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Academy of St Martin in the Fields - Brahms, Beethoven, Haydn20160106

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 - 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

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.

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.

Bach - St Matthew Passion20150914

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 - 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 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 Collegium Japan: Bach's B Minor Mass20160408

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 & 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 Music Day: BBC Concert Ochestra Live from Truro20160603

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 and Chorus of Wales Celebrate St David's Day20160301

BBC National Orchestra of Wales - Weber, Beethoven and Brahms20151014

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 - 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 - Weber, Beethoven and Brahms20151014

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 - 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 - Weber, Beethoven and Brahms20151014

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 - 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 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 - Bizet, Poulenc, Faure, Delibes, Ravel20160330

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 - Gershwin, Adams, Harris, Bernstein20160415

BBC NOW and Rachel Podger - Handel, Bach, Vivaldi20160311

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 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:

BBC Young Musician 2016

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 - Ginastera, Bernstein, Stravinsky20160419

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 - Mahler's Symphony No 220160518

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 - Mahler's Symphony No 220160518

BBC Philharmonic - Shakespeare20160427

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 - Shakespeare20160427

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - Shaun Davey, Bela Fleck20160128

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 - 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 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 - Handel's Saul20160530

BBC Singers - Nordic Choral Music20151023

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 - 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 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, Beethoven20160512

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, Beethoven20160512

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 - Brahms, Mahler20160523

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 - Brahms, Mahler20160523

BBC SSO - Glazunov, Mahler20150929

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 - 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 - 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 SSO - Tom Harrold, Unsuk Chin, Tchaikovsky20160407

BBC Symphony Orchestra - Debussy, Anders Hillborg, Ravel20160205

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 - 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 - Joseph Phibbs, Bartok, Vaughan Williams20160525

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 - Joseph Phibbs, Bartok, Vaughan Williams20160525

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 - Rouse, Ravel, Dessner, Bernstein20160426

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 & Sergei Babayan, pianos

Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, op. 64

Ilya Gringolts, violin

Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana

Markus Poschner, conductor.

BBC Symphony Orchestra - Weilerstein, Piemontesi20160424

BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus - Mahler20150924

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 - 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.

Beethoven Diabelli Variations and Haydn Piano Trio20151025

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)

Mozart

Symphony No. 11 in D, K. 84

Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin

Vaclav Luks (director).

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)

Mozart

Symphony No. 11 in D, K. 84

Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin

Vaclav Luks (director).

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 & 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 & Fete-Dieu a Seville from Albeniz's Iberia Book 1 in the concert.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Bach, Britten, Mozart20160406

Brahms, Wagner, Schumann and Schutz20160313

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

Berlin Radio Chorus, Gijs Leenaars (director)

rec. Passionskirche, Berlin

Photo of Fundación Juan March (c) Luis García.

Brahms, Wagner, Schutz, Fanny Mendelssohn20160306

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, 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.

Britten Sinfonia - Mozart, Knussen, Berg20151026

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 - 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.

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 - Debussy, Hans Abrahamsen, Mahler20160428

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 - Webern, Brahms, Mahler20160331

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Grainger, Vaughan Williams and Weir20160121

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 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.

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 & 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.

Dunedin Consort - Handel's Messiah20160517

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 & 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.

Dunedin Consort - Handel's Messiah20160517

Dutilleux 100: BBC NOW - Dutilleux, Debussy, Mozart20160122

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.

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.

Escher String Quartet - Mendelssohn, Janacek, Brahms20151013

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.

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.

Escher String Quartet - Mendelssohn, Janacek, Brahms20151013

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.

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.

Escher String Quartet - Mendelssohn, Janacek, Brahms20151013

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.

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

Daniel Hope (violin), Berlin Barock Soloists

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

Czech Philharmonic, Jirí Belohlávek.

European Festivals - Dvorak, Telemann, Weber, Falconiero20160417

Halle - Berlioz, Tchaikovsky20151027

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 - 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 - Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms20151207

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 - 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 - Stravinsky, Bach, Schumann20160425

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 - Israel in Egypt20160520

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 - Israel in Egypt20160520

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.

Hellensmusic Festival 201620160601

International Women's Day: BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers20160308

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: 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.

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.

Irish Culture in Britain: A Centenary Celebration20160421

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 & 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.

