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Bbc Now - Wagner, Brahms, Zemlinsky20121111

From St David's Hall, Cardiff

Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas

BBC NOW, conducted by Jac Van Steen, plays Brahm's Violin Concerto (with Viviane Hagner) and Zemlinsky's Lyric Symphony.

Wagner: Lohengrin, Prelude to Act 1

Brahms: Violin Concerto

Zemlinsky: Lyric Symphony

Elizabeth Atherton, soprano

Roman Trekel, baritone

Viviane Hagner, Violin

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Jac Van Steen, conductor

The music of Wagner and works like Brahms's majestic and lyrical Violin Concerto influenced the rich late romantic splendour of Zemlinsky's music. His masterpiece is the Lyric Symphony, which explores the yearning and fulfilment of love. Using words from The Gardener by Rabindranath Tagore, the Symphony begins with restlessness - "I am athirst for far-away things"- and ends in acceptance: "Peace, my heart, let the time for the parting be sweet." Jac Van Steen conducts it for the first time in Cardiff.

Bbc Singers20121014

Recorded in the Garrison Church, Copenhagen

The BBC Singers, conducted by David Hill, in a choral concert from their Scandinavian tour

Thomas Tallis: Missa Salve Intemerata

Mogens Pederson: Motets

William Byrd: Laudibus in Sanctis

Thomas Schattenberg: Motets

Michael Tippett: Dance, Clarion Air

Henry Purcell/Sven-David Sandström: Hear my prayer, O Lord

Bob Chilcott: My Prayer

Gabriel Jackson: Choral Symphony (BBC commission; broadcast premiere)

Recorded last week on their Scandinavian tour, the BBC Singers perform choral works from the 16th century as well as our own day, with a particular focus on music evoking the sights, sounds and places of the City of London.

In part one, music by the two greatest composers of Elizabethan London - Thomas Tallis and William Byrd - is placed alongside works by two Danish contemporaries. Mogens Pederson studied with Giovanni Gabrieli and later visited London with the court of the Danish King, while Thomas Schattenberg was for many years an organist in the Danish capital.

Following that, a work by Michael Tippett celebrating the Coronation of Elizabeth II is the cue for music by a famous Londoner of the 17th century - Henry Purcell, performed in modern reworkings by Sven-David Sandström and Bob Chilcott. And the programme is completed by a piece celebrating the City itself: the new work by BBC Singers' Associate Composer Gabriel Jackson (receiving its premiere performances on this tour) is a four-movement symphony for unaccompanied voices which celebrates both London itself and its vibrant multiculturalism.

Belcea Quartet - Beethoven20120205

Presented by Suzy Klein

The Belcea Quartet plays Beethoven at the Wigmore Hall, including the early Op.18 No 2, Op. 59 No. 2 'Razumovsky' and the great Quartet in C# minor Op. 131.

Building on the achievements of his great predecessors, Beethoven assimilated the achievements of Haydn and Mozart in his Op. 18 string quartets before developing the medium's expressive potential in his Op. 59 'Razumovsky' Quartets. The Belcea Quartet ends their concert with the monumental String Quartet in C# minor Op. 131, described by Donald Tovey as the composer's 'most fantastic and revolutionary' work.


String Quartet in G Op. 18 No. 2

String Quartet in E minor Op. 59 No. 2 'Razumovsky'

String Quartet in C# minor Op. 131

The Belcea Quartet.

The Belcea Quartet performs music by Beethoven at the Wigmore Hall in London.

British Composer Awards 201120111204

Sarah Mohr-Pietsch and Andrew McGregor introduce highlights of the 2011 British Composer Awards, held last Wednesday at Stationers Hall, London.

With 13 categories ranging from Chamber and Vocal to Liturgical and Contemporary Jazz compositions premiered in the period between 1 April 2010 and 31 March 2011, a huge representation of new music in the UK is celebrated.

Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Andrew McGregor with highlights of the 2011 British Composer Awards.

Dyson's The Canterbury Pilgrims20120909

Martyn Brabbins conducts Dyson's The Canterbury Pilgrims at 2012's Three Choirs Festival.

