Simon Rattle And Friends

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AO30220130709

Today's performances by the week's featured conductor and orchestra, the top pairing of Simon Rattle and his Berlin Philharmonic, are complemented by a concert conducted at last year's Lucerne Festival by Rattle's equally distinguished predecessor in Berlin, Claudio Abbado. Abbado and his acclaimed Lucerne Festival Orchestra play a Beethovenian hymn to freedom - Egmont - and Mozart's final great masterpiece, his Requiem. Rattle conducts his Berliners in Haydn and Ravel and lets his hair down in Dvorak.

Presented by Louise Fryer.

Beethoven: Egmont - complete incidental music

Juliane Banse (soprano),

Bruno Ganz (narrator),

Lucerne Festival Orchestra,

Conductor Claudio Abbado.

2.30pm

Mozart, ed. Franz Beyer and Robert Levin: Requiem

Anna Prohaska (soprano),

Sara Mingardo (contralto),

Maximilian Schmitt (tenor),

René Pape (bass),

Bavarian Radio Chorus,

Swedish Radio Chorus,

3.25pm

Haydn: Symphony no. 95 in C minor

3.45pm

Dvorak: Carnival Overture

3.55pm

Debussy Jeux, poème dansé pour orchestre.

AO30320130710

Today Louise Fryer presents Simon Rattle conducting not his own Berlin Philharmonic, but probably Germany's second-best orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Symphonies by Haydn and Schumann frame the concert, and they're joined by the Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan in stunning pieces by Sibelius and Ligeti.

Haydn: Symphony No. 91 in E flat major

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,

Conductor Simon Rattle.

2.20pm

Sibelius: Luonnotar

Ligeti: Mysteries of the Macabre

Barbara Hannigan (soprano),

2.40pm

Schumann: Symphony no. 2 in C major