartet for the End of Time was famously written and performed in a prisoner of war camp at Görlitz, and was inspired by a vision of angelic glory described in the Book of Revelation.

Radio 3 In Concert At Uproot Festival20170407

The First Family of English Folk: a celebration of the Waterson Family, who come from Hull. Part of Radio 3's Uproot festival for Hull 2017.

Live from Hull Truck Theatre. Introduced by Kathryn Tickell

The Waterson Family:

Norma Waterson, Ann Waterson, Eleanor Waterson, Marry Waterson, Erin Anderson, Davoc Brady, Lauren McCormick, Emily Portman and Jim Causley (singers)

Martin Carthy (singer, guitar)

Eliza Carthy (singer, violin)

8.15 pm: INTERVAL - a profile of refugee musicians in Hull

8.15 pm Part Two

The Gift Band:

Norma Waterson (vocals)

Martin Carthy (guitar, banjo, vocals)

Eliza Carthy (Vocals, Violin)

David Donnelly (double bass, vocals)

David Delarre (guitar, mandolin, vocals)

Phil Alexander (piano, accordion, vocals)

Neil McColl (electric guitar, banjo, vocals)

Kate St John (oboe, piano accordion, vocals)

As part of the BBC's contribution to Hull UK City of Culture 2017, Radio 3 presents 'Uproot', a 3-day festival celebrating the area's folk and roots heritage as well as its international cultural connections. There are four concerts at Hull Truck Theatre from major world and folk artists, including Hull's folk royalty The Waterson Family, Eliza Cathy's innovative Arms Wide Orchestra, special appearances from Yorkshire folk artists Fay Hield and Martin Simpson, plus concerts celebrating Hull's international links from the Warsaw Village Band and Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars. The theme is reflected widely in other programming across the three days. The theme 'Uproot' is essentially a reflection on roots, how people relate to them in fast-changing times, and what happens when people are displaced from their roots.

The Watersons were leading figures in the English folk revival in the 1960s and 70s, celebrated for their unique song repertoire and distinctive vocal harmonies. With Martin Carthy joining the family in the 1970s, and new generations of family musicians coming through, they have been a reference-point for English folk for fifty years. In this special concert for Hull City of Culture 2017, they return to their home town, with a first half that celebrates the traditions of the Watersons' vocal harmonies, and a second half with The Gift Band, fronted by Norma Waterson, the only remaining member of the original 1960s line-up, with her daughter Eliza Carthy.

Rameau, Debussy, Chausson20150920

Ian Skelly introduces recordings made recently at some of Europe's leading international music festivals. In this first programme of his Sunday night series, tonight Ian presents Nelson Goerner playing Debussy in Geneva and a distinguished team of chamber musicians playing Chausson's seldom heard Piano Trio in Montpellier.

Rameau Excerpt from 'Les Fêtes d'Hébé ou Les Talens lyriques'

MusicAeterna Ensemble, Teodor Currentzis (director)

Debussy Twelve Preludes Bk. 1

Nelson Goerner (piano)

Chausson Piano Trio in G minor, op. 3

Philippe Cassard (piano), David Grimal (violin), Anne Gastinel (cello)

Rameau Overture to 'Naïs, opéra pour la Paix' (1749)

Rameau La Poule, from 'Nouvelles Suites de pièces de clavecin'

Rncm Brass Band Festival 201620160204

Tom Redmond presents performances from the Grimethorpe Colliery Band and the Cory Band at this year's Brass Band Festival at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

This year the festival pays tribute to the creativity of John McCabe (1939 - 2015), whose brass band works are among the most highly regarded in the brass band repertoire. A retrospective of the complete brass band music of Joseph Horovitz honours this distinguished composer and teacher in his 90th year. Both composers have works featured in tonight's concerts.

Part 1: Grimethorpe Colliery Band, conducted by Robert Childs with Jamie Smith and Alexis Demailly (cornets)*

John McCabe: Salamander

Joseph Horovitz: Concerto Classico*

Nigel Clarke: Further Adventures of the Same (first performance)

INTERVAL

During the Interval Tom Redmond discusses the role of the brass band in the 21st century with four key figures from the modern brass band world.

Part 2: Cory Band, conducted by Philip Harper

John McCabe: Images

Alexander Comitas: Audita Tremendi (first performance)

Gustav Holst: A Moorside Suite

Photo credit: John Stirzaker ARPS.

Part 1: Grimethorpe Colliery Band, conducted by Robert Childs with Roger Webster and Alexis Demailly (cornets)*

Alexander Comitas+ Audita Tremendi (first performance)

Royal Festival Hall Organ Recital - Margaret Phillips20160608

Recorded at the Royal Festival Hall

Margaret Phillips returns to Royal Festival Hall as part of the Southbank's International Organ Series.

In a mostly French programme she contrasts music from the 20th century with a work by a composer from the French baroque, Nicolas de Grigny, who was organist at Rheims cathedral. Jean Guillou's colourful Variations explore the nethermost regions of the Royal Festival Hall organ's vast tonal resources, and the Duruflé work is one of the most beautiful 20th century additions to the organ's repertoire. Bach's Piece d'Orgue completes the programme - a work in which he pays homage to the French baroque style.

Nicolas de Grigny: Veni creator

Johann Sebastian Bach: Fantasia in G (Piece d'orgue) BWV.572

Maurice Duruflé: Prelude, adagio et choral varié sur le thème du Veni creator, Op.4

Interval - Interval music

Jean Guillou: 18 Variations, Op.3

Marcel Dupré: Prelude and Fugue in G minor, Op.7 No.3

The glorious sound of the Royal Festival Hall organ was first heard in March 1954. Sixty years later, in 2014, it was restored to its former glory by Harrison and Harrison Ltd. This organ series looks both to the history and the future of this fascinating instrument.

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - Mozart, Mendelssohn20151126

Live from Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, directed by Julian Rachlin, play Mozart and Mendelssohn.

Mozart: Overture, The Marriage of Figaro

Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor

8.15: Interval

8.35

Mozart: Symphony No.35 in D 'Haffner'

Mendelssohn: Symphony No.4 in A 'Italian'

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Julian Rachlin, violin/director

Mozart's Marriage of Figaro overture opens an evening of celebratory music, including Mendelssohn's sun-drenched Italian Symphony. Julian Rachlin, meanwhile, picks up his violin and stars as both conductor and soloist in Mendelssohn's hugely popular Violin Concerto - bittersweet romance and sparkling fun, all rolled up into one irresistibly tuneful masterpiece.

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - Rachmaninov, Stravinsky20161026

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and pianist Alexandre Tharaud play Rachmaninov and Stravinsky.

Recorded on Sunday 23 October 2016 at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.

Presented by Stuart Flinders.

Rachmaninov: The Rock

Piano Concerto No.2

8.20: Interval

8.40: Stravinsky: Scherzo à la Russe

Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances

Alexandre Tharaud, piano

Vasily Petrenko, conductor

Russian Revolution

Rachmaninov's sumptuous Symphonic Dances are the sound of a great artist in exile, drenched in joy, regret, and full of wonderful Rachmaninov melodies.

Vasily Petrenko has matched it with Rachmaninov's youthful poem of love and loss, The Rock, and a jazzy scherzo by Rachmaninov's Hollywood neighbour Stravinsky.

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - Wolf, Mahler20170403

Vasily Petrenko conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in Mahler's 5th Symphony and two pieces by Mahler's contemporary and friend Hugo Wolf.

Presented by Stuart Flinders, from Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool

Wolf, arr. Mahler: Prelude from "Der Corregidor"

Wolf: Scherzo and Finale

7.50: Interval, including chamber music by Wolf and Mahler

8.10

Mahler: Symphony No 5 in C sharp minor

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Vasily Petrenko, conductor

Gustav Mahler and Hugo Wolf were almost exact contemporaries, born just 4 months apart in 1860, and from similar modest social backgrounds in the provinces of the Austrian empire. Artistically, their lives were both shaped by the ever-looming influence of Wagner. Their early careers were also intertwined: both arrived in Vienna in 1875 and enrolled at the Vienna Conservatoire at the precocious age of 15, even studying harmony together in the same class. They even shared an apartment together with another friend, à la "Bohème", wrote their earliest music in one another's company and scrabbled pennies from teaching to attend the opera together. However, Mahler soon left Vienna to pursue his conducting career, and Wolf's short-lived fame as a composer petered out as his syphilis-induced insanity took over. Now, Mahler fills grand concert halls the world over with performances of his symphonies but Wolf's fame rests largely on his impressive output of songs.

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra: Strauss Alpine Symphony20151002

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra play the Alpine Symphony by Strauss and Jennifer Johnston joins them for Berio's Folk Songs.

Recorded on October 1st in Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and presented by Stuart Flinders.

Tchaikovsky (orch. Sergei Abir): The Seasons - September, October, November, December

Berio: Folk Songs

8.15: Interval

8.35

Richard Strauss: An Alpine Symphony

Jennifer Johnston, mezzo-soprano

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Vasily Petrenko, conductor

Out of the lowest depths of the orchestra, murmurs arise, daylight gathers in the brasses, and then, all of a sudden, the sun appears in full orchestral blaze. Dawn arrives and so begins music's most vividly depicted mountainous ascent. One hundred years after its premiere, Vasily Petrenko and a super-sized orchestra scale the peak of Strauss's mighty Alpine Symphony. Waterfalls, glaciers, an ear-splitting storm - the whole of nature is evoked. First, though, take an autumn stroll in the Russian countryside with four lovely miniatures by Tchaikovsky, and join Liverpool's own star mezzo Jennifer Johnston for a whistle-stop world tour in Luciano Berio's Folk Songs.

Royal Northern Sinfonia - Elgar, Finzi, Vaughan Williams20170301

The Royal Northern Sinfonia directed by Bradley Creswick perform an all-English programme, including works by Elgar, Finzi and Vaughan Williams, live from Sage Gateshead

Presented by Tom Redmond

Elgar: Introduction and Allegro

Finzi: Clarinet Concerto

8.15 Interval

8.35

Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending

Tippett: Divertimento on Sellinger's Round

Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

Timothy Orpen (clarinet)

Royal Northern Sinfonia

Bradley Creswick (director)

Followed by music by past recipients of the Women Make Music Fund from PRS for Music - in anticipation of International Women's Day next Wednesday.

