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: Record Review

With Anthony Burton.
Arnold Sinfonietta No 2
London Festival Orchestra, conductor Ross Pople
7.18 Bach Prelude and Fugue in D minor, BWV539
Christopher Herrick (organ)
7.26 Wagner Elsa's Dream (Lohengrin)
Waltraud Meier (mezzo).
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, conductor Lorin Maazel
7.35 Marais Suite No 6 in E minor
(Pieces en Trio) Musica Pacifica
7.50 Donizetti In Questo Semplice (Betly)
Eva Mei (soprano),
Munich Radio Orchestra, conductor Janos Kovacs
7.58 Villa-Lobos Ciclo Brasileiro
Debora Halasz (piano)
8.20 Brahms Concerto in A minor for
Violin and Cello
Frank Peter Zimmermann (violin), Heinrich Schiff (cello), London Philharmonic, conductor Wolfgang Sawallisch


Unknown: Anthony Burton.
Conductor: Ross Pople
Unknown: Christopher Herrick
Unknown: Waltraud Meier
Conductor: Lorin Maazel
Soprano: Eva Mei
Conductor: Janos Kovacs
Piano: Debora Halasz
Violin: Frank Peter Zimmermann
Cello: Heinrich Schiff
Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch

: Building a Library

Stephen Plaistow compares the available recordings of Mozart's
Piano Sonata in A, K331. Chris de
Souza and William Mival discuss new chamber-music releases, including Prokofiev and Shostakovich cello sonatas from Truls Mork and Lars
Vogt, the Delius violin sonatas from Tasmin Little and Piers Lane , and the last three Haydn string quartets from L'Archibudelli.
Revised repeat tomorrow 11.45pm


Unknown: Stephen Plaistow
Unknown: William Mival
Unknown: Truls Mork
Unknown: Piers Lane

: Record Release

Mozart Piano Trio in B flat, K502 Augustin Dumay (violin), Jian Wang (cello),
Maria-Joao Pires (piano)
10.39 Delius Violin Sonata No 1
Tasmin Little,
Piers Lane (piano)
11.03 Haydn String Quartet in F, Op 77 No 2
11.29 Shostakovich Cello Sonata
Truls Mork ,
Lars Vogt (piano) Discs
Producers Clive Portbury and Susan Kenyon E-MAIL: record.review@bbc.co.uk
DISC DETAILS: see BBC1 Ceefax page 651


Violin: Augustin Dumay
Cello: Jian Wang
Piano: Maria-Joao Pires
Unknown: Truls Mork
Piano: Lars Vogt
Producers: Clive Portbury
Producers: Susan Kenyon

: Private Passions

In this edition of Private Passions, which was recorded earlier this year, before his recent death,
Sir Georg Solti talks to Michael Berkeley about his student days in pre-war Hungary, where his teachers included Bartok and Kodaly, his hair-raising escape from Budapest just as the Nazis moved in, and his long career since as one of the world's foremost conductors, particularly noted for his pioneering opera recordings, from Mozart and Beethoven to Wagner and Strauss.
Executive producer Wendy Thompson Repeated tomorrow 6.30pm
See also Solti Resounding, Monday 7.30pm


Talks: Sir Georg Solti
Unknown: Michael Berkeley
Producer: Wendy Thompson

: Vintage Years

The third of eight programmes celebrating musical personalities from the past. Astrid Varnay - from Manhattan to Valhalla
On 6 December 1941, opera-goers queueing outside New York's Met were puzzled to see an unfamiliar name on the posters for Wagner's Die Walkure. If it had not been for
Pearl Harbor, the next day's papers would have headlined one of this century's most sensational debuts. As a last-minute stand-in, the 23-year-old Astrid Varnay had made light work of one of Wagner's most taxing soprano roles. She has never looked back - until now, when she reflects on a career five decades long in which she helped to bring singing and acting up to date for postwar music lovers. With excerpts from: Wagner Die Walkure
Astrid Varnay (soprano),
Lauritz Melchior (baritone),
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, conductor Erich Leinsdorf
Wagner Liebestod (Tristan und Isolde) Kirsten Flagstad (soprano) Verdi Aida
Astrid Varnay (soprano),
George London (bass-baritone),
Bavarian Radio SO/Hermann Weigert Wagner Lohengrin
Astrid Varnay (soprano),
Hermann Uhde (baritone),
Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, conductor Joseph Keilberth Strauss Elektra
Vienna Philharmonic/von Karajan Wagner Brdnnhilde's Immolation (Gotterdammerung)
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, conductor Hermann Weigert Discs


