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20040912

Mikhail Pletnev (piano)

Today's Sunday Gala features the exciting Russian pianist Mikhail Pletnev in a concert he gave at the Royal Festival Hall in May.

His programme included a pairing of Beethoven sonatas; his Op.10'3 and the mighty 'Pathetique'.

Then a rare chance to hear some of Tchaikovsky's 18 Pieces for Piano, each dedicated to one of his friends.

Presented by Stephanie Hughes.

Beethoven: Piano Sonata in D, Op 10'3

Beethoven: Piano Sonata in Cm, Op 13, 'Pathetique'

Tchaikovsky: 18 Pieces for Piano, Op 72 (Nos 1-7).

20040926

Stephanie Hughes introduces a concert from Symphony Hall, Birmingham with resident Organist Thomas Trotter performing works including the premiere of a new Symphony Hall commission from James MacMillan, Le Tombeau de Georges Rouault.

Thomas Trotter (organ)

Bach: Prelude and Fugue in E Flat, St Anne

Mozart: Adagio and Allegro, K594

MacMillan: Le Tombeau de Georges Rouault (world premiere)

Stravinsky: Three Movements from Petrushka (arr Trotter)

Wammes: Miroir

Liszt: Prelude and Fugue on BACH.

20041010

With Stephanie Hughes.

In a performance given at one of the world's most prestigious festivals the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under Riccardo Muti pair Schubert's first mature symphony with his orchestral swan song.

Schubert: Symphony No 4 in Cm ('Tragic'); Symphony No 9 in C ('Great')

(Recorded at the Salzburg Festival).

20041017

Stephanie Hughes introduces a concert from the Queen Elizabeth Hall, in which the Finnish pianist Olli Mustonen plays Busoni's tributes to Bach, along with Prokofiev's glittering arrangement of music from his ballet Cinderella.

Paul Hindemith: Piano Sonata No 1

Ferruccio Busoni: Fantasia nach J.S.Bach `alla memoria di mio padre Ferdinando Busoni'

JS Bach/Busoni: Komm, Gott Schöpfer, BWV 667; Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645; Nun freut euch, lieben Christen, BWV 734; Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659

Rodion Shchedrin: Questions (eleven pieces for piano) World Premiere

Sergey Prokofiev: Cinderella - excerpts arr for piano.

20041024

Stephanie Hughes introduces a recital by the acclaimed American mezzo-soprano Susan Graham and pianist Malcolm Martineau, recorded at this year's Schwetzingen Festival in Germany.

They perform an eclectic selection of German and French works, including Brahms' popular Gypsy Songs and Debussy's expansive Proses Lyriques.

Brahms: 8 Zigeunerlieder, Op 103

Debussy: Proses Lyriques

Mahler: Four songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn

Poulenc: Quatre Poèmes de Guillaume Apollinaire

Messager: Vois-tu, je m'en veux and J'ai deux amants.

20041107

The Belcea Quartet and friends are joined for this Wigmore Hall concert by mezzo-soprano Ann Murray and baritone Simon Keenlyside for the world premiere of James Olsen's chamber arrangement of songs from Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn.

Introduced by Stephanie Hughes.

Mendelssohn: String Quartet in Em, Op 44 No 2

Mahler: Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn.

20041114

With Stephanie Hughes.

Andrew Manze directs The English Concert in a programme from London's Wigmore Hall which features virtuoso violin concertos from the 18th century alongside some of Mozart's most exquisite and inventive music for strings.

Mozart: Divertimento in B flat, K137

Biber: Sonata No 11 in Cm from Fidicinium Sacroprofanum

Vivaldi: Concerto in Cm, Rv 202; Concerto in Bm for 4 violins Rv 580

Mozart: Divertimento in F K138; Adagio and Fugue in Cm, K546

Locatelli: Concerto in F for 4 violins, Op 4 No 12.

20041205

With Stephanie Hughes.

The acclaimed German baritone Christian Gerhaher and his accompanist Gerhold Huber perform Lieder by Robert Schumann, including his great song-cycle Dichterliebe, in this recital from Wigmore Hall.

Robert Schumann: 6 Lieder from Myrten, Op 25; Dichterliebe, Op 48; Lieder, Op 90; Die Löwenbraut, Op 31/1; Der arme Peter, Op 53/3; Belsatzar Op 57.

20041212

Stephanie Hughes presents an organ recital given in Symphony Hall, Birmingham by Olivier Latry.

The programme includes pieces by Bach, Franck, Widor, Liszt, Vierne and Messiaen.

20041226

Introduced by Stephanie Hughes from Barbican Hall, London.

World-renowned vocalist and cabaret singer Ute Lemper joins the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra to perform repertoire she has made her own: the songs of Kurt Weill, Hanns Eisler, and Jacques Brel.

The concert also includes orchestral jazz suites by Schulhoff and Milhaud.

Schulhoff: Suite for Chamber Orchestra (1921)

'Poets and Provocateurs' - Songs by Brel and Weill

Milhaud: Suite from Saudades do Brazil (1921)

'As Worlds Collide' - Songs by Eisler and Weill.

20050102

Stephanie Hughes presents a concert of Cuban music from Birmingham's Symphony Hall.

The Buena Vista Social Club's from man Ibrahim Ferrer and his band of Buenos Hermanos play 90 minutes of hip-swaying jazz from the heart of Latin America.

20050109

Stephanie Hughes introduces a recital of lieder by Schubert and Strauss from the 2004 Schwarzenberg Schubertiade.

Baritone Thomas Quasthoff is accompanied by pianist Justus Zeyen.

Schubert: Ganymed; Prometheus; Im Abdenrot; Erlkönig

Richard Strauss: Heimliche Aufforderung; Morgen; Allerseelen; Zueignung.

20050130

Stephanie Hughes introduces a recital by John Williams given at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall last October featuring guitar music from Venezuela.

Praetorius/ Trad 16th Century: Four Dances

Agustin Barrios Mangore: La Catedral

Isaac Albeniz: Majorca

Carlo Domeniconi: Koyunbaba

Ignacio 'Indio' Figueredo Pasaje: 'Los Caujaritos'

Benito Canonico: El Totumo

Antonio Carillo: Como llora un Estrella

Pedro Lopez: Los Perdices

Antonio Lauro: Angostura

Heraclio Fernandez: El Diablo Suelto

Vicente Emilio Sojo: Salve; Five Pieces

Antonio Lauro: Romanza

Raul Borges: Vals Venezolano

Antonio Lauro: Virgilio; Seis Por Derecho.

