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Katie Derham presents a week of US Orchestras in European repertoire. Including international soloists Lang Lang, Christian Zacharias and Christine Brewer.

Lorenzo da Ponte, librettist of Don Giovanni and Cosi fan tutte, ran a bookstore in Manhattan and Beethoven's family line ended with his great-nephew who worked for the Michigan Central Railroad Company in Detroit.

Transatlantic musical travel has been going on for centuries, and Afternoon on 3 begins a three-week survey of this "Special relationship". In this first week Afternoon on 3 features USA Orchestras in European repertoire. Next week the direction of travel is reversed with American music performed by BBC Orchestras, and in the third week the programme focuses on composers who sought refuge in the USA in the twentieth century.

This week features the New York Philharmonic, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra - and watch out for the Dallas Wind Symphony.

Each day we feature music by Beethoven, and a performance by a world-class soloist.

Beethoven

Ah, Perfido!, scene and aria for soprano and orchestra, Op 65

Christine Brewer (soprano)

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

Ward Stare (conductor)

2.15

Liszt

Piano Concerto No 1 in E flat, S124

Lang Lang (piano)

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Jun Märkl (conductor)

2.40

Holst

Suite No 1 in E flat

Dallas Wind Symphony

Jerry Junkin (conductor)

2.55

Brahms

A German Requiem, Op 45

Jane Archibald (soprano)

Kyle Ketelsen (bass-baritone)

San Francisco Symphony Chorus and Orchestra

Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor)

4.10

Stravinsky

Firebird Suite (1919)

New York Philharmonic

Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos (conductor).

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It's an all-American week on Afternoon on 3, featuring the BBC performing groups in live concerts and specially made recordings of music by American composers. Today begins with one of the most American of works - Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, before Charles Ives celebrates his native New England and the BBC Singers perform music by Elliott Carter and Samuel Barber. Tenor Samuel Boden joins the BBC Symphony Orchestra for the suite from Dominick Argento's opera based on the life of Edgar Allan Poe, before one of the most thrilling of all American minimalist pieces, Shaker Loops by John Adams. And the afternoon ends with a Symphony by the most famous of the early American female composers, Amy Beach.

Presented by Penny Gore.

2pm

Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

Wayne Marshall (piano),

BBC Philharmonic,

Arvo Volmer (conductor).

Ives: Three Places in New England (Orchestral Set No 1)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales,

Nicholas Collon (conductor).

2.35pm

Elliott Carter: To Music

BBC Singers,

Andrew Griffiths (conductor).

Argento: Le Tombeau d' Edgar Poe

Samuel Boden (tenor),

BBC Symphony Orchestra,

Giancarlo Guerrero (conductor).

3pm

Barber: God's Grandeur; To be sung on the water

John Adams: Shaker Loops

Clark Rundell (conductor).

3.40pm

Beach: Symphony in E minor, Op. 32 (Gaelic)

Ulster Orchestra,

JoAnn Falletta (conductor).

This week's Thursday Opera Matinee is a Lyon Opera production of Der Kaiser von Atlantis - The Emperor of Atlantis, written in the Nazi concentration camp Theresienstadt (Terezín) during World War Two by the Jewish composer Viktor Ullmann and librettist Peter Kien - who both died in Auschwitz in 1944.

Penny Gore presents music by Gershwin, Ives, Carter, Argento, Barber, Adams and Beach.

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Louise Fryer presents music from European emigres to America: Bartok and Martinu.

The third of three weeks of Afternoon on 3 celebrating different sides of the music of America. This week's programmes centre on music written in exile, by the great number of twentieth-century European composers who fled persecution by moving to the USA. Louise Fryer introduces some of their music written far from home, explores their personal circumstances, and discusses how it affected the artistic process. Some found the move easier than others -

Bartok wrote his Concerto for Orchestra to a commission from the conductor Serge Koussevitzky, having initially found it hard to compose after his move to the US. The Boston Symphony Orchestra premiered the work under Koussevitzky's baton in 1944 to critical acclaim, and it quickly became Bartok's most popular work. Sadly he didn't live long enough to see its full impact.

Martinu fled Paris early in WW2 after the Nazis blacklisted his music. Life in America was difficult for him: lack of knowledge of English, lack of funds, and lack of opportunities caused frustration. Eventually he acclimatised and his six symphonies were written at a phenomenal rate in little more than a decade.

3.20pm

Bartok: Concerto for orchestra, Sz 116

BBC National Orchestra of Wales,

Thierry Fischer (conductor).

3.55pm

Martinu: Fantaisies symphoniques (Symphony No 6)

BBC Philharmonic,

Gunter Herbig (conductor).

