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: On Air

With Andrew McGregor. Biber Sonata VI in F
(Sonatae tarn aris quam aulis servientes)
6.18 Vaughan Williams Symphony No 5 in D
7.05 Vivaldi Concerto in A minor (RV356)
7.32 Debussy Prélude a I'apres-midi d'un faune
8.05 Elgar Great is the Lord
8.44 Shostakovich Ballet
Suite No 3


Unknown: Andrew McGregor.
Unknown: Elgar Great

: Morning Collection with Paul Gambaccini

Stravinsky Scherzo a la russe
9.04 Liszt Les Cloches de
Geneve (Annees de Pelerinage)
9.11 Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade


Unknown: Stravinsky Scherzo

: Musical Encounters

With Piers Burton-Page.
Dufay Balsamus et munda cera
Orlando Consort
10.06 Brahms Violin
Sonata in D minor, Op 108 Isaac Stern (violin)
Yefim Bronfman (piano)
10.28 Artist of the Week:
Nancy Argenta (soprano)
Four modem American songs Eugene Asti (piano)
10.40 Arnold Piano Sonata (1942)
Benjamin Frith (piano)
10.51 Delius Two Aquarelles
Bournemouth Sinfonietta, conductor Richard Studt
10.57 Martin Ballade
Martin Robertson (saxophone)
London Philharmonic, conductor Matthias Bamert
11.13 Wolf An eine Aolsharfe
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano)
Geoffrey Parsons (piano)
11.20 Borodin Symphony NolinE E flat
BBC Symphony Orchestra/ Alexander Lazarev


Unknown: Piers Burton-Page
Unknown: Brahms Violin
Violin: Isaac Stern
Piano: Yefim Bronfman
Soprano: Nancy Argenta
Piano: Eugene Asti
Piano: Benjamin Frith
Conductor: Richard Studt
Conductor: Martin Ballade
Conductor: Martin Robertson
Conductor: Matthias Bamert
Soprano: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
Piano: Geoffrey Parsons
Unknown: Alexander Lazarev

: Composers of the Week: Les Six

Introduced by Geraint Lewis.
Auric Imaginées VI
Michel Debost (flute)
Claude Desurmont (clarinet) Michele Command
Frederic Lodeon (cello) Parrenin Quartet
Jean-Phillippe Collard (piano) directed by Alexandre Myrat
Milhaud Sonatina
Victoria Soames (clarinet) Julius Drake (piano)
Honegger Prelude: The Tempest
BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Barry Wordsworth
Tailleferre Concertino for harp and orchestra Gillian Benet (harp)
Women's PO, conductor
Jo Anna Falletta
Poulenc L'Embarquement pour
Cythere Philippe Corre and Edouard Exerjean (pianos)


Introduced By: Geraint Lewis.
Flute: Michel Debost
Clarinet: Claude Desurmont
Cello: Frederic Lodeon
Directed By: Alexandre Myrat
Directed By: Milhaud Sonatina
Clarinet: Victoria Soames
Piano: Julius Drake
Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
Harp: Gillian Benet
Conductor: Jo Anna Falletta
Unknown: Cythere Philippe Corre

: The Afternoon on Three

With Susan Sharpe.
1.00 Chamber Music from Manchester
From the Concert
Hall, New
Broadcasting House, introduced by Rodney Slatford.
Bernard Roberts (piano) Beethoven Piano Sonata in E flat, Op 7
Hindemrth Piano Sonata
2.00 Schools
Let's Make a Story 2.15 Music Box 2.30 Dance
Workshop 2.50 Poetry Corner
3.00 Mining the Archive This week, Susan Sharpe introduces vintage recordings of music by Francis Poulenc , including two perfomances from the 1950s by the baritone Pierre Bernac , with the composer himself at the piano.
Producer Susan Kenyon
4.20 By the Waters of Babylon
In the sixth of nine programmes, the Rev Alan Walker finds a Hungarian Reformed Church congregation worshipping in a studio at the back of a cottage near Barons Court Underground station.
4.30 Brazil
Black Gold
The fabulous gold and diamond mines of Minas
Gerais in the 18th-century Portuguese colony gave rise to a flowering of Portuguese baroque art and music. This last programme in the series explores the legacy of that time and the culture of the African slaves imported to work in the mines.
An Angell Sound production


Unknown: Susan Sharpe.
Introduced By: Rodney Slatford.
Piano: Bernard Roberts
Introduces: Susan Sharpe
Music By: Francis Poulenc
Baritone: Pierre Bernac
Producer: Susan Kenyon
Unknown: Alan Walker

: The Music Machine

Tommy Pearson fields the questions as young people quiz members of the Albion Ensemble about their music-making and life in the music profession.


Unknown: Tommy Pearson

: In Tune

With Jeremy Nicholas , including
Mondonville Overture: Titon et Aurore
6.03 Rodgers Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (On Your Toes)
6.30 Glinka Sextet in E flat
(Gran sestetto originale) Producer Ray Abbott


Unknown: Jeremy Nicholas
Producer: Ray Abbott

: BBC Philharmonic

From the Free
Trade Hall,
Conductor Van Pascal
Howard Shelley (piano) Judith Bingham Beyond Redemption (BBC commission; first performance)
Beethoven Piano Concerto
No 4 in G
8.30 Notes and Spaces
Concert halls have to play an increasingly wider role in the community: what is the outlook for orchestras in the north of England? Lynne Walker investigates.
8.50 Sibelius Symphony No 1 in E minor


Piano: Judith Bingham
Unknown: Lynne Walker

: History Now and Then

Presented by Roy Porter. Imperialism
In our own self-consciously anti-imperial age, how useful is the "I" word to
Andrew Porter and Richard Drayton?
For details see Monday


Presented By: Roy Porter.
Unknown: Andrew Porter

: Hear and Now

Sarah Walker introduces a South American edition.
Musica Nova , Brazil
Highlights from last year's festival in Sao Paolo.
Silvio Ferraz Jane/a No
Espelho D'Agua
Alvaro Guimaraes Exil
Harry Crowl Icnocuicati Domenico Coiro Sertao
Silvio Ferraz Canto De Cura Argentina
Recent music by Argentinian composers, including
Silvina Milstein Nova Polska
BBC Singers
London Chamber Symphony Producer Philip Tagney


Introduces: Sarah Walker
Unknown: Musica Nova
Unknown: Silvio Ferraz
Unknown: Alvaro Guimaraes Exil
Unknown: Harry Crowl Icnocuicati
Unknown: Domenico Coiro Sertao
Producer: Philip Tagney

: Sekt, Smoke, Satire

Veterans of Variety In the last of six programmes tracing the history of cabaret,
Robert Ziegler looks at the genre in Britain and the United States. Turn-of-the-century music hall was the closest the English-speaking countries came to having their own brand of cabaret.
Variety soon progressed to revue, where the art of a sung commentary was perfected through such diverse performers as Noel Coward and Sophie Tucker. A Heavy Entertainment production


Unknown: Robert Ziegler
Unknown: Noel Coward
Unknown: Sophie Tucker.

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