20050206

One of the world's great cellists, Yo-Yo Ma, and his longtime chamber music partner, pianist Kathryn Stott, join forces in recital recorded at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, including from one of the major 20th Century Sonatas to the more exotic dance-based music from Argentina, 'Le Grande Tango', and Brazil, 'Bodas de Prata'.

Introduced by Stephanie Hughes.

Yo-yo Ma (cello)

Kathryn Stott (piano)

Shostakovich: Sonata in Dm

Piazzolla: Le Grande Tango

Gismonte: Bodas de Prata

Franck: Sonata in A.

20050220

Academy of Ancient Music

Violinists Pavlo Beznosiuk and Rachel Podger are joined by oboist Frank de Bruine in a programme of concertos by the masters of the Baroque.

Handel: Concerto Grosso in G, Op 6 No 1, HWV319

Bach: Concert in Cm for oboe and violin, BWV1060

Vivaldi: Concerto in B flat for two violins, RV524

Handel: Concerto Grosso in Dm, Op 6 No 10, HWV328

Vivaldi: Concerto in B flat for oboe and violin, RV548

Bach: Concert in Dm for two violins, BWV1043.

20050313

Stephanie Hughes introduces a recital from London's Queen Elizabeth Hall by the Polish-born pianist Piotr Anderszewski.

Much praised for his recordings of Bach, Anderszewski's programme includes the Overture in the French Style, alongside works by Chopin.

Bach: Overture in the French Style, BWV 831

Chopin: Three Mazurkas, Op 63; Sonata No 3 in B minor, Op 58.

20050320

Stephanie Hughes presents a recital recorded in the Barbican featuring soprano Barbara Bonney and mezzo Angelika Kirchschlager accompanied by pianist Malcolm Martineau.

Includes music by Mendelssohn, Schumann and Dvorak and others.

Bonney and Kirchschlager also share with Stephanie Hughes their thoughts on working together, and what it is about their voices that makes them such a successful partnership.

Mendelssohn: Six Duets Op 63

Ich wollt' meine Lieb ergösse sich

Abschiedslied der Zugvögel

Gruss

Herbstlied

Volkslied

Maiglöckchen und die Blümelein

R Schumann: Three duets from Spanisches Liederspiel, Op 74

Erste Begegnung, No 1

Liebesgram, No 3

Botschaft No 8

Saint-Saens: Pastorale

Ici, les tendres oiseaux

Chausson: La Nuit Op 11, No 1

Massenet: Oh! Ne finis jamais

Fauré: Two Duets, Op 10

Puisqu'ici-bas toute âme, No 1

Tarentelle, No 2

Rossini: Three Duets from Soirées Musicales

La serenata: Mira, la blanca luna

La pesca: Già, la notte s?avvicina

La regatta veneziana: Voga o Tonio

Dvorak: Moravian Duets, Op 32

Ich schwimm dir davon

Fliege, Vöglein

Wenn die Sense scharf geschliffen wäre

Freundlich lass uns scheiden

Der kleine Acker

Die Taube auf dem Ahorn

Wasser und Weinen

Die Bescheidene

Der Ring

Grüne, das Gras

Die Gefangene

Der Trost

Wilde Rose.

20050410

Verbier Festival 2004

There are some concerts which will never be forgotten by those who heard them.

When baritone Thomas Quasthoff and accompanist James Levine left the stage at last year's Verbier Festival they left an audience barely able to believe the mesmeric performance which it had just witnessed.

Stephanie Hughes introduces that concert prefaced by Quasthoff's own thoughts on how to perform Schubert's most demanding of song cycles.

Schubert: Winterreise D 911

Thomas Quasthoff (baritone)

James Levine (piano).

20050417

Stephanie Hughes presents a concert recorded last year at the Schwetzingen Festival, featuring late music from Mozart: and Schubert.

Mozart had King Friedrich Wilhelm II, an amateur cellist in mind when he wrote his 2nd Prussian Quartet.

And cellos feature strongly in Schubert's String Quintet in C, for which the Hagen Quartet is joined by

Heinrich Schiff.

Mozart: String Quartet in B flat, K589

Schubert: String Quintet in C, D956.

20050424

Stephanie Hughes introduces a concert given at last year's Schwetzingen Festival in Germany.

With violinist Frank-Peter Zimmermann and pianist Enrico Pace performing pieces by Bach, Busoni and Brahms.

20050501

Stephanie Hughes presents a concert given by Joshua Bell and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields at Wigmore Hall last month.

The programme comprises one of the most enduringly popular works in the repertoire, Vivaldi's Four Seasons, and Tchaikovsky's final chamber work, inspired by a trip to Italy.

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence Op.

70

Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Joshua Bell (violin).

20050508

Stephanie Hughes introduces a concert given at the Wigmore Hall by the young Italian virtuoso Gianluca Cascioli, whose effortless piano playing has astounded critics and audiences throughout the world.

Mozart: Sonata in Am, K310

Cascioli: Sonatina per pianoforte (UK premiere)

Chopin: Fantastie-Impromptu in C sharp minor, Op 66

Scherzo No 3 in C sharp minor Op 39

Nocturne in E flat Op 9, No 2

Nocturne in F sharp Op 15, No 2

Scherzo No 4 in E, Op 54

Gianluca Cascioli (piano).

20050515

Takacs Quartet

Stephanie Hughes presents a concert given by the Takacs Quartet at the Wigmore Hall earlier this month.

The programme comprises one of Haydn's most famous quartets, The Emperor, and works by Bartok and Borodin.

Haydn: String Quartet in C, Op 76, No 3, The Emperor

Bartok: String Quartet No 2, Op 17

Borodin: Quartet No 2 in D.

20050522

Stephanie Hughes introduces a recital given at the Wigmore Hall by the Austrian mezzo Angelika Kirchschlager with pianist Helmut Deutsch.

The programme includes songs in English by Haydn, Grieg's settings of German poetry, and Poulenc's settings of the surrealist French poet Apollinaire.

Angelika Kirchschlager (mezzo-soprano)

Helmut Deutsch (piano).

20050612

The World's most renowned singing competition arrives back in Cardiff this week.

Iain Burnside is joined by Humphrey Burton at the New Theatre to follow every stage of the song competition exclusively for Radio 3.

They report on the first four of 18 international singers who are competing in this week-long event.

20050619

Stephanie Hughes presents as Giuliano Carmignola conducts the Academy of Ancient Music, in a programme of concertos by violin virtuosi of the Baroque, recorded at the Wigmore Hall in LONDON.

Corelli: Concerto grosso in D, Op 6, No 1; Concerto grosso in F, Op 6 No 2

Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in Em, RV 278; Violin Concerto in B flat, RV 583

Tartini: Concerto for violin and strings in Bm, D125

Locatelli: Concerto for violin and strings in G, Op 3, No 9.

