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Programme Catalogue - Details: 07 September 199519950907

Producer: T BLACK

Next in series: A SHAKESPEARE GALA

Previous in series: 24 August 1995

Broadcast history

07 Sep 1995 15:55-17:00 (RADIO 3)

Recorded on 1993-10-19.

Programme Catalogue - Details: A Shakespeare Gala19950909

Producer: T.

BLACK

Next in series: CASTLEWARD CLASSICS

Previous in series: 07 September 1995

Broadcast history

09 Sep 1995 19:33-21:30 (RADIO 2)

Recorded on 1995-05-27.

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This week's Afternoon on 3 features the Ulster Orchestra in concert, with both live and recorded material, focusing on specific countries.

Today Louise Fryer showcases some of the Ulster Orchestra's most recent recordings, with the spotlight on American repertoire, conducted by the Orchestra's Principal Conductor, JoAnn Falletta. The line-up includes works by Copland, Barber and John Adams, together with a performance of David Diamond's Romeo and Juliette, written in 1947.

Copland: Music for Theatre

Ulster Orchestra

JoAnn Falletta (conductor)

c. 2.25pm

Copland: Appalachian Spring

c. 2.50pm

Barber: Knoxville Summer of 1915

Jane Irwin (soprano)

JoAnn Faletta (conductor)

c. 3.15pm

David Diamond: Romeo and Juliet (1947 version)

c. 3.40pm

Adams:Shaker Loops

c. 4pm

Barber: Medea Ballet Music, Op.23

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Louise Fryer presents this week's Afternoon on 3 of concerts by the Ulster Orchestra - including two concerts live from the Ulster Hall in Belfast, on Tuesday and Thursday (following the Opera Matinee that day, Gretry's William Tell).

Throughout the week there's a British and Russian flavour to the programming.

This afternoon Alexander Melnikov plays Shostakovich's Piano Concerto no. 2 - a light-hearted display written for the composer's son, Maxim - and the young Venezuelan Raphael Payare conducts Stravinsky's Firebird Suite.

The British strand begins with the world premiere performance of Edward Gregson's Horn Concerto played by the Principal Horn of the Ulster Orchestra, Paul Klein. It's the first of two concerto performances given by Paul this week - he plays Mozart on Friday.

Plus three works with a strongly autobiographical quality: Britten's variations on a theme by his teacher Bridge; Mahler's early song-cycle, 'Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen,' setting his own texts; and, to begin, Ravel's dedication to friends lost in World War I, Le tombeau de Couperin.

Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin

Ulster Orchestra,

Raphael Payare (conductor)

2.15pm

Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No 2

Alexander Melnikov (piano)

Ulster Orchestra,

Raphael Payare (conductor)

2.40pm

Stravinsky: Firebird Suite (1919)

Ulster Orchestra,

Raphael Payare (conductor).

3.00pm

Edward Gregson: Horn Concerto (world premiere)

Ulster Orchestra,

Paul Klein (horn),

Takuo Yuasa (conductor).

3.25pm

Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer)

Eva Vogel (mezzo),

Ulster Orchestra,

Duncan Ward (conductor).

3.45pm

Britten: Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge

Ulster Orchestra,

Michael Francis (conductor).

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Louise Fryer presents this week's Afternoon on 3 of concerts by the Ulster Orchestra - including two concerts live from the Ulster Hall in Belfast, on Tuesday and Thursday (following the Opera Matinee that day, Gretry's William Tell).

Throughout the week there's a British and Russian flavour to the programming.

This afternoon Alexander Melnikov plays Shostakovich's Piano Concerto no. 2 - a light-hearted display written for the composer's son, Maxim - and the young Venezuelan Raphael Payare conducts Stravinsky's Firebird Suite.

The British strand begins with the world premiere performance of Edward Gregson's Horn Concerto played by the Principal Horn of the Ulster Orchestra, Paul Klein. It's the first of two concerto performances given by Paul this week - he plays Mozart on Friday.

Plus three works with a strongly autobiographical quality: Britten's variations on a theme by his teacher Bridge; Mahler's early song-cycle, 'Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen,' setting his own texts; and, to begin, Ravel's dedication to friends lost in World War I, Le tombeau de Couperin.

Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin

Ulster Orchestra,

Raphael Payare (conductor)

2.15pm

Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No 2

Alexander Melnikov (piano)

2.40pm

Stravinsky: Firebird Suite (1919)

3.00pm

Edward Gregson: Horn Concerto (world premiere)

Paul Klein (horn),

Takuo Yuasa (conductor).

3.25pm

Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer)

Eva Vogel (mezzo),

Duncan Ward (conductor).

3.45pm

Britten: Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge

Michael Francis (conductor).

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The Ulster Orchestra in Concert

In today's Afternoon on 3, Penny Gore showcases some of the Ulster Orchestra's most recent recordings, marking Afternoon on 3's Nordic and Baltic season. Today's programme includes works by Sibelius, Grieg and Nielsen.

2pm

Sibelius: Karelia Overture, Op.10

Ulster Orchestra

Ben Gernon (conductor)

2.10pm

Sibelius: Lemminkainen and the Maidens of Saari, Op.22 No.1

Jac Van Steen (conductor)

2.30pm

Grieg: Peer Gynt Op. 23 - Selection

1. Prelude (At the Wedding Feast)

2. In the Hall of the Mountain King

3. Morning Mood

4. Solveig?s Song

Giselle Allen (soprano)

2.50pm

Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 82

3.20pm

Nielsen: Flute Concerto (D.F.119)

Sharon Bezaly (flute)

Esa Keikkila (conductor)

3.45pm

Nielsen: Symphony No. 4, Inextinguishable, Op. 29

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Penny Gore showcases the Ulster Orchestra all this week. Today features some of their most recent recordings, with a special focus on the orchestra's Beethoven Season, under the direction of Chief Conductor Rafael Payare.

2pm

Beethoven: Overture: Leonore No.3, Op.72b

Ulster Orchestra

Rafael Payare (conductor)

2.15pm

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37

Inon Barnatan (piano)

Ulster Orchestra

Rafael Payare (conductor)

2.50pm

Mozart: Bella mia fiamma, K 528

Olena Tokar (soprano)

Ulster Orchestra

Rafael Payare (conductor)

3pm

Beethoven: Egmont Overture

Ulster Orchestra

Rafael Payare (conductor)

3.10pm

Beethoven: Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.55

Ulster Orchestra

Rafael Payare (conductor).

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Penny Gore showcases the Ulster Orchestra all this week. Today features some of their most recent recordings, with a special focus on the orchestra's Beethoven Season, under the direction of Chief Conductor Rafael Payare.

2pm

Beethoven: Overture: Leonore No.3, Op.72b

Ulster Orchestra

Rafael Payare (conductor)

2.15pm

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37

Inon Barnatan (piano)

2.50pm

Mozart: Bella mia fiamma, K 528

Olena Tokar (soprano)

3pm

Beethoven: Egmont Overture

3.10pm

Beethoven: Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.55

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Live at the Ulster Hall in Belfast, the Ulster Orchestra and conductor Rumon Gamba perform music by Grieg and Mendelssohn, introduced from the stage by John Toal. Rumon Gamba conducts, and Radio 3 New Generation Artist Christian Ihle Hadland is the soloist in Piano Concerto by his Norwegian compatriot Grieg.

Plus more of the Ulster Orchestra's recent performances, presented by Katie Derham.

LIVE

Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No.1

Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor

Christian Ihle Hadland (piano),

Ulster Orchestra,

Rumon Gamba (conductor).

2.50pm Interval

Britten: Four Sea Interludes, from Peter Grimes

Steuart Bedford (conductor).

3.10pm

Mendelssohn: Symphony No.4 in A major (Italian)

4pm

Stravinsky: Danses Concertantes

Pascal Rophe (conductor).

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Live from the Ulster Hall in Belfast, John Toal introduces an Ulster Orchestra concert conducted by the young Spanish conductor Antonio Mendez. We'll hear Beethoven's Overture to Leonore No 2 and the 1884 symphony that marked an important milestone in Dvorák's creative career, Symphony no 7 in D minor. It's the only symphony he composed to commission - for the Royal Philharmonic Society in London.