Royal Northern Sinfonia - Mozart, Stravinsky, Debussy20160307

Alexandre Bloch and the Royal Northern Sinfonia perform Mozart's 'Paris' Symphony as well as works by Stravinsky and Debussy, and Francesco Piemontesi joins them to perform Mozart's Piano Concerto No.25.

Sage Gateshead

Presented by Adam Tomlinson

Alexandre Bloch conductor

Francesco Piemontesi piano

Royal Northern Sinfonia

Mozart: Symphony No.31 in D, K297 'Paris'

Stravinsky: Danses Concertantes

8.10 Interval

8.30 Debussy: Petite Suite

Mozart: Piano Concerto No.25 in C, K503

Mozart's 'Paris' symphony was composed almost in spite of the contemporary French musical styles, but its reception in the city nonetheless proved a huge success. This and his later Piano Concerto are staples of the young composer's cosmopolitan style, perfectly complemented by the Gallic flair of Debussy, and Stravinsky.

Royal Northern Sinfonia - Sibelius, Mozart20160610

Royal Northern Sinfonia, conducted by Lars Vogt, perform Sibelius's Seventh Symphony and Mozart's Requiem.

Live from Sage Gateshead.

Sibelius: Symphony No.7

8.00: Interval

8.20: Mozart: Requiem

Ruby Hughes, soprano

Jennifer Johnston, mezzo

Benjamin Hulett, tenor

Neal Davies, bass

Chorus of Royal Northern Sinfonia

Royal Northern Sinfonia

Lars Vogt, conductor

The two journeys pursued by the Royal Northern Sinfonia over the past season, Sibelius and the Musical North and Reclaiming Mozart, come to a conclusion as Lars Vogt conducts Sibelius's last and most condensed symphony, and Mozart's final choral masterpiece.

Royal Northern Sinfonia - Smetana, Mozart, Dvorak20160429

Lars Vogt and the Royal Northern Sinfonia perform Mozart's Symphony No.38 and Smetana's Bartered Bride Overture, plus Tanja Tetzlaff performs Dvorak's Cello Concerto in B minor.

Live from Sage Gateshead

Presented by Adam Tomlinson

Lars Vogt conductor

Tanja Tetzlaff cello

Royal Northern Sinfonia

Smetana: The Bartered Bride Overture

Mozart: Symphony No.38 'Prague'

8.15 Interval: BBC Young Musician 2016

Clemency Burton-Hill introduces the fifth of the category finalists in this year's brass competition.

Sam Dye plays music by Folke Rabe, Debussy and Ropartz.

8.35

Dvorak: Cello Concerto

Mozart's symphony revels in his lifelong love affair with the Czech capital, with its intense radiance and lively animation. Dvorak's concerto reveals a homesickness for Prague and the bohemian style, so much so that it was composed on both sides of the Atlantic as he made his return home.

Royal Northern Sinfonia - Stravinsky, Strauss, Mozart, Shostakovich20151106

Live from Sage Gateshead, the Royal Northern Sinfonia with Mozart's Exsultate, Jubilate

Stravinsky: Concerto in D

Strauss: Ich Wolt ein Strausslein binden, Op. 68 No. 6; Morgen, Op. 27 No. 4

Mozart: Voi avete un cor fedele, K217

Mozart: Se tutti i mali miei, K83

8.15: Interval

Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony in A flat major, Op. 118a (arr. Barshai from 10th String Quartet)

Mozart: Exsultate, Jubilate, K165

Elizabeth Watts, soprano

Royal Northern Sinfonia

Kyra Humphreys, director

Originally written for a castrato, but now one of the showpieces for soprano, the Exsultate, Jubilate is a fine example of Mozart's genius: it was written in a day, and most likely without a keyboard to assist, as the teenage composer did what came naturally. Sung by Elizabeth Watts, it forms the finale of this concert which combines Mozart favourites with twentieth-century classics.

Royal Northern Sinfonia And Julian Rachlin - Beethoven20170216

Royal Northern Sinfonia with violinist Julian Rachlin as soloist and conductor in an all-Beethoven concert recorded last week at Sage Gateshead.

Presented by Adam Tomlinson.

Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D, Op 61

8.15pm Interval

During the interval we hear this evening's conductor and soloist, Julian Rachlin perform chamber music. Part of a CD of JS Bach's Goldberg Variations arranged for string trio by Dmitry Sitkovetsky in 1985 to mark the tercentenary of Bach's birth.

JS Bach: Goldberg Variations - Nos XXV - end (arr. Sitkovetsky)

Julian Rachlin (violin)

Nobuko Imai (viola)

Mischa Maisky (cello)

8.35

Beethoven: Symphony No 3 in E flat, Op 55, 'Eroica'

Royal Northern Sinfonia

conductor, Julian Rachlin (violin).

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Respighi, Dvorak, Stravinsky20160329

Live from the Royal Festival Hall

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is joined by their Principal Conductor Charles Dutoit in a programme of Respighi, Dvorák and Stravinsky.

Respighi: Fountains of Rome

Dvorák: Cello Concerto

8.15: Interval

8.35

Stravinsky: Petrushka (1911)

Gautier Capuçon, cello

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Charles Dutoit, conductor

Respighi's Fountains of Rome and Stravinsky's Petrushka are two of the most colourful orchestral scores ever written, depicting as they do the wonders of Rome from dawn to dusk, and the St. Petersburg Shrovetide fair.

The orchestra is joined by Gautier Capuçon for another favourite, Dvorák's Cello Concerto.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Roslavets, Ravel, Shostakovich20160202

Ilan Volkov conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra live at the Royal Festival Hall in a programme including music by two composers who suffered under the Soviet regime. From the pre-Soviet 20th century comes Nikolay Roslavets's short, sinister symphonic poem In the Hours of the New Moon, one of his earliest existing works; 'A Soviet Artist's Response to Justified Criticism' was how Dimitri Shostakovich described his 5th symphony. The symphony premiered in 1937, at the height of Stalin's purges, and the recently denounced Shostakovich apparently appeased the authorities, but it has long been thought to be stuffed with coded anti-Stalin messages and personal defiance. Maurice Ravel's jazz age piano concerto, urbane and angst-free, played by Ingrid Fliter completes the bill. Presented by Sara Mohr-pietsch.

Roslavets: In the Hours of the New Moon

Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major

Interval

Shostakovich: Symphony No.5

Ingrid Fliter, piano

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Ilan Volkov, conductor.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 70th Birthday Concert20160919

Live from the Royal Albert Hall

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates its 70th Birthday, with Martha Argerich, Pinchas Zukerman and Charles Dutoit.

Rossini: Overture - William Tell

Bruch: Violin Concerto

8.15: Interval

8.35: Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor

Stravinsky: The Firebird (1919)

Martha Argerich, piano

Pinchas Zukerman, violin/director

Charles Dutoit, conductor

In celebration of its platinum year, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is joined by a trio of outstanding artists in an evening of classical masterpieces.

Royal Scottish National Orchestra - Shostakovich And Prokofiev20160524

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, conducted by Peter Oundjian perform a powerful Russian programme of Shostakovich's 8th Symphony and Prokofiev's spirited 2nd Piano Concerto.

Recorded at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on 21 May

Introduced by Tom Redmond

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No 2

8.05pm

Interval Music

Schubert: Four Impromptus D.935 performed by Nikolai Lugansky

8.25

Shostakovich: Symphony No 8

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Peter Oundjian, conductor

Nikolai Lugansky, piano.

Royal Scottish National Orchestra - Szymanowski, Macmillan, Berlioz20160322

In a year-long celebration of the 125 years of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Peter Oundjian takes the helm for a colourful evening of romance, drama and sheer sensuous beauty. Nicola Benedetti performs the Szymanowski Violin Concerto which has become synonymous with her name since her performance of this work at the final of the Young Musician of the Year competition in 2004. James MacMillan's substantial 'Little Mass' which received its first performance last year in Liverpool enjoys a reprise on home turf in this performance with the sparkling young RSNO junior chorus

James MacMillan - Little Mass

Szymanowski - Violin Concerto No 2

8.30 Interval

MacMillan - From Ayrshire (from CD 'Mendelssohn, MacMillan, Mozart')

Nicola Benedetti, violin

Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields

James MacMillan, conductor

Mahler - Piano Quartet in A minor (from CD 'The Silver Violin')

Tom Dunn, viola

Leonard Elschenbroich, cello

Alexei Grynuk, piano

8.50

Berlioz - Symphonie fantastique

RSNO Junior Chorus (Christopher Bell, choirmaster)

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Peter Oundjian, conductor.

Royal Scottish National Orchestra - Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Rachmaninov20170220

The young Hong Kong-born conductor Elim Chan has the distinction of being the first female to win the prestigious Donatella Flick Conducting competition in 2014. She makes her debut with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra with two staples of the Russian Romantic movement.

Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 2 is a great vehicle for the virtuosic young pianist Louis Schwizgebel, formerly a Radio 3 New Generation Artist.

Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 2 in B flat

8.15pm Interval: Louis Schwizgebel plays four of Schubert's best loved songs arranged for piano by Liszt; Erlkonig, Du bist die Ruh, Auf dem Wasser zu singen and Standchen

Rachmaninov: Symphony No 2

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Louis Schwizgebel, piano

Elim Chan, conductor.

Royal String Quartet - Mozart, Glass, Gorecki20170201

Recorded on 27th January 2017 at the Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa

Presented by Adam Tomlinson

The Royal String Quartet plays Mozart, Glass and Gorecki.

Mozart: Quartet in D minor, K421

Philip Glass: Quartet No 3, 'Mishima'

8.15: Interval

8.35

Gorecki: Quartet No 1, Op 62, 'Already it is dusk'

Mozart: Quartet in C K465, 'Dissonance'

The Royal String Quartet is back in Leamington with a fascinating programme in which quartets by Mozart framing two cult composers' works. Philip Glass wrote his quartet for the film Mishima and the first of Gorecki's quartets was written for the Kronos Quartet. The Royal Quartet has recorded all of Gorecki's quartets to great acclaim.

Followed by music for brass band written by British composers as a prelude to tomorrow's Radio 3 in Concert from the Royal Northern College of Music's Brass Band Festival featuring the Cory Band.