20050626

Stephanie Hughes presents a recital given at the Royal Festival Hall last month in which pianist Angela Hewitt, recipient of the first Radio 3 Listeners' Award in 2003, plays music by Bach, Ravel and Liszt.

Bach: Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue BWV903

Bach: Overture in French style BWV831

Ravel: Sonatine

Liszt: Sonata in Bm

Angela Hewitt (piano).

20050703

Schubert Through the Seasons

Stephanie Hughes presents a recital of Schubert songs by German soprano Christine Schäfer, in a programme themed around the seasons, reflecting Schubert's love of nature from Wigmore Hall in London.

Christine Schäfer (soprano)

Graham Johnson (piano).

20050710

Borodin Quartet

Stephanie Hughes introduces a concert from the Wigmore Hall featuring the Borodin Quartet in their 60th anniversary season.

Borodin: String Quartet No 1 in A

Shostakovich: String Quartet No 1 in C, Op 49

Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No 2 in F, Op 22.

20050717

Stephanie Hughes introduces the final concert in the Florestan Trio's Cheltenham residency, with some of Beethoven's most popular and enduring chamber music.

Beethoven: Variations in E flat on an original theme, Op 44; Piano Trio in D, Ghost, Op 7, No 1; Piano Trio in B flat, Archduke, Op 97

Florestan Trio.

20050724

Amid the splendid setting of Bath Abbey, Rinaldo Alessandrini directs soprano Anna Simboli and members of Concerto Italiano in a performance of Italian baroque music.

This concert was given during the 2005 Bath Festival.

Presented by Stephanie Hughes.

Corelli: Concerto grosso in D, Op 6, No 1

PergolesiSalve Regina

Vivaldi: Flute Concerto in Gm, Op 10, No 2, RV439, La Notte

Vivaldi: Flute Concerto in G, RV 438

Vivaldi: Cantata, Vengo a voi luci adorate, RV 682

Corelli: Concerto grosso in D, Op 6, No 4.

20050731

Given at London's Wigmore Hall, this concert features guitarist John Williams and Richard Harvey playing mandolin, dulcimer, various wind instruments and a battery of exotic percussion instruments.

Introduced by Stephanie Hughes, who is also in conversation with the performers.

20050807

Stephanie Hughes introduces a recital by baritone Thomas Hampson and pianist Wolfram Rieger at the 2005 Mozart Woche Festival in Salzburg.

The programme features songs by Haydn, Mozart and Schumann.

20050814

A concert from Wigmore Hall, London, introduced by Stephanie Hughes.

Three of Europe's most distinguished chamber musicians present an eclectic programme of chamber works spanning three centuries and including Brahms' opulent and lyrical clarinet trio.

Lutoslawski: Dance Preludes

Beethoven: Cello Sonata in A, Op 69

Berg: 4 Pieces for clarinet and piano, Op 5

Brahms: Clarinet Trio in A m, Op 114

Sabine Meyer (clarinet)

Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)

Heinrich Schiff (cello).

20050821

Edinburgh International Festival 2005

Stephanie Hughes introduces a programme of songs by Ravel, Britten, Debussy, Richard Strauss and Shostakovich - given by Czech mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozena and pianist Malcolm Martineau.

Recorded in the Queen's Hall.

Ravel: Vocalise-étude en forme de habanera; Ronsard à son âme; Chanson hébraïque; Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé

Britten: A Charm of Lullabyes

Debussy: Chansons de Bilitis

Strauss: Ruhe, meine Seele, Op 27; Cäcilie, Op 27; Heimliche Aufforderung, Op 27; Morgen! Op 27

Shostakovich: Satires, Op 109.

20050828

Edinburgh International Festival 2005

Stephanie Hughes introduces a programme of songs by Dvorák, Schubert and Brahms given by the mezzo-soprano Bernada Fink and pianist Roger Vignoles at the Queen's Hall as part of this year's Edinburgh International Festival.

Dvorák: Love Songs, Op 83

Schubert: Gretchen am Spinnrade

Schubert: Im Frühling

Schubert: Lachen und Weinen

Schubert: Du bist die Ruh

Schubert: Die junge Nonne

Brahms: Vergebliches Standchen

Brahms: Wie Melodien

Brahms: Der Gang zum Liebchen

Brahms: Sapphische Ode

Brahms: Das Mädchen spricht

Brahms: Meine Liebe ist grün

Dvorák: Songs from the Dvur Králové Manuscript, Op 7.

20050904

Stephanie Hughes introduces a programme of songs by Schubert and Schumann given by the baritone Florian Boesch and pianist Malcolm Martineau at the Queen's Hall as part of this year's Edinburgh International Festival.

Schubert: Prometheus D674; Der Fischer D225; Geheimes D719; Erster Verlust D226; An den Mond D259; Wandrers Nachtlied D224; Wandrers Nachtlied D768; Harfenspieler I D479; Harfenspieler II D480; Harfenspieler III D481; Erlkönig D328.

Schumann: Der Hans und die Grete tanzen herum, Op 53; In meiner Brust, da sitzt ein Weh, Op 53; Der arme Peter, Op 53; Die Lotosblume, Op 25; Ich wanderte unter den Bäumen, Op 24; Du bist wie eine Blume, Op 25; Es leuchtet meine Liebe, Op 127; Mein Wagen rollet Langsam, Op 142; Berg und Burgen, Op 24; Anfangs wollt' ich fast verzagen, Op 24; Belsatzar, Op 57.

20050911

Italian violin virtuoso Giuliano Carmignola plays and directs the Venice Baroque Orchestra in a programme of Baroque concertos given at this year's Schwetzingen Festival in Germany.

Vivaldi: Concerto for strings and continuo in C, RV 114; Concert for strings and continuo in Gm, RV 157; Violin Concerto in Em, RV 278; Concerto for violin and cello in B flat, RV 547; Concerto for strings and continuo in Gm, RV 156; Violin concerto in C, RV 117

Tartini: Violin concerto in A, D96.

20050918

Stephanie Hughes introduces a recital given by the Russian pianist Grigori Sokolov at the Rococo Theatre, Schwetzingen in June.

Known for the strength of his technique and the naturalness of his interpretations, Sokolov performs Schubert's Sonata in A, and a selection of pieces by Chopin.

Schubert: Sonata in A, D959

Chopin: Fantasie-Impromptu in C sharp m, Op 66

Chopin: Impromptu in A flat, Op 29

Chopin: Impromptu In F sharp, Op 36

Chopin: Impromptu In G flat, Op 51

Chopin: Polonaise-Fantasie in A flat, Op 61

Grigori Sokolov (piano).

