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Eleanor Oldroyd20120811

Sports broadcaster Eleanor Oldroyd explores the links between music and sport.

"The olympic games continue to facinate and inspire each one of us - the human spirit soars, and we strive for the best within us. These are the qualities which we seek to capture, describe and preserve through music." John Williams

From pieces that have accompanied iconic sporting moments and music used for sports broadcasting to composers' own sporting passions, in todays's Saturday Classics, Sports Broadcaster and keen amateur musician Eleanor Oldroyd explores the various links between music and sport. Including works by Mozart, Ravel, Handel and Shostakovich among many others.

Eric Whitacre20120901

Following on from his debut Prom last Wednesday, Eric Whitacre introduces a selection of music that has been of particular inspiration to him. Eric Whitacre, called the 'choral king of cool', is the first composer to have used social media connecting thousands of singers through YouTube across the world to perform his music. In today's programme he chooses a few works that have helped inspire him as a composer, including the string quartet by Ravel which he studied while a student at the Juilliard School of Music, a movement of a piano concerto by Mozart and Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony.

Composer Eric Whitacre introduces music that has been of particular inspiration to him.

Giles Fraser20121110

To mark this year's weekend of Remembrance, Giles Fraser chooses pieces by musicians who were affected by the two World Wars. The music includes works by George Butterworth, Rudi Stephan, both of whom were killed in action during WWI. There's also music by Ivor Gurney, whose mental health was deeply affected by a mustard gas attack on The Somme; Pavel Haas, who was murdered in the gas chambers at Auschwitz; and pianist Paul Wittgenstein, who rebuilt his career as a pianist after losing his arm during WWI.

James Jolly: Paavo Berglund20120505

Broadcaster James Jolly chooses some of his favourite recordings from the legacy of Finnish conductor and celebrated Sibelius exponent Paavo Berglund, who died earlier this year. Berglund's 60-year career saw him take the helm of some of Europe's best orchestras, including the Finnish Radio Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony, Dresden Staatskapelle and Oslo Philharmonic, and James Jolly's selection features recordings from each of these great orchestras performing music by Sibelius, Nielsen, Brahms, Rachmaninov, Smetana, Vaughan Williams & Walton.

John Rutter20121229

Composer John Rutter introduces a selection of New Year carols.

Lucy Worsley20120602

The historian Lucy Worsley, Chief Curator of the Historic Royal Palaces, presents a selection of music reflecting the Diamond Jubilees of Her Majesty the Queen, another long serving British monarch, Queen Victoria.

Mariella Frostrup20120225

Presenter and journalist Mariella Frostrup introduces a selection of music inspired by musical family legacies. Mariella begins the programme with music by Vivaldi her father played to her as a child, and continues with repertoire by both Leopold and Wolfgang Mozart, Robert and Clara Schumann and Ravel's glorious Mother Goose Suite.

Broadcaster Mariella Frostrup introduces music inspired by family legacies.

Natalie Clein20111029

A personal view of classical music from a range of presenters.

Today, cellist Natalie Clein shares some of the music and musicians that continue to inspire her, including Janacek's Violin Sonata, Bach's Keyboard Concerto in D minor, Beethoven's 7th Symphony, Brahms's Piano Concerto No.2 and recordings by Daniil Shafran, Zara Nelsova and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.

Natalie Clein shares some of her favourite pieces and musicians that have inspired her.

Nichola Mcauliffe20120908

Actress Nichola McAuliffe chooses some forgotten gems.

Actress Nichola McAuliffe chooses a personal selection of musical "forgotten gems": composers and performers whose fame was enormous in their lifetimes but whose names may have slipped from our 21st-century memories. The programme includes music by Meyerbeer, Graupner, Dittersdorf, Myaskovsky, Rutland Boughton, Chevalier de Saint-Georges and Pauline Viardot and performances by pianist Alfred Cortot, sopranos Dora Labette, Dame Isobel Baillie and Mary Thomas and tenor William Heddle Nash.

Nicola Benedetti20111203

A personal view of classical music from a range of presenters.

Today, violinist Nicola Benedetti shares some of her favourite pieces and the musicians that continue to inspire her.

Her selection includes music by Brahms, Beethoven, Schubert, Vivaldi and Mozart performed by musicians such as singer Renee Fleming and violinist Rachel Podger as well as by Yehudi Menuhin who was a central figure in her life as a student violinist.

