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: On Air

With Andrew McGregor , including
Bach Violin Concerto in E, BWV1042
6.19 Beethoven Quartet Collection: Beethoven String Quartet in B flat, Op 18 No 6
7.05 Alain, orch Dutilleux Prière pour Nous autres Charnels
7.45 Rimsky-Korsakov Piano Concerto in C sharp minor
8.05 Heinichen Beatus Vir
8.45 Lambert The Rio Grande


Unknown: Andrew McGregor
Unknown: Heinichen Beatus Vir

: Morning Collection

Catriona Young. Telemann Overture-Suite in C,
TWV55: C6
9.24 Tcherepnin La Princesse Lointaine
9.34 Mozart Piano Quartet in E flat, K493 Discs


Unknown: Catriona Young.

: Musical Encounters

With Geraint Lewis.
Artist of the Week:
David Atherton (conductor)
Grace Williams Sea Sketches
English Chamber Orchestra
10.20 Britten Who Are These Children?
Peter Pears (tenor), the composer (piano)
10.40 Purcell My Beloved Spake, Z28 Choir of St John's College, Cambridge, conductor George Guest
10.50 Takemitsu Les Yeux Clos I
Martin Roscoe (piano)
11.05 Faure Cello Sonata in D minor, op 109
Yo-Yo Ma, Kathryn Stott (piano)
11.25 Thiriet Complainte de Gilles Kosma Jesus la Caille
Francois le Roux (baritone), Roger Vignoles (piano)
11.20 Takemitsu Les Yeux Clos II
Martin Roscoe (piano)
11.30 Part Cantus in Memoriam
Benjamin Britten
BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conductor Martyn Brabbins
11.40 Britten Four Sea Interludes
BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conductor David Atherton


Artist: Geraint Lewis.
Conductor: David Atherton
Tenor: Peter Pears
Piano: Martin Roscoe
Piano: Kathryn Stott
Unknown: Jesus La Caille
Baritone: Francois Le Roux
Piano: Roger Vignoles
Piano: Takemitsu Les Yeux Clos
Piano: Martin Roscoe
Unknown: Benjamin Britten
Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
Conductor: David Atherton

: Composer of the Week: Steve Reich at 60

With William Mival.
Clapping Music (1972)
Russ Hartenburger and the Composer The Desert Music (1984)
BBC Singers and Symphony Orchestra, conductor Peter Eotvos
Repeated next Thursday 11.30pm


Unknown: William Mival.
Music: Russ Hartenburger
Conductor: Peter Eotvos

: Opera Matinee: The Palace

The most recent opera by Finnish composer Aulls Sailinen is written to a libretto by Irene Dische and Hans Magnus Enzensberger. According to the librettists, it is a drama about the underdeveloped, about a hopeless transition from an age-old reign of terror to a new, revolutionary terror - a fateful logic which almost always leads to civil war. The libretto was inspired by the book The King of Kings by Polish writer Ryszard Kapuscinski , describing the last days of Haile Selassie's regime This recording of the world premiers production was made at the Savoniinn: Opera Festival. Sung in Finnish
Savonlinna Opera Festival Chorus and Orchestra, conductor Okko Kamu


Unknown: Aulls Sailinen
Unknown: Irene Dische
Unknown: Hans Magnus Enzensberger.
Unknown: Ryszard Kapuscinski
The King: Veijo Varpio(tenor)
Constance: Jaana Mantynen(soprano)
Valmonte: Saull Tiilikainen(baritone)
Petruccio: Jorma Silvasti(tenor)
Ossip: Tom Krause(bass-Baritone)
Kitty: Ritva-Uisa Korhonen(soprano)
The Physician: Pertti Makela(tenor)
The Pillow Bearer: Lassi Virtanen(tenor)
The Keeper of the Purse: Sami Luttinen(baritone)
The Executioner: Mart Mikk(bass)
The Cuckoo: Matti Siitonen
Servant: Pertti Mutka

: Langlais

Cinq Méditations sur IApocalypse Stephen Farr (organ)


Unknown: Stephen Farr

: Philharmonia

A concert given last Saturday in the Royal Festival Hall, London, introduced by James MacMillan.
Conductor Stefan Asbury
Gerhard Suite : Pandora: Nonet: Sardana


Introduced By: James MacMillan.
Conductor: Stefan Asbury
Conductor: Gerhard Suite

: Music Machine BBC Singers

The BBC Singers and conductor Stephen Cleobury perform pieces composed especially for the programme by students from London schools. Composer Robert Saxton talks to
Tommy Pearson about the students and the music. Repeat


Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
Talks: Robert Saxton
Unknown: Tommy Pearson

: In Tune

With Humphrey Carpenter , including Chausson Poeme
David Oistrakh (violin), Boston SO, conductor Charles Munch
6.03 Bach Prelude and Fugue in E,
BWV854 ("Well-tempered Clavier", Bk 1) Glenn Gould (piano)
6.30 Saint-Saens Cello Concerto No 1 in A minor
Leonard Rose , Philadelphia Orchestra, conductor Eugene Ormandy Producer Jeremy Hayes