20050925

Stephanie Hughes introduces a concert from this year's Schwetzingen Festival in which the violinist Midori is accompanied by Robert McDonald on piano.

Mozart: Violin Sonata in B flat, K454

Bach: Sonata No 2 in Am for solo violin, BWV 1003

Kurtag: Tre Pezzi Op 14e for violin and piano

Franck: Violin Sonata in A

Midori (violin)

Robert McDonald (piano).

20051002

Stephanie Hughes introduces a concert from the Wigmore Hall in which tenor Iain Bostridge is accompanied by Graham Johnson in settings by Schumann of poems by Heinrich Heine.

Schumann:

Liederkreis, Op 24

Abends am Strande, from Op 45

Dein Angesicht, from Op 127

Lehn' deine Wang, from Op 142

Du bist wie eine Blume, from Op 25

Belsatzar, Op 57

Mein Wagen rollet langsam, from Op 142

Dichterliebe, Op 48.

20051009

Stephanie Hughes introduces a concert from this year's Schwetzingen Festival in which pianist Andras Schiff performs piano sonatas by Beethoven, as part of his ongoing Beethoven sonata cycle project, which has taken him all over the world.

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No 12 in A flat, Op 26; Piano Sonata No 13 in E flat, Op 27/1, Quasi una fantasia; Piano Sonata No 14 in C sharp m, Op 27/2, Moonlight;

Piano Sonata No 15 in D, Op 28, Pastoral.

20051016

Stephanie Hughes presents a concert given by baritone Matthias Goerne and pianist Alexander Schmalcz at this year's Schwetzingen Festival.

They perform a romantic programme of songs by Mahler and Brahms.

Mahler: 9 Lieder

Brahms: Vier ernste Gesange Op 121

Brahms: Sommerabend, Mondschein, from Six Lieder Op 85

Brahms: Es schauen die Blumen, Meerfahrt, from Four Lieder Op 96

Brahms: Lerchengesang Op 702

Matthias Goerne (baritone)

Alexander Schmalcz (piano).

20051023

Stephanie Hughes introduces a colourful selection of Baroque concertos.

JS Bach: Concerto in Am for flute, violin and harpsichord, BWV 1044

CPE Bach: Harpsichord Concerto in Dm, Wq 23

Telemann: Concerto in A for flute, violin & obbligato cello

Rachel Brown (flute)

Rachel Podger (violin)

Joseph Crouch (cello)

Academy of Ancient Music

Richard Egarr (harpsichord/director).

20051030

Members of the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras join forces to perform Mahler's Symphony No 6 in Am - 'Tragic', under the baton of Simon Rattle

20051106

A Soldier's Tale

Samuel West takes on all three roles in Stravinsky's masterpiece - the narrator, the devil and the soldier - in a performance also featuring the chamber ensemble

Excellent Device.

Introduced by Stephanie Hughes.

Copland: Suite - Appalachian Spring for chamber ensemble

Stravinsky: A Soldier's Tale

Samuel West (narrator)

Charles Hazlewood (director).

20051113

American diva Renee Fleming in a rare recital appearance at the Barbican.

Including songs by Henry Purcell, George Crumb, André Previn, Alban Berg and Robert Schumann.

Presented by Stephanie Hughes

20051120

Stephanie Hughes presents as pianist Stephen Hough features in a recital from the Queen Elizabeth Hall on London's South Bank, in a programme which moves from Vienna to Spain.

Berg: Sonata No 1

Schubert: Sonata in G, D894

Granados: Valses Poeticos

Albeniz: Evocation & Triana (from Iberia)

Debussy: La serenade interrompue; Soiree dans Grenade

Ravel: Alborada del Gracioso

Albeniz/Godowsky: Tango

Moszkowski: Caprice Espagnol.

20051127

Stephanie Hughes presents a concert given at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.

Frank Peter Zimmerman, Heinrich Schiff and Christian Zacharias combine forces to perform two masterworks from the chamber repertoire, written at the end of Schubert's short life.

Schubert: Piano Trio in B flat, D898; Piano Trio in E flat, D929

Frank Peter Zimmerman (violin)

Heinrich Schiff (cello)

Christian Zacharias (piano).

20051204

Bath Mozartfest 2005

Stephanie Hughes introduces a concert recorded at last month's Bath MozartFest.

This recital by the distinguished pianist Stephen Kovacevich, whose interpretations of the classical repertoire are as enthralling as they are authoritative, contains three sonatas which might be described as early, middle and late.

There's early Mozart, with the delightfully Haydnesque K282, composed in January 1775 as part of his first published set of six sonatas; middle-period Beethoven, with the A major sonata which cast such a spell over his Romantic successors; and Schubert's sublime last sonata, composed only two months before his death.

20051211

A recital by leading Chinese pianist Lang Lang, recorded at the National Concert Hall in Dublin.

Featuring classics of the piano repertoire by Mozart, Chopin, Rachmaninov and Liszt.

Introduced by Stephanie Hughes.

Mozart: Piano Sonata in C, K330

Chopin: Piano Sonata No 3 in Bm, Op 58

Rachmaninov: Prelude, Op 23, No 5, in Gm

Liszt, arr Horovitz: Hungarian Rhapsody No 2.

20060108

Stephanie Hughes presents a concert given by the baritone Thomas Quasthoff with pianist Charles Spencer at Wigmore Hall last year.

They perform one of the great song cycles - Die Schöne Müllerin by Schubert, which tells the story of a miller boy's obsession with the mill owner's daughter.

Thomas Quasthoff offers his thoughts on the cycle, and Schubert's vocal writing.

20060122

Stephanie Hughes introduces a concert from the 2005 Mozartwoche in Salzburg.

Roger Norrington conducts the Camerata Salzburg in symphonies by Mozart and Haydn.

Mozart: Symphony No 33 in B flat, K319; Piano Concerto No 24 in Cm, K491

Haydn: Symphony No 96 in D, Miracle

Camerata Salzburg

Lang Lang (piano)

Roger Norrington (conductor).

20060205

Bartók and Folk Music

The work of a 20th Century master, Bela Bartók, and the folk music that provided so much of his inspiration, are brought together at the Sage Gateshead by the Takacs Quartet and the distinguished ensemble Muzsikas.

Some of Bartok's best known chamber music is interwoven with the Hungarian, Transylvanian and Romanian folk songs and dances, performed in the traditional manner.

The ensembles are joined by vocalist Marta Sebestyen, plus field recordings from the Bartók archive.

Dances from Transylvania

Bartók: Quartet No 4 with Hungarian dances; 3 Violin Duos with their source tunes; (arr Tapping) Sonatina, with traditional tunes

Ballad of the Murdered Shepherd

Bartók: Rumanian Dances, with their source tunes

Takacs Quartet

Muzsikas

Daniel Hamar (director)

With Marta Sebestyen (vocals).