Nicola Benedetti shares some of the classical music and musicians that inspire her.

Nicola Benedetti20111210

Violinist, Nicola Benedetti continues her selection of classical music and musicians that move her with a mixture of pieces by Bach, Beethoven, Strauss and Vivaldi performed by some of the world's most inspirational musicians.

Nicola's first choice clearly lies with the great Romantic classics of the 19th century, but within her mix is an enthusiam for the music of Vivaldi alongside the music of Shostakovich, Bernstein and Jazz composer Wynton Marsalis.

Her choice of artists include the singers Jessie Norman and Renee Fleming, Sviatolsav Richter and the Borodin Quartet and violinist Giuliano Carmignola and Venice Baroque among others.

Violinist Nicola Benedetti selects music from Vivaldi, Bernstein and Wynton Marsalis.

Noah Stewart20121215

American tenor Noah Stewart chooses pieces and recordings that have shaped his career, including music by Verdi, Mozart, Brahms, Sarasate, Puccini, Britten and Caldara. There are performances by some of his favourite singers such as Leontyne Price, Luciano Pavarotti, Mirella Freni, Beniamino Gigli and Mario Lanza, as well as jazz from Miles Davis and Fats Waller

Noriko Ogawa2012040720121103

A personal view of classical music from a range of presenters continues with a selection of music chosen by acclaimed pianist Noriko Ogawa to illustrate her life in music. Includes works by Debussy, Mozart, Bach and Liszt.

Celebrated pianist Noriko Ogawa selects music to illustrate her life in music.

Piano Season: Gwilym Simcock20121006

Continuing the Piano Season on the BBC, jazz pianist and composer Gwilym Simcock chooses a a selection of works reflecting his diverse musical influences.

Gwilym Simcock is one of the most gifted pianists and imaginative composers on the British scene. Able to move effortlessly between jazz and classical music, he can inhabit both worlds and has been described as stylistically reminiscent of Keith Jarrett, complete with 'harmonic sophistication and subtle dovetailing of musical traditions' as well as being a pianist of 'exceptional', 'brilliant' and 'dazzling' ability. Gwilym's influences include jazz legends Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea and John Taylor and classical composers such as Ravel, Stravinsky and Mark-Anthony Turnage.

Gwilym is the fourth of a series of five guest presenters, who have been offering a selection of music reflecting their personal musical interests and passions related to the piano. These have been recorded for Saturday Classics especially for the Piano Season on the BBC.

Piano Season: Labeque Sisters20120922

The Labeque sisters, Katia and Marielle, introduce pieces of music and performers that have inspired them since their childhood. Their mother was a pianist and studied with the legendary pianist Marguerite Long, and they play part of her recording from 1932 of the Ravel piano concerto. Other pianists they include in the programme are Samson Francois, whom their mother also knew, and Robert Levin, Radu Lupu, Krystian Zimerman and Alicia de Larrocha. The sisters also introduce music performed by Miles Davis, and Reinhard Goebel, and some of their own recordings including Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.

Broadcast as part of the "Piano Season on the BBC".

Piano Season: Marc-andre Hamelin20121013

Continuing the Piano Season on the BBC, the Canadian pianist and composer Marc-André Hamelin chooses a a selection of works which feature some extreme pianistic fireworks.

Marc-André Hamelin's unique blend of musicianship and virtuosity brings forth interpretations remarkable for their freedom, originality, and prodigious mastery of the piano's resources. A musician of broad musical interests and curiosity, Hamelin is renowned in equal measure for his fresh readings of the established repertoire and for his exploration of lesser known works of the 19th and 20th century, both in the recording studio and in the concert hall.

Marc-André is the last of a series of five guest presenters, who have been offering a selection of music reflecting their personal musical interests and passions related to the piano. These have been recorded for Saturday Classics especially for the Piano Season on the BBC.

Piano Season: The Piano And Film With Emma Forbes20120929

Emma Forbes explores the use of piano music in film, including music from The Sting, The Pianist, The King's Speech and Brief Encounter.

Pianos On The Bbc: Lang Lang20120915

The influence of the Chinese pianist Lang Lang on music in his home country and abroad is astounding. Here he chooses a selection of music reflecting his musical passions.

