Ten Pieces To Inspire Children

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AO301Beethoven's Fifth Symphony20140929

With Katie Derham

With "Ten Pieces" the BBC is aiming to inspire a generation of children in primary schools to get creative with Classical Music, and every weekday this week and next, Afternoon on 3 offers a chance to hear the whole works at the beginning of each programme at 2pm. This week features the BBC Philharmonic, and will have performances conducted by Gianandrea Noseda of Beethoven's 5th Symphony on Monday and John Adams's Short Ride in a Fast Machine on Thursday. Britten's 4 Sea Interludes taken from Peter Grimes are on Wednesday, conducted by Yutaka Sado. The Ulster Orchestra also feature with Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite No.1 on Tuesday and the BBC National Chorus and Orchestra of Wales performs Handel's Zadok the Priest on Friday.

For more about Ten pieces visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01vs08w

Today's programme features the BBC Philharmonic, and starts and finishes with two autobiographical works: Beethoven's 5th Symphony - the composer's despair and defiance in the face of impending deafness - and Richard Strauss's tone poem Ein Heldenleben - A Hero's Life - in which, although he denied it at the time, many commentators have come to take it that the hero in question is Richard Strauss himself.

Elsewhere in today's programme, two English concertante works: the viola Phantasy (concerto) by Arnold Bax recorded recently by the BBC Philharmonic and Sir Andrew Davis with soloist Philip Dukes, and Harrison Birtwistle's Endless Parade with trumpet soloist Hakan Hardenberger.

2pm

Ten Pieces:

Beethoven

Symphony No.5 in C minor

BBC Philharmonic

Gianandrea Noseda (conductor)

2.35

Bax

Phantasy-Concerto in D for viola and orchestra

Philip Dukes (viola)

Andrew Davis (conductor)

3pm

Harrison Birtwistle

Endless Parade

Hakan Hardenberger (trumpet)

John Storgards (conductor)

3.25

Strauss

Ein Heldenleben

AO302Britten's Four Sea Interludes20140930

With Katie Derham

With "Ten Pieces" the BBC is aiming to inspire a generation of children in primary schools to get creative with Classical Music, and every weekday this week and next, Afternoon on 3 offers a chance to hear the whole works at the beginning of each programme at 2pm.

Today it is the 4 Sea Interludes by Benjamin Britten - each one an evocative portrait in sound of the Suffolk coast and its communities from Britten's opera Peter Grimes

For more about Ten pieces visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01vs08w

The rest of the the programme features the BBC Philharmonic, with recent recordings of Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, and Strauss lieder with soloist Inger Dam Jensen.

2pm

Ten Pieces:

Britten

4 Sea Interludes

BBC Philharmonic

Yutaka Sado (conductor)

2.15

Berlioz

Symphonie Fantastique

3.10

Richard Strauss

6 Lieder Op.68 (Brentano)

Inger Dam Jensen (soprano)

Gunther Herbig (conductor)

3.40

Schubert Symphony no.9 in C, D.944 'The Great'

Juanjo Mena (conductor).

AO303Grieg's In The Hall Of The Mountain King20141001

With Katie Derham

With "Ten Pieces", the BBC is aiming to inspire a generation of children in primary schools to get creative with Classical Music, and every weekday this week and next, Afternoon on 3 offers a chance to hear the whole works at the beginning of each programme at 2pm.

Today, the first suite that Grieg made from incidental music he had written for Ibsen's drama Peer Gynt. In a fantastical Norway, young Peer Gynt seduces a troll maiden and is brought before the Troll King in the Hall of the Mountain King.

For more about Ten Pieces visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01vs08w

The rest of the programme features the BBC Philharmonic in Walton's Violin Concerto, with soloist Midori, and Bax's 4 Orchestral Sketches.

2pm

Ten Pieces:

Grieg

Peer Gynt Suite No.1

Ulster Orchestra

Rumon Gamba (conductor)

2.15

Rossini

La Scala di Seta Overture

BBC Philharmonic

Juanjo Mena (conductor)

2.20

Bax

4 Orchestral Sketches

Andrew Davis (conductor)

2.50

Walton

Violin Concerto in B minor

Midori (violin)

AO304John Adams's Short Ride In A Fast Machine20141002

With Katie Derham.

With "Ten Pieces" the BBC is aiming to inspire a generation of children in primary schools to get creative with Classical Music, and every weekday this week and next, Afternoon on 3 offers a chance to hear the whole works at the beginning of each programme at 2pm.

Today a piece by contemporary American composer John Adams which has a self explanatory title - Short Ride in a Fast Machine...

For more about Ten Pieces visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01vs08w

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And today's Opera Matinee is Don Quichotte by Jules Massenet

from Grange Park Opera

Massenet based his 5 Act opera only indirectly on Cervantes' novel and the characters within. In Act 1, La Belle Dulcinée (sung by Sara Fulgoni) is being pursued by young suitors when Don Quichotte and trusty side-kick Sancho Panza appear on the scene. Something in Don Quichotte's old-fashioned nobility and chivalry appeals to Dulcinée. She confides in Don Quichotte that the bandit Tenebrun has stolen a priceless necklace from her and Don Quichotte promises to get it back for her.

