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: On Air

With Andrew McGregor.
Mozart Symphony No 36 in C, K425 (Linz) Vienna Philharmonic, conductor Riccardo Muti
6.43 Bax Oboe Quintet Nash Ensemble
7.05 Shostakovich Prelude and Fugue, Op 87 No 13
Tatiana Nikolaeva (piano)
7.32 Berlioz Overture: Beatrice and Benedict
London Philharmonic, conductor Hamilton Harty
8.05 Bernstein Prelude, Fugue and Riffs Columbia Jazz Combo, conducted by the Composer
8.18 Building a Library - Best of the Bunch:
Sibelius En Saga
Recording chosen by Peter Paul Nash


Unknown: Andrew McGregor.
Conductor: Riccardo Muti
Piano: Tatiana Nikolaeva
Conductor: Hamilton Harty
Unknown: Peter Paul Nash

: Morning Collection

With Penny Gore.
Stravinsky Eight Instrumental Miniatures
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
9.09 Liszt Piano Concerto No 1 in E flat
Martha Argerich , London Symphony
Orchestra, conductor Claudio Abbado
9.27 Grainger English Dance BBC Philharmonic, conductor Richard Hickox
9.35 Dvorak The Hero's Song Scottish National Orchestra, conductor Neeme Jarvi Discs


Unknown: Martha Argerich
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Conductor: Richard Hickox

: Musical Encounters

With Chris Wines, including
Brahms Eight Piano Pieces, Op 76' Paul Berkowitz
10.10 Haydn Symphony No 65 in A Tafelmusik, conductor Bruno Weil
10.28 Lalo Cello Sonata
Lowri Blake , John Lenehan (piano)
10.51 Artist of the Week:
Consort of Musicke
Ravenscroft There Were Three
11.14 Saint-Saens Cello Sonata
No 2 in F, Op 123
Lowri Blake , John Lenehan (piano)
11.47 John Ward My Breast I'll Set Consort of Musicke


Unknown: Paul Berkowitz
Conductor: Bruno Weil
Unknown: Lowri Blake
Piano: John Lenehan
Unknown: Lowri Blake
Piano: John Lenehan
Piano: John Ward

: Composer of the Week: Rachmaninov

After the Russian Revolution,
Rachmaninov emigrated to America, where he forged a brilliant career as one of the outstanding pianists of his time. But it was at the expense of his own work as a composer. His last two piano works, both sets of variations, have enjoyed very differing fortunes. With Peter Donohoe and Stephen Hough.
The composer's letters are read by David de Keyser.
Mendelssohn, transcr Rachmaninov Scherzo (A Midsummer Night's Dream) Sergei Rachmaninov (piano)
Rachmaninov Variations on a Theme of Corelli
Shura Cherkassky (1986)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Earl Wild (piano), Royal Philharmonic, conductor Jascha Horenstein
Discs Repeated next Friday 11.30pm


Unknown: Peter Donohoe
Unknown: Stephen Hough.
Read By: David de Keyser.
Piano: Sergei Rachmaninov
Unknown: Shura Cherkassky
Piano: Earl Wild
Conductor: Jascha Horenstein

: Bristol Lunchtime Concert

French Connection
Chris de Souza introduces a concert given at St George's, Brandon Hill , Bristol, by Hiro Kurosaki (violin) and Linda Nicholson (piano). Mozart in Paris
Schubert Violin Sonata in D minor,
Op 14 No 4
Mozart Violin Sonata in E minor, K304
Balbastre Marseillaise
Mozart Violin Sonata in D, K306


Introduces: Chris de Souza
Unknown: Brandon Hill
Violin: Hiro Kurosaki
Piano: Linda Nicholson

: Private Passions

Repeated from Saturday 12 noon

: Mining the Archive

Zoltan Kodaly
Sandy Burnett presents a tribute to the Hungarian composer who did so much to inspire musicians. Including recordings from the BBC archive of the composer conducting his own music, a piano recital by fellow Hungarian Tamas Vasary , and interviews with the composer and Sir Michael Tippett.
Kodaly Ballet Music; Two Songs, Op 5; Mother Listens ; Variations on a Hungarian Folk Song (The Peacock) Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone), London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the Composer
Dances of Marosszek; Nine Pieces,
Op 3; Meditation on a Motif by Debussy Tamas Vasary (piano) Producer Tim Thorne


Unknown: Zoltan Kodaly
Unknown: Sandy Burnett
Unknown: Tamas Vasary
Unknown: Sir Michael Tippett.
Unknown: Mother Listens
Baritone: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Producer: Tim Thorne

: Music Machine

The Freelance Musician
The Wild West End. Tommy Pearson meets musicians who play in shows and musicals, sometimes for long and arduous seasons. The players who work down in the pit survive some of the toughest conditions. Last in the series.


