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with Anthony Burton. Hildegard of Bingen 0 vis aeternitatis
7.12 Rautavaara Cantus
Arcticus (Concerto for Birds and Orchestra)
7.30 Monteverdi Tirsi e Clori
7.45 Faure Piano Quintet in D minor, Op 89
8.17 Hugh Wood The Kingdom of God
8.27 Mozart Symphony No 40 in G minor


Unknown: Anthony Burton.
Unknown: Rautavaara Cantus
Unknown: Monteverdi Tirsi
Unknown: Hugh Wood

: Building a Library

The first part of a Gilbert and Sullivan survey by Rodney Milnes.
Tess Knighton and Roderick Swanston discuss new releases of baroque music.
10.15 Record Release
Locatelli Concerto grosso in E flat, Op 7 No 6 (II pianto d'Arianna)
Europa Galante, conductor Fabio Biondi
10.32 Delalande De
Profundis (S23)
Ex Cathedra Chamber Choir and Baroque Orchestra, conductor Jeffrey Skidmore
10.57 Chambonnieres
Suite No 3 in D minor
Jane Chapman (harpsichord)
11.10 Purcell Fantazias:
No 6 in F; No 9 in A minor; In nomine in G minor a 7 (Dorian) Fretwork
11.25 Bach Credo (Mass in B minor)
Barbara Schlick (soprano) Kai Wessel (countertenor) Klaus Mertens (bass)
Amsterdam Baroque Choir and Orchestra, conductor Ton Koopman
Producers Clive Portbury and Patrick Lambert Discs
From this week, Building a Library is repeated at the new regular time of Sunday 11.15pm


Unknown: Rodney Milnes.
Unknown: Tess Knighton
Unknown: Roderick Swanston
Conductor: Fabio Biondi
Conductor: Jeffrey Skidmore
Harpsichord: Jane Chapman
Unknown: Bach Credo
Soprano: Barbara Schlick
Soprano: Kai Wessel
Bass: Klaus Mertens
Producers: Clive Portbury
Producers: Patrick Lambert

: Private Passions

Personalities from all walks of life talk to composer Michael Berkeley about their musical tastes, revealing some fascinating enthusiasms. Today's guest is the singer and songwriter Elvis Costello , one of the most versatile musicians working today.
Recently appointed director of the South Bank's 1995 Meltdown Festival, Costello's aim has been to bridge the gulf between serious and popular music, as his own intriguing choices demonstrate.
A Classic Arts production
* See This Week: page 13


Presenter: Michael Berkeley
Guest: Elvis Costello

: Poetry in Action

Six anthologies of poetry, music and actuality, compiled by Leo Aylen. 3: I've Been to a Marvellous Party Hospitality and entertainment from
Homer's Odyssey to Ogden Nash 's Out Is Out. Producer Fiona McLean


Unknown: Leo Aylen.
Unknown: Ogden Nash
Producer: Fiona McLean

: Shura Cherkassky

Rameau Gavotte variée
Haydn Sonata in E minor (H XVI 34) Hindemith
Piano Sonata No 3
2.00 Interval
Piers Burton-Page reads two Chopin letters written during the composer's visit to Britain in 1848. 2.10 Chopin Ballade No 3 in A flat; Nocturne in F sharp minor, Op 48 No 2;
Mazurkas: in F sharp minor, Op 59 No 3; in G minor, Op 67 No 2; in G, Op 67 No 1 Lennox Berkeley Preludes, Op 23 Nos 5 and 6; Polka, Op5a Uszt Hungarian Rhapsody No 2 in C sharp minor


Piano: Rameau Gavotte
Unknown: Chopin Ballade

: Conversations with Craft

Stephen Walsh 's penultimate conversation with Stravinsky's personal assistant and friend, Robert Craft.
5: Balconies and Blotting Paper
Many of Stravinsky's later works were written for the churches and halls of Venice. In this week's conversation, recorded on location in Venice, Robert Craft rediscovers the nightclub where Stravinsky composed on the "pink" piano and remembers the premiere in St Mark 's
Basilica of the Canticum
Sacrum, the choral work
Stravinsky dedicated to the city.
Including excerpts from the Canticum Sacrum, Chorale
Variations on "Von Himmel hoch", Threni,
Monumentum pro Gesualdo di Venosa ad CD annum and Abraham and Isaac.
A Soundscape production


