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Today's Afternoon on 3 features a concert from the BBC Concert Orchestra called 'Music to Die For', presented by John Hannah and including some of the wealth of music written for funerals, and on the subject of death. Today's Russian Concerto is Prokofiev's Piano Concerto no. 4 performed by Denis Kozhukhin with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and there's more from the BBC Singers' celebration of the music of Edmund Rubbra.

Presented by Penny Gore.


Saint-Saens: Danse Macabre

Mozart: Confutatis and Lacrimosa from Requiem

Mahler: 'Der Abschied' from Das Lied von der Erde


Purcell: March from Funeral Music for Queen Mary

Sibelius: Swan of Tuonela

Tavener: Song for Athene

Barber: Adagio

Faure: 'In Paradisum' from Requiem

Verdi: 'Libera Me' from Requiem


Keith Lockhart

Ilona Domnich (soprano)

Jennifer Johnston (mezzo-soprano)

Hertfordshire Chorus

David Temple (conductor)

Presented by John Hannah


Rubbra: Dormi Jesu, Op. 3 no. 1

Two Madrigals, Op. 52

BBC Singers

David Hill (conductor)


Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 4 in B flat major (for the left hand)

Denis Kozhukhin (piano)


Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Jun Markl (conductor).

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This week features the BBC Orchestras in Russian music: today, the BBC SO play Rimsky-Korsakov and Nelson Goerner joins the BBC Philharmonic in Scriabin's Piano Concerto. There's also Hungarian and Czech folk-inspired music from the BBC Concert Orchestra, and Rubbra from the BBC Singers.

Presented by Penny Gore.


Smetana: Overture to The Bartered Bride

Kodaly: Hary Janos Suite

BBC Concert Orchestra

Johannes Wildner (conductor)


Rubbra: The Givers, Op. 96

Introit, Op. 162

Psalm 122, Op. 164

BBC Singers

David Hill (conductor)


Scriabin: Piano Concerto in F sharp minor

Nelson Goerner (piano)

BBC Philharmonic

Vassily Sinaisky (conductor)


Rimsky-Korsakov: Sadko - Symphonic Suite

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Mikhail Agrest (conductor).

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Today's programme continues the week's theme of Russian music, including a concert from the BBC Philharmonic featuring Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with soloist Erik Schumann. There's more from the BBC Singers' celebration of the music of Edmund Rubbra, and, to round off the week, another great staple from the Russian repertoire, Rachmaninov's Third Symphony.

Presented by Penny Gore.


Weber: Overture to Euryanthe

Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major

Erik Schumann (violin)


Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 in G major

BBC Philharmonic

Günther Herbig (conductor)


Rubbra: Te Deum, Op. 115

BBC Singers

David Hill (conductor)


Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 3 in A minor

Gianandrea Noseda (conductor).