As part of the 2012 Three Choirs Festival at Hereford Cathedral, Martyn Brabbins conducts the Festival Chorus and Philharmonia Orchestra, in George Dyson's The Canterbury Pilgrims, with soloists Susan Gritton, Alan Oke and Simon Bailey. This work is based on the Prologue from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, where Chaucer introduces a cast of pilgrims as they assemble at the Tabard Inn in Southwark. Dyson creates a set of musical portraits for the thirteen pilgrims, including the Haberdasher and his Fraternity, and the Wife of Bath.

The Canterbury Pilgrims was first performed in 1931, and was so popular it led to several subsequent Three Choirs commissions. This concert in 2012 is the first performance of this work at the Three Choirs Festival. During the interval, presenter Catherine Bott talks to Dyson expert Paul Spicer, about The Canterbury Pilgrims, and Dyson the man.

Dyson: The Canterbury Pilgrims

Susan Gritton, soprano

Alan Oke, tenor

Simon Bailey, bass-baritone

Three Choirs Festival Chorus

Philharmonia Orchestra

Martyn Brabbins, conductor.

Grieg's Peer Gynt20121223

From the Barbican Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Grieg's complete incidental music to Ibsen's Peer Gynt is performed by a cast of actors and singers, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and conductor Marc Minkowski.

Grieg: Peer Gynt (complete incidental music)

Solveig - Miah Persson (soprano)

Anitra - Ann Hallenberg (mezzo)

Peer Gynt - Johannes Weisser (baritone)

Actors from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama

BBC Singers

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Marc Minkowski (conductor)

Henrik Ibsen originally conceived of his Norwegian folk play Peer Gynt as a closet drama - meant to be read rather than performed. Little could he have expected that it would have been a runaway success on the stage in the late 19th century - a success that was due in no small part to the hugely popular incidental music composed for the play by the then 30-year-old Edvard Grieg, including such memorable moments as 'Morning Mood' and 'In the Hall of the Moutain King'. The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Singers, together with a cast of young actors and distinguished soloists, perform a complete concert version of Grieg's music in the context of the original play in an abridged version by Alain Perroux, translated by Stephen Taylor. The vivacious French conductor Marc Minkowski returns to the Barbican podium.

Halle And Mark Elder At The Bbc Proms 201120110724


Prom 9.

Presented by Martin Handley

Two works by Sibelius begin this concert with Sir Mark Elder and the Hall.

Scènes Historiques Suite No 2 reveals the composer's lighter side, opening with The Chase, in which horns are heard through the mist, followed by a wild chase, with impelling rhythms.

The great Seventh Symphony has long been admired for its intensity and concision; its conclusion has been called "the grandest celebration of C major there ever was".

Bartók's last completed concerto was written in conditions of great poverty and adversity during the composer's exile in New York, but none of this is apparent from the work itself., which is generally melodic, mellow, even nostalgic in tone.

It is championed here by András Schiff, appearing at the Proms for the first time since his 2006 solo recital.

And, to close, a joyous sequence of sonic snapshots: Janácek's Sinfonietta is his typically bold evocation of a beloved city, the Moravian regional capital, Brno.

Sibelius: Scènes historiques - Suite No.


Sibelius: Symphony No.

7 in C major

Bartók: Piano Concerto No.


Janácek: Sinfonietta

András Schiff (piano)


Sir Mark Elder (conductor).

Mark Elder conducts the Halle in works by Sibelius, Janacek and Bartok.

Light Fantastic: Bbc Now - Grant Llewellyn20110626

with listeners' light music requests.

Live from BBC Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff, Fiona Talkington presents your light music choices performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Grant Llewellyn and featuring guest pianist David Owen Norris.

Fiona Talkington presents listeners' light music choices, performed by the BBC NOW.

Prom 21 - Britten, Mahler, Stravinsky20120805

Mark Elder directs the Aldeburgh World Orchestra, a brand new ensemble of young musicians brought together from every continent, in music by Britten, Mahler and Stravinsky, plus a newly commisioned work by Charlotte Bray.

Chosen by audition, and with a strict limit of twenty musicians from each continent, the orchestra has convened for three weeks in the Suffolk fishing town forever associated with Benjamin Britten.