20060212

American pianist Richard Goode takes us on a journey from the 16th to the early 19th centuries in a concert from the Rococo Theatre in Schwetzingen.

As with many of his recitals, the programme includes Beethoven, a composer he's become very closely associated with.

Byrd: My Lady Nevell's Book; Pavane and Galliarde No 2 in G, Bk 71a & b; Pavane and Galliarde No 3 in Am, Bk 14a & b

Bach: French Suite No 3 in Bm, WV 814

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No 26 in E flat, Op 81a, Les Adieux

Haydn: Piano Sonata in C

Bach: Partita No 6 in Em, BWV 830.

20060226

Stephanie Hughes introduces a piano recital given by British musician Imogen Cooper, in the Great Hall at The Queen's University of Belfast.

It's part of the Belfast Music Society's International Festival of Chamber Music 2006.

Haydn: Sonata for piano in C

Ades: Traced overhead for piano

Schumann: Kreisleriana - 8 fantasies for piano

Schubert: Sonata for piano in Am.

20060312

Shostakovich String Quartets

1/6.

Stephanie Hughes introduces a series of concerts marking the centenary of Shostakovich's birth.

Featuring the Aviv String Quartet at London's Wigmore Hall.

String Quartet No 7 in F sharp m

String Quartet No 14 in F sharp

String Quartet No 2 in A.

20060319

A concert recorded last year at the Wigmore Hall, featuring Steven Isserlis on cello and Stephen Hough on piano.

Presented by Stephanie Hughes.

Strauss: Cello Sonata in F, Op 6

Brahms: Cello Sonata No 1 in Em, Op 38

Webern: Two Pieces for cello and piano (1899)

Brahms: Cello Sonata No 2 in F, Op 99.

20060326

Stephanie Hughes presents the first in a series of programmes from the Piano 2006 Festival in Manchester, which this year features Mozart's piano concertos as part of Celebrating Mozart.

1/7.

A rare chance to hear chamber performances of the four concerti which Mozart permitted in versions for piano and single strings.

The pianists are the young Armenian Vahan Mardirossian and from France, Michel Dalberto.

Concerto No 11 in F, K413; Concerto No 14 in E flat, K449

Vahan Mardirossian (piano)

Callino Quartet

Ronan Dunn (double bass)

Concerto No 12 in A, K414; Concerto No 13 in C, K415

Michel Dalberto (piano)

Elias Quartet

Dominic Worsley (double bass).

20060402

Stephanie Hughes introduces a concert from London's Wigmore Hall, given by former Radio 3 New Generation artists the Leopold String Trio.

Taneyev: String Trio in E flat, Op 31

Schnittke: String Trio

Beethoven: String Trio in G, Op 9, No 1.

20060409

Ahead of the Radio 3 World Music Awards, Stephanie Hughes introduces a concert from the Bridgewater Hall, given last year by a previous winner - Portuguese fado singer Mariza.

She enchanted the sell-out crowd in Manchester with a selection of stunning fado songs, including music from her album Transparente.

The singer also took time to talk with Stephanie about her life and her music.

20060416

Stephanie Hughes introduces a concert recorded in Berlin's Philharmonie Hall.

Webern: Six Pieces, Op 6

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 5 - Emperor

Schumann: Symphony No 3

Emanuel Ax (piano)

Berlin Philharmonic

David Zinman (conductor).

20060423

As part of Radio 3's English Music Day, Stephanie Hughes introduces a concert of English song from London's Wigmore Hall, given by Sir Thomas Allen and Malcolm Martineau.

Blow: The Self-Banished

Purcell: Music for a While

Ford: Since First I Saw Your Face

Boyce: The Song of Momus to Mars

Quilter: Elizabethan Lyrics; Weep You No More; Brown Is My Love; Damask Roses; My Life's Delight; Five Shakespeare Songs; Come Away Death; O Mistress Mine; Blow, Blow thou Winter Wind; Take, O Take Those Lips Away; Hey Ho the Wind and the Rain

Warlock: Sleep; Hanacker Mill; My Own Country; Yarmouth Fair

Sir Thomas Allen (baritone)

Malcolm Martineau (piano).

20060507

Mitsuko Uchida

Stephanie Hughes presents the last in the series celebrating legendary pianist Mitsuko Uchida, with a chance to hear a concert recorded at the Mozarteum, Salzburg.

The renowned Hagen Quartet performs one of Mozart's late quartets, possibly written with the cello-playing King of Prussia in mind, before joining forces with Uchida for one of the great piano quintets, Schumann's evergreen Op 44.

Mozart: Quartet in D, K575

Schumann: Piano Quintet in E flat, Op 44.

20060514

Stephanie Hughes introduces a recital given last year in Amsterdam by the world renowned Beaux Arts Trio, which included the premiere performance of a new work by Mark-Anthony Turnage commissioned by the Concertgebouw in honour of the 50th anniversary of the Trio.

Brahms: Piano Quartet No 3 in Cm, Op 60

Beaux Arts Trio

Philip Dukes (viola)

Mark Anthony Turnage: A Slow Pavane, 2005

Schubert: Piano Quintet in A, Trout, D667, 1819

Annika Hope-Pigorsch (double bass).

20060521

Bath International Music Festival

Join Stephanie Hughes for BBC Radio 3's first visit to the 2006 Bath International Music Festival.

Coverage begins with a recital by the Festival's new Artistic Director, Joanna MacGregor.

Her vision is for a festival where old and new music shares territories, where musicians of every background connect with one another, and where global music permeates every aspect of the programme.

MacGregor herself is leading the way, and this afternoon's concert from the Assembly Rooms features a typically eclectic programme - Bach's Goldberg Variations alongside Piazzolla's tangos, and Lost Highway - a musical diary of MacGregor's own journey around the states of the Mississippi Delta, featuring music from Tom Waits, Dr John, Professor Longhair, and others.

Lost Highway (arr MacGregor)

Piazzolla: Six Tangos

Bach: Goldberg Variations BWV 988.

20060528

Gala at the Met

2/2.

Joseph Volpe started at the Metropolitan Opera House as an apprentice carpenter 42 years ago, and rose to become its General Manager in 1990.

Stephanie Hughes introduces part two of a star-studded Gala Concert from the Met to celebrate his career, and mark his retirement in June.

