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Academy Of Ancient Music20150513

Live from West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge

Presented by Katie Derham

Richard Tognetti directs the Academy of Ancient Music in an innovative programme linking West and East, exploring Venice's position as a trading hub with the Ottoman Empire. They are joined by the oud-virtuoso Joseph Tawadros to re-imagine the sounds that might have been heard in the 18th century's 'bazaar of Europe'.

Marini: Sonata for 3 violins

Tawadros: Kindred Spirits

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons - Spring

Tawadros: Oasis

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons - Summer

Tawadros: Eye of the Beholder

8.15pm: Interval - BACH Concerto in C Major BWV 593 (a transcription by Bach of a Vivaldi Concerto in D 'Il Grosso Mogul')

Simon Preston (organ - of Lübeck Dom)

8:35pm: Part 2

Vivaldi: Concerto per la solennita di s. Lorenzo - 2nd movement

Vivaldi: Concerto for violin in A minor Op.3 No.6 RV356 - 3rd movement

Tawadros: Permission to Evaporate

Tawadros: Dahab (Boundless)

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons - Autumn

Tawadros: Point of Departure

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons - Winter

Tawadros: Constantinople

Australian violinist and director Richard Tognetti first worked with Joseph Tawadros 15 years ago, and he says that "as musicians, we love the borders, and what goes on within those borders, and we happily cross the borders".

Angela Hewitt, Cremona Quartet - Liszt, Ysaye, M Berkeley, Franck20150531

Live from Wigmore Hall

Presented by Ian Skelly.

The pianist Angela Hewitt brings together artists who have previously appeared at the Trasimeno summer festival in Italy, which she curates. The Cremona Quartet play Franck's Piano Quintet, and Gerald Finley sings the Three Cabaret Songs by Michael Berkeley.

Liszt: Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, Italie S161:

IV. Sonetto del Petrarca no.47

V. Sonetto del Petrarca no.104

VI. Sonetto del Petrarca no.123

Ysaÿe: Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor 'Ballade' Op. 27

Michael Berkeley: Three Cabaret Songs (UK première)

8.15pm: Interval - interval music

8.35pm

Franck: Piano Quintet in F minor

Kerson Leong (violin)

Gerald Finley (bass-baritone)

Angela Hewitt (piano)

Cremona Quartet

Ten years have passed since Angela Hewitt founded the Trasimeno Festival, a jewel in the cultural crown of the Umbrian town of Magione on the shores of Lake Trasimeno. She brings some of the event's atmosphere to Wigmore Hall with artists who have previously appeared at the festival. She partners fellow Canadian Gerald Finley in Michael Berkeley's Three Cabaret Songs, piquant settings of words by Ian McEwan first performed at the 2013 Festival, and showcases the talent of the young Canadian violinist Kerson Leong. The Cremona Quartet collaborate in Franck's intensely expressive Piano Quintet in F minor.

Arcadia And Meccore Quartets At Wigmore Hall20150324

Live from Wigmore Hall, London, a mini-quartet feast, featuring the First and Second Prize-winners at the 2012 Wigmore Hall London International String Quartet Competition. First the Arcadia Quartet play Haydn's 'Joke' Quartet, Op 33 No 2, then the Meccore Quartet play Beethoven's Quartet in F, Op 18 No 1. After the interval they both come together to perform Mendelssohn's great Octet, Op 20.

Introduced by Martin Handley

Haydn: String Quartet in E flat, Op 33 No 2 'Joke'

Arcadia Quartet

Beethoven: String Quartet in F, Op 18 No 1

Meccore Quartet

Interval

Mendelssohn: Octet for strings, Op 20

Arcadia & Meccore Quartets.

Bbc Co: Cheltenham Festival 201520150630

The BBC Concert Orchestra and conductor Ben Gernon play some of the BBC's Ten Pieces live in concert at the Cheltenham Festival. They are joined by BBC Young Musician of the Year, pianist Martin James Bartlett, in Gershwin's jazz-inspired Rhapsody in Blue. And Eric Whitacre makes a guest appearance to conduct his own 'Water Night'.

John Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine

Copland: Appalachian Spring

Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

INTERVAL

Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes

Eric Whitacre: Water Night*

Stravinsky; Berceuse and Finale from The Firebird (1919)

Gershwin: An American in Paris

Martin James Bartlett, piano

BBC Concert Orchestra

Conductors: Ben Gernon, Eric Whitacre*

Followed by highlights from the Park Lane Group's memorial concert for John McCabe, given earlier this month.

Bbc Concert Orchestra - Changing Britain20150322

The BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Keith Lockhart, is at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London as part of Southbank Centre's ongoing Changing Britain series, with music from 1979 to 1997 - shining a light on the years of Mrs Thatcher and New Labour. There's music from concert hall, stage and screen and they are joined by saxophonist Iain Ballamy in Richard Rodney Bennett's 1990 Concerto for Stan Getz, who sadly died before he could perform it. Presented by Ian Skelly.

Oliver Knussen: The Way to Castle Yonder (from the opera Higglety Pigglety Pop!)

Geoffrey Burgon: Narnia Suite - Aslan's Theme; Brideshead Revisited Theme

Richard Rodney Bennett: Concerto for Stan Getz (1990) *

INTERVAL (20 mins)

Jonathan Dove: The Ringing Isle

George Fenton: Land and Freedom Suite

Judith Weir: Music, Untangled

John Tavener: The Lamb

Michael Nyman: Strong on Oaks, Strong on the Causes of Oaks (excerpts)

*Iain Ballamy (saxophone)

BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Keith Lockhart.

BBC Concert Orchestra, Philharmonia Chorus - Brahms, Haydn, Rossini20150401

BBC Concert Orchestra, Philharmonia Chorus - Brahms, Haydn, Rossini20150401

As part of the Easter at King's Festival, Stephen Cleobury conducts this concert of seasonal music, live from the chapel of King's College, Cambridge. There's a rare performance of Schiller's funeral song, a lamentation on the inevitability of death, set by Brahms. Haydn's dramatic Symphony 49 is from his Sturm und Drang period; and the concert ends with Rossini's Stabat Mater, a late work written after he'd retired from the operatic stage.

BRAHMS Nänie

HAYDN Symphony No 49 in F minor, La Passione

INTERVAL

ROSSINI Stabat Mater

Rachel Nicholls (soprano)

Pamela Helen Stephen (mezzo)

Thomas Ruskin (tenor)

Henry Waddington (bass)

Philharmonia Chorus

BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Stephen Cleobury

Post-Concert Music: It's All About the Piano! - Hands of Tomorrow - a Franco-British soirée, recorded at the French Institute in London last Saturday. Over the course of this week sample four top young pianists from the Paris Conservatoire and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in music including D. Scarlatti, Brahms, Debussy, Boulez, Messiaen and Liszt:

Marina Koka (piano) Guildhall School

Justine Leroux (piano) Paris Conservatoire

Sophia Dee (piano) Guildhall School

Tanguy de Williencourt (piano) Paris Conservatoire.

BBC Concert Orchestra, Philharmonia Chorus - Brahms, Haydn, Rossini20150401

As part of the Easter at King's Festival, Stephen Cleobury conducts this concert of seasonal music, live from the chapel of King's College, Cambridge. There's a rare performance of Schiller's funeral song, a lamentation on the inevitability of death, set by Brahms. Haydn's dramatic Symphony 49 is from his Sturm und Drang period; and the concert ends with Rossini's Stabat Mater, a late work written after he'd retired from the operatic stage.

BRAHMS Nänie

HAYDN Symphony No 49 in F minor, La Passione

INTERVAL

ROSSINI Stabat Mater

Rachel Nicholls (soprano)

Pamela Helen Stephen (mezzo)

Thomas Ruskin (tenor)

Henry Waddington (bass)

Philharmonia Chorus

BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Stephen Cleobury

Post-Concert Music: It's All About the Piano! - Hands of Tomorrow - a Franco-British soirée, recorded at the French Institute in London last Saturday. Over the course of this week sample four top young pianists from the Paris Conservatoire and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in music including D. Scarlatti, Brahms, Debussy, Boulez, Messiaen and Liszt:

Marina Koka (piano) Guildhall School

Justine Leroux (piano) Paris Conservatoire

Sophia Dee (piano) Guildhall School

Tanguy de Williencourt (piano) Paris Conservatoire.

Bbc Music Night20150605

BBC Music Night

LIVE from City Halls in Glasgow

Presented by Katie Derham and Ken Bruce

BBC Music Day culminates in a live gala concert from City Halls in Glasgow presented by Katie Derham and Ken Bruce, which is simulcast on Radio 2, Radio 3, Radio Scotland and the Asian Network. The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra is joined by an exciting cross-genre line-up of artists including tenor Noah Stewart, the violinist Jack Liebeck, pop legends Lulu and Deacon Blue, Bhangra artist Jaz Dhami, Scots folk star Claire Hastings, harpist Catrin Finch and jazz pianist Jamie Cullum. They perform music with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Richard Balcombe, from classical repertoire to film music, jazz to rock and folk music to Jaz Dhami.

Music includes:

Bernstein: Overture Candide

Steve Sidwell (new arrangement): God Only Knows

Agustin Lara: Granada - Noah Stewart (tenor)

Claire Hastings: The Posie

Deacon Blue (arr. Martin Williams): Hipster (New arrgt Martin Williams)

Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro - overture

Catrin Finch: Tros Y Garreg

Jaz Dhami: Gulabi Aankhen

Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto (1st movement) - Jack Liebeck (violin)

Rimsky Korsakov: Procession of the Nobles

INTERVAL

Katie Derham talks to some of the artists taking part in this special gala concert and looks back at highlights from BBC Music Day on Radio 3, from the BBC Singers singing on Hadrian's Wall to the world record attempt for the longest-distance duet between Cardiff and Patagonia.

Deacon Blue: Long Window To Love (new arrangement by Martin Williams)

Puccini: Recondita Armonia (Tosca) - Noah Stewart (tenor)

Catrin Finch: Solstice

Claire Hastings: Let Ramensky Go

Frederick Loewe: My Fair Lady

Massenet: Meditation (Thais) - Jack Liebeck (violin)

Jaz Dhami: Chura liya hai Tumne

Mark London: To Sir With Love

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Richard Balcombe (conductor).

Bbc National Orchestra Of Wales - Beethoven, Bruckner20150612

Live from Brangwyn Hall, Swansea

Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas

Thomas Sondergard conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in Beethoven's 3rd Piano Concerto with Stephen Hough and Bruckner's 8th Symphony.

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor

8.10 Interval Music

Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 in C minor

Stephen Hough (piano)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Thomas Sondergard (conductor)

Stephen Hough, whose performances are known for their brilliance and elegance, returns to the Brangwyn Hall with Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto - one of Thomas Søndergård's favourite works. The season ends with Bruckner's intense Eighth Symphony, in which he wrote some of his most breathtaking music.

Bbc Now - Brahms, Suk20150512

Live from Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff

Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Christoph Koenig, perform Brahms Violin Concerto in D major and Suk's Asrael (Symphony) in C minor.

Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

8.15 Interval music

8.35

Suk: Asrael (Symphony) in C minor, Op.27

Esther Yoo (violin)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Christoph Koenig (conductor).

Bbc Now - Janacek, Mozart, Shostakovich20150626

A concert of supersized string quartets, with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales directed by leader Lesley Hatfield. Janacek's Quartet No.1, arranged by Richard Tognetti, is inspired by Tolstoy's 1889 novella 'The Kreutzer Sonata'. It is a depiction of suspicion, jealousy and psychological turmoil and recalls Beethoven's earlier work for violin and piano. Shostakovich's Symphony for strings and winds is arranged from the composer's 3rd String Quartet, written during his neo-classical period and later reworked by his pupil Rudolf Barshai. In between, the orchestra welcomes back BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Louis Schwizgebel to perform Mozart's Piano Concerto No.9.

Live from BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff

Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas

Janacek, arr. Richard Tognetti: Quartet No. 1 (The Kreutzer Sonata) for strings

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

8.25 Interval music

Shostakovich, arr. Rudolf Barshai: Symphony for strings and wind

Louis Schwizgebel (piano)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Lesley Hatfield (director).

Bbc Now - Mark Bowden, Holst20150418

Live from St. David's Hall, Cardiff

Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas

The BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales, conducted by Martyn Brabbins, perform the world premiere of A Violence of Gifts. Resident Composer Mark Bowden takes his inspiration from the latest scientific findings on the origin of the universe. Holst's powerful suite The Planets puts the Earth in the context of the other bodies in the solar system.

Mark Bowden: A Violence of Gifts

7.35 Interval music by Sir William Herschel, 18th-century astronomer and composer, who discovered the planet Uranus.

7.55

Holst: The Planets

Elizabeth Atherton (soprano)

Roderick Williams (baritone)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

BBC National Chorus of Wales

Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

A Violence of Gifts was composed by Mark Bowden as a secular alternative to Haydn's oratorio The Creation. It's a first time collaboration between the composer and Welsh poet Owen Sheers. For this piece, Bowden and Sheers take inspiration from the latest scientific findings about the origins of the universe. Visiting the Large Hadron Collider at CERN on the Franco-Swiss border, Bowden and Sheers met particle physicists to discuss their latest research into the early universe, which provided the springboard for the piece. It's a journey between incredible extremes of scale; fusing the unimaginable vastness of the observable universe with the strange quantum world of quarks and gluons. Owen's beautiful words invite us to imagine what might have happened in the very first moments of the creation of the universe, whilst contemplating the conditions of the early Earth that would lead to the emergence of life. Holst's powerful suite The Planets puts the Earth into context with its solar system neighbours.