The programme begins with Britten's Sinfonia da Requiem, both a private memorial to his parents and a reaction to the developing menace of war. That's paired with two classic orchestral scores from the early twentieth century, which, though written just a few years apart inhabit completely different realms. The luxuriant Adagio from Mahler's Tenth symphony contrasts with the scandalous barbarities of Stravinsky's Rite but both have become musical icons. And before the Stravinsky comes a new work by one of the UK's most exciting new composing talents and one who already has an impressive list of international commissions to her name.

Presented by Louise Fryer

Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem

Mahler: Symphony No. 10 - Adagio

Charlotte Bray: At the speed of stillness (BBC commission: world premiere)

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

Aldeburgh World Orchestra

Sir Mark Elder (conductor).

Mark Elder directs the Aldeburgh World Orchestra in Britten, Mahler and Stravinsky.

Prom 26 - Debussy, Dutilleux, Ravel20110807

A Prom featuring the BBC SSO.

Debussy: Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune.

Dutilleux: Tout un monde lointain...

(with Lynn Harrell - cello).

Ravel: Bolero; Daphnis and Chloe.

A Prom in which Donald Runnicles leads the BBC SSO in Debussy, Dutilleux and Ravel.

Prom 33 - Wagner, Macmillan, Bruckner20120819

Juanjo Mena conducts the BBC Philharmonic in music by Wagner, MacMillan and Bruckner.

From the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

A dramatic world premiere by James Macmillan is set alongside tragically romantic music by Wagner and one of Bruckner's most expansive symphonies.

A world premiere at the Proms is always exciting and this is no exception. Hot on the heels of his "Gloria", composed for the 50th anniversary of the re-consecration of Coventry Cathedral, is James MacMillan's dramatic and full-blooded "Credo", performed by the BBC Philharmonic, their chief conductor Juanjo Mena and the combined Manchester Chamber Choir, Northern Sinfonia Chorus and Rushley Singers.

Bruckner's Sixth Symphony was one of his favourites - bold and expansive and entirely befitting the space of the Royal Albert Hall.

The concert opens with the Prelude to Wagner's landmark tale of tragic love, Tristan und Isolde, performed here with Wagner's rarely heard concert ending.

Wagner: Prelude to Tristan and Isolde

James MacMillan: Credo (BBC, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Grafenegg Festival and De Doelen, Rotterdam co-commission: world premiere)

Bruckner: Symphony No.6

Manchester Chamber Choir

Northern Sinfonia Chorus

Rushley Singers

BBC Philharmonic

Juanjo Mena (conductor).

Prom 34 - Bridge, Holt, Dupre, Saint-saens20110814


Introduced by Andrew McGregor from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Another chance to hear French and English music combine in this Proms Entente-Cordiale.

Saint-Saëns' ever-popular Organ Symphony dominates the programme, joined by a new double concerto, half man, half beast, from Simon Holt.

Plus Proms featured composer Frank Bridge's orchestral picture of the wild and windy Sussex Downs, overlooking the Channel.

French organ virtuoso Marcel Dupr was a regular visitor to the Royal Albert Hall throughout his life.

He became a great friend of Sir Henry Wood and played the Organ Symphony at the Proms in 1935.

Cortège et litanie is a dazzling crescendo, using the mighty Royal Albert Hall organ together with full symphony orchestra.

The inspirational Parisian conductor Francois-Xavier Roth made a great impact at the Proms last year at the helm of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, with whom he's Associate Guest Conductor.

He gave the premiere of Simon Holt's Centauromachy in Cardiff last November.

Written for solo clarinet and flugelhorn, it explores the dual nature of the mythical centaur and it's played by the two orchestral Principals for whom it was written.

Radio 3 New Generation Artist Ben Johnson joins the orchestra for Bridge's noble and poignant setting of Rupert Brooke's most famous poem from the Great War.

Bridge: Enter Spring

Bridge: Blow out you bugles

Simon Holt: Centauromachy (BBC Commission, London Premiere)

Dupr: Cortège et litanie

Saint-Saëns: Symphony No.

3 in C minor, 'Organ'

Ben Johnson (tenor)

Robert Plane (clarinet)

Philippe Schartz (flugelhorn)

Thomas Trotter (organ)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

François-Xavier Roth (conductor).

Francois-Xavier Roth conducts the BBC NOW in works by Bridge, Holt, Dupre and Saint-Saens.