Lang Lang has accepted the role as piano ambassador for the Leeds International Piano Competition. His impact as a world class concert pianist has been phenomenal and as a promoter of the instrument, both in his native China and across the world, he has proved second to none.

Lang Lang is the first of a series of guest presenters, who over the next five weeks will offer a selection of music reflecting their personal musical interests and passions related to the piano. These have been recorded for Saturday Classics especially for the Piano Season on the BBC.

Richard Sissons20121222

A personal view of music from a range of presenters continues with a selection of music chosen by pianist and composer Richard Sissons.

Robert Winston's Schubert, 1815 Day20120324

Continuing BBC Radio 3's celebration of The Spirit of Schubert, Professor Robert Winston introduces some of his personal choices including a recording of the Fantasy in F minor D.940 played by Sviatoslav Richter and Benjamin Britten, and a recording of the Second Symphony with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt. The programme also includes a selection of Schubert's settings of Goethe songs composed in 1815, that remarkable year being celebrated today on Radio 3.

Robert Winston introduces his Schubert choices, including Fantasy, D940 and Symphony No 2.

Robert Winston's Schubert, The Final Year20120331

Continuing BBC Radio 3's celebration of The Spirit of Schubert, Professor Robert Winston introduces some of his personal choices including a recording of Schubert's setting of Psalm 92, Tôw l'hôdôs, written for Salomon Sulzer, the cantor at the new synagogue in Vienna.

The programme also includes a performance of Schubert's 'Great' C major symphony, in the 2011 recording by The Budapest Festival Orchestra and its conductor Iván Fischer.

Prof Robert Winston's Schubert choices, including Tow l'hodos and Symphony No 9, D944.

Zeb Soanes20120526

A personal view of classical music from a range of presenters continues with a diverse selection of music by Radio 4 presenter Zeb Soanes, who chooses works related to the sea. The programme includes works by Britten, Wagner, Zemlinsky, Vivaldi, Beethoven, Elgar and Sibelius, and features performances by The Nash Ensemble, the Berlin Philharmonic and Kathleen Ferrier.

01Alison Balsom20111015

A personal view of classical music from a range of presenters.

Today, trumpeter Alison Balsom introduces the first of two programmes in which she shares some of the music and musicians that continue to inspire her, including Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No.5, Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No.2, Strauss's Alpine Symphony, and recordings by trumpeters Maurice Andr and Hakan Hardenberger.

Trumpeter Alison Balsom shares favourite music, including Bach, Shostakovich and Strauss.

01Daniel Hope20120414

Violinist Daniel Hope has given his two programmes for Saturday Classics the subtitle, a "Fiddler's Tale". In these programmes he offers a selection of recordings that reflect his life in music so far; and also which follow the story of his priceless violin - the wonderful 1742 Guarneri del Gesu, known as the "Ex-Lipiński".

The first programme offers music charting his musical life including perfomances on disc by the great PInchas Zukerman whom Daniel heard perform in London at the age of five, and who inspired him to take up the violin. There are performances by his mentor and teacher Yehudi Menuhin and music from his adopted home city of Vienna. Also in his choice is music, the original 1950s line up of the celebrated Beaux Arts Trio, for whom Daniel is now a performing member; and a recording from his violin hero David Oistrakh.

Daniel Hope selects recordings by Pinchas Zukerman, Yehudi Menhuhin and David Oistrakh.

01Gareth Malone20110917

A personal view of classical music from a range of presenters launches with Gareth Malone, star of BBC 2's BAFTA Award Winning 'The Choir'.

In the first of four programmes, Gareth explores the many aspects of a subject close to his heart - 'musical youth'.

Featuring two hours of great music including Mozart, Schubert, Verdi, Chopin and Elgar.

Gareth Malone explores 'musical youth'.

With Mozart, Schubert, Verdi, Chopin and Elgar.

01Great Conductors20120310

Our perception of a great conductor is not only shaped by the skill for great music making but by the ability to grab the public's attention and imagination. In two programmes James Jolly revels in the music making of some of the giants of the art who have thrived in an age of mass media.

For the first of two programmes, James begins his reflection with a choice of outstanding recordings by conductors from the East and West, who were at their height during the period of the Cold War. Including a triumvirate of Hungarians in America: Fritz Reiner, George Szell and Eugene Ormandy; veterans such as Pierre Monteux and Bruno Walter; Carlo Maria Giulini and John Barbirolli in Europe; and Yevgeny Mravinsky in the Soviet Union.