The surprise programme of arias, duets and ensembles will include performances by many of the singers who have made their careers on the Met's famous stage - including sopranos Renée Fleming, Mirella Freni, Karita Mattila and Kiri Te Kanawa; mezzo-sopranos Olga Borodina, Susan Graham, Waltraud Meier and Frederica von Stade; tenors Plácido Domingo, Juan Diego Flórez, Ben Heppner and Ramón Vargas; baritones Dwayne Croft, Thomas Hampson and Dmitri Hvorostovsky; basses James Morris, René Pape and Samuel Ramey.

The company's principal guest conductor, Valery Gergiev, and Marco Armiliato, James Conlon, and Patrick Summers direct the artists, orchestra and chorus of the Metropolitan Opera.

20060604

Stephanie Hughes introduces a concert from last summer's Lucerne Festival.

Schoenberg: Chamber Symphony No 2

Mahler: Symphony No 4

Lisa Larsson (soprano)

Members of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra

Mahler Chamber Orchestra

Daniel Harding (conductor).

20060611

Stephanie Hughes presents the Belcea Quartet playing three of Bartok's seminal quartets - the String Quartets Nos 1, 2 and 3.

20060618

Stephanie Hughes introduces a recital given in London's Wigmore Hall by Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos and Hungarian pianist Denes Varjon.

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No 6 in A, Op 30, No 1

Busoni: Violin Sonata No 2 in Em, Op 36a

Debussy: Violin Sonata

Bartok: Violin Sonata No 1.

20060625

Stephanie Hughes presents another concert recorded at Wigmore Hall as part of its Bartok Festival.

Bartók: Excerpts from Mikrokosmos; Fourteen Bagatelles, Op 6; Sonata (1926); Etúdök (Three Studies), Op 18; Négy siratóének (Four Dirges), Op 9a; Szabadban (Out of Doors Suite), Sz 89; Sonata for two pianos and percussion

Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Tamara Stefanovich (piano)

Colin Currie, Sam Walton (percussion).

Stephanie Hughes presents another concert recorded at Wigmore Hall as part of its Bartok Festival.

Bartók: Excerpts from Mikrokosmos; Fourteen Bagatelles, Op 6; Sonata (1926); Etúdök (Three Studies), Op 18; Négy siratóének (Four Dirges), Op 9a; Szabadban (Out of Doors Suite), Sz 89; Sonata for two pianos and percussion Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Tamara Stefanovich (piano) Colin Currie, Sam Walton (percussion).

20060702

Stephanie Hughes presents a recital recorded earlier this year at Wigmore Hall in London by Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes.

Featuring late works by Beethoven, Schubert and Janacek, alongside the UK premiere of a piece written specially for him by Danish composer Bent Sorensen, The Shadows of Silence.

Beethoven: Sonata No 31 in A flat, Op 110

Sørensen: The Shadows of Silence

Janacek: In the Mists

Schubert: Sonata in Cm, D958.

20060702

Stephanie Hughes presents a recital recorded earlier this year at Wigmore Hall in London by Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes.

Featuring late works by Beethoven, Schubert and Janacek, alongside the UK premiere of a piece written specially for him by Danish composer Bent Sorensen, The Shadows of Silence.

Beethoven: Sonata No 31 in A flat, Op 110

Sørensen: The Shadows of Silence

Janacek: In the Mists

Schubert: Sonata in Cm, D958

20060709

A concert given at this year's Cheltenham Festival by the Zehetmair Quartet.

Mozart: String Quartet in G, K156.

Bartók: String Quartet No 5.

Mozart: String Quartet in B flat, K458.

20060716

Stephanie Hughes introduces a recital given at the Barbican in London by Finnish soprano Karita Mattila with pianist Martin Katz.

Barber: Hermit Songs; Toivo Kuula, Erkki Melartin, Oskar Merikanto, Leevi

Madetoja: Finnish songs

Wolf: In dem Schatten meiner Locken; Alle gingen, Herz, zur Ruh; Bedeckt mich mit Blumen; Sagt, seid Ihr es, feiner Herr?

Granados: La maja y el ruisenor

Turina: Poema en forma de canciones

Karita Mattila (soprano)

Martin Katz (piano).

20060723

Polish-Hungarian pianist Piotr Anderszewski is quickly becoming known for the intensity and originality of his performances.

In his recital from this summer's Schwetzingen Festival he performs a programme of Mozart and Beethoven.

Presented by Stephanie Hughes.

Mozart: Fantasia in Cm, K475

Mozart: Piano Sonata in Cm, K457

Beethoven: Six Bagatelles, Op 126

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No 31 in A flat, Op 110

Piotr Anderszewski (piano).

20060730

Europa Galante

Stephanie Hughes introduces a concert given at this year's Schwetzingen Festival by Italian period-instrument orchestra Europa Galante, led from the violin by their director Fabio Biondi.

Corelli: Concerto grosso in D, Op 6, No 4

Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in D, Op 3, No 9

Telemann: Burlesque de Quichotte

Geminiani, after Corelli: Concerto grosso No 12 in Dm, La Follia

Arvo Part: Summa

Vivaldi: Concerto in D for two violins, two cellos and strings, RV564

Barsanti: Overture in Dm, Op 4, No 2.

20060806

Stephanie Hughes introduces a concert given at this year's Schwetzingen Festival by cellist Heinrich Schiff and BBC New Generation Artist Martin Helmchen.

Beethoven: Sonata No 1 in F, Op 5, No 1; Sonata No 4 in C, Op 102, No 1; Variations in F on Ein Madchen oder Weibchen from Magic Flute Op 66; Sonata No 3 in A, Op 69

Heinrich Schiff (cello)

Martin Helmchen (piano).

20060813

Heinrich Schiff and Martin Helmchen

Stephanie Hughes introduces the second all-Beethoven programme given at this year's Schwetzingen Festival by cellist Heinrich Schiff and BBC New Generation Artist Martin Helmchen.

Beethoven: 7 Variations in E flat on Bei Mannern, welche Liebe fuhlen WoO 46; Sonata No 2 in Gm, Op 5, No 2; 12 Variations in G on a Theme from Handel's Judas Maccabaeus, WoO 45; Sonata No 5 in D, Op 102, No 2

Heinrich Schiff (cello)

Martin Helmchen (piano).

20060820

Distinguished Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt joins the Australian Chamber Orchestra in an eclectic programme of works from the Baroque and beyond, from California's La Jolla Festival.

Brahms, arr Angerer: O Gott, du frommer Gott from Chorale Preludes, Op 122

Bach: Keyboard Concerto in D, BWV 1054; Keyboard Concerto in Gm, BWV 1058

Vivaldi: Concerto No 10 for 4 violins in Bm, from L'estro armonico, RV 580

Ravel, arr.

Tognetti: String Quartet in F

Carl Vine: Smith's Alchemy

Angela Hewitt (piano)

Cho-Liang Lin, Helena Rathbone, Satu Vanska (violin)

Australian Chamber Orchestra

Richard Tognetti (Music Director/violin).