Prom 42 - Prokofiev, Olga Neuwirth, Bartok20120826

Susanna Mälkki conducts the Philharmonia with Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet and Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra.

Lawrence Power joins them in new piece by Olga Neuwirth.

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet - Suite No. 1

Olga Neuwirth: Remnants of Songs... an Amphigory

Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra

Lawrence Power (viola)

Philharmonia Orchestra

Susanna Mälkki (conductor).

Prom with Susanna Malkki leading the Philharmonia in Prokofiev, Olga Neuwirth and Bartok.

Prom 50 - Beethoven, Mozart, Delius, Nielsen20120902

From the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Penny Gore

An overture and a symphony by two musical Titans - Beethoven and Nielsen - both celebrating the human capacity for hope in the face of oppression and suffering, frame a lyrical Mozart concerto and a rarely heard tone poem by Delius.

Osmo Vänskä conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra, with soloist Michael Collins who is celebrating his 50th birthday this year. Delius's Eventyr, inspired by a collection of Norwegian folk tales published in 1841, is making only its second appearance at the Proms.

Beethoven: Egmont Overture

Mozart: Clarinet Concerto

Delius: Eventyr (Once Upon a Time)

Nielsen: Symphony No. 5

Michael Collins (basset clarinet)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Osmo Vänskä (conductor).

BBC Symphony Orchestra under Osmo Vanska in Beethoven, Mozart, Delius and Nielsen.

Prom 70 - Bridge, Birtwistle, Holst20110911


From the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Katie Derham

Head into outer space with Holst's planetary survey.

Plus Sir Harrison Birtwistle's new Violin

Concerto - his first for a stringed instrument - and Frank Bridge's Keats-inspired symphonic poem Isabella.

Frank Bridge is at his most romantic and Lisztian in this symphonic poem, given its world premiere at the Proms by founder-conductor Henry Wood.

Birtwistle's Violin Concerto was commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra for Christian Tetzlaff and unveiled by him in March to rave reviews.

The composer himself studied the clarinet, although he says, 'I had some violin lessons at school, so I have a memory of the physical feel of the instrument, in a sense.

It's rather like remembering how to bowl a leg break in cricket, even if I couldn't do it now.'

Holst's The Planets displays astonishing verve in its orchestration and in the radicalism of much of its content for its time.

Bridge: Isabella

Harrison Birtwistle: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (UK Premiere)

Holst: The Planets

Christian Tetzlaff (violin)

Holst Singers

BBC Symphony Orchestra

David Robertson (conductor).

BBC Symphony Orchestra and Holst Singers/David Robertson in Bridge, Birtwistle and Holst.

Psm 02: Music From The Court Of Louis Xiii20120812

Roger Norrington recreates the distinctive sounds of the orchestra of the French court of Louis XIV, Les 24 Violons du Roy. With suites by the important court musicians of the day - Lully, Marais, Campra and Lalande.

For this special project, the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles has painstakingly recreated these early instruments, and they are played by musicians from the Royal College of Music and the French conservatoires of Paris and Orsay, reviving these unique musical textures as they might have been heard 300 years ago.

Presented by Christopher Cook

Lully: Armide - suite

Desmarets: Circé - suite

Marais: Ariane & Bacchus - suite

Campra: Tancrède - suite

Lalande: Suite no.5 des Symphonies pour les Soupers du Roi (extracts)

Royal College of Music Baroque Orchestra

Centre de Musique Baroque Versailles

Roger Norrington (conductor).

Roger Norrington conducts conservatoire students in music by Lully, Marais and Lalande.

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic: Music Nation20120311

Recorded last Sunday at Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, as part of the BBC's Music Nation weekend.

Christian Lindberg conducts the RLPO in a concert of Scandanavian classics: including Nielsen's Helios Overture and the Second Symphony by Sibelius. Alessandro Taverna joins them for Grieg's evergreen Piano Concerto.

The Helios Overture is a bracing hymn to the rising sun; while Sibelius' Second Symphony begins in the peace of the Finnish forests, and ends in a mighty flood of patriotic emotion. The Grieg has been a mainstay of the repertoire ever since its premiere in 1869.

Nielsen Helios Overture

Grieg Piano Concerto

Sibelius Symphony No. 2.