Following the live concert, Louise Fryer takes up the week's theme of the Ulster Orchestra playing British and Russian music. Today's British work features the Belfast Philharmonic singing Hubert Parry's 'Blest Pair of Sirens', an 1887 setting of 'At a solemn Musick' by John Milton. Most of the thematic material in Lutoslawski's Little Suite comes from the folk melodies of the village Machów in south-east Poland. The afternoon ends with a short all-Russian concert with the Ulster Orchestra's Principal Conductor, JoAnn Falletta, featuring saxophonist Gerard McChrystal playing Glazunov's lyrical Saxophone Concerto. The afternoon ends with an orchestral showpiece from Rimsky-Korsakov.

2pm Live from the Ulster Hall in Belfast

Beethoven: Overture, Leonore No 2

Dvorak Symphony No 7 in D minor

Ulster Orchestra,

Antonio Mendez (conductor).

3pm

Parry: Blest Pair of Sirens

Belfast Philharmonic Choir,

Ulster Orchestra,

Duncan Ward (conductor).

3.10pm

Lutoslawski: Little Suite

Ulster Orchestra,

Michal Dworzynski (conductor).

3.30pm

Tcherepnin: Overture, La Princesse lointaine

3.40pm

Glazunov: Saxophone Concerto

Gerard McChrystal (saxophone)

4pm

Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol

Ulster Orchestra,

JoAnn Falletta (conductor).

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Live from the Ulster Hall in Belfast, John Toal introduces an Ulster Orchestra concert conducted by the young Spanish conductor Antonio Mendez. We'll hear Beethoven's Overture to Leonore No 2 and the 1884 symphony that marked an important milestone in Dvorák's creative career, Symphony no 7 in D minor. It's the only symphony he composed to commission - for the Royal Philharmonic Society in London.

Following the live concert, Louise Fryer takes up the week's theme of the Ulster Orchestra playing British and Russian music. Today's British work features the Belfast Philharmonic singing Hubert Parry's 'Blest Pair of Sirens', an 1887 setting of 'At a solemn Musick' by John Milton. Most of the thematic material in Lutoslawski's Little Suite comes from the folk melodies of the village Machów in south-east Poland. The afternoon ends with a short all-Russian concert with the Ulster Orchestra's Principal Conductor, JoAnn Falletta, featuring saxophonist Gerard McChrystal playing Glazunov's lyrical Saxophone Concerto. The afternoon ends with an orchestral showpiece from Rimsky-Korsakov.

2pm Live from the Ulster Hall in Belfast

Beethoven: Overture, Leonore No 2

Dvorak Symphony No 7 in D minor

Ulster Orchestra,

Antonio Mendez (conductor).

3pm

Parry: Blest Pair of Sirens

Belfast Philharmonic Choir,

Duncan Ward (conductor).

3.10pm

Lutoslawski: Little Suite

Michal Dworzynski (conductor).

3.30pm

Tcherepnin: Overture, La Princesse lointaine

3.40pm

Glazunov: Saxophone Concerto

Gerard McChrystal (saxophone)

4pm

Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol

JoAnn Falletta (conductor).

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The Ulster Orchestra in Concert

In today's Afternoon on 3, Penny Gore showcases some of the Ulster Orchestra's most recent recordings, focusing on the Austro-German tradition, with works by Haydn, Brahms and Mendelssohn.

2pm

Brahms: Tragic Overture, Op.81

Ulster Orchestra

Olari Elts (conductor)

2.15pm

Haydn: Cello Concerto in C, Hob VIIb: 1

Paul Watkins (cello/director)

2.40pm

Brahms (Arr. Detlev Glanert): Four Preludes and Serious Songs

Marcus Werba (baritone)

3.05pm

Haydn: Symphony No. 44 in E minor Hob I:44, Trauer

Jac Van Steen (conductor)

3.25pm

Brahms: Variations on a theme by Haydn, Op.56

3.45pm

Mendelssohn: Symphony No.4 in A Major, Op. 90, The Italian

Rumon Gamba (conductor).