Unknown: Tommy Pearson

: In Tune

With Andrew Green , including
Schubert, transcr Liszt Das Wandern Leslie Howard (piano)
6.05 Chabrier Espana Vienna Philharmonic, conductor John Eliot Gardiner
6.40 Rachmaninov Vocalise
Sylvia McNair (soprano),
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, conductor David Zinman
Producer Andrew Lyle


Unknown: Andrew Green
Unknown: Liszt Das Wandern
Piano: Leslie Howard
Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner
Soprano: Sylvia McNair
Conductor: David Zinman
Producer: Andrew Lyle

: From the Canyons to the Stars

From Glasgow's Tramway
Theatre. Olivier Messiaen 's epic, kaleidoscopic vision of praise and contemplation resonates with sounds from desert to deep space. Rolf Hind (piano), David Flack (horn), Heather Corbett and David Lyons (percussion),
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conductor Martyn Brabbins
Messiaen Des Canyons aux Etoiles * See Music: page 40


Unknown: Olivier Messiaen
Piano: Rolf Hind
Piano: David Flack
Horn: Heather Corbett
Horn: David Lyons
Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
Conductor: Messiaen Des

: Sicilian Voices

The last of five programmes exploring the life, history and literature of Sicily, presented by Joe Farrell . Sicily Written by Sicilians
After centuries of being invaded and conquered, and seeing its organised crime travel the world, Sicily is telling its own version of its history through writers like Leonardo Sciascia.


Presented By: Joe Farrell
Unknown: Leonardo Sciascia.

: Homage to a Parrot

Malipiero's three comic homages to a parrot, an elephant, and an idiot, written in 1920 and played by pianist Sandro Ivo Bartoli. Plus a selection of music from Malipiero's Italian contemporaries, including
Respighi's Prelude in B flat played by Massimo Palumbo.


Pianist: Sandro Ivo Bartoli.
Played By: Massimo Palumbo.

: Hear and Now

Sarah Walker introduces a mixed programme of new music using extremes of texture (either dense with many notes or extremely spare) and she talks to clarinettist Andrew Sparling, who plays in both featured ensembles, about the work.

James Clarke
Trio Laurence Crane
Trio Roger Redgate +R
Michael Finnissy WAM Chris Dench mem(e)
James Erber You Done Torn Your Playhouse Down
James Clarke Entfernung
Richard Barrett What Remains
Topologies ensemble
Howard Skempton Colomen Tapestry ensemble
Producer Philip Tagney


Introduces: Sarah Walker
Clarinettist: Andrew Sparling
Unknown: James Clarke
Unknown: Laurence Crane
Unknown: Roger Redgate
Unknown: Michael Finnissy
Unknown: Chris Dench
Unknown: James Erber
Unknown: James Clarke
Unknown: Richard Barrett
Unknown: Howard Skempton
Producer: Philip Tagney

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

The Horace of Composers
To many 18th-century ears, Niccolo Jommelli was one of the greatest composers of his time. Paul Guinery introduces highlights from Jommelli's spectacular drama
Armida Abbandonata. Christophe Rousset conducts Les Talens Lyriques with soprano Ewa Malas-Godlewska in the role of the eponymous sorceress at the head of a cast which also includes Claire Brua , Veronique Gens and Gilles Ragon.
Repeated from last Friday


Unknown: Niccolo Jommelli
Introduces: Paul Guinery
Unknown: Armida Abbandonata.
Unknown: Christophe Rousset
Soprano: Ewa Malas-Godlewska
Unknown: Claire Brua
Unknown: Veronique Gens
Unknown: Gilles Ragon.

: Everything but the Crazyhouse

Six programmes with Russell Davies. 3: Junk Bucket Blues. Sidney Bechet was jailed for his involvement in a shooting incident in Paris. After his release, and back in New York, he made his first attempts to start a traditional jazz revival with fellow New Orleans player Tommy Ladnier. Repeated from Monday 3.45pm


Unknown: Russell Davies.
Unknown: Sidney Bechet
Unknown: Tommy Ladnier.

: Through the Night

With Donald Macleod.
1.00 Haydn 11 Ritorno di Tobia
Budapest Madrigal Choir, Hungarian State Orchestra/Ferenc Szekeres
4.20 Chamber Concert. Janacek
Violin Sonata Ruggero Allifranchini , Anton Nel (piano) Debussy Violin Sonata Nicholas Kitchen , Stephen Prutsman (piano) Paganini Terzetto Concertante in D David Tanenbaum
(guitar), Carta-Maria Rodrigues (viola), Michael Kannen (cello) Milhaud Suite: La Création du Monde
Stephen Prutsman (piano), Scott St John and Martin Beaver
(violins), Maria Lambros Kannen
(viola), Christopher Costanza (cello) Franck Piano Quintet in F minor Anton Nel , Borromeo Quartet
6.00 Sequence


Unknown: Donald MacLeod.
Unknown: Ferenc Szekeres
Unknown: Ruggero Allifranchini
Piano: Anton Nel
Unknown: Nicholas Kitchen
Piano: Stephen Prutsman
Guitar: David Tanenbaum
Guitar: Carta-Maria Rodrigues
Viola: Michael Kannen
Piano: Stephen Prutsman
Piano: Scott St John
Piano: Martin Beaver
Violins: Maria Lambros Kannen
Viola: Christopher Costanza
Unknown: Anton Nel
Tobit: Zsolt Bende (baritone)
Anna: Klara Takacs (contralto)
Tobias: Attila Fulop (tenor)
Sarah: Veronika Kincses (soprano)
Raphael: Magda Kalmar (soprano)

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