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: On Air

With Andrew McGregor. News, weather and music including Mendelssohn String Quartet in F minor, Op 80 Petersen Quartet
6.30 Strauss Oboe Concerto
Richard Woodhams ,
Philadelphia Orchestra, conductor Wolfgang Sawallisch
7.05 Qgar Chanson de Nuit; Chanson de Matin
Nigel Kennedy (violin), Peter Pettinger (piano)
7.32 Wagner Prelude: Parsifal London Classical Players, director Roger Norrington
8.05 Purcell My Beloved Spake, Z28 James Bowman (countertenor), John Mark Ainsley (tenor),
Charles Pott and Michael George (basses), Quiristers of Winchester College, Choir and Orchestra of the King's Consort, conductor Robert King
8.40 Shostakovich Piano Concerto
No 2
New York Philharmonic, director
Leonard Bernstein (piano)


Unknown: Andrew McGregor.
Unknown: Richard Woodhams
Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch
Violin: Nigel Kennedy
Piano: Peter Pettinger
Director: Roger Norrington
Unknown: James Bowman
Tenor: John Mark Ainsley
Tenor: Charles Pott
Tenor: Michael George
Conductor: Robert King
Piano: Leonard Bernstein

: Morning Collection

With Penny Gore.
Dvorak The Wood Dove
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, conductor Rafael Kubelik
9.19 Myslivecek Violin Concerto Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, director Erno Sebestyen (violin)
9.34 Janacek Taras Bulba
Vienna Philharmonic , conductor Charles Mackerras Discs


Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
Violin: Erno Sebestyen
Violin: Janacek Taras Bulba
Conductor: Vienna Philharmonic
Conductor: Charles MacKerras

: Musical Encounters

With Chris Wines.
Bridge An Irish Melody (Londonderry Air) Maggini Quartet
10.19 Ropartz Cello Sonata No 1 in G minor
Lowri Blake , John Lenehan (piano)
10.50 Artists of the Week:
Consort of Musicke
D'lndia Settings from "II Pastor Fido"
11.00 Ives The Unanswered
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
11.07 Magnard Cello Sonata in A, Op 20
Lowri Blake , John Lenehan (piano)
11.35 Beethoven Piano Sonata in B flat, Op 22
Paul Berkowitz


Unknown: Lowri Blake
Piano: John Lenehan
Unknown: Lowri Blake
Piano: John Lenehan
Unknown: Paul Berkowitz

: Composer of the Week: Rachmaninov

In the wake of the Third Piano
Concerto, during his last years in Russia, Rachmaninov's style became less lyrical and more astringent, the piano writing more formidable in its technical challenges. Peter Donohoe introduces a selection of the Etudes-
Tableaux, and Stephen Hough reflects on a remarkable performance of the Second Piano Sonata.
Etudes-Tableaux, Op 39: No 4 in B minor; No 7 in C minor
Sviatoslav Richter (piano)
Etude-Tableau in E flat minor,
Op 39 No 5
Murray Perahia (piano)
Etude-Tableau in D, Op 39 No 9 Vladimir Horowitz (piano)
Etude-Tableau in C, Op 33 No 2 The Composer (piano)
Piano Sonata No 2 in B flat minor
Joseph Villa (piano)
Repeated next Thursday 11.30pm


Introduces: Peter Donohoe
Introduces: Stephen Hough
Piano: Sviatoslav Richter
Piano: Vladimir Horowitz

: Eastern Approaches

Four programmes in which
Roderic Dunnett explores operatic byways of Eastern Europe.
3: The Comic Touch
Light-hearted comic operas were a speciality of Czech composers, not least Smetana and Dvorak. Prague audiences still flock to hear them today, though some of the more popular comedies are only just beginning to filter through over here. Devils and charlatans, misery-gutses and self-deluding buffoons all crop up in this week's programme, spiced with an almost Mozartian charm, wit and panache. Including excerpts from Smetana's The Bartered Bride,
Blodek's In the Well, and Dvorak's The Cunning Peasant.


Unknown: Roderic Dunnett

: Quartet Trios

The second of three programmes in which the Hagen Quartet play
Schumann's three string quartets together with Mozart and Schubert's last three quartets.
Schumann String Quartet in F, Op 41 No 2
Mozart String Quartet in B flat, K589 Schubert String Quartet in D, D810 (Death and the Maiden)

: The BBC Orchestras

BBC Philharmonic
Conductor Vasili Sinaisky , Mayumi Fujikawa (violin), Tim Hugh (cello), Howard Shelley (piano)
Beethoven Triple Concerto in C


Conductor: Vasili Sinaisky
Violin: Mayumi Fujikawa
Violin: Tim Hugh
Piano: Howard Shelley

: Ensemble

Penny Gore introduces a recital by the Rorestan Trio.
Faure Piano Trio in D minor, Op 120 Brahms Piano Trio No 3 in C minor, Op 101


Introduces: Penny Gore

: Music Machine

The Freelance Musician
The Pro Session Profession. Tommy Pearson investigates the secret army of session players, heard by millions and yet rarely seen. From Bond films to toothpaste commercials, the army marches on, providing wall-to-wall music for all - whether wanted or not.


