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Bbc Now - Rachmaninov, Nielsen20130414

Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas from St David's Hall, Cardiff

Llŷr Williams Plays Rachmaninov with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Plus Nielsen's Symphony No 5, conducted by Thomas Søndergård

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 3

Nielsen: Symphony No 5

Llŷr Williams, piano

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Thomas Søndergård, conductor

The heart-felt lyricism of Rachmaninov's Third Piano Concerto contains some of his most personal feelings into which he poured an inexhaustible stream of melody. Collaborating for the first time with Welsh pianist Llŷr Williams, Thomas Søndergård conducts it alongside the powerful drama of Nielsen's Fifth Symphony: a cosmic struggle from which arises music of superhuman regenerative energy and power.

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 Philharmonic - Beethoven, Webern, Brahms20130217

Recorded on Saturday 9 February at Leeds Town Hall.

Presented by Adam Tomlinson.

The BBC Philharmonic, conducted by Yan Pascal Tortelier, performs Beethoven's Violin Concerto with Augustin Hadelich, Webern's Passacaglia and Brahms's Symphony No 4.

Beethoven: Violin Concerto

Webern: Passacaglia

Brahms: Symphony No 4 in E minor

Yan Pascal Tortelier (conductor)

BBC Philharmonic

Augustin Hadelich (violin)

German violinist Augustin Hadelich makes his debut with the BBC Philharmonic, in Beethoven's lyrical Violin Concerto. Brahms's astonishing final symphony is preceded by Webern's homage to Brahms, his Passacaglia.

Bbc Philharmonic - Rimsky-korsakov, Korngold, Tchaikovsky20130421

Recorded on Thursday 28 February 2013 at Nottingham's Royal Concert Hall

Presented by Stuart Flinders

The BBC Philharmonic, conducted by Yutaka Sado, performs Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio Espagnol, Korngold's Violin Concerto with Ruth Palmer and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 4.

Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol

Korngold: Violin Concerto

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 4

Ruth Palmer (violin)

BBC Philharmonic

Yutaka Sado (conductor)

We begin with a Russian's view of sunny Spain, painted in the most dazzling colours. The young violinist Ruth Palmer then takes us to Hollywood, with Korngold's Violin Concerto, recycled from the scores he had composed for a number of films, including The Prince and the Pauper. We then return to Russia for Tchaikovsky's autobiographical fourth symphony, in which he pours out his troubles and resolves them.

Bbc Philharmonic - Sibelius, Delius, Kabalevsky, Nielsen20130922

The BBC Philharmonic, conducted by John Storgårds, performs works by Sibelius, Delius, Kabalevsky, plus Nielsen's Third Symphony, 'Sinfonia Espansiva'.

Recorded at the BBC Philharmonic's home at MediaCityUK in Salford

Presented by Stuart Flinders

Sibelius: Overture to The Tempest

Delius: The Walk to the Paradise Garden

Kabalevsky: Cello Concerto No 2 *

Gade: In the Highlands

Nielsen: Symphony No 3 (Sinfonia espansiva)

BBC Philharmonic

John Storgårds (conductor)

Leonard Elschenbroich (cello) *

Gillian Keith (soprano)

Mark Stone (baritone).

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.

Bbc Singers - Bath Festival 201320130602

Recorded in St Mary's Church, Bathwick

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

The BBC Singers, conducted by Paul Brough, perform a characteristically wide-ranging programme for the 2013 Bath Festival.

Gesualdo: Tenebrae Responsories

Paul Crabtree: Nine Tenebrae Responsories on Songs by Bob Dylan

Maurice Ravel: Trois Chansons

Jazeps Vitols: The Castle of Light

Bernard Hughes: The Death of Balder

Zoltan Kodaly: Matra Pictures

Myths, monsters and magic are the themes of the 2013 Bath Festival, and this BBC Singers concert explores them in choral form. Ogres and birds-of-paradise can be found in Ravel's enchanting Trois Chansons, Jazeps Vitols tells of a magical underwater castle, and Zoltan Kodaly conjures up peasant life in the Matra mountains - including an appearance by Hungary's own Robin Hood. Bernard Hughes' miniature choral opera retells a Nordic myth about the death of Balder - favoured son of the Norse Gods.