20060827

Edinburgh International Festival 2006

The Arcanto Quartet, an ensemble made up of major string soloists Antje Weithaas, Daniel Sepec, Tabea Zimmermann and Jean-Guihen Queryras, plays three classics of the string quartet repertoire.

Presented by Stephanie Hughes.

Mozart: String Quartet in C, K465

Ravel: String Quartet in F

Beethoven: String Quartet in F, Op 59.

20060903

Edinburgh International Festival 2006

Jonas Kaufmann is one of the finest German tenors of his generation and in this recital from the Queen's Hall in Edinburgh, he presents a programme of songs by Bartok and Strauss with pianist Helmut Deutsch.

Presented by Stephanie Hughes.

Schubert: Die Bürgschaft, D246

Bartók: 4 Slovakian Folk Songs, Sz70

Strauss: All' mein Gedanken, Op 21; Du meines Herzens Krönelein, Op 21; Ach Lieb, ich muss nun scheiden, Op 21; Ach, weh mir unglückhaftem Mann, Op 21; Die Frauen sind oft fromm und still, Op 21; Sehnsucht, Op 32-2; Nachtgang, Op 29; Freundliche Vision, Op 48; Ich liebe dich, Op 37; Ruhe, meine Seele, Op 27; Cäcilie, Op 27; Heimliche Aufforderung, Op 27; Morgen!, Op 27

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Helmut Deutsch (piano).

20060910

Edinburgh International Festival 2006

Conductor and pianist Christian Zacharias appears behind the piano at the Queen's Hall.

Presented by Stephanie Hughes.

Mozart: Piano Sonata in B Flat, K281

Ravel: Sonatine

Mozart: Variations in G, K455

Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales

Schubert: Piano Sonata in A, D959.

20060917

Edinburgh International Festival 2006

Sara Mohr-pietsch presents a recital given at the Queen's Hall by young German soprano Anne Schwanewilms.

The works of Strauss and Mahler form the centre piece of this concert.

Malcolm Martineau is the accompanist.

Strauss: Traum durch die Dämmerung, Op 29; Schlagende Herzen, Op 29; Nachtgang, Op 29; Du meines Herzens Krönelein, Op 21; Ach Lieb, ich muss nun scheiden, Op 21; Mein Herz ist stumm, mein Herz ist kalt, Op 19'6

Mahler: Scheiden und Meiden (Des Knaben Wunderhorn); Um schlimme Kinder artig zu machen; Ich ging mit Lust durch einen grünen Wald

Strauss: Die Nacht, Op 10; Geduld, Op 10'5; Allerseelen, Op 10; Leises Lied, Op 39; Wiegenliedchen, Op 49'3; Waldseligkeit, Op 49

Mahler: Ablösung im Sommer; Aus! Aus!; Nicht wiedersehen!

Strauss: Wie erkenn ich mein Treulieb (Drei Lieder der Ophelia) Op 67'1; Guten Morgen, 's ist Sankt Valentinstag (Drei Lieder der Ophelia) Op 67; Sie trugen ihn auf der Bahre bloss (Drei Lieder der Ophelia) Op 67'3.

20060924

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Mahler's 8th Symphony, known as the Symphony of a Thousand because it requires a huge number of performers.

A distinguished array of soloists, choirs and the Sibelius Academy Orchestra join the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra in a concert introduced by Stephanie Hughes.

Mahler: Symphony No 8

Soile Isokoski, Anna-Kristiina Kaappola, Ricarda Merbeth, Lilli Paasikivi (soprano)

Hilke Andersen (contralto)

Mika Pohjonen (tenor)

Tommi Hakala (baritone)

Ain Anger (bass)

Cantores Minores

Sibelius Academy Orchestra

Finnish Philharmonic Chorus

Tapiola Chamber Chorus

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra

Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor).

20061001

Stephanie Hughes presents a recital by legendary pianist Maurizio Pollini, from this year's Salzburg Festival.

Mozart: Fantasy in Cm, K475; Sonata in Cm, K457; Adagio in Bm, K540; Sonata in D, K576

Webern: Variations, Op 27

Boulez: Sonata No 2 (1948).

20061008

Stephanie Hughes presents a recital by the Belcea Quartet of Bartok's last monumental quartets, which was given as part of Wigmore Hall's Bartok festival in June this year.

Bartok: Quartet No 4, Sz 91; Quartet No 5, Sz 102; Quartet No 6, Sz 114.

20061015

Stephanie Hughes introduces a concert given last month at London's Wigmore Hall by the highly acclaimed Florestan Trio.

Haydn: Piano Trio in E flat minor, H XV 31

Dvorak: Piano Trio in G minor, Op 26

Schubert: Piano Trio in B flat, D898.

20061022

Stephanie Hughes introduces a concert from the Menuhin Festival in the Swiss town of Gstaad.

Rosemary Joshua (soprano)

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra

Rene Jacobs (conductor)

Mozart: Don Giovanni - overture; Symphony in D, K504 (Prague); Misera, dove son! K369; Basta, vincesti, K486a; Symphony No 41 in C (Jupiter).

20061029

Stephanie Hughes introduces a concert given at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

Leo van Doeselaar (organ)

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Myung-Whun Chung (conductor)

Beethoven: Symphony No 6 (Pastoral)

Saint-Saens: Symphony No 3 (Organ Symphony).

20061105

Stephanie Hughes introduces a concert given last month as part of the Chamber Music Season at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.

Virtuoso violinist Christian Tetzlaff is joined by Borletti-Buitoni Trust award winners percussionist Colin Currie, violinist Soovin Kim, cellist Christian Poltéra, mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn and pianist Shai Wosner.

Bartok: Duos for two violins (excerpts)

Mahler: Rheinlegendchen; Wo die schonen Trompeten blasen; Das irdische Leben; Urlicht (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Dave Maric: Trilogy

Dvorak: Piano Quartet No 2 in E flat, Op 87

Richard Baker: Written on a Train.

20061112

Stephanie Hughes introduces a concert given last month as part of the Festival of Song at the Wigmore Hall, London.

The young mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirchschlager is joined by pianist Helmut Deutsch in a programme of lieder by Schumann and Schubert.