Rps Awards 201620160511

Photo of conductor Sakari Oramo receiving his RPS Award (c) Simon Jay Price

The RPS Awards 2016

Andrew McGregor presents highlights of last night's ceremony at The Brewery in London, at which the winners of the 2016 Awards from the Royal Philharmonic Society were announced.

The RPS Music Awards are the highest recognition for live classical music-making in the United Kingdom and reflect their guiding principles of Excellence, Creativity and Understanding.

These independent awards were set up in 1989 to celebrate the outstanding musical achievements of both young and established, British and International, musicians.

The Awards are peer-judged. Each category is decided by an eminent jury from the music profession. The list of winners since 1989 reads as a roll call of the finest living musicians.

The awards honour a broad sweep of live music making including categories for performers, composers, inspirational arts organisations learning, participation and engagement. There is no restriction on the nationality of recipients, but the awards are for achievements within the United Kingdom.

The Royal Philharmonic Society has been at the heart of music for over 200 years and is dedicated to creating a future for music. It is one of the world's oldest music societies and has a thriving membership.

Rsno - Mahler's Symphony No 220151005

The RSNO open their season with Mahler's Resurrection Symphony. Recorded on Friday at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh.

Presented by Kate Molleson

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 Resurrection

Valentina Farcas, soprano

Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano

RSNO Chorus and Orchestra

Peter Oundjian, conductor

Broken by grief, a man stands by the grave of a friend. But that's just the start of an incredible journey. Mahler's epic Resurrection Symphony sweeps through storms, love songs, tragedy and triumph to the end of the world itself - and beyond. Peter Oundjian, the RSNO and the RSNO Chorus are joined by two truly world-class soloists to launch the RSNO's Anniversary Season in a blaze of pure, soaring inspiration.

Ruby Hughes And The London Handel Players20151104

This year's Brighton Early Music Festival celebrates on a grand scale music by female composers of the past. From St George's Church Kemp Town, Brighton, Ruby Hughes takes on two dramatic solo cantatas on biblical themes by Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre. De La Guerre first burst onto the musical scene aged eight when she performed at the Court of Louis XIV, majorly impressing the King. These sandwich performances by the London Handel players of some of the finest and earliest examples of string sonatas, and keyboard works by the master of the keyboard Francois Couperin. Presented by Ian Skelly.

Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber 1644-1704

Rosary Sonata No.1 'Annunciation'

Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre 1665-1729

Violin Sonata No.2 in D major

Jacquet de La Guerre Cantata: Susanne

Jean-Féry Rebel 1666-1747

Violin Sonata in D major No.5 Deuxième Livre

8.15: INTERVAL: Imogen Holst: Mass in A minor

Choir of Clare College, Cambridge

Graham Ross, director

Jean-Marie Leclair 1697-1764

Violin Sonata No.8 in G major (Premier livre) for violin and continuo

François Couperin 1668-1733

Pièces de Clavecin Premier Ordre

Les Abeilles

La Nanète

Les Sentiments

La Pastorelle

Les Nonètes

L'Enchanteresse

Jacquet de La Guerre

Cantata: Judith

Ruby Hughes (soprano)

The London Handel Players:

Adrian Butterfield (violin)

Katherine Sharman (viola da gamba)

Laurence Cummings (harpsichord).

Schreker, De Leeuw, Glinka And Tchaikovsky20170402

Ian Skelly introduces a concert given in Amsterdam's Concertgebouw of music by Franz Schreker and Reinbert de Leeuw and the Dutch première of the original version of Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto performed by Kirill Gerstein with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Edo de Waart

Schreker: Vorspiel zu einem Drama

Reinbert de Leeuw: Abschied

Glinka: Russian Songs - Doubt; Where is our Rose; Lullaby; Do not Tempt Me Needlessly

Henk Neven (baritone), Jan Bastiaan Neven (cello), Hans Eijsackers, (piano)

Recorded at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, in February

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 (Dutch première of the original version)

Kirill Gerstein (piano)

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

Edo de Waart (conductor)

Recorded at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, in January.

Schubert, Beethoven, Kapralova20151122

Ian Skelly presents two beautiful sequences of Schubert choral music recorded at the Styriarte Festival, Graz, and the great hall of Thun castle in the canton of Berne is a suitably grand setting for Beethoven's Archduke Trio. And there's an all too rare chance to hear a concertino by Vitezslava Kaprálová, born a hundred years ago and who at her death at the age of twenty five left a remarkable body of works which suggest that she was destined to become one of the leading composers of her generation.

Schubert

Das Grab, D330

Das Leben, D269

Grab und Mond, D893

Psalm 23 D706

Stefan Gottfried (piano)

Arnold Schoenberg Choir of Vienna

Erwin Ortner (director)

Vitezslava Kaprálová

Concertino for Violin and Clarinet, Op 21

Jana Herajnová (violin), Lukás Dittrich (clarinet)

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Jakub Hrusa (conductor)

Beethoven

Piano Trio No 7 in B flat, Op 97 ('Archduke')

Trio Rafale

Der Geistertanz, D494

Coronach, D836

Gebet, D815

Schubert, Smetana And Dvorak20160403

Ian Skelly presents music by Schubert, Smetana and Dvorak recorded in two of the world's most most hallowed concert halls.

Schubert

Arpeggione Sonata in A minor, D. 821, arranged for flute and piano

Daria Dyagileva (flute), Mikhail Voskresensky (piano)

rec. Small Hall, Moscow State Conservatory

Smetana

Hakon Jarl, op. 16

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Jakub Hrusa (conductor)

Rudolfinum, Prague

Dvorak Piano Quintet No. 2 in A, op. 81

Mikhail Voskresensky (piano), Glinka String Quartet

Small Hall, Moscow State Conservatory.

Schumann, Mozart, Ravel, Massenet And Smetana20161002

Ian Skelly introduces performances recorded at some recent continental music festivals.

Schumann: Cello Concerto in A minor, op. 129

Sol Gabetta (cello), Basel Chamber Orchestra, Giovanni Antonini (conductor)

rec. Kaisersaal, Würzburg during Mozart Festival, Würzburg

Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 11 in A, K. 331 ('Alla Turca')

Anne Quéffelec (piano)

Ravel: Kaddisch

Tobias Feldmann (violin), Anne Quéffelec (piano)

rec. Musiq'3 Festival (Wallonie Festival) - Flagey, Brussels

Smetana: String Quartet No. 2 in D minor, JB 1:124

Pavel Haas Quartet

rec. Castle Palace, Zdar nad Sazavou during Concentus Moraviae Festival.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra20151217

As part of their ongoing survey of concertos by Mozart and Beethoven, Pianist Llyr Williams joins the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, directed from the violin by Alexander Janicek to perform Beethoven's dramatic 3rd piano concerto alongside works by CPE Bach and Mozart.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra And Maria Joao Pires20170130

The great Mozartian pianist Maria João Pires joins the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and their Principal Conductor Robin Ticciati to perform two of Mozart's best-loved piano concertos alongside Dvorak's cycle of ten short pieces entitled Legends, arranged for chamber orchestra.

Dvorak: Legends, Op 59 Nos 1-5

Mozart: Piano Concerto No 23 in A, K488

interval at 8.25pm approx

8.45pm approx

Dvorak: Legends, Op 59 Nos 6-10

Mozart: Piano Concerto No 27 in B flat, K595

Maria João Pires, piano

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Robin Ticciati, conductor

Followed by music for brass band written by British composers as a prelude to Thursday's Radio 3 in Concert from the Royal Northern College of Music's Brass Band Festival featuring the Cory Band.

Scottish Ensemble - Part, Bach, Gubaidulina20151214

From St John's Kirk Perth, Kate Molleson presents The Scottish Ensemble directed by Matthew Truscott, in a concert of Pärt, Bach and Gubaidulina.

Pärt: Fratres

Bach: Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041

Bach: Chorale: Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein (from Art of Fugue, BWV 1080)

Gubaidulina: Meditation über der Bach Chorale: Vor deinen Thron tret ich hiermit

8.11: Interval

Bach: Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV 1043

Pärt: Collage über Bach - Toccata

Bach: Contrapunctus XIX (from Art of Fugue, BWV 1080)

Pärt: Summa

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 (with Stravinsky arrangement of B minor Prelude from Well Tempered Clavier as Second Movement)

The meditative, cyclic, cascading notes of Bach hold a subtle power. Add to this slices of spiritual calm, in the form of Arvo Pärt's cinematic violins, as well as the surprise of Sofia Gubaidulina's eerie homage to the Baroque master, and the overall effect is one of meditation, reflection and immersion.

With his specialist knowledge and passion for period instrument performance, Matthew Truscott is guest director and solo violinist in two Bach concerti.

Scottish Ensemble

Matthew Truscott - Guest Director

Kate Molleson - presenter.

Sound Frontiers: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli At The Royal Festival Hall20160927

Sound Frontiers: Arturo Benedetto Michelangeli at the Royal Festival Hall, London

An archive recording from 13 April 1982, featuring a recital given as part of the South Bank Centre's Great Pianists series.

Beethoven: Sonata in A flat, Op 26; Sonata in E flat, Op 4

Debussy: Preludes Book 1.

Sound Frontiers: Chineke! Orchestra20161006

As part of Radio 3 live at Southbank Centre, London, the Chineke! Orchestra are conducted by Kevin John Edusei in Sibelius's Finlandia, a symphony by Saint-Georges and Dvorak's 'New World' Symphony, and are joined by BBC Young Musician of the Year Sheku Kanneh-Mason in Haydn's Cello Concerto in C.

Introduced by Ian Skelly

Sibelius: Finlandia

Saint-Georges: Overture to L'amant anonyme (Symphony in B flat, Op 11 No 2)

Haydn: Cello Concerto in C

Dvorák: Symphony No 9 in D minor (From the New World)

Sheku Kanneh-Mason (cello)

Chineke! Orchestra

Kevin John Edusei (conductor)

Recorded last month at the Royal Festival Hall.

Sound Frontiers: Claudio Abbado Conducts The Lucerne Festival Orchestra20161005

Sound Frontiers: Archive recording of Claudio Abbado conducting the Lucerne Festival Orchestra in Mozart's 'Haffner' Symphony and Bruckner's 5th Symphony.

Recorded on 11th October, 2011.