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Katie Derham continues her survey of performances of European music by USA orchestras.

Christian Zacharias is the soloist and director of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, one of the USA's foremost chamber orchestras, in Weber and Christine Brewer is the soloist in extracts from Wagner's final Ring opera, Götterdämmerung.

2pm

Weber

Konzertstück in F minor, Op 79

Christian Zacharias (piano / director)

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

2.15

Beethoven

Suite from 'The Creatures of Prometheus', Op 43

Christian Zacharias (director)

3pm

Rachmaninov

Isle of the Dead, Op 29

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Julian Kuerti (conductor)

Liszt

Prometheus - Symphonic Poem

San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor)

3.40pm

Wagner

Götterdämmerung - excerpts

Christine Brewer (soprano)

Esa Pekka Salonen (conductor).

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Katie Derham continues her survey of performances of European music by USA orchestras.

Christian Zacharias is the soloist and director of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, one of the USA's foremost chamber orchestras, in Weber and Christine Brewer is the soloist in extracts from Wagner's final Ring opera, Götterdämmerung.

2pm

Weber

Konzertstück in F minor, Op 79

Christian Zacharias (piano / director)

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

2.15

Beethoven

Suite from 'The Creatures of Prometheus', Op 43

Christian Zacharias (director)

3pm

Rachmaninov

Isle of the Dead, Op 29

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Julian Kuerti (conductor)

Liszt

Prometheus - Symphonic Poem

San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor)

3.40pm

Wagner

Götterdämmerung - excerpts

Christine Brewer (soprano)

Esa Pekka Salonen (conductor).

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The BBC National Orchestra of Wales continue their Americana series of live concerts at Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff, presented by Fiona Talkington in conversation with American classical music radio host Fred Child. The orchestra are joined by clarinettist Mark Simpson for John Adams' Gnarly Buttons, and they end with a Ninth Symphony by one of the great American symphonists, Roy Harris.

Following the live concert, Penny Gore continues Afternoon on 3's week-long celebration of American music with vocal pieces by Copland, Barber and Randall Thompson. Plus piano music by Edward McDowell, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra round off the programme with an early 21st-century classic, Elliott Carter's Boston Concerto.

2pm

LIVE from Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff

Ned Rorem: Eagles

John Adams: Gnarly buttons for clarinet and ensemble

David Diamond: Rounds for string orchestra

Roy Harris: Symphony No 9

Mark Simpson (clarinet),

BBC National Orchestra of Wales,

Eric Stern (conductor).

3.30pm

Copland: The Lark

Edward Price (baritone),

BBC Singers,

Andrew Griffiths (conductor).

Barber: Andromache's farewell

Mary Plazas (soprano),

BBC Symphony Orchestra,

David Parry (conductor).

3.45pm

Edward MacDowell: Fireside Tales, Op. 61

Richard Uttley (piano solo).

4pm

Randall Thompson: Alleluia

Elliott Carter: Boston Concerto

Oliver Knussen (conductor).

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales perform American music live at BBC Hoddinott Hall.

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Louise Fryer presents music by Stravinsky, Bartok, Dohanyi, Schoenberg and Korngold.

Today, as part of this week's focus on European émigré composers in the USA, we've the first of two live concerts: John Toal presents The Ulster Orchestra live from Ulster Hall in Belfast in a programme of music by Stravinsky, Bartok and Dohnanyi. All three pieces use folk melodies as their source: Stravinsky used Norwegian tunes to inspire the 'moods' of the title, Bartok used an original Hungarian folk dance theme in the first movement of the concerto he wrote as a surprise birthday present for his wife Ditta, and Dohnanyi, in his last orchestral work, included American folk material including Turkey in the Straw, On Top of Old Smokey and I am a poor wayfaring stranger.

Following the live concert, Louise Fryer continues our theme with major works by Schoenberg, Korngold and Stravinsky. Although the Schoenberg and Stravinsky are revisions of earlier works, Korngold's 1945 Violin Concerto was the first non-film piece he wrote after having vowed to give up composing anything other than film music until Hitler had been defeated.

LIVE from Ulster Hall, Belfast

Stravinsky: Four Norwegian Moods

Bartok: Piano Concerto No 3, Sz 119

Dohnanyi: American Rhapsody, Op 47

Zhang Zuo (piano),

Ulster Orchestra,

Jac van Steen (conductor).

3pm

Schoenberg: Five Orchestral Pieces, Op 16 (1949 revision)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,

Ilan Volkov (conductor).

3.15pm

Korngold: Violin Concerto in D major, Op 35

Matthew Trusler (violin),

BBC National Orchestra of Wales,

Rumon Gamba (conductor).