Bbc Now - Shostakovich, Arutunian, Haydn, Tchaikovsky20150326

Live from Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Ben Gernon, performs Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony plus trumpet concertos by Haydn and Arutiunian with soloist Philippe Schartz.

Shostakovich: Festive Overture, Op. 96

Arutiunian: Trumpet Concerto

7.55 Interval - Music from Wales for brass band

8.15

Haydn: Trumpet Concerto in E flat

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no.4 in F minor, Op. 36

Philippe Schartz (trumpet)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Ben Gernon (conductor)

Philippe Schartz, Principal Trumpet with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, takes to the front of the stage as soloist in two great showcase concertos for trumpet. Armenian composer Alexander Arutiunian took advantage of the trumpet to blaze through even the grandest symphonic textures in his 1950 concerto, whilst Haydn worked for the first time with the precursor of the valve trumpet, filling in some of the notes not available on the natural trumpet. Bold brassiness takes us through the rest of the programme with Shostakovich's brilliant fanfare and Tchaikovsky's turbulent 4th Symphony, a mirror of his emotional strife at the time, with blood-curdling brass instruments ominously sounding the theme of Fate. For the composer it represents "the force of destiny which ever prevents our pursuit of happiness from reaching its goal. The exciting young British conductor Ben Gernon (himself an ex-tuba player) directs the orchestra on the first leg of their spring trip around Wales.

Bbc Now And Chorus - B Tommy Andersson, Mahler20150604

Live from St. David's Hall, Cardiff

Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas

Thomas Sondergard conducts the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales in Satyricon by Composer in Association B Tommy Anderson, and Mahler's 2nd Symphony with soloists Susan Gritton and Jennifer Johnston.

B Tommy Andersson: Satyricon

8.25 Interval - Nicola Heywood Thomas looks back with B Tommy Andersson over his year as Composer in Association with BBC NOW - and forward to his BBC Proms commission in September

8.50 Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor (Resurrection)

BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales

Thomas Sondergard (conductor)

Susan Gritton (soprano)

Jennifer Johnston (mezzo-soprano)

Thomas Søndergård closes the orchestra's St David's Hall season with Mahler's 'Resurrection' Symphony, summoning the full force of the orchestra and chorus to conjure the afterlife through music.

It's paired with B Tommy Andersson's Satyricon, a piece inspired by the tales of three young men in Ancient Rome. Written by the Latin author Petronius, they chronicle the amusing and sometimes risqué adventures of the lead character Encolpius. The rhythmic and extroverted music paints a picture of the scene, ending with, in the composer's words, "a grotesque dance, wild and noisy".

Bbc Now And Chorus - Haydn's The Creation20150508

Live from St. David's Hall, Cardiff

Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas

The BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales, conducted by Stephen Layton, perform Haydn's Creation.

Haydn: The Creation Part I

8.15 Nicola Heywood Thomas talks to Stephen Layton about his work with the Choir of Trinity College Cambridge and Polyphony, with music by David Briggs and Karl Jenkins.

8.35

Haydn: The Creation Parts II & III

Elizabeth Watts (soprano)

Allan Clayton (tenor)

Matthew Brook (bass)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Stephen Layton (conductor)

"When I think of God I can only write joyful music" said Joseph Haydn when he began to write what is generally accepted as his masterpiece. Taking collective inspiration from Genesis, the Psalms and John Milton's epic poem 'Paradise Lost', The Creation is a work of musical invention, a sensational biblical homage to our living planet. It also owes a debt to another great choral composer from the eighteenth century - Handel. Haydn first heard performances of Messiah and israel in Egypt in London in 1791, with a massive chorus and orchestra numbering over 1000 people. The impact was immense, and he immediately remarked to a friend that he should like to write something similar, but was stuck for a libretto. In return the friend thrust a Bible into Haydn's hand and said "begin at the beginning!" The final result gives a lasting impression of uncomplicated joy in the world, from the pen of a 66 year old composer.

Bbc Philharmonic - Barber, Gershwin, Copland20150627

The BBC Philharmonic, conducted by Michael Francis, performs an all-American programme. They are joined by pianist Freddy Kempf.

Live from MediaCityUK, Salford

Presented by Stuart Flinders

Barber: Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengeance

Gershwin: Piano Concerto

8.20

Music Interval

8.40

Copland: Symphony No.3

Freddy Kempf (piano)

BBC Philharmonic

Michael Francis (conductor)

With music derived from Barber's first work for the theatre, the programme opens with Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengeance, an unsettling journey from an uneasy tenderness to full-blown anguish. Copland's Third Symphony, which re-visits, in its affirmatory Finale, his "Fanfare for the Common Man" ends the programme. Between these two pieces Freddy Kempf joins the orchestra for a work full of American spirit, Gershwin's Piano Concerto.

Bbc Philharmonic - Bernstein, Barber, Copland20150422

Live from MediaCity, Salford

Presented by Andrew McGregor

John Wilson conducts the BBC Philharmonic in an all-American programme.

Bernstein: Overture to Candide

Barber: Violin Concerto

Copland: Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo

8.20 Music Interval

8.40

Copland: El Salon Mexico

Copland: Billy the Kid: suite

Bernstein's sparkling Overture to Candide sets the scene for a programme of energetic and colourful American music. We visit the Wild West in Copland's suite from Billy the Kid and in his Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo and spend time in a dance hall, the Salon Mexico where energetic Mexican folk dances bring different colours and rhythms to the evening. American violinist, Elena Urioste, graduate of the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme joins the orchestra for Barber's lush and lyrical Violin Concerto.

Elena Urioste (violin)

BBC Philharmonic

John Wilson (conductor).

Bbc Philharmonic - Bruckner: Symphony No 520150328

Live from the Philharmonic Studio, Salford

Presented by Martin Handley

Finnish conductor Pietari Inkinen and the BBC Philharmonic perform Bruckner's Fifth Symphony.

BRUCKNER Symphony No 5 in B flat

This life-affirming work was written during a period in Bruckner's life when he was deeply unhappy. His Fifth Symphony is the only one that (bar a performance for two pianos!) he never heard performed. When he finished it in 1876 it was the most ambitious work he had written to date. Of all his symphonies, this one perhaps most merits the description "architectural" but the intricate counterpoint, unity of themes between the movements and the fugue which leads to the majestic and uncompromisingly optimistic ending make it special.

BBC Philharmonic

Pietari Inkinen (conductor).

Bbc Philharmonic - David Matthews, Hk Gruber, Weill, Schwertsik20150417

Live from the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester

Presented by Martin Handley

The BBC Philharmonic perform the world premiere of David Matthews' Eighth Symphony.

David Matthews: Symphony No.8 (world premiere: BBC Commission)

HK Gruber: Cello Concerto

8.15 Music Interval

8.35

Weill: Symphony No.1

Kurt Schwertsik: Baumgesänge (Tree Songs)

Matthew Barley (cello)

BBC Philharmonic

HK Gruber (conductor)

Written for the BBC Philharmonic and with tonight's conductor HK Gruber its dedicatee, the programme opens with the world premiere of David Matthews' Eighth Symphony. Matthew Barley is the soloist in Gruber's own Cello Concerto and after the interval there's a chance to hear Weill's emotionally-charged First Symphony and Gruber's compatriot Kurt Schwertsik's extrovert Baumgesänge.

Bbc Philharmonic - Grieg, Elgar, Sibelius20150715

The BBC Philharmonic, conducted by John Storgards perform music by Sibelius and Grieg. They are joined by Narek Hakhnazaryan for Elgar's wistful Cello Concerto.

Live from MediaCity, Salford

Presented by Adam Tomlinson

Grieg: Morning, Abduction of the Bride and Ingrid's Lament, Peer Gynt's Homeward Journey, Solveig's Song, In the Hall of the Mountain King (from "Peer Gynt")

Elgar: Cello Concerto

8.20 Music Interval

8.40

Sibelius: Symphony No.1

Narek Hakhnazaryan (cello)

BBC Philharmonic

John Storgards (conductor)

The programme begins and ends with Nordic music; Grieg's entrancing miniatures from Peer Gynt combines character, melody and atmosphere. The concert closes with Sibelius's First Symphony, his powerfully individual voice clearly heard even whilst the great Russian composers cast their shadow. New Generation Artist Narek Hakhnazaryan joins the orchestra for Elgar's wistful Cello Concerto.

Bbc Philharmonic - Lyadov, Prokofiev, Vaughan Williams20150320

Live from the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester

Presented by Christopher Cook

Vassily Sinaisky and the BBC Philharmonic perform music by Lyadov, Prokofiev and Vaughan Williams

Lyadov: Eight Russian Folk Songs

Prokofiev: Sinfonia concertante

8.20 Interval Music

Settings of William Blake's poetry by Vaughan Williams

8.40

Vaughan Williams: Job

Inspired by William Blake's stylized engravings, Vaughan Williams responds to the metaphysical nature of the illustrations and paints movingly clear pictures of Heaven and Hell in 'Job', his "Masque for Dancing" though folk song and dance are never far away. Leonard Elschenbroich, a graduate of the BBC New Generation Artist scheme, joins the orchestra for Prokofiev's Sinfonia Concertante and the programme opens with Lyadov's charming and colourful Eight Russian Folk Songs.

Leonard Elschenbroich (cello)

BBC Philharmonic

Vassily Sinaisky (conductor).

Bbc Philharmonic - Nielsen, Mahler20150618

Nielsen: Symphony No. 6 'Sinfonia semplice'

Mahler: 4 songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn: Rheinlegendchen; Das irdische Leben; Revelge; Lob des hohen Verstandes.

8.25 Music Interval

8.45

Nielsen: Symphony No.3 'Sinfonia espansiva'

Gillian Keith (soprano)

Hanno Müller-Brachmann (bass-baritone)

BBC Philharmonic

John Storgards (conductor)

Live from the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester

Presented by Martin Handley

In the final concert of a series of three celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Nielsen, the BBC Philharmonic and John Storgards open the evening with the most paradoxical of his symphonies. Although he said he intended the work to be "idyllic" this extraordinary symphony contains tragedy, satire and anxiety with a series of heart attacks he'd recently suffered seeming to punctuate the climax of the first movement and, in his words, "death knocking at the door" in the Finale. In an interview at the time of the first performance he told an interviewer that, "it's natural for us to long for what we don't have"; perhaps the symphony's title is more a wish than description. Before the interval Hanno Müller-Brachmann joins the orchestra for four songs from Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn and the concert ends with Nielsen's Third Symphony, his sunniest, with its gripping exuberant opening and hypnotic pastoral in which the orchestra are joined by Gillian Keith and Hanno Müller-Brachmann. (The first two concerts in this series were broadcast live on 9 and 13 June and are available on BBC iPlayer.).

Bbc Philharmonic - Tchaikovsky, Saint-saens, Brahms20150522

Live from Huddersfield Town Hall

Presented by Adam Tomlinson

Tchaikovsky: Serenade for strings

Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No.1

8.20 Music Interval

8.40

Brahms: Symphony No.2

Guy Johnston (cello)

BBC Philharmonic

Andrew Gourlay (conductor)

Live from the comfortable Victorian splendour of Huddersfield Town Hall, the BBC Philharmonic, with conductor Andrew Gourlay, open and close this evening's concert with music that was being written in Russia and Austria at the same time as workers were building this beautiful and iconic Town Hall in the north of England. Tchaikovsky's lush and tuneful Serenade for Strings, a piece he said he loved and which had its first public performance in St Petersburg in the same month the concert hall we play in tonight was opened, starts the programme, and former BBC Young Musician winner Guy Johnston joins the orchestra for Saint-Saëns's arresting First Cello Concerto. Brahms's sunniest symphony, his second, brings the concert to an affirmative conclusion.

Bbc Philharmonic: Nielsen 15020150609

Live from the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester

Presented by Martin Handley

Nielsen: Symphony No.1

Mahler: Four Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn: Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen; Lied des Verfolgten in Turm; Verlor'ne Müh;

Wer hat dies Liedlein erdacht?

8.25 Music Interval

8.45

Nielsen: Symphony No.4 (Inextinguishable)

Roderick Williams (baritone)

BBC Philharmonic

John Storgards (conductor)

Today marks 150 years since the birth of Carl Nielsen. To celebrate this anniversary, the BBC Philharmonic presents the first in a series of three concerts which includes all of his symphonies. Tonight his First Symphony (in the first performance of which he played in the second violin section) is paired with the indomitable life-affirming power of the Fourth. Roderick Williams joins the orchestra in four of Mahler's colourful songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn. The series continues on 13 June with the Second and Fifth symphonies and on 18 June with the Third and Sixth.