Unknown: Humphrey Carpenter
Violin: David Oistrakh
Conductor: Charles Munch
Piano: Glenn Gould
Unknown: Leonard Rose
Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
Producer: Jeremy Hayes

: London Symphony Orchestra

From the Barbican Hall,
London. Tonight's concert features the world premiere of James MacMillan 's Cello Concerto - the central work in a triptych he is writing for the LSO. All three pieces are concerned with aspects of Easter and Passiontide; the concerto concentrates on Good Friday. Conductor Colin Davis ,
Mstislav Rostropovich (cello) Sibelius En Saga
MacMillan Cello Concerto
(first performance)
8.20 From Einstein to Frankenstein
Steven Rose , professor of biology at the Open University, examines the impact of popular culture on the public's conception of science. Since the end of the Second World War, scientists have often been represented in the mass media as either extremely smart theoreticians, such as Einstein, or "boffins" who build clever gadgets.
8.40 Beethoven Symphony No 7 in A


Unknown: James MacMillan
Conductor: Colin Davis
Cello: Mstislav Rostropovich
Unknown: Steven Rose

: Reputations

I Elizabeth Bowen
! * faltering stammer and a powerful
; old boy network did not deter novelist
Elizabeth Bowen from becoming a regular voice on the Third Programme during the forties and fifties. Peggy Reynolds reviews her reputation through broadcast archives, revelatory personal anecdotes from colleagues and writers, readings, and a word from her employer Sir Harman Grisewood , controller of the Third Programme during those early years and a great admirer of this Anglo-Irish grand dame. Producer Maud Hand


Unknown: Elizabeth Bowen
Unknown: Elizabeth Bowen
Unknown: Peggy Reynolds
Unknown: Sir Harman Grisewood

: Music Restored

George Pratt introduces the fourth of seven programmes from this year's York Early Music Festival, a performance recorded last July at Harewood House.
Stephen Varcoe (baritone), Peter Seymour (fortepiano)
Haydn Piercing Eyes, H XXVIa 35
Zumsteeg Was 1st Liebe?; Ossian auf Slimora Mozart Sehnsucht nach dem Fruhling,
Beethoven Maigesang , Op 52 No 4
Zelter Trost in Tranen; Todes Wiegenlied Haydn The Spirit's Song, H XXVIa 41 Zumsteeg Schwermuth
Zelter Meine Bluten Find Zernagt; Auf den Tod eines Kindes Reichardt Prometheus
Haydn The Wanderer, HXXVIa 32
Beethoven Zartliche Liebe , WoO 123 Producer Mark Rowlinson
Repeated tomorrow 2.15pm


Introduces: George Pratt
Baritone: Stephen Varcoe
Baritone: Peter Seymour
Unknown: Beethoven Maigesang
Unknown: Zumsteeg Schwermuth
Unknown: Zelter Meine Bluten
Unknown: Reichardt Prometheus
Unknown: Beethoven Zartliche Liebe
Producer: Mark Rowlinson

: Night Waves

Classic adaptations may be all the rage, but Jude the Obscure is in many ways the most difficult and troubling of Hardy's works. Hermione Lee investigates how Michael Winterbottom has tackled this disturbing novel in his new film Jude. The programme also includes news from the Queen's Hall in Edinburgh and the premiere of Sally Beamish 's new work based on the life of Mary Shelley.
Producer Edwina Wolstencroft


Unknown: Hermione Lee
Unknown: Michael Winterbottom
Unknown: Sally Beamish
Unknown: Mary Shelley.
Producer: Edwina Wolstencroft

: Composers of the Week: The Court of James VI

Repeated from last Thursday

: The Road to Toledo

4: Coronation Street
The end of the road: Philip the Fair of Burgundy arrives in Toledo to be crowned heir to the throne of Aragon. There is much rejoicing, but also worrying evidence of 16th-century yob culture. With Burgundian and Spanish music from the Segovia Codex. Presented and performed by Sirinu, with Robert Langdon-Lloyd as chronicler Antoine de Lalaing. Repeat


Unknown: Robert Langdon-Lloyd
Unknown: Antoine de Lalaing.

: Jazz Notes

With Gordon Cruickshank. The second and final part of the interview with tenor sax player Michael Brecker.


Unknown: Gordon Cruickshank.
Unknown: Michael Brecker.

: Through the Night

With Donald Macleod.
1.00 Choral Evensong from Bristol Cathedral
Repeated from yesterday 4.00pm
2.00 Maria Zampieri (soprano), Edoardo Lanza (piano) and Luigi Puxeddu (cello) perform music by Handel, Galuppi, Pergolesi, Cherubini, Faure and Gounod
3.00 Schools
3.00 Music Workshop 3.20 Let's Move 3.40 Words Alive 3.55 First
Steps in Drama 4.10 Drarr,,
Workshop 4.30 Infant History 4.40 Standard Grade English
5.00 Sequence


Unknown: Donald MacLeod.
Soprano: Maria Zampieri
Piano: Edoardo Lanza
Piano: Luigi Puxeddu

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