Don Quichotte and Sancho Panza set off into the mountains where they are set on by the bandits, led by Tenebrun. They ask the old fool Don Quichotte why he is there in this dangerous place, and Don Quichotte replies truthfully - to recover Dulcinée's necklace. Tenebrun is taken by the old knight's honesty and openness and just hands over the jewel.

Don Quichotte returns to Dulcinée with the necklace, and at a party asks her to marry him. All the other suitors ridicule the old man and Don Quichotte is laughed out of town.

Not long after, Don Quichotte lies dying, with trusty Sancho Panza still his companion at his side. As he dies, he tells him that the last thing he hears is Dulcinée's voice.

Ironically, Massenet - 67 at the time - was in love with a young singer, Lucy Arbell, who sang the role of La Belle Dulcinée at the premiere in 1910.

2pm

Ten Pieces:

John Adams

Short Ride in a Fast Machine

BBC Philharmonic

Gianandrea Noseda (conductor)

2.05pm:

Opera Matinee:

Massenet

Don Quichotte (Comédie-héroïque)

Don Quichotte - Clive Bayley (bass)

Sancho Panza - David Stout (baritone)

La Belle Dulcinée - Sara Fulgoni (contralto)

Admirers of Dulcinée:

Pedro - Prudence Sanders (soprano)

Garcias - Sylvie Bedouelle (soprano)

Juan - Alberto Sousa (tenor)

Rodriguez - Jorge Navarro Colorado: (tenor)

Tenebrun (Chief of the Bandits) - Jonathan Alley (spoken)

Bandits: Joe Morgan, Alex Haigh, David Booth, Simon Chalford Gilkes (spoken)

Party Guests: Brock Roberts, Jonathan Alley

BBC Concert Orchestra

Renato Balsadonna (conductor)

4pm

Mendelssohn

Concerto in E minor Op.64 for violin and orchestra

Julia Fischer (violin)

Juanjo Mena.

AO305Handel's Zadok The Priest20141003

With Katie Derham

With "Ten Pieces" the BBC is aiming to inspire a generation of children in primary schools to get creative with Classical Music, and every weekday this week an next, Afternoon on 3 offers a chance to hear the whole works at the beginning of each programme at 2pm.

Today the BBC National Chorus and Orchestra of Wales perform Handel's Zadok the Priest.

For more about Ten Pieces visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01vs08w

The rest of the programme features the BBC Philharmonic in recent recordings, including Mahler's Todtenfeier with soprano Hillevi Martinpelto, and Beethoven's Violin Concerto with Elena Urioste.

2pm

Ten Pieces

Handel

Zadok the Priest, HWV.258

BBC National Chorus and Orchestra of Wales

Richard Hickox (conductor)

2.05

Bax

Overture, Elegy and Rondo

BBC Philharmonic

Andrew Davis (conductor)

2.30

Mahler

Todtenfeier (orig vers)

Hillevi Martinpelto (sop)

John Storgards (conductor)

3.00

Beethoven

Violin Concerto in D, Op 61

Elena Urioste (violin)

Richard Farnes (conductor)

3.50

Brahms

Symphony No.3 in F

AO306Holst's The Planets20141006

Penny Gore presents music from Ten Pieces, our selection of music to engage and inspire primary school children. This week features pieces by Mozart, his Horn Concerto No. 4 - that's on Tuesday; on Wednesday, Mussorgsky's Night on the Bare Mountain; on Thursday, Anna Meredith's Connect It; and on Friday, Stravinsky's Firebird Suite. Opening the week today is Holst's Suite The Planets, including Collin Matthews' Pluto, for women's voices and orchestra, taken from a concert given in August by conductor Donald Runnicles and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - our main ensemble for the week. Also from that concert, Britten's Sinfonia da Requiem and Berg's 7 Early Songs, arranged for voice and orchestra, with soprano Michaela Kaune.

For more about Ten pieces visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01vs08w

This is followed, as part of Radio 3's Brahms Experience, by the German composer's Symphony No. 2, again with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, under its Chief Conductor, Donald Runnicles.

2pm

Ten Pieces - Holst: The Planets - Suite, Op. 32 (including Collin Matthews' Pluto, for women voices and orchestra)

2.55pm

Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20

3.15pm

Berg: 7 Early Songs, arr. for voice and orchestra

Michaela Kaune (soprano)

Edinburgh Festival Chorus

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Donald Runnicles (conductor)

3.35pm

Brahms Experience: Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

AO307Mozart's Horn Concerto No 420141007

Penny Gore with our second week of Ten Pieces, music to engage and inspire primary school children. Today, it's Mozart's Horn Concerto No. 4, performed by the Ulster Orchestra under conductor JoAnn Falletta, with soloist Paul Klein.