Unknown: Astrid Varnay
Unknown: Astrid Varnay
Baritone: Lauritz Melchior
Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
Conductor: Wagner Liebestod
Soprano: Kirsten Flagstad
Soprano: Verdi Aida
Soprano: Astrid Varnay
Unknown: Weigert Wagner Lohengrin
Soprano: Astrid Varnay
Baritone: Hermann Uhde
Conductor: Joseph Keilberth
Conductor: Strauss Elektra

: BBC National Orchestra of Wales

A second chance to hear John
Pickard's new symphony, described as a "four-movement epic of conflict and reconciliation" in The Times after its first performance in June.
This colourful work is contrasted with Stravinsky's "black-and-white" ballet score from the twenties.
Conductor Mark Wigglesworth Stravinsky Apollo
Pickard Symphony No 3


Conductor: Mark Wigglesworth

: The Finishing Touch

Paul Spicer presents the second of five masterclasses given earlier this year as part of the fourth National Young Musicians Chamber Music Festival in Halifax. The Savage
Quartet from the Royal College of Music in London are coached by cellist John Todd in the first movement of Janacek's String Quartet No 1 (Kreutzer Sonata).


Unknown: Paul Spicer
Unknown: John Todd

: 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

: Songs from Saturn

The third in a four-part series in which Jez Nelson tells the story of Sun Ra , the jazz band leader who said he came from Saturn. During the seventies and eighties, the demands of Ra's Arkestra became so great that the band began living in the same house.
Repeated Friday lam


Unknown: Jez Nelson
Unknown: Sun Ra

: Opera on 3

Beethoven's only opera is the story of love, bravery and the eventual triumph of good over evil. Welsh
National Opera's new production is by Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser , and WNO's musical director Carlo Rizzi
is approaching the opera for the first time. Introduced by Chris de Souza , and sung in German.
Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh
National Opera, conductor Carlo Rizzi Act
8.00 Wole Soyinka 's Prison Diaries A reading from Wole Soyinka 's prison memoir, The Man Died, which describes his two-year ordeal of solitary confinement and abuse as a political prisoner.
Reader Anthony Ofoegbu.
8.20 Act 2


Unknown: Patrice Caurier
Unknown: Moshe Leiser
Director: Carlo Rizzi
Introduced By: Chris de Souza
Conductor: Carlo Rizzi
Unknown: Wole Soyinka
Unknown: Wole Soyinka
Reader: Anthony Ofoegbu.
Marzelline: Rebecca Evans (soprano)
Jaquino: Peter Hoare (tenor)
Rocco: Donald McIntyre (bass)
Leonore: Suzanne Murphy (soprano)
Pizarro: Gidon Saks (bass-Baritone)
Florestan: Adrian Thompson (tenor)
Don Fernando: Andrew Greenan (bass)

: Reading Around

Concluding the magazine series for omnivorous readers. This week Kevin Jackson
explores one of the world's most bizarre literary movements - the OULIPO. He also discusses the origins of the movement with translator Gilbert Adair and talks to
Oulipian poet Harry Mathews. The weekly Guilt List reaches Dante, with some recommended reading for those setting off on the journey through Hell. And publisher Richard Cohen delves into the world of literary feuds. Why is literary talent so often associated with malice?
Producer Abigail Appleton


Unknown: Kevin Jackson
Unknown: Gilbert Adair
Unknown: Harry Mathews.
Unknown: Richard Cohen
Producer: Abigail Appleton

: The Lindsays

Beethoven String Quartet in C, Op 59 No 3 (Rasumovsky) Repeat

: Carla Bley

This American composer and pianist recently completed a Contemporary Music Network tour with her Anglo-American big band and members of the string ensemble Opus 20. Alan Plater introduces a recording of a concert they gave last May in Symphony Hall, Birmingham, which began with small-scale chamber works including a new commission - Wolfgang Tango. The big band took to the stage for the second half of the concert. During the interval, Carla Bley talks to Alan Plater about her very individual approach to music. Producer Derek Drescher


Introduces: Alan Plater
Unknown: Wolfgang Tango.
Talks: Carla Bley
Unknown: Alan Plater
Producer: Derek Drescher

: Through the Night

With Donald Macleod.
1.00 Jazz from France National Jazz
Orchestra/Laurent Cugny
2.35 Estonian State SO/Juri
Alperten, Ralf Taal (piano), Toomas Vavilov (clarinet), Jouko Mansnerus
(viola) Raimo Kangro Piano Concerto No 2 Eino Tamberg Clarinet Concerto Rene Eespere Viola Concerto
3.55 Reicha Wind Quintet in A minor, Op 91 No 2 Pro Arte Quintet
4.25 Berlin SO/Michael Schonwandt. Rainer Luft (bassoon) Mozart
Symphony No 40 in G minor, K550 Andreas Aigmuller Bassoon Concerto Strauss Suite: Le
Bourgeois Gentilhomme
6.00 Sequence


Unknown: Donald MacLeod.

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