Unknown: Tommy Pearson

: In Tune

Humphrey Carpenter talks to Ton Koopman.
Bach Prelude in E flat, BWV552
Ton Koopman (organ)
5.30 Jim Parker Mississippi Five Albion Ensemble
6.35 Bach Cantata No 150: Nacht
Dir, Herr, Verlanget Mich
Barbara Schlick (soprano),
Kai Wessel (alto), Guy de Mey (tenor), Klaus Mertens (bass), Amsterdam Baroque Chorus and Orchestra, director Ton Koopman Producer Jeremey Hayes


Unknown: Jim Parker Mississippi
Unknown: Verlanget Mich
Soprano: Barbara Schlick
Soprano: Kai Wessel
Bass: Klaus Mertens
Producer: Jeremey Hayes

: Bournemouth Sinfonietta

From the Weymouth Pavilion. Conductor Nicolae Moldoveanu
, Robert Plane (clarinet), Philip Dukes (viola)
Sibelius Suite: Pelleas and Melisande
Bruch Concerto in E minor


Conductor: Nicolae Moldoveanu
Conductor: Robert Plane
Viola: Philip Dukes

: Cannibals and Kings

Professor John Klier suggests that one way of understanding the former Soviet Union in transition is to reflect on the new Moscow currently under construction. He discovers that one thing Muscovites are up in arms against is a unique threat to the Russian capital called
Tseretelisation. Georgian-born sculptor Zurab Tsereteli has used his close links with the mayor of Moscow to capture virtually every commission for monumental sculpture.
8.35 Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Florence


Unknown: Professor John Klier
Unknown: Zurab Tsereteli

: Sicilian Voices

Joe Farrell presents five programmes about Sicily.
4: The English in Sicily- from Bronte to Marsala.


Unknown: Joe Farrell

: Music Restored

With Anthony Rooley. Rachel Podger (violin),
Timothy Roberts (fortepiano)
Mozart Violin Sonata in E flat, K302; Violin Sonata in F, K377 Producer Lindsay Kemp
Repeated Monday 4.15pm


Unknown: Anthony Rooley.
Violin: Rachel Podger
Violin: Timothy Roberts
Producer: Lindsay Kemp

: Night Waves

Thomas Pynchon is one of America's most stylistically adventurous and reclusive writers, and the publication of his new novel Mason and Dixon is one of the literary events of the year. It concerns two British surveyors who charted the boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania that became a frontier between the free
North and the slave-owning South.
Patrick Wright reviews the novel and Pynchon's literary career. And he talks to Henry Louis Gates , a leading scholar and writer on African-
American literature.
Producer Fiona Bailey


Unknown: Thomas Pynchon
Unknown: Patrick Wright
Unknown: Henry Louis Gates
Producer: Fiona Bailey

: Composers of the Week: Forgotten Giants of 18th-Century Opera

Prima le Parole
Paul Guinery introduces music from two operas with famous titles, both based on distinguished literary models - Giovanni Paisiello 's 11
Barbiere di Siviglia (conducted by Adam Fischer ) and Antonio Salieri 's Fa/staff (conducted by Tamas Pal ). Plus arias from the operas 11
Matrimonio Segreto and 11 Pittor Parigino by one of the 18th century's greatest comic opera composers, Domenico Clmarosa.
Repeated from last Thursday


Introduces: Paul Guinery
Unknown: Giovanni Paisiello
Conducted By: Adam Fischer
Conducted By: Antonio Salieri
Conducted By: Tamas Pal
Unknown: Matrimonio Segreto
Unknown: Pittor Parigino
Unknown: Domenico Clmarosa.

: Jazz Notes

Digby Fairweather and Dave Gelly with a selection of new releases.


Unknown: Digby Fairweather
Unknown: Dave Gelly

: Through the Night

With Donald Macleod.
1.00 Choral Evensong from St
George's Chapel, Windsor Castle Repeated from yesterday 4.00pm
2.00 Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique Hungarian State Orchestra/Janos Ferencsik
3.00 Schools
3.00 Music Workshop 3.20 Let's
Move 3.40 Words Alive 3.50 Radio
Showcase 3.55 First Steps in Drama
4.10 Drama Workshop 4.30
Ghostwriter 4.40 Scottish Resources
5.00 Sequence


Unknown: Donald MacLeod.

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