Bbc Philharmonic: Nielsen 15020150613

Live from the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester

Presented by Martin Handley

Nielsen: Symphony No.2 'The Four Temperaments'

Mahler: Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt; Trost in Unglück; Der Schildwaceh Nachtlied; Der Tambourg'sell (from Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

8.25 Music Interval

8.45

Nielsen: Symphony No.5

Florian Boesch (baritone-bass)

BBC Philharmonic

John Storgards (conductor)

Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Nielsen, the BBC Philharmonic and John Storgards continue their cycle of his six symphonies. Asked about his Fifth Symphony, Nielsen said he felt all his music expressed "resting forces in contrast to active ones" and in his Second Symphony, "The Four Temperaments", which starts the programme, Nielsen explores these contrasts using the different human character types; choleric, phlegmatic, melancholic and sanguine. His Fifth Symphony conjures contrasts of a more elemental nature with unsettling calm, the destructive power of the side drum and a defiantly life-affirming conclusion. The side drum as harbinger of war also has a role in "Der Tambourg'sell" and "Der Schildwache Nachtlied" when Florian Boesch joins the BBC Philharmonic for four songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn. (Nielsen's Symphonies No.1 and No.4 were broadcast live on 9 June and are available on iPlayer.).

Bbc Scottish Symphony Orchestra - Mahler, Bruckner20150416

Live from City Halls, Glasgow

Presented by Jamie MacDougall

Romance in song and symphony with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and acclaimed British conductor Mark Wigglesworth. This evening's concert opens with a selection of Mahler's songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn sung by mezzo-soprano Alice Coote. These orchestral lieder, inspired by rustic German poetry, are amongst Mahler's most enduring and popular vocal music.

And the concert concludes with Bruckner's colourful Fourth Symphony, an orchestral work nicknamed 'The Romantic' for its epic lyricism and evocation of Austrian folkloristic endeavours.

Mahler - Songs from Des knaben Wunderhorn

Interval

Bruckner Symphony No. 4 (1888 version)

Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Mark Wigglesworth.

Bbc Singers - American Choral Music20150703

On the eve of American Independence Day, the BBC Singers, conducted by David Hill, perform American choral music, ranging from arrangements of spirituals by Moses Hogan, to works by key 20th-century American classical composers such as Copland, Ives and Bernstein.

Live from St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge

Introduced by Verity Sharp

Trad arr Bob Chilcott: The Gift to be Simple

Charles Ives: Crossing the Bar

Aaron Copland: The Lark

Irving Fine: The Hour Glass

Trad spirituals Arr Moses Hogan: Wade in the Water; Elijah Rock

INTERVAL MUSIC

Leonard Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from 'West Side story', orch. Ramin & Kostal

PART 2

Samuel Barber: A Stopwatch and an Ordnance Map; Agnus Dei

Leonard Bernstein: Chichester Psalms

David Alsopp (countertenor)

BBC Singers

Lucy Wakeford (harp)

Karen Hutt (percussion)

Richard Pearce (organ)

David Hill (conductor)

Followed by highlights from the Park Lane Group's memorial concert for John McCabe, given earlier this month.

Bbc Singers - Modern Sacred Music20150520

Live from St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

The BBC Singers perform modern sacred choral music - from Britten to the brand new.

Benjamin Britten: Jubilate in C

Judith Bingham: The Spirit of Truth

Thomas Tallis: If ye love me

Guy Bovet: Der Herr ist mein getreuer Hirt

Daniel Saleeb: Erhalt' uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort

Nico Muhly: Weltlich Ehr' und zeitlich Gut (world premiere)

Nico Muhly: Spiral Mass (joint BBC commission: UK premiere)

8.15 Interval music, and Sara Mohr-Pietsch talks to Nicholas Kok

8.35

Elizabeth Poston: Jesus Christ, the apple tree

Richard Blackford: Within the Seed (BBC commission: world premiere)

Benjamin Britten: Prelude and Fugue on a Theme of Vittoria

Benjamin Britten: Rejoice in the Lamb

BBC Singers

James McVinnie (organ)

Nicholas Kok (conductor)

In their 90th anniversary season, demonstrating their long-standing commitment to new music , the BBC Singers tonight premiere Richard Blackford's settings of the spiritually-charged poems of Kathleen Raine, and Nico Muhly's 'Spiral Mass' - a piece reflecting its composer's own musical preoccupation with twisting symmetries and helix figures.

Alongside these, pieces which cast a glance back to the music of the past: Judith Bingham's 'The Spirit of Truth' is based on a much-loved anthem by Tallis while Britten's 'Rejoice in the Lamb' pays affectionate homage to the music of Purcell, and his Prelude and Fugue is based on a theme from a Renaissance motet.

Organist James McVinnie performs three new pieces from The Orgelbüchlein Project - in which contemporary composers have written short organ chorale-preludes to fill the pages left blank in J S Bach's famous collection from the early 18th century.

Bbc Singers And O Duo20150404

Live from Milton Court, London

Presented by

The BBC Singers, conducted by Principal Guest Conductor Bob Chilcott and joined by virtuoso percussionists O Duo, in a programme of music for voices and instruments.

Veljo Tormis: Curse upon Iron

Eriks Ešenvalds: Northern Lights

O Duo: Searching

Judith Weir: The Song Sung True

Vaughan Williams: Three Shakespeare Songs

8.20 Interval: as he approaches his 60th birthday next week, Bob Chilcott reflects on his musical life and talks about some favourite recordings.

8.40

Jan Sandström: Biegga luohte

Wayne Siegel: 42nd Street Rondo

Cecilia McDowall: When time is broke (world premiere)

Eriks Ešenvalds: The Long Road

Bob Chilcott: The Miracle of the Spring

BBC Singers

O Duo

Bob Chilcott (conductor)

Virtuoso percussionists O Duo join the BBC Singers in a programme which explores the visceral and thrilling impact of the human voice when harnessed with percussion instruments of many kinds - starting with the blood-curdling incantation which is Veljo Tormis's curse upon the metal from which instruments of war and destruction are fashioned. Bob Chilcott's 'The Miracle of the Spring' explores one of the building-blocks of life itself, water, in the context of those parts of the world where this precious element is scarce. And - in a programme taking in several different cultures and continents - the world premiere of Cecilia McDowall's brand-new piece celebrates, in Shakespearian words, the joy of music itself.

Conducting the BBC Singers tonight, their Principal Guest Conductor Bob Chilcott celebrates his 60th birthday next week and a place as one of the choral world's best loved living composers.

Bbc Singers: Sun, Sea And Summer Nights20150710

Live from St Paul's, Knightsbridge

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

The BBC Singers, Kaspars Putnins and Scott Dickinson perform music on the theme of sun, sea and summer nights.

Judith Weir: a blue true dream of sky

Ton de Leeuw: Car nos vignes sont en fleur

Peteris Vasks: Vasara ('Summer')

Benjamin Britten: Elegy

Bob Chilcott: Beach

8.15pm: Interval: Kaspars Putnins talks about the choral scene in the Baltic States, with music from 'Summer', from 'The Four Seasons' by Giovanni Guido (1675-1728)

8.35pm:

Cecilia McDowall: Night flight

Brahms: Ich schwing mein Horn (Op.41 no 1)

Schumann: Die Lotosblume (Op.33 no 3)

Paul Patterson: Tides of Mananan

Olli Kortekangas: Valimeri ('Mediterranean Sea')

Scott Dickinson (viola)

BBC Singers

Kaspars Putnins (conductor)

In holiday mood, the BBC Singers - directed by the Latvian choral conductor Kaspars Putnins and joined by the viola-player Scott Dickinson - perform a programme on the theme of sun, sea and summer nights. The music includes a choral portrait of the Mediterranean by the Finnish composer Olli Kortekangas, and a Manx sea-scape, for solo viola, by Paul Patterson. Bob Chilcott's 'Beach' is a poignant reminiscence of childhood days at the seaside - like Britten's 'Elegy': the 16-year-old composer commemorating his final summer term at school in Lowestoft. Also in the concert, summer partsongs by Brahms and Schumann, and the Dutch composer Ton de Leeuw's setting of words from the Song of Solomon which depict vines in bloom and love in the air. And, completing the programme, Cecilia McDowall's musical portrayal of a historic night spent not on the ground but soaring above it - the evening in 1912 when Harriet Quimby became the first woman to fly a plane across the English Channel.

(Producer, Michael Emery).

BBC SO - Beethoven, Rouse, Lutowslawski20150424

BBC SO - Beethoven, Rouse, Lutowslawski20150424

Live from the Barbican

Presented by Martin Handley.

The BBC Symphony Orchestra with young conductor Joshua Weilerstein in Lutoslawski's thrilling Concerto for Orchestra & the UK premiere of Rouse's Prospero's Rooms. Jonathan Biss joins for Beethoven's 'Emperor' Piano Concerto No. 5.

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat, 'Emperor'

Interval: Recorded earlier this evening at St. Giles, Cripplegate in the Barbican Centre, the BBC Singers, conducted by Paul Brough, perform works by the Polish composers Henryk Gorecki and Krzysztof Penderecki.

Rouse: Prospero's Room (UK Premiere)

Lutoslawski: Concerto for Orchestra

Johathan Biss (Piano)

Joshua Weilerstein (Conductor)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

From its calm reflective 2nd movement through the majestic three-part sonata form of the opening Allegro, Beethoven's "Emperor" Piano concerto was the last he wrote for the instrument. Pianist Jonathan Biss joins the BBC Symphony Orchestra for tonight's performance alongside fellow American Joshua Weilerstein who conducts the UK premiere of Christopher Rouse's "Prosper's Rooms", a work inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's short story 'The Masque of the Red Death', and Leonid Andreyev's play 'The Black Maskers'. The BBC Symphony Orchestra whip up a virtuosic feast in a work inspired by the folk music of the Kurpie region of Poland, Lutoslawski's Concerto for Orchestra.

BBC SO - Beethoven, Rouse, Lutowslawski20150424

Live from the Barbican

Presented by Martin Handley.

The BBC Symphony Orchestra with young conductor Joshua Weilerstein in Lutoslawski's thrilling Concerto for Orchestra & the UK premiere of Rouse's Prospero's Rooms. Jonathan Biss joins for Beethoven's 'Emperor' Piano Concerto No. 5.

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat, 'Emperor'

Interval: Recorded earlier this evening at St. Giles, Cripplegate in the Barbican Centre, the BBC Singers, conducted by Paul Brough, perform works by the Polish composers Henryk Gorecki and Krzysztof Penderecki.

Rouse: Prospero's Room (UK Premiere)

Lutoslawski: Concerto for Orchestra

Johathan Biss (Piano)

Joshua Weilerstein (Conductor)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

From its calm reflective 2nd movement through the majestic three-part sonata form of the opening Allegro, Beethoven's "Emperor" Piano concerto was the last he wrote for the instrument. Pianist Jonathan Biss joins the BBC Symphony Orchestra for tonight's performance alongside fellow American Joshua Weilerstein who conducts the UK premiere of Christopher Rouse's "Prosper's Rooms", a work inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's short story 'The Masque of the Red Death', and Leonid Andreyev's play 'The Black Maskers'. The BBC Symphony Orchestra whip up a virtuosic feast in a work inspired by the folk music of the Kurpie region of Poland, Lutoslawski's Concerto for Orchestra.

Bbc So - Sibelius, Helen Grime, Mahler, Bridge, Britten20150624

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and conductor Martyn Brabbins explore seascapes by Britten, Bridge and Sibelius. Plus a joyous score by Helen Grime, and Alice Coote sings Mahler songs.

It was at a performance of Frank Bridge's mighty orchestral suite The Sea that the young Benjamin Britten was 'knocked sideways'. He later created thrilling sea pictures in his opera Peter Grimes. The proximity of Snape Maltings to the sea is also reflected in Sibelius's serene celebration of water spirits. The concert also includes Helen Grime's arresting Siegfried Sassoon-inspired music, and Mahler's youthful Songs of a Wayfarer.

Live from Snape Maltings Concert Hall

Presented by Martin Handley

Sibelius: Oceanides, Op.73

Helen Grime: Everyone Sang

Mahler: Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen

c. 8.15 Interval: ***

c. 8.35

Bridge: The Sea

Britten: Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia from 'Peter Grimes'

Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Martyn Brabbins (conductor)*

* Martyn Brabbins replaces Sakari Oramo who has had to withdraw from this concert due to illness.

Bbc So And Chorus - Berlioz, Arthur Bliss20150515

Live from the Barbican

Presented by Sara Mohr-pietsch

Sir Andrew Davis conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in Arthur Bliss's memorial to the Great War, Morning Heroes. Mezzo Sarah Connolly sings Berlioz's Mort de Cléopâtre.

Berlioz: Trojans: Royal Hunt & Storm

Berlioz: La Mort de Cléopâtre

c. 8.10pm Interval:

c. 8.35

Bliss: Morning Heroes

Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano)

Samuel West (narrator)

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Sir Andrew Davis (conductor)

From Berlioz's Royal Hunt to Bliss's choral symphony, BBC SO Conductor Laureate Sir Andrew Davis leads a blazing programme that delves into violence and its aftermath across the centuries.

Foremost mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly takes on Berlioz's powerful operatic scene, in which the Queen of Egypt reflects on her legacy before succumbing to her fatal poisoning.

Samuel West is the narrator in Morning Heroes, written in honour of the sacrifices made by soldiers throughout the centuries - including the First World War, in which the composer lost his younger brother.

Bbc Sso - Berio, Mozart, Mendelssohn20150514

Live from the City Halls in Glasgow

Presented by Jamie MacDougall

Markus Stenz conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Berio, Mozart and Mendelssohn.

Berio: Ritirata Notturna di Madrid di Luigi Boccherini

Mozart: Piano Concerto No 21 in C, K467

C. 8.10pm Interval

C. 8.30pm

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Nights Dream (text adapted by Gerard McBurney).