Unknown: Stephen Walsh
Unknown: Robert Craft.
Unknown: Robert Craft
Unknown: St Mark
Unknown: Von Himmel

: Jazz Record Requests

with Geoffrey Smith. Producer Alan Hall Discs


Unknown: Geoffrey Smith.
Producer: Alan Hall

: Music Matters

Ivan Hewett discovers what life was like in London during Purcell's time - including a report from the Purcell Tercentenary conference, and Bamboulai - a new biography of the exotic American composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk.
Producer Fiona Shelmerdine Repeated tomorrow 12.15pm


Unknown: Ivan Hewett
Unknown: Louis Moreau Gottschalk.
Producer: Fiona Shelmerdine

: Live from the Met

John Corigliano 's s The Ghosts of Versailles, in which the antics of opera's favourite barber, Figaro, are taken a stage further and Susanna, Cherubino, the Count and the Countess reappear alongside Beaumarchais (their literary creator) and Marie Antoinette.
Commissioned by the Met and premiered there in 1991, it was a great success and is revived with many of the original cast.
Sung in English. Presented by Peter Allen.
Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, conductor James Levine
8.05 The Opera Quiz
William Livingstone puts questions to Alfred Hubay , Lotfi Mansouri and William
8.40 Act 2
Texaco supports the Metropolitan Opera Radio Network which is broadcast on R3 through the EBU


Unknown: John Corigliano
Unknown: Marie Antoinette.
Presented By: Peter Allen.
Conductor: James Levine
Unknown: William Livingstone
Unknown: Alfred Hubay
Unknown: Lotfi Mansouri
Marie Antoinette: Teresa Stratas (soprano)
Beaumarchais: Hector Vasquez (baritone)
Figaro: Gino Quilico (baritone)
Samira: Marilyn Horne (mezzo)
Count Almaviva: Kurt Streft (tenor)
Louis XVI: James Courtney (baritone)
Marquis: Ronald Naldi (tenor)
Cherubino: Wendy White (mezzo)
Susanna: Judith Christin (mezzo)
Rosina: Hei-Kyung Hong (sop)

: Studio 3: The Year of the Monkey

by Claire Dowie.
An "experimental film for radio" starring Janet Suzman as Rose. Rose attends the wedding of her daughter. But Rose would rather be attending a funeral.
Sound score by John Whitehall Director Michael Earley


Unknown: Claire Dowie.
Unknown: Janet Suzman
Director: Michael Earley
Tom: David Collings
Sarah: Sarah-Jane Holm
Jonathan: David Antrobus
Margaret/Mother: Tessa Worsley
Bea: Natasha Pyne
Jack: Michael Tudor-Barnes
Vicar/Dad: Derek Waring

: John Stevens

A celebration of the life and work of the British drummer, including two of his recent compositions -
Blue and the Blessing Light suite. Brian Morton introduces the performances given in January at the Purcell Room, London, by a string quartet, a nine-voice chorus and a jazz group including Evan Parker
(saxophones), Harry Beckett (trumpet), Paul Rutherford
(trombone), Phil Lee (guitar) and Mike Pyne (piano).
During the interval, Brian Morton discusses John Stevens's work with Maggie Nichols , John Butcher and Steve Beresford.
Producer Derek Drescher


Introduces: Brian Morton
Unknown: Evan Parker
Unknown: Harry Beckett
Unknown: Paul Rutherford
Guitar: Phil Lee
Guitar: Mike Pyne
Unknown: Brian Morton
Unknown: Maggie Nichols
Unknown: John Butcher
Unknown: Steve Beresford.
Producer: Derek Drescher

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