In the first part of tonight's concert, the BBC Singers acknowledge the death, 400 years ago this year, of one of music's most tortured souls - the great Renaissance Italian composer Carlo Gesualdo, performing a selection of his anguished motets for Holy Week. Alongside them, modern reinterpretations of those sacred texts, in which they are fused with the words and melodies of Bob Dylan, by the Anglo-American composer Paul Crabtree.

Bbc Sso - Varese, Berio20130908

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Ilan Volkov perform 20th-century masterworks including Varèse's Amériques and Berio's Sinfonia recorded at the Edinburgh International Festival 2013.

Recorded at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh

A concert of bold musical worlds, created by a pair of visionary 20th-century composers. Two works by Edgar Varèse, the chamber-scale 'Intégrale' and the massive 'Amérique', create shocking and astringent sonic portraits of life in the first part of the 20th century: a futurist world of noise, modern architecture and new machines.

By contrast, the Italian modernist Luciano Berio's seminal 'Sinfonia' is a wide-ranging work, and a response to the cultural world of the 1960s. The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Ilan Volkov are joined by Synergy Vocals to perform this cornerstone of 20th Century music. Constructed around its famous central movement - a kaleidoscopic collage of musical quotations from throughout history - the piece encompasses texts from Martin Luther King, Claude Lévi-Strauss and Samuel Beckett, and music ranging from the delicate and austere, to the strident and terrifying.

Varèse: Intégrale

Varèse: Amériques

Berio: Sinfonia

Synergy Vocals

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Ilan Volkov (conductor).

Bcmg, Oliver Knussen - Britten, Henze, Carter, Lindberg, Lutoslawski20130623

Recorded at the 2013 Aldeburgh Festival, BCMG are joined by pianist and festival artistic director Pierre-Laurent Aimard, and conducted by Oliver Knussen. Their programme includes Britten's Sword in the Stone and Henze's Eastern-influenced The Emperor's Nightingale alongside music from Lutoslawski, Elliott Carter and the world premiere of a major new piece, 'Red House' by Magnus Lindberg.

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

Oliver Knussen, conductor

Pierre Laurent Aimard, piano

Britten: Suite - The Sword in the Stone

Henze: The Emperor's Nightingale

Elliott Carter: Dialogues

Elliott Carter: Dialogues II (UK premiere)

Magnus Lindberg: Red House (world premiere)

Lutoslawski: Venetian Games.

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.

Beethoven:

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.

Britten 100: Oxford Bach Choir - Poulenc, Britten20130127

Recorded in the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford

Presented by Penny Gore

Nicholas Cleobury, the Oxford Bach Choir and English Chamber Orchestra join forces with soprano Elizabeth Atherton in a concert which explores some rarely heard Britten - including the premiere of a work only recently re-discovered.

Beethoven: Overture 'Coriolan'

Britten: Ballad of Heroes

Britten: Two Psalms (world premiere)

Britten: The Building of the House

Mahler arr. Britten: What the Wild Flowers Tell Me

Poulenc: Gloria

Elizabeth Atherton (soprano)

Oxford Bach Choir

English Chamber Orchestra

Nicholas Cleobury (conductor)

Launching 'Britten in Oxford' - a year-long celebration of the composer's music - Nicholas Cleobury, the Oxford Bach Choir and English Chamber Orchestra join forces with soprano Elizabeth Atherton in a concert which explores some rarely-heard choral works by Britten. These include his cantata Ballad of Heroes - composed in support of the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War, and The Building of the House - written to mark the opening of the Snape Maltings concert hall in 1967. Even more of a rarity is the world premiere of two recently-rediscovered psalm settings composed by Britten when he was still only in his late teens, but never performed. Completing the programme, music by two composers Britten admired: the second movement of Mahler's 3rd Symphony is performed in Britten's imaginative and witty re-orchestration for small orchestra, and the concert ends with the splendid Gloria by Britten's friend Francis Poulenc - a piece its composer described as 'a great choral symphony'.

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 - Britten, Rihm20130630

Sir Mark Elder conducts the Hallé and soprano Emma Bell in the closing concert of the 2013 Aldeburgh Festival at Snape Maltings. They celebrate the music of festival founder Benjamin Britten in his centenary year, alongside the world premiere of "A Tribute", a new commission from German composer Wolfgang Rihm. Louise Fryer presents.