Katherine Broderick (Soprano)

Clara Mouriz (Mezzo-soprano)

Les Sirenes (Choir)

Actors from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Alexander Gavrylyuk (Piano)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Markus Stenz (conductor)

When light fades on a summer's evening, something magical starts to happen. In this new adaptation of the text by Gerard McBurney, Mendelsshon's enchanting 1842 incidental music for Shakespeare's play Midsummer Night's Dream is brought to life in Glasgow by a young cast of singers and actors. This concert closes the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra's year long celebration of the Bard.

But in the first half, the party starts with Berio's adaptation of Boccherini's 18th Century Night music on the streets of Madrid, and continues in the ever popular Mozart's 21st piano concerto played by the brilliant, Alexander Gavrylyuk.

Bbc Sso - Janacek, Shostakovich20150507

Live from City Halls Glasgow

Presented by Jamie MacDougall

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and conductor Alpesh Chauhan perform an evening of vividly coloured orchestral music.

Shostakovich's final symphony, his 15th, seems to sum up much of the composer's life: but can also be seen as exploring new ground. In the midst of a rich web of musical quotations, references to Rossini and Wagner, sits music which encompasses the classicism of Mozart and Haydn and modernistic rhythmic invention and techniques of serialism. As always with Shostakovich the Symphony treads lightly, and heavily, between the forces of darkness and light.

From 40 years earlier, the composer's first piano concerto seems an altogether brighter affair - bursting with humour and wit. The soloists, pianist Garrick Ohlsson and BBC SSO principal trumpet Mark O'Keeffe, engage in sardonic exchanges in music full of jazz-inflected rhythms, dazzling colours, and trumpet fanfares.

And the concert opens with another fanfare, by a composer who seems to stand outside the usual categories of music history: Janacek. In his Sinfonietta, opening as it does with an unfolding fanfare of 12 trumpets, he creates by means of extremely compressed music a jewel-like work which references military bands and fairy tales as much as the titular musical form.

Janacek: Sinfonietta

Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No 1, for piano, trumpet and string orchestra

8.20 Interval

8.40

Shostakovich: Symphony No 15

Garrick Ohlsson (piano)

Mark O'Keeffe (trumpet)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Alpesh Chauhan, conductor.

Bbc Sso - Mark Simpson, James Macmillan, Rachmaninov20150402

Live from City Halls, Glasgow

Presented by Jamie MacDougall

Andrew Litton, the charismatic American conductor, brings his musical passion to Rachmaninov's Second Symphony. This hour-long symphony, written while Rachmaninov was living in Dresden, away from his homeland, is full of the lyricism and melodic turns of phrase familiar from the piano concertos.

The first half of the concert showcases two British composers of different generations. A former BBC Young Musician of the Year, Mark Simpson is the Liverpool-born clarinettist and composer whose new BBC commission takes its title from a poem by Edgar Allan Poe. And James MacMillan is the preeminent Scottish composer whose cycle of three piano concertos is being explored by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Peter Donohoe. Tonight's concert features his ballet-inspired Second Piano Concerto which melds traditional Scottish folk-music with dazzling piano virtuosity.

Mark Simpson Israfel (BBC Commission, World Premiere)

James MacMILLAN Piano Concerto No 2

8.20 Interval Music

8.40

RACHMANINOV Symphony No 2 in E minor

Peter Donohoe (piano)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Andrew Litton (conductor)

Post-concert music: It's All About the Piano! -Hands of Tomorrow - a Franco-British soirée, recorded at the French Institute in London last Saturday. Over the course of this week sample four top young pianists from the Paris Conservatoire and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in music including D. Scarlatti, Brahms, Debussy, Boulez, Messiaen and Liszt:

Marina Koka (piano) Guildhall School

Justine Leroux (piano) Paris Conservatoire

Sophia Dee (piano) Guildhall School

Tanguy de Williencourt (piano) Paris Conservatoire.

Bbc Symphony Orchestra - Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn20150415

Live from the Barbican

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

Dietrich Henschel performs Mahler's complete Des Knaben Wunderhorn songs, with extra orchestrations by Detlev Glanert. Alexander Vedernikov conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Mahler/Glanert - Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn (UK premiere of arrangements by Glanert)

1. MAHLER: Das himmlische Leben (The Heavenly Life)

2. MAHLER: Verlor'ne Müh' (Wasted Effort!)

3. MAHLER arr. GLANERT: Ich ging mit Lust durch einen grünen Wald (I walked with joy through a verdant wood)

4. MAHLER arr. GLANERT: Starke Einbildungskraft (Vivid Imagination)

5. MAHLER arr. GLANERT: Aus! Aus! (Over! Over!)

6. MAHLER: Revelge (Reveille)

7. MAHLER: Der Tamboursg'sell (The Drummer-Boy)

8. MAHLER arr. GLANERT: Rheinlegendchen (A Little Rhine Legend)

9. MAHLER arr. GLANERT: Selbstgefühl (Self-confidence)

10. MAHLER: Wer hat dies Liedel erdacht? (Who was it thought up this song?)

11. MAHLER arr. GLANERT: Scheiden und Meiden (Parting and Absence)

12. MAHLER: Der Schildwache Nachtlied (The Sentry's Night-Song)

INTERVAL

13. MAHLER: Das Irdische Leben (Earthly Life)

14. MAHLER arr. GLANERT: Um schlimme Kinder artig zu machen (To Make a Naughty Child Good)

15. MAHLER: Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt (Anthony of Padua's Sermon to the Fishes)

16. MAHLER arr. GLANERT: Ablösung im Sommer (Summer's Replacement)

17. MAHLER: Lied des Verfolgten im Turm (Song of the Prisoner in the Tower)

18. MAHLER arr. GLANERT: Nicht Wiedersehen (Never to Meet Again)

19. MAHLER arr. GLANERT: Es sungen drei Engel einen süssen Gesang (Three angels sang a sweet song)

20. MAHLER arr. GLANERT: Zu Strassburg auf der Schanz (On the battlements at Strassburg)

21. MAHLER: Trost im Unglück (Consolation in Unhappiness)

22. MAHLER: Wo die schöen Trompetten blasen (Where the fine trumpets sound)

23. MALHER: Lob des hohen Verstandes (In Praise of High Intellect)

24. MAHLER: Urlicht (Primal Light)

Dietrich Henschel (baritone)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Alexander Vedernikov (conductor)

An innovative film and music event, in which distinguished German baritone Dietrich Henschel sings the entire collection of Mahler's 'Wunderhorn' songs, ten of which are orchestrated by Detlev Glanert, in sync with a new film by director Clara Pons. Pons's film, inspired by Mahler's songs, presents a scenario where paradise meets its end in the violence of war. Henschel, hailed for his emotional and dramatic intensity, both sings on stage and takes a leading role in the film.

Bbc Symphony Orchestra - Ravel, Prokofiev, Nielsen20150410

Live from the Barbican

Presented by Martin Handley

Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Nielsen's thrilling 5th Symphony and Ravel's iconic Bolero. Alexander Toradze joins for Prokofiev's 3rd Piano Concerto.

Ravel: La Valse

Prokofiev: Piano concerto No. 3 in C Major

c. 8.15pm. Interval ****

8.35

Nielsen: Symphony No. 5

Ravel: Bolero

Alexander Toradze (Piano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Sakari Oramo (conductor)

Two works by Maurice Ravel frame this concert: his dizzying reinvention of the waltz and the hypnotic meditation on the Spanish bolero dance, beaten out by a snare drum over a vast span.That same drum plays a sinister role in Nielsen's magnificent Fifth Symphony, its obsessive battering threatening to break up the orchestra's performance in a thrilling battle. The second movement plunges us into a swinging sea of perpetual motion, where a sense of metric time is lost in the shining surge. The BBC Symphony Orchestra's revelatory and highly-praised cycle of Nielsen's Symphonies with Sakari Oramo reaches its penultimate stage tonight.

Acclaimed Georgian pianist Alexander Toradze performs Prokofiev's most elegant and ethereal piano concerto, the glowing third.

Bbc Symphony Orchestra - Sibelius, Rachmaninov, Foulds, Nielsen20150523

Live from the Barbican

Presented by Fiona Talkington

Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra conclude their acclaimed Nielsen Symphonies cycle with the enigmatic Sixth. Plus Rachmaninov's Fourth Piano Concerto with Denis Kozhukhin. We hear an evocation of forest spirits in Sibelius's Tapiola and John Foulds's paean to the raw vitality of spring.

Sibelius: Tapiola

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 4

c. 8.25pm Interval: ***

c.8.50pm

Foulds: April - England

Nielsen: Symphony No. 6 'Sinfonia semplice'

Denis Kozhukhin (piano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Sakari Oramo (conductor)

In his Sixth Symphony Nielsen set out to express the 'completely idyllic', but the idyll is infiltrated by irony, violence and doubt as the composer's health failed.

Benjamin Appl And Graham Johnson - Schubert Song20150327

Pianist Graham Johnson's peerless knowledge and understanding of Schubert song is born of life-long passion for Schubert combined with indefatigable scholarship and remarkable musicianship. He's joined by BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, baritone Benjamin Appl at Wigmore Hall for a wide-ranging and compelling programme, including well-loved and less familiar songs. Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

Schubert:

Am Bach im Frühling D361

Der Wanderer an den Mond D870

Im Freien D880

Geheimes D719

Wandrers Nachtlied D768

An den Mond D259

Das Lied im Grünen D917

Fischerweise D881

Verklärung D59

An den Tod D518

Der Zwerg D771

An die Leier D737

Gruppe aus dem Tartarus D583

Strophe aus Die Götter Griechenlands D677

Memnon D541

Alinde D904

Der Kampf D594

Prometheus D674

Die Gebüsche D646

Nachtstück D672

Im Abendrot D799

Benjamin Appl (baritone)

Graham Johnson (piano).

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Rachmaninov, Prokofiev20150429

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra play Rachmaninov and Prokofiev.

Live from the Lighthouse, Poole

Presented by Martin Handley

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3

8.15: Interval

8.35

Prokofiev: Symphony No.6

Sunwook Kim, piano

Kirill Karabits, conductor

Rachmaninov said that he wrote the Third Piano Concerto "for elephants" and with its massive chords, cascading octaves and high-speed runs, it does demand a pianist with strength, dexterity, control, stamina - and big hands! But the virtuosity always serves dramatic and expressive ends. A mood of dark, impassioned lyricism prevails throughout which builds with urgent expressiveness before reaching an almost delirious close.

The Sixth Symphony is one of Prokofiev's finest works. Whilst the Fifth was a heroic response to war, the Sixth seems to speak from a deeper, a more painful side of that experience. It is characterised by its dark sound, emphasised by the extensive use of the lower instruments such as cellos, basses, and tuba, whilst subdued muted violins hang in the air like mists above an icy winter landscape.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Schubert, Beethoven, Strauss20150325

Live from Lighthouse in Poole, introduced by Martin Handley.

Kirill Karabits conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in Schubert's epic swansong the Great C Major Symphony. and Richard Strauss's own valedictory Four Last Songs are sung by Sally Matthews.

Beethoven: Coriolan Overture Op. 82

Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs

8.10 pm INTERVAL

8.30 pm

Schubert: Symphony no.9 in C major 'The Great'

Sally Matthews (soprano)

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

conducted by Kirill Karabits.

Britten Sinfonia - Mozart, Haydn, Stravinsky20150505

Live from Birmingham Town Hall

Presented by Tom Redmond

Britten Sinfonia directed by soprano Barbara Hannigan perform works by Mozart, Haydn and Stravinsky.

Mozart: Overture to Idomeneo

Stravinsky: Anne's Recitative, Aria and Cabaletta (The Rake's Progress, Act One, Scene 3)

Haydn: Symphony No 49, La Passione

8.05 Interval music, including chamber works from Britten Sinfonia

8.35

Mozart: Overture to La Clemenza di Tito

Mozart: Bella mia fiamma, addio

Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite

Britten Sinfonia

Barbara Hannigan (soprano and director)

Britten Sinfonia performs the first of its "Barbara Hannigan in Focus" concerts from Birmingham Town Hall

When Le Figaro wrote 'this woman must come from another planet' they got it absolutely right! Barbara Hannigan is an exceptional artist, revered for her sensational voice and her charisma, and tonight she brings her passion for music and her skills as a singer and as a musical director to a programme which plays with the contrasting and complementary sound worlds of Mozart, Haydn and Stravinsky.

Brook Street Band, Matthew Brook - Bach And Handel20150706

Live from Wigmore Hall

Presented by Martin Handley

The Brook Street Band and bass-baritone Matthew Brook perform Bach and Handel.

Handel: Oboe Concerto in G minor HWV 287

Bach: Trio Sonata in G major BWV 1039

Handel: Cantata: Dalla guerra amorosa HWV 102

8.15: Interval

8.35

Bach: Trio Sonata in G major BWV 1038

Handel: Trio Sonata in G minor HWV 393

Bach: Ich habe genug BWV 82

The Brook Street Band:

Rachel Harris & Farran Scott, violins

Nicola Blakey, viola

Tatty Theo, cello

Carina Cosgrave, bass

Alexandra Bellamy, oboe

Carolyn Gibley, harpischord & chamber organ

Matthew Brook, bass-baritone

The Brook Street Band have called their concert of Bach and Handel "Heaven and Earth", as the works chosen, ending with Bach's sacred cantata 'Ich habe genug',explore themes of love and destiny, both earthbound and celestial.

