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: On Air

With Andrew McGregor.
Haydn Cello Concerto No 2 in D
6.30 Suk Serenade for strings, Op 6
7.05 Musorgsky Overture: Khovanshchina
7.32 Menotti What a curse for a woman is a timid man
(The Old Maid and the Thief)
8.05 Purcell Portfolio:
A selection of songs
8.32 Balakirev Tamara


Unknown: Andrew McGregor.
Songs: Balakirev Tamara

: Morning Collection with Paul Gambaccini

Bach Concerto in D minor
(BWV 1043)
9.16 Barber Adagio
9.31 Beethoven Quintet in E flat, Op 16 Discs

: Musical Encounters

With Nicola Heywood Thomas.
William Mathias
10.05 Purcell Laudate
Ceciliam (Z329)
10.20 Wagner Im
Treibhaus (Wesendonck Lieder)
10.25 Artist of the Week:
John Lill (piano)
Prokofiev Piano Sonata
10.45 Elgar Ave Maria, Op 2 No 2
10.55 Purcell Their necessary aid you use (Circe)
11.00 Rachmaninov Piano
Concerto No 2 in C minor
11.45 Wagner Prelude:
Act III (Tristan and Isolde)


Unknown: Nicola Heywood
Unknown: William Mathias
Unknown: Purcell Laudate
Piano: John Lill

: Composer of the Week: Maw

Irish Songs
BBC Singers, conductor David Jones
Life Studies
Academy of St Martin, conductor Neville Marriner


Conductor: Neville Marriner

: The Afternoon on Three

With Susan Sharpe.
1.00 Masque into Opera In the last of three programmes exploring the beginnings of the British operatic tradition,
Bruce Wood introduces excerpts from the major stage works of Purcell.
Series producer Gwen Hughes
2.00 Schools
Playtime 2.15 Time to Move 2.35 Listen!
3.00 An Outside View
Norwegian cellist Truls Mork reflects on British music and plays:
Haydn Cello Concerto No 1 in C
Norwegian CO/lona Brown Discs
3.30 New series
Britten's Apprenticeship By the age of 14, Britten had filled 100 opus numbers. In four programmes, Philip Reed of the Britten-Pears Library at Aldeburgh and Paul Hindmarsh chart Britten's remarkable composing apprenticeship.
1: 1923-8: At home and at
South Lodge
Britten Poeme No 4
Three Early Songs Five Waltzes
String Quartet in F (1928)
Quatre chansons fran├žaises


Unknown: Susan Sharpe.
Introduces: Bruce Wood
Producer: Gwen Hughes
Unknown: Truls Mork
Unknown: Brown Discs
Unknown: Philip Reed
Unknown: Paul Hindmarsh

: The Music Machine

Tommy Pearson investigates the music exams system run by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.


Unknown: Tommy Pearson

: In Tune

From Huddersfield
Music Festival, with Lynne Walker.
5.15 Purcell, real Britten Music for a while
6.03 Mozart Serenade
No 6 in D (Serenata nottuma) (K239)
6.45 Alperin Wedding in a Wild Forest
Producer Paul Hindmarsh


Unknown: Lynne Walker.
Unknown: Britten Music
Producer: Paul Hindmarsh

: Purcell 300

From Westminster Abbey.
On the 300th anniversary of Purcell's death, a celebration of English music and his contribution to it from the building where he held the post of organist. The Choir of Westminster Abbey, directed by the abbey organist Martin Neary, is joined by the New London Consort, the Nash Ensemble, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conductor Andrew Davis, Emma Kirkby (soprano), James Bowman (countertenor) and David Wilson-Johnson (baritone). The programme includes a new song commissioned from Sir Michael Tippett, who celebrates his 90th birthday this year.
Jonathan Dove Brass Fanfare
Purcell Incidental music: Abdelazar
Gibbons Hosanna to the Son of David
Byrd O Lord, make thy servant
Purcell Hear my prayer, O Lord (115); If music be the food of love (Z379); Fairest Isle (King Arthur); Anacreon's Defeat (Z423); Hark the echoing air (The Fairy Queen); My heart is inditing (Z30)
Handel Zadok the Priest (HWV258)
Purcell, arr. Elgar Jehova quam multi sunt hostes mei (Z135)
Tippett Trumpet Tune and Caliban's Song (first performance)
Britten Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell
Purcell Evening Hymn: Now that the sun hath veiled his light (Z193)
See also 11.30pm


Organist: Martin Neary
Unknown: Nash Ensemble
Conductor: Andrew Davis
Soprano: Emma Kirkby
Soprano: James Bowman
Soprano: David Wilson-Johnson
Unknown: Sir Michael Tippett
Unknown: Gibbons Hosanna
Unknown: Handel Zadok
Unknown: Elgar Jehova

: States of Mind: Secret Theatres of the Mind

In the confusing forest of words and symbols, how do those with dyslexia find their way? Michael Ignatieff enters the dyslexic world.
HELPLINE: [number removed]
Next programme tomorrow 9.40pm


Presenter: Michael Ignatieff
Producer: Clare McGinn

: Zehetmair's Bach

Geoffrey Baskerville introduces the last programme from Thomas Zehetmair 's survey of Bach's complete solo sonatas and partitas. Partita No 3 in E
(BWV 1006)
Series producer Svend Brown


Introduces: Geoffrey Baskerville
Unknown: Thomas Zehetmair
Producer: Svend Brown

: The BBC Orchestras

BBC Philharmonic conductor Georg Solti
Bruckner Symphony No 1 in C minor (Linz version, ed Novak)


Conductor: Georg Solti

: Night Waves

With Richard Coles.
Charlton Heston tells his own story in his autobiography, and a new biography promises to unmask "the unknown
Tennessee Williams'. Producer John Goudie


Unknown: Richard Coles.
Unknown: Charlton Heston
Producer: John Goudie

: Music Restored

Musick, the master of thy art is dead
Laments for 17th-century English composers performed in Westminster Abbey by the Consort of Musicke, director Anthony Rooley. Those commemorated are Henry and Thomas Purcell ,
Tomkins, William Lawes ,
Humphrey and Locke. Producer Graham Dixon


Director: Anthony Rooley.
Director: Thomas Purcell
Unknown: William Lawes
Producer: Graham Dixon

: Night School

German 12-14
1.40 Spanish 14-16

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