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01Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20150127

01Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert2015012720151103 (R3)

This week's series celebrates the rich variety of music-making taking place at festivals all around Wales.

As well as being an area of outstanding beauty, Gower has a vibrant annual music festival.

At St. Andrew's Church, Newton the young Russian pianist, Pavel Kolesnikov, one of Radio 3's New Generation Artists, plays Beethoven's "Moonlight" sonata and Scriabin, a composer with whom he feels a special affinity. Then it's off to Machynlleth, the seat of Owain Glyndwr's Welsh parliament in 1404, for a visit to this historic town's week-long annual music festival. At a concert given in the intimate setting of the Tabernacle, the Heath Quartet join Swedish pianist Bengt Forsberg for a Schumann's delightful Piano Quintet in E flat, written for and dedicated to his wife, the pianist Clara Wieck.

Beethoven: Piano Sonata no.14 in C sharp minor, Op.27 no.2 (Moonlight)

Scriabin: Sonata no.4 in F sharp major, Op.30

Pavel Kolesnikov, piano

Schumann: Piano Quintet in E flat,Op.44

Heath Quartet

Bengt Forsberg, piano.

01Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20150127

This week's series celebrates the rich variety of music-making taking place at festivals all around Wales.

As well as being an area of outstanding beauty, Gower has a vibrant annual music festival.

At St. Andrew's Church, Newton the young Russian pianist, Pavel Kolesnikov, one of Radio 3's New Generation Artists, plays Beethoven's "Moonlight" sonata and Scriabin, a composer with whom he feels a special affinity. Then it's off to Machynlleth, the seat of Owain Glyndwr's Welsh parliament in 1404, for a visit to this historic town's week-long annual music festival. At a concert given in the intimate setting of the Tabernacle, the Heath Quartet join Swedish pianist Bengt Forsberg for a Schumann's delightful Piano Quintet in E flat, written for and dedicated to his wife, the pianist Clara Wieck.

Beethoven: Piano Sonata no.14 in C sharp minor, Op.27 no.2 (Moonlight)

Scriabin: Sonata no.4 in F sharp major, Op.30

Pavel Kolesnikov, piano

Schumann: Piano Quintet in E flat,Op.44

Heath Quartet

Bengt Forsberg, piano.

02Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20150128

02Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert2015012820151104 (R3)

Continuing this week's series from festivals around Wales, today's lunchtime concert comes from the picturesque border town of Presteigne, where a music festival has been flourishing for over 30 years. Marking this year's Polish theme, in a concert given in St. Andrew's Church, the Cavaleri Quartet's programme brings together Henryk Gorecki's vivid, folk-influenced String Quartet, Op.62 and a lesser known gem among Beethoven's String Quartets, his Op.74.

Henryk Gorecki: String Quartet no.1, Op.62 "Already it is Dusk"

James MacMillan: Memento

Beethoven: String Quartet in E flat, Op.74 "Harp".

Cavaleri Quartet.

02Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20150128

Continuing this week's series from festivals around Wales, today's lunchtime concert comes from the picturesque border town of Presteigne, where a music festival has been flourishing for over 30 years. Marking this year's Polish theme, in a concert given in St. Andrew's Church, the Cavaleri Quartet's programme brings together Henryk Gorecki's vivid, folk-influenced String Quartet, Op.62 and a lesser known gem among Beethoven's String Quartets, his Op.74.

Henryk Gorecki: String Quartet no.1, Op.62 "Already it is Dusk"

James MacMillan: Memento

Beethoven: String Quartet in E flat, Op.74 "Harp".

Cavaleri Quartet.

03Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20150129

03Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert2015012920151105 (R3)

A return to Gower Festival and St. Andrew's Church, Newton, for Schumann's Nachtstücke and Scriabin played by the brilliant young Russian pianist, now a Radio 3 New Generation Artist, Pavel Kolesnikov, and then on to Presteigne Festival for the world premiere performance of Hilary Tann's first string quartet, "And the Snow did Lie", given by the Cavaleri Quartet in St. Andrew's Church. The Quartet is based on a series of lithographs created by Andre Bergeron which depict a Northern landscape. The images are available to look at via the radio 3 website.

Schumann: Nachtstücke, Op 23

Scriabin: Vers la flamme, Op 72

Pavel Kolesnikov, piano

Hilary Tann: And the Snow Did Lie

Cavaleri Quartet.

03Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20150129

A return to Gower Festival and St. Andrew's Church, Newton, for Schumann's Nachtstücke and Scriabin played by the brilliant young Russian pianist, now a Radio 3 New Generation Artist, Pavel Kolesnikov, and then on to Presteigne Festival for the world premiere performance of Hilary Tann's first string quartet, "And the Snow did Lie", given by the Cavaleri Quartet in St. Andrew's Church. The Quartet is based on a series of lithographs created by Andre Bergeron which depict a Northern landscape. The images are available to look at via the radio 3 website.

Schumann: Nachtstücke, Op 23

Scriabin: Vers la flamme, Op 72

Pavel Kolesnikov, piano

Hilary Tann: And the Snow Did Lie

Cavaleri Quartet.

04Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20150130

04Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert2015013020151106 (R3)

This series of visits to Festivals around Wales concludes at Machynlleth Festival.

Baritone Nigel Cliffe joins the Heath Quartet at the Tabernacle for Roxanna Panufnik's piece for baritone and string quartet, based around letters written during World War 1 from a young private at Ypres. Ahead of the anniversary celebrations later in the year, Swedish pianist Bengt Forsberg plays a short suite by Sibelius and the Heath Quartet play the last of Beethoven's Opus 18 string quartets.

Roxanna Panufnik: Private Joe for baritone and string quartet

Nigel Cliffe, baritone

Heath Quartet

3 Lyrical Pieces "Kyllikki", Op41

Bengt Forsberg, piano

Beethoven: Quartet in C minor, Op18 no 4

04Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20150130

04Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20150130

This series of visits to Festivals around Wales concludes at Machynlleth Festival.

Baritone Nigel Cliffe joins the Heath Quartet at the Tabernacle for Roxanna Panufnik's piece for baritone and string quartet, based around letters written during World War 1 from a young private at Ypres. Ahead of the anniversary celebrations later in the year, Swedish pianist Bengt Forsberg plays a short suite by Sibelius and the Heath Quartet play the last of Beethoven's Opus 18 string quartets.

Roxanna Panufnik: Private Joe for baritone and string quartet

Nigel Cliffe, baritone

Heath Quartet

3 Lyrical Pieces "Kyllikki", Op41

Bengt Forsberg, piano

Beethoven: Quartet in C minor, Op18 no 4

Heath Quartet.

04Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20150130

This series of visits to Festivals around Wales concludes at Machynlleth Festival.

Baritone Nigel Cliffe joins the Heath Quartet at the Tabernacle for Roxanna Panufnik's piece for baritone and string quartet, based around letters written during World War 1 from a young private at Ypres. Ahead of the anniversary celebrations later in the year, Swedish pianist Bengt Forsberg plays a short suite by Sibelius and the Heath Quartet play the last of Beethoven's Opus 18 string quartets.

Roxanna Panufnik: Private Joe for baritone and string quartet

Nigel Cliffe, baritone

Heath Quartet

3 Lyrical Pieces "Kyllikki", Op41

Bengt Forsberg, piano

Beethoven: Quartet in C minor, Op18 no 4

Heath Quartet.