Schumann: Freisinn, Op 25 No 2 (Myrthen); Erstes Grün, Op 35 No 4; Hoch hoch sind die Berge, Op 138 No 8; Die Soldatenbraut, Op 64 No 1; Liebeslied, Op 51 No 5; Das verlassne Mägdelein, Op 64 No 2; Stille Tränen, Op 35 No 10; Die Löwenbraut, Op 31 No 1; Lust der Sturmnacht, Op 35 No 1; Morgens steh'ich auf und frage, Op 24 No 1; Der Einsiedler, Op 83 No 3; Abendlied, Op 107 No 6

Schubert: Auf dem See, D543; Das Echo, D868; Des Mädchens Klage, D191; Nähe des Geliebten, D162; Bei dir allein, D866 No 2; Wiegenlied, D867; Der Pilgrim, D794; Sehnsucht, D636; Lied des Florio, D857 No 2; An den Mond, D259; An die Musik, D547.

20061119

A recital given by the Leopold String Quartet earlier this month at the Wigmore Hall, London.

The programme includes works by Bach and Schubert alongside one by concentration-camp prisoner Hans Krasa, written while at Therezin.

Schubert: String Trio in B flat, D581

Hans Krasa: Tanec (Dance)

Bach arr Sitkovetsky: Goldberg Variations, BWV988.

20061126

Stephanie Hughes introduces a concert recorded in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory at this year's Moscow Easter Festival.

Yefim Bronfman (piano)

Kirov Orchestra

Valery Gergiev (conductor)

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet (Suite)

Bartok: Piano Concerto No 2

Shostakovich: Symphony No 10.

20061203

A recital by the Belcea Quartet, recorded on December 2 in the Wigmore Hall.

Britten: 3 Divertimenti; String Quartet No 2; String Quartet No 3.

20061210

Stephanie Hughes presents a piano recital by Christian Zacharias, recorded at the Edinburgh International Festival.

Mozart: Sonata in B Flat, K281

Ravel: Sonatine

Mozart: Variations in G, K455

Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales

Schubert: Sonata in A, D959.

20061224

Stephanie Hughes introduces a piano recital by Stephen Hough recorded in the Wigmore Hall in London.

Mozart: Fantasia in Cm, K475

Schumann: Fantasy in C, Op 17

Mozart: Sonata in B flat, K333

Stephen Hough: Three Mozart Transformations (after Poulenc)

Liszt/Busoni: Figaro Fantasy.

20070107

Stephanie Hughes introduces a concert recorded in the Pleyel Hall in Paris.

R Strauss: Don Juan, Op 20; Capriccio, Op 85 (final scene); Ein Heldenleben, Op 40

Soile Isokoski (soprano)

Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra

Paavo Jarvi (conductor).

20070121

Stephanie Hughes introduces the first of two concerts featuring pianist Andras Schiff recorded at the National Concert Hall in Dublin.

He is joined by violinist Yuuko Shiokawa and cellist Miklos Perenyi for a programme of piano trios by Haydn and Beethoven.

Haydn: Trio in E, HobXV.28; Trio in A flat, HobXV.14; Trio in C, HobXV.27

Beethoven: Trio in B flat, Op 97 (Archduke).

20070128

Stephanie Hughes introduces the second of two concerts featuring pianist Andras Schiff recorded at the National Concert Hall in Dublin.

He is joined by by Dutch bass Robert Holl for a programme of German lieder by Schubert, Wolf and Brahms.

Including:

Schubert: Auf der Donau; Lied eines schiffers an der Dioskuren; Der Schiffer; Der Entsühnte Orest; Fragment aus der Aeschylus; Prometheus; Grenzen der Menschheit; Im Abendrot

Wolf: Three Michelangelo sonnets

Brahms: Four serious songs, Op121.

20070204

Stephanie Hughes introduces a recital by the Florestan Trio, recorded at the Wigmore Hall.

Dvorak: Piano Trio in B flat, Op 21

Eben: Piano Trio

Schubert: Trio in E flat, D929.

A Scandinavian Dichterliebe20060219

Stephanie Hughes introduces a concert given at last October's Leeds Lieder + festival.

Soprano Barbara Bonney, with pianist Iain Burnside, perform a range of songs by Scandinavian composers, including Sibelius, Grieg, Stenhammar and Alfven, alongside a selection of songs by "the other Mozart" (his son Franz Xaver), and by "the other Mendelssohn" - Felix's sister, Fanny.

Mozart, FX: 3 Deutsche Lieder, Op 27

Mendelssohn, Fanny: Gondellied; Nachtwanderer; Suleika; Die Mainacht; Nach Süden

Sibelius: Demanten på marssnön; Vilse;

Alfven: Sa tag mit hjerte

Stenhammar: Till en ros; Flickan kom ifrån sin alsklingsmöte; Adagio; Fylgia; I skogen

Sjöberg: Tonerna

Grieg: Med en vandlilje; Jeg elsker Dig; Zur Rosenzeit; En Drøm.

Bernstein On Broadway20050529

Tommy Pearson and Humphrey Burton introduce highlights from a concert given at the Barbican in July last year.

Kim Criswell sings favourites from Bernstein's Broadway shows, and the London Symphony Orchestra takes centre stage in his Prelude, Fugue and Riffs and Three Dance Episodes from On the Town.

Bernstein: Prelude, Fugue and Riffs; West Side Story Prologue; I Feel Pretty; Somewhere; Candide Overture; Easily Assimilated; Candide's Lament; On the Town, Three Dance Episodes; I Can Cook Too; Wonderful Town Overture; One Hundred Easy Ways to Lose a Man; A Little Bit in Love; Trouble in Tahiti; Island Magic.

Kim Criswell (vocalist)

Maida Vale Singers

London Symphony Orchestra

Marin Alsop (conductor).

Kronos Quartet20050327

Stephanie Hughes presents a concert given by at the Barbican in January.

Includes the world premiere of Meredith Monk's Stringsongs, and a string quartet by Alexandra du Bois.

Stephanie Hughes also discusses the music with Kronos? lead violinist, David Harrington.

Michael Gordon: Potassium (UK premiere)

Franghiz Ali-Zadeh: Oasis

Meredith Monk: Stringsongs (world premiere)

Clint Mansell (arr David Lang): Requiem for a Dream, Suite

Alexandra du Bois: String Quartet: Oculus pro oculo totum orbem terrae caecat (An Eye for an Eye Makes the Whole World Blind).

Verbier Festival 200420050213

Stephanie Hughes travels to the heart of the Swiss Alps for a concert from Europe's leading chamber music festival.

Carte Blanche à Kissin announces the opportunity for Russian virtuoso Evgeny Kissin to gather his personal choice of artists and repertoire for an unforgettable concert given in the vast Salle Médran at the foot of the resort's ski slopes.

Rachmaninov: Sonata for cello and piano in Gm, Op 19

Dvorak: Piano Quintet in A, Op 81

Vadim Repin (violin)

Laurent Korcia (violin)

Yuri Bashmet (viola)

Alexander Kniazev (cello)

Evgeny Kissin (piano).