James Jolly introduces recordings by major conductors from the Cold War period.

01John Wilson: Screen Music Greats Of Hollywood20111217

Conductor John Wilson presents the first of four programmes offering a personal selection of music written for film, beginning with a focus on the some of the Hollywood greats.

His selection includes music from composers such as Franz Waxman, Alfred Newman, Eric Korngold, Max Steiner, Miklos Rozsa, Bernard Herrmann, Elmer Bernstein and Jerry Goldsmith from film favourites such as "Gone With The Wind", "King Kong", "Sunset Boulevard", "Robin Hood", "The Omen" and "The Magnificent Seven" among others.

John Wilson selects music by Waxman, Korngold, Steiner, Rozsa and Herrmann.

01Simon Heffer20120114

Journalist Simon Heffer presents the first of four programmes making a personal selection of music from the British Isles, including works by familiar composers as well as some attractive pieces by less well-known names.

The programme features Arthur Bliss' complete "Colour Symphony" as well as choral music by Peter Warlock, orchestral works by Stanford, EJ Moeran and Cyril Scott, a short piano sonata by Ethel Smyth, some Vaughan Williams songs, and it ends with Malcolm Arnold's lively brass quintet.

Simon Heffer presents music by Bliss, Moeran, Howells, Stanford, Warlock and Cyril Scott.

01Simon Russell Beale, Vienna20111105

A personal view of classical music from a range of presenters.

Today, Simon Russell Beale begins the first of his four programmes exploring the music connected to some of the cities he visited in BBC Four's 'Symphony' series.

Today's focus is Vienna, and over the two hours Simon plays great music from composers who lived, wrote in and travelled to Vienna, including Beethoven, Mozart, and Schubert's beautiful piano duet, the Fantasia in F minor.

This programme is part of Radio 3's series of symphony programmes broadcast this month.

Simon Russell Beale focuses on Vienna.

Including music by Beethoven, Mozart and Schubert.

01Tasmin Little20120211

The first of two programmes in which violinist Tasmin Little makes a personal selection of music that was a particular inspiration to her as a child and at school.

The programme includes orchestral music by Smetana and Wagner, along with a movement of one her favourite string quartets by Haydn. Tasmin also shares some of her musical memories through the music of Puccini, and Spike Jones' rendition of Tchaikovsky's None but the Lonely heart.

Tasmin Little selects music that inspired her, by Smetana, Wagner, Haydn and Puccini.

02Gareth Malone20110924

explores the many aspects of a subject close to his heart: 'musical youth'.

With works by composers including Mendelssohn, Prokofiev and Vaughan Williams.

Gareth Malone explores 'musical youth'.

With Mendelssohn, Prokofiev and Vaughan Williams.

02John Wilson: Screen Music Greats Of Hollywood, Curl Up In Front Of The Fire For A Christmas Movie20111224

Conductor John Wilson presents a personal selection of Christmas music for the cinema including scores from Dmitri Tiomkin, John Williams, Malcolm Arnold and Danny Elfman.

Some of his selection includes music with specific Christmas themes such as "It's A Wonderful Life" and "Miracle on 34th Street" , but many reflect the spirit of the family at Christmas time, the kind of films that folk might enjoy in front of the television after the Christmas dinner.

The films themselves are much loved, but John invites us to revel is some of the inventiveness of the often under-appreciated film composer.

Film titles for this programme also include "Whistle Down the Wind", "Edward Scissorhands", "A Christmas Carol", "The Sound of Music", "Gremlins" and "The Polar Express".

John Wilson selects music by Dmitri Tiomkin, John Williams, Malcolm Arnold, Danny Elfman.

02Simon Heffer20120121

The second of four programmes in which journalist Simon Heffer makes a personal selection of music from the British Isles, including works by familiar composers as well as some attractive pieces by less well-known names.

This programme features Patrick Hadley's complete symphonic ballad "The trees so high" as well as piano music by Alan Rawsthorne, orchestral works by Britten, Bax, Holst, Delius and Hamish MacCunn, some songs by Ivor Gurney, chamber music by Rebecca Clarke and ending with Constant Lamberts ballet score "Prize Fight".

Simon Heffer with music by Patrick Hadley, Alan Rawsthorne, Britten, Bax, Holst, Delius.