For more about Ten pieces visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01vs08w

Followed by Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6, the Pathétique, taken from a recent concert given by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under conductor Andrew Gourlay. Also, from the same ensemble, comes Richard Strauss's Auf der Campagne, the first movement of his orchestral tone poem Aus Italien, this time under the baton of Christoph König.

Next, continuing with Radio 3's Brahms Experience, comes the composer's Piano Concerto No 1, in a recording made in 2007 by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra with soloist Nelson Goerner, featuring again conductor Christoph König.

2pm

Ten Pieces - Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 4 in E-flat major, K.495

Paul Klein (horn)

Ulster Orchestra

JoAnn Falletta (conductor)

2.15pm

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74, Pathétique

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Andrew Gourlay (conductor)

3.00pm

R. Strauss: Auf der Campagne, from Aus Italien, Op. 16

Christoph Konig (conductor)

3.35pm

Brahms: Piano Concerto no.1 in D minor, Op. 15

Nelson Goerner (piano)

Christoph König (conductor).

AO308Mussorgsky's A Night On The Bare Mountain20141008

Penny Gore presents Mussorgsky's Night on the Bare Mountain, part of Ten Pieces, chosen to inspire and engage primary school children. The performance is taken from a concert given last month by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, our featured orchestra this week, with its Chief Conductor, Donald Runnicles.

For more about Ten pieces visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01vs08w

It's followed by Scriabin's Piano Concerto in F-sharp minor, with soloist Barry Douglas, taken from the same concert.

Also, Radio 3's Brahms Experience and his Symphony No. 3, with Matthias Pintscher conducting the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in a performance recorded in 2012. And closing the afternoon, William Walton's Spitfire Prelude and Fugue, conducted this time by Martyn Brabbins.

2pm

Ten Pieces - Mussorgsky: Night on The Bare Mountain

2.15pm

Scriabin: Piano Concerto in F-sharp minor, Op. 20

Barry Douglas (piano)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Donald Runnicles (conductor)

2.40pm

Brahms Experience: Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

BBC Scottish Symphony

Matthias Pintscher (conductor)

3.20pm

Walton: Spitfire Prelude and Fugue for orchestra (concert version)

Martyn Brabbins (conductor).

AO30920141009

Penny Gore with our Opera Matinee: Verdi's La Traviata from La Scala, Milan, with Diana Damrau as Violetta; and Ten Pieces, music to inspire and engage primary school children. Today: Anna Meredith's Connect It, performed by Drum Works.

For more about Ten pieces visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01vs08w

Next, in our Opera Matinee, one of the most famous stories in all opera: Verdi's La Traviata, the tragic tale of love, betrayal and selfless sacrifice set in Paris and based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas, La dame aux camelias. It features mega-star soprano Diana Damrau in the title role, as the courtesan Violetta, the Fallen Woman, who renounces love to save her beloved Alfredo, a well-to do gentleman, performed by tenor Piotr Beczala. Daniele Gatti conducts La Scala Chorus and Orchestra in this recording taken live in Milan in December last year.

2pm

Ten Pieces - Anna Meredith: Connect It

Drum Works

2.05pm

Verdi - La Traviata

Violetta Valery - Diana Damrau (soprano)

Alfredo Germont - Piotr Beczala (tenor)

Giorgio Germont - Zeljko Lucic (baritone)

Flora Bervoix - Giuseppina Piunti (mezzo-soprano)

Annina - Mara Zampieri (soprano)

Gastone - Antonio Cariano (tenor)

Barone Douphol - Roberto Accurso (baritone)

Marchese d'Obigny - Andrea Porta (bass)

Dottore Grenvil - Andrea Mastroni (bass)

Giuseppe - Nicola Pamio (tenor)

Flora's servant - Ernesto Petti (bass)

Commissioner - Ernesto Panariello (bass)

La Scala Chorus and Orchestra

Daniele Gatti (conductor).

AO310 LAST20141010

Penny Gore presents Stravinsky's Firebird Suite (1945 vers), part of our Ten Pieces, music to inspire and engage primary school children, performed by the National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Thierry Fischer.

For more about Ten pieces visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01vs08w

Next, a return to our featured orchestra of the week, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and a concert given last year under conductor Ilan Volkov. First comes Schumann's Overture, Scherzo and Finale, Op. 52; followed by Mozart's Concerto for violin No. 4, with soloist Patricia Kopatchinskaja; then, continuing with Radio 3's Brahms Experience, the composer's Symphony No. 4.

Also, Nicola Benedetti performing Bruch's Scottish Fantasy for violin and orchestra, with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Donald Runnicles, its Chief Conductor.

2pm

Ten Pieces - Stravinsky: Firebird Suite (1945 vers)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Thierry Fischer (conductor)

2.30pm

Schumann: Overture, Scherzo and Finale, Op. 52

Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K.218

Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Ilan Volkov (conductor)

3.55pm

Bruch: Scottish Fantasy for violin and orchestra, Op. 46

Nicola Benedetti (violin)

Rory McDonald (conductor).