Isabelle Demers Celebrates Max Reger20160412

Jan Lisiecki - Mozart, Liszt, Mendelssohn and Chopin20151030

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.

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.

Janacek's Jenufa20160418

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 Arts Florissants - Music from the French Baroque20160404

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 Handel Orchestra - Handel and his Contemporaries20160405

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:

BBC Young Musician 2016

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 - Dukas, Saint-Saens, Honegger, Debussy20160420

London Philharmonic Orchestra - Rachmaninov, Zemlinsky20160309

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 - 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 under Markus Stenz - Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring20151028

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 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

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.

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.

London Symphony Orchestra - Bartok and Stravinsky20151015

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.

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.

London Symphony Orchestra - Bartok and Stravinsky20151015

London Symphony Orchestra - Bartok and Stravinsky20151015

Long Desc

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. Yefin 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.

London Symphony Orchestra - Bartok and Stravinsky20151015

Long Desc

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. Yefin 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.

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 - Bruckner, Messiaen20160414

LSO - Ligeti, Ogonek, Berio20160315

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 - Shostakovich, Mahler20160519

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 - Shostakovich, Mahler20160519

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival - Mozart, Soler, Bloch and Brahms20160117

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

Nils Mönkemeyer (viola)

Klaus-Dieter Brandt (cello)

Helmut Branny (double bass)

Andreas Arend (theorbo)

Sabine Erdmann (harpsichord)

Anja Hermann (percussion)

Picture of Ulrichshusen (c) Geert Maciejewski.

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

Nils Mönkemeyer (viola)

Klaus-Dieter Brandt (cello)

Helmut Branny (double bass)

Andreas Arend (theorbo)

Sabine Erdmann (harpsichord)

Anja Hermann (percussion)

Picture of Ulrichshusen (c) Geert Maciejewski.

Midori, Ozgur Aydin - Liszt, Elgar, Schoenberg, Strauss20160314

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 Flute Quartets, a Bach Cello Suite and Reger Motets20151018

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)

Reger

Nachtlied, from Acht geistlichen Gesängen, Op. 138

SWR Vocal Ensemble, Stuttgart, Frieder Bernius (director)

Bach

Cello Suite No. 6 in D, BWV 1012

Sarabande, Gavotte, Gigue

Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello)

Reger

O Tod, wie bitter bist du, from Motets, Op. 110/3

SWR Vocal Ensemble, Stuttgart, Frieder Bernius (director)

rec. St Castor's Basilica, Koblenz at the Rheinvokal Festival

Mozart

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 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)

Reger

Nachtlied, from Acht geistlichen Gesängen, Op. 138

SWR Vocal Ensemble, Stuttgart, Frieder Bernius (director)

Bach

Cello Suite No. 6 in D, BWV 1012

Sarabande, Gavotte, Gigue

Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello)

Reger

O Tod, wie bitter bist du, from Motets, Op. 110/3

SWR Vocal Ensemble, Stuttgart, Frieder Bernius (director)

rec. St Castor's Basilica, Koblenz at the Rheinvokal Festival

Mozart

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 Flute Quartets, a Bach Cello Suite and Reger Motets20151018

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)

Reger

Nachtlied, from Acht geistlichen Gesängen, Op. 138

SWR Vocal Ensemble, Stuttgart, Frieder Bernius (director)

Bach

Cello Suite No. 6 in D, BWV 1012

Sarabande, Gavotte, Gigue

Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello)

Reger

O Tod, wie bitter bist du, from Motets, Op. 110/3

SWR Vocal Ensemble, Stuttgart, Frieder Bernius (director)

rec. St Castor's Basilica, Koblenz at the Rheinvokal Festival

Mozart

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 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)

Reger

Nachtlied, from Acht geistlichen Gesängen, Op. 138

SWR Vocal Ensemble, Stuttgart, Frieder Bernius (director)

Bach

Cello Suite No. 6 in D, BWV 1012

Sarabande, Gavotte, Gigue

Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello)

Reger

O Tod, wie bitter bist du, from Motets, Op. 110/3

SWR Vocal Ensemble, Stuttgart, Frieder Bernius (director)

rec. St Castor's Basilica, Koblenz at the Rheinvokal Festival

Mozart

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 Flute Quartets, a Bach Cello Suite and Reger Motets20151018