Cbso - Elgar, Bridge, Tippett20150423

The CBSO and Edward Gardner are joined by cellist Alban Gerhardt, live from Symphony Hall Birmingham, for a programme of English music by Elgar, Bridge and Tippett. As well as popular pieces by Elgar, their programme features Frank Bridge's Lament for Strings - written a hundred years ago in memory of the victims of the sinking of the Lusitania - and Michael Tippett's inspired 2nd Symphony of 1957, which was prompted by the music of Vivaldi. Presented by Adam Tomlinson.

Elgar: Overture: Cockaigne

Elgar: Cello Concerto

(Cello soloist: Alban Gerhardt)

Interval

Bridge: Lament for strings

Tippett: Symphony No.2

CBSO conducted by Edward Gardner.

Cbso - Haydn, Mozart, Rachmaninov20150701

Live from Cheltenham Town Hall

The CBSO is conducted by Edward Gardner in Haydn, Mozart and Rachmaninov.

Haydn: Representation of Chaos from The Creation

Mozart Piano Concerto in C minor K 491

8.15: Interval

Rachmaninov Symphony No 2 60'

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Steven Osborne, piano

Edward Gardner, conductor

Rachmaninov's second symphony is a work of high drama, heart-stopping emotion, a torrent of luscious melody and surging climaxes. Within the warm-sounding glow of the Cheltenham Town Hall its impact will be made to the full.

Followed by highlights from the Park Lane Group's memorial concert for John McCabe, given earlier this month.

Cbso - Mahler, Esenvalds20150617

Live from Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Presented by Tom Redmond

Andris Nelsons conducts the CBSO in Mahler's Third Symphony.

Ešenvalds: Lakes Awake at Dawn

Mahler: Symphony No.3

Michaela Schuster, mezzo-soprano

CBSO Chorus

CBSO Youth Chorus

CBSO Children's Chorus

CBSO

Andris Nelsons, conductor

All good things come to an end. And on what are sure to be emotional evenings, Andris Nelsons has chosen to say farewell to Birmingham with Mahler's huge, rapturous hymn to nature - both unchanging, and forever renewing. A beautiful new choral work by Andris's fellow-Latvian Eriks Ešenvalds - jointly commissioned with Andris's new orchestra in Boston - brings the orchestra, choruses, audience and conductor together to celebrate seven inspirational years.

Cbso - Schubert, Strauss, Dvorak20150611

Andris Nelsons conducts the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in a concert live from Symphony Hall.

Schubert: Symphony No. 8 (Unfinished)

Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 2

Elspeth Dutch, horn soloist

Interval

Dvorak: Symphony No. 7

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Andris Nelsons, conductor.

City Of London Sinfonia - Haydn, Mozart, Jc Bach, Handel20150616

Music of Georgian London by Haydn, Mozart, JC Bach and Handel. In the closing concert of the Spitalfields Summer Festival, City of London Sinfonia with choir Polyphony perform four magnificent works from four composers who came to the city to find fame and fortune.

Georgian London draws many parallels to the contemporary city we know today, not least with its reputation as a hub of global commerce and culture.

Live from St. Leonard's, Shoreditch

Presented by Fiona Talkington

Haydn: Symphony No.101 in D, 'The Clock'

JC Bach: Sinfonia Concertante

at approx. 8.15 Interval Music:

Mozart's Piano Sonata in A minor K 310

Maria Joao Pires (piano)

8.35

Mozart: Symphony No.4 in D, K19

Handel: Dettingen Te Deum

Ashley Riches, baritone

Polyphony

City of London Sinfonia

Stephen Layton, conductor

The concert explores the music of Georgian London through works by Mozart and JC Bach alongside Haydn's famous 'Clock' Symphony, written on his second visit to the city, and Handel's Te Deum, commissioned when he was a composer of the Chapel Royal in celebration of the victory of the British army at the Battle of Dettingen.

Czech Philharmonic - Smetana, Mendelssohn, Vaughan Williams, Dvorak20150421

Live from the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham

Presented by Adam Tomlinson

Jirí Belohlávek conducts the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in music by Smetana & Dvorák plus Mendelssohn & Vaughan Williams with violinist Chloë Hanslip.

Smetana: Overture, Furiant and Skocná from "The Bartered Bride"

Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64

8.40 - Interval

9.00

Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending

Dvorák : Symphony No.7 in D minor, Op.70

Smetana's propulsive overture to his breakthrough comic opera, The Bartered Bride, launches this gala concert by the world renowned Czech Philharmonic. They're joined by British violinist, Chloë Hanslip for Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, whose blend of soaring lyricism and virtuosity remains unsurpassed. Chloë evokes an altogether different mood in Vaughan Williams's rhapsodic The Lark Ascending. Like Vaughan Williams, Dvorák drew deeply on his native folk music and his 7th Symphony took this to new heights, its smouldering opening catching fire in the most intense and dramatic of all his symphonic writing.

Chloë Hanslip (violin)

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Jirí Belohlávek (conductor).

Easter At King's: James Macmillan's St Luke Passion20150403

James MacMillan conducts his St Luke Passion at King's College, Cambridge

James MacMILLAN: St Luke Passion

Britten Sinfonia

Britten Sinfonia Voices

Trinity Boys Choir, London

Schola Cantorum of the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, London

James MacMillan, conductor

Britten Sinfonia continues its close relationship with Scottish composer James MacMillan with this performance of his St Luke Passion, which takes as its starting point the passage in the Gospel of Luke describing the suffering and death of Jesus. James's musical language is flooded with influences from his Scottish heritage, Catholic faith, social conscience and close connection with Celtic folk music. In writing his Passion, MacMillan said, "Bach's music proves that the Passion of Christ has deep beginnings and profound resonance, even for modern man: he opened up a window on the divine love affair with humanity. The greatest calling for an artist, in any age, is to do the same."

Post-concert music: It's All About the Piano! - Hands of Tomorrow - a Franco-British soirée, recorded at the French Institute in London, last Saturday. Over the course of this week sample four top young pianists from the Paris Conservatoire and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in music including D. Scarlatti, Brahms, Debussy, Boulez, Messiaen and Liszt:

Marina Koka (piano) Guildhall School

Justine Leroux (piano) Paris Conservatoire

Sophia Dee (piano) Guildhall School

Tanguy de Williencourt (piano) Paris Conservatoire.

Easter At King's: Organ Recital By David Goode20150405

A sequence of seasonal music on the magnificent organ of King's College, Cambridge by David Goode, including works by Bach, Messiaen and Tournemire.

Max Reger: Ostern Op. 145, no. 5

Bach: Chorale Prelude 'Christ ist erstanden' BWV 627

Georg Böhm: 2 Chorale Preludes on 'Christ Lag in Todesbanden'

Messiaen: Joie et Clarté (from Les Corps Glorieux)

Tournemire: Pâques (Dominica Resurrectionis) Op.56, No.6

Howells: Sarabande for the morning of Easter

Leighton: Et Resurrexit (Theme, Fantasy and Fugue) Op. 49

David Goode, organ.

Edge Of Sound: Beyond Finlandia20150623

The BBC Concert Orchestra and conductor Charles Hazlewood join with Finnish folk-pop group Värttinä at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London to present a musical picture of Finland and its myths and legends. Presented by Fiona Talkington and Tom Ravenscroft.

Magnus Lindberg: Chorale

Sibelius: Lemminkäinen and the Maidens of the Island

Värttinä: Syyllinen Syli (Faithless Arms)

Värttinä: Linnunmieli (A Bird's Mind); Lemmennosto (Love Spell); Emoton (Motherless)

INTERVAL

Sibelius: Finlandia, Op 26

Einojuhani Rauutavaara: Lintukoto (Isle of Bliss)

Värttinä: Katariina

Värttinä: Meri (The Sea); Äijö (Old Man)

Värttinä:

Mari Kaasinen; Susan Aho; Karoliina Kantelinen - vocals

Matti Kallio - accordion

Lassi Logren - fiddle

Matti Laitinen - guitar & bouzouki

BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Charles Hazlewood

Ensemble Midtvest - Nielsen, Beethoven, Rontgen, Smetana20150503

Versatile Danish chamber group Ensemble MidtVest perform Nielsen's Wind Quintet, Beethoven's 'Gassenhauer' Trio, a trio for clarinet, cello and piano by Julius Rontgen, and Smetana's Piano Trio, in a concert given last March in the London Chamber Music Series at King's Place, London.

Presented by Penny Gore.

Nielsen: Wind Quintet, Op 43

Beethoven: Trio in B flat for clarinet, cello and piano, Op 11 (Gassenhauer)

Röntgen: Trio in G for flute, oboe and bassoon

Smetana: Piano Trio in G minor, Op 15

Ensemble MidtVest

(recorded 8 March 2015)

Ensemble MidtVest is a versatile group established in 2002 to perform chamber music across the range of scorings for combinations of winds, strings and keyboard. The ensemble is based in the town of Herning, where it runs its own series and even has its own concert hall. On this visit to London they performed for the London Chamber Music Society in their regular series at King's Place.

The music included Nielsen's sunny and popular wind quintet; Beethoven's brilliant early trio for clarinet, cello and piano; a wind trio by German composer Julius Röntgen (better known as a founder-conductor of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra); and Smetana's powerful Piano Trio, whose powerful ending is inspired by the death of the composer's first child.

Ex Cathedra - Rachmaninov's Vespers20150603

Passionate, serene, and rooted in a deep and heartfelt faith, Rachmaninov loved his Vespers above all his other works. They gave their composer "an hour of the most complete satisfaction", and every performance creates a quite unmistakable atmosphere.

Live from Southwell Minster

Presented by Tom Redmond

Ex Cathedra, directed by Jeffrey Skidmore, perform Rachmaninov's Vespers.

Rachmaninov: Vespers

Carris Jones, mezzo soprano

Jeremy Budd, tenor

Ex Cathedra

Jeffrey Skidmore, conductor

Followed by Harmonice Mundi, by Geoffrey Poole, and Two Movements for String Quartet by Simon Holt, recorded last year and played by students of the Guildhall School.

Exaudi At Wigmore Hall20150203

Live from Wigmore Hall, London

Presented by

The vocal ensemble Exaudi, with their director James Weeks, combines old and new vocal works, from Leonin and Machaut to Holliger and Finnissy.

Léonin: Alleluia. Video celos

Scelsi: Tre Canti Sacri

Machaut:Benedictus (Messe de Nostre Dame);

Rose, liz, printemps, verdure;

Agnus Dei (Messe de Nostre Dame)

Heinz Holliger: Selection from "nicht Ichts - nicht Nichts" (UK premiere)

c.8.10pm:

Interval: Interval music from disc - Stravinsky: Octet

c.8:30pm:

Johannes Ciconia: Le ray au soleyl

Rodericus: Angelorum psalat

Rodericus arr. Weeks: Angelorum salad

Michael Finnissy: Kelir

Exaudi specialises in bringing contemporary repertoire to the concert hall and combining it with Renaissance polyphony, drawing comparisons and finding parallels between old and new. This programme begins with some of the earliest music in multiple parts by the Parisian composer Leonin, and moves between the soundworlds of Machaut, Giacinto Scelsi, Heinz Holliger and Michael Finnissy.

Florian Boesch, Malcolm Martineau - Wolf, Brahms, Schumann20150607

Live from Wigmore Hall in London, Austrian bass-baritone Florian Boesch is joined by pianist Malcolm Martineau in excerpts from Wolf's Italian Songbook, Brahms's Four Serious Songs and Schumann's cycle Liederkreis, Op 39

Wolf: Italian Songbook (selection):

Ein Ständchen Euch zu bringen

Der Mond hat eine schwere Klag' erhoben

Ihr seid die Allerschönste weit

Geselle, wolln wir uns in Kutten hüllen

Heut' nacht erhob

Benedeit die sel'ge Mutter

Was für ein Lied soll dir gesungen werden

Wenn du mich mit Augen streifst und lachst

Brahms: 4 Serious Songs, Op 121

Interval

Schumann: Liederkreis, Op 39

Florian Boesch (bass-baritone)

Malcolm Martineau (piano).

Halle - Beethoven's Missa Solemnis20150606

Stuart Flinders introduces a performance of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis from the Bridgewater Hall given by the Hallé, Hallé Choir and Sir Mark Elder

Beethoven's great solemn mass is widely regarded as one of his greatest achievements and stands as one of the finest of all settings of the mass. It was first performed in St Petersburg in 1824. Tonight it comes live from Manchester with a striking line-up of soloists.

Beethoven: Missa Solemnis in D Op123

Hallé

Mark Elder conductor

Elizabeth Llewellyn soprano

Susan Bickley mezzo soprano

Allan Clayton tenor

Reinhard Hagen bass

Hallé Choir.

Imogen Cooper, Henning Kraggerud, Adrian Brendel - Schubert Piano Trios20150518

Live from St James's Church, Chipping Campden

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

The pianist Imogen Cooper is well known for her interpretations of the solo piano music of Schubert. Here she teams up with the violinist Henning Kraggerud and the cellist Adrian Brendel to perform two of Schubert's masterpieces of chamber music: his two piano trios, composed at the pinnacle of his career aged just 31, shortly before he died.