Presented by Ian Skelly

Hand-picked by Abbado himself, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra comprised renowned soloist and chamber musicians from around the globe sitting side by side with 40 members of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. priding themselves on idea of "friendship, freedom and a joy in making music". Following their residency at the Lucerne Festival every summer the orchestra tours some of the world's musical capitals and its stop in London was one of the highlights of the season.

Mozart: Symphony no.35 in D major 'Haffner'

7.55pm Interval.

8.15pm

Bruckner: Symphony no.5 in B flat

Lucerne Festival Orchestra

Claudio Abbado (conductor).

Sound Frontiers: Gillian Weir At The Royal Festival Hall20161004

Archive performance in which organist Gillian Weir plays at London's Royal Festival Hall.

Sound Frontiers: Radio 3 at Southbank Centre.

From the archive: organist Gillian Weir plays at the Royal Festival Hall. Recorded on 4th May 2001.

Bach: Toccata and Fugue in F major, BWV.540

Healey Willan: Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue in E flat minor, B.149

Franck: Chorale No. 2 in B minor, M.39

Reubke: Sonata on Psalm 94, in C minor

Schnizer: Sonata in D

Gillian Weir, organ.

Sound Frontiers: London Philharmonic Orchestra - Debussy, Szymanowski, Bartok20160923

Live from the Royal Festival Hall

As part of Radio 3 live at Southbank Centre, London, Nicola Benedetti joins the LPO in a programme of Debussy, Szymanowski and Bartók.

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

Szymanowski: Violin Concerto No.1

8.15: Interval

8.35 Szymanowski: Violin Concerto No.2

Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin Suite

Nicola Benedetti,violin

Vladimir Jurowski, conductor

London Philharmonic Orchestra

The London Philharmonic Orchestra's new season opens with a concert of Debussy, Szymanowski and Bartók. At the dawn of the 20th century Debussy's Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune released a flood-tide of musical colour. Nicola Benedetti performs both of Szymanowski's violin concertos, then the full orchestra goes for broke as it enters the neon-lit fantasy-world of Bartók's The Miraculous Mandarin: music that's brutal, brilliant and utterly breathtaking.

Sound Frontiers: London Sinfonietta - Coll, Coult, Davies, Birtwistle20160928

Recorded at St John's Smith Square on 1st June, 2016

Presented by Martin Handley

London Sinfonietta, conducted by Martyn Brabbins, plays recent works by Coll, Coult Davies and Birtwistle

Francisco Coll: Liquid Symmetries (UK premiere)

Tom Coult: Spirit of the Staircase (world premiere of a London Sinfonietta commission)

8.15: Interval:

From the archive: Schoenberg: Serenade Op 25, Finale

London Sinfonietta

David Atherton, conductor

8.35

Tansy Davies: Falling Angel (London premiere)

Sir Harrison Birtwistle: Five Lessons in a Frame (world premiere of a London Sinfonietta commission)

London Sinfonietta has been in an extended duet with Sir Harrison Birtwistle for over 45 years, a relationship that has been reflected in an evolving series of commissions for pairs of Principal Players. This journey reaches its peak with the world premiere of Five Lessons in a Frame, in which five of these duets are linked by a new chorale. As relationships with Tansy Davies and Francisco Coll also continue, so a new one begins - with a commission from Tom Coult, one of the most promising young voices of his generation, praised for his iridescent timbres and clear, articulate gestures.

Sound Frontiers: Simon Rattle Conducts The Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment20161007

Sir Simon Rattle conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in music by Brahms, Hans Rott and Bruckner, all pieces composed in Vienna in the year 1880.

Recorded in April and introduced from the Royal Festival Hall by Christopher Cook.

Brahms: Tragic Overture Op.81

Hans Rott: Scherzo from Symphony No.1 in E major

Bruckner: Symphony No.6 in A major

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Conducted by Sir Simon Rattle

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment's Principal Artist, Sir Simon Rattle, here recreates the sound-world of Vienna in 1880, in a performance on period instruments of three works composed in that year. The three composers knew each other well, but were not exactly best friends: Brahms was the great tradition-bearer of Viennese music, and strongly disapproved of the new orchestral visions of Bruckner; Hans Rott was taking Bruckner's visions further, and was a massive influence on his flatmate Mahler, as can be heard in the movement from Rott's symphony. The disapproval of Brahms and the Viennese establishment eventually drove Bruckner to depression, and Rott to mental breakdown and a premature death - dramas and tensions played out in these pieces, heard in a new transparency with the OAE's period instruments.

Sound Frontiers: Southbank Sinfonia, National Youth Orchestra Of Great Britain20160930

Sound Frontiers: as part of Radio 3 live at Southbank Centre, the Southbank Sinfonia, conducted by Maxime Tortelier, perform Boulez's delicate Mémoriale for flute and chamber ensemble and Shostakovich's death-haunted song-cycle, his Symphony No 14.

Boulez: Mémoriale

Shostakovich: Symphony No 14

Helena Gourd (flute)

Anush Hovhannisyan (soprano)

Jihoon Kim (bass)

Southbank Sinfonia

Maxime Tortelier (conductor)

Followed at 8:30pm by a recording made in April 2014 at the Royal Festival Hall, featuring the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

Thomas Adès: Asyla

Richard Strauss: Ein Heldenleben Op.40

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

François-Xavier Roth (conductor).

Sound Frontiers: The Philharmonia Performs Stravinsky20160929

Live from the Royal Festival Hall

The Philharmonia conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen perform Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms, and Oedipus rex, which features Sir Willard White and Katarina Dalayman, produced by Peter Sellars.

Igor Stravinsky: Oedipus rex - opera/oratorio in 2 acts

Interval - Interval music

Igor Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms for chorus and orchestra

Oedipus...Joseph Kaiser (tenor)

Jocasta...Katarina Dalayman (mezzo-soprano)

Creon/Tiresias/Messenger... Willard White (bass)

Shepherd...Joshua Stewart (tenor)

Orphei Drängar

Ladies of the Gustaf Sjökvists Kammarkör

Ladies of the Sofia Vokalensemble

Philharmonia Orchestra

Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor)

To a text by Cocteau derived from Sophocles and translated back into Latin, Stravinsky's Oedipus rex is a chilling, monumental retelling of the tragic myth. A work that abandons sentiment, it confronts the spectator with the true horror of the 'infernal machine' of fate. The Latin Psalms, too, seemingly so ancient, so distant, speak here of the tragedy of exile through a music of electrifying austerity and intensity.

Sound Frontiers: The Philharmonia Plays Stravinsky20160926

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Philharmonia in an all-Stravinsky concert, with narration by acclaimed French actress Pauline Cheviller.

Recorded yesterday at the Royal Festival Hall in London's Southbank Centre.

Igor Stravinsky: Orpheus

Igor Stravinsky: Apollon musagète

8.25: Interval

8.45: Igor Stravinsky: Perséphone

Andrew Staples (tenor)

Pauline Cheviller (narrator)

Tiffin Boys' Choir

Philharmonia Voices

Philharmonia Orchestra

Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor)

This concert in the Philharmonia's major Stravinsky series Myths and Rituals explores his fascination with classical mythology. Music of great subtlety and exquisite beauty, Apollon musagète and Orpheus sit alongside Stravinsky's alluring melodrama based on the Homeric hymn to the goddess Persephone, retold in collaboration with the French novelist and poet André Gide, here narrated by Pauline Cheviller.

Sounds Of Shakespeare20160422

Holy Trinity, Stratford-upon-Avon, the church where Shakespeare was baptised, worshipped and is buried, is the setting for a spectacular commemorative concert of Shakespeare-inspired works from the eighteenth and twenty-first centuries, performed by Ex Cathedra and City Musick, directed by Jeffrey Skidmore.

It's 1769. A building 'in the neighbourhood of Stratford-upon-Avon' is to be dedicated to Shakespeare and David Garrick, superstar actor-manager, needs to mark the occasion fittingly. An Ode is the thing. Garrick's Ode celebrates his theatrical hero with 'Testimonies (both in prose and verse) of his unequalled original talents'. Some of the 'testimonies' were spoken by Garrick himself; others were set by England's leading composer, Dr Thomas 'Rule Britannia' Arne. As the London Magazine reported, it went down well. 'The performance was noble and affecting: it was like an exhibition in Athens or Rome. The whole audience were fixed in the most earnest attention, and I do believe, that if any one had attempted to disturb the performance, he would have been in danger of his life.'

For tonight's performance the Ode has been reconstructed for the first time since the eighteenth century. Samuel West takes the part of Garrick and Sally Beamish has written the music for the missing opening and closing choruses.

To end the concert, Sally Beamish and Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy have collaborated on a contemporary tribute to Shakespeare. The world premiere of A Shakespeare Masque includes children from local schools among the performers, and aims to develop a love of music, a love of singing and a love of Shakespeare.

Sara Mohr-Pietsch presents as part of Radio 3's Sounds of Shakespeare weekend, live from Stratford-upon-Avon (22-24th April), celebrating 400 years since his death.

Arne: The Garrick Ode

David Garrick.... Samuel West (narrator)

Mrs Bartelemon.... Katie Trethewey (soprano)

Mr Vernon.... Jeremy Budd (tenor)

Mr Champness.... Greg Skidmore (baritone)

Mrs Baddeley.... Louise Prickett (soprano)

Miss Weller.... Angela Hicks (soprano)

Master Brown.... Martha McLorinan (alto)

Ex Cathedra

Emilia Benjamin (violin)

Liam Byrne (bass viol)

James Johnstone (harpsichord)

Jeffrey Skidmore (conductor)

8.25pm: Interval

When did Stratford-upon-Avon and the country at large really begin to celebrate Shakespeare? Radio 3 presenter Suzy Klein is in conversation in Radio 3's pop-up studio with Professors Michael Dobson and Ewan Fernie of the Shakespeare Institute to tell the story of how Stratford grew to love the memory of the man and revived his writing.

8.45

Sally Beamish: A Shakespeare Masque

Anne Hathaway.... Katie Trethewey (soprano)

Shakespeare.... Greg Skidmore (baritone)

Young Shakespeare.... (TBC) (treble)

Ex Cathedra Academy of Vocal Music

The City Musick

William Lyons (flute and recorder), Emilia Benjamin (treble viol), Liam Byrne (bass viol),

Jacob Heringman (cittern), Arngeir Hauksson (bandora), David Miller (lute), Simone Rebello (percussion)

Stephen Hough - Schubert, Franck, Liszt, Hough20151029

Recorded on Tuesday at the Barbican, London

Stephen Hough plays Schubert, Franck and Liszt.

