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: Saturday Overture

LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA conducted by Richard BONYNGE Wallace Overture: Maritana
Rossini Ballet Music (William Tell)
Auber Pas classique
Tchaikovsky Pas de deux (The Nutcracker. Act 2)
Donizetti Ballet Music (La Favorita)
Offenbach Overture: La fille du Tambour-Major: records


Conducted By: Richard Bonynge

: News


: Record Review

Introduced by John Lade
Building a Library: Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante in E flat (K 364), by ROBERT PHILIP. Recent lower-priced records, reviewed by EDWARD GREENFIELD.


Presenter: John Lade
Unknown: Robert Philip.
Reviewer: Edward Greenfield.

: Robert Mayer Concert

A concert for children recorded last Saturday in the Royal Festival Hall, London
Jennifer Smith (soprano)
Ian Partridge (tenor)
BBC Singers, director John Poole
English Chamber Orchestra
leader Jose-Luis Garcia
Introduced and conducted by Raymond Leppard

Mendelssohn Scherzo in G minor (Octet)
Walton Siesta
Mozart Exsultate, jubilate (K 165)
Berlioz Two movements from The Childhood of Christ: Trio, for two flutes and harp; Shepherds' Farewell
Bach Cantata No 191: Gloria in excelsis Deo



Soprano: Jennifer Smith
Tenor: Ian Partridge
Singers: BBC Singers
Music Director: John Poole
Musicians: English Chamber Orchestra
Orchestra Leader: Jose-Luis Garcia
Presenter/Conductor: Raymond Leppard

: 19th-Century American Ballroom Music

Waltzes, marches and polkas, and other music in mid 19th-century arrangements played on historical instruments by the SMITHSONIAN SOCIAL ORCHESTRA and QUADRILLE BAND, conducted by JAMES WEAVER. Gramophone records


Unknown: James Weaver.

: Robin Ray

presents for your pleasure a weekly selection of popular classics, chosen from over 75 years of gramophone recordings

: News


: Foreign Press Review

Introduced by Donald Milner


Introduced By: Donald Milner

: The Young Idea

Chaos, Confusion and Creation Four different ways of resolving chaos by musical means demonstrated by Beethoven, Haydn (The Creation), Milhaud (La creation du monde) and Jean-Ferry Rebel (Les éléments) - a panorama of confused requests from the under-20s organised by CHRISTOPHER HOGWOOD : records


Unknown: Christopher Hogwood

: Woman of Action

Dame Ninette de Valois, founder of the Royal Ballet and the Royal Ballet School: 'I shall wander a little, but not too far from the ballet scene. As a very young girl I wanted to be a pianist. My mother who was a singer found that I was "a born accompanist." This meant frequent summonses to play for her and so I decided to be a dancer!' Dame Ninette includes records of Tippett's Concerto for double string orchestra, Elgar's Enigma Variations and Britten's opera Peter Grimes.


Speaker: Dame Ninette de Valois

: Music of the Masters

Strauss Don Quixote (Variations for cello and orchestra) Haydn Adagio cantabile (Piano Trio No 26, In F sharp minor)
Beethoven Symphony No 4, in B flat, Op 61
MSTISLAV ROSTROPOVICH (cello) BERLIN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA conducted by HERBERT VON KARAJAN (Salzburg Festival recording by courtesy of Austrian Radio) BEAUX ARTS TRIO (record)
Introduced by Hugh Wood


Conducted By: Herbert von Karajan
Introduced By: Hugh Wood

: Jazz Record Requests

Introduced by Peter Clayton


Introduced By: Peter Clayton

: The Far Off and The Near: 1: England to America 1674-1744

by Virginia Browne
An English family saga, in six parts, based on unpublished letters and memoirs written between 1683 and 1883. Narrated by Robert Hardy

Music composed and conducted by Jeremy Lubbock sung by Linda Hurst, played by Patrick Gowers (keyboard) Duncan Lamont (flute) Roy Carter (oboe) Marcia van Kampen (Violin) Janet Schlapp (Viola) Nick Hill (horn) Christopher van Kampen (Cello) Johnny Dean (percussion) Skaila Kanga (harp)


Writer: Virginia Browne
Music composed and conducted by: Jeremy Lubbock
Singer: Linda Hurst
Keyboardist: Patrick Gowers
Flautist: Duncan Lamont
Oboeist: Roy Carter
Violinist: Marcia van Kampen
Violaist: Janet Schlapp
Horn player: Nick Hill
Cellist: Christopher van Kampen
Perussionist: Johnny Dean
Harpist: Skaila Kanga
Producer: Christopher Venning
Narrator: Robert Hardy
William Pepperrell I: Timothy Bateson
William Pepperrell II: John Glen
Nathaniel Sparhawk: Tony Anholt
Elizabeth: Sarah Brackett
Margery Bray: Eleanor Bron
Commodore Warren: Carl Forgioni
Duke of Newcastle: Alan Rowe
Governor Shirley: Peter Howell
Ben Franklin: Haydn Jones
Boston Franklin: Blain Fairman
Captain John Smith: Terry Scully
[Actor]: Kerry Francis
[Actor]: Steven Dawson
[Actor]: Neville Jason
[Actor]: Geoffrey Matthews
[Actor]: Sam Dastor

: Critics' Forum

John Higgins (in the Chair). talks with SUSAN HILL , PETER PORTER and BRYAN ROBERTSON. Producer PHILIP FRENCH


Unknown: John Higgins
Unknown: Susan Hill
Unknown: Peter Porter
Unknown: Bryan Robertson.
Producer: Philip French

: Ariodante

Opera seria in three acts
Libretto by Antonio Salvi from an episode in Ariosto's Orlando furioso
Music by Handel

Act 1
8.35* Winton Dean talks about the background of Handel's opera.
8.55* Ariodante Act 2
9.45* Janet Baker talks about the performer's mind - public and private.
10.5* Ariodante Act 3


Librettist: Antonio Salvi
Composer: Georg Frideric Handel
Singers: BBC Singers
Director (BBC Singers): John Poole
Musicians: English Chamber Orchestra
Orchestra Leader: Jose-Luis Garcia
Conductor: Sir Anthony Lewis
Producer: Julian Budden
Speaker: Winton Dean
Speaker: Janet Baker
The King of Scotland: Malcolm King (bass)
Ginevra his daughter: Lois McDonall (soprano)
Dalinda, her confidante: Wendy Eathorne (soprano)
Ariodante, a prince, betrothed to Ginevra: Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano)
Lurcanio. his brother, in love with Dalinda: Alexander Young (tenor)
Polinesso, Duke of Albania: Della Jones (mezzo-soprano)
Odoardo, a knight: Brian Burrows (tenor)
Nymphs,: shepherds, courtiers

: Mozart

Serenade No 8, in D (Notturno) (K 286): ACADEMY OF ST MARTIN-IN-THE-FIELDS, conducted by NEVILLE MARRINER : records


Conducted By: Neville Marriner

: News


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