Schubert: Piano Trio no.1 in B flat, Op.99

Interval - Interval music from disc

Schubert: Piano Trio no.2 in E flat, Op.100

Henning Kraggerud (violin)

Adrian Brendel (cello)

Imogen Cooper (piano)

The two late piano trios of Schubert, though written only a few weeks apart, are quite different in character. Trio No. 1 in B-flat is a more confident outgoing work with a lighthearted finale. The Trio No. 2, on the other hand, is more serious in demeanor, with an inward brooding quality.

Inon Barnatan - Schubert, Franck, Ravel20150524

Live from Wigmore Hall

Inon Barnatan plays Schubert, Franck and Ravel

Franz Schubert: Piano Sonata in G major D894 'Fantasie'

César Franck: Prélude, choral et fugue

8.15: Interval

Sebastian Currier (b.1959): Glow (World première)

Maurice Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit

Inon Barnatan, piano

Inon Barnatan was named as the New York Philharmonic's first Artist in Association in January 2014, a position that reflects his growing international reputation. He has been a regular performer at Wigmore Hall over several seasons and returns to give an imaginatively conceived programme, including Schubert's serene G major Piano Sonata and the world première of Glow by American composer Sebastian Currier, recipient of the 2007 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition.

James Ehnes, Andrew Armstrong - Debussy, Respighi, Szymanowski, Elgar20150526

James Ehnes, Andrew Armstrong - Debussy, Respighi, Szymanowski, Elgar20150526

Live from Wigmore Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

James Ehnes, violin, and Andrew Armstrong, piano, play Debussy, Respighi, Szymanowski and Elgar.

Claude Debussy: Violin Sonata in G minor

Ottorino Respighi: Violin Sonata in B minor

8.15: Interval

Karol Szymanowski: Myths Op. 30

Edward Elgar: Violin Sonata in E minor Op. 82

James Ehnes, violin

Andrew Armstrong, piano

Canadian violinist James Ehnes's trademark eloquence arises from his jaw-dropping technical command, serene lyricism and unfaltering musicality.

His programme includes works that resonate fully with his artistic soul, from the yearning lyricism of Debussy's late Violin Sonata to the impassioned melancholy of Elgar's Violin Sonata in E minor.

James Ehnes, Andrew Armstrong - Debussy, Respighi, Szymanowski, Elgar20150526

Live from Wigmore Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

James Ehnes, violin, and Andrew Armstrong, piano, play Debussy, Respighi, Szymanowski and Elgar.

Claude Debussy: Violin Sonata in G minor

Ottorino Respighi: Violin Sonata in B minor

8.15: Interval

Karol Szymanowski: Myths Op. 30

Edward Elgar: Violin Sonata in E minor Op. 82

James Ehnes, violin

Andrew Armstrong, piano

Canadian violinist James Ehnes's trademark eloquence arises from his jaw-dropping technical command, serene lyricism and unfaltering musicality.

His programme includes works that resonate fully with his artistic soul, from the yearning lyricism of Debussy's late Violin Sonata to the impassioned melancholy of Elgar's Violin Sonata in E minor.

James Lancelot - Organ Of Durham Cathedral20150510

Durham Cathedral's splendid organ is widely acknowledged to be one of the country's finest. Its statistics are impressive: four manuals (controlling five manual divisions) plus pedals; 98 speaking stops and 23 couplers and accessories; and no fewer than 5,746 pipes. But of course, to turn this triumph of mechanical engineering into music it takes human fingers and feet.

James Lancelot, 30 years the Master of the Choristers and Organist at Durham Cathedral, knows the instrument better than most. He plays a thrilling programme that puts both him and the organ through their paces, beginning and ending with two peaks of the repertoire from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

One of Bach's greatest works in any medium, the majestic C minor Passacaglia is a set of brilliant and contrasting variations crowned by a magnificent final fugue. Much arranged and orchestrated in the twentieth century, you can't beat hearing it on the instrument for which it was written. Psalm 94 is a grim plea for vengeance on God's enemies and the inspiration for German organist Julius Reubke, a younger contemporary of Liszt. Reubke's Sonata is a musical illustration of the text, a tone-poem in all but name - and a virtuoso tour de force by which both organs and organists are judged.

In between comes the first of Hindemith's three organ sonatas, Kenneth Leighton's celebratory 'Paean' and Percy Whitlock's most famous and popular organ work, 'Plymouth Suite'.

Presented by Christopher Cook.

JS Bach: Passacaglia in C minor, BWV 582

Paul Hindemith: Sonata No 1

Kenneth Leighton: Paean

Percy Whitlock: Plymouth Suite

Julius Reubke: Sonata on Psalm 94

James Lancelot (organ).

La Nuova Musica - Handel's Israel In Egpyt20150602

Fiona Talkington presents Handel's monumental Israel in Egypt performed by La Nuova Musica directed by David Bates in Salisbury Cathedral.

Handel pulled out all the stops for his 1738 Old Testament epic to reach a peak of choral writing which even he himself rarely equalled and never surpassed. The Jews' slavery-to-triumph journey is packed full of colourful music, including a famous sequence of plagues, and inspired Handel's most ambitious orchestration.

Handel: Overture to the Occasional Oratorio; Israel in Egypt

La Nuova Musica

David Bates (director).

London Philharmonic Orchestra - Dvorak, Berlioz20150501

The LPO play the Symphonie fantastique by Berlioz and are joined by Narek Hakhnazaryan in Dvorák's Cello Concerto.

Live from the Royal Festival Hall

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

Dvorák: Cello Concerto

8.15: Interval

Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

Narek Hakhnazaryan, cello

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor

When Berlioz saw the Irish actress Harriet Smithson playing the role of Ophelia in a production of Shakespeare's Hamlet in 1827, he fell madly in love. He set about proving it in a symphony that would give birth to his own unique and uncompromising musical language: passionate, witty, enraged, high-spirited, sardonic, tormented and proud. The Symphonie fantastique was born, and it eventually won Hector Berlioz the heart of Harriet Smithson as well.

London Sinfonietta - Birtwistle, Knussen, Saed Haddad, Benjamin, Ligeti20150625

Pierre-Laurent Aimard and the London Sinfonietta, conducted by George Benjamin, play the Ligeti Piano Concerto.

Live from the Maltings, Snape

Harrison Birtwistle: Carmen Arcadiae Mechanicae Perpetuum

Oliver Knussen: Songs without Voices

Saed Haddad: In Contradiction for two cellos and ensemble (UK premiere)

8.15: Interval

8.35

George Benjamin: At First Light

Ligeti: Piano Concerto

Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano

London Sinfonietta

George Benjamin, conductor

Two heavyweight but luminous modern works are at the heart of the London Sinfonietta's collaboration with George Benjamin and Pierre-Laurent Aimard. Ligeti's Piano Concerto, now strongly associated with Aimard's recordings, is filled in its fast movements with pounding cross-rhythms and dizzying virtuosity, while its slow movement yields to a desolate, lamenting abyss that lurks below the composer's dazzling surface.

'Dazzling' is also the key to Benjamin's At First Light, an evocation inspired by Turner's painting Norham Castle, Sunrise of a landscape in which all detail is washed out by overpowering light. Birtwistle and Knussen's works are both titled as 'songs', but where Birtwistle's is a rhythmic moto perpetuo in the vein of Ligeti's concerto, Knussen's miniatures are highly lyrical. The UK premiere of Jordan-born Haddad's mini-concerto for two cellos and ensemble completes the programme.

Followed by a chance to hear highlights from a Cardiff Singer of the World Masterclass given last week by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.

London Symphony Orchestra - Part, Britten, Shostakovich20150412

Presented by Martin Handley

Live from the Barbican Hall

Gil Shaham and the LSO play music by Pärt, Britten and Shostakovich.

Pärt: Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten

Britten: Violin Concerto

8.15: Interval

Shostakovich: Symphony No 6

Gil Shaham, violin

London Symphony Orchestra

Osmo Vänskä conductor

The LSO's International Violin Festival features Gil Shaham returning to the Barbican under the baton of Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä. Shaham's stellar international career dates from 1989 when he stepped in at short notice to play with the LSO. Britten's Violin Concerto, premiered in 1940 while the composer was living in the USA, is complemented by Arvo Pärt's moving tribute to Britten, and a symphony by Britten's friend Shostakovich.

London Symphony Orchestra - Previn, Rachmaninov20150610

Live from the Barbican Hall

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Andre Previn returns to the LSO as conductor and composer. Anne-Sophie Mutter performs the violin concerto for which she is the dedicatee, and this is paired with Rachmaninov's richly melodic second symphony.

Previn: Violin Concerto 'Anne Sophie'

8.10pm:

Interval - interval music from disc

8.30pm:

Rachmaninov: Symphony No 2

Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin)

London Symphony Orchestra

conductor André Previn

Composer, conductor, and pianist extraordinaire, André Previn is a hugely versatile musician. He returns to the LSO, where he was Principal Conductor for over a decade, to partner his former wife, the German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, in a concerto written for her in the early years of their artistic and personal collaboration.

Rachmaninov's opulently lyrical Second Symphony completes the programme.

Lso - Beethoven, Brahms20150201

Live from London's Barbican Hall, rising German conductor David Afkham conducts the London Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto (with soloist Nicholas Angelich) and Brahms's Second Symphony.

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 3 in C minor

Brahms: Symphony No 2 in D major

Born in 1983 in Freiburg, rising German conductor David Afkham was mentored in his early career by Bernard Haitink, and won the 2008 Donatella Flick Conducting Competition, as a result of which he became Assistant Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra for two years. He has since worked with many leading orchestras in Europe and the USA, conducted Verdi's La traviata at the Glyndebourne Festival last summer, and has recently been appointed Principal Conductor of the Spanish National Orchestra.

Mahler Chamber Orchestra - Mozart, Bedford, Ravel, Benjamin, Schubert20150614

Live from the 2015 Aldeburgh Festival

François-Xavier Roth and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra play Mozart, Schubert and Ravel

Mozart: Overture, The Marriage of Figaro

Luke Bedford: Wonderful Two-Headed Nightingale

Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin

George Benjamin: Three Inventions

8.15: Interval

8.35

Schubert Symphony No.5 in B flat

Mahler Chamber Orchestra

François-Xavier Roth conductor

Familiar works by Mozart and Schubert frame a Janus-like concert that straddles the centuries, turning back for inspiration but planting its feet in the music of today. In Ravel's hands the grace and exuberance of French baroque dance forms become both homage to his French musical ancestry and bittersweet homily to the fallen.

Luke Bedford's rhapsody evokes 19th-century conjoined twins who sing with a striking, heartrending beauty whilst Benjamin's taut, luminous score teems with vivid caprice and sombre foreboding.

Manchester Camerata, Vox Clamantis - Arvo Part20150712

Manchester Camerata and Vox Clamantis in a programme of music by Arvo Pärt, as part of the Manchester International Festival.

Live from the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Presented by Tom Redmond

Arvo Pärt:

Drei Hirtenkinder aus Fátima

Fratres

Stabat Mater

8.15: Interval

8.35

Da pacem Domine

Como cierva sedienta

Manchester Camerata

Gábor Takács-Nagy, director

Vox Clamantis choir

Jaan-Eik Tulve, choir director

This concert celebrates Arvo Pärt's first visit to Manchester. His music, at once ancient and modern, seeks to communicate what he calls 'love for every note'. The music is utterly unique and of huge appeal with audiences internationally; today, Pärt is the most performed living composer in the world.

Photo by courtesy of Jonathan Keenan.

Melvyn Tan - Beethoven And Schubert20150705

Melvyn Tan plays Beethoven and Schubert on two Viennese fortepianos at Finchcocks Musical Museum.

Situated in the heart of the Kent countryside, Finchcocks Musical Museum contains one of the world's finest collections of early keyboard instruments. Tonight, Melvyn Tan plays the music of Schubert and Beethoven on two Viennese pianos of the sort that the composers themselves would have played. Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Beethoven: Sonata No.11 in B flat major, Op.22

Schubert: 6 Moments musicaux, D780

approx. 8.25pm Interval Music: Emma Kirkby sings Thomas Arne's cantata The Morning.

c. 8.50pm

Beethoven: 6 Bagatelles, Op.126

Schubert: 4 Impromptus, Op.90, D899

The opening Beethoven sonata is conceived on a grand scale and in it he explores the very specific sonic capabilities of the Viennese pianos of the time; the theatrical decrescendo into the bass in the first movement promises to sound especially dramatic when played on the beautiful c.1815 Johann Fritz piano at Finchcocks. In the second half, Melvyn Tan switches to a superlative piano by Conrad Graf which dates from 1826, precisely the time that the remainder of the music in tonight's concert was written

Beethoven's aphoristic Opus 126 Bagatelles don't just showcase his compositional practice but prove a remarkable vehicle for demonstrating the capabilities of the Viennese piano itself. Conrad Graf loaned one of his pianos to Beethoven at the time he was writing the Op.126 Bagatelles but, alas the composer was too deaf to hear these, his last works. In contrast to the shard-like beauty of Beethoven's bagatelles, it'll be fascinating to hear the lyrical, bitter-sweet world of some of Schubert's most popular music realised on two pianos of his time; for many listeners, they'll probably never be able to hear them the same way again.

National Youth Orchestra - Grainger, Unsuk Chin, Bartok20150409

Live from Sage Gateshead

Presented by Tom Redmond

The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and conductor Ilan Volkov perform music by Percy Grainger and Béla Bartók alongside the world première of a new work by the South Korean composer Unsuk Chin.