Schubert: Sonata No 14 in A minor, D784

Franck: Prelude, Chorale and Fugue

8.15: Interval

8.35

Stephen Hough: Piano Sonata III (world premiere, commissioned to mark the 175th anniversary of The Tablet)

Liszt: Valses Oubliées Nos 1 and 2

Liszt:Transcendental Études No 11 (Harmonies du soir) and No 10

Stephen Hough,piano

Stephen Hough is a performer of astonishing technical brilliance with the power to find profundity in even the splashiest piano showpiece. Tonight he traces the darkness-to-light journey of three great pianist-composers - and premieres his own Third Sonata. To celebrate the 175th anniversary of The Tablet, Hough has devised a programme by composers - Schubert, Liszt and Franck - whose spiritual preoccupations match his own.

Stephen Kovacevich 75th Birthday Concert20151102

Live from Wigmore Hall

Stephen Kovacevich 75th Birthday Concert.

Debussy: En blanc et noir

Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances Op. 45

8.15: Interval

INTERVAL

Schubert: Piano Sonata in B flat major D960

Martha Argerich, piano

Stephen Kovacevich, piano

Stephen Kovacevich made his sensational European debut at Wigmore Hall in 1961. The American-born, British-based pianist moved to London in his late teens to study with the legendary Dame Myra Hess, and soon established his reputation as an interpreter of tremendous integrity and vision.

To mark his 75th birthday, celebrated on 17 October, he crowns his recital with Schubert's inexhaustible final sonata and joins forces with Martha Argerich in two beguiling works for piano duo.

Steven Osborne - Beethoven And Brahms20170322

Live from Wigmore Hall, Steven Osborne performs piano pieces by Brahms and Beethoven. Introduced by Martin Handley.

Brahms: Intermezzo in C sharp minor, Op. 117 No. 3

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109

Brahms: Intermezzo in B flat minor, Op. 117 No. 2

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110

8.25 pm

INTERVAL: The Paris Bastille Wind Octet play Beethoven's Wind Octet op.103

8.45 pm

Part 2:

Brahms: Intermezzo in E flat major, Op. 117 No. 1

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111

Steven Osborne (piano)

A powerful programme with Beethoven's last three piano sonatas paired with pieces which Brahms referred to as 'cradle-songs of my sorrows'.

Steven Osborne - Schubert, Debussy, Rachmaninov20160210

Steven Osborne plays piano music by Schubert, Debussy and Rachmaninov at St John's Smith Square, London.

Schubert: Impromptus D935: No. 1 in F minor, No. 4 in F minor

Debussy: Masques; Images, Set 2; L'isle joyeuse

8.15: Interval

Crumb: Processional

Rachmaninov: Études-tableaux Op. 33: No. 2 in C, No. 3 in C minor, No. 5 in D minor; Études-tableaux Op. 39: No. 2 in A minor, No. 5 in E flat minor, No. 8 in D minor, No. 9 in D

Steven Osborne's recital is typically diverse, opening with some of Schubert's song-like impromptus and Debussy pieces that find the composer conjuring up magical images, and finishing with a selection of Rachmaninov's Études-tableaux, where the most demanding technical tasks are presented in the form of expressive character pieces.

Followed by a glimpse into Adopt a Composer - Making Music's scheme pairing composers with performing groups from around the country.

Tonight, the Quirky Choir of Doncaster works on Anna Braithwaite's Look up Doncaster.

Photo of Steven Osborne (c) Benjamin Ealovega.

Stravinsky Tales20160526

- Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra in Renard, Mavra and Les Noces - three short operatic works by Stravinsky.

The Philharmonia is joined by a group of soloists from the Mariinsky Theatre for three tales which in different ways reflect Stravinsky's love of his Russian homeland. Renard, The Fable of the Vixen, the Cock, the Cat and the Ram, is a 'burlesque for the stage with singing and music,' based on Russian folktales whilst Mavra is a one act homage to Russian writers and maybe too a satire of bourgeois manners. Although its premiere in Paris in 1922 was not wholly successful, Stravinsky himself thought very highly of the work, saying once that "Mavra seems to me the best thing I've done". After the interval comes Les noces, a glorious celebration, tinged with sadness, of a Russian peasant wedding. Though not as famous as his earlier works for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, Les noces is perhaps the most original and radical of them all.

Sara Mohr-Pietsch introduces these semi-staged performances live from the Royal Festival Hall.

Stravinsky

Renard

Mavra

-interval-

Les noces

Soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre

Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Tamara Stefanovich, Nenad Lecic and Lorenzo Soulès (pianos)

Philharmonia Voices

Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor.

Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra - Dvorak, Boulez20170305

Ian Skelly introduces highlights from a concert recorded earlier this year in Stockholm by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Harding, with music by Dvorak and Boulez.

Dvorak: Othello, Op.93 concert overture

Boulez: Rituel in memoriam Bruno Maderna

Dvorak: Violin Concerto in A minor Op.53

Christian Tetzlaff (violin)

Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Daniel Harding (conductor).

Takacs Quartet - Haydn, Shostakovich20160201

Live from Wigmore Hall, London

The Takács Quartet play Haydn and Shostakovich

Haydn: String Quartet in C major Op. 74 No. 1

Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 3 in F major Op. 73

8.15: Interval

Haydn: String Quartet in G minor Op. 74 No. 3 'Rider'

Takács Quartet

Haydn's Op. 74 quartets, written for the 1793 London concert season, are shot through with appealing melodies and intricate thematic developments, while Shostakovich's Third String Quartet offers a searing lament for the victims of tyranny. Composed in 1946, its five moments allude to wartime experience, moving from "Blithe ignorance of the future cataclysm" to "The eternal question: Why? And for what?".

Tallis Scholars - Taverner, Sheppard, Byrd20150921

Live from St John's Smith Square, London.

The Tallis Scholars and Peter Phillips give their 2000th concert: Taverner's Missa Cantate and works by Sheppard, Byrd and Gabriel Jackson

Taverner: Leroy Kyrie

Sheppard: Missa Cantate

8.15: Interval

8.35

Gabriel Jackson: Ave Dei Patris filia

Byrd: Infelix Ego

Byrd: Ye Sacred Muses

Byrd: Tribue Domine

The Tallis Scholars, formed by conductor Peter Phillips in 1973, have long been recognised as one of the world's foremost ensembles specialising in Renaissance sacred music. 42 years on, and with numerous awards under their belt, they give their 2000th concert at St John's Smith Square in London, presenting music from the heart of their repertoire by 16th-century English composers John Taverner, John Sheppard and William Byrd. The concert is the opening event in the 2015 London International A Cappella Choir Competition, and also includes a work written for specially for the Tallis Scholars by this year's featured composer, Gabriel Jackson.

Peter Phillips says "With the Taverner I decided to go for one of the most exciting - and least performed - of all the big Tudor Mass settings. The very title - Cantate: Sing! - gives the clue. In the second half we reprise a work which Gabriel Jackson wrote for us on our 40th anniversary. This again is a shout of praise. And we end with 'Tribue Domine', the piece by Byrd we have performed most often over the years.".

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto And Souvenirs De Florence20150927

Ian Skelly presents recent performances of Tchaikovsky by some of the leading musicians of our time. Tonight Anne-Sophie Mutter plays the Violin Concerto at this summer's Salzburg Festival and members of the Gringolts and Casals Quartets play his light-infused reminiscence of Florence.

Tchaikovsky: String Sextet in D minor, op. 70 ('Souvenir de Florence')

Gringolts Quartet with Jonathan Brown (viola), Arnau Tomàs (cello) - members of Casals Quartet

rec. Oriol Martorell Hall, Auditori, Barcelona

Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D, op. 35

Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin),

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Riccado Muti (conductor)

rec. Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg, Salzburg Summer Festival.

Temple Winter Festival 2016 - The Tallis Scholars Sing Christmas Music20161216

Live from the Temple Church, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Victoria: Magnificat Primi Toni

Pärt: Magnificat

Sheppard: Libera nos I and II

Britten: Hymn to the Virgin

Tavener: The Lamb

Tallis: Missa Puer natus est nobis (Gloria)

8.15: Interval

8.35:

Tallis: Missa Puer natus est nobis (Sanctus)

Sheppard: Gaude, gaude, gaude

Tallis: Missa Puer natus est nobis (Agnus Dei)

Victoria: Salve Regina

Tallis Scholars

Peter Philips director

Sandwiched between Victoria's two grandest double-choir compositions, the Tallis Scholars' programme features Tallis's seven-voice Christmas Mass "Puer natus". Its three surviving movements are separated by masterpieces of this seasonal repertoire, the two by Sheppard involving the specialist high treble voice. The modern pieces by Pärt, Britten and Tavener have long been recognised as classics.

Temple Winter Festival 2016: Temple Church Choir In Seasonal Music20161212

Temple Winter Festival 2016: The Temple Church Choir, with harpist Catrin Finch.

Live from the Temple Church, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Bernstein: Chichester Psalms

Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music

Britten: Hymn to St Cecilia

8.15: Interval

8.35: Britten: A Ceremony of Carols

Britten: The Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard

Wallton: Coronation Te Deum

Catrin Finch (harp)

Rebecca McChrystal (percussion)

Greg Morris (organ)

Temple Church Choir

Temple Singers

Roger Sayer (director)

The Temple Church Choir and the Temple Singers share the stage for a concert celebrating the 90th birthday of HM The Queen and the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. Two iconic works of Benjamin Britten are featured, including a truly seasonal offering from the choristers and harpist Catrin Finch in the Ceremony of Carols. The two choirs join forces to perform Bernstein's Chichester Psalms.

The Halle - Ravel, Haydn, Brahms20161208

Live from the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

The Hallé plays Ravel, Haydn and Brahms.

Ravel: Mother Goose Suite

Haydn: Symphony No.88

8.15: Interval - interval music

Brahms: Violin Concerto

Viviane Hagner, violin

The Hallé

Ryan Wigglesworth, conductor

Principal Guest Conductor of the Hallé, Ryan Wigglesworth, conducts the lovely Mother Goose - five 'fairytale' pieces Ravel originally composed for the children of two friends. With Tom Thumb, Beauty and the Beast and nodding toy figures, Ravel leads us into an enchanting sound-world. German violinist Viviane Hagner always leaves a lasting impression. In these concerts she performs Brahms's lyrical and masterfully constructed Violin Concerto. Brahms wrote it in a relaxed holiday mood as he savoured the stunning natural beauties of Carinthia. The work ends with a spirited Hungarian-style finale. Haydn's G major symphony is one of the composer's most concise, brilliant and humorous creations.