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In today's programme Penny Gore showcases some of the Ulster Orchestra's most recent recordings, marking Afternoon on 3's celebration of music from the Southern Hemisphere. This selection features works by Australian, Argentinian and Brazilian composers.

Malcolm Williamson: Suite - Our Man in Havana

Ulster Orchestra

Nicholas Braithwaite (conductor)

2.20pm

Ross Edwards: Veni Creator Spiritus

Ulster Orchestra

David Porcelijn (conductor)

2.35pm

Ross Edwards: White Ghost Dancing

Ulster Orchestra

David Porcelijn (conductor)

2.45pm

Piazzolla: Bandoneon Concerto - Aconcagua

James Crabb (accordion)

Ulster Orchestra

Domingo Hindoyan (conductor)

3.10pm

Edino Krieger: Divertimento for Strings

Ulster Orchestra

Jean-Luc Tingaud (conductor)

3.25pm

Carl Vine: Symphony No. 4.2

Ulster Orchestra

Nicholas Braithwaite (conductor)

3.45pm

Graeme Koehne: Tivoli Dances

Ulster Orchestra

Nicholas Braithwaite (conductor).

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In today's programme Penny Gore showcases some of the Ulster Orchestra's most recent recordings, marking Afternoon on 3's celebration of music from the Southern Hemisphere. This selection features works by Australian, Argentinian and Brazilian composers.

Malcolm Williamson: Suite - Our Man in Havana

Ulster Orchestra

Nicholas Braithwaite (conductor)

2.20pm

Ross Edwards: Veni Creator Spiritus

David Porcelijn (conductor)

2.35pm

Ross Edwards: White Ghost Dancing

2.45pm

Piazzolla: Bandoneon Concerto - Aconcagua

James Crabb (accordion)

Domingo Hindoyan (conductor)

3.10pm

Edino Krieger: Divertimento for Strings

Jean-Luc Tingaud (conductor)

3.25pm

Carl Vine: Symphony No. 4.2

3.45pm

Graeme Koehne: Tivoli Dances

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Louise Fryer introduces an Ulster Orchestra concert recorded last Friday evening in the Ulster Hall, Belfast, with conductor Ryan Wigglesworth. It features the latest instalment in the Ulster Orchestra's Sibelius cycle, the 'economical' Symphony No 3. The week's British theme continues as Tasmin Little joins the orchestra for William Walton's Violin Concerto - a tour de force commissioned in 1936 by Jascha Heifetz for the sum of £300! (It was worth a lot more in those days.) The concert begins with Berlioz's Overture, Le roi Lear - based on Shakespeare's play, a recent discovery for the composer whose love of Shakespeare was to be lifelong.

Berlioz: Overture, Le roi Lear

2.10pm

Walton: Violin Concerto

Tasmin Little (violin)

2.45pm

Sibelius: Symphony No 3

Ulster Orchestra,

Ryan Wigglesworth (conductor).

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The Ulster Orchestra in Concert

In today's Afternoon on 3, Penny Gore showcases Ulster Orchestra recordings of symphonies by Tchaikovsky and Dvorak, under the baton of its Chief Conductor, Rafael Payare.

2pm

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.2 in C minor, Op. 17 'Little Russian'

Ulster Orchestra

Rafael Payare (conductor)

2.35pm

Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op.95 'From the New World'

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In today's programme featuring the Ulster Orchestra, Penny Gore introduces Leonid Desyatnikov's "Eight Season's Project": a dialogue between Piazzolla and Vivaldi's Four Seasons, performed by the Ulster Orchestra with soloist/director Daniel Rowland.

The idea to combine these works first came from Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer, who engaged composer Leonid Desyatnikov to fuse the works. Kremer believes that this does not diminish the power of either work, but rather magnifies their success. Desyatnikov makes "Piazzolla speak directly to Vivaldi, and in such a way also Vivaldi to Piazzolla, because using certain quotations of Vivaldi in the context of the score helps to build bridges between these two different geniuses."

2pm

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Op.8 Nos 1-4

Piazzolla (arr. Leonid Desyatnikov): The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires

Ulster Orchestra

Daniel Rowland (violin/director).