3.45pm

Stravinsky: The Firebird - Suite (1945)

BBC Philharmonic,

Dimitri Jurowski (conductor).

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Katie Derham continues her survey of performances of European music by USA orchestras with Beethoven, Wagner and Mozart from Saint Paul and San Francisco.

Christine Brewer is the soloist in Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder and Christian Zacharias is the soloist in Beethoven's 3rd Piano Concerto.

Beethoven

Overture: The Ruins of Athens

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

Dima Slobodeniouk (conductor)

Piano Concerto No 3 in C minor, Op 37

Christian Zacharias (piano / director)

2.40

Wagner

Wesendonck Lieder

Christine Brewer (soprano)

Ward Stare (conductor)

3.10

Mozart

Symphony No 35 in D, K385 (Haffner)

San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor).

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Katie Derham continues her survey of performances of European music by USA orchestras with Beethoven, Wagner and Mozart from Saint Paul and San Francisco.

Christine Brewer is the soloist in Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder and Christian Zacharias is the soloist in Beethoven's 3rd Piano Concerto.

Beethoven

Overture: The Ruins of Athens

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

Dima Slobodeniouk (conductor)

Piano Concerto No 3 in C minor, Op 37

Christian Zacharias (piano / director)

2.40

Wagner

Wesendonck Lieder

Christine Brewer (soprano)

Ward Stare (conductor)

3.10

Mozart

Symphony No 35 in D, K385 (Haffner)

San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor).

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This week's celebration of American music continues with the BBC Philharmonic performing the Overture and Dance Episodes from Leonard Bernstein's musical On The Town. There's more theatre music by Roger Sessions, a noted teacher whose pupils include composers as different as John Adams and Milton Babbitt, plus the BBC Singers performing Virgil Thomson, and a piano piece by Amy Beach. The BBC Concert Orchestra contribute a brand-new recording of music by Charles Martin Loeffler, and the afternoon ends with Aaron Copland's serial composition, Inscape.

Presented by Penny Gore.

2pm

Bernstein: On the Town - Overture and Three Dance Episodes

BBC Philharmonic,

H K Gruber (conductor).

Roger Sessions: The Black Maskers - Suite

BBC Symphony Orchestra,

David Robertson (conductor).

Amy Beach: Gavotte Fantastique, Op 54 No 2

Richard Uttley (piano).

2.40pm

Virgil Thomson: 4 Songs to Poems of Thomas Campion

BBC Singers,

Andrew Griffiths (conductor).

Charles Martin Loeffler: Divertimento Espagnole

Amy Dickson (saxophone),

BBC Concert Orchestra,

Johannes Wildner (conductor).

3pm

Copland: Inscape

Grant Llewellyn (conductor).

Penny Gore presents music by Bernstein, Sessions, Beach, Thomson, Loeffler and Copland.

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Louise Fryer presents music by Franz Waxman, Prokofiev and Rachmaninov written in the USA.

Neither Prokofiev nor Rachmaninov found the move to the US easy, and neither stayed for long. Both needed to earn a living from concert performances, and their compositional output was much reduced during their time in America. Prokofiev's Third Piano Concerto and Rachmaninov's Third Symphony are large-scale works which belie those difficulties, and remain among their most popular and enduring works.

Grainger: Colonial Song / Mock Morris / Country Gardens

BBC Philharmonic

Richard Hickox (conductor).

2.10pm

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No 3 in C major, Op 26

John Lill (piano),

BBC National Orchestra of Wales,

Walter Weller (conductor).

2.40pm

Rachmaninov: Symphony No 3 in A minor, Op 44

Rumon Gamba (conductor).

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Verdi 200: The conclusion of Verdi's Jerusalem, written for Paris. The Crusaders are at the gates of the Holy City. Can the lovers Gaston and Hélène, captives of the Emir of Ramla in Jerusalem, be reunited? And can Gaston avoid certain death if the Crusader leader the Comte de Toulouse catches him? And will the Comte's brother Roger, now a hermit, reveal his secret to save the day...?

Katie Derham ends this week's programmes with Lang Lang performing Prokofiev's 3rd Piano Concerto in Cincinnati.

2pm

Verdi: Jerusalem

Acts 3 and 4

Hélène - Marina Mescheriakova (Soprano)

Gaston - Marcello Giordani (Tenor)

Roger - Roberto Scandiuzzi (Bass)

Le Conte de Toulouse - Philippe Rouillon (Bass)

Raymond - Simon Edwards (Tenor)

Isaure - Hélène Le Corre (Soprano)

Adhemar de Monteil - Daniel Borowski (Bass)

Geneva Grand Theatre Chorus

Suisse Romande Orchestra

Fabio Luisi (conductor)

3.25

Beethoven

Leonore Overture No 3, Op 72

San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor)

3.40

Prokofiev

Piano Concerto No 3 in C, Op 26

Lang Lang (piano)

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Long Yu (conductor)

4.20

The Creatures of Prometheus Overture

New York Philharmonic

Alan Gilbert (conductor).

