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: The BBC Orchestras

The second of eight programmes featuring Haydn symphonies.
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Haydn Symphony No 48 in C (Maria Theresia)
Conductor Pinchas Steinberg
Wolf Goethe Lieder; Morike Lieder
Wolfgang Holzmair (baritone), conductor Pinchas Steinberg Faure Suite: Masques et Bergamasques
Conductor Thierry Fischer
Bruch Violin Concerto No 1 in G minor
Kurt Nikkanen (violin), conductor Thierry Fischer
Beethoven Symphony No 7 in A Conductor Pinchas Steinberg Repeat


Conductor: Pinchas Steinberg
Baritone: Wolfgang Holzmair
Conductor: Pinchas Steinberg
Conductor: Thierry Fischer
Violin: Kurt Nikkanen
Conductor: Thierry Fischer
Conductor: Pinchas Steinberg

: Proms News

The weekly guide to the Proms season. Stephen Johnson encounters Kurt Weill in Weimar in the company of Anne Manson , and Lennon and McCartney at the Royal Albert Hall as performed by the King's Singers. Susan Bradshaw profiles Sofia Gubaidulina, who has composed a new viola concerto, and David Sawer contemplates the "greatest pleasure principle". Repeated tomorrow 7pm


Unknown: Stephen Johnson
Unknown: Kurt Weill
Unknown: Anne Manson
Unknown: Albert Hall
Singers: Susan Bradshaw
Singers: David Sawer

: Other Times, Other Places

The Changing Sounds of the World's Great Orchestras
The second of four programmes in which Jonathan Swain explores the differences and developments in the instrumental tone and playing styles of the century's great orchestras. Do all today's top orchestras sound the same, or do some retain elements of their former distinctive characteristics?
This programme focuses on orchestral playing in the Czech Republic and Russia, drawing on the recorded legacy of the Czech Philharmonic and comparing the orchestras of Moscow and St Petersburg in the Soviet and post-Soviet eras. It includes
Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms from Karel Ancerl , Bruckner conducted by Yevgeni Mravinsky , and at 11.30 Tchaikovsky's The
Tempest from Yevgeni Svetlanov and the USSR Symphony Orchestra.


Unknown: Jonathan Swain
Unknown: Karel Ancerl
Conducted By: Yevgeni Mravinsky
Unknown: Yevgeni Svetlanov

: Sound Choice

Joan Bakewell presents the second of eight programmes for music lovers and record-buyers, including My First Disc, in which musical celebrities discuss the first record to influence their listening and career, and Blind Tasting, in which two guests compare three different recordings of the same piece of music without knowing which artists appear on the discs.


Unknown: Joan Bakewell

: The Christies of Glyndebourne

An eight-part series in which Sir
George Christie , present owner and chairman of Glyndebourne, traces the history of the festival in conversation with James Naughtie.
2: Rebuilding. The Second World War halted opera at Glyndeboume. The house and theatre were filled by hundreds of evacuees. After the war,
Glyndebourne reopened to the sounds of a brand-new English opera - Britten's The Rape of Lucretia. But recovery was slow, and it was not until 1951 that Glyndebourne was able to return to full strength, with a triumphant production of Mozart's Idomeneo. George Christie looks at how Glyndebourne coped in this difficult period, recalling John Christie 's difficult relations with Benjamin Britten , the arrival of Kathleen Ferrier , and the revelatory production of Idomeneo. With excerpts from
Gay's The Beggar's Opera, Britten's The Rape of Lucretia, Gluck's Orfeo and Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte and Idomeneo, featuring the voices of Carl Ebert and Sena Jurinac.


Unknown: George Christie
Unknown: James Naughtie.
Unknown: George Christie
Unknown: John Christie
Unknown: Benjamin Britten
Unknown: Kathleen Ferrier
Unknown: Carl Ebert
Unknown: Sena Jurinac.

: Youth Orchestras of the World

Introduced by John Shea. Today's programme features the band described by Sir Charles Mackerras as "the best orchestra in Australia" - the Australian Youth Orchestra. They are joined by the Geminiani Chamber Orchestra from Melbourne.
Dvorak Carnival Overture
Sculthorpe Earth Cry
Mahler Lieder einer fahrenden Gesellen Henri Tomasi's Trumpet Concerto Hakan Hardenberger
Sculthorpe Sun Music IV
Tchaikovsky Symphony No 5 in E minor


Introduced By: John Shea.
Unknown: Sir Charles MacKerras

: Jazz Record Requests

With Geoffrey Smith. Producer Alan Hall Discs
ADDRESS: Jazz Record Requests, BBC Radio 3, Broadcasting House, London W1A 4WW FAX: (0171) [number removed]