02Simon Russell Beale, Paris20111112

A personal view of classical music from a range of presenters.

Today, Simon Russell Beale continues his series of programmes exploring the music connected to some of the cities he visited in BBC Four's 'Symphony' series.

Today's focus is Paris, and over the two hours Simon plays great music from composers who lived, wrote in and travelled to Paris, including Mozart, Debussy, Poulenc, and Ravel's ravishing Mother Goose suite for piano duet.

This programme is part of Radio 3's series of symphony programmes broadcast this month.

Simon Russell Beale focuses on Paris.

With music by Mozart, Debussy, Poulenc and Ravel.

02 LASTAlison Balsom20111022

A personal view of classical music from a range of presenters.

Today, trumpeter Alison Balsom introduces the last of her two programmes in which she shares some of the music and musicians that continue to inspire her, including Beethoven's Violin Concerto, Bach's St Matthew Passion, Strauss's Four Last Songs, Ravel's Piano Concerto and recordings by Sir Simon Rattle and Dizzy Gillespie.

Trumpeter Alison Balsom shares favourite music, including Beethoven, Bach and Strauss.

02 LASTDaniel Hope20120421

Violinist Daniel Hope has given his two programmes for Saturday Classics the subtitle, a "Fiddler's Tale". In this, the second programme, he offers a selection of recordings that reflect the story of his priceless violin - the wonderful 1742 Guarneri del Gesu, known as the "Ex- Lipiński".

The violin was once owned by the 19th century virtuoso Karol Józef Lipiński, a rival to the great Paganini. He was a friend of Schumann and Liszt, and Schumann dedicated his virtuosic set of piano character pieces, "Carnival", to Lipiński. After Lipiński, the violin arrived in the hands of the late 19th Century's richest Russia, Nikolay Yusupov, one of the country's most celebrated artistic benefactors and a close friend of Pushkin, and from there to a founder member of the Joachim String Quartet, who gave Johannes Brahms some of his first performances. Also in the list is the man who is best remebered today for arranging and naming a celebrated orchestral movement from Bach, "Air on a G String". He was the violinist August Wilhelmj.

Violinist Daniel Hope with music reflecting his life in music and that of his instrument.

02 LASTGreat Conductors20120317

In the second of his two programmes James Jolly focuses on some of the qualities that define the "great" conductor of the media age; in particular his thoughts turn to the American, Leonard Bernstein; the Austrian, Herbert von Karajan and the Hungarian, Georg Solti. These three conductor titans - during the 1960s, 70s and 80s - not only captured the public imagination with their music making but quickly grasped the potential for imparting their musical personalities within the rapidly expanding media world.

The programme features recordings of music by Haydn, Puccini, Strauss, Beethoven, Sibelius, Wagner and Bernstein himself.

James Jolly on great conductors of the media age: Bernstein, von Karajan and Solti.

02 LASTTasmin Little20120218

Violinist Tasmin Little makes a personal selection of music that was a particular inspiration to her during her studies at the Menuhin School of Music and later at music college. Tasmin pays particular tribute to Sir Yehudi Menuhin who was an enormous influence on her.

Music in the programme includes jazz played by Menuhin and Grappelli, Tippett's Fantasia on a Theme of Corelli, and part of Ravel's ballet score of Daphnis and Chloe.

Tasmin Little selects music that inspired her, by Tippett, Corelli and Ravel.

03Gareth Malone20111001

A personal view of classical music from a range of presenters continues with Gareth Malone, star of BBC 2's BAFTA Award Winning 'The Choir'.

In the third of four programmes, Gareth explores the many aspects of a subject close to his heart - 'musical youth'.

Featuring two hours of great music including Rachmaninov, Dvorak and Bruch.

A personal view of classical music from Gareth Malone.

03John Wilson: Screen Music Greats Of Hollywood, Film Musicals20111231

Conductor John Wilson offers a personal selection of numbers from classic film musicals from Singin' in the Rain to Sweeney Todd.

John has enjoyed a lot of success in recent years conducting and recording music for the film and an especially favourite genre of his is film musicals, in particular the Golden Age of the classic MGM musicals.

In this programme John presents a list of some of his favourites, from the earliest days of the cinema, to our own time. Films he draws on include much loved ones such as:

Singin' in the Rain

Top Hat

Oklahoma!

Guys and Dolls

Brigadoon

West Side Story

Mary Poppins

Oliver!

and Sweeney Todd.