Verdi 200: The conclusion of Verdi's Jerusalem, written for Paris. The Crusaders are at the gates of the Holy City. Can the lovers Gaston and Hélène, captives of the Emir of Ramla in Jerusalem, be reunited? And can Gaston avoid certain death if the Crusader leader the Comte de Toulouse catches him? And will the Comte's brother Roger, now a hermit, reveal his secret to save the day...?

Katie Derham ends this week's programmes with Lang Lang performing Prokofiev's 3rd Piano Concerto in Cincinnati.

2pm

Verdi: Jerusalem

Acts 3 and 4

Hélène - Marina Mescheriakova (Soprano)

Gaston - Marcello Giordani (Tenor)

Roger - Roberto Scandiuzzi (Bass)

Le Conte de Toulouse - Philippe Rouillon (Bass)

Raymond - Simon Edwards (Tenor)

Isaure - Hélène Le Corre (Soprano)

Adhemar de Monteil - Daniel Borowski (Bass)

Geneva Grand Theatre Chorus

Suisse Romande Orchestra

Fabio Luisi (conductor)

3.25

Beethoven

Leonore Overture No 3, Op 72

San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor)

3.40

Prokofiev

Piano Concerto No 3 in C, Op 26

Lang Lang (piano)

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Long Yu (conductor)

4.20

The Creatures of Prometheus Overture

New York Philharmonic

Alan Gilbert (conductor).

Katie Derham presents Acts 3 and 4 of Verdi's Jerusalem. Plus Beethoven and Prokofiev.

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The grand finale to this week's celebration of American music with the BBC Orchestras and BBC Singers kicks off with John Adams' ever popular Short Ride in a Fast Machine, performed by the BBC Philharmonic. Wayne Marshall joins the orchestra for Gershwin's Piano Concerto, the BBC Singers perform Psalms by Charles Ives, and there's another brand-new recording of music by Charles Martin Loeffler from the BBC Concert Orchestra. The BBC Symphony Orchestra play music by Charles Griffes and Christopher Rouse, and round things off with the third symphony of the week by Roy Harris - and perhaps his best, the Symphony no.7.

Presented by Penny Gore.

John Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine

BBC Philharmonic,

Gianandrea Noseda (conductor).

Charles Griffes: The White Peacock

BBC Symphony Orchestra,

Andrew Litton (conductor).

2.30pm

Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F major

Wayne Marshall (piano),

Arvo Volmer (conductor).

3pm

Christopher Rouse: Friandises

Grant Llewellyn (conductor).

3.35pm

Ives: Psalms 24 and 150

BBC Singers,

Andrew Griffiths (conductor).

Charles Martin Loeffler: Divertissement in A minor

Lorraine McAslan (violin),

BBC Concert Orchestra,

Johannes Wildner (conductor).

4pm

Harris: Symphony No 7

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With the BBC SO performing music by Ives, Hindemith and Weill live. Plus Bloch and Dvorak.

Penny Gore presents the BBC Symphony Orchestra at Maida Vale Studio 1 in London in the second live concert of this week celebrating the music composed by Europeans in exile in the United States of America. Pieces by émigré composers Paul Hindemith and Kurt Weill are framed by two movements from the Holidays Symphony by American modernist Charles Ives.

Following the concert, Louise Fryer rounds off the week with two of the most famous works written by Europeans in the USA: Bloch's 'Hebrew Rhapsody' Schelomo, expressing emotion he felt stemming from his Jewish heritage, and Dvorak's nostalgic Ninth Symphony: From the New World.

LIVE from Maida Vale Studio 1, London

Ives: The Fourth of July (from Holidays Symphony)

Hindemith: Clarinet Concerto

Mark Simpson (clarinet)

Weill: 4 Songs of Walt Whitman

Robin Tritschler (tenor)

Ives: Decoration Day (from Holidays Symphony)

BBC Symphony Orchestra,

Sakari Oramo (conductor).

3.20pm

Bloch: Schelomo

Nicolas Altstaedt (cello),

BBC Philharmonic,

Paul Daniel (conductor).

3.40pm

Dvorak: Symphony No 9 in E minor, Op 95 (From the New World)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales,

Nicholas Collon (conductor).