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic under Christian Lindberg in Nielsen, Grieg and Sibelius.

Spring Songs20120506

Catherine Bott presents a concert recorded late last month in which the BBC Singers celebrate the arrival of Spring, and the birthday of the Immortal Bard - William Shakespeare himself - in choral music by 20th and 21st century composers.

Shakespeare's words are represented in a classic setting by Ralph Vaughan Williams and a quirkily original one by Giles Swayne. And the season of Spring is given musical expression in premieres by Gabriel Jackson, depicting the call of the curlew on an evening of early summer; by Malcolm Hayes, setting Gerard Manley Hopkins' "May Magnificat"; and by Ben Parry, setting two specially-written sonnets by Garth Bardsley

BBC Singers

Paul Brough, conductor

Catherine Bott, presenter

Giles Swayne: Three Shakespeare Songs

arr Ralph Vaughan Williams: The Springtime of the Year

Gabriel Jackson: Ruchill Linn (BBC commission; concert premiere)

Ben Parry: Spring Sonnets (first performance)

Felix Mendelssohn: Der erste Fruhlingstag (op 48)

E J Moeran: Songs of Springtime

Malcolm Hayes: May Magnificat (first performance)

arr Gustav Holst:

The Dove

I sowed the seeds of love

I love my love

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Three Shakespeare Songs.

Ulster Orchestra - Grieg, Macmillan, Sibelius20120212

Presented by John Toal

From the Ulster Hall.

JoAnn Falletta conducts the Ulster Orchestra in Grieg's Holberg Suite, MacMillan's Veni, Veni, Emmanuel and Sibelius's 5th Symphony.

Grieg's elegant tribute to the Norwegian writer, Ludvig Holberg, opens this concert of music from the North. The final work is Sibelius' powerful and wonderfully evocative Symphony No.5. In between comes the highlight of the night - a 20th anniversary celebration of Scottish composer James MacMillan's percussion spectacular which was premièred at the BBC Proms in 1992

Grieg: Holberg Suite

MacMillan:Veni, Veni, Emmanuel

Sibelius: Symphony No.5

Colin Currie, Percussion

Ulster Orchestra

JoAnn Falletta, Conductor.

JoAnn Falletta conducts the Ulster Orchestra in music by Grieg, MacMillan and Sibelius.

01Pacifica Quartet, Pacifica Quartet - Shostakovich String Quartets 11, 12, 1320120415

Presented by Catherine Bott

The Pacifica Quartet in the first of two concerts of Shostakovich's late String Quartets recorded at London's Wigmore Hall last month. Written in the late 1960s and early 70s during the deadening greyness of the Brezhnev years, these quartets are at turns dark and heartfelt, they contain some of Shostakovich's most intimate and inner music. The Pacifica Quartet has gained rave reviews for its complete Shotakovich cycle in the United States where they are based, and for its performances of the early quartets at Wigmore Hall last year. Today you can hear them perform the 11th, 12th and 13th quartets and next Sunday the 14th and 15th to round off the cycle.

Shostakovich - String Quartet No. 11 in F minor Op. 122

Shostakovich - String Quartet No. 12 in D flat Op. 133

Shostakovich - String Quartet No. 13 in B flat minor Op. 138

Pacifica String Quartet.

The Pacifica Quartet performs Shostakovich's String Quartets Nos 11, 12 and 13.

02 LASTPacifica Quartet, Pacifica Quartet - Shostakovich String Quartets 14 And 1520120422

Presented by Catherine Bott

The Pacifica Quartet in the second of two concerts of Shostakovich's late String Quartets recorded at London's Wigmore Hall last month. Written in the 1970s during the deadening greyness of the Brezhnev years, these quartets are at turns dark and heartfelt, they contain some of Shostakovich's most intimate and inner music. The 14th Quartet was written just after the composer had been diagnosed with lung cancer while 15th Quartet was written in the last year of the composer's life and it's hard not to see the piece as a sustained farewell to the world.

Shostakovich - String Quartet no.14 in F sharp, Op.142

Shostakovich: String Quartet no.15 in E flat minor, Op.144

Pacifica String Quartet.

The Pacifica Quartet performs Shostakovich's String Quartets Nos 14 and 15.