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The Ulster Orchestra in Concert

In today's Afternoon on 3, Penny Gore showcases some of the Ulster Orchestra's most recent recordings. Today's programme includes works by Nielsen and Sibelius as part of Afternoon on 3's Nordic and Baltic season, and culminates in Walton's First Symphony.

2pm

Ginastera: Suite from Estancia

Ulster Orchestra

Maxime Tortelier (conductor)

2.10pm

Copland: Appalachian Spring (for 16 instruments)

Michael Francis (conductor)

2.40pm

Nielsen: Violin Concerto, Op.33

Baiba Skride (violin)

Ben Gernon (conductor)

3.15pm

Sibelius: Overture in E Major

Esa Keikkila (conductor)

3.25pm

Walton: Symphony No. 1 in B-flat minor

Paul Watkins (conductor).

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In the final Ulster Orchestra showcase this week, Penny Gore presents a selection of their most recent recordings, including two signature works for organ and orchestra by Poulenc and Saint-Saëns, featuring Belfast City Organist, Colm Carey.

2pm

Verdi: Nabucco Overture

Ulster Orchestra

Rafael Payare (conductor)

2.10pm

Verdi: String Quartet, arr. C.Hermann for string orchestra

Domingo Hindoyan (conductor)

2.40pm

Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 "Italian"

3.20pm

Poulenc: Concerto for Organ, Timpani and Strings in G minor

Colm Carey (organ)

3.50pm

Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78 "Organ"

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The Ulster Orchestra round off their week-long residency on Afternoon on 3, with a special focus on British repertoire. Louise Fryer introduces music by Elgar, Stanford, Vaughan Williams and his teacher in 1896-7, Max Bruch; together with contemporary works by James MacMillan and Piers Hellawell.

Elgar: Froissart Overture

Ulster Orchestra

Howard Shelley (conductor)

c.2.15pm

James MacMillan: The Confession of Isobel Gowdie

James MacMillan (conductor)

c.2.45pm

Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis

c.3pm

Bruch: Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op.26

Tai Murray (violin)

c.3.25pm

Piers Hellawell: Agricolas

Takuo Yuasa (conductor)

c.3.45pm

Stanford: Symphony No.7

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Katie Derham showcases recent performances by the Ulster Orchestra. The focus this week has been on music from Nordic countries and music for voice and orchestra - today the two themes come together in Christian Lindberg's Helikon Wasp for conducting trombonist, narrator and orchestra.

The concert Lindberg conducted with the Ulster Orchestra in October begins with the Helios Overture by Nielsen - inspired by the Greek sun-god, Helios, a charioteer who drives from east to west across the sky. Lindberg then picked up his trombone to conduct and narrate his own work, Helikon Wasp - who ever said only women can multitask? Helikon Wasp is a theatrical piece which came to Lindberg in a Swiss airport: "I had been playing a concert during which I had felt rather disappointed with the empty intellectualism that sometimes creeps into the world of classical music... Helikon Wasp is a sort of hero who does not have any convictions except doing whatever his mind and soul tell him to do, and the thing he hates more than anything else is intellectual mannerisms." And the Nordic part of the programme ends with Sibelius's First Symphony - or at least the first one he felt was enough like a Symphony to give it a number.

After that, we cross the Atlantic to the Americas for two works with Jewish connections. The roots of Osvaldo Golijov's The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind for clarinet and string orchestra are deeply planted in Hebraic tradition. Golijov's ambition was to fuse thematic elements of the Jewish klezmer tradition with the kind of string writing found in Brahms and Mozart. The programme ends with Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F - surely one of the jazziest pieces ever written by a Russian Jew from Brooklyn. Gerswhin admitted that the pre-premiere performance of this concerto was the "greatest musical thrill" of his life.

Nielsen: Helios Overture

Ulster Orchestra,

Christian Lindberg (conductor).

2.10pm

Lindberg: Helikon Wasp

Christian Lindberg (conductor, narrator, trombone).

2.30pm

Sibelius: Symphony No. 1

3.10pm

Osvaldo Golijov: The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind

David Krakauer (clarinet),

Katarina Andreasson (conductor).

c. 3.55 pm

Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F

Peter Donohoe (piano),

Dmitri Slobodeniouk (conductor).