Presented by Tom Redmond.

The Halle And Mark Elder - Mahler's Sixth Symphony20151012

Sir Mark Elder conducts the Halle in Mahler's Sixth Symphony and Christian Zacharias joins them as soloist in Mozart's Piano Concerto No.12.

Recorded last week at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.

Presented by Adam Tomlinson

Mozart: Piano Concerto No.12 in A, K414

8.00: Interval

8.20

Mahler: Symphony No.6 in A minor

The Hallé

Christian Zacharias, piano

Sir Mark Elder, conductor

Mahler's Sixth Symphony, a seminal work of 20th-century orchestral writing, was created during the happiest period of the composer's life. Its first movement features tinkling Alpine cowbells and a tender love theme representing Mahler's wife Alma, while the third portrays their children joyfully at play. Yet this almost schizophrenic work also possesses hugely tragic qualities, its finale punctuated at different points by three sinister hammer blows of fate. Whether or not Mahler had premonitions of tragedies about to befall him, the symphony features mammoth orchestral forces and an astonishingly wide emotional spectrum. Before this, the celebrated Mozart pianist, Christian Zacharias, plays the composer's A major Piano Concerto No 12, a piece that charmed the audiences of its time and continues to do so today.

Mahler's Sixth Symphony, a seminal work of 20th-century orchestral writing, was created during the happiest period of the composer's life. Its first movement features tinkling Alpine cowbells and a tender love theme representing Mahler's wife Alma, while the third portrays their children joyfully at play. Yet this almost schizophrenic work also possesses hugely tragic qualities, its finale punctuated at different points by three sinister hammer blows of fate. Whether or not Mahler had premonitions of tragedies about to befall him, with its mammoth orchestral forces and astonishingly wide emotional spectrum. Before this, the celebrated Mozart pianist, Christian Zacharias, plays the composer's A major Piano Concerto No 12, a piece that charmed the audiences of its time and continues to do so today.

The Heath Quartet And James Baillieu - Mozart And Elgar At Wigmore Hall20160105

The Heath Quartet and James Baillieu, piano, play Mozart and Elgar, live, at Wigmore Hall.

Mozart: Adagio and Fugue in C minor K546

Piano Concerto in A major K414

8.15: Interval

Elgar: Piano Quintet in A minor Op. 84

Heath Quartet

James Baillieu, piano

Mozart described the music of his Piano Concerto No. 12 in A K414, conceived for performance either with small orchestra or string quartet, as 'very brilliant, pleasing to the ear, and natural'.

James Baillieu moves from concerto soloist to chamber music partner in the second half, joining the Heath Quartet in Elgar's Piano Quintet, which received its first public performance at Wigmore Hall in May 1919.

The Nash Ensemble At Wigmore Hall20170105

The Nash Ensemble, Wigmore Hall's Resident Chamber Ensemble, perform music from their series 'Vienna and its Empire'

Introduced by Ian Skelly.

Leoš Janáček: Mládí (Youth) - suite for wind sextet

Smetana: Rybár (The fisher boy) B.138 for reciter, accordion, harp and strings

Dvořák: Pisne milostne (Love songs) Op.83 (arranged David Matthews for voice and strings)

8.20 pm Interval: Music from the recent recording of 'Les Mysteres d'Isis' with Renata Pokupic and Le Concert Spirituel conducted by Diego Fasolis. This was a freely-adapted version for the Paris Opera of Mozart's The Magic Flute, dating from 1801.

8.40 pm Part Two

Dvořák: Piano Quintet no.2 in A major Op.81 for piano and strings

Renata Pokupić (mezzo-soprano)

Nash Ensemble

Music from the Czech lands, which were once part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, are performed by the Nash Ensemble with Croatian mezzo-soprano Renata Pokupić. Janáček's wind sextet 'Mládí' looks back to his youth as a choirboy; Rybár (The fisher boy) by Smetana was composed as a 'tableau vivant' in 1869, a recitation of Goethe's poem 'Der Fischer', originally with a dramatic backdrop; Dvořák composed his Love Songs in 1888, a revised version of his youthful song cycle 'Cypresses'; and his Piano Quintet No.2 was inspired by Czech folk music.

The Sixteen - Handel20160225

Live from Chichester Cathedral, The Sixteen Choir and Orchestra, conducted by Harry Christophers, in a sparkling all-Handel programme including the virtuosic Dixit Dominus.

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Handel: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (from "Solomon")

Handel: Chandos Anthem no. 11 "Let God arise"

Interval

Handel: Overture to Jephtha (Grave/Allegro - Menuet)

Handel: Dixit Dominus

The Sixteen

Grace Davidson (soprano)

Charlotte Mobbs (soprano)

Katy Hill (alto)

Jeremy Budd (tenor)

Simon Berridge (tenor)

Eamonn Dougan (bass)

Harry Christophers (conductor)

Handel wrote Dixit Dominus in Rome at the start of his composing career, and shaped one of the most exciting and virtuosic choral works of the baroque era. The Sixteen Choir and Orchestra precede it with two prized Handel oratorio overtures, and the fine Chandos Anthem 'Let God Arise', written for Cannons house north of London.

The Somme Remembered20160211

The Somme Remembered: BBC Singers commemorate one of the bloodiest battles of World War 1.

Live from Milton Court Concert Hall

Presented by Martin Handley

Daniel Saleeb: For the Fallen

Gurney: 5 Elizabethan Songs

Cecilia McDowall: Standing as I do before God

Gabriel Jackson: Am Abend

Hindemith: Der Tod; Traumwald from Melancholie

Holst: Ode to death

Ravel: Trois Chansons; 'Prelude' from Le Tombeau de Couperin

Butterworth: 'Is my team ploughing' from A Shropshire Lad; Suite for String Quartet, first movement

Judith Bingham: An Ancient Music

Plus readings from letters, diaries and poetry from the First World War.

Samuel West, reader

BBC Singers

The Carducci Quartet

Richard Pearce, piano

Paul Brough, conductor

The Battle of the Somme, the five-month offensive recognised as one of the bloodiest campaigns of the First World War, took place 100 years ago this summer. Tonight's concert reflects on that terrible battle and its catastrophic human cost, in words and music from both sides of the war and in pieces by composers of our own time.

Total Immersion: Philip Glass At 80 - Bbc Symphony Orchestra20170131

Marin Alsop conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus at the Barbican in an all-Glass programme, including the UK premiere of his Concerto written for renowned piano duo Katia and Marielle Labèque.

Presented by Andrew McGregor

Philip Glass: Prelude from Akhnaten

Double Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra (UK Premiere)

20.10 Interval

20.30

Philip Glass: Itaipu

Katia Labèque (piano)

Marielle Labèque (piano)

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Marin Alsop (conductor)

As a young violinist, Marin Alsop led the orchestra in the first recording of Glass's The Photographer and has long championed the influential Minimalist's music. She also conducts Itaipú, Glass's choral homage to the world's largest hydroelectric dam, and the prelude to the opera Ahknaten, about the Egyptian pharaoh.

Followed by music for brass band written by British composers as a prelude to Thursday's Radio 3 in Concert from the Royal Northern College of Music's Brass Band Festival, featuring the Cory Band.

Trinity College, Cambridge: Bach's B Minor Mass20170111

Bach's B Minor Mass sung by The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge live from Trinity College Chapel.

Stephen Layton conducts this internationally acclaimed choir as they launch Trinity College's celebrations of the 700th anniversary of King's Hall, which went on to become part of Trinity College, Cambridge.

Bach: Mass in B Minor

Katherine Watson Soprano

Helen Charlston Mezzo-soprano

Iestyn Davies Countertenor

Gwilym Bowen Tenor

Neal Davies Bass

The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Stephen Layton, conductor.

Trinity Laban Piano Showcase20160621

Three of Trinity Laban's award-winning pianists showcased in a rich and varied programme.

Presented by Martin Handley, live from St John's Smith Square

Janácek: Piano Sonata 1.X.1905

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 18 in E flat, Op. 31 No. 3

Lowell Liebermann: Gargoyles Op. 29

Haydn: Sonata in C Hob XVI:48

8.15: Interval

8.35

Stephen Montague: 'Nun-mul'

Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No. 2 Op. 36 (original 1913 version)

Pianists from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance:

Giulio Potenza, Gen Li, Jenna Sung

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance is a magnet for talented young pianists from around the globe. This showcase concert offers the chance to hear three of Trinity Laban's award-winning pianists in a rich and varied programme.

It features Giulio Potenza ("a very gifted and deep pianist" - Martha Argerich) performing Janacek; Gen Li (winner of the 2015 Jaques Samuel Piano Competition) performing Beethoven and Liebermann; and Jenna Sung ("the talent of tomorrow, today" - Gramophone magazine) performing Haydn, Rachmaninov and a modern miniature masterpiece by Stephen Montague, composed for Sung's Wigmore Hall debut in 2014.

Truls Mork And Havard Gimse - Grieg, Janacek, Bridge, Sibelius20161123

Two of Norway's leading musicians, cellist Truls Mørk and pianist Håvard Gimse perform a pair of substantial late-Romantic cello sonatas by Grieg and Frank Bridge alongside lighter works by Janácek and Sibelius.

Presented by Ian Skelly, live from Wigmore Hall.

Grieg: Intermezzo

Janácek: Pohádka

Frank Bridge: Cello Sonata in D minor

8.10pm Interval music: JS Bach: Suite No. 3 in C major BWV.1009 for solo cello (from CD)

Sibelius: Four Pieces Op. 78

Grieg: Cello Sonata in A minor Op. 36

Truls Mørk, cello

Håvard Gimse, piano.

Ulster Orchestra20160229

Fiona Talkington introduces the Ulster Orchestra, conducted by their Chief Conductor Rafael Payare, from the Ulster Hall in Belfast. The programme features works by Beethoven and the European premiere of The Blind Banister, for piano and orchestra, by the American composer Timo Andres.