Unknown: Geoffrey Smith.
Producer: Alan Hall

: Proms Feature: Voices of the Stranger

Following lannis Xenakis's recent orchestral premiere at the Proms, this week's feature profiles this composer, architect, mathematician, philosopher and resistance fighter.
Through music, sound and the voices of Xenakis and colleagues from various disciplines, the programme explores the composer's challenge to the musical mainstream and evokes the spirit of the man and his thinking. With contributions from his biographer Nouritza Matossian , architect Peter Buchanan , performers Garth Knox , Barry Guy and Peter Hill , and composer Richard Barrett. Producer Alan Hall


Unknown: Nouritza Matossian
Unknown: Peter Buchanan
Unknown: Garth Knox
Unknown: Barry Guy
Unknown: Peter Hill
Unknown: Richard Barrett.
Producer: Alan Hall

: From St John's

The second of eight repeats of lunchtime concerts given in St John's, Smith Square, London, over the last few years. This performance was given in 1995. Philip Fowke (piano) Pinto Grand Sonata in C minor
Ireland Piano Sonata
Rubbra Eight Preludes, Op 131 Repeat

: BBC Proms 97

A feast of British music at the Royal Albert Hall tonight with two popular works and two Proms premieres. Britten's orchestral display based on Purcell, and Elgar's portraits of his friends, frame a vibrant new concerto by Jonathan Harvey and Percy Grainger's vision of war - a score which draws on hypnotic elements of non-western music.
Evelyn Glennie (percussion), BBC Philharmonic, conductor Richard Hickox
Britten The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
Grainger: "The Warriors"

8.10 Albertopolls
The second of four interval programmes exploring the area in London around the Royal Albert Hall. When the hall was built, it was good value for the concert-goer - you could hear two performances for the price of one because of the echo.
Steve Jones finds out how, in keeping with Prince Albert's original vision, science has worked with the arts to solve the problem. Next programme Wednesday 8.15pm

8.30 Jonathan Harvey: Percussion Concerto (BBC commission; first performance)
Elgar: Enigma Variations
Repeated Tuesday 2pm
Everybody's talking about Evelyn Glennie : page 13; Brian Kay 's Prom of the Week: page 38


Unknown: Albert Hall
Unknown: Jonathan Harvey
Unknown: Percy Grainger
Music: Evelyn Glennie
Conductor: Richard Hickox
Unknown: Albert Hall.
Unknown: Steve Jones
Unknown: Jonathan Harvey
Unknown: Evelyn Glennie
Unknown: Brian Kay

: Books Abroad

The fourth of eight programmes in which author Tibor Fischer meets writers and explores the works on the shelves of bookshops around the world. This week, how Pinocchio had his passport stamped, language-cleansing in Slovakia, what to read in Islamabad, and the great translation debate.


Unknown: Tibor Fischer

: Young Parisians

The Chamber Group of Scotland performs music by young French composers who look to America for their inspiration rather than to the Boulez school.
Ruth Crouch (violin), Brian Schiele (viola), Juliet Welshman (cello), Lawrence Gill (clarinet),
Graeme McNaught (piano) Pascal Zavaro Portrait; Boogie
Nicolas Bacri Divertimento, Op 37b Guillaume Connesson Disco
Toccata; Six Variations


Violin: Ruth Crouch
Violin: Brian Schiele
Viola: Juliet Welshman
Clarinet: Lawrence Gill
Piano: Graeme McNaught

: Chick Corea

A rare solo recital by the pianist, first broadcast in 1993. It includes Blue
Monk and Round Midnight by Thelonlous Monk, Sophisticated
Lady by Duke Ellington, a prelude by Scrlabln and a group of Corea's own Children's Songs. The concert was given in the Royal Festival Hall,
London, and is introduced by Brian Morton , who talks to Chick Corea during the interval.


Introduced By: Brian Morton
Unknown: Chick Corea

: Through the Night

With David Cornet.
1.00 Jazz from Paris with the Alsace
Jazz Orchestra/Bernard Struber
2.45 Swedish Radio Symphony
Orchestra/Heinrich Schiff, Marcus Leoson (percussion) Johan Hammerth Percussion Concerto
Beethoven Symphony No 5 in C minor Mahler Totenfeier
3.55 The Tre Fontane Ensemble perform music by Duke Guillaume IX of Aqultane, Bertrand de Born and Glrault de Bornelh 5.15 Choral music by Beethoven and Uszt
Cecile Constantin (soprano), Lyon Chorus, soloists of the Lyon
National Orchestra, Jena Dekindt (organ)
6.00 Sequence


Unknown: David Cornet.
Unknown: Marcus Leoson
Soprano: Cecile Constantin
Unknown: Jena Dekindt

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