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)

Reger

Nachtlied, from Acht geistlichen Gesängen, Op. 138

SWR Vocal Ensemble, Stuttgart, Frieder Bernius (director)

Bach

Cello Suite No. 6 in D, BWV 1012

Sarabande, Gavotte, Gigue

Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello)

Reger

O Tod, wie bitter bist du, from Motets, Op. 110/3

SWR Vocal Ensemble, Stuttgart, Frieder Bernius (director)

rec. St Castor's Basilica, Koblenz at the Rheinvokal Festival

Mozart

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 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)

Reger

Nachtlied, from Acht geistlichen Gesängen, Op. 138

SWR Vocal Ensemble, Stuttgart, Frieder Bernius (director)

Bach

Cello Suite No. 6 in D, BWV 1012

Sarabande, Gavotte, Gigue

Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello)

Reger

O Tod, wie bitter bist du, from Motets, Op. 110/3

SWR Vocal Ensemble, Stuttgart, Frieder Bernius (director)

rec. St Castor's Basilica, Koblenz at the Rheinvokal Festival

Mozart

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, Schubert, Haydn and Beethoven20160110

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'

Cuarteto Casals.

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'

Cuarteto Casals.

Nash Ensemble - Boccherini, Wolf, Mendelssohn, Mozart20160118

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

Roderick Williams, baritone

Nash Ensemble:

Ian Brown (piano)

Stephanie Gonley & Laura Samuel (violins)

Lawrence Power & Scott Dickinson (violas)

Adrian Brendel & 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 - 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

Roderick Williams, baritone

Nash Ensemble:

Ian Brown (piano)

Stephanie Gonley & Laura Samuel (violins)

Lawrence Power & Scott Dickinson (violas)

Adrian Brendel & 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 - 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.

Nash Ensemble - Mozart, Ravel, Schubert20160401

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 & 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 of Great Britain - Stravinsky, Michael Daugherty20160411

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

Concentus Musicus, Vienna, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor)

rec. Musikverein, Vienna - 10.05.15.

Nikolaus Harnoncourt Conducts Haydn and Beethoven20160522

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

Concentus Musicus, Vienna, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor)

rec. Musikverein, Vienna - 10.05.15.

Nikolaus Harnoncourt Conducts Haydn and Beethoven20160522

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

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Osmo Vänskä, conductor

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

Renaud Capuçon, violin

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Osmo Vänskä, conductor

Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 20 in E minor

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Osmo Vänskä, conductor.

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande - Debussy, Saint-Saens, Ravel, Brahms20160605

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 - Stravinsky20160516

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 - Stravinsky20160516

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 & 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 Orchestra: Stravinsky Myths and Rituals20160602

RNCM Brass Band Festival 201620160204

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.

Royal Northern Sinfonia - Mozart, Stravinsky, Debussy20160307

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 - 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 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 - Shostakovich and Prokofiev20160524

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 - Shostakovich and Prokofiev20160524

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.

RPS Awards 201620160511

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.

RPS Awards 201620160511

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.

Schubert, Smetana and Dvorak20160403

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

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)

Jeffrey Skidmore (conductor).

Sounds of Shakespeare20160422

Stephen Hough - Schubert, Franck, Liszt, Hough20151029

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 & 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 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 & 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.

Stravinsky Tales20160526

Stravinsky Tales - 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

Stravinsky

Mavra

-interval-

Stravinsky

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.

Stravinsky Tales20160526

Stravinsky Tales20160526

Stravinsky Tales - 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

Stravinsky

Mavra

-interval-

Stravinsky

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.

Stravinsky Tales20160526

Ulster Orchestra: Belfast Festival 2015 - Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich20151016

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.

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.

Ulster Orchestra: Belfast Festival 2015 - Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich20151016

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.

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.

Ulster Orchestra: Belfast Festival 2015 - Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich20151016

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.

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.

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 & Emily Dickens, sopranos

Barnaby Smith & Chris Wardle, countertenors

Oliver Vincent & Sam Dressel, tenors

Paul Smith & 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.

Voces820160513

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 & Emily Dickens, sopranos

Barnaby Smith & Chris Wardle, countertenors

Oliver Vincent & Sam Dressel, tenors

Paul Smith & 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.

Voces820160513