7.30

Beethoven: Leonore Overture No.2, Op.72

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.2 in B Flat, Op.19

8.15: INTERVAL

8.35

Timo Andres: The Blind Banister - European Premiere

Beethoven: Symphony No.2 in D Major, Op.36

Jonathan Biss, Piano

Ulster Orchestra

Rafael Payare Conductor

The programme begins with Beethoven's Leonore Overture No. 2. Premiered in Vienna in 1805, the work is both lavish and daring: a great testament to the freedom and power of the composer's imagination, not yet restricted by the realities of working in the opera house. Ten years earlier, and also in Vienna, Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.2 was unveiled. The concerto was a resounding success with both audience and critics, but Beethoven was dissatisfied with it and wrote an apologetic letter to his publisher: "A concerto for pianoforte which, it is true, I do not make out to be one of my best." It was the young composer-pianist's formal introduction to Viennese society, and reflected his mastery of Classical form and style.

During the interval Fiona Talkington talks to this evening's soloist, Jonathan Biss, about his love of Beethoven and the influences of the composer in The Blind Banister by Timo Andres, the work which begins the second half. Includes a selection of his chamber music recordings.

The work of the critically acclaimed American composer Timo Andres takes its inspiration from a wide range of sources, as diverse as Sigur Rós and composers including Brahms, Schumann, Mozart, and Ives. The Blind Banister, for piano and orchestra, was written in 2015 for Jonathan Biss. It is also dedicated to him. It has close links with Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.2. The composer writes: "I tried as much as possible to start with those same extremely simple elements Beethoven uses; however, my piece is not a pastiche or an exercise in palimpsest. It doesn't even directly quote Beethoven. There are some surface similarities to his concerto (a three-movement structure, a B-flat tonal centre) but these are mostly red herrings. The best way I can describe my approach to writing the piece is: I started writing my own cadenza to Beethoven's concerto, and ended up devouring it from the inside out."

The programme ends with Beethoven's Second Symphony, written during one of the most emotionally troubled periods in his life. Despite his turmoil, the work is full of vitality: a composer smiling in the face of adversity.

Ulster Orchestra - Beethoven And Berlioz20160527

Rafael Payare conducts the Ulster Orchestra in Beethoven's Fourth Symphony and the Symphony Fantastique by Berlioz.

Live from the Ulster Hall, Belfast

Presented by John Toal

Beethoven: Symphony No.4 in B flat

8.15: Interval

8.35

Berlioz: Symphony Fantastique

Chief Conductor Rafael Payare brings the season to a thrilling conclusion with a blockbuster programme of music by two of the heavyweights of the Romantic era.

The lively Fourth Symphony is Beethoven at the peak of his powers, whilst Berlioz's epic masterpiece of obsessive desire, Symphonie fantastique, with its five fantastic movements (including the famous March to the Scaffold and Witches' Sabbath), is a unique musical juggernaut of expressive force.

Ulster Orchestra - Elgar, Ravel, Franck20170207

The Ulster Orchestra are joined by their former principal conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier in a performance of Elgar's tone poem In the South 'Alassio', written between 1903 and1904, the subtitle a reference to the town in Italy where the composer and his family stayed during the holiday when he wrote the work. Then, Ravel's Piano Trio in A minor, orchestrated and arranged by conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier. Tortelier explained that his reason for orchestrating the Trio goes back many years, when he and his father and sister performed the work, and much of it was completed during his time in Belfast and written specially for the Ulster Orchestra.

The programme is rounded off with Franck's Symphony in D minor, the only symphony the composer wrote, completed in August 1888. The piece received its premiere the following year at the Paris Conservatory and is dedicated to his pupil, the composer Henri Duparc.

Ulster Orchestra - Prokofiev, Bruch And Tchaikovsky20161205

Recorded on December 2nd at Ulster Hall, Belfast, and presented by John Toal.

The Ulster Orchestra play Prokofiev, Bruch and Tchaikovsky.

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1, Op.25 'Classical'

Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op.26

8.15: During the Interval.John Toal speaks to tonight's soloist, Sergey Khachatryan.

8.35: Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.3 in D, 'Polish'

Sergey Khachatryan, violin

Ulster Orchestra

Rafael Payare, conductor

Prokofiev's 'Classical' Symphony No. 1 was written between 1916 and 1917 alongside his First Violin Concerto. The piece shows the influence of Haydn's symphonic writing - a revelation to the young composer who had graduated from the St. Petersburg Conservatory only a few years previously in 1914.

Bruch's First Violin Concerto, written in 1866, has become one of the most performed violin concertos in the repertoire. Three movements played without a break, with its strong melodies drawing audiences in, the concerto became Bruch's most popular piece. It is performed here by the Armenian violinist Sergey Khachatryan.

Tchaikovsky's five-movement Third Symphony is his only symphony written in the major key and is brim-full with exuberant optimism - a terrific showcase for the composer's famed gift for great tunes.

Ulster Orchestra: Belfast Festival 2015 - Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich20151016

John Toal introduces the Ulster Orchestra, conducted by their Chief Conductor Rafael Payare, live from the Ulster Hall as part of the Belfast International Arts Festival. The programme features works by Smetana, Tchaikovsky, Schnittke and Shostakovich.

Smetana: Overture - The Bartered Bride

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23

8.25: INTERVAL

8.45

Schnittke: Moz-Art à la Haydn

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9 in E flat major, Op.70

Vikingur Ólafsson Piano

Ulster Orchestra

Rafael Payare Conductor

This evening's programme begins with the Overture to Smetana's most famous opera, The Bartered Bride. It is sparkling, uplifting and quintessentially Czech. Written in 1863, before Smetana had composed the opera, it's one of the most popular of all curtain-raisers. From its opening gesture of a jubilant crowd on carnival day, to its bustling string fugues suggesting the village gossips at work, it perfectly establishes the mood of the high-spirited comedy to follow.

Fast-forward 11 years to Christmas Eve 1874 and Tchaikovsky's play-through of his First Piano Concerto for Nikolai Rubinstein, a colleague at the Moscow Conservatory. Rubinstein pronounced the new work vulgar and, save "two or three pages", worthless. The composer was mortified but refused to change a note, and he was right: since its première in Boston in October 1875, with Hans von Bülow at the piano, the concerto has been one of the most popular in the repertory. Even Rubinstein was eventually won over. The work is now a perennial favourite, an archetype of the great Romantic concerto, with an immediately recognisable opening.

During the interval John Toal talks to this evening's soloist, the Icelandic pianist Vikingur Ólafsson, and features a selection of his chamber music recordings.

We stay with Russian music for the second half of the programme, which opens with Alfred Schnittke's Moz-Art à la Haydn - a witty, tongue-in-cheek commentary on the music of Mozart and Haydn, composed in 1977. It's followed by Shostakovich's Ninth Symphony. Written in 1945, the piece was intended to commemorate the Soviet victory over Germany in the Second World War. The composer himself had said two years earlier that the symphony would be a work for large forces including orchestra, soloists and chorus with the idea of celebrating the Russian people and the Red Army's liberation of their homeland. However, when it finally appeared the Symphony was without parts for either soloists or chorus, and the work's "light" style surprised many. Shortly after its première, the work was censored and banned from performance by the Soviet authorities.

Vienna Philharmonic - Enescu And Haydn20160214

Ian Skelly presents two performances given by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at the George Enescu Festival, Bucharest. And, looking ahead to Radio 3's lunchtime concerts later this week, a chance to hear a Beethoven rarity given at the Hohenems Schubertiade.

Enescu

Sept Chansons de Clement Marot, Op. 15

Valentina Nafornita (soprano),

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Semyon Bychkov (conductor)

Rec. Palace Grand Hall, Bucharest

Beethoven

Piano Trio in E flat Op.38 (arr. from Septet Op. 20)

Andreas Ottensamer (clarinet),

Sol Gabetta (cello)

Dejan Lazic (piano)

rec. Hohenems Schubertiade 2015

Haydn

Symphony No. 44 in E minor, Hob. 1:44 'Trauersinfonie'

Photo of Ottensamer, Gabetta, Lazic (c) Schubertiade Gmb 2015.

Vienna Philharmonic: Brahms Second Symphony20151004

Ian Skelly tonight presents a programme of Brahms and Mozart recorded at some of the principal European music festivals.

Brahms: Sonntag (Ludwig Uhland)

Brahms: Von ewiger Liebe (Josef Wenzig)

Malin Byström (soprano), Matti Hirvonen (piano)

Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A, K581

Shirley Brill (clarinet) with The Fauré Quartet

recorded at the Rügen Spring Festival

Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op 73

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Riccardo Muti (conductor)

recorded at the Salzburg Summer Festival.

Vienna Piano Trio And Ndr Philharmonic Orchestra20160703

Ian Skelly presents his regular Sunday evening programme of performances recorded around Europe.

CPE Bach: Piano Trio in B flat, Wq. 89/1

Vienna Piano Trio

Recorded at the Konzerthaus, Vienna

Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 in A minor, op. 56 ('Scottish')

NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra,

Andrew Manze (conductor)

Recorded at NDR, Hanover

Rebecca Clarke: Piano Trio (1921)

Voces820160513

Live from Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge

Presented by Ian Skelly

Voces 8 sing motets by Bach

Bach: Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf BWV 226

Hieronymous Praetorius: Magnificat quinti toni

Buxtehude: Praeludium manualiter BuxWV 163

Mendelssohn: Denn er hat seinen Engeln beföhlen über dir (Elijah)

Bach: Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied BWV 225

8.15: Interval: Looking ahead to the grand final of BBC Young Musician 2016, which is being held at the Barbican on Sunday May 15th, Freddy Kempf, winner of the competition in 1992 plays Rachmaninov's Variations on a theme of Corelli.

8.35

Bach: Jesu meine Freude BWV 227

August Kühnel: Variations on Herr Jesu Christ, du höchtes Gut, for viola da gamba

Giovanni Gabrieli: Jubilate Deo

Bach: Lobet den Herrn alle Heiden BWV 230

Andrea Haines and Emily Dickens, sopranos

Barnaby Smith and Chris Wardle, countertenors

Oliver Vincent and Sam Dressel, tenors

Paul Smith and Jonathan Pacey, basses

with

Heidi Groeger, viola da gamba

Patrick Ayrton, organ

Despite making up a very small fragment of Bach's oeuvre, the motets are considered to be amongst his greatest output both as artistic works and technical showcases. In this concert, four motets from the collection of six are programmed alongside polychoral music by Giovanni Gabrieli and Hieronymous Praetorius, two composers who greatly influenced Bach's motet writing. Also included is the music of Felix Mendelssohn, a composer influenced by Bach and instrumental in the revival of his music.