Percy Grainger: The Warriors

Unsuk Chin: Mannequin (world premiere)

8.35 - Interval

Bartók piano music

8.55

Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra

Orchestral music is the voice of the people! The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain goes on campaign under eclectic international conductor Ilan Volkov.

Bartók's popular 'Concerto for Orchestra' is a cathedral of sound, shape, melody and emotion, each family of instruments taking equal prominence.

Percy Grainger embraced the world's great traditions of communal music making and 'The Warriors' is his most ambitious work, a helter-skelter of swift, bright, tuneful energy, lustful invention and rhythmic drive.

South Korean Unsuk Chin sees no boundaries between musical cultures, prizing communication above all. Commissioned to explore the unique teenage orchestral energy of the National Youth Orchestra, Mannequin is her latest original work, and this performance is its world premiere!

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

Ilan Volkov (conductor).

Olena Tokar - Faure, Ravel, Medtner, Strauss20150620

A finalist in 2013, Radio 3 New Generation Artist, Ukrainian soprano Olena Tokar returns to the Welsh capital on the eve of this year's final of Cardiff Singer of the World competition, to perform songs by Fauré, Ravel, Medtner, Rimsky-Korsakov and Richard Strauss with pianist Igor Gryshyn.

Live from the Dora Stoutzker Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas

Gabriel Fauré

Mandoline; En Sourdine (5 Mélodies, Op.58)

Clair de lune (2 Songs, Op.46)

Maurice Ravel

5 Mélodies populaires grecques (Chanson de la mariée; Là-bas, vers l'église; Quel galant m'est comparable; Chanson des cueilleuses de lentisques; Tout gai!)

Nikolai Medtner

The Singer, Op.29 No.2

The Flower,Op.36 No.2

Nähe des Geliebten, Op.15 No.9

When Roses Fade, Op.36 No.3

Glücklische Fahrt, Op.15 No.8

Aus Erwin und Elmire "Sie liebt mich" Op.15 No.4

INTERVAL

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Eastern Song, Enslaved by Rose and Nightingale, Op.2 No.2

Not the Wind, Blowing from the Heights, Op.43 No.2

From my Tears, Op.2 No.4

Quietly Evening Falls, Op.4 No.4

Of What I Dream in the Quiet Night, Op.40 No.3

Forgive! Remember Not These Tearful Days, Op.27 No.4

The Nymph, Op.56 No.1

The Lark Sings Louder, Op.43 No.1

Richard Strauss

Morgen, Op.27 No.4

Nichts, Op.10 No.2

Allerseelen, Op.10 No.8

Schlechtes Wetter, Op.69 No.5

Cäcilie, Op.27 No.2

One of the stars of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition in 2013, the young Ukrainian soprano Olena Tokar was a finalist in both Main Prize and Song Prize categories. Invited to join BBC Radio 3's prestigious New Generation Artist Scheme, here she makes a welcome return to the capital during the Cardiff Singer week, to perform a programme of songs by Fauré, Ravel, Medtner, Rimsky-Korsakov and Richard Strauss with her pianist Igor Gryshyn.

Orchestra Of Opera North - Gershwin, Shostakovich, Ravel, Stravinsky20150411

Live from Leeds Town Hall

Presented by Adam Tomlinson

Kees Bakels conducts the Orchestra of Opera North in music by Gershwin, Ravel and Stravinsky, alongside Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No.1 with soloist Federico Colli.

Gershwin: An American in Paris

Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No.1

8.40 - Interval

9.00

Ravel: Ma mère l'Oye (complete)

Stravinsky: The Firebird

"The phenomenon of music is given to us with the sole purpose of establishing an order in things, including, and particularly, the co-ordination between man and time." Igor Stravinsky.

Gershwin's jazz-influenced An American in Paris was written in 1928 following two trips to the city to study composition. He said, "My purpose here is to portray the impression of an American visitor in Paris as he strolls about the city and listens to various street noises and absorbs the French atmosphere." The blues section represents the American's brief homesickness.

Shostakovich's First Piano Concerto was composed in 1933 as experiment with a neo-Baroque combination of instruments. It might even be considered as a double concerto, featuring, as it does, a prominent part for solo trumpet.

Mother Goose was originally a set of piano duets composed in 1910 for Ravel's friends' two young children. A year later he orchestrated the work and then expanded it into a ballet. The work is based on five children's tales including Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast and Tom Thumb.

Influenced by Rimsky-Korsakov, Stravinsky based his ballet, The Firebird, on a Russian fairy tale in which the firebird helps a prince to rescue his princess but then falls in love with her and wins her heart.

Federico Colli (piano)

Orchestra of Opera North

Kees Bakels (conductor).

Peter Donohoe - Scriabin, Ravel, Rachmaninov20150331

Live from Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Presented by Tom Redmond

Award-winning British pianist and stalwart of the concert platform Peter Donohoe performs music by three of the early 20th Century's greatest figures. He begins with one of Alexander Scriabin's latest masterpieces - his chromatic, and almost atonal Piano Sonata No.7 "White Mass" - composed as a sort of exorcism for the darkness of his previous sonata. Ravel's "Miroirs" was composed around 1905 and dedicated to his five fellow members of the Parisian group of "artistic outcasts" - Les Apaches.

He ends the concert with Rachmaninov's set of 13 Preludes, composed in 1910.

SCRIABIN Piano Sonata No.7 "White Mass"

RAVEL Miroirs

8.05 Interval Music

RAVEL Valses Nobles et Sentimentales (orchestral version)

RACHMANINOV Prelude in C sharp minor (orchestral version)

8.25

RACHMANINOV 13 Preludes, Op.32

Peter Donohoe (piano)

Post-concert music: It's All About the Piano! - Hands of Tomorrow - a Franco-British soirée, recorded at the French Institute in London last Saturday. Over the course of this week, sample four top young pianists from the Paris Conservatoire and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in music including D. Scarlatti, Brahms, Debussy, Boulez, Messiaen and Liszt:

Marina Koka (piano) Guildhall School

Justine Leroux (piano) Paris Conservatoire

Sophia Dee (piano) Guildhall School

Tanguy de Williencourt (piano) Paris Conservatoire.

Philharmonia Orchestra - Bartok, Mozart, Beethoven20150628

Live from the Royal Festival Hall.

In the Philharmonia Orchestra's closing concert of the current season, Christoph von Dohnanyi, their Honorary Conductor for Life, conducts music by Bartok, Mozart and Beethoven.

Bartok: Divertimento for string orchestra

Mozart: Sinfonia concertante in E flat for violin and viola, K364

8.30 pm Interval - chamber music performed by tonight's soloists, Arabella Steinbacher and Lawrence Power

8.50 pm Part Two

Beethoven: Symphony No.7 in A

Arabella Steinbacher (violin)

Lawrence Power (viola)

Philharmonia Orchestra

Conducted by Christoph von Dohnanyi

Now in his 86th year, Christoph von Dohnanyi is showing no signs of slowing down. This season he has conducted major orchestras across Europe and North America - he is still celebrated for his 20 years with the Cleveland Orchestra, where he is now their Music Director Laureate, and his relationship with the Philharmonia stretches back to 1994. Tonght's soloists are somewhat of a different generation - Arabella Steinbacher and Lawrence Power are both in their thirties, and are both widely acclaimed as chamber musicians as well as concerto soloists.

Followed by highlights from the Park Lane Group's memorial concert for John McCabe, given earlier this month.

Philharmonia Orchestra - Debussy, Messiaen20150528

The Philharmonia Orchestra continues its Paris The City of Light Season with masterpieces by Debussy and Messiaen. The programme begins with an atmospheric three-minute work for solo flute before solo singers, a female chorus and orchestra perform Debussy's setting of the Pre-Raphaelite, poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti's The Blessèd Damozel. This ravishing early work by Debussy was written when, like most of his contemporaries, Debussy had fallen under the spell of Wagner as the blessed damozel yearns for fulfilment of love in death. And the spirit of Wagner also lies at the heart of the intoxicating world of Messiaen's gargantuan Turangalîla, "A love song and hymn of joy, time, movement, rhythm, life, and death".

Presented by Martin Handley

Debussy Syrinx

Samuel Coles (flute)

Debussy La damoiselle élue

Sophie Bevan (soprano)

Anna Stéphany (mezzo-soprano)

Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestra

Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor)

INTERVAL

Messiaen Turangalîla Sympony

Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano)

Valérie Hartmann-Claverie (ondes Martenot)

Philharmonia Orchestra

Philharmonia Orchestra - Rimsky-korsakov, Rachmaninov, Dvorak20150426

Live from the Royal Festival Hall

The Philharmonia plays a prelude by Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov's First Piano concerto with Daniil Trifonov as soloist, and Dvorak's 8th Symphony. Yuri Temirkanov conducts.

Rimsky-Korsakov: Overture, The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 1

8.15: Interval

Dvorák: Symphony No. 8 in G (Op. 88)

Daniil Trifonov, piano

Yuri Temirkanov, conductor

Rachmaninov's gripping First Concerto was written while he was still a student at the Moscow Conservatory - not surprisingly, Tchaikovsky considered him Russia's greatest rising talent. Composed with amazing fluency in just a month, Dvorak submitted his enchanting Eighth Symphony to Cambridge University as a 'thank-you' for an honorary doctorate.

Philharmonia Orchestra - Scriabin, Mozart, Tchaikovsky20150419

Two Russian rarities bookend this concert with Philharmonia conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy. Scriabin's brief and dreamy 1898 Rêverie is at the opposite end of the scale of ambition to Tchaikovsky's epic, Byron-inspired, despair-to-elation Manfred Symphony from a decade earlier. In between comes a work by a composer Tchaikovsky measured himself against (and inevitably found himself wanting). Mozart's wonderful Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major is played by young the young award-winning US player, Eric Silberger. He's apparently the first person to have played the violin inside Iceland's Thrihnukagigur volcano. But tonight's concert comes from the more conventional Royal Festival Hall in London.

Scriabin: Rêverie

Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219

Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony

Vladimir Ashkenazy (conductor)

Eric Silberger (violin).

Roderick Williams, Iain Burnside - 2015 Ludlow English Song Weekend20150529

Roderick Williams, Iain Burnside - 2015 Ludlow English Song Weekend20150529

Live from St Laurence's Church, Ludlow

Roderick Williams, baritone, and Iain Burnside, piano, with the opening concert of the 2015 Ludlow English Song Weekend.

R Vaughan Williams: The Splendour Falls

How Can the Tree But Wither?

To Daffodils

The Winter's Willow

Blackmwore by the Stour

Robert Saxton: Time and the Seasons

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Four Last Songs

8.45: Interval

Gerald Finzi: Before and After Summer

Roderick Williams - Baritone

Iain Burnside - Piano

The 2015 Ludlow English Song Weekend opens with a concert by one of Britain's most brilliant baritones, after his triumphant Last Night of the Proms last year.

Roderick Williams, Iain Burnside - 2015 Ludlow English Song Weekend20150529

Live from St Laurence's Church, Ludlow

Roderick Williams, baritone, and Iain Burnside, piano, with the opening concert of the 2015 Ludlow English Song Weekend.

R Vaughan Williams: The Splendour Falls

How Can the Tree But Wither?

To Daffodils

The Winter's Willow

Blackmwore by the Stour

Robert Saxton: Time and the Seasons

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Four Last Songs

8.45: Interval

Gerald Finzi: Before and After Summer

Roderick Williams - Baritone

Iain Burnside - Piano

The 2015 Ludlow English Song Weekend opens with a concert by one of Britain's most brilliant baritones, after his triumphant Last Night of the Proms last year.

Royal Northern Sinfonia - Beethoven, Ravel, Milhaud20150430

Royal Northern Sinfonia - Beethoven, Ravel, Milhaud20150430

Adam Tomlinson presents a concert of great music by Beethoven, Ravel and Milhaud, live from Sage Gateshead. Including Ravel: Piano Concerto and Beethoven: Symphony No.2.

BEETHOVEN Coriolan Overture

RAVEL Piano Concerto

8.05 - 8.30: Interval

MILHAUD Le Boeuf sur le Toit

BEETHOVEN Symphony No.2

The Royal Northern Sinfonia is conducted by Mario Venzago. Freddy Kempf is the solo pianist in the Ravel Concerto.

Royal Northern Sinfonia - Beethoven, Ravel, Milhaud20150430

Adam Tomlinson presents a concert of great music by Beethoven, Ravel and Milhaud, live from Sage Gateshead. Including Ravel: Piano Concerto and Beethoven: Symphony No.2.

BEETHOVEN Coriolan Overture

RAVEL Piano Concerto

8.05 - 8.30: Interval

MILHAUD Le Boeuf sur le Toit

BEETHOVEN Symphony No.2

The Royal Northern Sinfonia is conducted by Mario Venzago. Freddy Kempf is the solo pianist in the Ravel Concerto.

Royal Northern Sinfonia - Faure, Mozart, Saint-Saens20150521

Royal Northern Sinfonia - Faure, Mozart, Saint-Saens20150521

Live from Sage Gateshead

Presented by Penny Gore

The Royal Northern Sinfonia is directed by violinist Bradley Creswick in works by Fauré, Saint-Saëns and Mozart.