Recorded at Snape Maltings Concert Hall. Presented by Louise Fryer

Halle Orchestra

Emma Bell (soprano)

Mark Elder (conductor)

Britten: The Prince of the Pagodas - Pas de Six

Britten: Our Hunting Fathers

Wolfgang Rihm: A Tribute (world premiere)

Britten: Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell (The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra).

Halle And Mark Elder At The Bbc Proms 201120110724

BBC PROMS 2011

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.

2

Sibelius: Symphony No.

7 in C major

Bartók: Piano Concerto No.

3

Janácek: Sinfonietta

András Schiff (piano)

Hall

Sir Mark Elder (conductor).

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

Haydn's Creation20130120

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.

National Youth Orchestra In Leeds20130113

Prom 08: Britten, Lutoslawski & Thomas Ads20130721

Another chance to hear the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms in music by Britten and Lutoslawski, alongside the premiere of a new work by the conductor, Thomas Adès

Presented by Katie Derham

Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem

Lutoslawski: Cello Concerto

c. 2.50pm

Adès: Totentanz (world premiere)

Paul Watkins (cello)

Christianne Stotijn (mezzo-soprano)

Simon Keenlyside (baritone)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Thomas Adès (condcutor)

Britten's Sinfonia da Requiem opens this programme of testimony and remembrance. Former BBC SO Principal Cellist Paul Watkins is the soloist in Lutoslawski's bleak and beautiful Cello Concerto, composed for and dedicated to Mstislav Rostropovich in a period of violent protest and political repression in Poland.

Thomas Adès conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra and soloists Christianne Stotijn and Simon Keenlyside in the world premiere of his Totentanz, a commission in memory of Lutoslawski, which sets an anonymous 15th-century text that accompanied a frieze destroyed when Lübeck's Marienkirche was bombed in the Second World War.

Prom 12: Viva Verdi!20130728

Another chance to hear the renowned Orchestra and Chorus of the Academy of St. Cecilia, Rome and Antonio Pappano at the BBC Proms in an all-Verdi programme which ends with his Four Sacred pieces with soprano Maria Agreste.

Presented by Donald Macleod at the Royal Albert Hall

Verdi arr. C Hermann: String Quartet (version for string orchestra)

Verdi: Requiem - Libera me (original version)

c. 2.45pm

Verdi: Four Sacred Pieces

Maria Agresta (soprano)

Orchestra and Chorus of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, Rome

Antonio Pappano (conductor)

The Orchestra and Chorus of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, Rome and Sir Antonio Pappano's eagerly anticipated return visit to the BBC Proms. This year they brought an all-Verdi programme, featuring an arrangement for strings of his String Quartet followed by religious pieces, among them the original version of the Libera me from his Requiem, and his Four Sacred Pieces, with soprano Maria Agresta.

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 27: Rachmaninov & Tchaikovsky20130804

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Peter Oundjian heard at Friday's BBC Proms continuing the Proms Tchaikovsky symphony cycle with the Fifth, and Rachmaninov's Third Piano Concerto.

Presented by Clemency Burton-Hill at the Royal Albert Hall, London

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor

at c. 2.45pm

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor

Nikolai Lugansky (piano)

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Peter Oundjian (conductor)

The Proms Tchaikovsky symphony cycle continues with a performance of the melancholy Fifth Symphony. The Royal Scottish National Orchestra is conducted by Peter Oundjian who makes his Proms debut. Russian pianist Nikolai Lugansky is the soloist in Rachmaninov's hugely demanding Third Piano Concerto, its haunting opening melody based on an old traditional Russian chant.

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

BBC PROMS 2011

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 42: Janacek, Beethoven & Tchaikovsky20130818

Prom 42: Janacek, Beethoven & Tchaikovsky20130818

Kirill Karabits and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in Janacek's Sinfonietta, Beethoven's 3rd Piano Concerto (with Sunwook Kim) and Tchaikovsky's 3rd Symphony.

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch at the Royal Albert Hall, London

Janacek: Sinfonietta

at c. 2.25pm

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor

at c. 3pm

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 3 in D major, 'Polish'

Sunwook Kim (piano)

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Kirill Karabits (conductor)

This summer's Tchaikovsky symphony cycle continues as Kirill Karabits conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in the dance-infused Third Symphony, written in the summer of 1875 and dubbed the 'Polish' following its 1899 London premiere in the Crystal Palace.