Vox Luminis - Music By The Bach Family20160606

From Salisbury Cathedral (as part of the Salisbury International Arts Festival), award-winning Belgian choir Vox Luminis perform sacred music by members of the Bach dynasty - Johann, Johann Michael, Johann Christoph and Johann Ludwig, culminating in Johann Sebastian's powerful motet Jesu meine Freude.

Introduced by Martin Handley

Johann Bach: Unser Leben ist ein Schatten; Sei nun wieder zufrieden

Johann Michael Bach: Herr ich warte auf dein Heil; Sei, lieber Tag, willkommen; Nun treten wir ins neue Jahr; Halt was du hast

Johann Christoph Bach: Lieber Herr Gott, wecke uns auf; Der Mensch von Weibe geboren; Fürchte dich nicht

Johann Ludwig Bach: Das Blut Jesu Christi

Interval

Johann Ludwig Bach: Das ist meine Freude

Johann Sebastian Bach: Jesu meine Freude

Vox Luminis

Lionel Meunier (director).

Wagner's Gotterdammerung20140707

Adam Tomlinson introduces a semi-staged performance of Wagner's Götterdämmerung - The Twilght of the Gods - from the Leeds Town Hall, concluding Opera North's highly praised four-year Nibelung Cycle.

In the previous opera in Wagner's tetralogy - Die Walküre - we left the hero Siegfried doting over his new found love Brünnhilde. In Götterdämmerung, that love is tested by bitter betrayal, brought about by the machinations of Hagen, son of the Nibelung Alberich (the one who stole the gold from the Rhinemaidens, fashioned the The Ring, then put a curse upon it plunging the whole world into turmoil and strife). Only Brünnhilde's love and self-sacrifice can bring about redemption for mankind. But the cost will be an end to the days of gods.

The musical and dramatic power of Götterdämmerung is awe-inspiring: it includes Siegfried's Rhine Journey; the mighty chorus of the Gibichung vassals; Siegfried's Funeral March and Brünnhilde's tour-de-force, the Immolation Scene.

In this presentation, recorded last month, Adam Tomlinson is joined by 19th-century opera expert Anastasia Belina-Johnson.

Götterdämmerung is sung in German.

Cast

Brünnhilde - Alwyn Mellor (soprano)

Siegfried - Mati Turi (tenor)

Hagen - Mats Almgren (bass)

Gutrune - Orla Boylan (soprano)

Gunther - Eric Greene (baritone)

Alberich - Jo Pohlheim (bass)

Waltraute - Susan Bickley (mezzo)

First Norn - Fiona Kimm (mezzo)

Second Norn - Heather Shipp (mezzo)

Third Norn - Lee Bisset (soprano)

Woglinde - Katherine Broderick (soprano)

Wellgunde - Madeleine Shaw (mezzo)

Flosshilde - Sarah Castle (mezzo)

Opera North Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Richard Farnes.

Wdr Symphony Orchestra Cologne - Bartok20170205

Ian Skelly introduces his regular Sunday evening programme of performances recorded in some of Europe's leading concert halls. Tonight's performances were recorded in November last year as the WDR Symphony Orchestra of Cologne embarked on a Bartok cycle with the Russian pianist Anna Vinnitskaya.

Bartok:

Divertimento, Sz 113,

Piano Concerto No. 1, Sz. 83

The Miraculous Mandarin, Op 19 (Sz 73), pantomime in one act

Anna Vinnitskaya (piano)

Women of the WDR Radio Chorus, WDR Symphony Orchestra, Cologne

Jukka-Pekka Saraste (conductor).

Why Music? - Bbc Concert Orchestra: Human Story20150925

Live from Maida Vale studios, London

As part of Why Music? - Radio 3's special weekend exploring the way in which music make our spines tingle and manipulate our minds - and with the help of philosopher Angie Hobbs, the BBC Concert Orchestra and conductor Michael Seal will seek, through music, to express what makes us human. Childhood, love, marriage, fear and death all feature.

Presented by Sarah Walker

Judith Weir: Welcome Arrival of Rain

Frank Bridge: Summer

Samuel Barber: Adagio

Rodgers: Carousel Waltz

Interval: Griff Rhys Jones's Wellcome Objects. In the second of a series of five special features, comedian and actor Griff Rhys Jones explores some of the weird and wonderful objects on display in Wellcome Collection's Reading Room. With the help of Simon Chaplin, Wellcome Trust's Director of Culture and Society, Griff finds out about the Pohl Omniskop. Although resembling a Heath Robinson contraption, the Omniskop is an early example of an X-ray machine, cutting-edge medical technology, 1920s-style.

Bernard Herrmann: Psycho -Suite

Elgar: Dream Children

Jonathan Dove: A Portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi

Peter Maxwell Davies: Orkney Wedding with Sunrise

BBC Concert Orchestra

Michael Seal (conductor)

The concert's 20th- and 21st-century repertoire conveys wide-ranging themes, from the nostalgia imbued in Frank Bridge's evocations of the pre-First World War halcyon days, through politics associated with Jonathan Dove's A Portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi, to the basic life-giving elements represented in the works by Judith Weir and Peter Maxwell Davies.

Wigmore Hall - Jeremy Denk20160920

Recorded at Wigmore Hall on 17th September.

Jeremy Denk explores six centuries of repertoire, transcribed for the piano.

Machaut: Douce Dame Jolie; Doulz amis, oy mon compleint

Binchois: Triste plaisir

Ockeghem: Missa prolationum - Kyrie

Dufay: Franc cuer gentil

Josquin des Prez: Missa Pange lingua - Kyrie I

Janequin: Au joly jeu

Byrd: My Ladye Nevells Booke - A voluntarie

Gesualdo: Madrigali libro sesto - O Dolce mio tesoro

Monteverdi: Zefiro torna e di soavi accenti

Frescobaldi: Toccata terza

Scarlatti: Sonata in B flat major, Kk545 / L500

Bach: Chromatic fantasia and fugue, BWV903

8.15: Interval

8.35: Mozart: Piano Sonata in G major, K283 - II. Andante

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10 No. 1 - I. Allegro molto e con brio

Schubert: Moments musicaux, D780 - No. 1 in C major

Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op. 12 - No. 5 In der Nacht

Chopin: 24 Preludes Op. 28 - No. 1 in C major; No. 2 in A minor

Liszt: Isoldes Liebestod aus Tristan und Isolde, S447 (transcription from Richard Wagner)

Brahms: 4 Klavierstücke, Op. 119 - No. 1: Intermezzo in B minor

Schoenberg: Mässig, Op. 11 No. 1

Debussy: Préludes Book I - Ce qu'a vu le vent de l'ouest

Poulenc: Nocturnes - No. 1 in C major

Stockhausen: Klavierstück I

Glass: Etude No. 2

Ligeti: Étude No. 6 Automne à Varsovie

Gilles de Binchois: Triste plaisir

In a fascinating programme spanning six centuries of repertoire, Jeremy Denk charts the history of Western music from the Medieval and Renaissance worlds of Machaut, Binchois and Frescobaldi to Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, and journeys via Stockhausen, Ligeti and Philip Glass back to Binchois.

The American pianist, honoured by Musical America as its 2014 Instrumentalist of the Year, is blessed with the potent combination of intellectual curiosity, expressive generosity and poetic spirit, qualities at the heart of his strikingly individual interpretations of everything from Bach and Beethoven to Cowell and Kirchner.

Wigmore Hall: Carolyn Sampson And The Heath Quartet20150702

In a concert recorded yesterday at Wigmore Hall in London, Carolyn Sampson and the Heath Quartet premiere American John Musto's 'Another Place', before performing Schoenberg's String Quartet No.2.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier BWV 731

Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr BWV 662

In dulci jubilo BWV 729

John Musto (b.1954)

Another Place (world première)

INTERVAL

Anton Webern

Slow Movement (Langsamer Satz)

Arnold Schoenberg

String Quartet No.2 in F sharp minor, Op.10

In the final concert of the Wigmore Hall's 'Celebrating Carolyn Sampson' series, the soprano combines with the Heath Quartet in a brilliantly conceived programme that takes them, you, and the music they play to another place. The Quartet open with three Bach organ chorale preludes shifted to strings, before Carolyn joins them in the world premiere of Brooklyn-born John Musto's 'Another Place'. After the interval comes Webern's Slow Movement (Langsamer Satz) with its lush harmonies that marked a crossroads for the composer before he embraced more atonal sounds. Schoenberg's String Quartet No.2 of 1908 is innovative in just about every way, not least because it requires a soprano in the final two movements, which set texts by Stefan George. Carolyn Sampson, so admired for her interpretations of baroque and classical music, takes on the challenge of this sometimes ethereal, sometimes intense work which took the history of music to another place.

(This concert was recorded 1st July 2015 at Wigmore Hall, London.).

York Early Music Festival - Alamire20160712

David Skinner directs the revered Alamire consort, performing Anne Boleyn's Songbook live at the York Early Music Festival

Presented by Adam Tomlinson

Live at York Minster Chapter House

Anne Boleyn's Songbook

Music and Passions of a Tudor Queen

Alamire:

directed by David Skinner

Camilla Harris and Kirsty Hopkins, sopranos

Martha MacLorinan, alto

Nick Todd and Simon Wall, tenors

Greg Skidmore and Tim Whiteley, baritones

William Gaunt and Rob Macdonald, basses

Jacob Heringman, lute

Kirsty Whatley, harp

Anne Boleyn, the most notorious of Henry VIII's six wives, was brought up under the guardianship of Margaret of Austria - patron to some of the most famous composers in all of Europe - and then in the French court, where a collection of her favourite music was assembled in a book that she probably kept until her execution in 1536. Alamire explores the contents of this collection, which includes works by some of the greatest composers of the early 16th century: Compère, Brumel, Mouton and Josquin. The programme concludes with a haunting setting of O Deathe Rock Me Asleep, possibly linked to Anne's fate as she awaited her execution in the Tower of London.