Fauré: Pavane

Mozart: Flute Concerto in G major, K.313

8.10 Interval

8.30

Saint-Saëns: Odelette

Mozart: Symphony No.36 in C, K425 "Linz"

Royal Northern Sinfonia

Bradley Creswich (violin and director)

Juliette Bausor (flute)

Music of typically French poise including Saint-Saëns's charming miniature for flute and orchestra "Odelette" and Fauré's famous Pavane, alongside Mozart's shimmering Flute Concerto in G major and his musical tribute to the Austrian city of Linz - his Symphony No.36.

Royal Northern Sinfonia - Faure, Mozart, Saint-Saens20150521

Live from Sage Gateshead

Presented by Penny Gore

The Royal Northern Sinfonia is directed by violinist Bradley Creswick in works by Fauré, Saint-Saëns and Mozart.

Fauré: Pavane

Mozart: Flute Concerto in G major, K.313

8.10 Interval

8.30

Saint-Saëns: Odelette

Mozart: Symphony No.36 in C, K425 "Linz"

Royal Northern Sinfonia

Bradley Creswich (violin and director)

Juliette Bausor (flute)

Music of typically French poise including Saint-Saëns's charming miniature for flute and orchestra "Odelette" and Fauré's famous Pavane, alongside Mozart's shimmering Flute Concerto in G major and his musical tribute to the Austrian city of Linz - his Symphony No.36.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Beethoven, Elgar20150414

Live from the Royal Festival Hall in London. Rising talent Christoph König conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Beethoven's Coriolan Overture and Symphony No 6 (Pastoral), and Elgar's Violin Concerto. with soloist Pinchas Zukerman.

Presented by Martin Handley

Beethoven: Overture 'Coriolan'

Beethoven: Symphony No 6 in F, (Pastoral)

Elgar: Violin Concerto

For Beethoven nature was almost a substitute for religion; his Pastoral Symphony is a loving portrayal of the countryside and its people, and a perennial favourite with audiences. It is preceded here by one of his most dramatic concert overtures.

Elgar's Violin Concerto is less well-known than his Cello Concerto, but exceeds it in length and ambition. Written in 1910 for the great Fritz Kreisler, it is played tonight by one of today's most distinguished virtuosos.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Smetana, Dvorak, Rimsky-korsakov20150527

Live from the Wycombe Swan.

Presented by Katie Derham

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the young Spanish conductor Eduardo Portal perform Czech and Russian orchestral masterpieces.

Smetana: The Bartered Bride Overture

Dvorak: Cello Concerto

8.25pm:

Interval - interval music

8:45pm: Part 2

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

Natalie Clein (cello)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Eduardo Portal (conductor)

Smetana's vigorous overture to his opera The Bartered Bride opens the programme, followed by Dvorak's Cello concerto which calls for both lyrical and virtuosic playing from the soloist, Natalie Clein.

Rimsky-Korsakov's colourful epic tone poem, Scheherazade, inspired by The One Thousand and One Nights, conjurs up a magical world of Arabian mysticism with a haunting solo violin representing Scheherazade and menacing brass fanfares playing the part of the Sultan.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich20150428

Live from Cadogan Hall, London

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by Garry Walker in a programme in which two of Tchaikovsky's most popular works - the Romeo and Juliet Overture and the Pathétique Symphony - frame Shostakovich's Second Piano Concerto, with soloist Martin Roscoe.

Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture

Shostakovich: Concerto no. 2 in F major Op.102 for piano and orchestra

8.10

INTERVAL

8.30

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

Martin Roscoe (piano)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

conducted by Garry Walker

In 1999 Edinburgh-born Garry Walker, fresh from his win at the Leeds Conductor's Competition, stood in at short notice to conduct the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Ever since, he has been a regular with the RPO, and tonight he leads them in a programme culminating in Tchaikovsky's final symphony, a work Tchaikovsky himself conducted only nine days before his mysterious death. The title 'Pathétique' in the original Russian means not so much 'pathetic' but rather emotional or passionate - a mood also suffusing Tchaikovsky's youthful work 'Romeo and Juliet', which boasts one of the world's all-time great melodies. Shostakovich's Second Piano Concerto finds the composer in cheerful mood, celebrating his son Maxim's 19th birthday.

Royal Philharmonic Society Awards20150511

The Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards 2015

Presented by Andrew McGregor

Last Tuesday night, in a ceremony held at the Brewery, London, the winners of the 2015 Awards from the Royal Philharmonic Society were announced. The event is the most prestigious award ceremony in the UK for live classical music and musicians. This evening's programme features coverage of the event, with interviews and music.

The Academy Of Ancient Music - Mozart20150707

Live from Milton Court in London, Sara Mohr-Pietsch introduces The Academy of Ancient Music in an all-Mozart programme directed by violinist Pavlo Beznosiuk and keyboard player Robert Levin.

Mozart: Overture, 'Lucio Silla'

Mozart arr. Levin: Allegro to a Keyboard Concerto in G major

Mozart: Keyboard Concerto No.5 in D major K175

8.15 pm INTERVAL - Mozart piano music played by Robert Levin

8.35 pm PART TWO

J C Bach arr. Mozart: Harpsichord Concerto in D major K107/1

Mozart: Symphony No.29 in A major

Academy of Ancient Music

Pavlo Beznosiuk (director and violin)

Robert Levin (director and harpsichord)

American keyboard player and musicologist Robert Levin has devised this programme which focuses on some of Mozart's early works, starting with the 16-year-old Mozart in the Lucio Silla overture of 1772. The following year he composed a concerto that became known as his Fifth Piano Concerto - heard here played on the harpsichord, as Mozart himself would sometimes have done. Mozart's debt to his friend and mentor Johann Christian Bach is reflected in a Mozart arrangement of one of his keyboard works. Part Two starts with Levin's completion of an early Mozart concerto, ending with Mozart as an 18-year-old in his landmark Symphony No.29.

Total Immersion: Pierre Boulez At 9020150321

Live from the Barbican

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

Total Immersion: Pierre Boulez at 90. The BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Thierry Fischer celebrates this iconic composer with two major works: Notations and Pli selon pli.

Boulez: Notations I, VII, IV, III, II

c. 7.50pm: Interval ****

c.8.20pm

Boulez: Pli selon pli

Yeree Suh (soprano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Thierry Fischer (conductor)

It's hard to think of a more influential figure in post-war European music than Pierre Boulez. As a composer, conductor, thinker and cultural leader he has interrogated multiple pathways and possibilities in music, and asked the big questions. His relationship with the BBC Symphony Orchestra began in the 1960s, blossomed during his years as Chief Conductor, and went on to sharpen and invigorate the whole British music scene.

Pli selon pli, literally translated as 'fold by fold', is widely regarded as Boulez's seminal masterwork. His distinctive sound world is inspired here by the work of French poet Stéphane Mallarmé. As the five movements develop, Boulez reveals his portrait of Mallarmé. Each setting uses intriguing and different instrumental forces. The BBC Symphony Orchestra is joined by celebrated soprano Yeree Suh.

Boulez's 12 Notations for solo piano were composed in 1945, and in the 1970s and 80s he revisited the set - orchestrating five of them. The BBC Symphony Orchestra opens the concert with these miniatures, affording the listener a thrilling insight into the compositional development of a true provocateur.

This is the third of the three concerts in the BBC Symphony Orchestra's Total Immersion: Pierre Boulez at 90 - day of celebration at the Barbican in London.

Ulster Orchestra - Beethoven, Tchaikovsky20150408

John Toal presents this evening's Live in Concert from the Ulster Hall in Belfast. The Ulster Orchestra performs works by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky, under the baton of their Chief Conductor, Rafael Payare.

The programme opens with Beethoven's dramatic Egmont Overture, written in 1810 for a Vienna Court Theatre revival of Goethe's drama Egmont. It's followed by Beethoven's earlier Symphony No. 1: a work which, while building on the achievements of Haydn and Mozart, was repeatedly praised for its originality at the premiere in 1800.

During the interval John Toal will talk to Rafael Payare about his career and musical influences.

The second half of the concert begins with Tchaikovsky's Overture to The Queen of Spades: a stirring work encapsulating the drama of Pushkin's text, which tells the tale a young officer Hermann's obsession with winning card games. The Leader of the Ulster Orchestra, Tamás Kocsis, then appears as soloist in Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto. Written in 1878 it is a demanding work for the violin virtuoso, unwavering in melodic inspiration.

Beethoven: Egmont Overture, Op.84

Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op.21

Interval

Tchaikovsky: Overture: The Queen of Spades, Op.68

Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35.

Unsuk Chin: Alice In Wonderland20150711

The UK premiere of Unsuk Chin's opera Alice in Wonderland. Baldur BrÃnnimann conducts a top international cast, the BBC SO, BBC Singers and Tiffin Boys' Choir.

Recorded at the Barbican on 8th March 2015

Presented by Ivan Hewett

Unsuk Chin: Alice in Wonderland

(Libretto by David Henry Hwang and Unsuk Chin after Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll)

Alice - Rachele Gilmore (soprano)

Cheshire Cat - Marie Arnet (soprano)

Duchess - Jenni Bank (mezzo-soprano)

Queen of Hearts - Jane Henschel (mezzo-soprano)

White Rabbit/Badger/March Hare - Andrew Watts (countertenor)

Mouse/Dormouse - Christopher Lemmings (tenor)

Mad Hatter - Dietrich Henschel (baritone)

Old Man 2/Crab/King of Hearts - Stephen Richardson (bass-baritone)

Mock Turtle - David Finch (actor)

Jurors/Soldiers - BBC Singers

Baby animals/Children - Tiffin Boys' Choir

Caterpillar - Katherine Lacy (bass clarinet)

Tiffin Boys' Choir (Director - Simon Toyne)

BBC Singers (Chorus master - Tim Murray)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Baldur Bronnimann (conductor)

Netia Jones (director)

Korean composer Unsuk Chin's dazzling score wittily portrays the well-known characters of Lewis Carroll's beloved book, offering great virtuoso opportunities for the solo singers - notably the Cheshire Cat, Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts, White Rabbit and Alice herself. Grappling with wordplay, mathematical games, riddles, paradoxes of pre-logic and the absurd, Chin created the libretto with David Henry Hwang, extracted from Lewis Carroll with additional new texts.

This performance in the Barbican Hall was directed in a stunning production using video projections drawn from Ralph Steadman's celebrated illustrations by Netia Jones.

Verdi: Messa Da Requiem20150506

Verdi: Messa da Requiem

Kirill Karabits conducts his Bournemouth forces in Verdi's Requiem. From the hushed opening via the tumult of the Dies irae to the blazing trumpets of the Tuba mirum, Verdi invests his setting of the Requiem Mass with all of his instinctive dramatic genius. The work is not just one of the most theatrical pieces of music ever written but one of the most emotionally sincere.

Presented by Martin Handley live from the Lighthouse in Poole.

Aga Mikolaj (soprano)

Mariana Pentcheva (mezzo)

Barry Banks (tenor)

Alastair Miles (bass)

Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and Orchestra,

Kirill Karabits (conductor).

Wigmore Hall: Garrick Ohlsson Performs Scriabin20150427

Live from Wigmore Hall

Presented by Martin Handley

Garrick Ohlsson plays Scriabin piano music.

Garrick Ohlsson, piano

Skryabin: 24 Preludes Op. 1: No. 15 Prelude in D flat major

Piano Sonata No. 1 in F Minor Op. 6

2 Pieces Op. 59: II. Prélude

Piano sonata No. 8 in A minor Op. 66

Piano Sonata No. 9 in F major Op. 68 'Black Mass'

8.15: Interval

Piano Sonata No. 3 in F sharp minor Op. 23 'Etats d'âme'

Piano Sonata No. 10 in C major Op. 70 'Trill'

Marking the centenary of Skryabin's death to the very day, Garrick Ohlsson's two-concert series focusing on the composer concludes with a programme immersed in the mysticism and transcendental soundscapes of his music.

His recital opens with the emotionally volatile F minor Piano Sonata and embraces the haunting chromatic dissonances and meditative intensity of the so-called 'Black Mass' Sonata, a work with the power to open minds to new ways of being in the world.

Yale Schola Cantorum, Juilliard41520150530

Live from the Chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge

Presented by Christopher Cook

Yale Schola Cantorum and the players of Juilliard415, directed by David Hill, with Beethoven's Mass in C.

Daniel Kellogg: Shout Joy

Roderick Williams: O Brother Man

Haydn: Symphony No 94, 'Surprise'

8.15:Interval

Beethoven: Mass in C

Yale Schola Cantorum

Juilliard415

David Hill, conductor

The cream of America's finest young musicians take centre stage in this concert: the singers of Yale Schola Cantorum and the players of Juilliard415, the prestigious music school's main period-instrument ensemble, all conducted by renowned British conductor David Hill, formerly Music Director at St John's College, Cambridge. Their programme blends the Classical with the contemporary, including a newly composed work commissioned from Roderick Williams.

Young Artists Day Concert From The Rncm20150504

As part of Young Artists Day, Sara Mohr-pietsch presents a special concert live from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, featuring young composers and musicians.

BBC Radio 3's Young Artists Day.

Radio 3 salutes some of the new and upcoming talent active in the arts today under the age of 25. As well as hearing from young choreographers, composers, musicians and writers throughout the day, Radio 3 will be playing music of great composers in their youthful periods, alongside recordings of seminal performers made when they were young.