Leeds International Piano Competition-winner Sunwook Kim makes his Proms debut in Beethoven's dramatic Piano Concerto No. 3 in a concert that begins with the dazzling brass fanfares and bustling street-life of Brno as translated into music in Janacek's 1926 Sinfonietta.

Prom 42: Janacek, Beethoven & Tchaikovsky20130818

Kirill Karabits and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in Janacek's Sinfonietta, Beethoven's 3rd Piano Concerto (with Sunwook Kim) and Tchaikovsky's 3rd Symphony.

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch at the Royal Albert Hall, London

Janacek: Sinfonietta

at c. 2.25pm

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor

at c. 3pm

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 3 in D major, 'Polish'

Sunwook Kim (piano)

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Kirill Karabits (conductor)

This summer?s Tchaikovsky symphony cycle continues as Kirill Karabits conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in the dance-infused Third Symphony, written in the summer of 1875 and dubbed the ?Polish? following its 1899 London premiere in the Crystal Palace.

Leeds International Piano Competition-winner Sunwook Kim makes his Proms debut in Beethoven?s dramatic Piano Concerto No. 3 in a concert that begins with the dazzling brass fanfares and bustling street-life of Brno as translated into music in Janacek's 1926 Sinfonietta.

Prom 49: Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Bach & Beethoven20130825

Another chance to hear Stephen Hough, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Robin Ticciati at the BBC Proms with music by Mendelssohn, Bach and Beethoven.

Presented by Martin Handley from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor

c. 2.20

J. S. Bach, orch. George Benjamin: The Art of Fugue - Canon and Fugue

Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, 'Eroica'

Stephen Hough (piano)

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Robin Ticciati (conductor)

Stephen Hough makes his second Proms appearance this summer with Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No 1, famously sight-read by Liszt in the Erard piano showroom in Paris in 1831. Under its Principal Conductor Robin Ticciati, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra performs Beethoven's mighty "Eroica" symphony, described by Berlioz as 'a funeral oration for a great hero'. George Benjamin pays tribute to Bach with orchestrated excerpts from The Art of Fugue.

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

BBC PROMS 2011

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.

Sound Of Cinema: Bbc Sso At The Movies20130915

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and conductor Stephen Bell along with Jamie MacDougall celebrate the finest award-winning film music.

Recorded at City Hall, Glasgow

Presented by Jamie MacDougall

As the BBC celebrates the Sound of Cinema, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and conductor Stephen Bell take to the stage with a gala performance of award-winning classics. The concert features music that made the movies in all styles and eras, ranging from Korngold's score for the 1938 swashbuckler 'The Adventures of Robin Hood', to a selection from James Horner's recent soundtrack for the 2009 3D science-fiction epic 'Avatar', by way of classic film musicals 'My Fair Lady' and 'The Sound of Music'.

John Williams: Flying Theme (from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial)

Loewe: Gigi

John Williams: Imperial March (from Star Wars)

Loewe: On the Street Where You Live (from My Fair Lady)

Alan Menken: Beauty and the Beast

John Williams: Schindler's List

Howard Shore: Lord of the Rings

Steiner: Tara's Theme (from Gone With The Wind)

Korngold: Robin Hood March

Richard M Sherman: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (from Mary Poppins)

James Horner: I See You (from Avatar)

Arnold: The Bridge On the River Kwai

Rozsa: Ben-Hur

Rodgers: The Sound of Music

John Williams: Throne Room and End Titles (from Star Wars)

Pamela Hay (soprano)

Jamie MacDougall (tenor)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Stephen Bell (conductor).

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.

The Rest Is Noise: Lpo - Respighi, Falla, Ravel20130210

The London Philharmonic captures the dazzling sights and sounds of the Mediterranean as seen by some of the twentieth century's greatest orchestrators. Alongside the brilliant orchestral showpieces is a rare chance to savour the glowing melancholy of Respighi's setting of Shelley's poem The Sunset.

Petroc Trelawny presents this concert recorded last night as part of the South Bank Centre's The Rest is Noise festival.

Respighi: Fountains of Rome

Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain for piano and orchestra

Respighi: Il Tramonto (The Sunset) for voice and strings

Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte

Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole

Maria Luigia Borsi (soprano)

Javier Perianes (piano)

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Enrique Mazzola (conductor).

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.