John Wilson selects music from Singin' in the Rain, Top Hat, Oklahoma!, Guys and Dolls.

03Simon Heffer's British Music20120128

The third of four programmes in which journalist Simon Heffer makes a personal selection of music from the British Isles, including works by familiar composers as well as some attractive pieces by less well-known names.

This programme features part of George Lloyd's mammoth 4th Symphony, as well as songs by Finzi, Butterworth and Cecil Sharp, orchestral works by Walton, John Foulds, William Alwyn and Hamilton Harty, and ends with a movement of Gordon Jacob's wonderful trombone concerto.

Simon Heffer presents music by George Lloyd, Finzi, Butterworth, Walton and Alwyn.

03Simon Russell Beale, St Petersburg20111119

A personal view of classical music from a range of presenters.

Today, Simon Russell Beale continues his series of programmes exploring the music connected to some of the cities he visited in BBC Four's 'Symphony' series.

Today's focus is St Petersburg, and over the two hours Simon plays great music from composers who lived, wrote in and travelled to St Petersburg.

Repertoire includes an overture by Glinka, piano music by Rachmaninov, and a recording of the 2nd Romeo & Juliet Suite by Prokofiev conducted by Mariss Jansons.

This programme is part of Radio 3's series of symphony programmes broadcast this month.

Simon Russell Beale focuses on composers who lived in and visited St Petersburg.

04 LASTGareth Malone20111008

A personal view of classical music from a range of presenters.

Today Gareth Malone, star of BBC 2's BAFTA Award Winning 'The Choir', comes to the end of his four part series exploring the many aspects of a subject close to his heart - 'musical youth'.

Featuring two hours of great music including Holst, Bach and Schubert.

A personal view of classical music from Gareth Malone.

04 LASTJohn Wilson: Screen Music Greats Of Hollywood20120107

Conductor John Wilson presents a personal selection of favourite British film scores including music from movies as diverse as Henry V, Miss Marple, Carry On and Shadowlands.

John's selection:

Arthur Bliss: March from "Things to Come"

Malcolm Arnold: Music from "Hobson's Choice"

Allan Gray: Prelude from "A Matter of Life and Death"

Georges Auric: "The Titfield Thunderbolt"

William Walton: Suite from Henry V (arr.Mathieson)

Patrick Doyle: "Much Ado About Nothing" - Pardon Goddess Of The Night

John Ireland: March: "Scorched Earth" from 'The Overlanders'

Ron Goodwin: Miss Marple theme

Richard Rodney-Bennett: " Murder on the Orient Express"

Constant Lambert: "Anna Karenina" Suite

Bruce Montgomery (arr.Whittle): "Carry On" Suite (...Sergeant/....Teacher/....Nurse)

John Dankworth: All Gone (from "The Servant")

Angela Morley: "Kehaar's theme" from Watership Down

Debbie Wiseman: "Wilde"

George Fenton: "Shadowlands".

John Wilson selects music from films: Things to Come, Henry V, Hobson's Choice and Wilde.

04 LASTSimon Heffer's British Music20120204

The fourth and final programme in this series in which journalist Simon Heffer chooses some of his favourite music from the British Isles, including works by familiar composers as well as some attractive pieces by less well-known names.

This programme features orchestral works by Hubert Parry, John Ireland, Grace Williams, Frank Bridge and Lennox Berkeley, as well as songs by Edward Elgar and Roger Quilter, choral music by Michael Tippett, and it ends with George Dyson's cantata "Sweet Thames run softly".

Simon Heffer presents music by Parry, Ireland, Williams, Bridge, Berkeley and Elgar.

04 LASTSimon Russell Beale, St Petersburg20111126

A personal view of classical music from a range of presenters.

Today, Simon Russell Beale continues his series of programmes exploring the music connected to some of the cities he visited in BBC Four's 'Symphony' series.

Today's focus is St Petersburg, and over the two hours Simon plays great music from composers who lived, wrote in and travelled to St Petersburg.

Repertoire includes an overture by Glinka, piano music by Rachmaninov, and a recording of the 2nd Romeo & Juliet Suite by Prokofiev conducted by Mariss Jansons.

This programme is part of Radio 3's series of symphony programmes broadcast this month.

Simon Russell Beale focuses on composers who lived in and visited St Petersburg.